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Old 07-08-2010, 01:54 AM   #121
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That's Sid Waterman in the center with one of his top fuel diggers. Ronnie Hamshire (Jeep's brother) was the shoe. Sid's cars were always competitors for top elim.




Sid is a great guy, always has a smile. His pumps are standard stuff in Nascar Cup and NHRA top fuel. Very smart and knows everybody. I spent a lot time with him in the 60's at his shop in Gardena.
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:11 AM   #122
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George, That photo of the Waterman Hampshire car reminded me of a photo I shot that was used on a special edition cover published by Doris Herbert of Drag News. In 1966 they did a 64 page special edition of all my photos taken at Lions and Irwindale, think the year was 1965. Not sure who this car was, looks similar to the Waterman Hampshire car. I need to find that special edition, have some really great shots. If you remember where the ambulance sat below the tower behind the wooden guardrail, I would peek just in front of the ambulance around the edge of the guardrail and if I was lucky I would capture one of these choice shots of a smoking wheelie. I was in the 10 grade of high school in 1965 and spent weekends as track photographer at Lions on Saturday and Irwindale on Sunday. Worked in the dark room Sunday night, delivered photos to Drag News and Drag Sport Illustrated after I got out of school on Monday afternoon. Those were fun and uncomplicated times. Dan

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Old 07-09-2010, 01:59 PM   #123
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What about Bob Morton in the pizza hut Cooper and Cree camaro? Talk about torture for a small block. NHRA needs to bring something like this back, no clutchless, no coilovers, floaters only, and spec heads with cars 70 and older. It would be a crowd pleaser.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:51 PM   #124
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How many folks remember my old buddy John Mathias?I watched him and got to know him very well in his last days and we always hang out with his son Todd and Johns wife Mary and man Todd is doing his father proud just both great racers!!and RIP John we all miss you buddy!!

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Old 08-04-2011, 08:01 PM   #125
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I just joined up and am reading a lot of names I recognize in your post. Do you know me?
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:41 PM   #126
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yep loved growing up in those days. my father and his partner ran a 60 corvette with a little 272 cube motor in h/gas and g/gas and would also fit in f/mp. they held a cpl of nhra records and was all built in our driveway.....boy those days are gone. dana 60 was the rearend and trans was a doug nash 4+1. plus we used to have to run the cotton perry 6cyl on a reg basis at brainerd dragstrip
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:51 PM   #127
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A couple of old modified video clips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7afhmO0jrOI

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Old 08-05-2011, 01:39 AM   #128
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This is a shot of Larry Kopp's E/MP Nova.

Bill Battle's B/MP Godfather

Tommy Kivett and his F/MP '56

Chris Lang's Malco Super Vette

Ferd Napfel's Stormin Bull

This is my B/MP 67 Chevelle. This is a true 138 car
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:22 AM   #129
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George, thanks for the thread. Brings back memories of the best times in drag racing
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:04 AM   #130
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Lynn Underwood, a local bodyman and good friend of mine used to run modified production. Anyone remember him? I had a chance to buy 2 of his roland nix motors a few years back for next to nothing. Damn maybe I should have?





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Old 08-05-2011, 09:28 AM   #131
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Isn't funny that Modified Production is universally remembered as the best thing that ever happened in drag racing, but NOBODY, not NHRA, not ADRL, NOBODY resurrects the class ?????
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Isn't funny that Modified Production is universally remembered as the best thing that ever happened in drag racing, but NOBODY, not NHRA, not ADRL, NOBODY resurrects the class ?????
I'd love to see it, but the ADRL basically doesn't want to do anything other than safety inspections. Modified Production would require hiring more people and above all, people who know something (for tech & regulating it.) Not an easy task these days.
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In the early days of Modified Production, most of the engines were either 287 ci (.030 bored 283) or 301 ci (283 crank, 3 inch stroke, in a 327 block, 4 inch bore) and either a Borg Warner of Muncie 4 speed transmission. You also needed a heavy flywheel (35 to 50 pounds) and a Pontiac rear end. Stock heads were ported by hand by very talented people like the late Lee Shephard. The really big innovation was when the tunnel ram manifolds came out.
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I'd love to see it, but the ADRL basically doesn't want to do anything other than safety inspections. Modified Production would require hiring more people and above all, people who know something (for tech & regulating it.) Not an easy task these days.
That's probably a big factor into it's demise. The intense tech had to be hard on personnel, not to mention keeping track of all the combos.
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