STONE WOODS & COOK

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STONE WOODS & COOK
« on: July 28, 2015, 10:16:46 PM »
COVER OF DRAG RACING NOV. 1964.
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FROM HOT ROD MAGAZINE

Not many cars get featured in HOT ROD multiple times over the span of more than four decades. But the Stone, Woods & Cook Willys is no ordinary car. To many, it’s the most famous drag race car in history, even now, nearly 40 years since the last time it ran down a dragstrip in heads-up competition.

To understand why the S-W-C Willys holds such a revered place in hot rodding history, one needs to look at the events that swirled around the sport back in the early part of the ‘60s, when drag racing and the NHRA were just beginning to gain a national following beyond their roots on the dry lakes of Southern California. The pages of magazines like HOT ROD, Car Craft, and Super Stock, along with weekly tabloid newspapers like Drag News and Drag World, were overflowing with extensive coverage of the men (for the most part) and machines doing regular battle on the match-racing circuit at dragstrips from coast to coast. Their antics were a soap opera followed by hundreds of thousands of racing fans in the days long before ESPN and the Internet.

Barnstorming match-racers like Stone, Woods & Cook, Big John Mazmanian, Junior Thompson, Ohio George Montgomery, the Mallicoat Brothers, and K.S. Pittman entertained thousand of fans at dragstrips all across the country and waged a public relations war in the pages of the tabloid racing press, running ads with pointed headlines, name-calling, and all manner of allegations about on- and off-track racing conspiracies. “When are Pebble, Pulp, and Chef going to stop crying and start racing?” exclaimed one ad in Drag News signed by Junior Thompson. “Big June all shook up over losing the big one to Stone, Woods & Cook,” declared another signed by Fred Stone and referring to S-W-C’s victory over Big John Mazmanian. Competing camshaft manufacturers joined the fray too, carrying the advertising-driven Cam Wars between companies like Isky and Engle to even higher levels than during the late ‘50s.

One of the folks at the center of this firestorm was Doug Cook. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1932, Cook moved to Los Angeles with his family in the late ‘40s and was soon swept up into the burgeoning post-war hot rodding scene. By the mid ‘50s, he was driving a ‘37 Chevy coupe with a supercharged Chevy 265, and later he drove a Willys for Howard Johansen of Howard’s Cams. When K.S. Pittman split with the Fred Stone and Tim Woods’ team prior to the ‘61 Indy Nationals, they signed up “Cookie” to drive and wrench on their Swindler II ‘41 Willys coupe.

There were actually several Swindlers during the period from 1961 to 1966 that Stone, Woods & Cook raced-the original Swindler was Tim Woods’ 41 Studebaker with a blown Olds V-8. Swindler II, the first Willys, was initially built to run in the A/Gas class with a bored, stroked, and blown 448ci Olds V-8. It was a show-quality car with blue-and-white tuck-and-roll ‘58 Thunderbird seats with matching door panels and headliner and a chromed rollbar. The first Swindler II was destroyed in a towing accident returning from the ‘61 Nationals at Indy and replaced with another virtually identical Willys body. With its familiar light-blue paint, this is the version that gained S-W-C’s initial fame, and in 1963, Revell immortalized it by creating a plastic model kit in the Swindler’s image. After an NHRA weight-break change in the A/Gas class, the team built a second, lighter Willys in 1964 with a fiberglass front end to take advantage of the new rules. They continued to run the Swindler II in B/Gas, at which time the cars were renamed Swindler A and Swindler B. At first, Swindler A was painted black; both cars were later resprayed in a darker candy blue. After a narrow victory against Big John Mazmanian at the ‘64 Winternationals, both cars’ blown Olds engines were switched to blown Hemis. Swindler B was later traded to fiberglass manufacturer Tex Collins of Cal Automotive for a load of lightweight parts, and the car eventually found its way into the hands of an East Coast street rodder. That car still exists and is currently being restored, according to Doug Cook’s son, Mike Cook Sr.

