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« on: August 10, 2011, 16:58:23 pm »

I should devote this post to the guy in Florida who claims to own (and won't show anyone photos...), John Smith's old I/Gasser. Well, you don't. Here is the first photo to prove that John Smith's car is certainly no longer --- in any form. This photo was taken back in 1972,  after the 1972 NHRA Grand-Nationals at Sanair, Quebec, Canada. And yes, that is Mark and Paul Schley in the photo, and perhaps Willie too. It is a sad moment for this famous VW. RIP, Super Bug I....
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2011, 17:12:05 pm »

Wow... that looked like a helluva ride!
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2011, 17:36:01 pm »

I don't fully understand the high back passenger seat shown in the car.
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2011, 17:46:41 pm »

It is a sad moment for this famous VW, but it was after John sold it to the new owner. It didn't last long... RIP, Super Bug II....
But surely that's Super Bug 1 and John was driving it?



Nice black eyes! Shocked

here's Super Bug II


I don't fully understand the high back passenger seat shown in the car.
Another interior shot:
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2011, 17:56:14 pm »

Thanks Keith, I should have known you had the "goods" already. I thought John had sold the car, before it was crashed. I stand corrected.
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2011, 18:01:01 pm »

But surely that's Super Bug 1 and John was driving it?



Nice black eyes! Shocked


Are you sure that's not a young you who was driving it? Shocked Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2011, 18:09:20 pm »

 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2011, 18:58:29 pm »

So, where are the rest of the 1st one or is the second on on the way to.......? Cool
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2011, 10:37:39 am »

I don't fully understand the high back passenger seat shown in the car.

But looking at the lump in the roof on the black eye pic, good job it was there! Shocked
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2011, 11:18:24 am »

That's the single roll-over bar. It did its job, better than you'd expect!
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2011, 16:30:17 pm »

I talked to Willie and Mark Schley last night and they remember this moment all too well. John Smith was knocked unconscious in that wild crash, at was iffy for over a day. This previously unknown photo was taken at the track in Canada, just after they pushed the car onto John's trailer. John's dad was at the hospital. At that moment, these guys did not know if John would pull through or not.
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2011, 17:26:00 pm »

So thats Super Bug I covered, what happened with Super Bug II?
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2011, 19:29:53 pm »

Wow!  Looks like he went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson in 1986.
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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2011, 14:07:22 pm »

thx for sharing dean  Wink
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