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My last run down the track


This was late 70's.  The car was called Foxy Lady.  It was a Monza that we built. We ran alcohol mostly but the last year we built a nitro motor for match racing. I was dead set against this but got out voted.

The picture is the burnout against Tommy Ivo. One of my heroes.  We had shorter tires than the fuel guys so we ran out of rpm right at the traps.  We ran about 6.60 210 or so. I had to cut it before the lights or it would float the valves. We were using our .750 lift cam at the time and the fuel guys hadn't got them yet.  Anyway I got out on Ivo and held him off for the win.  It was unbelievable!  He is a great guy and he just congratulated me like he was part of the crew!  

These races were booked shows. Usually everyone ran two runs and the quickest two came back for the final. Ivo and I didn't make the cut but it was probably the best way I could end a career......beat your idol Heads up.

i just got this picture this summer. I didn't even  know it existed. There are very few surviving pictures of this car die to my loss in a hurricane out East.



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That's a memory and a half bent wings! I remember Ivo...he was a serious contender...quite a feat to out run him! Great looking ride you had too!!!

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Thanks! The big match races only lasted about another year. It became harder and harder to get in the booked shows as an independent. At this point we said it was enough. We were ahead on money and it was becoming les and less fun so that was a good time to hang it up.

The Monza was probably the easiest racer I ever drove. It went straight even on the junk tracks that we ran most of the time.  Of the 4-5 years we ran the car we only lost one round due to breakage.  One time we were in an 8 car alcohol booked show. I won the first round.  The second round my opponent's helper ran over the starting line lights somehow on the burn out. I did my burnout and the clutch blew up just as I let up on the gas. The motor was still running but parts were flying all over inside the car Because the inspection cover had blown off. As I stopped I could feel the car still pulling somehow so rather than lose the round and money I thought maybe I could just take the green and shut it off giving me the round lose money. So I managed to get in reverse and it was barely moving backwards. I crossed the line and saw a mess going on in the other lane so I wiggled the reverse lever and it popped into forward. I idled to the line expecting it to lock up any time.  I staged and they gave me the green. So I moved and shut it off.

The can or bell housing looked like a grenade went off inside.  All the broken parts apparently churned around like a " metalic" fluid coupling! Haha Well back at the trailer we were done with no spare parts so we were loading up And the leader of the group came over to see if we were ready as we had second low et. He had low et so we were scheduled to run the final.  When he saw we were hurt bad he said get the car up in the air I have a brand new Crowerglide and can....it's going in your car. My guys are on the way to help.  I told him we couldn't do that as I couldn't pay him for it.  the true racer he was says I didn't ask you pay for it a asked you to run it..get moving......and we did a major thrash.

i didn't even think the car would start but it did. We made the run and I won by a couple feet!   i really was at a loss for words down at the end of the track.  I told him I would replace the parts or pay him some how.  He said don't worry about it, maybe give them back some day.  I did pay him back which he took reluctantly, almost like I had insulted him.  I ran into him about twenty years later and he still,remembered the event.

And that's the rest of the story.......those were the days.

The streetrod is fun all the time except when it needs repairs.

Byron



-- Edited by bentwings on Sunday 6th of November 2016 08:04:51 PM

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Quite a story! That's when racing was really racing..it's great to hear of good things like that and not the negatives that we constantly hear on the news! Proves there are still good people out there! Too funny tho how you beat him with his own parts!biggrin



-- Edited by cr55 on Monday 7th of November 2016 06:15:58 AM

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