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FRISKY
01-16-2010, 05:07 AM
I found this pretty interesting. The OKC Fairgrounds track is about 7:21-minutes into the video.


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grantgeneral78
01-16-2010, 05:17 AM
That is a great video you can see exactly now where the track set by the speedway

bluedogok
01-16-2010, 08:57 AM
My dad raced some out there when I was little. The dragstrip is where he taught me how to drive a car.

skyrick
01-16-2010, 02:11 PM
Thanks Frisky.

I well remember when the motor was in front of the driver. Am I wrong in remembering that the reason they started mounting them behind the driver (69-71?) was some nasty incidents involving the flywheel when motors blew?

The rails were so short! Do you remember what year they established the AA/FD class? I believe I remember that Funny Cars came out of the FX, Factory Experimental class of the mid '60s. (The Ramchargers!) My favorite class besides the AA/FD was AA/FA, the Altereds, old Ford Anglias with monster motors!

Thanks for bringing back the memories!

Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, "Grumpy" Jenkins, Sox & Martin, Mickey Thompson, Connie Kalitta. Sorry, I had to get that out of my system!

USG '60
01-16-2010, 02:24 PM
Thanks Frisky.

I well remember when the motor was in front of the driver. Am I wrong in remembering that the reason they started mounting them behind the driver (69-71?) was some nasty incidents involving the flywheel when motors blew?

The rails were so short! Do you remember what year they established the AA/FD class? I believe I remember that Funny Cars came out of the FX, Factory Experimental class of the mid '60s. (The Ramchargers!) My favorite class besides the AA/FD was AA/FA, the Altereds, old Ford Anglias with monster motors!

Thanks for bringing back the memories!

Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, "Grumpy" Jenkins, Sox & Martin, Mickey Thompson, Connie Kalitta. Sorry, I had to get that out of my system!Jimmy Nix

CarltonsKeeper
01-16-2010, 03:19 PM
Jimmy Nix
Remember Kenny Castor with his brand new 409 Chevy's and Cliff Armstrong racing his altered roadster "Old Reliable" sponsered by Downtown Chevrolet?? Bob Womack racing Fords for Dub Richardson!!

skyrick
01-16-2010, 03:36 PM
Jimmy Nix

Don Grotheer. From OKC, had a factory Super Stock 'Cuda sponsored by Fretwell's I believe.

gen70
01-16-2010, 03:48 PM
Would anyone know about what age Ciff Armstrong is? Was he the owner of the gas station in Capitol Hill close to Shipman's?

CarltonsKeeper
01-16-2010, 04:19 PM
Would anyone know about what age Ciff Armstrong is? Was he the owner of the gas station in Capitol Hill close to Shipman's?
Cliff passed away years ago, his wife and my Mother are good friends. If he were alive he would be late seventies at least! He owned Armstrong Automotive on S Robinson at about 22nd or 23rd on the West side of the St. I went to Church with him when I was a kid and used him to tune up my Hot Rods!! Kenny Castor and his Dad had a Sinclair station on S.E.15th a few blocks east of Central!!

gen70
01-16-2010, 04:38 PM
Hey..Thanks CK! I have probably met you before because I ran around with Cillf's son Neal and we hung out at Cliff's bus. alot. I also knew Neal's sister. (Don't remember her name) Sad to hear of Cliff's passing, he was a super nice guy and so is his wife. I was told one time that Cliff built the engine for Jimmy Nix that he did so well in that one season. Also, I was told that he would "hop up" a lawn mower engine on occasion.

Oh GAWD the Smell!
01-18-2010, 02:47 PM
MAN...I wish I could race at The Fairgrounds!

Noble is a loooooong drive from Choctaw.

Great video!

sam greenroyd
01-18-2010, 04:21 PM
Cliff passed away years ago, his wife and my Mother are good friends. If he were alive he would be late seventies at least! He owned Armstrong Automotive on S Robinson at about 22nd or 23rd on the West side of the St. I went to Church with him when I was a kid and used him to tune up my Hot Rods!! Kenny Castor and his Dad had a Sinclair station on S.E.15th a few blocks east of Central!!

