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the old days 5.

Here are another load of photos from Travis Hinkle's collection.  If you missed them, there are a bunch more of his on 'the old days 3'.

Travis Hinkle racing his 1953 Studebaker.
Travis Hinkle racing his 1953 Studebaker against Jack Terry's Ford coupe.
Al Extrand's altered wheelbase.
Al Eckstrand's altered wheelbase A/FX Plymouth - 1965.  Al was part of Plymouth's "Golden Comandos" drag race team.  Al is a 2000 Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductee.
Al Extrand's altered wheelbase.
Al Eckstrand's Plymouth was powered by a Hilborn injected, 426 Hemi.  You don't see too many folks dressed like that at the drags these days.
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The Nolan and Wilbanks B/G coupe. Click here for a close up shot of the car and their two mugs.
The Outlaw
The 'Outlaw'.  Not sure who this is.  Notice the Coleman-Taylor Transmission pickup truck behind the car.
Racing action.
Folks got real close to the action before the concrete wall was erected.
Top end charge - early '60s.
Top end charge - early '60s. The spectators' cars date this photo pretty well.
View of left-side bleachers from hill.
An interesting view from the right side hill.
Chuck Hutton sponsored Dodge.
Chuck Hutton sponsored Dodge.  Who's car is this?
Double burnout past the tower.
As if the cars in the parking lot aren't cool enough, check out the action on the track.
Robert McCullar in his 1960 Chevy on the return road.
Robert McCullar in his 1960 Chevy on the return road.
Great start line action!
Great start line action!
Glo-Worm
The Glo-Worm in living color.
Alva Lancaster's 1940 Willys Pick-up.
Alva Lancaster's 1940 Willys Pick-up.
Alva Lancaster's 1940 Willys Pick-up.
Alva Lancaster's 1940 Willys Pick-up.
Alva Lancaster's 1940 Willys Pick-up on the track.
Alva Lancaster's 1940 Willys Pick-up on the track.
Joe Lunati's Trouble Maker
Joe Lunati's Trouble Maker sponsored by Coleman-Taylor Transmissions and Crane Cams.  Joe, of course, went on to found Lunati Cams.
Joe Lunati's Trouble Maker
Joe Lunati's Trouble Maker.  Dig the return road speed limit sign.
Joe Lunati's Trouble Maker
Joe Lunati's Trouble Maker.
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Bob Woodard's Oldsmobile powered Henry J A/G hot rod.
1933 Willys
A/G 1933 Willys, a record holder out of Paducah, Ky.
Elbert Lewis' coupe.
Elbert Lewis driving the E/G Little Jewel.
Ramblin' Ram being towed off of the track.
Yuck!  That's Travis' Ramblin Ram after its untimely demise at Lakeland.
Ramblin' Ram Dodge
There's Travis with his Ramblin' Ram, aluminum nosed, factory Dodge racer.
Ramblin' Ram Dodge
His buddy was driving when the motor mount broke, which in turn yanked the shift-cable to the reverse-pattern,  push-button Torqueflite transmission.
Ramblin' Ram Dodge
When the car was shifted into neutral, it actually went into reverse which put the shiny side down.
Ramblin' Ram Dodge
Here's the Ramblin' Ram in better days.
Ramblin' Ram Dodge
It's hard to see but the dealer emblem by the trunk lock indicates the car came from Chuck Hutton.  Memphians know the name well.
Push start 2-68
Push start - Feb. 1968
Push start - Feb. 1968
Push start - Feb. 1968
Don Gay's 1968 Firbird F/C
Don Gay in his brand new 1968 Pontiac Firebird Funny Car - Feb. 1968
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This wild-looking one's called 'HOBO'.  The lettering on the side reads 'Associated Masonry Contractors'.   Feb. 1968
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This is the Andrews & Hassell A/MP Corvette with 427 Rat power from Jackson, TN.  It's sponsored by Racing Head Service of Memphis.  Feb. 1968
'55 on return road.
A bad BB/G '55 Chevy in tow behind a Chevy pickup down the return road.  Feb. 1968
Billy Webb-owned A/AA racer.
Billy Webb-owned A/AA racer.
Billy Webb & Gene McClanahan
Here is Billy Webb talking to driver Gene McClanahan.  Unfortunately Gene was to be Lakeland's first fatality in 1968.  Click here to read article.
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WHBQ Drag Festival - July 1972.  Here's what the action looked like sitting up on the hill side.  Dig the ambulance poised at the opening of the retainer wall.  It may need to carry off some of those fans on the left side of the track for smoke inhalation.
The Brutus Mustang F/C.
The Brutus Mustang F/C - July 1972.
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Ray Gallagher's Mustang F/C - July 1972.
Fred Goeske's Duster F/C.
Fred Goeske piloting the Duster F/C - July 1972.  This car must have looked better from above.  Travis took this shot from the crosswalk just as David Rubenstein did when he shot his photo.
The AMC Funny Gremlin.
The AMC Funny Gremlin - July 1972.

 

 
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