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What was the Speed Shop that said it all for you?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by xhotrodder, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,557


    As a teen growning up in Louisville, Ky. in the 50's and 60's, there were several local Speed Shops in the local area. Clary's, Houchen's, Carter's, come to mind. But for me Clary's was the definitive speed shop. After I got my driver's license in the 60's, I'd spend at least one day a week going over there and checking out the used speed equipment(because I couldn't afford new) shelf. That place will always be embedded in my brain. Let's hear about your favorite shop.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011
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  2. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,683

    from California

    Eddie's Speed Shop, Fresno CA.....1960's
  3. hammeredcoupe
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 509

    from Tacoma,WA

    Doug's Racing Stables Puyallup,WA 1960's
  4. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,178


    Blair's, in Pasadena, opened in late '45 on Arroyo Parkway, later moved to Foothill and Daisy, where it remains today...first went there to buy Drag News in '57, later worked there....not the oldest speed shop, but one of the best, in my book ('course I am sort of prejudiced!)
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  5. 32fordroadster
    Joined: Dec 4, 2009
    Posts: 144

    from Wisconsin

    Probably a good thing there weren't any speed shops near me when i was younger, couldn't have afforded it anyway. SW Wisconsin did not have any shops that I knew of.
  6. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,461

    from PNW

    Speed City.... Kenosha, Wi.
  7. buckd
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 334


    Joe Reath in Long beach, CA
  8. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way

    Hollywood Speed Shop, Skippy's Speed Shop, Redford Speed, And of course Gratiot Auto Supply.
  9. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,637


    Hollywood speed shop, Dearborn, Mi. and Gratiot Speed shop.
  10. Arrow or Ronnie's in KC and Independence, MO, and then Dale Wilch's used parts emporium out in KC, KS. Lots of Saturday's burned at those joints!
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  11. evolvo
    Joined: May 18, 2009
    Posts: 144

    from Seattle

    Racing Parts and Machine, Towson, Md. (Baltimore)
    Joined: Jan 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,262

    from alabama

    BOB'S SPEED SHOP...Mobile, Al.....opened in 1966 and is still open 6 days a week...he's 79 years old, still opens and closes it every day. I'mhis 2nd longest customer and my cousin was his first and we both still buy our parts from him.
  13. Gundermans Speed Shop in Indy.
    Hawkins in Richmond Indiana.
    Those were about our only choices.
  14. mwhistle
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 310

    from sacramento

    Tognotti's Speed Shop in Sacramento
    Joined: Dec 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,020


    Service Center. Saviers Rd. Oxnard California. In the 60's and 70's
  16. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Kerrisdale Speed.
  17. The "Super Shops" speed shop in spokane valley, Wa. Been closed a lot of years now though.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  18. Zookeeper
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,041


    When I graduated high school in '80 I moved to Phoenix, Az in my Model A pickup. Seems insane now, but perfectly natural then. Anyway, I met lots of nice guys and saw lots of cool cars, but the speed shop that I would've given anything to be part of was Loper's on Indian School Road. They had an honest-to-gawd funny car (driven by Tripp Shumake) right there on the floor, and lots of neat stuff on the walls and in display cases that I couldn't hope to afford. I tried to talk to one of the counter guys there, hoping to be treated like a human being, only to find out Loper's employed the biggest assholes they could find. But still, it was Loper's...
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  19. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    Bell & Gaines in Modesto...still in business and I still go there.
  20. Bonneville Avanti Dan
    Joined: Jan 21, 2011
    Posts: 243

    Bonneville Avanti Dan
    from California

    Service Center on Sepulveda in Van Nuys. Used to drop in on my way to the greatest cruising in the World every Wednesday night. Knowledgeable racers on the counter and a used parts counter to boot. Many hours spent drooling and wishing.
  21. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Brougher's Speed Shop in Pittsburgh Pa. It has been there forever and in the mid 70's held an auction to clean out some of the "old" stuff that was stashed in their attic. I wish I had more money that day but still left with a trunk and back seat full of stuff that I wish I still had today.:( Not many people were into 50's stuff in the 70's so I got some great deals.

  22. 64 DODGE 440
    Joined: Sep 2, 2006
    Posts: 4,091

    64 DODGE 440
    from so cal

    Bought my first hot rod parts from Blair's in '62...Left a lot of my paychecks there through the late '60s. Always friendly and fun to visit.
  23. dragass
    Joined: Feb 16, 2006
    Posts: 307


    Glen Porter at the Steering Wheel in North Bay Ontario.
  24. 1950Effie
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 798

    from no where

    Gratiot Auto Supply, Pontiac Michigan.
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  25. von Dyck
    Joined: Apr 12, 2007
    Posts: 678

    von Dyck

    Ted Kessler's down some back street in Buffalo, NY. Bought a set of JE pistons from him to put together a 324" Olds in the early winter of 1964. Still running that engine with those very same pistons in a Grabowski inspired T-Bucket.
  26. shinysideup
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from ruskin, fl

    Summit racing. Shopped there when it was the size of a 7-11 and no catalog.
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  27. #3 for Blair's. Many of my very hard earned dollars ended up there. Don was always fair and the counter guys knew their stuff.
  28. Crystal Blue
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 609

    Crystal Blue

    Ben Pilla - Delran, NJ

    K&G Northeast Philly, Pa
  29. Cerberus
    Joined: May 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,381


    Vic Hubbard Speed and Marine moved to Hayward, CA, in 1976. Been buying parts from them ever since. Al Hubbard machined my first sbc. I'll never forget it. I pulled up to his shop on Meekland Blvd, Hayward. The bare sbc engine was in the back of my '55 Chevy wgn. Al grabbed it with his bare hands, and walked into his machine shop with it. WOW!
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