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Dean Jeffries posing with A.J. Foyt’s Lotus-Ford before heading off for the 1966 Indianapolis 500. It’s photographed in front of Dean’s shop with the Hollywood freeway in the background.

This is the first version of three versions of graphics we’ve seen on the car that Dean did that year. The rear view mirrors aren’t yet attached to the used windscreen and there isn’t an auxiliary oil tank attached on the left side. It features a rare set of Gordon Schroeder alloy wheels. At Indy A.J. qualified in 18th spot and was eliminated in the 11 car crash at the start of the race.

©AHRF/Joe Henning Collection (JHC_1784)
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Homer Mathews and his car and crew pose at the ’57 U. S. Nationals Championship Drag Races in Oklahoma City. The car was called the Auto-Reco Special and set a Class B Coupe and sedan record at the event. How about the painted grill-shell insert featuring a thumb's down hand signal. All that's missing is a shrunken head and some bongo's inside the cab to be super cool daddy-O.

©AHRF/Parks Family Collection (WPD_2388)
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The Trompers Car Club Held it’s Annual Valve Cover Races on April 15, 2017. The winner ended up being Al Reyes’s Twin Chevy-covers creation in orange featuring a nice hood ornament. Al could slide the led weight inside to the front or back to control his go. What’s extra cool is there are no rules.

©AHRF/Jim Miller Collection (JMC_6755)
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Legendary John Gerber in the middle with the hat stands proudly behind his ’20’s Chevy 4-banger powered Special around 1941. His shoe is the one and only Cecil Burnaugh. Note Gerber cast up his own knock-off’s for the Dayton wires. Frank Smith took the shot.

©AHRF/Chet Knox Collection (CKC_1322)
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Matt Taylor turned a 1927 Dodge Roadster into a 2017 AMBR contestant. With help from the paint wizard and AHRF contributor Art Himsl, Jennings, and Divine, we get transported back to an earlier time. The ride is called “Fool’s Goldster”.

©AHRF/Jim Miller Collection (JMC_6728)
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The Fenn-Grey Class C Coupe and Sedan is spied at Bonneville Speedweek in 1954. The ’40 Ford was powered by a Merc Flat motor and managed to run 125.17 mph in the middle of the week. There were 30 cars entered in the class and they managed to finish down in 12th.

Top Dog in the class was the Quinton-Joehnck-Latham ride that was powered by a De Soto. It only ran 160.42 mph and went home with a new record of 154.34 mph. As the So-Cal Speed Shop boys said, the Flathead was really dead with the advent of the Hemi. Note the rear fenders were cut away to reduce drag. In the background we see the nose of the LeBlanc Speed Engineering Special. The Class E liner was powered by two Chryslers and ran 219.51 mph to finish second in class. Bob Falzbot snapped the photo.

©AHRF/Tom Sparks Collection (TSC_198)
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Futuristic rear-engined automobile illustration used on the cover of the September 1957 issue of Speed Age Magazine. Inside was a story by industrial designer Brooks Stevens on the rear engined car of tomorrow.

Stevens, who did this illustration, had a hand in designing for Harley Davidson, the ’62 Studie Hawk, the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, the Excaliber series of retro-mobiles and one you all know, the Miller High Life beer logo back in 1942.

©AHRF/Jim Miller Collection (JMC_1943)
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Here's a 100 year-old car you won’t see everyday... it’s called a Rayfield. It was entered in the 1914 Indianapolis 500 but withdrew before qualifying because the crank bearings went away. The car was assigned their number 46 and the driver was Hughie Hughes.

Hughes was born in England in 1886 and drove his first AAA race in 1909. His last race was on the Boards at Uniontown on December 2, 1916 where he crashed and later died. Note the monster knockoffs on the wheels and the side-mounted radiators.

©AHRF/Joe Henning Collection (JHC_416)
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Richard Petty in for a stop during the Motor Trend 500 back on January 18, 1970 at Riverside International Raceway. The “King” started in sixth spot and finished in fifth. Note the front wheelman’s cool hat and their lack of safety gear as compared to today. How about the spilling gas on the far side?!?

©AHRF/George Callaway Collection (GCC_166)
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Clutchers member Joe Patterson from Santa Ana with the Patterson & Dietz entry at the April ’48 S.C.T.A. meet. Power was supplied by a ’38 Ford flattie with Cyclone heads, Weiand intake, Harmon & Collins cam, and sparked by an Arnette ignition. The Deuce ran 117.95 mph, way out of the top twenty runners in the class. That’s Joe Junior in his dad’s roadster off to an early start as a driver.

©AHRF/Wally Parks Collection (WPL_047)
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