Oiler of Old
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!