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Mr.Biggs
06-18-2006, 12:14 PM
an E-mail from Ted this AM:

"Boy was it HOT! Thermometer yesterday read 97.4 degrees. Cars did not run well but well enough. We won both shoot outs. The Tomato ran a 455 Pontiac Lemans. Qualified at 13.59 (best run was 13.45). Don't know what the Pontiac qualified at. They started at 2:30 Friday and took runs after that time for our qualifying. Won the first two but he missed second on the second run. Neither the Tomato or PBW could get any traction. Average sixty foot was probably around 2.3 for the Tomato and 2.2+ for the PBW.

Wrapper drew a Buick Stage One. Wrapper qualified at 13.16 and the Buick 13.17. Won first two of those but had to come from behind and passed him at about the 1000' mark or maybe a little before.

Tomato turned 108 best speed and Wrapper 109+.

The announcer really gave us some nice comments. I didn't hear them but Mary Ann, George, Bob, and both Chuck and John Kerns heard them.

There were 12 FAST cars and the rest, about ? 60 ? were the Factory (pure) stock. They want us there to pay the bills. (G)

Still trying to recuperate from the drive, heat and loss of sleep."

Mr.Biggs says.... I can see why folks replace those clunky ol' Stude engines with superior GM stuff. Who wants to win all the time[?] What fun is that[?][?][?]



Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

GTtim
06-18-2006, 06:03 PM
Well shoot, Bob, everyone knows you can't get any parts for 'em! <G>

Tim K.
'64 R2 GT Hawk

BobPalma
06-18-2006, 10:46 PM
:D As he said, Ted passed the Buick with The PBW for the concluding win #2 of the shootout. After that, the Buick owner approached George and asked, "Mechanically, exactly what was going on in the last 320 feet of that race!?"

George opened The PBW's hood and explained the basic theory of supercharging to the guy! ;)

Buick owner wasn't at all mad. In fact, he was rather fascinated by the whole thing.

The race announcer had just read The August 2006 Hot Rod feature on Ted the night before. When Ted approached the line for one of the shoot-out runs, the announcer said, "We have a real celebrity here at the track, Ted Harbit, in this Studebaker." He then went on and on about the Hot Rod article and encouraged everyone to go out and buy one for the article. [:I]

Of course, Ted was in the car at the starting line with his helmet on, concentrating on the mission at hand, and could not have heard the remarks if he wanted to. [:I]

We got some grins out of the article, in which it says Ted's K/Stock 1951 Chicken Hawk in early stock configuration had an AFB carb (quite a feat for a 1951 anything!), and he built up a later engine "from a 1969 R2 block." (Ted had more pull at Studebaker than even he was aware of!) [:p] BP

Roscomacaw
06-18-2006, 11:02 PM
"and he built up a later engine "from a 1969 R2 block." AHA! SEE, I just knew all these victories weren't on the up an' up!!![}:)]

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

imported_n/a
06-19-2006, 11:52 PM
Ted is a Studebaker Icon, no doubt. Just wish he'd build a '58 Packard for the strip. Guess it is up to me to do that.

Dan White
06-20-2006, 12:39 AM
Some one told me that Ford was making the Studebaker R2 engines by '69, having given up on their own antiquated small block design.

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT