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Karl Orr's Modified keeping warm with one of Veda' blankets over the engine compartment in the early morning at El Mirage in 1946.

If it's the April meet Karl ran 127.65 mph for a second in class. If it's the November meet he ran 121.45 mph for a fifth in class. Behind it hidden by the boys is Phil Remmington's Modified. Phil ran 121.29 for a fourth at the April meet.

©AHRF/Al Jerauld Collection (AJC_014)
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At the April 28, 1946 S.C.T.A. races, Chuck Potvan's Deuce gets a looking at waiting in line to make a run.

The car had a V8 flattie in it fitted with a set of Edelbrock heads. Chuck ran a quick 126.76 mph, just a tick slower than the fastest roadster of Randy Shinn at 126.93 mph who was also Edelbrock equipped. The next quickest roadster we could find at the meet belonged to one Jack McGrath at 123.96 mph.

Chuck went on to pioneer the front drive blower setup so popular on late '50's early '60's race cars. He later sold his business to Moon and you can still get one of the setups from them today.

©AHRF/Al Jearuld Collection (AJC_033)
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William Dale of the Low Flyers entered this Jim Travers built Model A at the lakes during the 1947 season. It was powered by a Ford V8 fitted with Meyer heads and Weiand intake. We can't find any speeds for him.

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Our buddies Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine brought out Chuck's pre war Chevy powered roadster in 1947 to have a little fun. It's seen here getting a tow to start it before a run.

They ended up 15th in points that year and set themselves up in the tune-up and modification department for '48 and took home the S.C.T.A. Points Championship.

©AHRF/Nick Arias Collection (ARI_063)
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Art Chrisman relaxes a moment during his busy week at Bonneville in 1953.

The car was entered in Class B as the Chrisman Bros.-Sharp ride with a 246" '48 Merc in it and ran the number 637. That combo didn't work so they dumped in a 258" '48 Merc to stay in the same class and ran it as the Chrisman Bros-Duncan entry carrying number 638. They bagged a first in class at 156.52 mph and then set a class record at 160.178 mph.

The engine was swapped yet again for Class C and was re-entered as the Chrisman Brothers entry. They painted a C after the 638 and ran a quick but not fast enough 163.63 mph for a second in class. The engine this time was a 304" '48 Merc.

©AHRF/Joseph Barnett Collection (BAR_165)
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At the April 28th and June 2nd 1946 S. C. T. A. races Phil Remington ran his little Modified sporting the number 115. It was powered by a Merc flattie fitted with a set of Henry's Hi-Altitude heads.

At the April races ran 121.29 mph against Karl Orr's 133.03 mph record set before WWII. At the June races he ran 119.36 mph. You can just see the rear of the Orr car in front of Phil's ride. From the looks of the coats this might be the April meet.

©AHRF/Al Jerauld Collection (AJC_003)
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Conrad Weidell's Unlimited roadster gathered quite a few looks at El Mirage during the April 28, 1946 races. His normally driven street machine was powered by a Cad V8 Flathead with filled heads and ran in the Unlimited Class.

On this day the former "Jitterbug King" ran 125.00 mph for a third in class. To the right of his rear wheel in the Don Blair Unlimited entry that ran 135.74 mph for second in class.

©AHRF/Al Jearuld Collection (AJC_026)
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This 1947 shot shows the number 657 Emil Dietrich-Bill Thomas Streamliner. It was powered by a Regg Schlimmer built flattie.

Number 24 Class C Roadster on the right was run by Bert Letner of the Road Runners. It was powered by a Merc flattie fitted with Letner's own Elco twin-plug heads.

At the July 6 meet the Liner ran 127.48 mph for a third in class and the Roadster ran 125.87 mph for a first in class.

©AHRF/Arias Family Collection (ARI_053)
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We see Milers Member Doug Lefler in his Class C Roadster at his only appearance at the lakes on May 25, 1947.

Under the hood is a Merc flattie outfitted with Edelbrock heads and a Navarro intake. We have him clearing the lights at 109.89 mph. For comparison the fastest three C Roadsters that day was Frank Coon at 125.52 mph, Jack Calori at 125.34 mph and Bert Letner at 124.30 mph.

©AHRF/Nick Arias Collection (ARI_057)
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Kenny Lindley of the Lancers brought his Modified out for some fun in both April and June 1946 running the number 109.

Under the hood as a Ford V8 fitted with Meyer heads. In April we have a speed of 126.76 mph for a third in class. In June we have him faster at 128.02 mph.

He changed numbers in July to 130 and we have him at 128 mph again. Ditto for August with a 156 on the side. he ran 123.11 mph for a third in class. We have him as a no show in September and November.

©AHRF/Niclk Arias Collection (ARI_170)
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Jim Seabridge of the Wheelers ran this T bodied roadster in class B at El Mirage 4/24-25/48. It was powered by a "32 Ford B with Cragar head, Evans manifold, stock head and Wico mag.

©AHRF/Bob Morton Collection (BMC_026)
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Irving Brendel from Santa Monica trekked to Bonneville in 1951 with this sharp looking '34 three-window that featured a Marvin Faw grill shell. At the end of the week the Class B Modified Coupe that was powered by a 244" Merc had managed a run of 106.888 mph for a fifth in class. The tape on the glass was supposed to keep it from shattering if it broke.

©AHRF/Chuck Kirckpatrick Collection via Philip Lyon (CKI_006)
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