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Two Unique Machines

Gene Mooneyham's 554 and Kenny Ellis' 3-Wheeler

By Steve Gibbs

While going through some old family photos, my wife came across a couple of rolls of 35-mm negatives.... Stuff I shot at San Gabriel in mid 1962. Not great photography, but some pretty interesting images. I have the first roll back, so here goes the first few.

Gene Mooneyham's 554 at San Gabriel 1962. Photo by Steve Gibbs
Gene Mooneyham's 554 at San Gabriel 1962. Photo by Steve Gibbs

First shot is a little fuzzy, but had to include. Gene Mooneyham's legendary "554" fuel coupe, driven by "Jungle" Larry Faust. Definitely on my all time - top ten favorite car list. It's neat to get a chance to see the push trucks of the era. That's Mooneyham's '57 Ranchero on the left.

Kenny Ellis' 3-wheeler dragster at San Gabriel 1962. Photo by Steve Gibbs
Kenny Ellis' 3-wheeler dragster at San Gabriel 1962. Photo by Steve Gibbs

Second photo is Kenny Ellis in the original version of his 3-wheeler. Ewald inquired about this car recently...prior to my knowing this shot existed. Corvair in background was the first new car I ever owned. Leaked oil just like the rest of them...

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