I went to church with cliff years ago. You must have went to The Capitol Hill church.

sam greenroyd
01-18-2010, 04:25 PM
Hey..Thanks CK! I have probably met you before because I ran around with Cillf's son Neal and we hung out at Cliff's bus. alot. I also knew Neal's sister. (Don't remember her name) Sad to hear of Cliff's passing, he was a super nice guy and so is his wife. I was told one time that Cliff built the engine for Jimmy Nix that he did so well in that one season. Also, I was told that he would "hop up" a lawn mower engine on occasion.

Neal's sisters name was Anita.Cliff's wife's name was Silvia,she lives in Stigler and is remarried

CarltonsKeeper
01-18-2010, 05:12 PM
I went to church with cliff years ago. You must have went to The Capitol Hill church.
You be right!! I think I lived right behind you on James Drive!!

village idiot
01-18-2010, 07:33 PM
Grotheer was sponsored by Gale Cable. He called his car "The Cable Car". I talked to Don last june at the Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green. He is displaying one of his old cars at the Reunion gigs. I drove to Indy in 1969 for the Nationals. I saw Don Grotheer, Jimmy Nix, Bennie Osborn and Glenn Self run that year, all OKIES. Self won his class with a six banger camaro. A lot of good footage is around from the good old days of drags. That still remains one of my best trips ever. Who needed Woodstock when you could go see AA fuelers!

Part V of 1969 INDY Nationals
YouTube - Tournament of Champions Part V - 1969 U.S. Nationals - Vintage Drag Racing - Indy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIp0EMa-mt8&feature=related)

grantgeneral78
01-19-2010, 04:34 AM
Grotheer was sponsored by Gale Cable. He called his car "The Cable Car". I talked to Don last june at the Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green. He is displaying one of his old cars at the Reunion gigs. I drove to Indy in 1969 for the Nationals. I saw Don Grotheer, Jimmy Nix, Bennie Osborn and Glenn Self run that year, all OKIES. Self won his class with a six banger camaro. A lot of good footage is around from the good old days of drags. That still remains one of my best trips ever. Who needed Woodstock when you could go see AA fuelers!

Part V of 1969 INDY Nationals
YouTube - Tournament of Champions Part V - 1969 U.S. Nationals - Vintage Drag Racing - Indy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIp0EMa-mt8&feature=related)

I believe Gale is living in missouri these days, I know his sons.

Generals64
01-19-2010, 07:13 PM
Hey, does anyone have any footage of the old TAFT Stadium Races?????if so, can you post them for us all to see?????

village idiot
01-19-2010, 08:26 PM
This is some of the only footage that I know about. I think this was put together for one of Leroy Deshields birthday parties. Look close and you"ll see your favorite driver.

YouTube - Mar-Car video #3 presented by Shane Carson TAFT STADIUM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA6FhOppbBA)

FRISKY
01-19-2010, 09:26 PM
This is some of the only footage that I know about. I think this was put together for one of Leroy Deshields birthday parties. Look close and you"ll see your favorite driver. Yep, number 10 Carl Ferguson.

Prunepicker
01-24-2010, 10:29 PM
This is some of the only footage that I know about. I think this was put
together for one of Leroy Deshields birthday parties. Look close and you"ll see
your favorite driver.

Hey Village Idiot,
Check out my '31 Ford. (http://www.okctalk.com/nostalgia-memories/17146-old-car-trucks-you-have-show-em-tell-em.html#post292809)
(http://www.okctalk.com/nostalgia-memories/17146-old-car-trucks-you-have-show-em-tell-em.html#post292809)

Prunepicker
01-24-2010, 10:31 PM
Does anyone know what the name of the motel is that's in Frisky's video?
Is it what's currently the women's prison that's west of N.W. 39th and N.
May?

village idiot
01-25-2010, 08:02 PM
P-Picker, the car is looking great. Nothing like a Mean-Green-Chick-Getting-Machine.

