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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. wow, some of my favorites!
     
  2. I posted previously that my granddaughter was named after Veda Orr and I was searching for a Veda hubcap

    I finally managed to get my hands on one,,even though it is a re-pop made,,,many thanks to Steve Sellers. HRP

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  3. LSR 2909
    Joined: May 10, 2012
    Posts: 605

    LSR 2909
    Member
    from Colorado

    Those trophies are for speed records, not show cars. Any one who would scorn those are pretentious fools.
     
  4. Cut55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,978

    Cut55
    Member
    from WA


    Did a little research and found that the 1960s building that housed Orr's is still in existence. Located at 17670 Sierra Highway, it is now a pest control business. You can see the architecture is basically unchanged from the late-1960s photo with the '55 Chevy and Mr. Orr. A roof has since been installed between the Orr building and the building to the left/south.

    Then:

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    Today:

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  5. hiboy32
    Joined: Nov 7, 2001
    Posts: 2,774

    hiboy32
    Member
    from Omaha, NE

    amazing how the building really hasn't changed all these years, want someone to peel off that siding to see if we can still see the outline of karl orr speed shop.
     
  6. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,006

    Cyclone Kevin
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    I saw a really unique item today. It was Karl Orr Speed Equipment. They were 24 Stud Ford heads that were tapered much like a Navarro w/o the need to replace stock studs. I've never seen a set of these before and it seems that they're going to be made again as this was a new casting.

    Is there any info on anything like this? I've seen ORD heads made by Mal Ord, but never a K.O.
    I hope that I'm not letting some cat out of the bag as this is just what I saw. I did not take a pic, because the owner/fabricator was not there to ask.

    It's always nice to see different speed equipment coming out though, so as an enthusiast I'm stoked as my Grandfather (Eddie Balanger) who also did the roundy round CRA thing knew K.&V.O. when they lived in Culver City in the late 40's.

    I guess out near Saugus Robert & Suzanne Williams used to visit them into the 80's.

    CK. ;).
     
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  7. I would love to see these reproduced. HRP
     
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  8. Like this?
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  10. Rootie Kazoootie
    Joined: Nov 27, 2006
    Posts: 8,134

    Rootie Kazoootie
    Member
    from Colorado

    Orr had at least 3 Big (sprint) Cars in the 40s/early 50s. ko-1.JPG ko-2.JPG ko-3.JPG
     
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  11. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,404

    2935ford
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    If you look closely in the left window of that famous first shop picture you will see the car behind the 32 in this picture.
    karlorr.jpg
     
  12. Rootie Kazoootie
    Joined: Nov 27, 2006
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    Rootie Kazoootie
    Member
    from Colorado

    The first pic above is at Bay Meadows Speedway 1951 with Bayliss Leverett. This pic is at Oakland Stadium with Bob Sweikert. The wire wheels and lack of paint makes me think it's around 1949 and probably it's first race. sw2.jpg
     
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  13. Yes, but I want to see inside of Typo41's window. ^^^ up there. ;)
     
  14. Wonder if someone has printed a poster size reprint of the Orr Speed Shop photo?
    If so, let us know.
     
  15. Sorry for the tease, but I wanted to show that the car does exist and is in the same shape as the old black and white photos. The car is in a private collection, which is better than if it had been in the Peterson, and I only got to see it for a few minutes.
     
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  16. That is awesome. Lucky you. Return visit maybe ... and please.
     

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