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I was invited to open a section of old racing photos that were taken mostly by my dad and or his crew, and some choice pictures from others unknown, Back in the old days crew meant, neighbor, friend, wife, kids, girlfriend, or some random person just wanting to be a part of the action and help out. My dad was a hobby racer from 1958 to 1969, He turned pro from 69 to 73. A lot of his help early on came from Purdue University students.

He had a Citgo service station on campus. Alot of students would stop by and help, no charge, just to be a part of a fuel funny car team was thier motivation. One guy was a veterenarian student that really wanted to be a photographer. And he did a lot of picture taking, along with a few family members. All the photos unless stated otherwise are from my familys personal collection. I wish I knew about all the cars, but only the family and friends are going to be my limit of knowledge here.

I will start by a brief history about my dad. He ran a willys gasser in the mid 60'S and in 69 bought the 69 Flying Dutchman charger. The car was repainted as the Sour Grapes, and the following year rebodied with a Cuda body with same name. In 1971 he hooked up with Al to drive the Flying Dutchman Charger 3, Maverick, and 73 Mustang. He was injured in a firery crash in 73 and severed ties with the Dutchman for good. He then ran an alcohol cuda funny for 2 years and hung up his hat from there with funny cars.

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First day of ownership of the Dutchman.

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It gets kinda graphic from here, a beautiful car. If this car would have been saved and untouched it would have been worth a small fortune.

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Heres me driving at age 8.

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Heres the new base coat.

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stickered up

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Cuda body

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Al was helping with the Sour Grapes as he had no crace ar at the time, Als truck in the back ground., my dad by the car.

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These were mostly all taken at Indy, some at Muncie, some at Bunkerhill, in the mid 60"s.

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I am going to do these in sets of 5, I like to look into the picture and catch whats in the background. Its more then just a car picture there is a whole world going on behind and around the car. Lots of people laying on cars that would be worth hundres of thousands at Barret Jackson now days. The clothes and wow the hairdos, and also more cars too !

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My dad worked in a dealership in K.C. Fleetwood Chevrolet, I loved the monzas when they came out and took this in thier showroom, I guess early 70'ish, Ya awsome color right?
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There is no cronological time line here, sorry there will some not fitting for the time period.

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I love altereds. I was trying to get an altered when I got my dragster, that was the best deal when it presented itself.

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Picture below, guess what company he founded. His car was so detailed, every bolt and piece of metal was either painted in gloss or polished, you could eat off the car it was so clean. I bet his garage was spotless, raise your hand if your garage was spotless, I did'nt raise mine either.

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Now seriously, it has to be the cleanest full on race car, ever !

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Below is Jack Ditmars for obvious reasons named, Lil Screamer. This car was a feared and top runner back in its day. A few years back the car went under a maticulous restoration.
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First pic below is Bob Camp. He is the owner of K-Motion valve spring company, at the time it was a speed shop only. He was part of the band of gypsys that ruled the neighborhood when I was growing up. Within a 2 city block area, My dad had a willys gasser, then top fuel funny car, a few houses down Bob lived with his C-gas vette, a few houses from there was Denny Russell with his AA/FA Fuel altered, 2 houses from him Mac Mccord with his then SBC injected altered. Later he moved to Arizona and ran a line of fuel altereds over the years. He was a staple at Firebird Raceway, until a few years ago he finally retired from the sport. A very powerful neighborhood.

Ive got a few more of this vette buried and will throw up when the oportunity presents itself.


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Bobs daughter Sherry on the fender between rounds. She grew up to drive a monster motor Baretta IHRA pro stocker about 20 years after this picture was taken.

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A bit out of order from where I wanted to be. This is U.S. 30 as it sat a couple years ago. These were taken by a local distant friend, his name is Bob Carlson. He is a cousin of a crew member my dad ran with back in the day. We met on a blog as I searched while looking for hidden pics of my dads Sour Grapes cars. His cousin, my dads crew member, Joe Leaman, lost all his photos of the Sour Grapes in a fire and I hooked him up of coarse, along with Bob. He was kind enough to give me these pictures.

Joe Leamans dad owned a machinw shop in Lafayette Indiana, that is where the Sour Grapes willys was built. They would show up after the shop closed and stay there all night building the car. Ive got pictures of the entire building process and will throw a few of them up later. Anyway US-30.

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The Stripes, Think how many cars ran across these.

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A few of Denny Russell at US-30. I still live a few blocks from Denny, now approaching 70. He is just a super guy and a master craftsman with cars. He has built a few world of wheels show cars, had some magazine cars he built as well. He also was the place to go when the guys would run at Indy and break a chassis or need a major repair. Some would head over for over night repairs in his garage, so they could make the show the next day. Ive seen Shirley Muldowney, Connie Kalitta, Mickey Thompson, and a few others roll in for repairs. He also was a big influence in Murf Mckinny with his interest to jump start in a chassis building career. Murf is a premeir chassis builder for top fuel funny car and dragster chassis for NHRA, IHRA.

Also that is where this Ron Hope Rat Trap photo was taken before this very run I am posting.

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Note the big guy in above picture at far right. The picture below was taken from the other side of the track, same pass, pushing back the Rat Trap after burnout.

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Rat Trap burnout, no reverse return, pushing back was fairly common back then.

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Note the rim almost touching the ground. and note the guy standing at the tracks edge thinking now might be a good time to RUN !

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And again the Rat Trap picture, plus a bonus shot.

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A quick Bio on Mac Mccord. He was the neighbor with the gas altered. 1st shots are from the garage, the others are after he moved to Arizona. He became a staple at Firebird Raceway until just a few years ago retiring from racing.

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Pics below are from random sites I found mac at. He had a long career racing.

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Below and above is Roland Mckinneys , Murf Mckinneys brother. The rail was mostly built at a high school in Lafayette. Denny was a shop teacher. The car was partialy built there for a class learning project. Picture below was taken outside the class room at Central Catholic High. There was actually a lot of that going on back in those days. Denny built his first dragster in that same class room before Rolands  car. My dad also built an alcohol funny car as a class project in  Kansas City.

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Here is the chassis Denny built at the school, 1st shot at the school, 2nd shot next to his garage.

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Here is the alcohol funny car my dad built as a class project. The school allowed the class to build the car there, The car was named after the school. The class members that wanted to, then helped crew for the car. The page was taken from the school yearbook. The blonde gal is my step mother still to this day. It goes to show there is more then one way to skin a cat when you need a car and a place to build one.

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