Okcbld
02-09-2010, 04:31 PM
I think the motel was just west of Lincoln on Route 66 north side. The give away is the double overpass just as they leave the motel.

gen70
02-11-2010, 12:04 PM
Yep, number 10 Carl Ferguson.

Was Carl Ferguson related to Gene Ferguson?

CarltonsKeeper
02-11-2010, 12:10 PM
Was Carl Ferguson related to Gene Ferguson?
I don't believe so!! Known Gene all his life and Carl was never mentioned. You probably knew Gene is the Great Grandson to the Redings of Reding Shopping Center. He went by the name of Reding until he was about 9 0r 10 years old!!

FRISKY
02-11-2010, 12:26 PM
Was Carl Ferguson related to Gene Ferguson?No relation that I am aware of.

gen70
02-11-2010, 01:57 PM
No relation that I am aware of.

Thanks!

sam greenroyd
02-11-2010, 03:19 PM
I don't believe so!! Known Gene all his life and Carl was never mentioned. You probably knew Gene is the Great Grandson to the Redings of Reding Shopping Center. He went by the name of Reding until he was about 9 0r 10 years old!!

Knew Gene nearly all my life,and alot of his family never did i hear of a Carl. We did a lot of drag racing together.

papaOU
02-11-2010, 04:07 PM
What happened to the racing film showing San Fransisco?

Lots of action in that one.:LolLolLol

FRISKY
02-12-2010, 06:29 AM
New video, but it brought back a lot of old memories.

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papaOU
04-13-2010, 12:06 AM
Seems like a good place to list it.

Vanishing Point is on MAXE at 2:10 am tonight/tuesday morning

sam greenroyd
04-13-2010, 07:51 AM
I don't believe so!! Known Gene all his life and Carl was never mentioned. You probably knew Gene is the Great Grandson to the Redings of Reding Shopping Center. He went by the name of Reding until he was about 9 0r 10 years old!!

Ran into Gene and his wife patty recently,we got together and went to the thunder lakers game, he's doing great, after a little heart surg.

gen70
04-13-2010, 09:11 AM
Ran into Gene and his wife patty recently,we got together and went to the thunder lakers game, he's doing great, after a little heart surg. I wasn't a friend of Gene's but, knew who he was. He was well known on the southside for some of his cars. Glad to hear he's doing good.

CarltonsKeeper
04-13-2010, 11:35 AM
Ran into Gene and his wife patty recently,we got together and went to the thunder lakers game, he's doing great, after a little heart surg.
Gene's sister "Fergy" actually I think her real name is Sherry, lives around the corner from a friend mine and he see's Gene there quite a bit!! "Fergy" being short for Ferguson of course. I know you grew up on 43rd just East of Rancho drive; did you know that Jo Ann Street West of you was named after Gene's mother who has since past!! James Dr. was named after one of Lawrence Redings brothers years ago who died at an early age. Kind of interesting...

sam greenroyd
04-13-2010, 12:34 PM
[QUOTE=CarltonsKeeper;316702]Gene's sister "Fergy" actually I think her real name is Sherry, lives around the corner from a friend mine and he see's Gene there quite a bit!! "Fergy" being short for Ferguson of course. I know you grew up on 43rd just East of Rancho drive; did you know that Jo Ann Street West of you was named after Gene's mother who has since past!! James Dr. was named after one of Lawrence Redings brothers years ago who died at an early age. Kind of interesting...[/QUOT Yea i knew about a lot of those streets when me and gene ran around, I don't know if you knew Ruth they called her ruthie, thay named a street after her also I'm sure they didn't name the street ruthie or was there a ruth dr.? I never understood that because ruthie was lawrence's x. Funny we started talking about gene today because i ran into him again at lunch today.

