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rusty nut garage
09-13-2009, 01:43 PM
check out this link cool vintage drag photos.
Studebaker content........there is a stude parked behind the line in one of the photos.

Russ Shop Foreman "Rusty Nut Garage"
53 2R6 289 5SpdOD (driver)
57 SH (project)
60 Lark VIII 2dr sd (driver)

09-13-2009, 02:49 PM
Great pictures, that's old time racing, when it was fun..Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA


09-13-2009, 02:58 PM
The good old days.Doolittle Dr. Oakland Ca. 1963 to 1966.

dean pearson
09-13-2009, 03:04 PM
Looks fun to me.
It's amazing how things have changed, not only the cars but look at all the people in those crowds.
What do you not see ?

09-13-2009, 03:15 PM
...stands and a fence.

however, this looks a lot like Bean Blossom does today.


1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175
53-54 C/Ks, 55 Speedsters, 63 Daytonas, Wagonaires Registries (http://www.teamwetworks.com/stregs/)


09-13-2009, 03:41 PM
Yes, George I was thinking the same thing!! Great pictures.

09-13-2009, 04:11 PM
What a great group of photos. Thanks for posting them.

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

Chris Pile
09-13-2009, 04:12 PM
quote:What do you not see ?

Fat people.

Chris Pile
Editor: The Studebaker Special

09-13-2009, 04:59 PM
My kind of Hot Rods. The people and cars havn't changed a lot. Try the dry lakes.

55 Speedster
63 Avanti R2
63 Lark R2

09-13-2009, 06:52 PM
I remember those days fondly-a time when racing was fun and you didn't have to be a zillionair to compete. In 65-66 I ran a Buick powered Model A at Beeline, Holtville, Riverside a time or two, and Lions once. We even won occasionally.

Jeff Jones
Tucson Arizona
1947 M-5

dean pearson
09-13-2009, 08:21 PM
Chris nailed it.
Thank God now a day's we have more H.P.

09-13-2009, 08:38 PM
Loved the Richard Petty drag racing car.

Mike Jones
Pembroke Pines, FL


09-13-2009, 11:11 PM
great pics, take me back to 16 again. The Renaults? I owned a Dauphine , my bro-in-law a 4CV. I'm guessing ETs in the minutes. If they made it to the 1320 at all. KP

Ken Pyle

09-14-2009, 04:21 PM
Really neat oldies but goodies! I did not see any Studebakers, but did see several shots of '60 and or '61 Starliners going off! ;)


Pat Dilling
09-15-2009, 05:40 PM
Next time you cast asperisions at a rat rod, remember some of the cars in these photos!

Pat Dilling
Olivehurst, CA
Custom '53 Starlight aka Stu Cool
LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/journal.php?action=view&journalid=33611

09-15-2009, 05:54 PM
I don't think these cars are in the same catagory as a rat rod. Like your car and 2 of mine, I think they were more than likely built to the best ability and standards of the time. Street driven big block cars with no front brakes are questionable to me.

55 Speedster
63 Avanti R2
63 Lark R2

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09-15-2009, 06:32 PM
That almost made me cry! I could smell the burning rubber and cigarette smoke. Ahhh the memories.


1950 Champion 9G F1

09-15-2009, 09:12 PM
Now that is "memory lane." I reconigized the landscape on the first photo. That's the old quarter mile track near "Star Mountain" in Roanoke, Virginia. Been there many a times as a young lad of the late 50's and early 60's. My elder brother raced there many times with a 55 President and a 51 Starlite with a Lark 259 in it. He had a friend, a Mr. Wilson who raced a 53 coupe with a Hawk 289 motor. I think the class was M or N stock. Mr Wilson won a lot of trophies with that "yellow and black top 53 coupe. Toughest battles were with the 57 J2 Olds. They had 3 two's if I recall. Mr Wilson had these long radius control arms off of a 48 Buick rear I believe for traction bars. It was geared low with a three speed that had a floor shift. He shifted it like an automatic. They have some old photos of those days.

That long hill in the distance was the shut down. It was rather steep and the return lane was rather narrow too. I remember when the first 413 Dodge rams showed up there. Talk about excitement!!!
They were having problems with cracks in the manifolds from heat I think. I remember them discussing it. Extremely long ram manifolds went from one fender to the other. They ran 109-115 times and most were in the 12's. There was a big race there in August of 62 we attended. They put me in the trunk and I got in free. Was the same weekend Marilyn Monroe died. That was a big shocker back then. Dyno Don showed up to do battle with the Mopars and Fords. He had a truck trailer and off the trailer he ran a high 11 something at 116. The place went "ape." Folks had never seen a 409 run much below 15 flat and here was one that sounded so good and put the hurt on the 413 Rams. For qualifing they would turn around at the top of the hill and come back down the track just flying. Then for eliminations they would pair off, this stuff would be dusted underneath the tires for burn out, the flag would go up and off they roared. Viewing was excellent. You could climb up on the left side of the mountain and watch them come up the track or you could go into the small stand that was near the back of the track. Or you could pick a spot on the right.

Man, life was so sweet and simple back then! Thanks for posting the photo link. This place was the first and orginal "Thunder Valley."

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