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Discussion: Car Lovers

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Feb. 7, 2012
Marv19
Men's 60
429 posts
Car Lovers
This has nothing to do with softball. But if your an old gear head like me then you might find this fun.

http://www.americantorque.com/game/car-show-50s/

I got 94%. Really I did! I missed two. Got a willies and a Henry J crossed up

Post your scores
Feb. 7, 2012
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Aced it Marv, but then thats my business. =)
Have to admit the Willies and Henry J were cause for concern.
Feb. 7, 2012
Marv19
Men's 60
429 posts
Good job John. Looks like we have something in common. Too bad you're avoiding us :O) It would be nice to see you sometimes. Jim Davis and I were talking a while back and he and I are from the same neighborhood. I use to cruse aimlessly up and down Whittier blvd in the 60s on the weekends looking for chicks or a drag race. Didn't care which both were a rush. Bob's and Wherley's til midnight then Harvey's in Downey til 3AM.
Feb. 7, 2012
zonk
56 posts
Got 96%, missed 2 on the custom cars, set 11.
Feb. 7, 2012
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Marv, We are playing PS in two weeks if it holds up. There was some word this weekend about PS not having enough teams? I sure hope thats not true, we are looking forward to playing there again.

Seems we grew up in the same general neighborhoods Marv. Bobs Whittier, A&W Bellflower, Harveys Broiler Downey, Bobs Long Beach, and Oscars Long Beach. We cruised and raced until the police or time chased us home.
And the babes were usually looking too! =)
Lets not forget Lions and Terminal Island!
Feb. 7, 2012
Marv19
Men's 60
429 posts
Ah! terminal Island with Big Willy :O) If you were at Lions from 63 to 67 I was usually there on most weekends. Jr Fuel car and a Blown 396 Jolly Green Giant with my partner Bob Davis. After 67 I was with Hays Clutches and was on the starting line and the pits 2 weekends a month. And I got paid to do something I liked too. 72 to 74 with Mr Gasket. I was a Gasket rep at Lions and OCIR for a while. I was in the Lions tower the night Steve Evens coined the phrase "Funny Car" He played circus music when Sox and Martin - the Flying Dutchman - Dick Landy - the Ramchargers etc would come in for an 8 car show. He said "these cars are funny looking. Let's call them Funny Cars" How's that for trivia?
Feb. 8, 2012
curveball
Men's 65
400 posts
Marv, those were the days! We used to come down to Jack Bayers shop and get our motor freshened and then head out to do battle at Lions, Fontana, San Gabrial, Inyokern, Riverside, or maybe Orange Co. Guys from that era out of Bayers shop were plenty impressive, Bill Bagshaw, Shores and Hess, Koeler Bros., Dave Kempton, and Larry Minor to name a few. (always smile at the fields in Hemet when we play there, the Minor name appers in several locations, good people for sure. Always brings back fond memories of racing days gone by.
Feb. 8, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4305 posts
For the 2 wheel "nuts" like I used to be pretty close to...


http://biertijd.com/mediaplayer/?itemid=29433
Feb. 8, 2012
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2616 posts
I only scored 90%.
Unfortunately was present at Yellow River Drag Strip in 1969 when Houston Platt crashed his funny car into the crowd, killing about 30. I have a Polaroid of him just as he is leaving the strip. What a terrible event for drag racing!
The crash only missed me by 50 feet.
Feb. 8, 2012
Marv19
Men's 60
429 posts
Bill Bagshaw was a sponsored car for Hays. Nice guy too. Too bad about Platt. I remember the shop was all a buzz that Monday. I was at Indy when John Mulligan crashed. His whole face was burned off. Single layer face mask with the two respirators. The back of the engine exploded. Hydrozene in the tank! Tim Bebee never got over that one. They outlawed it after that. Crower pitched a couple of clutches into the crowd that year as well. But so many have gone before their time. Lots of good guys. John Martin was a favorite of mine. I see hes gone now too. I Met Larry Minor once at Simpsons. He had Gary Beck driving the McDonalds top fueler then. Gary was a class act. Its Minor money behind the facility you know. He's chairman of the board of the organization that owns the park. Curveball I have a couple of Fontana stories, just remind me when you see me. I love to bench race :O)
Feb. 9, 2012
curveball
Men's 65
400 posts
Bagshaw, Beck, Minorall class acts for certain Marv. Hydrozene was some nasty stuff, very volatile. There's lots of stories those that crashed before proper retaining walls and many sftey features were implemented. (not many as horrific as Bruces account of the Hubert Platt incident)

Next time were dowm from Vegas, we'll do some bench racing for sure,I love it also! There are a ton of fontana stories from the old AHRA days............
several nasty crashes there with the telephone poles runnning down the track right next to the lane. (that was brilliant!)
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