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  1. hudson48
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    As soon as I saw that first picture I recognized the town. We went through in 2010 on our way to Yosemite. Had lunch there.
    Neat town with lots of history. I think I read that when the hotel was built they excavated for the foundations and found enough gold to build it. True?
     
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    Me too..Physically or financially.
     
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    cool shots! I never saw either of them- and you're right, the 2nd pic is his 427 car, which he called 'Capella'...for some reason he changed his last name from Gessner to Capella
     
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    Lennie Kennedy's Buick. This car was a killer in C/S around SoCal. On the left is Pete Reynolds, the owner of the Buick Dealership, and on the right is Bill Trevor. Bill Trevor was a Buick Technical Instructor at the General Motors Training Center in Burbank and a passionate drag racing enthusiast. It was Trevor who suggested to Pete Reynolds that if we wanted to sponsor a car, he had the driver (Lennie "Pops" Kennedy). As the association blossomed, Trevor was the unseen wind that sailed the ship - the coordinator of talented individuals locally and an invaluable help serving as a vital link to Buick engineering in Flint. It is through Trevor that the Stage 2 Program could be field tested while complying with the corporate ban on racing. His fondness for Gran Sport coupes with four speed transmissions is legendary, as several of the specially ordered "Bill Trevor demos" have survived. Bill was a drag racer himself in his '57 Buick Century (with a Dynaflow trans) and showed the way to many NHRA stockers at local tracks, particularly at San Fernando Drag Strip. A much loved guy...

    A couple of others that were instrumental in the Buick racing program. Jim Bell and Dennis Manner. Jim Bell was a drag racer in Southern California who often raced against "Pop" Kennedy, then recognizing the significance of Pop's talent, decided to team up with him instead. Jim's proposal: "I'll tune the cars, and you drive them". Their association reached a new plateau in 1968 when they formed Kenne-Bell racing, dedicated to developing high performance Buick raging engines. Still in business, the firm changed its focus to producing Mustang performance parts after Buick exited the high performance market in 1987.

    Dennis Manner was a project engineer at Buick Engineering in Flint. It was his idea to develop a performance options for the new big block engines that debuted in 1967. Working in conjunction with Bill Trevor, Dennis provided experimental components to Trevor to be tested in the Reynolds cars. Dennis is the father of the Stage 1 "Fast for the Street" and Stage 2 racing engines and provided all of the prototype Stage 2 parts to Reynolds for testing. He went so far as to develop a specification sheet for a proposed Stage 2 factory drag car, but it was not approved for production as the era of high-compression was fast drawing to a close.
     
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    Dumbass...o_O:D
     
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    At around the same time, a Volvo dealer near me had a 289 Cobra for sale for $3900....sure, it was a ratty-looking former racer, but maaann...I coulda bought it, but was still living with my parents, had nowhere to put it, nor the money to restore it. The salesman said with a smirk 'It'll be gone within the week'I'm sure it was. And yep, there are bootprints on my petootie from kicking myself ever since
     
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    Can't say for sure but it sure does looks like it. Don't know the drivers but the #7 car sure looks like the Johnny Vance machine.
     
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    This is what happens when you let the owner of the dealership borrow a race car. Pete Reynolds took the car over to Hooker Headers in Pomona to negotiate a distributorship from them. On the way back, it had unexpectedly begun to rain and the GS still had its racing slicks on (and 4:44 gears). It rolled onto its roof as Pete attempted to exit I-10 at Holt Avenue. Except for damage to his shoulder and his pride, Pete took the impact remarkably well. The Gran Sport was less fortunate, and a replacement car had to be located.

    They located a car in two days from another dealer. The engine was transplanted from the #1 car into the new #2 car, which was hurriedly prepared for racing. With Jim Bell's tuning mods, the car ran 12.30 at 111 mph in NHRA stock trim. This car enjoyed a long career with many wins and helped establish the reputation of the Gran Sport as a muscle car to be reckoned with.
     
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    In the Fifties, a Dutchman called Maus Gatsonides, took a Mercury chassis and stiffened it and a Mercury engine which he gave more power. He designed a swoopy body and fitted it.
    He called the car Kwik, that is Dutch for the element Mercury.
    And he raced the car hard! At Zandvoort (the Dutch GP-circuit) and rallies. With success!
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    Develloping his cars (he made more) and racing cost him a lot of money. No problem, he earned enough designing, producing and selling radar speedtraps.
     
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