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DEEPNHOCK
12-11-2006, 07:49 AM
(forwarded by Jeff Rice.... [u]Go Ted</u>!)

http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=239954&FS=

2007 National Hot Rod Reunion honorees named
Racing series NHRA
Date 2006-12-08

Honorees Set for 2007 Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion
Columbus, Ohio will host 5th Annual Rodding and Racing Event on Father's Day Weekend


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- (Dec. 8, 2006) -- Honorees were announced today for the fifth annual National Hot Rod Reunion, Jun. 15-17, 2007 at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio. The honorees are John Abbott, Don Cain, Ted Harbit, Fred Hurst, and the team of Gary Rupp and Pat Dakin. Jeg Coughlin will be the Grand Marshal, while the Justice Bros. Reunion Spotlight will fall on Frank Hawley.


John Abbott began his long drag racing career near his Denver home in 1954. His accomplishments at the wheel of fuel dragsters include the 1977 Top Fuel title at the Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Championships, the IHRA Spring Nationals in 1978 and the AHRA Winter Nationals in '79. He capped his career with a victory in the NHRA U.S. Nationals, taking the Top Fuel title in 1981 following a runner-up finish in 1980.


Don Cain's biggest win came with his Top Gas victory at the 1967 U.S. Nationals. He won six NHRA Division 5 Championships in Top Gas Dragster. Cain then drove a Plymouth Satellite Funny Car for the team of Pusch and Cain match racing throughout the Midwest. He retired from drag racing in 1974 and focused his attention on street rods. After his retirement from General Motors in 1988, he and his wife Nan opened K.C. Street Rod Parts in Kansas City, Mo.


Ted Harbit raced his "Chicken Hawk" 1951 Studebaker and won his Stock class at the NHRA Nationals an incredible seven times in 11 tries. A retired teacher and basketball coach in the Frankton, Ind. school system, he has raced continuously in cars he's built himself for more than 50 years. Ted retired from class racing after the '72 U.S. Nationals and drove it occasionally until 1987 when he decided to see how fast it would go. With twin turbochargers and twin four barrel carbs, he's turned a best of 10.07 at 137.8 mph. In the Studebaker Drivers Club publication, Turning Wheels, Harbit explained why he still uses a Studebaker engine. "My own experience has been that it is not necessary to go to expensive extremes to develop over 500 HP in a Studebaker V-8. . . and that the engine is so basically sturdy that one need not fear immediate disintegration when higher horsepowers (sic) have been developed."


Fred Hurst began his career with a '57 Chevy and a pair of Pontiacs in Stock Eliminator. In 1963 he switched to A/Gas with an immaculate Pontiac powered '40 Willys. He stepped up to 426 Hemi power in '65 and set the A/G National Record. In early '68 Hurst debuted a gorgeous injected 426- powered '68 Barracuda. With it he won Street Eliminator at the '68 World Finals in Tulsa and the A/Gas class at the '69 U.S. Nationals. In 1970 he built another Barracuda which he raced for four years. In 1974 Hurst parked the Barracuda in favor of a Norm Paddock-built Opel GT which he raced until his retirement during the summer of 1977. Hurst's cars were known as much for their appearance as for their performance. All were immaculate, and all were Candy Apple Red painted and lettered by '06 NHRR Honorees Bill Rowell and Jim Farr.


Gary Rupp and Pat Dakin (Rupp & Dakin) ran one of the nicest looking dragsters of its day. Dakin was the driver and Rupp the car owner. The team began racing in 1970 in a gas car and then made the switch to a front- engine fuel dragster in 1971 They switched to a rear engine Woody Gilmore car in 1972and bought another one in '74-'75 and kept that one until '77 when they quit. Dakin said, "We came back in '89 and won an IHRA World Championship and then bought a Don Long car and stayed together through the 1993 season." Then Rupp moved to Florida, effectively ending the team. Dakin found a new partner in Tom Kattelman and continued to race, but he never went further west than Texas

BobPalma
12-11-2006, 09:32 AM
[8D]:D Roger that, JP. :):D BP

BobPalma
12-11-2006, 09:32 AM
[8D]:D Roger that, JP. :):D BP

JDP
12-11-2006, 09:33 AM
You could not find a better ambassador for the Studebaker hobby then Ted. He is both great at what he does and humble in so doing. Ted has been helpful to one and all and I've never heard a sour note from him. The closest he ever comes is when someone knocks his love of the Studebaker V8. :)
It is nearly impossible to over estimate how nice a guy Ted Harbit is and he deserves every honor he can get.

