The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dog427435, Dec 18, 2009.
Right after she married him.
A batch from high school yearbooks in Smithfield and Selma, NC:
(Translated: The school board wasn't giving them much new equipment )
Saved this for last: How often do you see a dealer selling new Fords and Chevys together in the same showroom? This was in 1955:
Clem Johnson and his "Barn Job" Vincent, from Los, Angeles. He came up to Woodburn,Or in 1966, saw him run in mid 9's at 155 !
Ralph Owen, in the 1960’s was a motorcycle drag racer like many of his friends. In 1964 he sold this bike with the help of Marion Owens, of Oklahoma, and began working as pit crew for his buddy Clem Johnson. They remained the best of friends for life. Photo courtesy of the Owen family archive.
Rootie the #10 Peugeot above is a cool shot. It appears to be Johnny Aitken at Indy (thought earlier Sheepshead) although not sure why the #10 on the radiator unless it was testing. Aitken was from Indy so not all that unusual maybe. No Indy races in 1917 or 1918 and two races in 1916, although Aitken ran with different numbers at both races. It may have been around the Astor Cup race on September 30, 1916 (as he ran and won with the #10 in that race). September of 1916 was a good month for Aitken as he won the 300 mile race at Cincinnati (car #11) on September 4, 1916, Indy in a 100 miler on September 9th (car #1) and won at Sheepshead Bay on September 30 with the 104.484 average for 250 miles ((car #10). Curious I suppose but the uprights on the grandstands appear to be Indy. A great racer who died in the influenza epidemic in 1918.
Fords, Chevys AND Coca-Cola! Happiness was almost guaranteed
More old shots from bangshift. They are huge if you click on them
Boston Auto show
Champion Spark Plugs
more same set
Chicago Auto Show
same car Assassins
Note "Hand" Brake
Note feather duster on helmet
Coast Pontiac Tempest 1965
Is this a Crocker? From what i'v read they were the A+ultra in their time.
It's a Vincent. Google Clem Johnson Barn Job. If I remember correctly he bought it new in 1948 and raced it for almost 40 years.
I believe the "barn job" was a Vincent Redo32 types faster than me. Saw it run in the 60's I recall
Since we're still talking about the drag bikes, I'm still trying to figure out what this is. Has a Vincent front fork like his buddy Clem's bike, but I can't I D the motor. It has a probable Joe Hunt magneto, and judging from the parallel push rods it has 4 cams, but the side cover doesn't resemble any HD or Indian made special race only engines that other it other wise could be. Big HD twins have the drive chain on the left side. The rear wheel looks like it could be a "45" 16"er. I googled Ralph Owen and didn't come up with much.
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