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Gone Dead Train

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There’s a thread somewhere in this forum with a lot of old photos. I tried searching for it but I’m on my phone and it’s a pain trying to find it.
We need to merge this thread with that other and keep it going.
Please DON'T do that. This is my thread. Thank You!
This is all I have left in my dieing day's. LOL
A very young Mr. Bob Reese said I was old. I'm only 666 years old.
 
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Gone Dead Train

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Here are some photo's of a AA/FD team I wish I could have seen. I started going to the drags in 1968 ( 8 years old )
Buy Sept of the 1966 they were history. Bob. Tom and Mike. They were the Surfers!
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Left to Right: Robyn Rains soon to be Mike Sorokin wife, Tom Jobe. Bob Skinner
Sande Becker race queen and Mickey Thompson handing over a wad of cash to Mike for the win.
11/7/1965 Fontana,CA
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March Meet 1966
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December 30th, 1967. Mike Sorokin driving Tony Waters AA/FD near lane at OCIR.
Sadly Mike would lose his life after a massive clutch explosion.
All three are gone, But the Surfers will live on forever in the history of Drag Racing!!!
 
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Gone Dead Train

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Connie's mug shot at Indy after protecting Shirley. I believe the other guy went to the hospital.
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Jungle Pam
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Snake: You are Number One
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Berserko Bob: He post here on Nitromater
I need to roll one up!!! Not Bob, me LOL
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Another one of my hand out's: The Greek
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And another one: Frank Bradley
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In 1973 John Wiebe and Jeb Allen were involved in this incident at the AHRA
National Challenge Race at Tulsa.
Ok that's it for Wednesday, Nov 18th, 2020 Later & Greater
 

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Gone Dead Train

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This thread has both intense joy and nostalgia heartache. That picture of the Surfers with the Nov 7 date sums it all up for me.

I was in the top end seats at O.C.I.R. when the clutch blew and we lost Mike.


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I am sure the modern day television fans are rolling their eyes at this thread.
Maybe this will help the modern day television fans? Vodka anyone.
 

Cliff

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I never saw the Surfers in person. Was in Air Force 1964 - 1968. Would go to Lions & Fernando when I was home on leave. I knew about what was going on thru Drag News, etc. Am really enjoying the photos. Also like looking at the Q lists for Bakersfield and other races. Those bring back memories. I only went to the March Meet twice, 1972 & 1973. Saw McGoose (Tom McEwen) win Bakersfield, 1972, in a Garlits chassis car. I think he ran 6.35 Low ET.
 

Cliff

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Heard a story once about a dirt bag with a big knife that wanted to take over (hi jack) one of Connie's planes. Connie "disarmed" him. Don't know what happened to the guy, but he was probably messed up. heh Would never want to be on Connies bad side. Connie is a great guy and has a big heart. He has flown a lot of his planes to help our troops; gone into "danger zones". Flew into China when covid started to help our people there (not sure of the details). When Shirley had her crash, Connie flew her to the surgeons she needed to get to.
 

Gone Dead Train

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Ramchargers AA/FD Dallas NHRA Springnationals 1969
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1966
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The late great Leroy Goldstein in the seat Ramchargers AA/FC 1972
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1971
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1971
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Only thing it said on my 8x10 B&W photo Sherry Walls, Randy Walls wife?
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Billy Tidwell in Mike Kuhl AA/FD 1970 looks like OCIR
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Bobby Tapia AA/FD 1968
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TV Tommy Ivo. Pomona, 1968 Check out the one slick is growing taller then the
other one, is that becauce Ivo was running an open rearend? Maybe some one could
chime in and explain this.
And a big Thank you to Randy Smith who just gave me every issue of Drag Racing Magazine
from 1964 to 1969 back in 1993.
 

Cliff

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The photo of Ivo w/ one slick growing more. Have seen that before. Might be that one slick is "biting" more than the other side. You wouldn't think it would happen on a burn out, but it did. I don't know the mechanical part of it. Have also seen that happen on a run & had the idea that one tire was out of the groove.
 

Gone Dead Train

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Again I want thank my son Mike, who help me with thread. He set up a ton of his computer stuff to my computer
Camera, scanner, ect. Half this stuff have no idea what it is? That is his hobby, his computer set up over $2500.00?
Pretty sure you could launch a ICBM from it. Had to go my storage unit and get 3 of my card tables just for all the crap.
The old people on here Know what a card table is. Bob, Cliff, Mark ect and maybe me. LOL
 
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Cliff

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Jim, haven't seen a card table in awhile. HA Your son is a genius compared to me, as far as computers go. I still type with 2 fingers..... By the way, 70 is the new 60..... :)
 

Muddy

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Among several reasons one of the reasons I remember for open rear ends was the quality of rear axels and rear end parts back in the day. Axels were taken from a production vehicle at the junk yard cut down and resplined. Breakage was somewhat common and if a locked rear axel broke in a fuel car it developed a mind of its own. Axel breakage has been mostly eliminated today due to parts quality and retirement.
 

Gone Dead Train

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And now for your dinning & dancing pleasure are some pictures from the 1970s
Those nitro burnig Plastic Fantastic's ( younger viewer's read funny cars )
Taken from the pages of Super Stock & Drag Illustrated, Popular Hot Hodding and Car Craft
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Henry Harrison
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" The Professor" Kelly Chadwick
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The late Al Hofmann
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Fuzz Miller
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Tom Hoover
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Cal Jackson: looks like Sherm Gunn in the far lane with Larry Sutton in between
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Johnny West: Love the hanging tree.
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The late Gary Hazen
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Sherm Gunn
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Bryan Raines
 

Gone Dead Train

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More photo's from the endless box's of magazines, photo's ect. I'm looking at rite now.
My girl friend Kathy is sitting here watching me post and just ask me if I love Drag Racing
more then anything and I said yes-yes I do. She just punched me - ouch!
And yes I do work but laid for a few weeks. Work construction I'm a professional hand shovel operator.
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Remember when Funny Cars actually look like a real car- 1978 Plymouth Arrow Ad
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I wonder how that's going?
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The good old day's!!!
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Brand-X Mustang AA/FC Fire burnout. I say bring that back, what do you guy's think?
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Just a couple of my drag rags, that I get pictures and info from.
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The late "Flash" Gordon Mineo nice pit space.
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Gary Densham AA/FC- Hay Cliff Morgan did your Pinto run this good?
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Denver Schutz, Fuel Digger Irwindale,CA 1972
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Conrad doesn't look happy? Looks like the late Scott Kalitta on the left.
Hay guy's feel free to hit the like button.
 
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