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JDP
Arnold Md.
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64 GT hawk
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black)
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
62 Lark 2 door
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starlight
52 Starliner
51 Commander

JDP
12-11-2006, 09:33 AM
You could not find a better ambassador for the Studebaker hobby then Ted. He is both great at what he does and humble in so doing. Ted has been helpful to one and all and I've never heard a sour note from him. The closest he ever comes is when someone knocks his love of the Studebaker V8. :)
It is nearly impossible to over estimate how nice a guy Ted Harbit is and he deserves every honor he can get.

http://stude.com/sig.jpg
JDP
Arnold Md.
Studebaker On The Net
http://stude.com
My Ebay Items
http://www.stude.com/EBAY/

64 GT hawk
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black)
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
62 Lark 2 door
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starlight
52 Starliner
51 Commander

Dick Steinkamp
12-11-2006, 10:46 AM
Well deserved. A true Studebaker hot rod hero [^]



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Bellingham, WA

Dick Steinkamp
12-11-2006, 10:46 AM
Well deserved. A true Studebaker hot rod hero [^]



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Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

BobPalma
12-11-2006, 10:48 AM
[}:)] The article mentions Ted having won his class Seven Times in Eleven tries. The record needs to be set straight on this: He actually won EIGHT times in eleven tries :D, but was disqualified after the 1964 win. :( You can read about it on Page 8 of the March 1996 Turning Wheels.

He was disqualified after his 1964 win for having an alleged .003 -yes, three thousandths - overbore. [:0] He had not touched the engine block or pistons since passing "tech" as runner-up in class at the 1963 National Drags and he had also passed an Official NHRA tear-down tech at The Muncie Dragway only two weeks before the questioned 1964 championship win tear-down at Indianapolis Raceway Park!

Yep; NHRA's own tech certified the bore legal at The Muncie Dragway in August 1964, but two weeks later it was disqualified as an overbore without Ted's having touched anything! NHRA higher-ups wouldn't reconsider.

Ted did get a lengthy letter-to-the-editor published in a subsequent Hot Rod magazine about the incident. :( (No, I didn't ghost-write it. [}:)])

JP, you said you've never seen Ted mad. Well, to paraphrase the promo for the movie American Grafitti, "Where were you in '62 -er, '64?" (Probably South Bend, I realize...but, according to the most sensitive seismographs available at the time, Ted's ground-pounding stomps :(:(:(:(:(:( were recorded only as far north as 1.3 miles south of the Marshall/Fulton County Line along U.S.31 above Rochester IN on the way to South Bend. One of those Historical Roadside Markers denoted the exact spot for many years, but was unceremoniously removed :( when they "four-laned" U. S. 31 to South Bend years ago. :D:D:D)

Cheers. BP

BobPalma
12-11-2006, 10:48 AM
[}:)] The article mentions Ted having won his class Seven Times in Eleven tries. The record needs to be set straight on this: He actually won EIGHT times in eleven tries :D, but was disqualified after the 1964 win. :( You can read about it on Page 8 of the March 1996 Turning Wheels.

He was disqualified after his 1964 win for having an alleged .003 -yes, three thousandths - overbore. [:0] He had not touched the engine block or pistons since passing "tech" as runner-up in class at the 1963 National Drags and he had also passed an Official NHRA tear-down tech at The Muncie Dragway only two weeks before the questioned 1964 championship win tear-down at Indianapolis Raceway Park!

Yep; NHRA's own tech certified the bore legal at The Muncie Dragway in August 1964, but two weeks later it was disqualified as an overbore without Ted's having touched anything! NHRA higher-ups wouldn't reconsider.

