Friday, July 19, 2013

Strip Shot #14

I tend to do a lot of poking around on Facebook these days and am constantly amazed at the great stuff that gets posted. Doug Grieve shared his photo taken at the Belgrade, Montana Airstrip in 1958. Check the link for more 35mm slices of drag history.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bob Black

I love vintage box art and was lucky enough to discover Bob Black's Trakables blog a while ago. Bob has busily been uploading his fantastic vintage box scans to Fotki for everyone to enjoy. Check out the link if you're into vintage box art, as Bob has a ton of cool stuff he has shared.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Moparitis #7

All I can tell you about this tough Coronet is a big fat nothing.
 Let me know if you can fill in the blanks.

Givin' You The Willys #20

Another great shot of Junior Thompson's B/Gas Willys 
courtesy of flinstonecharger @ The H.A.M.B.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


The Hayden Proffitt shop truck stretching its legs at Lions.

Via:  TWE42

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Moparitis #6

Charlie Allen launching hard !

Remember Me ?

Well it's been a while, about 7 months, but I have finally returned to the keyboard. For those of you who don't know, or care, I have been absorbed in that faraway land they call Facebook. The Magnetic Brain has been posting the same ol' stuff incessantly over there, so if you are of the Facebook persuasion here is the link : There's about 7 months worth of stuff to catch up on so I'll start with this shot of Bill Kolb's Econoline with all four wheels on terra firma. Hope you like it.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Givin' You The Willys #19

Here are a couple of killer photos taken by Sherm Porter at the 1965 Bakersfield Fuel & Gas Championships.

Via: Sherm Porter

Friday, November 2, 2012

Moparitis #5

Super Stocks were alive and well in 1963.
 The Horsepower Engineering Dodge
 takes a rest between rounds at Fremont.

Via:  The H.A.M.B

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Classified Information #2

More ghoulish goodies from the back pages of Hot Rod, December 1963.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Kandy In A Kan

Since I had the 'ol scanner scanning, I thought I'd post up this gem from a slightly tattered issue of Car Craft dated March 1959. There is an age old debate in custom circles as to whether candy, or indeed custom, was spelt with a k. You'll notice that Joe was happy to market his with a plain old c which opens up another kan of worms.

Classified Information

The back pages of old Car Craft magazines are a smorgasbord of weird and wonderful provisions. Where else could you shop for an Isky cam and a two foot stuffed alligator ?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Chrisman At Lions

Moparitis #4

"Lawman" Al Eckstrand will make his first official competition appearance with the Golden Commandos behind the wheel of their A/FX super stock Plymouth ...

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Not So Stock

You'll never convince me that those headers
were an optional extra down at the dealership

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Farmer And The Dutchman

Arnie Beswick facing off against a topless Al Vanderwoude at Lions.

Givin' You The Willys #18

Bogan Renfroe's "Cat Skinner" 1940 Willys

Powered by a hi-riser 427 Ford purchased from Phil Bonner, Renfroe raced the Willys until the end of 1966 when he replaced it with Cat Skinner II
, another 1940 Willys. The name "Cat Skinner" came from Renfroe's occupation as a bulldozer driver, otherwise known as cat skinners.
For the entire story on Bogan Renfroe visit

Image via: The H.A.M.B.

Moparitis #3

Gene Snow's 1965 Dodge Dart started life as a showroom stocker before it became one of the most successful match racers in the country. All steel, apart from a fibreglass front end, Gene won back to back U.S Nationals titles in 1966 and 1967 with this injected Hemi monster.

Images via: The H.A.M.B.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Comet Seeking Missile

Givin' You The Willys #17

Veteran drag racer and engine builder Mike Kuhl's B/Gas Willys
running with injected Hemi power.

Photo by Paul Hutchins.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

D For Drive

Although it may not look like it, Dick Brannan's 9 second Mustang ran a C6 Automatic whilst everybody else were busily banging gears. If you're eager to find out more then visit

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Box Top #6

Here's a fantastic piece of box art from Aurora that I found over at the Nostalgia On Wheels blog and I'm guessing the model was the Honda Hawk. Upon closer inspection I noticed that the artwork was signed by none other than Mort Kunstler. I had no idea that he worked at Aurora. If you're not familiar with Mort Kunstler's work, check out some of his fantastic illustrations at :
accidental mysteries.

