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Here, at his first SCTA meet at El Mirage in May 1949, Gene is being pushed off by his 49 Ford pickup. His best time of the event was 121.45 mph. A month later, he drove his roadster to Reno for the June Cal-Nev Roadster Association meet, removed the lights and windshield, and ran the fastest time of the meet at 114.40 mph. Back at El Mirage in July, he ran 124.13 mph.