Hot Rodding in Santa Barbara County (Images of America)

Californias principal coast used to be fertile floor for warm rodding, and all motor activities normally, in the course of the Nineteen Forties and Fifties. sizzling 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 circulate. This ebook contains pictures of the 1st drag strips within the kingdom, rough-and-tumble jalopy racing, early road-racing motion, and plenty of nice sizzling rods and customs. keep on with neighborhood hot-rodders as they take journeys to El Mirage dry lake and the world-famous salt residences at Bonneville, Utah, and stopover at a long-lost global as noticeable via images taken from the non-public albums of people that contributed to the start of a tradition that might unfold around the country.

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You could see virtually whatever competing in timing runs at El Mirage, together with customs. This black-and-primer 1947 Mercury has an enticing entrance grill therapy, and the headlights and a part of the windshield are good taped for security. (Courtesy of Lee Hammock. ) during this view searching around the lake mattress at El Mirage, the engine within the rod obvious within the foreground is a Ford four-cylinder with a four-port Riley Head. in the back of that could be a V-8–powered 1927 version T roadster with a 1932 grill shell.

This view is asking east with road one hundred and one within the history. The lengthy line up of rivals seems to be as a rule 1934 Fords, even supposing the auto within the heart, in the back of the pole, could be a Chevrolet. word the 1949 Ford coupe at left. (Courtesy of Lee Hammock. ) The outdated Lompoc fairgrounds, positioned southwest of city within the Beattie Park region, had a rodeo flooring that doubled as a a little bit harmful half-mile dust tune. This snapshot from 1947 indicates a really younger workforce of tourists from south county. they're, from left to correct, Harold Hadley, Lee Hammock, Stoddard Hensling, and Jack Quinton.

The grill shell should be from a mid-1930s ward off or Chrysler, yet what makes this one really unique is the V-16 Marmon engine below the hood. word the 8 exhaust stacks popping out of 1 part. The tires are caked with salt from the lake mattress, and there's a liberal sprinkling of it at the car’s physique to boot. (Courtesy of Lee Hammock. ) one other member of the Santa Barbara contingent on the salt residences was once Jack Quinton, noticeable the following together with his scorching rod in downtown Bonneville. Jack towed the metal gold 1932 Ford coupe to Utah utilizing his Mercury, seen at the left.

The flagman at San Luis Obispo was once neighborhood legislations enforcement officer invoice Malman. Jack Mendenhall’s 1932 coupe is at left. (Courtesy of Mark Mendenhall. ) This bold lineup of drag racers was once taken at Jerry Gaskill’s San Luis Obispo drag strip. From left to correct are an early “rail” dragster, Jay Roach’s 1931 version A sedan, a chopped version A Tudor, a 1929 roadster with a Deuce grill shell, and a notably chopped 1934 Ford Coupe. word that every is supplied with a blower. (Courtesy of Hunter Self and Betty Roach.

This can be an attractive view from the opposite part of the counter. a variety of car items are on demonstrate within the home windows, and an collection of spinner hubcaps embellishes the partitions. open air on Higuera highway, a channeled Ford Tudor sits on a trailer ready to be towed to 1 of the neighborhood tracks as somebody works at the engine. (Courtesy of Jerry Gaskill. ) Jack and Jerry’s used this 1954 Ford pickup as a tow/push truck. Painted within the shop shades of crimson and white, the truck was once stable for ads the enterprise, too.

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