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Race Us the Real Way

By Jeremy Grist

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."

Jeremy Grist

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 http://www.jrthompson.net/dougcookcars.html#dragtoon

 

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