Ted did get a lengthy letter-to-the-editor published in a subsequent Hot Rod magazine about the incident. :( (No, I didn't ghost-write it. [}:)])

JP, you said you've never seen Ted mad. Well, to paraphrase the promo for the movie American Grafitti, "Where were you in '62 -er, '64?" (Probably South Bend, I realize...but, according to the most sensitive seismographs available at the time, Ted's ground-pounding stomps :(:(:(:(:(:( were recorded only as far north as 1.3 miles south of the Marshall/Fulton County Line along U.S.31 above Rochester IN on the way to South Bend. One of those Historical Roadside Markers denoted the exact spot for many years, but was unceremoniously removed :( when they "four-laned" U. S. 31 to South Bend years ago. :D:D:D)

Cheers. BP

JDP
12-11-2006, 10:59 AM
I 1964, I was drag racing my 63 Hawk, but you unlike Ted, was not winning anything. &lt;g&gt; Evan then, I'd heard of Ted, but did not have the honor of meeting him until he popped in on the Studebaker News group.

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JDP
Arnold Md.
Studebaker On The Net
http://stude.com
My Ebay Items
http://www.stude.com/EBAY/

64 GT hawk
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black)
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
62 Lark 2 door
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starlight
52 Starliner
51 Commander

JDP
12-11-2006, 10:59 AM
I 1964, I was drag racing my 63 Hawk, but you unlike Ted, was not winning anything. &lt;g&gt; Evan then, I'd heard of Ted, but did not have the honor of meeting him until he popped in on the Studebaker News group.

http://stude.com/sig.jpg
JDP
Arnold Md.
Studebaker On The Net
http://stude.com
My Ebay Items
http://www.stude.com/EBAY/

64 GT hawk
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black)
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
62 Lark 2 door
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starlight
52 Starliner
51 Commander

DEEPNHOCK
12-11-2006, 11:32 AM
I am modifying my SDC International Meet travel plans to begin at National Trail Raceway outside Columbus, Ohio June 15/16/17 and then head on over to South Bend for the IM June 17-23.....
You betcha!
Jeff[8D]
The track is only 267 miles from the host hotel and it isn't even ten miles out of my way.



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'61 Hawk (project)
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DEEPNHOCK
12-11-2006, 11:32 AM
I am modifying my SDC International Meet travel plans to begin at National Trail Raceway outside Columbus, Ohio June 15/16/17 and then head on over to South Bend for the IM June 17-23.....
You betcha!
Jeff[8D]
The track is only 267 miles from the host hotel and it isn't even ten miles out of my way.



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Brooklet, Georgia
'37 Coupe Express (never ending project)
'37 Coupe Express Trailer (project)
'61 Hawk (project)
http://community.webshots.com/user/deepnhock

lstude
12-11-2006, 12:39 PM
Congratulations Ted! Here are some pics of the Chicken Hawk at the Atlantic Zone Meet last summer.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/SDCZoneMeet2006013.jpg
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/SDCZoneMeet2006017.jpg


Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/Mein64Daytonasm.jpghttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/52inyardsm-1.jpg

lstude
12-11-2006, 12:39 PM
Congratulations Ted! Here are some pics of the Chicken Hawk at the Atlantic Zone Meet last summer.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/SDCZoneMeet2006013.jpg
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/SDCZoneMeet2006017.jpg


Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/Mein64Daytonasm.jpghttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/52inyardsm-1.jpg

Roscomacaw
12-11-2006, 03:09 PM
Ted's an inspiration to every strata and strain of Studebaker enthusiast. No two ways about it.[^]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
12-11-2006, 03:09 PM
Ted's an inspiration to every strata and strain of Studebaker enthusiast. No two ways about it.[^]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

jjones
12-11-2006, 05:34 PM
And the nicest person I have ever had the pleasure to do business with.

Jeff Jones

jjones
12-11-2006, 05:34 PM
And the nicest person I have ever had the pleasure to do business with.

Jeff Jones

Chicken Hawk
12-11-2006, 08:07 PM
Just read the post about the NHRA thing. I don't know how some of you guys can find all this stuff on the computer. I know I couldn't.

I have no idea what to expect from this. I got a call from NHRA asking if I could attend and to send a head shot to them.

