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    The new July 2012 Hot Rod arrived in this morning's mail. Therein is reprinted a large, border-to-border 2-page photo from the December 1957 issue. Discussed are the half-mile(!) drags being held 4-wide(!) at what is now known as The Yolo County Airport.

    Waiting in line to run behind a 1957 Dodge Coronet hardtop and in front of a 1957 Oldsmobile 88 2-door sedan is a sharp C-body Commander:



    'Neat photo. (For us history buffs possessed with such things, the Dodge has the little D500 or D501 high-performance engine emblem on the lower right corner of the deck lid, so it could probably have smoked the Commander...well, that is, unless the Commander was hiding a fresh 1957 Golden Hawk engine from a recent "total!" )

    Further trivia discusses the interesting history of the venue. The website for The Yolo County Airport indicates the facility was then known as Winters-Davis Flight Strip. Reportedly, that was the training facility for Doolittle's Raiders as they practiced aircraft-carrier takeoffs for their morale-boosting April 1942 attack on Tokyo.

    ('Not real sure how they were practicing aircraft-carrier takeoffs that far inland, so we might suppose they had a measured length of the runway similar to what many postwar drag racers marked off on county roads for nefarious drag racing in the early days. Did someone say American Graffiti?) 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.

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    Great period piece! Thanks for posting, BP.
    1957 Studebaker Champion 2 door. Staten Island, New York.

    "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." -Albert Einstein

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    • #3
      Originally posted by FlatheadGeo View Post
      Great period piece! Thanks for posting, BP.
      You're welcome, Ed. I really love that kinda material. 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.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BobPalma View Post

        'Neat photo. (For us history buffs possessed with such things, the Dodge has the little D500 or D501 high-performance engine emblem on the lower right corner of the deck lid, so it could probably have smoked the Commander...well, that is, unless the Commander was hiding a fresh 1957 Golden Hawk engine from a recent "total!" )
        Or, a nice big Cadillac 331 or 365

        Neat picture and story. That's not far from us, we go to Winters a few times a year for blues music at a great local venue there.
        Pat Dilling
        Olivehurst, CA
        Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


        LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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        • #5
          Yes, way back when, there were a few 1/2-mile drags. That's almost long enough to show who's really got muscle. In one '64 HRM issue was an article about the 1/2-mile drags at Riverside. The Avanti R3 was second fastest among stock cars with 121 MPH or so. Only a fully-prepped Max Wedge 426" Plymouth was faster.

          jack vines
          PackardV8

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          • #6
            Good thing you explained what that picture was. It reminds of the packs of cars I see going down the 4 lane. Of course, back then most people didn't trust their brakes as much as some appear to today.
            "In the heart of Arkansas."
            Searcy, Arkansas
            1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
            1952 2R pickup

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            • #7
              going down the 4 lane.
              That might indicate you, like me, an old rural southerner who grew up where and when a four-lane highway was a new and unusual sight, only found in and near cities. The only one in Alabama was "The Birmingham-Bessemer Super Highway" a twelve mile stretch of four-lane divided highway which opened in 1939. AFAIK, the only major divided highway in Alabama until the Interstate System began in 1956.

              jack vines
              PackardV8

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
                You're welcome, Ed. I really love that kinda material. BP
                Bob P. - Why do you call George "Ed" <G>?
                Gary L.
                Wappinger, NY

                SDC member since 1968
                Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                • #9
                  I well remember as a kid that a trip to Little Rock, some 60 miles away, was a big deal. Heavily traveled 2 lane all the way and you went through every small town with its stop lights and speed zones. Now lots of people work there every day or run down there to go to a movie or eat out. A whole different set of driving habits.
                  BTW My dad said he remembered when the highway was gravel and people were happy if they "only" had 3 flat tires on the trip.
                  Last edited by 52-fan; 05-12-2012, 06:48 AM.
                  "In the heart of Arkansas."
                  Searcy, Arkansas
                  1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                  1952 2R pickup

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by studegary View Post
                    Bob P. - Why do you call George "Ed" <G>?
                    Because I made a mistake. Duly noted and corrected. 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.

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                    • #11
                      There's also a 59 or 60 Lark 2 dr sedan in the same issue. Look for it!
                      Oglesby,Il.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 52hawk View Post
                        There's also a 59 or 60 Lark 2 dr sedan in the same issue. Look for it!
                        Yes, Bob, and what is the other (year-make-model) Studebaker-Packard Corporation car in that same photo? 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.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
                          Yes, Bob, and what is the other (year-make-model) Studebaker-Packard Corporation car in that same photo? BP
                          56 Packard. Looks like a Clipper. The back end is poking out from the building just down the alley. Page 52
                          Jon Stalnaker
                          Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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                          • #14
                            I saw the Commander right off, but missed the Lark until it was referenced here. Sharp eyes guys. Half mile drags could be interesting. The right gearing would be very important I would think.
                            Joe Roberts
                            '61 R1 Champ
                            '65 Cruiser
                            Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sdude View Post
                              56 Packard. Looks like a Clipper. The back end is poking out from the building just down the alley. Page 52
                              Right, Jon.

                              You can't see enough of it to tell, so it is either a 1956 Clipper Custom 4-door (2,129 built) or a 1956 Clipper Super 4-door (5,173 built).

                              A Custom would have a full-length rocker panel molding, but only under the doors. The dumpster-like wheeled trailer is blocking the view of that area, so you can't tell.

                              The cheaper 1956 Clipper DeLuxe would not have the moldings for a second-color side insert. Only the Customs and Supers had those moldings, with or without two-tone paint.

                              Good eye! 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.

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