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Drag Racing Story of the Day!

Things I Remember from the Golden Era

By Charlie Hutson

Bruce slicks 
Engelwood slicks 
The biggest was 900x15 
Running nitro through Ford 97 carbs 
Two speed trans 39 Ford box with Zephyr gears 
Dragsters with 96" wheel bases 
The roll bar was a hoop over your head 
The Engineers said the top speed obtainable in a 1/4 mile was 147 
Top eliminator was usually a roadster against a bike 
64 top fuel cars at one track 
Starters with a flag 
When they split the roadster class into two classes, OHV and Flatheads 
Tommy Ivo running a roadster 
The first supercharged fuel burning Chrysler dragster (Otto Rysman, Doug Hartel) 
There were seven drag strips in a 100-mile radius in So Cal 
There were three $1000.00 to win races on each weekend 
Pomona ran every weekend 
The march meet was at Milner Field 
Admission was $.25 and to run your car was $.50 
Chrisman set the top speed record at 149 
C.J. Hart went 148 in the Crower U Fab special (boy that shut down area is rough, the next week it was graded) 
The Bustle Bomb 

Charlie Hutson
mrcehutson@aol.com

 

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