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This 1966 shot taken at the Sacramento Auto Show and shows Al McCoy's T Roadster that he called Golden T. The Hood River, Oregon resident used a Dragmaster chassis and stuffed a 327" Chevy in it for power.

©AHRF/Doug Rasmussen Collection (DRC_210)
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Ted Eller and Dickey Ferguson are seen here, posing with their Golden Eagle Gasoline sponsored midget race car and the "bullet land speed record challenger" that was a failure. It was attributed to "Boy Wonder" Harlan Fengler and used in a "B" movie featuring one Jimmy Stewart before becoming a rolling billboard. Irving Wardman of Downey, California is credited with taking the picture that was dated June 10, 1941.

©AHRF/Louis Senter Collection (LSS_059)
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Snapped at Bonneville in 1952 is the unfinished streamliner of Tommy Thompson out of Golden, Colorado, the home of Adolf Coors Brewery.

A year later Tom, a Coors employee, was back with the car painted in it's signature color "Goldenrod Yellow" that kinda matched the beer can's color. Powered by a 1949 Olds V8 displacing 270" and running in Class C Streamliner, the car turned a slow 142.40 mph for third in class. Bill Summers told us years later that he and his brother had asked Tom if they could use the Goldenrod name for a new car they were building. He said yes.

©AHRF/Gear Grinders Car Club Collection (GGC_250)
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The tale of this Model A body on deuce rails running in the Street Roadster Class goes back a ways. We dug out our 1972 Bonneville Nationals Speed Trials rule book and it listed that Class A and B were open records.

During the '72 meet the Sensuous II-Geisler team establishes a record in Class A with a speed of 167.949 mph. In 1973 along comes the team of Ogle, Bobbie and Denny Golden (whose car is seen in this shot) to establish a new record in Class B with a speed of 129.524 mph. Now we have some benchmarks established. For 1974 Denton (Denny) Golden jumps into the teams Class B Street Roadster and bumps the record to 172,544 mph. They come back in 1974, switch to Class A and push the class record of 167.949 to 184.858 mph.

Things quiet down in '75 but look out in '76. The class B record gets bumped by V. McGee in the Sensuous II-Geisler ride (that's Bruce Geisler like in one time S.C.T.A. President) to 188.142 mph. An Denny jumps in their car now running Class A and bumps the record to 191.281 mph. Are we having fun yet?

In 1977 the S.C.T.A establishes a AA Street Roadster Class. Along comes 1978 and the the S.C.T.A establishes a minimum of 195.00 mph to set a record in Class AA. Our O. B. & D. Golden team rises to the occasion and runs 206.315 that year for a new record. It took until '81 for the Class B record to be bumped by the Scotty's Muffler car (with Charles Scott Driving) to 190.094 mph. The Golden Class A record stood till '85 when the Piner-Eastwood (that's Pete Eastwood) boys took it at 195.630 mph and the Golden AA record fell the same year at 213.992 mph.

©AHRF/Julian Doty Collection (DOT_1006)
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Roy Masters took this cool photo at the C&C Motors Autorama in Allentown, PA way back in November 1956. The channeled Deuce was called the Golden Rod. Note the molded in windshield supports.

©AHRF/Roy Masters Collection (RMC_006)
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⧽⧽⧽Chuck Manning’s car at Torrey Pines in 1952.⧼⧼⧼

This Gear Grinders Car Club photo gives us a great close up! Chuck used all Ford running gear bolted to his chassis design. It was powered by a 4260 cc Flattie. It was the most successful hot rod road race car around until Bill Stroppe showed up with his Kurtis.

©AHRF, Img Ref: GGC_340
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The Guy Mabee Drilling Special number 653 that got it owner’s brother Joe into the exclusive Bonneville 200 MPH Club in 1953 with a speed of 203.105 mph after qualifying at a speed of 194.07 mph (DOT_034).

The fiberglass bodied car ran in the Sports Car Open Class and was powered by a Ray Brown Automotive built 360″ ’53 Chrysler. Does this mean that our Tom might of also been involved with the engine built? More stuff for us to research.

Meanwhile in the background we see Harvey Johnson’s ’40 Ford coupe number 578 arriving from North Hollywood, California and towing a trailer. The Class C Coupe and Sedan was powered by a ’46 Ford flattie of 277″ and turned a credible 107.91 mph for 31st in class. Behind the ’40 is the number 595 Deuce 3-window of William Holle that ran in Class C Coupe and Sedan also. No time is listed in the results.
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Entered as the Sports Car Illustrated Magazine Special at Bonneville in 1960, the Bill Burke and Bob Laster enter car was called the "Golden Commode".

The press and on-lookers soon nick-named it the "Pumpkin Seed". It was Burke's interpretation of the British MG streamline that stirling Moss and later Phil Hill. The car was entered in two classes, Class D as number 1888 and powered by a Bill Stroppe prepared 156' Falcon 6 cylinder engine and class G as car number 888 with a 61" Austin-Healey Sprite 4-banger for power.

With Bill driving the class D streamliner ran 202.360 mph for a first in class and then he bumped the class record to 205.949 mph gaining Bill entry into the B-ville 200 mph Club. In class G it managed to run 124.82 mph for a second in class behind the Wee Eel ride at 158.80. Burke later teamed up with Mickey Thompson and ran a Tempest in it.

The car still exists today and is owned by Jim Travis. In recent years Jim, his son Randy and Danny Thompson, Mickey's son, have all driven the car.

©AHRF/Bill Phy Collection (BPC_111)
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This 1/43 scale model was produced by a long forgotten company called Dust & Glory. The vehicle is a reproduction of the 1917 Harry Miller built car that is most commonly known as the Golden Submarine although it was also called the Golden Egg for it's lack of success. This was the third model car that the company produced and is number 21 of a limited run of 150 examples. It cost an astronomical $200 dollars when new over three decades ago.

©AHRF/Jim Miller Collection (JMC_065)
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The Stecker-Golden entry from San Pedro is seen here on the starting line at Bonneville in 1959 before a run.

The '34 three window had a supercharged 250" Dodge under the hood and ran 173.07 mph for a first in class against the 175.696 mph record set back in '57. Second place man Chuck Embray with his naturally aspirated 274" Chevy powered ride was only 23 mph slower than the Stecker-Golden car. Car 126 on the right is the 303" Olds powered Class C Gas Roadster of Pete Dean. He ran 130.62 mph for a 6th in class.

©AHRF/Gary Harstock Collection (GHC_012)
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To give you non-Ford fans a lift here is a good engine shot of Chuck Tatum’s hot rod road racer (DWC_029).

Chuck went to a sports car race in his home town of Stockton, CA in 1952 and got the bug. He made the frame from 2″ .049 tubing and used a ’32 front end and a ’41 pickup rear of Ford heritage. He had Jack Hagemann build the aluminum body. For power he chose a 302″ GMC that was 25 pounds lighter than a flattie. It won first time out with Chuck Manning driving and won three more times before the season was over.

For ’54 he had our bud, Dan Warner’s dad Harry, owner of Wayne Engineering, sponsor the engine program and the car even went to Bonneville where it ran 157 mph. On the right we see the number 90, it’s on a Morris based special that says this shot was taken at Pebble Beach in 1954
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The Sparks & Bonney built Manning Special, owned by Jacques Bellesiles, at the S&B shop (TSC_043).

The flattie powered ride was tuned by Tom, as usual, and sports a distinctive rear body and covered tire.
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