Thanks Jeff R., Bob P., JP, Dick S. Biggs, Leonard S. Jeff J., and anyone I left out for all the nice comments. I really appreciate it.

Ted

Chicken Hawk
12-11-2006, 08:07 PM
Just read the post about the NHRA thing. I don't know how some of you guys can find all this stuff on the computer. I know I couldn't.

I have no idea what to expect from this. I got a call from NHRA asking if I could attend and to send a head shot to them.

Thanks Jeff R., Bob P., JP, Dick S. Biggs, Leonard S. Jeff J., and anyone I left out for all the nice comments. I really appreciate it.

Ted

Anne F. Goodman
12-12-2006, 01:18 AM
Ted it was a Pleasure meeting you and your wife in Omaha. I kept hoping we would run into you and you ended up at the table next to us. Another admiring fan.

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
Fresno,Cahttp://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/Mabel.jpg?t=1165475035

Anne F. Goodman
12-12-2006, 01:18 AM
Ted it was a Pleasure meeting you and your wife in Omaha. I kept hoping we would run into you and you ended up at the table next to us. Another admiring fan.

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
Fresno,Cahttp://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/Mabel.jpg?t=1165475035

StudeDave57
12-12-2006, 01:26 AM
Nicer, greater guys are few and far between~ Way to go Ted!!!! :) :D :) :D :) :D :) :D
I may have met Ted earlier in my life, but the time I know we met for sure was at the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drags in September 2001~

This was less then a week after 9/11. The races almost didn't happen, but I had already driven up from Jacksonville, FL to be there. Many others had driven from far and wide to be there as well. I enjoyed the Friday 'practice' in which Ted dusted just about everything that lined up with him. Later, when the track was shut down for the night he and MaryAnn needed a ride. His truck makes for less then a smooth ride, you see...
As luck would have it of all the Studes there that day, Sweet Pea was the only one that wasn't already packed with fans!!! I was the only one with room for The Harbits! We talked alot on the trip back to the 'meet' hotel, more at dinner, and yet even more in the parking lot that night with the rest of the 'tire-kickers'.
He offered to put some gas in the car~ knowing full-well that I needed to make that trip back either way, and darn-near wouldn't take 'no' for an answer! I insisted that he'd need gas money for his truck more then I needed some for Sweet Pea, and he finally did give in, and kept his money.

Then I gave him the Stude V8 50th Anniversary t-shirt I brought from the Tri-State Meet the weekend before... ;)

StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
'57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

StudeDave57
12-12-2006, 01:26 AM
Nicer, greater guys are few and far between~ Way to go Ted!!!! :) :D :) :D :) :D :) :D
I may have met Ted earlier in my life, but the time I know we met for sure was at the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drags in September 2001~

This was less then a week after 9/11. The races almost didn't happen, but I had already driven up from Jacksonville, FL to be there. Many others had driven from far and wide to be there as well. I enjoyed the Friday 'practice' in which Ted dusted just about everything that lined up with him. Later, when the track was shut down for the night he and MaryAnn needed a ride. His truck makes for less then a smooth ride, you see...
As luck would have it of all the Studes there that day, Sweet Pea was the only one that wasn't already packed with fans!!! I was the only one with room for The Harbits! We talked alot on the trip back to the 'meet' hotel, more at dinner, and yet even more in the parking lot that night with the rest of the 'tire-kickers'.
He offered to put some gas in the car~ knowing full-well that I needed to make that trip back either way, and darn-near wouldn't take 'no' for an answer! I insisted that he'd need gas money for his truck more then I needed some for Sweet Pea, and he finally did give in, and kept his money.

Then I gave him the Stude V8 50th Anniversary t-shirt I brought from the Tri-State Meet the weekend before... ;)

StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
'57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

curt
12-12-2006, 07:20 AM
Great,keep up the good work, and keep enjoying the sport!

curt
12-12-2006, 07:20 AM
Great,keep up the good work, and keep enjoying the sport!

