Oiler of Old

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Thank you for an­other out­stand­ing is­sue. HRD is by far my fa­vorite mag­a­zine, and I sub­scribe to many! I’m re­spond­ing to two ar­ti­cles of per­sonal in­ter­est that you pub­lished in the Nov. 2018 is­sue. You ran a photo of Jim Nel­son and Tommy Ivo at Santa Ana in 1958 in your “Back­stage Past” story. I was there. I was rac­ing my ’31 A/SR with the Masters Drag Team, which also spon­sored Jim and Dode Martin’s Drag Mas­ter. The team had five or so cars, all painted in the Drag Mas­ter col­ors. What a day when Ivo set the gas record! I still re­mem­ber it as if it were yes­ter­day.

The other ar­ti­cle was about Andy Kohler’s No. 169 A road­ster (“Sand Baron”). So very well done. Andy is a su­per-tal­ented young man I had the plea­sure to meet at this year’s TROG. What re­ally caught my eye was the Oil­ers ban­ner fly­ing high as Andy was at speed on the sand! My wife, Shirley, made the ban­ner a cou­ple of years ago for TROG. I at­tended this year’s race (I’m an Oiler of old) and wanted to have the ban­ner on an Oil­ers car. I couldn’t find a suit­able pole to mount it on, so I ripped two or three wooden stakes from Wild­wood’s fenc­ing and taped them to­gether (you can see the Mickey Mouse ren­der­ing in the photo). I then duct-taped the whole thing in Andy’s car. Well, about half­way down the course, the stakes gave way and the ban­ner flew away. I re­trieved the wet and dirty Oil­ers ad­ver­tise­ment and plan to fly it at the RPM Na­tion­als in Oc­to­ber. Stay well and never lift!

Quint Me­land

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