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Twin Bears Drag Racing in 8mm...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  2. chickenshift
    Joined: Feb 14, 2010
    Posts: 363


    Wow what a handful!! One of the best videos ive seen
  3. Jive-Bomber Jay - very cool video! ... and I can honestly say that I've never seen it before! :D

    I guess I missed it when docc posted it in Royalshifter's epic "Drag cars in motion" picture thread:

  4. Half-Fast Motors
    Joined: Nov 14, 2009
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    Half-Fast Motors


  5. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,751

    from Nebraska

    Really cool video --- thanks, Jay!!

  6. KIRK!
    Joined: Feb 20, 2002
    Posts: 12,031


    Oh, I pictured two harry dudes with dresses running in heels.
  7. Church
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 2,819

    from South Bay

    I love the safety concerns back then.....or lack there of. Priority being speed and power. Notice at the beginning of the clip the driver doesn't even have gloves on. Too cool.
  8. rumblefish
    Joined: Sep 2, 2006
    Posts: 77

    from NE Ohio

  9. That first clip is from one of Don Tuttle's videos. Don shot 8mm movie flim at strips all over Ca, El Mirage, and Bonneville in the late 50's and early 60's. used to see Don at So Cal swap meets selling his videos. I have a couple of his tapes, and the narration is priceless. He just sat and watched the films, and added comments as he recognized what was on the screen. If you like raw vintage footage of how racing really was, these tapes are must haves.
  10. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,062


    Don Tuttle was the track announcer at Santa Anna. He was a really nice guy to talk to, but from what I understand he is no longer with us. I have all three of the tapes that he produced and sold. They were entitled Hot Rodding...the Way it Was. I believe this footage was included on the one subtitled Potpourri 1.

    When I bought the videos from Don he also gave me a list of all the top time and top eliminator winners from 1950-1956. I might have to see about scanning and posting that information.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2010
  11. cru_zn_29
    Joined: Jul 11, 2010
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    That film was great to see Glen Ward was a great friend of mine. He told me a lot of stories about Twin Bears. Seeing it running makes my day. Kenny
  12. Paul2748
    Joined: Jan 8, 2003
    Posts: 2,188


    I was the Tech Advisor for NHRA Div 1 when Christman and Johanson's son ran the car on the East Coast at the NHRA championship meets.. Really an impressive car for the time. Chrisman was one of the nicest drag racer that I ever met.
  13. RM-Special
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
    Posts: 98


    Nice timing with this thread,I had not long finished reading the chapter in Robert C Post's book High Performance,where this car was discussed.Thanks ,RM
  14. Here's a couple shots I took of Jack and the Twin Bear car at Island Dragway, in Great Meadows NJ, in 1961 at an NHRA Regional event.

    Attached Files:

  15. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
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    1. 60s Show Rods

  16. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Great to see these cool flicks again, I'd forgotten 'bout 'em. Thanks for posting Jay.
  17. I've got the same Don Tuttle videos and they are awesome!!!

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