DEEPNHOCK
02-07-2007, 07:51 AM
(Forwarded by Jeff Rice 2/7/2007 GO TED!!!)

http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=242787&FS=

Hot Rod Reunion - Fast Five with Ted Harbit
Racing series NHRA
Date 2007-02-05

"Fast Five" with Ted Harbit

Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion Honoree built and raced cars for a half-century


*Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion: June 15-17, National Trail Raceway, Columbus, Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- (Feb. 5, 2007) -- Teacher. Coach. Builder. Racer. Winner. Studebaker lover. That's Ted Harbit, an Honoree at the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, June 15-17 at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio.

Harbit raced his "Chicken Hawk" 1951 Studebaker and won the Stock class at the NHRA Nationals an incredible seven times in 11 tries. A retired teacher and basketball coach in the Frankton, Ind. school system, he has raced continuously in cars he's built himself for more than 50 years. Ted retired from class racing after the '72 U.S. Nationals and drove the Studebaker occasionally until 1987 when he decided to see how fast it would really go. With twin turbochargers and twin four barrel carbs, he's turned a best of 10.07 at 137.8 mph. In the Studebaker Drivers Club publication, Turning Wheels, Harbit explained why he still uses a Studebaker engine. "My own experience has been that it is not necessary to go to expensive extremes to develop over 500 HP in a Studebaker V-8. . . and that the engine is so basically sturdy that one need not fear immediate disintegration when higher horsepowers (sic) have been developed."

1. How does it feel to be named an Honoree for the 5th annual NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion? What does the Reunion mean to you?

Ted Harbit: I feel honored to be selected as an honoree, knowing there are literally hundreds of worthy racers out there. This is something I'll treasure the rest of my life, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a participant in this gala affair.

2. In your wildest dreams, did you think after you retired, people would honor your racing exploits decades later?

Harbit: No, not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine this. When I was asked to be a participant in the Golden 50th NHRA Anniversary Drags, I was overwhelmed and thought that would be the last recognition I would receive.

3. What are some of your fondest and funniest memories about the good old days?

Harbit: Two come to mind: The first year we won the Nationals in K/Stock in 1962, we took the intake, head, etc., off the car to have it checked for legality. After waiting around for about half an hour and no one doing anything, I went to Farmer Dismuke, the national tech director and asked if they could start checking the Studebaker. Farmer was a little grumpy, asking why I thought I should get special treatment! When I told him I had to put the car back together to drive it home, he looked surprised and said, 'Are you serious?' When I said I was, he hollered at his help and said, 'We got to get to work, guys. Believe it or not, this guy has to drive his car home tonight.'

The other time was about the 1967 or '68 Nationals when I was at the line, ready to run, and the starter, I think it was Buster Couch, told me I had a bye run. I asked why and he said the other fellow could not get his car started. I looked back at the staging lanes and he sat there with the hood up. The starter said his battery was dead. I asked if I could give him a jump start as I had jumper cables in my trunk. He said I could, but didn't have to. I backed up, raised my trunk and jumped his car and we went ahead to race. We won and on the way back on the return road I heard all these people cheering, giving the 'thumbs up' sign, etc. I later heard when the win light came on about 50,000 fans cheered. I'll always remember that.

4. Why do people enjoy the Hot Rod Reunions and vintage drag racing?

Harbit: Hot Rod Reunions are when you can see a lot of people you haven't seen for years, plus meet new people and friends. I guess the vintage racing helps us old guys re

DEEPNHOCK
02-07-2007, 07:51 AM
(Forwarded by Jeff Rice 2/7/2007 GO TED!!!)

http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=242787&FS=

Hot Rod Reunion - Fast Five with Ted Harbit
Racing series NHRA
Date 2007-02-05

"Fast Five" with Ted Harbit

Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion Honoree built and raced cars for a half-century


*Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion: June 15-17, National Trail Raceway, Columbus, Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- (Feb. 5, 2007) -- Teacher. Coach. Builder. Racer. Winner. Studebaker lover. That's Ted Harbit, an Honoree at the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, June 15-17 at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio.

