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History The Bob Roddick Story: Part 2

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,703

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,210

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    WOW............ I got chills reading this and looking at these pics.......
    Knowing that these pics were just discovered, makes one feel kinda like you just discovered King Tut's tomb.
  3. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,210

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    One question: Whats the purpose of the large spun disc inboard of the front wheels? As seen in the 4th pic down...?
  4. Are those photos priceless or what?
    This really helped me to see these guys as true pioneers. To think of everything that has grown out of that period just staggers the imagination.
    By the way... What a scoop! I cant imagine how many of the mags want those pictures. They must be beating down the door!
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  5. Tbomb428
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 506

    from SoCal

    Simply awesome.
  6. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,075


  7. ChevyGirlRox
    Joined: May 13, 2005
    Posts: 3,513

    from Ohio

    Once again, thanks for sharing. To see those same mountains and that same salt with all of those legendary cars is amazing. I can only imagine what people will say about the Bonneville of today 50 years from now.

    Why were the photos never developed? Were they just a roll in batch he never got around to? And just WHO is that little boy?

    Thanks again, looking forward to next week...
  8. Grrrreat pics Ryan, Awesome !!
    And that Kodachrome freshness makes it look like it happened only yesterday, but in reality it is more than half a century ago !!
    (am I an old fart ?.... that quick?:()
  9. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,152

    from Peru, IL

    Ryan and Bob's family...Thanks for sharing!

    I didn't know you could develop film that was that old.

    My parents have some old rolls laying around, I'm gonna round them up...Never know what you might find on them!
  10. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,149

    from Nebraska

    It's hard to describe just how cool those photos are. I still have chills from looking through them and reading the captions. Damn. A great "snapshot" in history, indeed.

    Thank you.

  11. Outstanding!!!!! I can't imagine the anticipation of developing that film, that had to be some stress. I had to go back through every picture 3 and 4 times, just so much to soak up. Thanks a million Ryan and Roddick family. The color is unbelievable and makes it such a treasure. If ya don't throw yer fifty bucks this way for a membership, ya gotta be some kinda tight. We keep gettin' such quality, IMO, from Ryan and a lot o' the other hands on this place (ya know who ya are), and they don't hold ya hostage ta have access ta any of it. It's not about the dollar, and most here get it. Thanks again to everyone involved, keep it comin', can't wait.
  12. Gearhead Dude
    Joined: Feb 11, 2007
    Posts: 8

    Gearhead Dude

    Thanks for the hard work of all involved. I don't post often, but check in throughout the day because of articles like this. Great job!
  13. Prop Strike
    Joined: Feb 18, 2006
    Posts: 652

    Prop Strike

  14. Firetop
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 247

    from chicago

    Thanks again Ryan. Simply awesome.This just keeps getting better. We are all a priviledged group thanks to you. Cant wait for the rest....keep up the great work!!!
  15. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,366

    Kevin Lee
    Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    So cool to see these photos out and being shared.
  16. Terry
    Joined: Jul 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,825


    Awesome, simply awesome. I love this place for the HAMB, but it's stuff like this, that makes me come back over and over.

    I can't help but think somewhere way in the future someone will be going through a box of old photos and say look there is a picture of the green gernade, or the Tardell / Cockran Coupe, or maybe Big Olds, or any other number of cars here. And maybe they'll say "look he's wearing the Jalopy Journal Coat".

    These guys problably didn't realize they were making history .... are we?
  17. slapshot
    Joined: Sep 29, 2005
    Posts: 181

    from Belgium

    WOW !!!!!!

    thank you for this write up !!!!!

    can't wait for next week !
  18. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 3,284

    Rand Man

    Now that's quite a time capsule. The disc on the spindle is just the innner wheel cover. It doesn't spin.
  19. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 3,560

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    These pics ought to be made into book. In one of the shots, one can even catch the tail section of the Eddie Miller Pontiac Powered Streamliner, currently owned by Don Ferguson Jr. I am glad that these exist.
    Thanks for telling his story.
  20. sodas38
    Joined: Sep 17, 2004
    Posts: 2,165


    Great article Ryan, my favorite series so far. Anyway in heck we can see better pics of this car..........."It’s the class ‘C’ modified coupe ran by John Browning"...........?

    That stubby little belly tank is pretty wicked too.
  21. oaktree
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 71


    I see a book coming. Great work. Love the color photos of the cars in those days. Makes it easy to relate to today.
  22. Elrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2002
    Posts: 3,525


    Truely awesome!!! These are the pictures and the cars that I loose sleep over!

    In picture 3, the black roadster in the background says Norwalk on the back deck lid.

    Is this just a different angle of the Robinson & Zabel class C roadster? I ask, because in your wide shot, the Boren and Keldrank sedan is not present.
  23. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,210

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Spreading the gospel of traditional hot rods and customs to hoodlums world wide...

    Truer words were never spoken! I'd also like to see a book sometime! Geez, Ryan, with your talent and resources, sign me up for a signed copy of the Cochran Chronicles!:D
  24. Hans
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
    Posts: 363


    What do you say to a entry like this?

    We are watching hot rod history preserved before our very eyes!

    I would love some more info./pics. of the Tom Cobbs coupe and the John Browning coupe.

    You guys got any?
  25. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,990

    Member Emeritus

    That lad looks to be about 5-6 years old. That would put him about 62-63 year old now. I'm 63 and wish it were me that was in that photo. What a memory that would have been. I remember a lot of things from that age so I'm sure that young man might just remember being there on the salt that year. Amazing!!
    That would be cool if he could be identified and he was still around to share his recollections.

  26. Rolo
    Joined: Sep 4, 2006
    Posts: 60

    Alliance Vendor

    Wow. Simply amazing. Put me on the waiting list for the book ;)
  27. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,317

    from Mass

    I am totally blown away by the latest photos, thank you for sharing them!
  28. THOMAS S&C
    Joined: Sep 24, 2006
    Posts: 416


    WOW, that's all that I can say!!
  29. Wesley
    Joined: Aug 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,670


    words escape me,,, all that comes to mind is WOW!

    Thank you Ryan for your dedication to this project.
  30. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,152

    from Peru, IL

    OK. Ya Got Me! I've been procrastinating and haven't joined up as an Alliance Member. Your post got me to do it. I'm no longer a Grenade Inspector!

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