The Swindler A was nearly 1,000 pounds lighter than the Swindler II, with a Spartan black naugahyde interior, a single fiberglass bucket seat, Plexiglas windows, and a bigger 467ci blown Olds. After it was wrecked in a racing accident in 1966, S-W-C built a second Swindler A and continued to run it in A/Gas until 1967, by which time the Gasser Wars were nearing their end. Newer, more aerodynamic body styles were replacing the archaic Gassers, and after a brief effort with an A/Gas ‘67 Shelby GT350, S-W-C built a ‘66 Mustang dubbed Dark Horse 2 (the original Dark Horse was the lesser-known ‘33 Willys campaigned by S-W-C as a third car in the early ‘60s). Late-model factory experimentals had begun to evolve into early Funny Cars, and Stone, Woods & Cook decided to move on. In 1967, the blown Hemi, Hydro transmission, and all four wheels and tires were removed from the rebuilt Swindler A Willys and transferred to Dark Horse 2 Mustang. Doug Cook was nearly killed driving this car at a race in Alton, Illinois, in September 1967 when it flipped at the top end doing about 180 mph. That crash led to Cookie’s retirement from racing.

After it was gutted to build the Mustang, the second Swindler A Willys was ready to be hauled off to the junkyard, according to Mike Cook, who was about 14 at the time. “It was just an old race car, and it was literally on its way to the crusher when I asked if I could have it.” The younger Cook, who was too young to drive at the time, had to get permission from his mother to bring the car home. Once he was old enough to drive, Mike drag-raced the Willys with a blown big-block Chevy for several years before he restored it to its Gasser-era configuration in the late ‘70s.

Following his retirement from driving, Doug Cook split up with Stone and Woods, who campaigned a few Funny Cars with other drivers without much success until about 1974, when they quit racing altogether. Fred Stone passed away in the late ‘70s and Tim Woods is now retired from his construction business. Ironically, Doug, who died in 1999, later worked on Big John Mazmanian’s Barracuda Funny Car, proving that the tabloid-fueled antics were mostly constructed to entertain fans. In his later years, he wrenched on his son Mike’s record-holding Bonneville and dry-lakes racers.

Today, Stone, Woods & Cook’s legendary Swindler A resides on loan from Mike Cook in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, just a few hundred yards from the famous Pomona dragstrip where it earned so much glory in the heyday of the Gasser Wars. And with T-shirts, die-casts, posters, and other memorabilia still popular among fans young and old, the Swindler’s next 40 years could be as successful as its first.

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2015, 11:26:38 PM »
I remember seeing this car race at Irwidale raceway numerous times .
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2015, 01:48:44 AM »
I remember seeing this car race at Irwidale raceway numerous times .
A few of those are from Fremont.This one also.
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2015, 01:53:12 AM »
Very Early Car.
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2015, 06:16:51 PM »
I remember them doing match races and touring the country............they worked hard and probably towed a lot of miles...........and not for a big bag of money in those days..........true racers!
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2015, 05:32:31 PM »
I remember them doing match races and touring the country............they worked hard and probably towed a lot of miles...........and not for a big bag of money in those days..........true racers!
Wonder how many race dates they had.
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2015, 09:11:17 PM »
I remember them doing match races and touring the country............they worked hard and probably towed a lot of miles...........and not for a big bag of money in those days..........true racers!
Wonder how many race dates they had.

SWC kept the Swindler A in the Midwest in the mid '60's and back then I'm willing to bet Cookie was busy Wednesday and Friday nights, Saturdays and Sunday too most of the summer. The M/W was a hot bed of match racing and plenty of West coast racers stayed here for the $$$. By '67 SWC had a Mustang funny and naturally that car was always busy too.
Back in 1999 I turned 50 and since I hate being the center of attention instead if throwing me a party my wife sent me and a friend to Bakersfield for the Hot Rod Reunion. We're sitting watching Top Fuel qualifying and two black guys come up into the stands and sit next to us. As they walked up I thought to myself that has to be Tim Woods son. So I say to him, "You know, the way you walk I think you may be Tim Woods son." Well I surprised him with that, but I was right! I explained I had seen Tim at US30 Dragstrip more than once and it was just happenstance that his son sat by us. Leonard had attended Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and the car was based in Gary, IN at that time. He and a friend were at the CHRR because former SWC driver K.S Pittman was an honoree that year. Sadly, Leonard took his life in September of 2010.
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2015, 10:19:52 PM »
I remember them doing match races and touring the country............they worked hard and probably towed a lot of miles...........and not for a big bag of money in those days..........true racers!
Wonder how many race dates they had.