Harbit raced his "Chicken Hawk" 1951 Studebaker and won the Stock class at the NHRA Nationals an incredible seven times in 11 tries. A retired teacher and basketball coach in the Frankton, Ind. school system, he has raced continuously in cars he's built himself for more than 50 years. Ted retired from class racing after the '72 U.S. Nationals and drove the Studebaker occasionally until 1987 when he decided to see how fast it would really go. With twin turbochargers and twin four barrel carbs, he's turned a best of 10.07 at 137.8 mph. In the Studebaker Drivers Club publication, Turning Wheels, Harbit explained why he still uses a Studebaker engine. "My own experience has been that it is not necessary to go to expensive extremes to develop over 500 HP in a Studebaker V-8. . . and that the engine is so basically sturdy that one need not fear immediate disintegration when higher horsepowers (sic) have been developed."

1. How does it feel to be named an Honoree for the 5th annual NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion? What does the Reunion mean to you?

Ted Harbit: I feel honored to be selected as an honoree, knowing there are literally hundreds of worthy racers out there. This is something I'll treasure the rest of my life, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a participant in this gala affair.

2. In your wildest dreams, did you think after you retired, people would honor your racing exploits decades later?

Harbit: No, not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine this. When I was asked to be a participant in the Golden 50th NHRA Anniversary Drags, I was overwhelmed and thought that would be the last recognition I would receive.

3. What are some of your fondest and funniest memories about the good old days?

Harbit: Two come to mind: The first year we won the Nationals in K/Stock in 1962, we took the intake, head, etc., off the car to have it checked for legality. After waiting around for about half an hour and no one doing anything, I went to Farmer Dismuke, the national tech director and asked if they could start checking the Studebaker. Farmer was a little grumpy, asking why I thought I should get special treatment! When I told him I had to put the car back together to drive it home, he looked surprised and said, 'Are you serious?' When I said I was, he hollered at his help and said, 'We got to get to work, guys. Believe it or not, this guy has to drive his car home tonight.'

The other time was about the 1967 or '68 Nationals when I was at the line, ready to run, and the starter, I think it was Buster Couch, told me I had a bye run. I asked why and he said the other fellow could not get his car started. I looked back at the staging lanes and he sat there with the hood up. The starter said his battery was dead. I asked if I could give him a jump start as I had jumper cables in my trunk. He said I could, but didn't have to. I backed up, raised my trunk and jumped his car and we went ahead to race. We won and on the way back on the return road I heard all these people cheering, giving the 'thumbs up' sign, etc. I later heard when the win light came on about 50,000 fans cheered. I'll always remember that.

4. Why do people enjoy the Hot Rod Reunions and vintage drag racing?

Harbit: Hot Rod Reunions are when you can see a lot of people you haven't seen for years, plus meet new people and friends. I guess the vintage racing helps us old guys re

loc8tor
02-08-2007, 06:27 AM
Teds a great guy! Im glad he is being recognized.....at the WV meet last year I had him sign my magazine, I think it was Hot Rod or Hemmings Muscle, a few of the spectators approached me afterward asking how old the magazine was, first they were shocked, when I said a month or so, then they asked where the closest magazine/book store was.......I have a picture of Ted signing it but dont know how to post it here. CONGRATS TED!!!!

hmmm, my girlfriend has 2 GT Hawks....and I feel left out, wheres my "R" model Daytona????

loc8tor
02-08-2007, 06:27 AM
Teds a great guy! Im glad he is being recognized.....at the WV meet last year I had him sign my magazine, I think it was Hot Rod or Hemmings Muscle, a few of the spectators approached me afterward asking how old the magazine was, first they were shocked, when I said a month or so, then they asked where the closest magazine/book store was.......I have a picture of Ted signing it but dont know how to post it here. CONGRATS TED!!!!

hmmm, my girlfriend has 2 GT Hawks....and I feel left out, wheres my "R" model Daytona????

Chicken Hawk
02-09-2007, 07:56 PM
Just catching up on reading the posts. Seems if I miss a few days all kinds of posts appear. Boy, if we could get Jeff on the hunt for Osama, I'll be he could come up with him within 24 hours the way he finds this stuff.

Thank everyone. Really appreciated.

Ted

Chicken Hawk
02-09-2007, 07:56 PM
Just catching up on reading the posts. Seems if I miss a few days all kinds of posts appear. Boy, if we could get Jeff on the hunt for Osama, I'll be he could come up with him within 24 hours the way he finds this stuff.

Thank everyone. Really appreciated.

Ted