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I just watched a segment of Jay Leno’s Garage in which he interviews the current owner of Max Buchowski’s Old Yeller race car.  For you Nailhead fans it’s worth watching just to listen to Jay Leno rave about the power and torque of the 401 engine and listen to it when he puts his foot into it.  Google Jay Leno Old Yeller for the link. Enjoy.

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4 hours ago, 38Buick 80C said:

from another thread there is a '54 @MrEarl among others will want to see.

 

 

 

 Brian, I have been following that thread but hadn't seen that post yet, thanks!  After having experienced Amelia three times now,  I'd really love to make Pebble Beach some year. We're considering trying to time our trek out to California with the Argosy to work with the 2023 Pebble Beach AND the Portland BCA Nationals events. Dreaming, maybe, but dreams have gotten me to a lot of places in life, so why not.

 

 

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I need to try and get in touch with this guy.. I've got a nice driver condition hood ornament for him 😁

 

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and rear bumper guards 😆

 

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8 hours ago, MrEarl said:

 I need to try and get in touch with this guy.. I've got a nice driver condition hood ornament for him 😁

and rear bumper guards 😆

 

 

 

They may have been deleted in an effort to reduce unnecessary weight,

and per the hood ornament center "spike",

maybe to impale fewer locals along the way

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On 4/21/2021 at 7:29 PM, jsmittie41 said:

 

Buick Wagon Master at York US 30 Dragway in 1966.

In the summer 0f 1966 I was a 16 year old car freak and my dad was the Sales Manager at Bratton Buick 150 North Beaver Street in York, Pa.   York US30 Dragway was at its peak in drag racing popularity.   Match races between funny cars and dragsters, and exhibition runs by specialty cars was a big draw for spectators. 

Some time ago the Buick Bugle had a book review by Helen Hutchings on the Tommy Ivo dragster which was powered by 4 Buick engines.  I can’t recall what issue it was, nor can I find it.  I remember that article leaving me thinking was that the dragster that Bratton Buick sponsored for some exhibition races at York US 30 in the summer of 1966?  After digging out some old photographs (black and white unfortunately) the answer is “Yes”.   I did some internet searching and found the following web site:              

(http://www.speedhunters.com/2009/07/guest_blog_tony_thacker_nhra_museum_gt_gt/)  Check it out.  It seems that race opportunities were getting less frequent for Tommy Ivo and his dragster as the Funny Cars became more popular, and in 1963 he sold his car to one of his crew members  who after a period of time thought the car needed bodywork to compete with racers of the day. The photos I have are a publicity photo showing the whole car.  It was painted yellow at the time.  You’ll see by the on-line article that it got wilder as time went on.  I took photos of the front, rear and sides of the car plus a shot from the balcony in the showroom. 

The car made some exhibition runs at US30 Dragway while it was in York. When I pulled out these old pictures there was one of the car making a pass, but taken from the grandstand, with my little Kodak Instamatic camera, it was pretty small.  All 4 tires were smoking.   I misplaced that picture, but there are plenty in the on line article, that show what the Riviera WAGON_MASTER could do.

Jim Smith   BCA #3566

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That will get the ice cream home from the grocery store before it melts!😉

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On 9/17/2021 at 7:09 PM, avgwarhawk said:

Great article. Watch the video towards the bottom. The 4 nailheads really sound awesome! 

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/tommy-ivo-s-quad-engine-buick-wagonmaster-is-the-world-s-most-extreme-grocery-getter-169531.html

I did some quick math.  In the video, it is stated that Ivo was 60 years Old.  He was born in 1936.  He’s now 85. This video was made in 1966. Cool piece of nostalgic history. Thanks for posting.

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Here is Phil Shafer's "Shafer 8" Buick-powered Indy 500 car from 1934.  I think the engine displacement was 344 cu in.  Phil finished 16th that year, out at 130 laps with a broken camshaft, but one of his other cars (#36) finished 6th.  The #26 car is currently in Switzerland, runs in vintage racing events there.  There are numerous replicas of #26, including one owned by Corky Coker.

 

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The Shafer 8 from 1934 will Phil Shafer at the wheel.

 

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Shafer 8 on the left, Graham-powered Indy car, also from 1934, on the right.

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Found these on eBay thought I share. Interesting...

 

 

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_dmd=2&_dkr=1&iconV2Request=true&_ssn=brownshaver&store_cat=0&store_name=brownshaver&_oac=1&_nkw=buick

 

 

Dick Joslin #47 Buick Dynaflow 1955 Daytona Race

From a collection of J.C. Van Landingham and Inland Buick DeLand, FL
Dick Joslin (September 18, 1926 - January 23, 1972) was a NASCAR driver from Orlando, FL.

 

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Dick Joslin' #47 Buick Dynaflow and Jack Choquette #23 in a Hudson,1955 at Daytona Race

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Dick Joslin's #47 Buick Dynaflow  circa1955
I think the person with the car is J.C. Van Landingham
From a collection of J.C. Van Landingham and Inland Buick DeLand, FL
Clarence "J. C." Van Landingham (c. 1918–1996) was an American stock car racing driver. A Florida native, he competed in the NASCAR Grand National Series, in 1950, later owning a car in the series.
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Dick Joslin's #47 Buick Dynaflow 1955 at Daytona Race

 

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Fireball Roberts M-1 Fish Carburetor Buick Daytona Prep Photo REPRINT original about 1955
I assume this is at the Daytona Road Course since the waves are in the background.
Looks like J.C. Landingham and Buick crew.

Notes: From a collection of J.C. Van Landingham and Inland Buick DeLand, FL

Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts Jr. (January 20, 1929 – July 2, 1964) 
 

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J. C." Van Landingham #35 Daytona FL

Notes: From a collection of J.C. Van Landingham and Inland Buick DeLand, FL

Clarence "J. C." Van Landingham (c. 1918–1996) was an American stock car racing driver. A Florida native, he competed in the NASCAR Grand National Series, in 1950, later owning a car in the series.

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