Kevin Ivey of Los Angeles shared this story of his father's days as a young gun:
This 1952 photo is of Marc Ivey as a high school senior in Colton, California, with his '39 Chevrolet. Marc paid $450 for the business coupe (no rear seat), which he upgraded to a club coupe by installing a rear seat. The '39 Chevy was painted Vassar Yellow (a stock Buick color at the time). Under the hood was a Chevy high-torque six-cylinder with a three-pot intake manifold and Carter YF carburetors, with a stock three-speed converted to a floor shift.
Check out the Baby Appleton dual spotlights. These came in handy for tracing around the edge of the movie screen at the Rubidoux and Tri-City Drive-Ins-of course while the movie was running. Wheel covers are '50 Oldsmobile sombrero hub caps.
Marc raced his Chevy at the Colton Drags in the D/G class. The Colton Drags were at the site of the old Morrow Air Field, and Marc remembers he and fellow members of the Crankers Car Club had to clear the weeds from the airstrip on opening day. Marc announced the first day of races until local Colton movie star Gene Evans ("Lassie Forever" and "The Steel Helmet") took over the job.
Marc says, "The car always came in second to the Little Red Wagon driven by a guy from Fontana. I couldn't afford to put it in on a dyno. But after I sold the car to Scottie of Scottie's Muffler in San Bernardino, he figured out right away that the cam was flat and that the engine was over-carbureted. Scottie replaced the cam and switched to a two-pot intake manifold and ended up winning the class at the Colton Drags."
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Wally Parks, 1913-2007We can't think of anybody who has contributed as much to hot rodding as Wally Parks, who passed away on Friday, September 28.
He is probably best known for the establishment of the National Hot Rod Association. Drag racing was just taking off as an organized sport when the NHRA was established in 1951. The organization quickly became its prominent sanctioning body, helping to solidify race classes and rules, building dragstrips around the U.S., and sponsoring local and national races. Today, Wally Parks' name is associated with drag racing in many ways, from the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California, to national event trophies, which for years have been informally called "the Wally." Even so, his contributions to hot rodding extend much further.
Wallace Gordon Parks was born 94 years ago in Goltry, Oklahoma. His family moved to South Gate, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, in 1921. When teenage Wally started building stripped-down Model Ts, the term "hot rod" didn't exist, but that's what his cars were. He drove them on the street and raced them on the desert dry lakes. In 1937, Wally and Ak Miller helped form the Road Runners, which joined with other local car clubs to establish the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) later that year.
Wally was working as a test driver for General Motors when the United States entered World War II. Even while serving in the Philippines, he stuffed a V-8 engine into his Jeep. After the war, he returned to his job at GM, and to increased involvement with the SCTA, becoming the general manager in 1947. That same year, he worked with Robert Petersen and Bob Lindsay on the creation of Hot Rod magazine, and soon became the editor. In 1949, he was leading the move to open up the Bonneville Salt Flats for speed trials. Wally left the Petersen Publishing Company in 1963 to become the president of the NHRA. He held that position until 1984, but continued to be involved on the NHRA board of directors.
Hot rodding exists today, and will continue to exist, due in large part to the contributions of Wally Parks.
Troy Ladd, TrendsetterLooks like Troy Ladd is going Hollywood on us, but this photo was actually taken before he found out that the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association had honored him with its 2007 Trendsetter Award. The award was presented during the Hot Rod Industry Alliance reception at the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The annual award is given to honor outstanding young hot rod and custom builders. Previous winners include Jesse Greening, Eric Peratt, Troy Trepanier, and Chip Foose
Ladd has been building cars most of his life, and turned his hobby into a business when he opened Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, California, approximately five years ago. The shop's best-known project to date has been the Respect Tradition '32 roadster, a two-time R&C cover car, and an America's Most Beautiful Roadster contender at the '06 Grand National Roadster Show.
Rod & Custom Heads to the SaltLooks like we'll be taking a break this year from organizing our own event (Americruise) and concentrate on the part we like the best: cruising. Plans are in the works to make the trip to Speed Week at Bonneville to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The dates for Speed Week were moved back a few days for 2008 (August 18-24), but we aren't sure just yet what day we'll be leaving Southern California.
