El Mirage

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Re: El Mirage
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2013, 12:44:53 PM »
The only time the old RPU got dirty.
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2013, 02:53:21 AM »
The late Jim Nelson of Dragmaster fame with his first roadster.
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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2013, 12:43:27 PM »
Before it was a drag car, the 554 was a lakes car.
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2013, 01:30:19 AM »
This Ranchero was the tow car for our Studebaker, and my RPU. It ran a Les Ritchey built 390 and a beefed up Fordomatic.  Through out the '61 season I ran it at El Mirage and Bonneville after it towed the race car to the events. It ran 142 at El Mirage, and 148 at Bonneville. Ran it a couple of times at the drags too, with a best of 108 and 13.46. Not bad for a "tow car".
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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2013, 12:27:17 PM »
A very nice roadster for the late 40's/early 50's.
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« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2013, 12:44:22 PM »
This is Bob Jones at El Mirage in 1961. In '62 Bob teamed with Big Stan Johnson, and this '55 Chevy became the Jones & Johnson record holding 555  C/Gasser. When Bob was drafted and went to Viet Nam, Stan bought his interest in the car. Stan campaigned the car through out the 63 and 64 seasons. This is the only car I know of that made the cover of Hot Rod 3 times. In '65 Stan pulled his 339" injected SBC from the 55, and teamed with my friend Joe Lassalette on Joe's '40 Willys C/Gasser. The 55 sat in Stan's garage for 47 years. When Stan passed last year, Bob's brother, Dennis Jones, bought the car from Stan's brother and sister. Dennis put another injected SBC in the car and got it running. He has displayed it at the NHRA CHRR, the GNRS and last weekend at the HRM cover car show. A true survivor, this car is in amazingly good condition with the original paint, lettering, interior and wheels and tires. This car means the world to Dennis because it was the first car he lettered, and his brother once owned it.
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« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2013, 08:35:49 PM »
This is Bob Jones at El Mirage in 1961. In '62 Bob teamed with Big Stan Johnson, and this '55 Chevy became the Jones & Johnson record holding 555  C/Gasser. When Bob was drafted and went to Viet Nam, Stan bought his interest in the car. Stan campaigned the car through out the 63 and 64 seasons. This is the only car I know of that made the cover of Hot Rod 3 times. In '65 Stan pulled his 339" injected SBC from the 55, and teamed with my friend Joe Lassalette on Joe's '40 Willys C/Gasser. The 55 sat in Stan's garage for 47 years. When Stan passed last year, Bob's brother, Dennis Jones, bought the car from Stan's brother and sister. Dennis put another injected SBC in the car and got it running. He has displayed it at the NHRA CHRR, the GNRS and last weekend at the HRM cover car show. A true survivor, this car is in amazingly good condition with the original paint, lettering, interior and wheels and tires. This car means the world to Dennis because it was the first car he lettered, and his brother once owned it.

 Dennis is a good friend and fellow lettering / pinstriper . An interesting side note to him buying this car back , is the way that he did the "financing". When you apply goldleaf there is always some waste , these are called "scuwings" . Well , Dennis has saved all of his scuwings for over 40 years!! , and that's a fair amount of real 23K gold . He then took his gold to one of those gold buyers and sold it , and used the $$$$ to help buy back his brothers car !!
Anything worth doing is worth doing right . -- Frank Kurtis

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« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2013, 02:07:10 AM »
Here's the 555 as Dennis displayed it at the GNRS. He told me the story of using the gold leaf to help finance the purchase of the Chevy. Kind of fitting since it was the first car he put gold leaf on.
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« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2013, 09:00:46 PM »
Ak's older brother Larry "Dad" Miller with is 133mph roadster. Pretty stout for 1948.
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« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2013, 01:24:52 AM »
Ak's nephew, Larry Miller Jr. Larry was the 1966 SCTA high point champion with this roadster.
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« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2013, 01:26:24 AM »
Bill Burk and Don Francisco built this tank.
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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2013, 01:28:16 AM »
Bill Burke's second  tank with Wally Parks in the seat. Note the hand painted Road Runner on the side. Wally hand painted the first 30 Road Runner plaques before the club began having them cast.
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« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2013, 01:31:34 AM »
Some of the pre war Road Runner club cars.
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« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2013, 01:35:11 AM »
This lakester was built from a 20's Legion ASCOT car by Doug Caruthers. Doug sold the car to Art Chrisman who lengthened it and it became his famous #25 dragster.
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« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2013, 01:39:04 AM »
Another shot of the Caruthers lakester.
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« Reply #31 on: April 04, 2013, 01:14:34 AM »
Modified roadster circa 1948.
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