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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. D.N.D.
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    Hi 440

    A few blocks from Valley blvd on Eastern you would turn left on Norelle St. and it would go down hill and make a left turn at the first block.

    Right at that turn on the corner was our house, there was a side street that went about 150 ft or so and now it looks like a long street for more homes

    Not too far from the park on Eastern

    Don
     
  2. D.N.D.
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    Hi 440

    Opps i misread your post, El Sereno is east of the L.A. City about 5 miles just north of Valley Blvd on Eastern Ave up to Huntington Drive.

    Next town over is Alhambra going east.

    Don
     
  3. theman440
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    Is El Sereno a street or Town? I'm originally from LA county and I've never heard of a town called El Sereno.
     
  4. Chrisbcritter
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    It's more of a neighborhood, like City Terrace, Lincoln Heights, Hollywood Hills, or Silverlake.
     
  5. theman440
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    OK got it - I live in Las Vegas and the area is called "Centennial Hills" - even though there aint no hills around here...go figure.
     
  6. Dan in Pasadena
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  7. D.N.D.
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    Gas Ronda & McEwen Hemi-Cuda story

    As this stuff was almost 50 yrs ago i think they were on the same day?

    One sunday afternoon in the mid 60's at the Beach myself & Pat Foster were doing a shake down on a new blown sbc 41' Willys for Bill Bagshaw.

    Gas was doing some testing with one of those new long Logghe framed AFX Mustangs with the injected Cammer engine's and four speed'

    As i reacll they used the Detroit Locker rear ends, well something broke in there and the car made a sharp right turn right over the guard rail and did several endo's.

    It was very lucky to be a sunday as the stands half way down the track were empty, because the car ended up in the first row of seats and Gas was ok.



    So little while after that deal we were setting there behind the line ready for Pat to make a run in the Willy's and they fired up the new Hemi-Cuda rear engine fuel burner.

    They ran the car with a set of 10" by 16" dragster slicks and with the Torque- Master trans it would not pull them and just bogged the engine down

    So to get it to smoke the tires they put on smaller rears 9" by 15" like used on gas dragsters, but they had a smaller diameter that lowered the rear of the Cuda

    Well that got overlooked i guess because just about at the finish line lights it took off and boy did it ever fly, Tom McEwen was ok but the Cuda was total mess

    Well after seeing those two events Pat did not feel like doing any driving that day so we packed it in for the day, Bill and i both said yes too lets go home

    Good day for Gas & Tom - bad day for the race cars

    Don
     
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  8. BrerHair
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    Great story ^^^, thanks Don.
     
  9. D.N.D.
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    Hi Hair

    Thanks for the kind words about my post, just tuned in to your 51' build and what a neat boy you have and get to work & learn together on his first car.

    My first car was a 51' chevy too a 2 dr hardtop, working in the local Hobby shop for 75 cents an hour each day took my a while to save the $325.00 to buy it in 56'

    I wished i could have worked on a project like that with my dad to get to know him better, he was a very quiet guy and never said much but still a great dad to have.

    Looking forward to seeing how the 51' turns out, do you know about the Diamondback tire guys near you as they can make up some special tires for the car for the look you want.

    Later, Don
     
  10. 296ardun
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    Santa Anita, 1939:
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  11. 296ardun
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    First version of Santa Anita, 1909:

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  12. 296ardun
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    Lucky Baldwin cottage, 1938, near Santa Anita...if those walls could talk, Mazooma posted a later picture of the cottage elsewhere...lots of rumors about Lucky and the trysts that happened here...