CarltonsKeeper
04-13-2010, 02:08 PM
[QUOTE=CarltonsKeeper;316702]Gene's sister "Fergy" actually I think her real name is Sherry, lives around the corner from a friend mine and he see's Gene there quite a bit!! "Fergy" being short for Ferguson of course. I know you grew up on 43rd just East of Rancho drive; did you know that Jo Ann Street West of you was named after Gene's mother who has since past!! James Dr. was named after one of Lawrence Redings brothers years ago who died at an early age. Kind of interesting...[/QUOT Yea i knew about a lot of those streets when me and gene ran around, I don't know if you knew Ruth they called her ruthie, thay named a street after her also I'm sure they didn't name the street ruthie or was there a ruth dr.? I never understood that because ruthie was lawrence's x. Funny we started talking about gene today because i ran into him again at lunch today.
Ruth or (Ruthie) lived right behind me on Magdalena, North side of sreet just east of Rancho Dr. about the 1st or second house. She lived next door to the kid Buzzy Waters (forgot his first name, Walter???) Lawrence was divorced from her but I remember going over there and her and Lawrence would be drunk! Not to be disrespectfull, but she was a bigger drunk than Lawrence!! Her maiden name or middle name may be the name of one of those streets? Kincaid, Magdalena, James, Johnston Dr. and Reding Drive are the only ones I can remember... P.S. I heard your commercial on KOMA the other morning just for FYI........Good time slot!!

gen70
04-13-2010, 06:46 PM
Buzzy Waters...That'a a name I haven't thought about for a long, long time.

corpsman
04-13-2010, 09:16 PM
Right after I was released from active duty, I worked at a local hospital with a southside guy named Buzz Waters. His given name was Brent. Became a doctor and the last time I saw anything about him, he was a trauma doc at South Community, giving a TV interview in regards to a baby who had been severely abused. Lost all contact with him '73 or '74. If I'm not mistaken he was a Grant grad.

gen70
04-13-2010, 09:37 PM
Right after I was released from active duty, I worked at a local hospital with a southside guy named Buzz Waters. His given name was Brent. Became a doctor and the last time I saw anything about him, he was a trauma doc at South Community, giving a TV interview in regards to a baby who had been severely abused. Lost all contact with him '73 or '74. If I'm not mistaken he was a Grant grad. Hadda be the same guy, I went to Jr. and Sr. High with him altho he was a year or two ahead of me.

corpsman
04-13-2010, 09:44 PM
Hadda be the same guy, I went to Jr. and Sr. High with him altho he was a year or two ahead of me.

Think the last name is really Wauters, but, yeah , it's the same guy.

CarltonsKeeper
04-14-2010, 06:01 AM
Right after I was released from active duty, I worked at a local hospital with a southside guy named Buzz Waters. His given name was Brent. Became a doctor and the last time I saw anything about him, he was a trauma doc at South Community, giving a TV interview in regards to a baby who had been severely abused. Lost all contact with him '73 or '74. If I'm not mistaken he was a Grant grad.
Brent is correct and he did turn out to be a Doctor at Southwest Medical Center.

sam greenroyd
04-14-2010, 07:54 AM
I graduated with buzz and he did become a dr. never knew any other name.

sam greenroyd
04-14-2010, 07:58 AM
[QUOTE=sam greenroyd;316738]
Ruth or (Ruthie) lived right behind me on Magdalena, North side of sreet just east of Rancho Dr. about the 1st or second house. She lived next door to the kid Buzzy Waters (forgot his first name, Walter???) Lawrence was divorced from her but I remember going over there and her and Lawrence would be drunk! Not to be disrespectfull, but she was a bigger drunk than Lawrence!! Her maiden name or middle name may be the name of one of those streets? Kincaid, Magdalena, James, Johnston Dr. and Reding Drive are the only ones I can remember... P.S. I heard your commercial on KOMA the other morning just for FYI........Good time slot!!

Gene and me used to go to ruthies house while she was drunk and get her old 56 chev and ride around naturally we were like 14 or 15 yrs old