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Motion Pictures The Ford Show

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, May 29, 2009.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. Supposedly, other than open exhaust, those cars were stock. Any HAMB'ers involved with the shows care to enlighten us ?
  3. BAD ROD
    Joined: Dec 16, 2004
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    That is really neat.
  4. burbanite
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  5. funnycar
    Joined: Dec 11, 2008
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    Thanks, Ryan and thanks to "burbanite", too. Never heard of this story.
  6. Was Joie Chitwood involved in the Tournament of Thrills? It's a different group than the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show, isn't it?
  7. KCTA Chris
    Joined: Jan 16, 2002
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    KCTA Chris

    I love the in car footage, fun to watch them work that column shift.
  8. deuces94
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 171

    from Minnesota

    I used to beg to go to Joie Chitwood's show when he came to Minnesota. My Dad never had the money and I always lived to far away. However I've always dreamed of someday seeing some home movies. Thanks Ryan, you've made an old man's day.
  9. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Chitwood? I don't see/hear any mention of him in that clip.

    "That car is ALL Ford!" Love that, as it is bouncing around like 500lb nelly in a jelly wrestling match. 'ALL Ford!', haa, haa, that is killing me.
  10. very cool. the clowns were a hardcase touch. dont think id be game enough to get between the cars. lol.
  11. joebuick
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
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    hell of a way to promote a car
  12. mustang552
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
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    I saw chitwood in Avoca, Iowa in about 1951. had Fords. I was 5 or 6 years old, so was very impressed!
  13. indybigjohn
    Joined: May 22, 2008
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    Chitwood did go back to Chevrolets. In his book, "Safe at any Speed," he mentions that the second-generation Corvair, introduced in 1965, was the only car they were able to use for two complete years in the ramp-to-ramp jump. Others had to be scrapped at the end of the year because the suspensions had worn out. Apparently, they just changed a little chrome for the 66.

    Also, I had the pleasure of watching Joie Jr. and another do the two-wheel drive at Daytona in the 60s with a pair of Novas. They made it all the way around. Biggest problem was finding tires that would hold up. As I understand it, they had to go to really cheap tires because they needed thicker sidewalls.
  14. shooter54
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  15. gr8ness13
    Joined: Aug 28, 2008
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    Thats a cool Video...
  16. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
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    Automotive Stud

    Yea it's not Chitwood, another daredevil team. Chitwood used Chevrolet almost exclusively.
  17. That smashed merc at the end makes me sad
  18. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,884


    Amen brother, makes me sick to my stomach.
  19. Streetwerkz
    Joined: Oct 1, 2008
    Posts: 718


    man that was GREAT!!!
    how much fun would that be for a job!?!?!?
  20. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
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    Man, that guy really beat the hell out of that 3 speed! LOL
  21. deadgearhead
    Joined: Mar 14, 2009
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    from Washington

    Wow! Only 2 comments about killing a '49 Merc? What about the '41 Chevys?
  22. Rad. My boss used to be friends with Joie and bought a few of his cars back in the 60's & 70's, he said he loved to drive them around with "Joie Chitwood Thrill Show" lettered on the side and gets attention everywhere.
  23. Benzine440
    Joined: Aug 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,249


    Likewise the 3 window 49 Plymouth business coupe.

    In 1965 or so when I was a about 7 I saw a "Hell Drivers" show in Binghampton or Liberty or Beacon (one of those towns) in upstate New York. It had an almost identical itinerary of stunts so I reckon this was pretty much what you would see at any stunt show around that time. No doubt any new stunt innovation would be immediately copied by every other outfit.

    Great little film. Our expectations of what thrills us now has really changed

    I remember that the "Hell Drivers" slide for life was longer and had more fire. They also had a more elaborate "Dive Bomber" crash using more cars.

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