Via: Nostalgia On Wheels

Kit Car

Long before Carroll Shelby's Cobra became the most prolific kit car on the planet, AMT released this D.I.Y offering for aspiring sports car drivers.

I have posted this box art previously but thought this better scan was worth sharing.

Via: Drastic Plastics

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Jungle Fuel

"Jungle" Larry Faust
Mooneyham-Ferguson-Jackson & Faust AA/FD
U.S. Fuel & Gas Championships
Bakersfield 1965

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Oriental Oddity #2

Another find from my friendly second-hand record store. If you ever wondered how to spell "The Astronauts" in Japanese, look no further !

Monday, July 30, 2012


Gabby Bleeker AA/FA Bantam
Great Lakes Dragaway -
circa 1964

A masterpiece in quarter-mile madness.

Via: The H.A.M.B

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Li'l Coffin

I finally fired up the scanner and got my Li'l Coffin done for any box art aficionados who may be tuning in.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Spooky The Skull

I'm sure I tried to convince my father to install one of these.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Doctor Elton A. Eckstrand

Lawyer Al Eckstrand of Detroit is driving Plymouth Super Stocks at the big national drag meets this year. To millions of drag strip fans, this leaves little doubt as to who is the man to beat. Eckstrand has a reputation in quarter mile stock car drag strip racing something like Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer hold in golf. He's the man to watch if you are trying to pick a winner.

He has never had any formal engineering training, nor has he ever earned a nickel as a mechanic. His approach to the sport is that of an amateur with an analytical mind and a great desire to win. He has mastered the engineering principles that go into high performance cars and is guided by them, rather than reacting to every weird rumor that goes around the circuit. He prefers stocks because they hold the greatest crowd interest and offer the toughest driver competition.

Having won his first major victory with a TorqueFlite Plymouth Fury as a Super Stock Automatic winner in the 1960 NHRA Nationals, Eckstrand was a pioneer in demonstrating that the automatics could give the sticks a run for their money.

But he is equally at home in a manual shift car. Plymouth builds both in its 1964 line-up of Super Stocks. They promise to be hotter than ever in 1964 competition.

Via : Winged Warriors

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Strip Shot #12

Clester Andrews driving his 1965 A/FX Mustang at Irwindale Raceway. The Wickersham Ford sponsored car was built by Holman Moody and sported a 427 Hi-Riser rather than a S.O.H.C 427. Clester is my second favorite drag racing name after Gaspar.

Via: Photos Of Irwindale

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

First And Last

1960 Italian Grand Prix Monza
Phil Hill - Ferrari 246

Phil Hill's victory at the 1960 Italian Grand Prix was the first for an American driver since 1921 and the last for a front-engined Formula One car. It was also the golden age of team headwear.

Via: ten-tenths

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Strip Shot #11

Rather than let The Magnetic Brain die an agonizingly slow death, I thought I would dredge the depths of my computer and post some more of my favorite drag racing images. The beautiful Fuel Altered Bantam of Walker & Geary or Geary & Walker - depending upon which side of the track you were spectating.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Givin' You The Willys #15

The thing that strikes me most about Jimmy Varacalli's Willys is that great crest painted on the door. I suppose drag racing could be considered a modern form of jousting.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Oriental Oddity

My latest vinyl acquisition is this Japanese E.P by The Dragsters or The Dragstars, depending upon whether you're reading the front or back of the cover. Hot Rod Best 5 even includes lyrics so you can sing along .....

"Adjusted to my car, now she really peels,
Looking real tough with chrome reverse wheels,
Blue coral wax job sure looks pretty,
Gonna get my chick and make it out to Drag City."

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Snake Bits

Thunderbird Motel - Jacksonville, Florida 1968

Every serviceman's dream .

Via: saacforum

I Like Ike

" ..... I don't know nothing else. Strats and Telecasters. "

Ike Turner


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cold War Cliffhanger

Suspense, intrigue, espionage and a commie nympho queen !!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

In Memoriam


Carroll Hall Shelby
January 11, 1923 – May 10, 2012