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Ok, if this belongs in automobiles please move it somebody.

Anyway, wednesday after school I'm heading on a road trip to the Indy 500 with my uncle! I've been there once before, and let me tell you, indy car (not stock car, well im not sure) racing is a lot more fun if you are, cause they go 280 mph, i mean, at home, it dont matter, its kinda boring. But when your there you are tottally in the expierence. Is anyone else here going? Also, my Great Uncle Jack, (his name is micheal, but we call him jack, i know wtf?) is gonna meet us there. He is a famous drag racer from the olden days in New England, he gets to be in the parade!

http://www.thecarconnection.com/Enthusiasts/Book_Reviews_Excerpts/Cool_Cars_Square_Rolls_Bars.S205.A2025.html

he is in that book, scroll down and his name his there.

ill just quote the part his name is in

It was night, cold, beginning to rain, and he had to get back to base, but Michael Hartney - Jack, to his father and buddies - needed a better look. The young Navy aircrewman from Orange, Massachusetts, was assigned to wartime search-and-rescue duty aboard a PBY patrol plane based at Point Mugu, California. He had gone to Tarzana, in the western San Fernando Valley, on liberty that evening in 1943 to hear Mel Torme sing. Now, leaving the lounge, he was looking at the first hot rod he'd ever laid eyes on. Unseen was the beginning of an involvement that would help solidify the hot rod movement in New England.

"I went back in and asked the bartender for a flashlight," he recalls. "I must have crawled over that channeled roadster for an hour. I couldn't figure out why it was so low. … Later on, I thought a lot about that car. I fell in love with the fenderless look."

By the time he returned home in 1946, Hartney had decided to turn his own roadster into a hot rod. "It was something I had to do to satisfy myself," he says. Ironically, Hartney decided not to drop the body over the frame like the car of his reveries or like the overwhelming majority of New England's hot-rodded early roadsters and coupes that followed in the '50s. "I didn't want to lose the legroom," he explains.

Though his was definitely the only hot rod in the town of Orange when he built it, six years later - due in great part to his efforts - the drag strip at its small airport would make the place a magnet for them. As the '40s wound down, Hartney was surprised to find the name of another Massachusetts hot rodder, Fran Bannister, in a copy of the Southern California Timing Association's newsletter, SCTA News. He quickly sought him out.

"Nobody around where I lived knew what I was trying to do," Hartney remembers. "It was wonderful to find another person who understood." Thus began a friendship that lasted more than 45 years.
He still has that car today, well my Uncle Steve has it, and he rebuilt it, yep, flathead motor and everything.....sweet eh?

It's gonna be pretty sweet...

Oh and um, anyone who wants autographs from my uncle, 10 bucks and its yours ;)

So........ is anyone else going???

EDIT: not really olden days, like the 1950's, i believe, and yes im gonna post some pics of me next to the car, and he bought this car for 50 cents.... yes, all dissasembled, 50 cents........ sweet aint it? Lemme find the pics
 

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another part he is in
When Hartney contacted Bannister, Fran and Ralph were building a car in Boston, at Fargo Transportation Co., an interstate trucking outfit where they worked as mechanics and machinists. The car, a channeled '32 roadster, was Fran's. It was principally put together by Ralph, who was the better fabricator. Completed in 1949, it became one of the best-known hot rods in New England and was featured in the March 1950 issue of Hot Rod. Its signature feature was a sectioned chrome '39 Ford pickup grille - chosen, Ralph says, because he wanted a rounded hood - which he matched to unlouvered side panels. The running gear was '48 Ford, with a Columbia two-speed (4.11 and 2.96:1) rear axle, a common component on early New England hot rods. Fran put together the highly modified flathead, a stock-stroke 258-cubic-inch '42 Mercury, finishing it off with an exotic racing piece for a street machine, a Harman & Collins magneto.
 

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You wrote a lot of **** that seems pretty interesting, so I would say this thread delivers.
 

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roadtrip to the 500 for he is just undr an hour (on a non - race day)

we in Indiana are very proud of our greatest spetacle in racing to be kind to our grand track and have a awesome time.

be sure the check out the track museum, it's also pretty nifty
 

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yea, i went there 2 years ago and went to the tack museum, pretty interesting stuff.... i plan on doing it again
 

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I have always wanted to go to an F1 race. Those are pretty exciting.

Greg Ray lives in the next neighborhood over from me. I've met him a few times, interesting guy. He's got an H1, i think an H2, one of those Dodge Ram's with a Viper engine, and a Mclaren F1. This is just what I've seen in his garage. I tihnk he might also have a Ferrari.
 

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^hahahaha, such silly notions. They pass like crazy. Hell they'll even pass on the grass! U want to see boring? That would be nascar-the race of luck, and who got lucky w/ the gap.
 

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Yea, bobide's right. The first lap is always the craziest becasue they try to pass each other all at once. Almost always there ends up being a crash.
 

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just got back!!

hella fun, Danica almost took it, but she was running out of gas so she had to turn down her turbo, ah well, lots o fun, good times, no pics :( no scanner and they are out of a camera that develops on instant :( ill try to find a way
 

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yep I was pissed the radio station at work wasn't giving updates except about her. she's cool and all but i care more then just about her. I think this is also the first year i've never watched it on tv at night (cuz I'm in the blackout area and they wont' show it live)
 
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