WHERE IT ALL BE­GAN

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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.

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