TRO­PHY GIRL

Get­ting a leg up for the tro­phy queen at the 1958 NHRA Nats.

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Contents - —DREW HARDIN

Read­ers with good mem­o­ries will re­call that Ted Cyr’s achieve­ments at the 1958 NHRA Na­tion­als in Ok­la­homa City earned him a Tro­phy Girl men­tion in May 2016, but when Dave Wal­lace un­earthed this out­take of Cyr en­hanc­ing his stature next to Miss Drag Strip (whose name is still a mys­tery), we couldn’t re­sist re­vis­it­ing his busy week­end.

Cyr drove two Cyr & Hop­per A/drag­ster en­tries through class elim­i­na­tions. A 9.56-se­cond run in the team’s new, blown drag­ster earned him a tro­phy for fastest elapsed time of the meet. But his class win in the se­cond car, an un­blown Chrysler drag­ster nick­named Ol’ Blue (that the team was try­ing to sell), earned him a spot in the ul­ti­mate show­down.

Wally Parks de­scribed the fi­nal race of “The Big Go of ’58” in the Nov. 1958 is­sue of HOT ROD:

“Ted Cyr pulled up to the right hand lane in Ol’ Blue while [B/ Drag­ster win­ner Al­bert] Ishen­baugh drew up along­side at the left lane. The sun was set­ting, it was 7:00 p.m., and the en­tire crowd was on its feet to a man—no one, ap­par­ently, had left. Of­fi­cial starter Her­man Trout­man re­ceived the nod from each driver in­di­cat­ing their readi­ness, then whipped up the GO flag and they were off!

“Straight down the course they shot, side by side into the twi­light. From the start­ing line it ap­peared to be ei­ther man’s race, but the elec­tronic judg­ing de­vice knew who’d won—it was Ted Cyr in Ol’ Blue. With an­other elapsed time of 10.04 sec­onds, he’d led Ishen­baugh across the line and won the cov­eted ti­tle of ‘Mr. Elim­i­na­tor’ of 1958.

“As for Ol’ Blue, he proudly bore his for sale signs back to the start­ing line where he stood gal­lantly by as Cyr & Hop­per were pre­sented with the Cham­pion Spark Plug Tro­phy for win­ning the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, and while cham­pion driver Cyr was awarded the meet’s top prize, a 1958 Chevro­let V8 Fleet­side pickup truck, pre­sented by Mare­mont Au­to­mo­tive Prod­ucts Inc.”

• PIC: BOB D’OLIVO, PETERSEN PUB­LISH­ING CO. AR­CHIVE

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