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Bud's Coast to Coast Drag Racing Adventure

By Bud DeBoer

I took a 40,000-mile trip in the summer of 1965 and it ended at Indy. It was a dream job and I have to thank Jerry Baltes for suggesting it to then Drag News owner/editor Doris Herbert. It took me about two seconds to say "Yes" after Doris called me in her office in early April of '65 and asked me if I would be interested in it. I drove a Dodge D200 van, outfitted for camping. It was painted by Teddy Miller of Miller & Martinez fame from San Diego. Teddy designed the paint scheme and graphics. It was painted a brilliant orange and yellow with a clear coat over it.

My job as Field Rep for the paper, was to visit every drag strip and speed shop along a route that went through the Southwest, South, up the East Coast, and back to the Midwest. I covered events, sold subscriptions, did some announcing, and even collected some "past dues" owed the paper. It was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and provided me with memories of a time in my life that I will treasure always.

Bud

 

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