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« on: June 04, 2009, 10:58:39 am »

One of the highlights of my life has been being able to attend some of the earliest BUG-Ins at OCIR.  In 1966 we moved from RIVERSIDE to northern California. I was not as close to what was going on but still saw the evolution of EMPI/Econo Motors and later was able to drive down and attend the early BUG-Ins. I took a lot of shots and I am just now pulling some of them out to share.

Here are the first of a few well known early drag cars, some of which are now in England and Europe. Hope you enjoy them.

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009, 11:02:48 am »

Here are a couple more you will all recognize.  It is the dualing FIATS.  In the picture are three guys in yellow shirts.  The first one on the left is none other than a young Lloyd Moshier.  Rich Stanchfield, another early VW racer, is up in the far left corner. 

The second shot is one of the old LITTLE GIANT KILLER fiat and the TUFF-E-NUFF chop top sedan.

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2009, 11:09:02 am »

Here is one of my rare shots of the early LIGHTNING BUG type 4 powered dragster taken at an early California BUG-In. I have another shot of it with the chopped STUTT BEE that I will dig out and post later.

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009, 11:10:53 am »

This is a shot of a car I saw at later BUG-INs.  Many of you old timers in So Cal will remember Mike Mabe's turbo ghia. It was one car that ran as nice as it looked. It always impressed me.  This car was street driven. Look at how hard it would launch.

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009, 11:24:29 am »

Here are two very well known early GHIAs facing off at one of the rounds at an early BUG-In.  The famous STEVE TIMS "Mean Machine" ghia and the "California Sting" Ghia.  Both frequented the early BUG-IN events.

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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2009, 11:30:48 am »

Here is a shot few people have seen.  It was from a special presentation I prepared for the Dean Lowry wake at COMPETITION ENGINEERING in TEMPE, Arizona, shortly after Dean Lowry passed away here in Arizona.  It is a memorable shot of Dean and Ken in 1969 when they were running DDS, pictured at an event with the famous Deano Dyno Soar.

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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2009, 11:33:26 am »

Rick,

good that you found the photobox and you are willing to share them with us.  thx.

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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2009, 11:45:35 am »

thx for those history pictures rick  Cool Cool.................... Wink
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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2009, 13:23:31 pm »

Wow thanks for sharing Rick  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2009, 15:18:01 pm »

Here are a couple more you will all recognize.  It is the dualing FIATS.  In the picture are three guys in yellow shirts.  The first one on the left is none other than a young Lloyd Moshier.  Rich Stanchfield, another early VW racer, is up in the far left corner. 

The second shot is one of the old LITTLE GIANT KILLER fiat and the TUFF-E-NUFF chop top sedan.

Rick Mortensen
Great shot, Rick! I took almost the exact same picture with my 110. The "Jumbo Shrimp" was one of my early h/p influences. Used to watch 'em run and really got a kick out of those "little" things. I worked as a supervisor for Thrifty in those days. A new guy was sent to my department and he was wearing a "Jumbo Shrimp" t-shirt. Close to the end of the day I couldn't help myself and asked "What do you know about the "Jumbo Shrimp"?....He turned out to be one the partners who worked on it (I don't know if he was a n owner or not). Jim Nolan. Ended up makin' friends with guy. He helped me on my car, a little. We went to many a Bug-In and Drag Day together. He was well known over at SCS at the time.
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2009, 18:18:03 pm »

Thanks Gary.  I took the shots of the starting line launches from the first set of bleachers next to the old octagon shaped tower at OCIR. I had a great telephoto. All the pix I took back then were with my YASHICA camera on ECKTACHROME slide film.  I've been working on getting all the shots on CDs in recent years. It is a costly process to have them done at a photoshop.

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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2009, 19:34:54 pm »

Great photos, Rick! And thank heavens you used Ektachrome rather than regular Kodachrome film – at least Ektachome holds its colour whereas Kodachrome would probably have faded into nothing by now. Nothing worse than opening a box of 30-year-old transparencies only to discover the images have faded away!  Smiley Cool
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2009, 21:38:18 pm »

Yeah Keith.  I had an old photographer at one of the events recommend it.  Turned out to preserve my little memories really well. Will you be at the Classic?

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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2009, 04:21:30 am »

Nice photos Rick! Those bring back some great memories! Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2009, 05:42:00 am »

Founds some more great ones to share with you guys. These are more shots I took of the LEE LEIGHTON car, which I believe Russell is now redoing. Notice one has BRMs on the back and the other has the DEANO Wheels on all 4 corners.

Hope you guys enjoy these. I am digging out more.

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« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2009, 07:11:26 am »

Yes Rick, I'll be at Classic! Chance to meet up again – been a while! Love the photos (but then I would, wouldn't I!).  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2009, 08:18:16 am »

Lee leighton is a great gasser... Shocked very nice photo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2009, 20:42:55 pm »

heres a few I have
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« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2009, 20:48:26 pm »

A few More Grin
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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2009, 20:53:55 pm »

A few More Grin Grin
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« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2009, 21:36:54 pm »

Fantastic pictures guys, amazing piece of history right here on these pages Cool
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« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2009, 05:39:27 am »

heres a few more I found
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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2009, 07:57:20 am »

Here are a couple more.

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« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2009, 07:59:18 am »

And yet here are a few more. Some of these were old color prints I had. I still have a lot of ecktachrome stuff too. I will share some car show shots I took of cars I liked.

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« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2009, 08:16:55 am »

Here is another favorite. The porsche bodied drag car of Ray Vallero.

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« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2009, 12:20:40 pm »

It's cool looking through some of these shots. Anyone get Lil Red on film?
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« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2009, 13:48:11 pm »

WOW!!!  So Cool thank`s for sharing!
There are little pic`s about t lightning bug dragster...
In what ET regions did it it went down the 1/4?
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« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2009, 14:44:51 pm »

WOW!!!  So Cool thank`s for sharing!
There are little pic`s about t lightning bug dragster...
In what ET regions did it it went down the 1/4?

picture isn't at ocir
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« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2009, 16:33:48 pm »

WOW!!!  So Cool thank`s for sharing!
There are little pic`s about t lightning bug dragster...
In what ET regions did it it went down the 1/4?

picture isn't at ocir

How can you tell?
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« Reply #29 on: June 06, 2009, 17:36:41 pm »

How can you tell?

He was there.

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