More than a Lit­tle

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The High and Mighty story in the May 2018 is­sue (“Eye of the Be­holder”) makes me be­lieve that I was a lit­tle bit cool back in high school. My dad and I raced our 1950 Ply­mouth in H/gas at the Utica-rome and Fonda, New York eighth-mile tracks in 1963, 1964, and 1965, un­til I was drafted in the fall of ’65. We found a Fen­ton dual-carb in­take and cast iron head­ers at Everett Pyes’ junk­yard and put them on the oth­er­wise stock six. My mem­o­ries are that with two carbs you have twice the chance of an en­gine fire; for­tu­nately the fire sta­tion was only feet away from our house. In the ar­ti­cle, Mr. Soliz had to in­stall hold-downs for the trunk lid, mine also was pop­ping open mid-track. Got a lot of laughs from the track an­nouncer over that.

I fi­nally won my class in July 1965 at the Uti­caRome Drag­way. The tro­phy is sit­ting on the hood in the pic­ture and even now is on a shelf in my garage. In Oc­to­ber 1965 my draft no­tice came, and I got an all-ex­pense-paid tour of South Viet­nam cour­tesy of Un­cle Sugar. Af­ter I was in the ser­vice, dad sold the car. I would be reach­ing for my wal­let if it ever ap­peared again. Them was the days.

Jim Kil­bourn

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