The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dog427435, Dec 18, 2009.
East Pasedena, California.
Missoula - Montana
Fort Pierce - Florida.
Anyone know the year and make of the car in this photo. It's my grandfather in 1944 Iowa. I can recognize cars from the 1950s and 1960s, but some of these earlier cars really stump me!
1941 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe. I can't tell because of the photo, if the gas cap is on the right rear fender just left of the photo, it's a 5 passenger coupe. If the cap is on the quarter panel behind your Grandfather, it's a business coupe.
I did some enquiries and guess what, It was also built by the McConnachie Brothers.
It seems like they were quite innovative engineers as well as racers
I'll post the picture here again.
Both Barry and Graham later moved to the USA.
Sadly Barry was killed in the USA while Off Road racing in the 1980's. Not much is known about this as the family have remained private
Here's a young Barry in a MK2 Zephyr dirt racer. It has been a privilege to see him race [a class act]
The 55 Olds body style was my favourite of the time.
John "Jumbo" Berryman 1963 Falcon Sprint
Nice photo of El Morro Beach and the“Super Grade” of PCH going South. This place is/was well known as a resort trailer park, in one serene setting, just across the street from the ocean in North Laguna Beach. In the early 50’s, my dad loved surf fishing on this beach. (to the right) Somehow, he had access from a friend to park in the spaces in the ocean side of the trailer park and we all walked to the low tide rocks for exploring and fishing.
The two brothers played all day here. I am sure my mother loved Laguna Beach from this time forward. Later on in the early 60s, she wanted to purchase some property or a home on the coastal area with an influx of cash that became available. The brothers were very happy, dad, not so much…it would have been a very long drive to Los Angeles and back daily. No growing up in Long Beach, but on the ocean in Laguna Beach? What was not to like?
The beach side trailers were the favorite and envy of all who drove by this serene beach location. The beach side and inland side trailers were also vacation homes of who knows who. Fires, massive amounts of people, pressure from the general public and city governments made this area a constant battle for more public access.
For us teenagers, when the conditions were right, that beautiful cliff point had the most powerful left rolling/tubing waves. The setting was nearly perfect with the backdrop of the tall cliffs and the fast waves coming toward the shoreline. Later on, a dentist built a massive home on the cliff’s edge and felt the protest of all concerned. That dark area of the cliff is where the (A giant castle size structure) was built on the top edge area.
The label “Super Grade” was given by our Long Beach group when we frequented this portion of highway going South to Trestles or San Diego. Back then, most surf vehicles were transportation only with the usual stock motors and low horsepower. The vans and my Flathead powered, 40 Ford Sedan Delivery had to get a running start down the other side of the highway, down the hill and then fight to get up that steep hill.
It was a case of never having the transmission in 3rd gear all the way up, as the hill usually won the battle. If the vans were loaded with the 4’s…4-teenagers, 4-50 lbs. boards, 4-towels, food, clothing sets, gas, and necessary gear, that made any car loaded down. Even with a limit of two in my Flathead 40 Ford Sedan Delivery, it was a constant battle to get up that steep, “Super Grade” in 3rd gear. The grade usually made us downshift to get up that steep hill.
Today, the trailers are gone and the whole area is called Crystal Cove State Park, Campground and beach. Now, there is an upgraded tunnel underneath the highway for access to the beach areas.
“Times they are a changing…”
I'd trade all my stuff for this Cadillac and never look back.
Oh Yeah.Ft Pierce,Fl.Been to that post office many times.Grew up just up US 1 about 15 miles at Vero Beach.Those were fun times.
Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
Interesting side trim on that Chevy
What the ......? ...............
Looks like the one pretty boy has his sisters pedal pusher pants on
Looks like Louis Tomei in 1939 at Indianapolis. Car had a straight 8 Buick engine and failed ot qualify. I'm not sure but this may be a several year old Herman Rigling converted two man chassis.
Post 171755 is Log Cabin Inn on old Rt 66 Pontiac,il. 100 miles south of Chicago. My home town.Still there today.Stop in and have a burger.Only a couple miles off of Interstate 55.The story goes the Restaurant actually faced to the east.When they rerouted Rt 66 to the west alittle ways,they jacked up the building,and spun it 180 to face the new road.This picture was taken after the spin.
I glad you like the 55's ......but these are 56's.
Looks like clam diggers, kind of see the stripes on the sides, popular in shore areas in the late fifties early sixties
Yes, they tried to pass them off as menswear as part of the popularity of Calypso music around '57. I had a friend who was making a TV appearance as a Calypso singer and I think he wore them for that. My mother tried to convince 13yr old me that they were the "latest thing" but I declined. I suspect people who didn't live in coastal areas missed the whole thing.
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