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With the year again slipping by at a record pace, here are some tid-bits which missed the ‘deadline chop’ during the year. Plus we want to congratulate two of our recent column subjects, who captured the Competition Eliminator Wally during the NHRA World Finals at Pomona-- Doug & Bob Lambeck!
My first column last year was about some of the many dragsters, top fuel, etc., which ran at Kahoka during the seven seasons it was open. The photo above shows the ingenuity of Kahoka’s Kent Martin. Besides the dragster, Kent also built an inboard cruiser with Buick power for the Mississippi River. And in the mid-sixties he persuaded Buick to sponsor two Gran Sport coupes with 425 cu.in. motors. This writer was fortunate to drive the four-speed version at tracks in the mid-west.
The internet recently provided the photo below of the Guzler crew from Chicagoland. Bud Roche, the tallest in the photo, was the promoter of this operation which ran every track in the middle-west with flare and showmanship! Bobby Vodnik gained a superb driving reputation, guiding the Hirata & Hobbs gasoline powered (NHRA was gas only) dragster to the US Nationals win in 1963. These guys were $$$ every time we booked them into Tri State Dragway.