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Event Coverage Vintage Bonneville Footage

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,568

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,748


    Thanks Boss!
  3. Though things at Bonneville have changed,,, still not much different from 1951 to 2013... Guys drilling holes and others dropping cones. And since it is so hot might as well just wear just chinos and a white t shirt.. now that has changed.
  4. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,602


    Well, I enjoyed it. Thanks.

  5. Big Mac
    Joined: Sep 12, 2007
    Posts: 1,567

    Big Mac
    1. Utah HAMBers

    Cool stuff. It's cool to see the roots of what is there today. You don't get to see someone fix things with masking tape these days, or run down the course in a hard hat and sun glasses. If I could go back in time, of all the things you could choose to do and see, I would go to Bonneville. Hands down.
  6. Dan Warner
    Joined: Oct 25, 2004
    Posts: 557

    Dan Warner
    from so cal

    I wonder what the cost of a roll of masking tape was in those days. Must have been miles used at each event.

  7. hotrodnomader
    Joined: Feb 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,744


  8. Ryan -

    Great vintage Bonneville footage!

    As I watched the first video, I was overcome by a feeling of Déjà vu ... sure enough ... checkout:

    * yeahRight's 50's (?) Bonneville footage thread

    * sodbuster's post in the Tom Cobbs: Part 1 Blog/thread
  9. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,147

    Jalopy Joker

    Salt Speed Good - Thanks
  10. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 3,121

    Speed Gems

    Great video! with a few shots of the Tom Cobb Eng. special and the Howards Cams Crosly. There was a great Article in the Jan.'13 issue about the Hot Rod Deluxe about the Cobbs Eng. car.
  11. vonpahrkur
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
    Posts: 919


    Great stuff! Was watching some vintage footage recently of the golden rod and the challenger one-looking forward to going there someday!
  12. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Excellent footage, both in quality and content. These will get plenty of play on my computers.:)
  13. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,142

    hugh m
    from ct.

    Pretty cool footage...when's the last time you saw gas in a glass jug?
  14. 80WTI
    Joined: Sep 16, 2012
    Posts: 319


    Thanks for the link, great footage. Lee
  15. Very good footage of the 3rd. B-ville Time Trials!
    Yes thanks have changed BUT still the same if that makes sense?
    Thanks Ryan
  16. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,727


    Thanks Ryan, hope all is well with the family. Hope the medical issues were not too serious. Enjoyed the videos, Carp
  17. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 924

    Stan Back
    from California

    interesting that mud showed up on the drill. Maybe it wasn't all 3 feet deep then (?).
  18. What were they using to make the black stripe? Seems like it would take a lot of it.
  19. Bearing Burner
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
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    Bearing Burner
    from W. MA

  20. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 3,121

    Speed Gems

    Crude oil. I think a few years ago the tree huggers made them stop and now they use orange cones.
  21. pontman
    Joined: Mar 18, 2011
    Posts: 404


    Great footage from the early years.
  22. pug man
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,010

    pug man
    from louisiana

    notice how "thin" everybody was back then.....thanks boss........
  23. I dont really have a lot of regrets in life, but not going to Bonneville earlier in life is up there. As teens we were driving to events in California from up here in Washington State and for some reason it never occurred to us to hit the Salt Flats even though we read about em in Hot Rod every year.

    Instead of only been going for the last ten years it would have been the last 35 ... and im sure I would have loved every minute of it =)

    Thanks for the vids!
  24. Big Mac
    Joined: Sep 12, 2007
    Posts: 1,567

    Big Mac
    1. Utah HAMBers

    One thing that is interesting to me is the different perspective of the racers then. They didn't have the technology to have all the safety measures they have today. I can imagine what it must have felt like trying everything you can think of to squeeze another 5 mph out of your flathead powered roadster. Running 130mph, foot pushing through the floorboard, not concerned with safety but rather completely overcome with the adrenaline and desire to go just a little bit faster....

    Now days it seems the perspective has changed in many of the classes. There's so much money in it now. They are running so fast now, and have so much power, that they have to be more concerned about safety. They have so many safety mechanisms in place (I'm not knocking that part) that while they're running down the track they have to be focused on the safety precautions as much as the speed.

    I remember as a kid going down Little Cottonwood canyon in Utah (snowbird ski resort) on my skateboard. I was tucked down as low and lean as I could get. I was topped out. I was doing anything I could think of to go just a little bit faster.... I think that is what bonneville would have been like in the early days. What a rush. Now it's more like riding a rocket ship and hoping the stars line up and you have a good run.

    I would be interested to hear what the current drivers' thoughts are about the different perspectives between the early days and now.

    That said, there's still no place like it on earth and I will be at speedweek every year until the day I die.
  25. Fiddytree
    Joined: Sep 7, 2008
    Posts: 204

    from Durango

    Seems like everyone was younger then . . . . .
  26. ss34coupe
    Joined: May 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,169


    Great video footage of the early years.
  27. notrod13
    Joined: Dec 13, 2005
    Posts: 988

    from long beach

    wow those were kool, i swear that is logans streamliner in the first one!!
  28. HelmuthBrothers
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 720

    from New Jersey

    Awesome footage to see. I hope to make it out there one day when my car is finished. Not only is it awesome to see guys building cars these days that look like they could fit right in this film, I also think its funny seeing how fashion is kind of pulling lots of ideas from this time period.
  29. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


  30. That first video might be the best "old time" video I've seen. I see where the Rolling Bones got their ideas...they are spot on.

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