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Parked on the street in front of So-Cal Speed Shop at the Father’s Day gathering was this head turner of a Roadster Pickup. Dubber the Final Final by owners John and Dawn Nissen out of Williams, CA, we see their take on a ’36 Dodge.

It features a ’32 DeSoto grill-shell in front of a ’42 Merc Flattie. To keep the bugs out of their faces they found an old Jag XK 120 windscreen. Note all the little details that makes this one a real looker.

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At the first race of the 1947 S.C.T.A. season held on May 25, Low Flyers members Bob Wenz teamed up with Howard Wilson to run this rear engined '28 Ford in Class C Roadster.

Power was supplied by a Merc flathead fitted with Edelbrock head and Evans intake manifold. Fellow club member Jack Engle put his name on the door and cam in the engine. The combination resulted in a speed of 122.78 mph and 5th in class. Bob went on to race Formula III cars successfully and Wilson would later become famous for piloting Stu Hilborn's car to the firsr ever 150 mph lap at the lakes.

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Take one 1967 Dodge Dart from Dodge design manager Bill Brownlie who got on the phone with George Barris and this is the result, the Dodge Daroo I.

George extended the rear 10” and added 17” to the front courtesy of the pointed nose. He then added a wraparound windshield, a metal tonneau to make it look like a two-seater. Throw in some dummy intake pipes on the hood and lakes pipes on the rockers and you got one wow looking machine. Top it off with a Pearl Honey Yellow paint job and you get making a big splash on the show circuit. Year two saw it receiving a Lime Green respray before it was permanently retired. This postcard was a Dodge giveaway and shows the car in green livery with a darker green below the waistline. It also gives equal time to you Mopar fans after looking at the GM and Ford shots above.

Jim Miller Collection (JMC_6269)
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This 1958 shot shows Johnny Boyd exiting the pits during practice for the 1958 Indy 500.

The Bowes Seal Fast special was entered by Robert Bowes and Crew Chiefed by George Bignatti. The chassis was a Kurtis KK500G that was painted white with black nose and an an underbelly of red. Johnny qualified the car in eighth starting position and brought the car home in third. Note that roll bar’s wouldn't be mandatory until '59 and the front straight was still bricks.

Joe Henning Collection (JHC_365)
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The Chuck Porter and Belmont Sanchez Bantam Coupe on display at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in late 1954.

The Chrysler powered car had run at Bonneville in Class D Competition Coupe and Sedan in August and ran a speed of 166.35 mph for a fourth in class under the name of Kooperman-Sanchez. Chuck Porter did the paint job and had his name painted on the nose at the show. In ’53 the car had run at the salt as the Sanchez Special and ran 152.02 mph for a second in class with a 371” Olds for power.

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If you like ground shakers then you’ll love the Schaefer & Chambers Class 1650cc/APF hauler. Rider Kenny Schaefer had a great run of 188.39 mph at the May 2016 S.C.T.A. opening meet.

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This 1941 shot shows Milers member Bob Corbett's banger powered roadster-pickup. The car is wearing its race number from the August 24 S.C.T.A. lakes meet held at Muroc. No speed was listed in the results.

Above Bob's radiator cap way in the background we can see the number 385 on the side of Velociteers member Dick Neville's Model A powered by a V8 flattie. We have a speed of 103.69 mph for him.

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Rancho De Taos’ Ron Cooper showed with one of the most fun rides of the 2016 Race of Gentlemen. It’a a Dodge body on a Model A chassis with a T rear boot. We can throw in a little Chevy with it’s T5 box. He even had a stand that sold Tequila so what more could you ask for.

He’s having a blab-fest with freshly shaven Bruce “Guts” Gordon out of Newton, New Jersey who runs the number 9 “29 A on the left. It has a 200” banger for power. The yellow ’26 T on the right belongs to Nathan Edwards out of Winchester Virginia. Under the hood lurks a 177” mill fitted with a Rajo head.

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Bob Veith’s 1960 Indianapolis qualifying picture minutes after he put the Schmidt Special in the race.

Peter Schmidt had his Chief Mechanic Wally Meskowski put together this fluorescent red beauty with red and black trim that Bob qualified way down in 25th starting place with a speed of 143.363 mph on the fourth day of qualifying. In the race, Bob in the 252” Offy powered machine, worked his way up to seventh spot by lap 85 and was in fifth by lap 150. A late pitstop relegated him to an eighth place finish and a pretty nice payoff for a month’s worth of work.

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Don Francisco chats with some fellow racers as partner Bill Burks does some inside the cockpit adjustments on the Burke & Francisco number 4 Class C Streamliner at El Mirage during the April 24-25 S.C.T.A. meet.

Under the adorned rear body hid a Merc Flattie that Don had built. It was fitted with Evans heads and intake, a Kenny Harmon cam and Spalding ignition. The car qualified for a record after finishing in second in class behind Chuck Daigh against Burke’s ’47 record of 139.21 mph. Number 4 ran ran 148.51 mph to Chuck’s 148.76 mph. During record runs number 4 did it’s job and ended up setting a new class record at 144.855 mph.

Behind is the Roadster Pickup of Trompers member Ted Colley. It was powered by a ’42 Merc fitted with Weiand heads, Edelbrock intake, Harman cam and Spalding ignition. He ran 118.42 mph but was outclassed by Reg Schlemmer’s whopping 146.10 mph run. On the far right is the number 458 Class B entry of Strokers member Hugh Romstedt. Power was a ’46 Merc fitted with unknown Tunnel heads. Hugh turned 124.65 mph.

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The vehicle that had the most “Wow” appeal at the May 2016 El Mirage meet was this Plymouth Baracuda put together by Eddie’s Chop Shop and driven by Richard Smith. The car was entered in the Time Only Class to do some shakedown runs. Richard cruised through the traps at a cool 146.743 mph. Look for this ride to make some big waves at Bonneville in the future once it’s sorted.

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This August 28-29, 1948 shot shows Sidewinders member James Hoffman waiting to run his Class C Roadster. It featured a Deuce chassis with a ’30 body and was powered by a ’46 Ford flattie.

Jim ran Edelbrock heads and intake manifold, a Winfield cam and fellow club member Kong Jackson’s ignition. We don’t know how fast he ran as the results only list the top 20 in class. THe helmets were owned by the S.C.T.A and lent to the competitors before they became mandatory in ’48.

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