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