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  13. 296ardun
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    Bing Crosby at Santa Anita, 1930s...Oliver Hardy was also a regular, as Hollywood producer Hal Roach was the co-founder of the track's second version in 1933. Roach produced most of the Laurel and Hardy series
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  14. 296ardun
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    At one point the train stopped at Santa Anita:

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  15. D.N.D.
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    Hi Doug

    Did you guys wear A1 Pegger pants in your neck of the woods, i guess because El Sereno in 55' was very close to Boyle Hights and the history of the special clothing the Zoot Suit guys wore it rubbed off at Wilson High

    We had a fashion show every day at school and helped to get the Peggers in all sorts of colors, like pink to go with a pink & black shirt and socks to match and a 1/2" wide black suede belt

    I had mainly white - tan - pink - turquoise and no Black as those were for the bad ass dudes only, if you wore the black ones it would be for one day only as you would get thumped by one of the real ' Fonzy ' dudes that did have turned up shirt collars - leather jackets and the D. A. hair cuts.

    The night before you would lay out your wardrobe for the next day with shined shoes to impress the girls, as they would be looking good too with the poodle skirts and sweaters and the cool shoes called flats

    Each day i would walk Patty home my fav at 15 ys old, but then i would see her dad a Motor Officer just pulling up on his bike [ like what are you doing with my little baby girl ] and kinda put a damper on my thoughts.

    Fun stuff back then, Don
     
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  16. D.N.D.
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    This is my Dads hot rod in 33' a 25' T with some neat stuff on it like a:

    Fronty head
    Winfield carb
    Ruxtel 2 speed rear end
    Cockpit contorlled exhaust cutout
    Lowered and those cool Bufallo wire wheels

    The crank was drilled for oil pressure but was prone to breaking so after awhile Dad sold it to my uncle Dick that put a stock head & crank back in it and had a more reliable car then'

    These pics were at my gramps house a little south west of L.A. city

    I guess that is where i got my racing genes from as my uncle went on to be the driver for the ' Tommy Lee Speedster ' until the war broke out.

    Uncle Dick went 148 mph in the car but did not get the record on Dec 7 as they were ready to run but the meet got cancled, will post some pics of the car next.

    Don
     
  17. D.N.D.
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    Will try again for posting the T pics
     

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  18. D.N.D.
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    The last 2 pics are the Tommy Lee car with my Uncle Dick Nowell at the wheel and the Offy engine builder

    Don
     
  19. mammyjammer
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    WOW!!! Pop must have been the Cat's Meow cruising L.A. in THAT car!!
    Cool pics!
     
  20. D.N.D.
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    Boy you are right there, i sure would like to have that car now.

    A lot of guys of that age never carried the car passion forward maybe because of WW2

    Dad just never talked much about his playing days, so there is a lot i do not know about that car

    Don
     
  21. Alta Loma Terrace, elevator tower. Never been here, but the tower still exists. Built to serve the residences on the top of the hill. No streets on top, garages below. High Tower Drive near the Hollywood Bowl.

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  22. big creep
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    funny i did a job on this street. garages are still there and a few homes now over the tower.

     
  23. big creep
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  24. BrerHair
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    How cool is that, the Tommy Lee speedster! What a car!
     
  25. TJratz
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    Might not be appropiate here but I recently got the video game L.A. Noire for my PS3. Its set in 1940's Los Angeles. Cool graphics and a bunch of actual locations and cars.
     
  26. 50Fraud
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    My grandparents lived in one of the houses at the top of the elevator during the late '40s. Our family referred to the location as "Broadview Terrace"; maybe that's the name of the street with the garages. There's a sidewalk at the top that connects about 8 or 10 houses, like a walk street. The walk is accessible by the elevator or by a VERY long stairway at the West end.

    I rediscovered this place a few years ago and explored it on foot. It's all still there and in excellent condition. Wonderful, characterful neighborhood!
     
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    They were burned off by the heat,
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    Those champagne corks will bang high,
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    And it didn't smell like roses,
    So we had to hold our noses,
    Oh, we lived ten thousand years in old Chefoo.

    http://www.zamboanga.com/html/monkeys_of_zamboanga.htm
     
  28. Old6rodder
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    1. HA/GR owners group

    Wow! I hadn't heard a clean version before. :D
     
  29. The PC police probably had it bulldozed and hung the owner.
     

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