SWC kept the Swindler A in the Midwest in the mid '60's and back then I'm willing to bet Cookie was busy Wednesday and Friday nights, Saturdays and Sunday too most of the summer. The M/W was a hot bed of match racing and plenty of West coast racers stayed here for the $$$. By '67 SWC had a Mustang funny and naturally that car was always busy too.
Back in 1999 I turned 50 and since I hate being the center of attention instead if throwing me a party my wife sent me and a friend to Bakersfield for the Hot Rod Reunion. We're sitting watching Top Fuel qualifying and two black guys come up into the stands and sit next to us. As they walked up I thought to myself that has to be Tim Woods son. So I say to him, "You know, the way you walk I think you may be Tim Woods son." Well I surprised him with that, but I was right! I explained I had seen Tim at US30 Dragstrip more than once and it was just happenstance that his son sat by us. Leonard had attended Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and the car was based in Gary, IN at that time. He and a friend were at the CHRR because former SWC driver K.S Pittman was an honoree that year. Sadly, Leonard took his life in September of 2010.
Thanks Fordors,
  What a cool story.The ending not so much.That happens way to much today.The first pic is a pair of SWC cars.
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2015, 01:49:00 PM »
Here is a pic of SWC getting kicked coming off the line by KS Pitman at Niagara,  early 70's
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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2015, 11:40:54 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2015, 11:43:11 PM »
When it was a street rod owned by Joe Troilo.
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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2015, 11:47:52 PM »
Then it was restored.
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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2015, 11:52:07 PM »
Restored.
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2015, 11:57:59 PM »
Swindler A.
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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2015, 12:02:00 AM »
Swindler A.
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« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2015, 12:09:39 AM »
SWC Swindler A Black Willys.
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« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2015, 12:14:31 AM »
SWC Swindler A Black Willys.
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« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2015, 12:18:21 AM »
SWC Swindler A Black Willys.
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« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2015, 12:21:40 PM »
I remember them doing match races and touring the country............they worked hard and probably towed a lot of miles...........and not for a big bag of money in those days..........true racers!
Wonder how many race dates they had.

SWC kept the Swindler A in the Midwest in the mid '60's and back then I'm willing to bet Cookie was busy Wednesday and Friday nights, Saturdays and Sunday too most of the summer. The M/W was a hot bed of match racing and plenty of West coast racers stayed here for the $$$. By '67 SWC had a Mustang funny and naturally that car was always busy too.
Back in 1999 I turned 50 and since I hate being the center of attention instead if throwing me a party my wife sent me and a friend to Bakersfield for the Hot Rod Reunion. We're sitting watching Top Fuel qualifying and two black guys come up into the stands and sit next to us. As they walked up I thought to myself that has to be Tim Woods son. So I say to him, "You know, the way you walk I think you may be Tim Woods son." Well I surprised him with that, but I was right! I explained I had seen Tim at US30 Dragstrip more than once and it was just happenstance that his son sat by us. Leonard had attended Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and the car was based in Gary, IN at that time. He and a friend were at the CHRR because former SWC driver K.S Pittman was an honoree that year. Sadly, Leonard took his life in September of 2010.
Tim Woods was the racer, Leonard was a kid- probably just a teen helping out in it's heyday.  Their was a good reason Leonard's name was on the car- business! His dad owned a construction company. Lenny bought a Ford dealership in early 80's on Central & was very close to my office & home. I even bought a couple of work trucks from Chino Hills Ford after he moved to Chino Hills Parkway. The economy tanked & so did his biz. He borrowed from those he could but it wasn't going to turn around. When the dealer closed- he was suppose to be in there returning the cars back to Ford. Instead, he shot himself in his office. Pretty shitty thing to do to his wife, 2 kids & 2 grandkids IMO. Ending his life only passed the  mess on to his wife. Great generous guy- even sponsored my kids little league team but his ending was a shocker.