We're also still kicking around the route to take. First thought was to head up Highway 1 along the coast, but then we got to thinking that taking a trip through the giant redwoods in Sequoia and then heading through Yosemite might be the way to go. One way or another, we'll get to Wendover, Utah, in time for the action on the Salt Flats. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, send an e-mail to Kevin at email@example.com.
If you don't want to or can't leave with us but want to make a trip out there heading from the east, check out Street Rodder magazine's Road Tour (visit www.streetrodderweb.com - Road Tour section; call (800) 664-1362; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org); they're coming out from the Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan. Keep checking "Roddin' Around," as well as our Web site at www.rodandcustommagazine.com for an updated itinerary.
R&C's Book ClubEvery hot rodder has a million stories, and most of us have probably thought about turning those stories into a book. Douglas Sciberras did in his recent collection of stories entitled "Miscellaneous Ramblings of a 70's Motorhead." Doug grew up in a Detroit auto industry family, and works for Ford as a millwright. But it's the humorous stories of his younger days that fill this book-stories he hopes will take his readers back to their own younger days and their own youthful antics. Pick up a copy of "Miscellaneous Ramblings of a 70's Motorhead" and see how many of his stories are your stories too.
"Miscellaneous Ramblings of A 70's Motorhead" is available from the Borders and Barnes & Nobles Web sites, or can be purchased directly from the author at www.70smotorhead.com, or write to D. Sciberras, P.O. Box 805, Highland, MI 48357. The price is $35 for a hardbound book or $25 for paperback, plus shipping.
Deuces on DiscDid you know that 2008 is the 76th anniversary of the '32 Ford? Whatever its age, the Deuce will always retain its position as hot rodding's most iconic and popular car.
The American Hot Rod Foundation, established for the purpose of preserving and promoting hot rod history, has created a documentary homage to the '32 Ford, simply entitled "Deuce." Billed as "the definitive documentary on an American icon," the hour-long program is no tossed-together piece of sentimental fluff, but an in-depth tribute created by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. They've included never-before-seen footage and photos from the '40s and '50s, mixed together with interviews of some prominent leaders in the hobby, such as Alex Xydias, Wally Parks, Robert Petersen, Roy Brizio, Pete Chapouris, Lil' John Buttera, Steve Moal, and Chip Foose, in addition to numerous celebrity hot rodders.
"Deuce" is available from the American Hot Rod Foundation Web site at www.ahrf.com and on the Petersen Automotive Museum site at http://estore.petersen.org/store/start.asp.
Carry Over To Next MonthListen to the LegendsYou can listen to one-on-one interviews with the greatest legends of hot rodding. Car enthusiast and radio personality Jonnie King, in cooperation with Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Hall of Fame Museum, has created the "Hall of Fame Legends series, an online radio program featuring personal sit-down conversations with some of the most famous hot rod builders ever. Gene Winfield, George Barris, Spence Murray, Norm Grabowski, and Darryl Starbird are just a few of the legends who share the personal stories of their cars and careers. You can listen to these interviews whenever you want by going to www.legends.thewwbc.net on the Internet. The Hall of Fame Legends series will also be available on CD, so you can listen whenever you want, or give them as gifts.
Site for Enthusiasts' EyesHow'd you like exclusive access to the garages and minds of some of the best hot rod builders in the country? Click on buildsheet.com and you've got it.
Buildsheet.com is a new, member-driven automotive Web site that relies on the participation and interaction of enthusiast members and pro builders. This unique and innovative Web site community is being developed as the cooperative effort of six young pro builders, each of whom has already made a mark on the hot rod world: Scott Bonowski of Hotrods and Hobbies, Zane Cullen of Cotati Speed Shop, Jesse Greening of Greening Auto Company, Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods, Steve Strope of Pure Vision, and Dave Tucci of Tucci Engineering. But it will only succeed with your participation.
Elements of the site include builder blogs, providing current info, photos, and videos of the most up-to-date pro-built projects; reader rides, featuring the same type of info on your own personal projects; a community board, where members can swap opinions and advice; member blogs, for your chance to share your progress and ideas right alongside the professionals; classifieds, for buying and selling parts and accessories; an organized directory of the best aftermarket parts and service providers; sponsored contests, offering high-end prizes to registered contributing members; and more. Membership is free, and the first 500 members to add their cars to the reader rides page will receive a free T-shirt featuring the Buildsheet logo.