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Sydney Allard's Dragster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  2. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
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  3. funnycar
    Joined: Dec 11, 2008
    Posts: 49


    I'm sorry, Jive-Bomber, but you're wrong about the "sole" dragster built in Europe.
    In 1967 the "DRAGoon's CLAN", the first italian hot rod Club etablished in Europe (November 11, 1966) built "DRAGone", sponsored by CALTEX, WEBER, SAFFA, POLISTIL and maybe someone else, a "rear-engine dragster" presented at Autodromo Internationale di Monza in September of 1967, before the start of Gran Premio d'Italia.
    I'm unable (sorry again) to post some picture but if you are so kind to give me your E-mail, i can provide atachemets suitable to be published.
    More: in the Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum, you'll find a little model of the car I gave to Big Daddy in February 2008.
    Thank you!
  4. Fatbrosracing
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
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    from Australia

    As it sits now in the National Motor Museum in the U.K.

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  5. The website hasn't been updated in a couple of years and I didn't dig deeper.

    From the website...
    "2011 will be the car’s 50th birthday and plans are being made for the car to visit the USA and attend Bakersfield as well as be on display at the NHRA museum."

    Did this happen?

  6. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 2,951


    You may have read my words wrong- I said the "first" purpose-build dragster in Europe, not the "sole" or only one:

    "In 1960 Allard decided to build Britain’s (and actually all of Europe’s) first true dragster."
  7. Pretty amazing..I knew the name but not the history. Thanks.
  8. History, Gotta love it. What a slick looking ride for sure. Tons of beauty :)Thanks for sharing.
  9. jdustu
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 726


    Funny how timing works....I was just in Ron Fournier's shop today, he was giving me a bit of a history lesson on Allard as he's restoring one of the original sport cars. Pretty cool.
  10. 8 fucking replies? This thread rocks as much as jays last one. I do think the Allard dragster is ugly since the first time I saw a picture 30?40? years ago..............but IT IS A MILESTONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. CanUFelix
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 494

    from venice CA

    There's something weirdly British about old sidney (I assume that's who it is) sitting in that thing in a suit and tie whilst it belches exhaust out of he zoomies. Pure Monty python.....great bit of history from my homeland Jay. Thanks

  12. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
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    from Michigan

    I think it looks slick! :)
  13. englishhemi32
    Joined: Sep 18, 2006
    Posts: 80


    one of the allard dragon dragsters is still being raced now, has a very simular blown 4 cylinder engine like the one used in the video, usually turns up at the hot rod drags in september, gonna hunt for a picture now..
  14. englishhemi32
    Joined: Sep 18, 2006
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    found it!

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    I really enjoy all the old drag stuff. I love old film clips from hot rodding's past, and what a gorgeous suprise at the end. I am just as happy to see all the stuff in the back ground of vintage race films or movies. Also I have a friend with the last name Allard, who turned me on to the marque. No relation, he just became interested by the name. Thanks for the post.
  16. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,077


    Personally,I think it looks pretty darn sexy.Kind of reminds me of a Dan Gurney Eagle transformed into a dragster.
  17. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,951


    Just caught this thread and have to say how cool is it that the driver held the camera with one hand and wrangled the dragster down the track and that this film still exists,

    Thank you Jive Bomber and Thank you HAMB for bring us this.

  18. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
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    That's a good size SU!
  19. reefer
    Joined: Oct 17, 2001
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  20. Fugly Too
    Joined: Feb 26, 2012
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    Fugly Too

    Kinda looks like a Ken Fuller copy. No disrespect, just thinking out loud.
  21. JEM
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 1,042


    "This one-and-a-half-liter midget compares very favorably with the seven-liter American giants"

    - from the video embedded at the first link.
  22. JEM
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 1,042


    It is pretty attractive, and anything with a front-mount blower gets props as far as I'm concerned.

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