Faux Tabs

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Scrapbook - Tom Cham­b­liss

I had to laugh af­ter read­ing about the 1955 Chevy in your March is­sue ti­tled, “Out to Pas­ture” (“Scene at the 26th NHRA Cal­i­for­nia Hot Rod Re­union”): “Two tiny tabs, barely vis­i­ble be­low the bumper, com­pleted the im­pres­sion of an old war­rior.” That is ex­actly how I (and oth­ers) felt in the early 1960s with our tow-bar brack­ets stick­ing out from un­der our front bumpers. Per­ma­nent tow-bar brack­ets gave the im­pres­sion the car was some­how con­nected to rac­ing, and a dash-mounted Sun tach com­pleted the illusion.

This is my Corvette-pow­ered 1954 Ford, taken at Lake Ta­hoe in June 1962. I did end up drag rac­ing the car for sev­eral years, flat-tow­ing it thou­sands of miles. Your mag­a­zine is great; I’ve been read­ing it since it came out.

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