How Fast?

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Scrapbook - James

Ex­cel­lent mag as al­ways, thanks, though of­ten a lit­tle hard to get here in Eng­land. But hey, that makes it even bet­ter when I get my copy!

Ques­tion about the ed­i­to­rial from March 2018 (Flag Man). There’s a picture of the June 1955 NHRA event at Scap­poose, Ore­gon, where Eric Rick­man en­joyed the two drag­sters bat­tling for top speed of the meet. Any idea what speed they were run­ning?

We know ex­actly, thanks to Rick­man’s ex­cel­lent re­portage. Don Fancher’s Ar­dun/merc drag­ster, pic­tured ( left) in our Flag Man col­umn, was run­ner-up for top speed at 134 mph. The Blan­chard & Eayrs drag­ster, also Merc flat­head pow­ered, set the top speed at 135.54 mph. The team, seen here celebratin­g at the end of the day, also won the Drag­ster class and Top Elim­i­na­tor with a 132.15-mph pass.

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