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    I have checked into the possibility of having some open drag racing on Friday of the meet in Omaha.They generally have evening open racing on the 1/8th mile strip and the manager has said they would probably be able to accomodate afternoon drags so those that want to attend the Banquet can do so. I would be willing to pursue it if there is enough interest, so lets hear from some of you.If the interest is there we'll go for it.Again you willbe joining other brands of cars as this is not an SDC event or local chapter sponsored.I am located in Omaha.

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    quote:Originally posted by 41 Frank

    I have checked into the possibility of having some open drag racing on Friday of the meet in Omaha.They generally have evening open racing on the 1/8th mile strip and the manager has said they would probably be able to accomodate afternoon drags so those that want to attend the Banquet can do so. I would be willing to pursue it if there is enough interest, so lets hear from some of you.If the interest is there we'll go for it.Again you willbe joining other brands of cars as this is not an SDC event or local chapter sponsored.I am located in Omaha.
    Great idea, Frank! Count me in. I have not attended an SDC meet where there were drags, but I understand they have been the most talked about and most fun (completely unofficial) event of the meet where they have been held. I've also heard you don't need a race car to enjoy the afternoon. There are rumors that even Gary Ash in his bone stock (and beautiful) M series pick up made a few passes down the track . Having a time slip as part of the "documentation" for your Stude would be pretty neat [8D].

    -Dick-
    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

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    • #3
      I'll be there , with my '60 Champ. The 1st drag I attended was at the 2002 SB meet. Chickened out running my truck ( was afraid of breaking something I guess) but I swore the next time I was going to run it . Just have to take it cool , its 1000 miles from home ! Too far to push her home but it would be neat to run her down at least once.....I'll be there
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      Home of the Fried Green Tomato

      "IF YOU WANT THE SMILES YOU NEED TO DO THE MILES "

      1960 Champ , 1966 Daytona , 1965 Daytona Wagonaire

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      • #4
        I also participated in South Bend drags with my 63 daytona conv. 259 at 2 barrel had a grudge race with my buddy in his 60 Lark conv. About had enough time to eat my lunch before I got to the other end but had fun since I had not been on the drag strip since the 60's when I raced a 56 Power Hawk regularly in NHRA sanctioned races.
        Frank van Doorn
        Omaha, Ne.
        1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
        1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
        1952 V-8 232 Commander State "Starliner" hardtop OD

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        • #5
          I have only been on a drag strip twice in my life... once in South Bend in '02, and once in Charlotte last year. Had a blast both times, and would do it again. If I could just figure out what those light pole things are all about, eh Jeff? (I followed Jeff's advice, with the following results):



          More pics, and the "rest" of the story here:
          http://www.davesplaceinc.com/charlotte2/charlotte2.htm

          Dave's Place
          Studebaker Emporium
          www.davesplaceinc.com
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          Dave Lester

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          • #6
            I like that pic...
            (No offense Mr. Jeff, but Sheba is a nice car too)

            Matthew Burnette, the 15 year old Stude nut.
            [img] http://jnautoair.com/images/yelstude2.jpg [/img]
            63 Daytona HT (my car)
            57 Silver Hawk
            51 Champ Starlight
            63 GT Hawk
            64 Commander Wagonaire
            59 Scotsman P/U
            79 Dodge Lil Red Express
            65 Triumph Spitfire
            MANY more Studes
            And a few parts cars
            http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101

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            • #7
              Ya did good!
              I told you to leave on the second to last yellow, and you did!
              (FYI, the race before was the other way around)
              Dave left the big red eye, and as soon as I saw him move, I left and red lit too... Since first is worst as far as red lights go..I won... But I never did catch Dave (as the picture clearly shows)
              That was a fun afternoon... Laid back, slow paced, an 1/8th mile track... $10 race fee..
              Hope we can pull it off near Omaha...
              Jeff


              quote:Originally posted by Studedude

              I have only been on a drag strip twice in my life... once in South Bend in '02, and once in Charlotte last year. Had a blast both times, and would do it again. If I could just figure out what those light pole things are all about, eh Jeff? (I followed Jeff's advice, with the following results):
              More pics, and the "rest" of the story here:
              http://www.davesplaceinc.com/charlotte2/charlotte2.htm
              HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

              Jeff


              Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



              Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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              • #8
                I think a drag session at a national meet is a "must". I was at the 2002 drags in South Bend with my '65 Wagonaire. I picked up bad gas (as many others that day)and had a horrible time. But, when faced with "Spooky" (the Myers' Lark) at the line, a full out drag car, I could only laugh and enjoy the experience. In Charlotte in 2004, I brought the stock M5 with only a 100 miles on it since rebuild. I turned 42 mph in the 1/8th mile on my runs, while Chicken Hawk turned 107 mph on his, but my adrenalin level was at the top of the dip stick [we didn't run against each other]. Rick Courtier ran one session with me and feather footed his gas pedal to make good photos. Thanks, Rick, and everyone else who tolerated a slug on the strip that day. Everyone ought to do it at least once. It's not about winning - it's about participating with a bunch of gung-ho Stude guys!


