THE GOLDEN YEARS OF DRAG RACING PHOTO'S

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« Reply #400 on: December 06, 2017, 06:44:59 PM »
Quote from "David King  This pic at Mission, early 70s. No stacks thru the hood. Clayton Freid drove it with his injected small block. I pulled the 468" out & used it in my 1st Vega funny car. Last I heard somebody welded a roof back on, the Sandy Morita paint job gone & were gonna drive on the street! Probably in a bone yard somewhere now. Shame."
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« Reply #401 on: April 19, 2018, 07:54:09 PM »
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« Reply #402 on: April 20, 2018, 03:22:07 PM »
Quote from "David King  This pic at Mission, early 70s. No stacks thru the hood. Clayton Freid drove it with his injected small block. I pulled the 468" out & used it in my 1st Vega funny car. Last I heard somebody welded a roof back on, the Sandy Morita paint job gone & were gonna drive on the street! Probably in a bone yard somewhere now. Shame."
I remember the '66 SS396 chevelle with the cragars and no bumper, the Thames, and the Vega flip-top, IIRC it was an A/EA. The nose of the lime green '66 chevy II super stocker rings a bell, but I cant quite place it. The orange SS/DA Hemi Cuda with the shaker, might be Bill Stewarts "Family Funds" car, I have a b&w shot I took about 2 years later, I will check and see if it had the Rossi Trans decal on the front fender
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« Reply #403 on: April 20, 2018, 04:02:14 PM »
Quote from "David King  This pic at Mission, early 70s. No stacks thru the hood. Clayton Freid drove it with his injected small block. I pulled the 468" out & used it in my 1st Vega funny car. Last I heard somebody welded a roof back on, the Sandy Morita paint job gone & were gonna drive on the street! Probably in a bone yard somewhere now. Shame."
I remember the '66 SS396 chevelle with the cragars and no bumper, the Thames, and the Vega flip-top, IIRC it was an A/EA. The nose of the lime green '66 chevy II super stocker rings a bell, but I cant quite place it. The orange SS/DA Hemi Cuda with the shaker, might be Bill Stewarts "Family Funds" car, I have a b&w shot I took about 2 years later, I will check and see if it had the Rossi Trans decal on the front fender

Hmmm, probably not. Not only is there no Rossi decal, there is a Fairbanks decal. Got me thinking now, not that many SS hemi e-bodies running at Mission in the early seventies, and Super Tricks in the early seventies point to it being a serious bucks up effort. Don't think its Dave Wren, and it doesn't look like a points meet, the pits aren't that full, so its probably either from Greater Vancouver, or NW WA state.


EDIT: Just remembered something, the orange Dodge transporter parked directly across from it in the photo was Dave Wrens, the yellow/orange fender showing through the open door of the transporter would be Daves orange and blue SS/D Cuda Its a thirty year old print, probably faded a bit.. Bill Stewart and Dave Wren have always worked hand-in-glove, its GOTTA be the same Bill Stewart Family Funds car in the photo I posted here^^, from 1977, just didn't have as many decals on it in '72/'73. There was a Cuda that Bills brother Ivan campaigned with a 383 in it, but it was silver grey. Gotta be the Family Funds SS/D Hemi car.
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« Reply #404 on: April 25, 2018, 12:34:04 PM »
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« Reply #405 on: April 25, 2018, 12:37:18 PM »
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« Reply #406 on: April 25, 2018, 12:41:00 PM »
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« Reply #407 on: April 25, 2018, 12:45:42 PM »
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« Reply #409 on: April 25, 2018, 12:55:21 PM »
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« Reply #411 on: April 25, 2018, 01:01:39 PM »
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« Reply #412 on: April 25, 2018, 01:06:05 PM »
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« Reply #413 on: April 25, 2018, 02:01:39 PM »
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I was looking at early seventies New England race pics just a couple hours ago. small world.
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« Reply #414 on: April 25, 2018, 02:11:25 PM »
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I was looking at early seventies New England race pics just a couple hours ago. small world.
Bob sure does take some cool photos.
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« Reply #415 on: April 25, 2018, 05:47:56 PM »
1/8  of a mile later Joe Shubeck took a left turn and parked that right on top of the guardrail.....I do not believe it was ever fixed....

The Hurst Hairy Olds is one of the wildest promotional vehicles ever built dedicated to the sport of drag racing. Featuring twin, supercharged, nitro burning Oldsmobile 425ci V8 engines and four wheel drive, the vehicle was “driven” most famously buy “Gentleman” Joe Schubeck during the middle 1960s. It had more than its fair share of scrapes during that time period and it was not due to a lack of skill from Schubeck but more due to the fact that Superman himself likely could not have controlled the car that never really did the same thing twice. This video was taken at the long dead Niagra Drag Strip in New York back (as the posted claims) in 1967. We think this may be the video of the last pass the Hurst Hairy Olds ever made.

The car debuted at the 1966 March Meet and instantly became a legend. It made wild runs, traversing the track sideways, Schubeck sawing at the wheel to keep it between the ditches, tires smoking the entire way. As soon as the word began to permeate after that race, the car was a hot commodity. Unfortunately, it was a numbers game as to when the thing would crash, not if it would crash. The first wreckage came at the end of the 1966 season. The car was careening off the end of a Midwestern dragstrip and, as the story goes, was on fire. Schubeck, not wanting to ride the flaming Olds into the upcoming cornfield, attempted a side dismount while the car was still moving at a pretty good clip. He escaped the blaze but sustained a broken ankle in the process. His custom made tuxedo fire suit saved him from being burned.

The car was repaired and re-nosed as a ’67 for the following year. The team was feeling confidant that they had made progress on solving many of the issues plaguing the handling of the car and that season held much promise for increased performance, and for a while they were living up to their lofty expectations. The car was now making laps in the low 8 at over 180 mph. Those were heady numbers for anyone back then, but completely nutty for a car with doors and a body on it.

Unfortunately, the success was short lived. As best we know, the last pass ever made was the one shown here at the old Niagra Dragway in Buffalo, New York. One the run, the magneto in the front engine fails and the loss of power upsets the car. The suspension, tuned to be neutral at full bore now went back to its old toe-in condition and the car was uncontrollable. Veering wildly across the track and getting out onto the grass at the side of the strip, it looks really bad as the Olds careens like an unguided missle toward the assembled fans along the fence.

Thankfully (for the fans), this strip had a large steel cable stretched along the length of the outside of the track to prevent cars from getting into the crowd. The cable did its job to a “T”, but in the process, the car was destroyed.

Hurst decided that he wasn’t going to risk anyone else’s life, and Schubeck already made it known that he’d never place his tukus in the seat of it again, so the car was dismantled and that was the end of that until 2000/2001 as the car was recreated using some of the original components. It will never run down the track again. But it does make the rounds at Oldsmobile enthusiast meets and other large shows.
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