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Hot Rodding in Santa Barbara County (Images of America)

Californias imperative coast was once fertile flooring for warm rodding, and all motor activities generally, through the Nineteen Forties and Fifties. scorching Rodding in Santa Barbara County takes the reader again in time with a set of outstanding photos from the earliest days of the new rod circulation. This booklet comprises photos of the 1st drag strips within the kingdom, rough-and-tumble jalopy racing, early road-racing motion, and many nice scorching rods and customs. stick to neighborhood hot-rodders as they take journeys to El Mirage dry lake and the world-famous salt apartments at Bonneville, Utah, and stopover at a long-lost international as obvious via photos taken from the private albums of people that contributed to the beginning of a tradition that will unfold around the country.

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Within the history are the eucalyptus timber that make photographs of Santa Maria so simply identifiable. The construction seen within the middle heritage is the combo snack bar and Dragons clubhouse. within the days whilst the drag strip used to be a part of an air base, the clubhouse served as a squadron dayroom. (Courtesy of Mark Mendenhall. ) within the California culture of “run what ya brung,” nearly any form of automobile should be obvious on an ordinary race day at Santa Maria. obvious during this shot of the safety-inspection line are a Harley-Davidson (far left), a 1941 Ford pickup that used to be most likely used for towing, a 1956 Ford, and in the back of that, a hoodless 1941 Chevrolet. (Courtesy of Mark Mendenhall. ) Two-door sedans duel because the flagman turns into airborne throughout the commence of a race at Santa Maria within the overdue Nineteen Fifties. At left is a stock-appearing 1949 Oldsmobile ninety eight, whereas at correct is a fine looking wild-looking customized shoebox Ford with a 1947 Buick grill. (Courtesy of Mark Mendenhall. ) Twin-engined dragsters have been crowd-pleasing sights at races of the overdue Nineteen Fifties and early Nineteen Sixties and have been run by means of such notables as paintings Arfuns, Tony Nancy, and Tommy Ivo. valuable Coast neighborhood Fred Dannenfelzer equipped this one, noticeable the following on a chilly day at Santa Maria, utilizing a couple of blown Chrysler Hemi engines. (Courtesy of Fred Dannenfelzer. ) Veteran scorching rod builder Jack Larimore of Ventura equipped this strange Miller-powered dragster, which set a song list for four-cylinder–powered automobiles on October 2, 1960, whilst it reached 108. forty three miles consistent with hour at the zone mile. The Miller corporation produced hugely tuned, personalized racing engines, just like Offenhausers, that have been used typically in Indianapolis racers and dash automobiles. (Courtesy of Ambrose Little. ) This 1932 five-window coupe belonged to Dale Latham and is proven being ready for a visit to Bonneville in 1954, the place it is going to reach a hundred and seventy miles in step with hour. the positioning is Bob Joehnck’s storage on Chapala road in Santa Barbara. word the flathead on a stand at some distance left and the quite bored-looking younger woman at some distance correct. (Courtesy of Jerry Gaskill. ) this can be Gaskill’s first scorching rod, a 1932 Deuce roadster that he received at age 14 and stored for a few years. it truly is proven right here on a visit with the Dragons to Salinas Drag Strip. The Dragons’ brilliant pink membership coats have been the soccer kind, and at the again used to be the membership emblem, that includes a green-and-yellow dragon on wheels. (Courtesy of Jerry Gaskill. ) recognized customizer George Barris outfitted those road rods for Santa Maria neighborhood Jim Seaton. Seaton approached Jerry Gaskill, in need of a couple of customs, and Gaskill went to Barris for this consequence. the 2 vehicles drew huge crowds once they seemed at neighborhood meets. either Chevrolets—one a 1955 two-door sedan and the opposite a 1959 El Camino—were painted in matching white pearl with metal copper trim schemes. (Courtesy of Jerry Gaskill. ) wearing at the matching subject matter, the automobiles have every one been outfitted with lake pipes, dual spotlights, and an identical grill remedy. The chrome “bullets” at the grill monitors have been shaped from off-the-shelf kitchen doorknobs.

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