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    ...and ran across a formerly-musty November 1967 Hot Rod. Now, why would I have kept that? Studebaker had been out of production over a year by that time.

    Ah, yes, here we are on Page 34, the complete results of The 1967 NHRA National Drags at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

    And in Class M/S, we note winner Ted Harbet [sic] of Frankton IN having beaten the 1952 Studebaker Commander(!) of Bill Wendt of Sheldon IL. Ted posted a 16.57 ET @ 80.50 MPH, whereas Bill posted a 16.61 @ 80.93.

    Ted always goes only fast enough to win a given race. Ted said he was far enough ahead of Bill that he backed off, accounting for his lower terminal speed against Bill's higher 80.97. Bill, of course, would have still been pedal-to-the-metal, but too far back to catch and beat Ted, allowing Bill to post the faster terminal speed. (Or, more accurately, maybe Bill was pedal-to-the-patch, in that he was racing a 15-year-old midwest Studebaker at the time![:0])

    That was the Championship Race in Class M/S. To get that far, one wonders how many 1949-1950 Oldsmobile Rocket 88s Ted and Bill left gasping on life support in the pits [:0] on their way to the Championship Race.[8D] Probably no small number; there were often a dozen cars in Ted's class to pick off during eliminations, at least half of them 1949-1950 Rocket 88s. BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.