COMPETITION COUPE'S & ROADSTER'S

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COMPETITION COUPE'S & ROADSTER'S
« on: February 18, 2017, 06:12:07 PM »
I'll start with Bill Traylor's 'Animal'.
Owner/Driver: Bill Traylor, Wichita Kansas
 Date: 1961 thru 1963
 Car: 1931 Bantam Coupe
 Color: Red Candy with gold undercoat
 Body Built by: Dave Stuckey, Wichita Kansas
 Chassis: 2" square aluminum tube
 Best known run in 1963: 8.19 seconds @ 191mph (has time slip)

Car was sold to Roy Witz in 1964. It was painted blue and run with a small block Chevy thru 1964. The car was sold again in 1965.
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2017, 06:46:38 PM »
'Worlds Fastest Coupe'

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2017, 08:18:18 PM »
Ok Beppie, here is 100 pics from my files..........just to get us started... :o :o
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2017, 08:20:04 PM »
Can't believe the home made wooden body.....must have been in a hurry to get into the class.....
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2017, 08:21:57 PM »
Man, makes me wish we had a time machine to go to the races back then occaisionally
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2017, 08:23:26 PM »
there is 40
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2017, 08:25:32 PM »
ok, half way through my file.....and not a bad one in the bunch
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2017, 08:27:34 PM »
more engines, and I think a 62 Valiant body...just slightly modified ;D
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2017, 08:30:42 PM »
 ;D
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2017, 08:33:42 PM »
Something about the look of a sedan hanging on the back of a dragster,,,just cool
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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2017, 08:35:20 PM »
 ;D
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2017, 08:37:38 PM »
Competition coupes and roadsters........sweet addition to the Racing archives!!
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2017, 09:53:34 PM »
Something about the look of a sedan hanging on the back of a dragster,,,just cool
Wow Davy,
 Thanks.Yellow Model A is at Half Moon Bay.
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2017, 10:07:39 PM »
Davy,
There's quite afew I've never seen.Thanks again for the pic's.I'll try to post up some roadsters when i'am on the home pc.
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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2017, 01:06:12 AM »
A few.
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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2017, 12:52:45 AM »
Davy,
What a cool pic.
This a great way for me to carry my gears with me.
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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2017, 12:53:59 AM »
RON BOHN & BOB GALLAHAN.
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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2017, 12:54:49 AM »
 Bob Duedall from Albany Oregon.1962
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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2017, 12:56:55 AM »
Joe Pirronello's  “Little Miss Carriage”.
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« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2017, 12:58:06 AM »
Mission Raceway
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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2017, 01:10:15 AM »
Al Bergler's "More Aggravation".
By Tom Bonner  Published: June 9, 2010
Bergler is probably best known for his string of Motown Shaker funny cars, or as the aluminum artist who was responsible for the “tin” work on many of the nation’s top race cars in the sixties, seventies and eighties.

Bergler’s first claim to fame, however came with front-engine dragsters. His original More Aggravation earned Bergler the Ridler Award at the 1964 Autorama, which was also the very first time the Ridler was awarded.

That car featured a much modified Austin Bantam coupe body with a full-width windshield grafted on to it. After the jump, you’ll find a video that includes the restored version of the original Bantam bodied car.

For the 1967 Detroit Autorama, Bergler showed this version of More Aggravation, with a streamlined roadster body behind the big blown Chrysler.

 I’m not sure if this was a an all new car or whether Bergler simply updated the older Aggravation. In any case, it was a eye-catcher, with that tiny canopy enclosing the driver’s head.

Like all of Bergler’s machinery, everything on More Aggravation was first class. And like the earlier version, it was also very fast. Bergler’s gas powered AA/Comp entries won several prestigious events, including Super Eliminator at the 1966 NHRA Spring Nationals.

I didn’t meet Bergler in person until many years after this photo was taken. In the late seventies, I covered some of the projects in Bergler’s Mount Clemens shop, and we did a photo shoot with the Motown Shaker Corvette at Metro Breach.

One thing I liked about Bergler was that he always referred to his race cars as hot rods, as in “Did you get any good pictures of my hot rod last weekend?”

I’m delighted to hear that Bergler is still around, and has taken an active interest in restoring old race cars. One of the restored cars is the original More Aggravation. Bergler found the old car and bought it back. Many of the original pieces were beyond salvage, but Bergler recreated the items that were no longer useable and returned the digger to it’s the Ridler winning appearance, with a Bantam Coupe body.
I guess all of Brergler’s racers were hot rods after all…
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« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2017, 01:47:23 AM »
Gratiot Auto Supply Dragster - Al Bergler - More Aggravation III. Being a 'bump and paint' man by trade, Al Bergler was able to do most of the work or creating this dragster himself. Best Appearing Car and class winner at the 1967 NHRA Winternational, this AA/C is about the sweetest machine going. Al demonstrates the flip-up canopy section. Photos by Eric Rickman
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« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2017, 06:38:49 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2017, 07:05:27 PM »
The Restored Gratiot dragster....with the old guys behind it
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« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2017, 07:35:41 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #25 on: April 05, 2017, 07:08:45 PM »
Fremont
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« Reply #26 on: July 20, 2017, 08:42:07 PM »
A Frank Pedregon story from Dan...

Two Frank Pedregon Sr. Stories*

If you have followed NHRA drag racing in the past couple of decades, you have surely heard of Tony, Frank, or Cruz Pedregon. Each has enjoyed different levels of success in drag racing.

What you may not know is that the Pedregon brothers are all second-generation drag racers. They father was Frank Pedregon Sr, and he campaigned the wild looking, nitro-burning ride shown below.

I have two separate Frank Pedregon stories to share with you this evening:

1) Frank gained the nickname "Flamin' Frank Pedregon in the early 60's. He earned the name by accidentally inventing the "fire-burnout".

He had a nitro leak that sprayed the fuel onto his slicks. During his burnout, the flames from his headers ignited the nitro on the slicks. It was quite a sight! No one was more surprised by the phenomenon than Frank himself.

Frank experimented with his technique, and started doing the trick on purpose. He only pulled it off a couple of times before he burnt his car to the ground.

He later perfected the practice, and fire burnouts became a staple of early 70's drag racing: with many fire burnouts making the covers of the major hot rod magazines.

(source: Doug Boyce)

2) "Okay, one Sunday afternoon Frank Pedregon Sr. is there racing somebody. Just after the lights something goes wrong with Frank's car and it veers left, hits the chain link fence and disappears!

Harry Hibler; with all of the rest of us right behind him, run over and look down in the ditch, Frank has gone underneath the fence and is sprawled out on the ground next to his car 10 feet down on the floor of this ditch.

It is looking very grim!

The ambulance guys just about break their necks getting under the fence and down to Frank. Just as they get to him, he jumps up and starts laughing. Everyone but the ambulance guys fell over laughing.

Pedregon's sense of humor is legendary, although the ambulance guys would probably disagree."

(source: Tom Jobe - "the Surfers")

Frank Pedregon died tragically in a plane crash in 1981, and did not have the opportunity enjoy the success his sons would have in the decades that followed, including multiple NHRA World Championships in the Funny Car class.

Thanks for reading,

-Dan
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« Reply #27 on: July 20, 2017, 09:33:11 PM »
Fremont
The first pic isn't Fremont.
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« Reply #28 on: July 20, 2017, 11:45:59 PM »
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Wow, that's early days, before the tower on the other side of the track was built.