Sunday, January 15, 2012


Fast in Fuchsia

Ed Hedrick campaigned this 289 Cobra, CSX 2093, after purchasing it from Jim Costilow in 1966. Costilow and Bruce Larson had previously been very successful in the A/SP and AA/SP classes having won both the 1965 Springnationals and the 1965 Winternationals. Under Hedrick's ownership "The Fuscia One" took home the 1966 NHRA World Championship.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


" Rockabilly ..... the acetate arena where a long-playing bum can sing gibberish and coin a fortune. "

Harlan Ellison

Image via:


Get with it and turn yesterday into tomorrow with your very own Metalflake Spray Kit. Transform your dreary ride into a shimmering tour de force at the touch of a button. It's so easy. Frosted Grape, Aztec Gold or Irish Mist - the choice is yours. Don't pay a professional to paint your car when you can do it at home
..... in a fraction of the time and cost !!!

* Metalflake Incorporated cannot guarantee Watsonesque results with the D.I.Y "Spray Kit" *

Monday, January 9, 2012


Here's an old iron on transfer I had lying around. It's little wonder that Roth was such a success when you see the ghoulash his competitors were dishing up.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Gentlemen Start Your Engines

This record has been in my possession for the best part of 40 years. I remember being barely unable to contain my excitement when I unearthed this gem at a school fete for the princely sum of 10 cents. It's funny, but I would be just as excited if I found another copy tomorrow !

Pit Stop #50

Green Valley Raceway, Texas 1965
Bill Steele 289 Cobra

Photo by Jerry Melton.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

More Little Red Wagon ...... Again !!!

Another high resolution scan of a killer picture, which up until now, I have only ever found in the dimensions of a postage stamp. Thanks to bcmacsac1 for making these images available to drag tragics like myself.

Click on the link for a super high resolution image.

Via: bcmacsac1

Strip Shot #10

I have been looking for a good scan of this shot for quite some time and finally found one here. The Melrose Missile ready for launch.

Via: bcmacsac1

The Low Down

If you dig Astro Supremes and lace paint then do yourself a favour and check out
Wheels Are Everything. Here are a couple of awesome photoshop lowering jobs I borrowed from the blog, which show you just how good these cars look riding on the right wheels, just as the name suggests.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I have come to the realization that I am an image hoarder. My computer is choked with pictures of cars launching toward the stratosphere, drag slicks spinning into oblivion, thanks in no small part to the efforts of photographers like the late Bob Plumer. Bob was gracious enough to share his vast collection on the internet for us all to enjoy. Here are a few of Bob's iconic photos from the strip.

Thanks Bob.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Marketing Madness

This is definitely the most bizarre piece of marketing I have come across in my repository of old hot rod magazines. I just wonder how they could have kept supply up if they took off like the hula hoop ?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Tales From The Strip #2

Tales From The Strip

Box Top #3

I bought this on Ebay recently, minus contents, and thought it was worth sharing with any other box art buffs out there.


This fantastic Larry Watson window decal was just posted by TS3X65MPH on The Garage Forums. Take a look here if you're stuck on vintage decals, there are plenty of them.