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The end of the "Okie Twister"

Discussion in 'H.A.M.B. Drag Nationals' started by WZ JUNK, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,669

    from Neosho, MO

    Hooley wrecked the "Okie Twister" Henry J today at a nostalgia race at MOKAN Dragway. Many of you have seen the car run at the HAMB Drags over the last
    12 years. Hooley is fine with no scrapes or cuts but probably will be a little sore for the next few days. It happened as he was just through the finish line when he pulled the chute. The car is destroyed but he is okay. I helped build the car, and helped him run it through the years, although I have not been around a lot lately. It was quit an adventure. Over a 1,000 passes. 435402E8-5DF0-457B-8F49-581527ACCA01_1_105_c.jpeg
  2. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,629

    from Nebraska

    Oh no, I'm sorry to hear about the crash! Glad to hear he is ok.
  3. raven
    Joined: Aug 19, 2002
    Posts: 4,614


    Sad end to such a cool, quick car. That being said, I am so glad he’s ok. Met him a few times over the years and sold him an Olds rear end for a gasser years ago.
    Like I say, I’m really glad he’s ok after suck a spectacular finish.

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  4. Glad to hear Hooley is OK
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  5. flux capacitor
    Joined: Sep 18, 2014
    Posts: 666

    flux capacitor

    My friend Logan in the Orange/white 56 post car sent me pics wallago . Soo sorry but glad he’s ok. Man , that cage held up where it counted. I still appreciate you guys letting the boys now 16 have a seat in the ol twister while at Rogersville few years ago. Now they have a rolling chassis their building. That was a good day we met you guys & was a winning day for the twister & my pal Logan runnered up . Flux
  6. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,810


    Glad to hear he is OK. That car is/was a bad mofo.

    See you in August, -Abone.
  7. Man, hate to hear that but glad Hooley is ok. That was definitely one of my favorite Henry J's maybe partially since it was also a local car.
  8. Model A John
    Joined: Apr 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,766

    Model A John
    from wichita ks

    We were in the pit area when the announcer said that a car was off the track. Word spread quickly that it was Hooley. We looked at each other with shock, and soon silent prayers were being said asking that he would be okay. To our relief, he was fine. Hooley handled it well. The rest of the day he was just as calm and laid back as ever. I don’t know if I would’ve handled the situation as well as he did.

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  9. BenD
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,591

    Alliance Member

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  10. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,248

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    That straight up sucks.
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  11. Hate to hear that! Engine OK? For sale?
  12. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,669

    from Neosho, MO

    I think the engine and transmission are okay. That engine is the one Hooley set records with in the Studebaker at Bonneville. It is a very expensive billet engine that was custom built. (I think the long block was $27,000 12 years ago) He has it and the other Bonneville engine which is the 572 cubic inch big block with twin turbo chargers. I do not know what his intensions are but I do not think he plans to sell them any time soon. Hopefully there will be something in the works for them in the future.

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