The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Joshua Shaw, Jan 17, 2008.
Jim Packard in the Palms-Bevier #9, early 60s.
Do you know anything more about the hemi engine? Was it Dodge, Chrysler, DeSoto? What displacement?
The windscreen is interesting. Roll bar - not so much.
No, I don't.
Bill Snyder was the Minnesota Dirt Track champion from 1946-48, and was ranked fourth nationally in 1947. Bill went on to set 6 land speed records at Bonneville in various diesel powered cars and trucks. He will be 97 years young in 2016.
Further and probably of more interest to the less than octogenarian readers is that Bill became the Vice President of Marketing for Thermo King Corporation which at that time was owned by Westinghouse. Add-on auto air conditioning was prominent in the 1960's and Thermo King added this consumer product to their truck trailer refrigeration main business.
In an amazing coup, Snyder sold Westinghouse on sponsoring Indy cars, sprinters, and midgets for the likes of Pollard, Kenyon, Bettenhausen and others as well, mainly through his connections with Fred Gerhardt. It wrapped around a new truck trailer unit named the Crown 500. If I remember correctly, heavy advertising spots on the Johnny Carson show tied this altogether with the auto air program.
The Bonneville activity and records started with a 6-71 GMC diesel engined Peterbilt I believe. Then switched into a streamliner powered by the new Crown 500 engine which was an Isuzu which was taking the place of the long utilized Mercedes Benz. The Bonneville activities heavily involved Bob Havemann and some of his students.
Bob was the diesel instructor at the College of the Redwoods at the time, but was in fact, one of the first NASCAR drivers and also a midget owner and driver in Northern California. Later he was employed by Thermo King in the Minnesota factory. Google will provide details in several postings including his obituary.
Is Bill still married to the same girl as in 75-76 at Bonneville? She was "easy on the eyes" ...
Yes he is, and yes she still is.
I think it was 78 or 79 when Bill was coming up with the Thermo King streamliners and I think she was driving. One time while we're waiting in line to run ( back then there was one course and everyone was in line all day) Bill had one hell of a shouting match with her and "entertained" everyone. Made a boring day a little more exciting.
Rootie, I know thats Pop Dryer, was that his former car ? also he ran a Desoto engine
He did run a hemi back in the 50s, though I'm not sure if it's the same car updated.
Interesting, don't think I've ever seen the 1953 Belond car with a canopy before.
Charlie Van Acker, circa 1948, unknown track.
Vuky's F.I. Spl. loaded and ready to hit the road. The mud screen tells me it's probably on it's way to Springfield.
Check the knock-off wheel on the trailer.
...well it's been a long haul,but I'm almost there...a few small jobs to finish....waiting on some gauges.a little more wiring.....oil,water gas and fire up....I don't think I would have got this far without this site,or the guys on here that have helped over the years.....THANK YOU ALL
Packhard was killed in 1960, he had good rides then.
this is 1955-1957 more likely.
Black vette, That car looks GREAT!!! You did an awesome job.
BEAUTIFUL! I'm impressed, you did some great work.
Black Vette - looks good, nice job
....that means a lot coming from you Rootie.....thanks
Walt Faulkner, Sacto 1950.
Fred Agabashian's Grancor-Elgin Spl. 1953.
Looks like Joe Granatelli changing the right front tire. Crew chief Vince is probably doing the refueling but is obscured in the photo (although you can see his feet) by the guy holding the hose and the other guy who is ready to close the cap when the hose is pulled back.
Rocket science.......Rounds Rocket that is.
Danny "Termite" Jones on his way up Pikes Peak in the Koopman 24, 1960.
It would appear that this the "mystery" car that was entered in the 56 500 for Bill Cheesebourg to drive but was sold before he could qualify.
re #24466, fox indy says entered by h.b.t. co. anybody have info????
This is about all I've come up with regarding that entry:
Ted Horn, Langhorne 1946.
Elmer George, Sacramento 1960.
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