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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. ... and a couple of postcards:

    Post Card 1 (front).jpg
    Post Card 1 (caption on back).jpg
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2014
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  2. Love the shot with the timing light. No computers on that race car!
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  3. Bob, Dean & Rich -

    Charlie e-mailed me today ... Here's his response regarding the swing axle:

    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014
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  4. D.N.D.
    Joined: Aug 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,385

    Member Emeritus

    Hi Dean

    I agree 100% that the tank should be put back to the way the Bros ran it

    I was there in 63' and as I recall he went 289 to qualify, one thing I do remember that when he stuck it in high she spun the rears wow that was ' Priceless '

    Will never forget seeing & hearing that run as it is one of the most impressive things I have seen in 55 yrs of being in motorsports of all types

    G Don
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  5. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,950


    Am I wrong? Doesn't Varni have the second tank? I believe the first P38 tank is at Ernie Peria's with a GMC in it and being readied to run again.
  6. @RichFox -

    Dennis Varni's #909 C/GL is indeed the Markley's first tank (i.e., the P-38 belly tank that is the subject of this thread) ... albeit significantly modified (lengthened, brought up to current safety standards, etc., etc.) from its Markley Bros. #360 Lakester and Ernie Pereira #543 Lakester configurations.

    The Markley Bros. second tank was built from a T-33 Tip Tank:

    Charlie & Bones with #360 T-33 Lakester.JPG

    ... and set fast time of the meet in 1968:

    1968 Award.JPG

    NOTE: The second tank was later campaigned by Tony Baron ... and last Charlie heard, was owned by John Swanson.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2015
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  7. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,950


    Maybe. i thought this was the first one that Ernie has now. 63574_10200243840151454_915848660_n.jpg
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  8. Rich -

    Here's an excerpt from an e-mail Charlie sent me earlier today:

    I'm not sure where Ernie got the P-38 belly tank lakester he currently preparing to run again ... ???
  9. airplane rims and tires? reason I ask is that I just powdered a set from a vintage plane, they look very similar , one thing to note, they are damned strong and damned heavy.
  10. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,950


    Looks good enough for me
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  11. Here's a couple more vintage pics culled from the Internet ...


    Summers Bros Pollywog \'liner & Markley Bros Lakester - 1962.jpg
    The Summers Bros. #111 "Pollywog" FWD 'liner (foreground)
    The Markley Bros. #360D Belly Tank Lakester (background)​


    Markley Bros tank - 1963 (by Julian Doty).jpg
    image from the Julian Doty Collection​
  12. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,950


    No tank in this picture. But it is a nice picture of Charlie and Harry Hoffman last July. Also the Dalton-Jackson-Mayer group and their car. 11080588_1071874349495546_9156445989662794609_o.jpg
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  13. Thought for sure that I had already posted this artwork ... but I guess not ...

    1962 Markley Bros Belly Tank (by Stefan Marjoram 2010).jpg
    "1962 Markley Bros Belly Tank"
    by Stefan Marjoram ©2010
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  14. Here's better (higher resolution) copies of previously posted images:

    Charlie Markley (Petersen Archives).jpg
    Charlie Markley (Petersen Archives).jpg
    September 1963 photos by Eric Rickman

    If you’re after the land speed record in a Hemi-powered P-38 belly tank, you can't count on commodious
    accommodations. Charles Markley is neatly folded into the driver's compartment with just the necessities,
    mag kill switch at right thumb, fuel shutoff at left shoulder, brake handle, pedals, gauges, and steering wheel.

    The Markley Brothers & Nieri streamliner hit it out of the park at Bonneville by reaching a speed
    of 280 mph. Bob Markley and his brother did much of the mechanical reworking and engine tweaks.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2018
  15. Yet another B&W photograph of the #128C "MARKLEY BROS. ~ FLYNN" DeSoto-powered belly tank lakester:

    #128 Markley Bros & Flynn Belly Tank Lakester - August 31, 1959 (by Bob D'Olivo).jpg
    August 31, 1959 photo by Bob D'Olivo
    Last edited: May 14, 2020
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  16. Kiwi Tinbender
    Joined: Feb 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,155

    Kiwi Tinbender

    Eric Rickman`s pic of Charlie in the Drivers Seat says it all. Imagine going 270 plus, just crammed into that seat, little or no safety gear, minimal `cage`.....I don`t know if I have huge respect for Charlie or a terminal case of the Oh-My-Goodness-He-Has-No-Fear-At-All......:eek::D
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  17. The 2nd iteration of Varni's #909 C/Gas Lakester at Bonneville in 2004:

    #909 at Bonneville Speed Week 2004 (by Peter Hendrickson).jpg
    image by Peter Hendrickson
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  18. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,950


    12246976_1222463884436591_3225372754000105582_n.jpg 12246976_1222463884436591_3225372754000105582_n.jpg The tank after Ernie bought it.
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  19. Rich -

    Thanks for bumping the thread!

    NOTE: This pic (that I assume you found on facebook?) actually came from this thread ... see post #7.
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  20. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,950


    i thought it was probably a repost. And yes i took it from Bob Dalton's facebook post. But i liked it and so went ahead and posted it anyway.
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  21. Yet another pic culled from the Internet ...

    The Ceccato & Jones #1030 D/GC Studebaker ... with Louis Bonesio's #222 Orange Crate 'liner and the Markley Bros #360 belly tank engine cover in foreground:

    Ceccato & Jones Stude (Bonesio\'s Orange Crate \'liner & Markley\'s engine cover in foreground)..jpg
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2016
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  22. papa29
    Joined: Aug 10, 2009
    Posts: 5


    The Markley Bros first outing not 1960 but 1959 as Markley Bros and Flynn with Dick Flynn unblown DeSoto. The car was in black primer. Dick was from Spokane, WA I have home movies Dick shot converted to DVD.
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  23. @papa29 -

    You are correct! ... For the belly tank's maiden voyage on the salt, the brothers borrowed the DeSoto out of the Thrifty Auto Supply dragster:

    1958 Thrifty Auto Supply Dragster @ Shelton Drags (1).JPG
    1958 Thrifty Auto Supply Dragster @ Shelton Drags (2).jpg
    1958 Thrifty Auto Supply Dragster @ Shelton Drags (3).JPG

    There are several (26 to be exact) pics of the #128C "MARKLEY BROS. ~ FLYNN" belly tank already posted in this thread ... BUT definitely not any video.

    It would be fantastic if you could upload Dick Flynn's 1959 Bonneville home movies to YouTube or Vimeo ... and then share them in this thread.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2016
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  24. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 2,740

    Speed Gems

    I have the December '62 issue in a pile of magizines I bought myself for Christmas I was disappointed it didn't have any coverage of the tank guess i'll have to search the swap meets for the December '63 issue.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2016
  25. cheap-n-dirty
    Joined: Jan 28, 2002
    Posts: 747


    At 22 seconds in it has some shots of the tank at bonneville.

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  26. Just in time for Easter! ...

    Markley Bros #360 C Lakester Easter Egg (by Ron Christensen) - 1.jpg
    Markley Bros #360 C Lakester Easter Egg (by Ron Christensen) - 2.jpg
    Markley Bros #360 C Lakester Easter Egg (by Ron Christensen) - 3.jpg
    Markley Bros #360 C Lakester Easter Egg (by Ron Christensen) - 4.jpg
    "Markley Bros. #360C Belly Tank Lakester" Easter Egg
    by Ron Christensen​
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2016
  27. rgdavid
    Joined: Feb 3, 2014
    Posts: 347


    Oh how i dream of making a belly tank lakester.

    Absolutly no place to use it france.

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