Lot’s Of Stuff In The Works!
May 14, 2012
We finished scanning Al Jerauld’s collection this week courtesy of his son Joel. 45 of the 48 images just happened to be from negatives that have somehow seemed to survive their normal fate of being trashed once print had been made. There’s just something about scanning from a neg. You get to see the whole image and their a lot easier to clean up than some production line print made eon’s ago without much care.
Let’s have a look at one of the neg scans (AJC_032). We can date this shot to 1941 at we see Robert “Bob” Binion’s number 57, a highly modified Model-A bodied roadster that has a honking big Cad V-16 hiding under the hood. Bob was entered at all the meets that year but alas our programs have no speeds for him. To the left is the 212 Deuce of Sonny Fikel that sported a V8 with Hi-Altitude heads. It ran 89.41 mph at the June 15th meet. All we can make out of our hero in the Model-A in the foreground it that the word driver is somewhat legible on the cowl but the rest of the chicken scratch is way out of focus thanks to the cameraman’s shakiness. Perhaps that could of been caused by a dry lake beverage called beer.
To put a neg and a print into a quality perspective take a gander at our net shot that also happens to feature a shot of the Bob’s car from a print (DOT_658). This view shows us the car at a different meet in 1941 as the hood has been changed on the Gear Grinders member’s car. Bob showed at all the meets but again we have no speeds for him. To the right is California Roadster Club member Gordon Kenward’s number 90 roadster. The car ran a Winfield head on the banger powered machine. We also have no speeds for him at any of the four meets he attended that year. Seems record keeping was a little lax that year. If you look close you’ll be able to see all the hairs, scratches and dust on the print as the neg wasn’t cleaned very good before the print was made.
Richard Tregilus and Bill Blystone of the Hollywood Auto Club teamed up in 1941 to run this Model-A with a Winfield head on their banger during the season. At the first meet in June the car ran 91.00 mph. In July we have no speed but for August we have them at 99.00 mph. For September they did a super tune up and got the car up to 107.53 mph.
While were in the prints from ‘41 mode check out this shot (DOT_664). We see Hollywood Auto Club members Richard Tregilus and Bill Blystone’s Model-A powered by a banger fitted with a Winfield head. At the first meet in June the car ran 91.00 mph. In July we have no speed but for August we have them at 99.00 mph. For September they did a super tune up and got the car up to 107.53 mph. Tregilus was sort of a chemist and loved to play with exotic fuels and explosives. After WWII he played a big part in putting us on the moon with his fuel concoctions used in those big old rocket ships. Notice how bad this print is too.
As not to rag on prints to much check out this slightly messed up neg from Mr. Jerauld’s collection (AJC_015). All the spots go back to how a neg is made. Basically it’s a piece of acetate with a film solution of silver added to it. If their is any defect in manufacturing this is what you get. We know the materials were not made by Kodak as there is no name on the film. In the shot we see Alan Hall’s Streamliner at El Mirage for the first S. C. T. A. meet of the 1946 season. The former roundy-round car had a Merc flattie under the hood fitted with a set of High Altitude heads. Al managed to coax 116.80 mph out of her to take third in class.
Next up is a little teaser of some of the cool goodies that we’ve just gotten from our departed pal Julian Doty (DOT_3681). We’ll scan and give you car info on each one of the 23 Timing Tags, a lot from before WWII. We look at these as gold because they give us speeds and competitor names that usually aren’t noted in any of the old programs.
We’re still plugging away at a backlog of great shots like this next one (CKC_1370). Behind the wheel we see Gus Schrader, born on May 22,1895 in Newhall, Iowa and killed on October 22,1941 at Shreveport, Louisiana in what was to be his final race in this car prior to retirement. Gus won 7 IMCA titles from 1933 to 1941 and is a member of the IMCA and National Sprint Car Halls of Fame. The car is significant too and was built by master race car fabricator Curley Wetteroth in his home garage back in late 1937. Around here we like to do research so a check of our ‘37 L.A. phone book revealed that Curley lived at 1132 Winchester Avenue in Glendale, CA, or one block south of Western off Glenoaks Blvd. That turns out to be about four miles from where the AHRF’s Western Office is so a trip to the location was a must. A visit revealed that all the old houses in the shot made way for newer construction (bummer). The only thing left are a few trees that are now about four times taller than seen in the shot. Oh well, we tried.
Don’t laugh at the above. A few years back members of the Trompers went back to a garage that they use to hold meetings in 50 years previously. Behind stacks of junk were the same pictures that the old time members remember putting on the wall all those years before.
Here’s another famous guy just as he was becoming so (CKC_1389). This shot from 1963 shows a young Mario Andretti behind the wheel of the Magnotta Kurtis-Offy at Oswego, New York.T his is right before he was discovered and joined the ranks of USAC to become a star, win Indy, be kissed by Granatelli, win the Formula 1 World Championship in a Lotus and become a household name.
The same year as Andretti was making waves back east two dudes from Santa Barbara, CA named Quinton & Richards were doing the same at Bonneville with their Class A Gas Roadster (DOT_693). As the only entry that year and chasing a class record of 198.488 mph the boys had their work cut out for themselves. The roadster was powered by a 448″ Chrysler and their shoe Arley Langlo was on his game as he qualified at a quick 202.47 mph. A two way of 209.140 mph assured the J&S East Valley Garage sponsored car the record and Arley became a member of the B-Ville 200 mph Club for his efforts. The Quinton and Richard duo can still be found at Bonneville today playing with Chryslers that power the worlds fastest open wheeled vehicle. On the left is the Class F GT Porsche displacing 121″ of Douglas Gardner out of Sunnyvale, CA who qualified on the 127.795 mph record at 148.51 mph. Luck wasn’t with him as second place qualifier Bill Gurnee had his car survive and went home with a new record at 137.31 mph.
Being brain dead for the last month or so I neglected to mention that our DVD “Slingshot” is now in the “Shop” and ready for purchase. If you like old time drag racing this one is a must. This week we also just picked up over two hours of newly transferred vintage footage that will show up in one of our future projects and there’s more on the way. This and the thousands of new images being prepared for the site should keep you entertained for a few more years.