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TBirds vs vettes and the glass slipper at kingdon

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mikes51, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. mikes51
    Joined: Oct 4, 2001
    Posts: 2,195


    Here is the description from an email forwarded to me

    "In 1956 I was a member of the Pacific Pacers Car Club in Manteca, a farming
    community in Central California. As I recall it was in the winter or early
    spring of 1956 when our club went to the Kingdon Drag Races near Lodi. I
    took my 8mm movie camera along, and got shots of the Glass Slipper from
    Sacramento making a few runs. A couple of 3 speed 1955 Corvettes (from L.A.
    I was told) were there, and they raced against T-birds several times. This
    had to be early in 1956, because the newest Corvette there was a '55. Just
    imagine- all of the Corvettes (okay, there might have been one or two '56s
    somewhere) in the state were the same body style with screens over the
    headlights!!!!!!!!!!!! The club member wearing coveralls is Walt Silva, who
    still lives in Manteca. My friend Russ Uzes put this old film on You Tube.

    Good Gravy, that was 54 years ago, if my math is right!!!!!!!!

    Enjoy, Noland Adams"

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  2. Great stuff Mike. I wonder who the first digger was in your film. It's about the biggest dragster I've ever seen, even for the mid-50's.
  3. mikes51
    Joined: Oct 4, 2001
    Posts: 2,195


    I know what you mean. It looks like it almost has a trunk on it. Maybe that was some kind of streamlining with that section aft of the rear axle.

    Just to be clear, it's not my film. Someone told me about it. It appears to be made by a Nolan Adams and a Russ Uzes who write books and maintain a website about vintage corvettes.
  4. Silhouettes 57
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 2,791

    Silhouettes 57

    Man! Thanks for the post way cool....I was 11 years old in '56.

  5. sure looks like a twin engine dragster...
  6. Wasn't that the "Bustle Bomb" after the full body was built? I beliv it ran an Olds engine in front and a Cadillac in the rear.

  7. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,130


    Dig the cat on the motorized unicycle!
  8. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,748


    Cool beans! Thanks.
  9. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,003


    That is the Bustle Bomb. At first it had a Merc in front and a Chevy (six of course, what else?) in the rear Then the Olds/Cad set up. The idea was that the rear engine was direct coupled into the R&P. With just a in out coupler. They would start the front engine. Stage the car. Engage the rear engine and turn on the ignition. When the car left the rear engine would start at WOT. Lugging a lot but trying. When the front engine was pretty wound out the driver shifted, but all the while the rear engine is pushing as hard as it could, and is getting into it's torque curve. From here to the finish both engines are geared the same and pulling for all they can.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2014
  10. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    Cool film. The Corvettes blew the doors off the T-Birds.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2014
  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,145

    Jalopy Joker

  12. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,032

    from California

    cool stuff. that motorized unicycle guy should go on "America's Got Talent"
  13. Love it! I was 9 and already hooked! Thanks for posting.
  14. jimmy1931
    Joined: Jan 13, 2012
    Posts: 728


    Thanks for posting this cool piece of history.
  15. SmokinBill
    Joined: Sep 18, 2009
    Posts: 755


    We will be running our Lil Chevy II out there again next month Sept 6th
  16. inline 292
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 296

    inline 292

    Thanks for sharing. Glass Slipper was a beautiful car.

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