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  1. Howdy there Nick. Hope you are feeling much better by now. H/T, you doing fine, I trust. We just returned from the OTHER northern coast ……… Seattle. Been up there for about 10 days, visiting my son and daughter-in-law and seeing a few of the sights around there. Day before we left, Thursday, twas 55 in the morning and inched up to 70 by late afternoon. Light coat weather for us. Didn't even get a bug bite. Driving home from the Austin airport I did however, run over a rattlesnake just before we turned in to our driveway. That was a nice welcome home.
  2. I'm sure I can speak for all on here. We genuinely hope you get to feeling much better real soon, Nick.
  3. Austin Racing History

    HI Rodney. Got your e-mail and read that article by Mr. Coffee (no, not the coffee maker, but rather the gentleman). Fascinating stuff for sure and I recognized just about all those names mentioned there. I attended my first race with my dad at Oak Hill Downs when I was 6 years old. That got me hooked on racing, still to this day. Yes, and I'm sure the author of that article is the same Mr. Coffee I am familiar with. You see, back in the early days of speed-o-rama, the stands were pretty well packed each and every Friday night and folks in the crowd tended to sit in more or less the same place each week. We would always sit on the top row just south of the press box. Mr. Coffee (that's all we ever knew him by) would sit every week four rows below us and about 15 seats south of us. His claim to fame there was every time the announcer mentioned Waldo Harper's name, Mr. Coffee would clasp his hands around his mouth in a megaphone fashion and shout out in either an authentic or contrived British accent, (we never knew for sure) the phrase "WELL, BULLY FOR WALDO!" We never tired of his antics at that and always had a good chuckle. Just another of the fond memories from that era.
  4. Austin Racing History

    Here is an action pic from Austin Speed-O-Rama from 1963 or possibly '64. It appears to me this may have been the first turn of a Trophy Dash, among the top four season points holders at the time. Those were all out, hammer down, 6 lap races to start out the evening of racing. These cars were the asphalt super-modifieds of their time. As you can see, there was no one prototype for those cars. All were of different designs. That made it all the more interesting. The 43 car sports a 343 Chrysler Hemi with three 2 bbl. carbs. The 2 car sports a 327 chevy with two 4 bbl. carbs. The Drivers were as follows: #43 driven by Johnnie Doyle, #3 driven by Ed Starr, #2 driven by Bill White, #11 high in the background driven by Buddy Jerkins. Those guys always put on a hell of a show week in and week out on Friday nights in Austin. It was no nonsense racing, fast, hard and very clean. Incidents as the one shown here were infrequent. There were just too many OPEN WHEELS flying around that little quarter mile track where contact could be disastrous. Those races were tremendously popular at the time. They usually raced before a packed house. ENJOY -----
  5. RODNEY, MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS bpar201@yahoo.com.  THANKS.  Budman. 

  6. Austin Racing History

  7. Austin Racing History

    Hey Rodney ……….. Got your pm. Just haven't got back to ya yet.
  8. Austin Racing History

    Where's Waldo? HERE HE IS ! I'm guessing about '64, turns 1/2 at Speed-O-Rama
  9. Austin Racing History

    Here Ya go Rodney/Russ ………….. A Pic of that Poster. This is a recent reproduction of an old original poster found stuck up on a wall in an old shop in San Antonio. TxTom could give you the details on it. TxTom handed me this poster one night in the pits at THR several years ago. What good are these things if we can't share them with those interested in such stuff ! I hope the sizing works out. If not, perhaps Nick can help.
  10. Austin Racing History

    Hey thanks guys. First time listener here, thanks to your posting. WOW, all those names mentioned just brought back a ton of great memories to me. I hope this thread can keep going on and on. There has to be a lot of stuff out there that could be posted on here. Right now, as I sit at my PC in my study, on the far wall is a poster (the only racing poster I own) from 1962, promoting a midget race at Austin Speed-O-Rama, featuring A.J.Foyt, Jr. I'd like to take a look at the FM Coffee article you mentioned. I think I know who that guy is. Please PM me where I can find it. I'd like to take a look at it. Thanks.
  11. Exciting project.

    …………. and I was probably there.
  12. memorial day

    Thanks again guys for posting. I want to back track to my previous posting. When I asked my dad about firing the BAR in combat I was just a kid, probably 10 or 12 years old. I've always remembered his response. Only later when I was an adult did I come to understand what he was REALLY telling me. That being …. "You don't EVER want to know what it's like to fire one of those things at another human being."
  13. memorial day

    HI HT. Thanks for posting. The one vet I honor most, of course is my dad, who served with the Army 7th Infantry Division during the Okinawa campaign in WWII. He would never talk much about his combat experiences. I think he witnessed too many horrible things in battle to even want to recall them. I would just pick up little bits and pieces of his time there, over our many years together.. One of the things he told me is kind of interesting. At some point, he was told to turn in his M-1. He was told "you're a pretty big guy, we're going to issue you a BAR. I once asked him about shooting that thing in combat. He paused a few seconds, then told me " Naw, I mostly just scared 'um with it." Here's a fun video. Take a look and turn up your sound REAL LOUD !
  14. Central Texas - Early 50s

    Here is a pic of Jud three years later -----> 1958
  15. The Hood Collection

    Wasn't the photographer at Pan Am and Speed-o-rama named Hood? What an incredible collection that must be. Where is it now? Probably deteriorating in boxes in some obscure warehouse somewhere in S.A. What a tragedy. Items in that collection shot over the many years could mean so much to so many people on here or some other on-line site. What a shame. Does anyone on here know in who's possession the collection now rests?