Robin, I was totally ready to let this one go, move on. But, you put some great stuff up, not sure where you're going but look me up when you come west. FWIW, you read my posts and get 2+2 = 7, not sure why. All this started with (1975 era) Brad Lackey post, you don't know it but it wasn't till after that post that I even saw your mention of you buying a "1995" KX. As I already said, I did NOT see your post.
Nice dragsters --- lots of history there. Love the rod and the reference photo. The thread was about the 'Cuda and 1968, I thought it was all over but these are cool pics. It's a big world, you've never heard of me, likewise. But what does it matter?
Familiar with the Rich Hammons / Williamson HAIRY CANNARY Valiant car, Doug Thorley and his wife and I had spent hours talking about early floppers, that 1967 NHRA Indy Nats where he won (Corvair) so you and I are on same page about 1969 being first NHRA year they recognized the class, starting with Claire Sanders winning WNats in JJ Nova. I did a bit of promotional work for Doug in terms of some editorial stuff 10+/- years ago, got brought up to date on early flopper history from him, he build a lot of headers on the early cars as I'm sure you know.
Condescending? Works both ways. Ming was right there at the start with the history lesson, sure I responded. Larry REYES drove the KING FISH early Barracuda, "Super Cuda" as he is known and I spend time within the last year at his sister's home, I interviewed him, he told me details of his career starting out with him being a MILK MAN and hot rodding through the orange groves of southern Cali. I heard all about King Fish from the man himself. Ming can contact him in Memphis if he pleases.
It's on tape for future projects, his early F/C career right up to and including the accident. Watch the newsstands if you care about it, you'll see one of the first "reports," on-sale right about NOW.
You talk about "West Coast" cars, well I've got hours of tape with Norm Kraus, Chicago, wrote numerous pieces with and about him, lots of vintage press race pics and dealer shots as well. Did the "Year One" photography that they ran as an advertising campaign for a year or longer about the (then) recently discovered "Super Charger" (purchased from Lenny) that Gary Dyer drive in '69. All this long before Logghe Bros. bought the car to restore, which has yet to happen.
It's a big world out there. Not new at this, I've been making a living at media work (independent) since about 1984, nearly all automotive but some Moto-Cross and SCORE off-road work as well.
Sorry I so offended you in this thread, if I did. Any work I've done is fully documented, fully researched. I take pride in getting the facts/details straight, history can not be twisted and tweaked and re-done, no matter who's car or who's friend or who's name is painted on.
I stand by what I said in this thread, the pictured '68 Blown Nitro Cuda is, in my opinion, a cool car, I stated that more than once, I don't consider it a representation of where the Funny Car scene was at in 1968 however. If you do, then we can agree to disagree.
You talk about "history lesson" in your post, take away the names and the faces and the friendships and the personal feelings, good or bad, you're saying there's no reason to focus on history?
This internet is not just about you or I or Ming or Mob, there's a high percentage (let's take Barrett-Jackson type muscle cars for an example) of mis-information out there and flat-out fraud going on, I think a bit of a "history lesson" is and should be welcome. Lesson one, and I'm sure you'll agree, "Don't believe everything you see and read on the internet." (*And that is not directed to YOU or anything specific, just a damn good rule of thumb)
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