Flag Man Help
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.
PIC: GREG SHARP COLLECTION