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History Vintage Bonneville car pictures

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dean Lowe, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. That is cool as hell. These guys who pioneered land speed racing are leaving us with regularity now. Whenever one of them speaks, it should be recorded. I have a list of them that I deeply regret are gone and I wish I had recorded the stories and tall tales I heard them telling when I was growing up.
  2. drofrockology
    Joined: Sep 17, 2008
    Posts: 238

    from Reno, NV

    an iconic image!
  3. enloe
    Joined: May 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,409

    from east , tn.


  4. neverdun
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 667

    1. Maryland HAMBers

    This is one of the best threads on here. Can we please give it 6 stars!******
  5. saltracer2
    Joined: Jul 15, 2011
    Posts: 4

    from Redding CA

    Thanks Dean for starting this site...I stumbled on to it today and scanned through all pages. Of course I knew your dad, but probably last saw you at the 1/2 mile drags in the early sixties.Brings back a lot of memories and I appreciate the history that you have gone deeper into than I could have. I have run at Bonneville since 1957 and missed only two meets 1968-69 when I moved north. We crashed our car in 2009, taking my youngest son, Barry with the car. I continue to go to each meet and have more time to become acquainted with many people I have know for years, but always was threshing with my car. I had a few close friends, but most I just knew of.
  6. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,148

    hugh m
    from ct.

  7. saltracer2
    Joined: Jul 15, 2011
    Posts: 4

    from Redding CA

    I am posting my seven "Tom Thumb Specials"...Ak gave me the '27 T...I ran roadsters at Bonneville through 1982.. I got the Pierson Coupe in 1980 and ran through 1991...built the new comp coupe in 1992 and ran last at Speedweek 2009. I got in the 200 MPH Club in the Pierson coupe 10-90, the new car put six family members in the Club. '34 Dodge PU in Corn Festival Parade 8-4-56.jpg


    1948 Ford 1958.jpg


    1965 Dry Lakes.jpg

    Pierson Coupe 1980-91.jpg

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  8. Thanks for posting those Mr. Bryant!
  9. Great to have you here Tom. I was deeply saddened when Barry lost his life in the crash at Bonneville. I cannot imagine the pain of loosing a son, or daughter. He was doing what he loved, but that dosen't make the loss any easier.

    We sure had some good times at the Road Runner meetings at Grigg's muffler shop didn't we!! Even with wadding up the Howard eater at El Mirage in '62, those days were still a great time in my life, and I have many good memories from them.

    This is the Tom Thumb Special I remember from El Mirage and Riverside.
  10. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,307


    Mercy! Welcome to the HAMB sir! Wish there was a way to instantly change that FNG tag for folks like you. You, sir, are genuine Old School! Thanks for sharing.
  11. Sorry if this has been posted already .........

  12. turk47
    Joined: Oct 19, 2012
    Posts: 3

    from arkansas

    hello all: I'm new to this board, but have a request along the subject line - I am looking for ANY photos of the 'Salt Shaker', which was my Dad's '29 Ford roadster on '32 rails, built in Long Beach, CA; raced at Muroc, Half-Moon Bay, Salinas as well Bonneville.

    Some details...(see attached)...
    ...was cover car HRM January '54.
    ...also featured back page query of September 2010 HR Deluxe with picture of my Mom at Bonneville in '53. included 'scrapbook' article from HRD.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated in discovering 'whatever happened to...' - I know the roadster was last with us while in Salinas, sold approximately 1956 or 1957.



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  13. turk47
    Joined: Oct 19, 2012
    Posts: 3

    from arkansas

    hello to all: seek any pictures, plus 'whatever happened to...' of my dad's roadster, called 'salt shaker', that ran at muroc, bonneville; drags at half moon bay, salinas.

    HRM cover car, january 1954; HRD article september 2010 - see enclosed FYI.

    was sold while in salinas, ~ 1956, 1957.

    any information, insight appreciated. thanks.

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  14. sr
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 394

    from Monterey

    Thanks for the photos. I hope there are more. The reverse chopped 34 coupe 3 window is someplace in Washington. The kugel coupe is still in southern california. One of the bodys of ermies streamliners is in Salinas Ca. and i dont know if there is a chassis or just the body.
  15. he guys, love the thread!
    please help me out by looking at my other thread about doug hartelt '34 coupe. im needing as much info as possible. thank you.
  16. Gaters
    Joined: Dec 29, 2007
    Posts: 564


    Hey Steve,

    Just a little help on the body type of you dad's roadster. That is a 26/27 roadster body. Very cool looking roadster. I hope you do locate it but If you don't find it, you should make a reproduction. Good Luck!!
  17. 39cent
    Joined: Apr 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,569

    from socal

    Just saw this 34 again, was a sharp car, Yes Epling and Deyoung, from Riverside ca. also Garat boys were on this trip I saw the car before they left for Bonneville.
  18. fenderless
    Joined: Mar 31, 2006
    Posts: 1,284

    from Norway

    Very cool thread:) Makes me wanna go to Bonneville sooon:)
    Also, in my dreams, make a roadster to run!?.
    Anybody have some picktures of a chassis that will certify today?

  19. RidgeRunner
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 819

    from Western MA

    Check out if you haven't found it already. Has photo galleries, forums, and links to the various LSR sanctioning organizations. Plenty there to get you started and keep you headed in the right direction.

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    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
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  21. Checkerwagon
    Joined: Jul 30, 2007
    Posts: 449


    Welcome Tom, glad to see you here. Have known you through the Landspeed mailing list and landracing forum for years. You and your family are an inspiration to me and many others.

    All the best,
    Cleveland OH
  22. RogerAndAlec
    Joined: Sep 4, 2008
    Posts: 20


    Greetings, About the guy in white, identified as Ray Torres in photo "Midnight at Ruby's Drive-In 1950 HS Graduation." Could this be the Torres who met Tony Berardini at the Santa Ana drags later in 1950 and sold a '29 roadster to Tony? Cant be that many guys named Torres associated with a 29 roadster in the area in 1950.
    Love to hear about any connections in this regard.


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  23. Sandy Haslam on the long Course Bonneville Speed Week 1975.

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  24. RogerAndAlec
    Joined: Sep 4, 2008
    Posts: 20


    Carl do your know anymore about this ’29 roadster? I understand, the guy in white is Ray Torres, guy waving his hand is Dan Gurney, guy on right is Skip Hudson. Recently Gurney said the engine belonged to Torres and the roadster to Hudson. And he also said Torres sold the ’29 to Hudson. But others have told me that late in 1950, Torres sold a ’29 to Tony Berardini and it became the famous no. 7 run by the Berardini Bros. from 1950 to 1955. Did Torres have two ’29 roadsters? Anybody, know anything about the roadster?
  25. Has anyone any idea of the fellow on the left? My files show him as an unknown. 2nd fellow is Peterson, 3rd and 4th of course Wally and Roy.

    Dave in James Dean, IN
  26. In regard to my post before this, ???
  27. George Klass
    Joined: Dec 31, 2007
    Posts: 839

    George Klass

    Before there were jet cars on the salt in Breedlove's life, there was this blown flathead '34.
    jalopykid and Gabe Fernando like this.
  28. Dynoroom
    Joined: Feb 26, 2008
    Posts: 559


    A few more

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  29. Gabe Fernando
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 309

    Gabe Fernando

    I used to see it at El Mirage. One of the neatest 34's around.

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