                Gary Ash
                Dartmouth, MA
                '48 M5
                '65 Wagonaire Commander
                '63 Wagonaire Standard
                www.studegarage.com
                Gary Ash
                Dartmouth, Mass.

                '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
                ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
                '48 M5
                '65 Wagonaire Commander
                '63 Wagonaire Standard
                web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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                • #9
                  Gary,
                  You showed more balls than most..
                  You took a fresh restoration, with about 20 some odd miles on it and went and thrashed it at the drag strip.
                  My hat was off to you there, fer sure!
                  Jeff[8D]


                  quote:Originally posted by garyash

                  I think a drag session at a national meet is a "must". I was at the 2002 drags in South Bend with my '65 Wagonaire. I picked up bad gas (as many others that day)and had a horrible time. But, when faced with "Spooky" (the Myers' Lark) at the line, a full out drag car, I could only laugh and enjoy the experience. In Charlotte in 2004, I brought the stock M5 with only a 100 miles on it since rebuild. I turned 42 mph in the 1/8th mile on my runs, while Chicken Hawk turned 107 mph on his, but my adrenalin level was at the top of the dip stick [we didn't run against each other]. Rick Cortier ran one session with me and feather footed his gas pedal to make good photos. Thanks, Rick, and everyone else who tolerated a slug on the strip that day. Everyone ought to do it at least once. It's not about winning - it's about participating with a bunch of gung-ho Stude guys!
                  Gary Ash
                  HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                  Jeff


                  Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



                  Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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                  • #10
                    quote:I told you to leave on the second to last yellow, and you did!
                    HUH?! You said, "Leave on the SECOND yellow light!" [:0]

                    Dave's Place
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                    www.davesplaceinc.com
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                    Dave Lester

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                    • #11
                      quote:Thanks, Rick, and everyone else who tolerated a slug on the strip that day.
                      Your truck is no, "Slug," Gary, and I still smile when I see pictures of you taking it down the strip!

                      Dave's Place
                      Studebaker Emporium
                      www.davesplaceinc.com
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                      Dave Lester

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                      • #12
                        Great pictures!!! Let's see those time slips.

                        Does anyone have a good list of 1/4 mile times for stock Studes?

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                        • #13
                          OK, here are a couple of slips from Charlotte from my M5. In the first one, I think I was running against a bright yellow modified '53/'54 hardtop, don't know the owner. In any event, whoever it was ran 7.897 for the 1/8th mile vs. my terrific 16.466. I guess I had twice as much fun going down the strip. The 2nd one was me running alone with a MUCH BETTER time of 15.925 and a whopping 43.5 mph. As I remember, Ted Harbit was running about 7.00 that day at 100 mph.



                          Gary Ash
                          Dartmouth, MA
                          '48 M5
                          '65 Wagonaire Commander
                          '63 Wagonaire Standard
                          www.studegarage.com
                          Gary Ash
                          Dartmouth, Mass.

                          '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
                          ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
                          '48 M5
                          '65 Wagonaire Commander
                          '63 Wagonaire Standard
                          web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by garyash

                            OK, here are a couple of slips from Charlotte from my M5. In the first one, I think I was running against a bright yellow modified '53/'54 hardtop, don't know the owner. In any event, whoever it was ran 7.897 for the 1/8th mile vs. my terrific 16.466. I guess I had twice as much fun going down the strip. The 2nd one was me running alone with a MUCH BETTER time of 15.925 and a whopping 43.5 mph. As I remember, Ted Harbit was running about 7.00 that day at 100 mph.



                            Gary Ash
                            Dartmouth, MA
                            '48 M5
                            '65 Wagonaire Commander
                            '63 Wagonaire Standard
                            www.studegarage.com
                            Much better 60' time on that second run. Must have been less tire spin

                            -Dick-
                            Dick Steinkamp
                            Bellingham, WA

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                            • #15
                              Ok I got it all set up for Friday the 29th of September from 3.00pm to 5.00pm for us Stude guys to have use of the track between those hours if anyone is interested, this is of course not sanctioned or sponsored by SDC but by the track. If that is not enough they have more open racing from 7.00 to Midnight.This 3 to 5 time will give everyone a chance to make the banquet if desired. The cost is $20.00 per entrant and $ 5.00 per spectator. Track name is Mid-America Motorplex.Its about a 30 minute drive from the motel if you are not driving an M-5.
                              Frank van Doorn
                              Omaha, Ne.
                              1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
                              1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
                              1952 V-8 232 Commander State "Starliner" hardtop OD

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