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« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2015, 08:54:50 PM »
Sad, Sad ending to a storied racing career. I'm sure it was the most FUN time ever to be a racer.  Joe
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« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2015, 11:19:34 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2015, 11:23:53 PM »
Blue Swindler A
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« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2015, 05:39:58 PM »
Swindler A.
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« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2015, 05:41:25 PM »
Stone Woods & Cook.
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« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2015, 05:44:59 PM »
Stone Woods & Cook.
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« Reply #26 on: September 09, 2015, 04:07:55 PM »
I have a few SWC shots.  Joe
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« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2016, 08:49:27 PM »
I have a few SWC shots.  Joe
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« Reply #28 on: January 01, 2016, 08:50:20 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2016, 09:23:21 AM »
I have a few SWC shots.  Joe
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Thanks HAPPY NEW YEAR Beppie! I have a couple more.  Joe
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« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2016, 11:22:15 PM »
A few of there other race cars.
Mach 1
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« Reply #31 on: January 05, 2016, 11:23:22 PM »
Willys.
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« Reply #32 on: January 05, 2016, 11:25:56 PM »
Pinto
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« Reply #33 on: January 05, 2016, 11:30:17 PM »
DARK HORSE MUSTANG
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« Reply #34 on: January 05, 2016, 11:32:18 PM »
A few more
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« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2016, 11:33:35 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2016, 11:34:08 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2016, 11:36:06 PM »
A few more
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« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2016, 11:36:47 PM »
1 & done.
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« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2017, 12:26:25 PM »
A few more of Swindler A.
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« Reply #40 on: January 25, 2017, 12:28:10 PM »
Didn't end well for Dark Horse II.
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« Reply #41 on: January 25, 2017, 12:30:57 PM »
Before lettering.1st Willys.
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« Reply #42 on: January 25, 2017, 12:31:41 PM »
Cookie.
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« Reply #43 on: January 25, 2017, 12:32:19 PM »
Pit's.
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« Reply #44 on: January 25, 2017, 03:39:14 PM »
Beppie those are some amazing pictures of SWC I have quite a few not nearly as many as you come up with!  Thanks Buddy!  Joe
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« Reply #45 on: January 25, 2017, 03:42:06 PM »
Beppie those are some amazing pictures of SWC I have quite a few not nearly as many as you come up with!  Thanks Buddy!  Joe
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« Reply #46 on: January 25, 2017, 04:10:34 PM »
Mine has twice! I have a new one here I need to start transferring my files over to. Problem is I don't want to fill it up too soon! Joe
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« Reply #47 on: January 26, 2017, 11:33:42 AM »
Hello,
    No thread on SWC is without some action shots.  The only time I was filming after 1960 was in the recovery time from our 40 Willys accident at Lions. It was when my friend, Atts Ono, asked me to come to an All Gassers Event at Lions in 1964.  He had just finished his immaculate red, 40 Willys coupe and was making his debut.  But, during the day, I did get a chance to film the black SWC Willys blasting a single run down the strip and return.
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« Reply #48 on: January 26, 2017, 12:58:03 PM »
Hello,
    No thread on SWC is without some action shots.  The only time I was filming after 1960 was in the recovery time from our 40 Willys accident at Lions. It was when my friend, Atts Ono, asked me to come to an All Gassers Event at Lions in 1964.  He had just finished his immaculate red, 40 Willys coupe and was making his debut.  But, during the day, I did get a chance to film the black SWC Willys blasting a single run down the strip and return.
Jnaki


Never saw the Black one race.Did see the Blue ones a few times at Fremont.
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« Reply #49 on: February 04, 2017, 01:22:33 PM »
The New Dark Horse
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« Reply #50 on: March 12, 2017, 08:53:02 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #51 on: June 07, 2017, 11:24:51 PM »
Stone Woods & Cook
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« Reply #52 on: June 07, 2017, 11:26:32 PM »
Stone Woods & Cook
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