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History The Coffin

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Jan 6, 2023.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 2,594

    Staff Member

    J.Ukrop submitted a new blog post:

    The Coffin


    Continue reading the Original Blog Post
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  2. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 4,781

    Rand Man

  3. Tow Truck Tom
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 1,493

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    One of many attempts to get an edge toward better traction, and cheat the wind.
    Liked to look at and dream of those old freaks, instead doing my schoolwork
  4. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 15,882

    from KCMO

    I’m surprised the stock cockpit isn’t covered up, that had to have been quite the site to see run! I would have named it Ghost Rider!
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  5. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,899

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    Maybe a better name would have been Ghost Driver!!:D
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  6. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 753

    from Minnesota

  7. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,378


    What a great film, I appreciate the opportunity to revisit this event. One of our Omaha premier hot rodders, Mr. George Roseland, may have been piloting a 40 Ford coupe shown in this flick. He had been racing at this event from its start. He later drove an Omaha project 40 Studebaker over the 200 mph mark at age 79. Seeing the coffin in more detail was fabulous; thanks again for this feature.
  8. Don Mitchell & (not Michelin) Jack Karg (not Card) participated in The 1958 NHRA Nationals ... held in Oklahoma City (not Tulsa) Oklahoma.

    Here's an excerpt from the Entry List found on page 13 of the '58 Nats Program cover.jpg program:

    '58 Nats Program Entry List page 13.jpg

    Here's some more pics of the #320 M & K Special at the '58 Nats:

    The Coffin @ 1958 OKC NHRA Nats (by Connell R. Miller).jpg
    "The Coffin" on the trailer
    image by Connell R. Miller

    The Coffin 1958 OKC NHRA Nats Show (by Bob Pendergast).jpg
    "The Coffin" at the Saturday night (5pm-12am) Car Show & Juke Box Dance
    image by Bob Pendergast

    The Coffin @ 1958 OKC NHRA Nats (by Bob Pendergast).jpg
    "The Coffin" on the Oklahoma Fairgrounds Drag Strip
    image by Bob Pendergast
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  9. Pages 60, 61, & 62 of the October 1958 issue of HOT ROD Magazine:

    HRM - Oct '58 - pg 60.jpg
    HRM - Oct '58 - pg 61.jpg
    HRM - Oct '58 - pg 62.jpg
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  10. It is time to bring back ingenuity and simplicity back to drag racing. There are too many rules these days. You should be able to drive whatever you want as long as it isn't built sketchy. I love this era of racing. Flag starter, beautiful trophy girls, best appearing crew, best engineered car.
  11. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 8,263

    Marty Strode

    Joey, for the record, at the 58 Nationals the car may have won A/MR, but Top Eliminator was Ted Cyr.
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  12. Marty, I was gonna point that inaccuracy out as well (but had already corrected the Mitchell & Karg / Michelin Card "blunder" in Post #8) ... and for the record, they didn't win A/MR either:

    HRM - November 1958 - excerpt from page 32.jpg

    HRM - November 1958 - image 10.jpg

    HRM - November 1958 - image 17.jpg
    HRM - November 1958 - image 18.jpg
    all images from the November 1958 issue of HOT ROD Magazine

    ... but don't "blame" Joey for the inaccuracies ... he was only quoting what Bob Rothenberg had told Thom Taylor during an interview for the Rodder’s Journal #16 article.
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  13. cabong
    Joined: Nov 29, 2005
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  14. AmishMike
    Joined: Mar 27, 2014
    Posts: 831


    WOW, how the times have changed. E.Ts, mph, tires, horsepower & tracks all much better…. But still miss those good old days. 300s in 5s are crazy, more fun in the 10s & 11s
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