Flag Man Help

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Scrapbook - Greg Sharp

When I saw your Flag Man photo in the May is­sue of HRD, I thought I could help you. I have a snap-shot size print (plus negs) of vir­tu­ally ev­ery car that ran at the 1959 Na­tion­als. So I thought I could find a photo of it and match the num­ber up with the pro­gram. Hah! Af­ter con­sid­er­able search­ing, I found the car all right. It’s pretty distinc­tive with the driver’s po­si­tion, roll bar, head­ers, and so on. That oil-fil­ter-look­ing-thing vis­i­ble be­tween the left slick and the driver is ap­par­ently some sort of plunger-type front sus­pen­sion. Alas, the num­ber is un­read­able ex­cept for the nu­meral 4, and de­spite try­ing to blow it up and scan it ev­ery which way, there’s too much of the num­ber hid­den and noth­ing matches in the pro­gram.

The car in the near lane is much eas­ier. That’s Lewis Car­den (mis­spelled Gar­den in the pro­gram) in his Birm­ing­ham-based B/dragster that a few months later would be­come the first ever Win­ter Na­tion­als Top Elim­i­na­tor in a con­tro­ver­sial race pre­sented by NHRA and NASCAR at Fla­gler-bun­nell air­port near Day­tona Beach in Fe­bru­ary 1960. Maybe with the full car show­ing, some­one will rec­og­nize it.


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