My great uncle is Ralph Grist. He was my grandfather Floyd Grist's brother.
They were the Grist Bros. Racing
Team that fielded a black, chopped top ‘41 Willys. They ran in A/GAS with
an unblown 430 Ford I believe in the fifties and sixties. They raced
primarily in Southern California, at tracks such as Lions, Pomona, and Santa Ana to
name a few. They held several records and met a lot of people during their
trials in drag racing.
I recall one story that my great uncle Ralph
told me about the Stone, Woods, and Cook gang that I thought was kind of
funny. It goes something along these lines: All the drivers were at some
sort of meeting, be it a drivers meeting or an organization meeting. A remark was
made by the Stone, Woods, and Cook gang to the effect of,
"Why don't you Grist Brothers step up and put a supercharger on that
Willys and run with the big boys?" Of course, my Grandfather and Uncle
rattled back, "Yeah, well why don't you guys take off that blower and
race us the real way."
Thanks to Rhonda of the Junior Thompson site for
this story. Jeremy sent her a neat Pete Millar cartoon with this story.
Check it out at