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Hot Rods The Coupes and Sedans of Land Speed Racing

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by El Hueso, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Great thread keep the photos coming
     
  2. Hot Rod Magazine 1952 coupes1952 hr mag.jpg
     
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  3. Speed Gems
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  4. Benny Garat full fendered '34 coupe in the January '58 issue of Hot Rod Magazine

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    Don't know if this is a repost. two of my favorites. Burkland's B210 and Benhams Crosle 14595724_10207240859169298_2801358769509634068_n.jpg y.
     
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  6. I watched Ronnie build the Crosley down the street from our shop. It was a typical Benham quality piece. Ak Miller got in the Two club driving it. Too bad Wooden wadded it up.
     
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    Ron was the shop foreman at Blair's when I worked there, you're exactly right, he was a craftsman, plain and simple-- I learned a lot from him about fabricating-- he built the "tempest in a T-Pot" roadster with a Pontiac tempest 4 in it....neat car


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  8. Ron also built his "Baby Whale" that used one of Mickey Thompson's blown Tempest engines to put Burke Lesage in the two club at 213mph. Burke went a lot faster years later with much higher horsepower cars. He told me the hardest car he ever drove was that short WB tank of Benham's. When he final got it up over 200, he had to put it in a 4 wheel drift, and look out the side window. I cannot imagine drifting at 200MPH for 5 miles! Burke was short at barely 5 foot tall, but he had the balls of a giant!
     
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  9. Anybody know anything about this one???
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    Great shots.//////
     
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    the team of Ron Benham and Earl Wooden ran this 300 cubic inch Merc. flathead powered '37 Willys in "C" Coupe in '54.
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  12. Great to see anything associated with Ronnie Benham. I had never seen the Willys before. I knew Ronnie for many years. He was a good guy, and a good friend.
     
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    This one is coming along in the shop,,,,,,
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    I asked this on a different thread but why does the Benham and Wooden Willys that runs in "C" Coupe have a smaller 300 cubic inch engine than the Hartlet Willys that runs "E" Coupe with a 352 cubic engine? Doesn't the letter refer to cubic inches?
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  16. RichFox
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    In the old days the letters went the other way. "A" was smallest "E" largest. Then they added "O" for even smaller than "A". Then they changed it so more smaller classes could be added. Now "A" was largest. Then they had to add "AA" fore even larger engines.
     
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    Thanks @RichFox I was just about too break out my Hot Rod issues from 1950 because i do recall seing an "O" class before the "A" class.
     
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    I went and dug out my Mar.'50 issue of HOT ROD and they are as fallows.
    Cubic inches
    O) 0-91
    A) 91-183
    B) 183-250
    C) 250-350
    D) 350-Unlimited
    In '54 things had changed a littie bit.
    H) 0-48
    O) 49-91
    A) 92-183
    B) 184-260
    C) 261-305
    D) 306-488
    E) 488-over
    My Mar. '54 issue of HOT ROD also says In class 'A' Coupes and Sedans and Compition Coupes and Sedans will run in the same class.
    There is a gap in my collection from Mar. and Sept.'51 and between Sept.'51 to Jan. '54 so i don't know when the "H" Class was added. Nowadays things have changed with AA being the biggest at 501 plus cubic inches down to "K" being the smallest with 30.5 cubic inches and under. Also no Coupe classes in 1950 so i don't know when the class was started.
     
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    And the book just keeps getting thicker.
     
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    IMG_2767.PNG IMG_2052.JPG My favorite
     
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    Found this in my buddy grandpas collection!! IMG_2202.JPG
     
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    Because Doug ran a blower the engine that would normally be in D class was automatically bumped to the higher class, this changed once they brought in blown and unblown classes.
     
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  24. The JaDo Coupe
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  25. Pufff
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    Because the two coupes and their owners & drivers get mixed up a lot , here is a little time table for both So-Cal and Pierson Bro's coupes. If anyone see's a glitch let me know.
    Zane.
    SO-CAL coupe;
    1951 Russel Lanthorne, Jim Gray, John Quintan. White primer, with GMC 6 cyl. (#548?)
    1952-54 Alex Xydias. (#1) Blown fuel 48 Merc Flathead until 54 then went to Ardun OHV Merc on fuel when Dave Delangton was burned. Car was Red & White. Also raced by Buddy Fox & Tom Cobbs. Tom later bought the Pierson coupe.
    1955 John Moxley had it, and called it Miss 400.
    1956-60 Jerry Eisert/Rich Striker bought it and painted it red/orange.
    1960-69 car was parked on blocks.
    1969-96 Jim Travis, (#86) Blue and White, with flathead until 1976 when he went to blown Chevy. Jim raced the car for the longest period in the cars history.
    1996 Don Orosco bought and restored the car back to the way Xydias had it, Red & White with Ardun Merc.

    PIERSON BRO'S coupe;
    1949-50 Dick & Bob Pierson, flat black and later painted Red/White/Blue. Sported different numbers such as #1D, #2D, #172C.
    1950 Jim Evans & Dawson Hadley, car was Red and Yellow. (#146C)
    1951 Jim Evans bought out Hadley
    1952 George Bentley
    1953-58 Tom Cobbs, Red and White, numbers varied #25, #12. Tom along with Buddy Fox Raced the Xydias coupe before Tom bought the Pierson coupe.
    1959 Bob Joehneck
    1960 One of Bob's employees bought the car.
    196? Car was bought by a man from Redding.
    19?? Dick Schell
    1980-91 Tom Bryant, (#216) Went to a SBC in 1991.
    1991 Bruce Meyer, bought and restored to Red/White/Blue, (#2D)
     
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  26. Pufff
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    I know this is an old thread, and sorry if I am repeating someone else, but John Moxley (Miss 400) was the third owner of the So-Cal coupe. (1955)
     
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    Perfect, as i see it.
     
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    More pictures.
    (1)Pierson Bro's 2D 1950 (2)Pierson Bro's 36 1950 (3)Tom Bryant 1980 (4)Micky Thompson 36 1950 (5)Pierson Bro's 1D 1949 pierson 2d.jpg pierson 36 cpe 1950.jpg pierson-tom bryant 1980's.jpg micky thompson 36 1950.jpg


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