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History The Markley Bros BELLY TANK: A Pictorial History

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HEMI32, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. Here's a color photo of the #128C "MARKLEY BROS. ~ FLYNN" tank on the salt in 1959:

    Markley Bros. #128c Belly Tank - 1959 (Just~Gunner Productions 2019).jpg
    image from the Stephen Justice Collection
     
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  2. Here's some images of Ernie Pereira's #543 X version of the belly tank lakester ...

    ... at the 23rd Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials in 1971:

    1971 - #543 by Bob Greene (1).jpg
    image by Bob Greene (from the Petersen Photo Archives)

    1971 - #543 by Eric Rickman (1).jpg
    1971 - #543 by Eric Rickman (2).jpg
    1971 - #543 by Eric Rickman (3).jpg
    1971 - #543 by Eric Rickman (4).jpg
    images by Eric Rickman (from the Petersen Photo Archives)​
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
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  3. ... at the 1973 Bonneville National Speed Trials:

    1973 - #543 by Gray Baskerville (1).jpg
    1973 - #543 by Gray Baskerville (2).jpg
    1973 - #543 by Gray Baskerville (3).jpg
    images by Gray Baskerville (from the Petersen Photo Archives)​
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
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  4. ... at the 1974 Bonneville National Speed Trials:

    1974 - #543 (photographer unknown).jpg
    photographer unknown (from the Petersen Photo Archives)

    1974 - #543 by Eric Rickman.jpg
    image by Eric Rickman (from the Petersen Photo Archives)​
     
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  5. ... at the 1975 Bonneville National Speed Trials:

    1975 - #543 (by Gray Baskerville).jpg
    image by Gray Baskerville (from the Petersen Photo Archives)​
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2019
  6. ... and at the 1969 Bonneville National Speed Trials:

    #543 @ 1969 B'ville Nats (by Eric Rickman).jpg
    image by Eric Rickman (from the Petersen Photo Archives)
     
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  7. Our friends over at HOP UP Magazine (Tim @notrod13 Sutton, @Marcy Molkenthen, John @jadeidol Gunsaulis, & @Justin Baas) had the good sense to include our favorite Belly Tank Lakester on the cover of their latest (“little pages”) issue:

    HOP UP Special #4 ('little pages') cover - 2019.jpg
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2019
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  8. And the Pisano Brother's Stude. ^^
     
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  9. Larry E James
    Joined: Mar 25, 2020
    Posts: 3

    Larry E James

    Hi All,
    Brand new to this site as of today. What a fantastic thread !!! Thank you !!!
    I lost track of Harry and Charlie a few years ago. I emailed Harry this morning and the email bounced.

    I worked for Harry in the mid-70's and learned welding and sheetmetal from him. At the time Harry Jr. also worked there. The Markley Bros. and Harry were building their '32 at the time and I stayed after hours and weekends and built the zoomy headers. I have to say the Charlie, Bones, and Harry were all super great people. Harry was a great boss.

    I few years ago (maybe 6 or so) I flew down to Bonneville with my son and met up with Harry, Charlie, and crew. It was the last time Harry ran his red roadster and I think it was Craig driving ?? I was hoping to get down again this year to see everyone; nice to see them before it's too late. Please feel free to contact me with contact info at larryejames[at]gmail[dot]com.

    So cool reading all of this history and seeing all the great pictures.
     
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  10. Here's a Hilborn ad that appeared on page 27 of the 1964 Bonneville Nats Official Program:

    Ad on pg 27 of the 1964 16th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials Officia Program.jpg
     
  11. Here's a COLORIZED photo of the Markley Bros. & Nieri #360 D Lakester on the salt in 1963:

    #360 D at B'ville 1963 (colorized photo).jpg
     
  12. Any one have more information on this car or more pictures of it
     

    Attached Files:

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  13. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,722

    Tman
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    Did you see post #219?
     
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  14. I do have literally dozens of photos of the Markley Bros. second (T-33 Tip Tank) #360 Lakester ... but would rather keep this thread focused on their first (P-38 Belly Tank) #360 Lakester.

    NOTE: I've hesitated doing a "pictorial history" thread on the Markley Bros. #360 T-33 Tip Tank Lakester since it was run in the late '60s & the early '70s (i.e., not really "HAMB-friendly") ... but stay tuned!
     
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  15. Found yet another image in my archives that I somehow neglected to post here ... A circa 1966 photo of the #360 C Belly Tank Lakester:

    1966 - #360 C Lakester - SEP 66.jpg
    photographer unknown
     
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  16. Here's some pics of the Varni~Barnett #909 Belly Tank on the salt in 1998:

    #909 Varni~Barnett C Gas Lakester @ '98 B'ville Nats - by Tommy Shaw (1).JPG
    #909 Varni~Barnett C Gas Lakester @ '98 B'ville Nats - by Tommy Shaw (2).JPG

    #909 Varni~Barnett C Gas Lakester @ '98 B'ville Nats - by Tommy Shaw (3).JPG

    #909 Varni~Barnett C Gas Lakester @ '98 B'ville Nats - by Tommy Shaw (4).JPG
    all images by Tommy Shaw
     
  17. In 1980, "fairings" were added to the rear wheels of the #543 Belly Tank Lakester to enable it to run in the X / Fuel Streamliner class:

    1980 - #543 X-FS by Gray Baskerville.jpg
    image by Gray Baskerville (from the Petersen Photo Archives)​
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2021
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  18. Here's a photo of the #360 D Belly Tank Lakester in the pits at the 1964 B'ville Nats:

    1964 - #360D in the pits (by Bob Knapp).jpg
    image by Bob Knapp (from the Knapp Family Collection)
     
  19. Here's a couple of photos of the #360 C Belly Tank Lakester with Louie Bonesio's #222 I Streamliner and the Herda~Knapp #999 A Streamliner on the salt at the 1965 B'ville Nats:

    1965 - #222 Bonesio, #360 Markley Bros, #999 Herda~Knapp front view (by Bob Knapp).jpg
    1965 - #222 Bonesio, #360 Markley Bros, #999 Herda~Knapp side view (by Bob Knapp).jpg
    images by Bob Knapp (from the Knapp Family Collection)​

    NOTE: All three cars now reside in Dennis Varni’s "Speed Nymph Garage"collection:

    Speed  Nymph Garage Aug '11.jpg
    iPhone snapshot image by @HEMI32
     
  20. Here's a few Rudy Perez photos of the #360 C Belly Tank Lakester in the pits at the 1966 B'ville Nats ...

    ... with the Cecato & Jones #1030 D/Gas Coupe & Louie Bonesio's #222 I / Streamliner:

    1966 - #1030, #222 & #360 B&W (by Rudy Perez).jpg

    ... with Louie Bonesio's #222 I / Streamliner and Tim Rochlitzer's "True Radius Bending Special" D / Lakester:

    1966 - #1210, #360 & #222 B&W (by Rudy Perez).jpg

    ... and with Louie Bonesio's #222 I / Streamliner:

    1966 - #360 & #222 COLOR (by Rudy Perez).jpg
     

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