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Technical The Bob Roddick Story: Part 1

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. WOW!!! Great photos! He really knew what he was doing. It's so fantastic to find new photos of the early days. Thanks to his family for digging them out and to Ryan for broadcasting them!
  2. Rockerhead
    Joined: Nov 16, 2006
    Posts: 321

    Member Emeritus

    It is always nice to see these early hot rodding pictures. Check your stuff on the no. 197 roadster - I believe it is Mal Hooper who is best known for the streamliner he ran several years later. You probably already identified the roadster next to the So-Cal streamliner as George DuNah's flathead Cadillac powered machine. The driver in the Earl Evan's tank appears to be George Bentley. He usually drove it - he was a true hot rodder who ran some very fast roadsters. Good stuff - Don Montgomery
  3. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,694

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Don, I thought it was Mal Hooper as well and very well could be, but as you will see in the next article, Mal was representing another car that day... I guess he could have had two at the event... In any case, I don't know that I have ever seen that car before. Looks very well constructed.

    And yeah, that's DuNah's Cadillac powered car... More on that one later as well...
  4. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,819


    What a wonderful find! I've been looking at published photos from old lakes and Bonneville events for 50+ years, and I can count on one hand how many times I've seen a completely new stash turn up.

    Many thanks!
    Joined: Sep 24, 2006
    Posts: 416


    Awesome, can't wait for the rest!
  6. Noland
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,237


    WOW just incredable I cant wait to see part 2
  7. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Wow what a score! I feel honoured to be a HAMBer and privy to this little known storey and photographs. Bob really was the rite man at the rite time. It's a shame for his work to become known only after his death.
  8. collector
    Joined: May 18, 2006
    Posts: 77

    from madera,ca

    would of loved to have been there to see history in the making. great photos and story. thanks Ryan, and to Bobs family for sharing with us.
  9. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,523

    from California

    It is just the beginning of wonderful ride.....Thank you Ryan.
  10. mgbtc
    Joined: Dec 22, 2006
    Posts: 112


    Great pictures, cool story!
  11. krowbar
    Joined: Oct 14, 2007
    Posts: 23

    from michigan

    These pictures are the best! Those times seem more special now. You just wonder what it was like to be at the flats with those who were at the beginning of their infamous legacy. Wouldn't it be great to sit and talk with any of those guys ??? Keep up the great work digging up those old pictures, looking forward to the rest......later in a book??
  12. hiboy32
    Joined: Nov 7, 2001
    Posts: 2,775

    from Omaha, NE

    comepletly amazing pictures and story.... I am really looking foreward to pt.2
    The HAMB is an amazing place!. Thankyou .
  13. GaryC.
    Joined: Mar 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,538


    Thanks for the great post!

    I have seen this lakester for years and years...
    but I have never seen a color picture of it.

    Anyone know or remember the colors?
    I'm itchin' to do a rendering of it.

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  14. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,694

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    I think you'll see those colors soon enough homie.
  15. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,293

    Member Emeritus

    Those are great !
  16. Ryan Cochran, hot rod "archeologist". Thanks to you and Bob's family.
  17. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,418

    from Mass

    WOW! What a trip back in time. Thank you Ryan, this is why I read the HAMB every day. Thanks to Gwynn and Dave for saving these photos and sharing them with us. Thanks especially to Bob Roddick. These early images preserved an important part of the history of hot rodding. Taking good photos back in the day was no easy thing. The cameras were not easy to use and you didn't drop your film off at the one-hour photo lab. We are really fortunate that Bob Roddick took his camera with him.
  18. Brewton
    Joined: Jun 24, 2005
    Posts: 884


    Man, I love this shit! Give us more!
  19. crashbox
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 148


    Ryan, you do a fantastic job. Great post, this one just knocked my socks off!
  20. brainfrz
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 572


    Awesome job. Waiting for round two. Thanks to all involved for getting his memory out there for all of us to read.

  21. It is always a joy to see vintage Hot Rod photos. Thanks to Dave & Gylnn also to Ryan for doing a great article. A Historic Archive seem like a better idea everyday. :D
  22. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,965

    from DFW USA

    Awesome. Thanks to the Roddick family for sharing this and to Ryan for writing it up.

    I can wait seven days for an update, instant gratification just isn't very satisfying anyway. ;) Gives me time to savor the details.
  23. El Jefe
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 726

    El Jefe
    Alliance Member

    Ryan you weren't lyin'. Incredible stuff.
  24. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,523

    from California

  25. slapshot
    Joined: Sep 29, 2005
    Posts: 184

    from Belgium

    Ryan , you made my day !!!

    can't get much better than this , and there is more to come .... unbelievable !!!
  26. jonny o
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 836

    jonny o

    Thanks for all the work man. A great story, and captured well.
  27. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,694

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Thanks to Don Montgomery, I can confirm... Car #197 is actually the same car pictured above it at Ray's shop (13c). It was owned and driven by Malcolm Hooper.
  28. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,523

    from California

  29. It's this stuff that drew me to the HAMB family. To me, this is what the site is about. Thanks Ryan and Roddick family for sharing, it keeps me comin' back. But ya know......that "SBC's... let's see 'em" ranks right up there...NOT!!! Keep 'em straight up 'ere Ryan. Yer posts and articles always brings 'er back to center. Class in my book any day.
  30. steelratrod
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 7

    from england

    brilliant just briliant the pics are excellent i liked the garage one and wanted to see a bit more detail so i played with it a bit hope no one minds but somethings are a little clearer looking forward to part two

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