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Man those are cool! All I find are golfers and broke dirt bikes perched on top of trophies! Thanks for sharing
I really like the hidden Tiki's, maybe not so hidden, but KOOL
I think Vargo closed in '69.
forgot this one....
I enjoy trophies,old,new,homemade*. I don't have too get one ,at every show,I go to enjoy those I get to talk too an see other cool cars!
But have many going back 1959 an on.
I gave a way 2 doz. of my oldy ones some 30 years back ,when our Oval track racing club was too low on $'s to buy yearend banquet trophys. Cleaned up an add some new little plaques,help get all those racers a prize. Still happy I did that.
I'll add show photo from late 1960 of my full custom Henry J,with a few trophies from earlier in that year.
I still got too many from many years of racing and showing! Two closets full of the tall ones that can't fit on top of Tv Center.
I don't have any old ones for show and tell as I think the earliest ones I have came from a road trip back to Texas in 1981 where I picked up a couple of long distance trophies. One because after a guy from the area claimed he should get it because he he thought he lived the futurist away and my buddy told him that no, he lived further away than that guy did but I had parked my truck on the far side of the driveway from his before we drove up that morning.
I was friends with a circle track dirt racer in Texas who won a lot but said he always sold the trophy back to the track and had been handed the same trophy about eight races in a row once before he lost a race and someone else kept it.
Those roadster trophies are pretty cool though.
Most of these are in boxes up in the attic!!! Photo from 1963
i got a car trophy once, just a cheap plastic thing. i snapped off all the car related stuff and peeled off the bronze plaque.
went to a local engraver and had a new plaque made that read PORNS NEWCUMMER OF THE YEAR and presented it to a friend at one of his annual parties.
it was worth the laugh.
We drug around dads NHRA trophies for a couple decades at least then got rid of them.
I had amassed more than 10 in the late '50s-early '60s, mostly Fremont drags.
Ex wife had a 'restless soul', said she put them out with the garbage when I went to L.A. (Pomona)
My old bud "Merc" scoured the swap meets for others' trophies. He'd have an armful at Turlock, Pleasanton, etc.
He lined them all up in front of his lavender-primered Merc, took pics, to get famous.
My pride and joy. Won it at the local hobby shop level in the Revell national model contest in '64 for this AMT Willys gasser build.
Old trophies are cool...
1962 Hurst golden shifter award, given to class winners that ran Hurst shifters. this one was never given out
A handful of these survived the years. I'll have to dig them out to get fresh pics of them. After Ron passed away they were tossing all the trophies the car had one. I went kept all the 50s and early 60s trophies it had won.
when I bought Paul Savalesky's 55 Chev custom it came with 85 trophies. The majority of them were won back in the 60's
This one was won by Ed Roth with the little jewel
Miss elegance trophies
I thank all of your that find and preserve this history and share it with us! I appreciate getting to see the connection to history!
I tend to appreciate trophies that my late friends have won, more than my own. Have to get Whitey Jenson's clock repaired.
I have most of Bill Smith trophies from 1956-59 Oakland and other
Very cool, but a LOT of dusting!
Trophy whore ^^^^^^^^
I have this pair of the Pierson brothers cars.
The coolest trophy I ever had was a 3' version of the AMBR that was won by my pal Lonnie Gilbertson. Lonnie was getting rid of lots of tools, tables and misc stuff, when he closed down his machine shop a few years back. While picking the long table, seen behind Ganahl's roadster, The AMBR was sitting on it, with some minor damage, and reassembly needed. I said "what are you going to do with this", he said, "shit can it, it probably can't be repaired". So I took it, fixed, not perfect, mind you, but it looked great. I kept it for a year or so, and gave it back to him. He in turn, donated it to the Peterson Museum, where his car now resides.
When racing at the drags, it is always nice to see a reward for some accomplishments. The stock car racing during our time from 1957 to 1961 was hectic to say the least. In the beginning, the sight of the car ahead, usually another 58 Impala, was daunting enough, let alone being finished racing for the day/night.
But as we learned the ins and outs of drag racing, timing the starts was the key to winning the class races.
It was obvious that nervousness at the starts was the key. Some times, it was possible to win later on in the quarter mile as the other guy, either missed a shift or his tune was not happening. So, there was room to make up for a “not so good start” during the whole quarter mile.
What was a fast learning curve became a fun thing once the ice was broken and a final win in the A/S stock car class was a reality. That shiny trophy was revered by my brother and when we drove home, I was the guy to hold it, gleaming all the way.
Our small Westside of Long Beach home had increased in size because our parents wanted the two boys to have a place to study and do the ever present homework. But, they allowed an old tape recorder/player AM/FM stereo console to grace the room at our insistence. So, the multiple trophies won by my brother and one by me were honorably displayed on the top shelf of our stuffed bookcase along the wall.
I found this result list from 1958. Not bad for a 3500 lb sedan in A/Stock. The top SS class competitors with more horsepower were a .5 second faster. But, look at the supercharged 57 Ranchero of Pete McCarroll. A second quicker with a 300 HP centrifugal supercharged Ford. Early drag racing from 1958.
But, what was the largest trophy on the shelf? It was the trophy with a jumping Trout on top. Our dad had won it one year on opening day at Crowley Lake in the Mammoth Mountain Lakes/Ski resort area. He had the largest trout caught for that year... 1955 or 56.
Unless, my brother and I won the Top Eliminator trophy for the whole Lion's Dragstrip, nothing was going to top that huge trophy with the jumping trout.
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