WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Well-turned-out Deuce was one Draggin’ Dreamboat.
While researching the Williams Bros. roadster for our cover story, we saw that the Williams boys, members of the Whistlers car club out of Ventura, California, often crossed paths with another Ventura club, the Motor Monarchs. One Motor Monarch, Dave Marquez, earned a HOT ROD cover and feature story in July 1956 thanks to his brightly painted and well-turned-out Deuce roadster. Head Petersen photographer Bob D’olivo photographed the roadster as Dave and his fellow club members demonstrated the ease with which they could remove the Ford body. “Dzus fasteners permit immediate breakdown of the panels surrounding the engine compartment,” said HRM, while “after the removal of four wing nuts,” the body could be pulled off the frame. “Quick disconnect throttle linkage makes the fast body shuffle possible. Connecting shaft from a foot pedal-operated crank is made up from socket tool extension, can be snapped in or out of the springloaded drive socket in an instant.”
Body removal revealed Deuce rails, stock front and ’29 rear crossmembers, and a ’49 flathead built by Bob Joehnck with an Ardun conversion and Hilborn fuel injection.
“Body removal and change from 50% to 75% nitro increased quarter-mile speed from 117 to 130 mph,” the article said.
Marquez and other Motor Monarchs made the long haul to Great Bend, Kansas, for the first NHRA Nationals in 1955. Marquez set the B/hot Roadster record at 117.49 mph and was awarded Best Appearing Car and Crew. A few months after their HRM appearance, the Motor Monarchs returned to the 1956 Nationals in Kansas City, where Marquez upped his record to 124.82 mph, won the B/hot Roadster class again, and was again recognized for having the Best Appearing Car.