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Old 12-19-2019, 11:29 AM   #21
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He was my first Pontiac hero, when he won the '73 US Nats, & set the nat record.

http://www.risesales.com/pages/Dragr.../t_fields.html

Could only post one of my pics.
I think if you checked his win record it would be substantial and with more than one car.....and with a 4 speed....

I was a Pontiac fan in my earlier days and loved them all.

Capital Raceway had a lot of Pontiac racers in the mid 1960's......when I was there racing......early wagons and there were lots of Pontiacs being raced pretty much everywhere I was racing......

My first 2 cars were Pontiacs and I had a '58 street car/tow car that I drag raced a few times.....Ramon Lowe, Jay Hamilton.....west coast Pontiac hitters. John Thropp, Fred Borcherdt and another well worth watching was Jack Mullins.....manual trans wagon and he really pushed the limits with that car.....weight, rpm......
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:31 AM   #22
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John Thropp's 57 fuelie hard top. 69 World Finals r/u
"Passionate Poncho"! I think the NHRA made him switch to a convertible, due to the Rochester injection was convertible only option.
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:53 AM   #23
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A '57 Bonneville convertible was the only model that had Rochester F.I.

'58's.....an option on any body style....
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Old 12-19-2019, 12:25 PM   #24
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The biggest collection of Big early '60's Pontiac drag car pics I know of, is at this link, below the Chevy 409 section.

http://georgeklass.net/ss.html

The 389SD & 421SD cars ran most of the upper Stock classes. And they were heavily involved in what i assume was the beginning of Super Stock. There were classes like S/S, OS/S, & S/SA.

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Old 12-19-2019, 12:58 PM   #25
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I can't think of another Pontiac Stocker that has won more National events than Ms. Randi Lyn Shipp. Correct me if I'm wrong.
How about the Burtons?
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Old 12-19-2019, 01:25 PM   #26
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A '57 Bonneville convertible was the only model that had Rochester F.I.

'58's.....an option on any body style....
Probably correct but didn't matter much in the late 60's ( Sedan Deliverys with Corvette engines and Hydros)

Never saw a picture of John with a convertible. After the FI venture with Freddie Borcherdt, I believe he then built the 56 Chevy, N/SA
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scott and brad burton brads 1972 firebird 455ho two times national champion. scotts ex1970 firebird 400 ram air 4 best et 9.98 sold to sweden.we invited scott to race his old car in August here in sweden.
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Old 12-19-2019, 02:14 PM   #28
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Probably correct but didn't matter much in the late 60's ( Sedan Deliverys with Corvette engines and Hydros)

Never saw a picture of John with a convertible. After the FI venture with Freddie Borcherdt, I believe he then built the 56 Chevy, N/SA
You're right for sure Mark.....once they knocked all the non production line combos out, that eliminated a lot of cars and not just Chevy's....

Pontiacs with solid cams .....and there were some who ran those.....Over the counter options never installed in production cars....

I had one of those cams in one engine and it was nothing like a std production street hydraulic......
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Old 12-19-2019, 03:35 PM   #29
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I remember Al Vanis's vanis & decker Ventura. Indy winner. On the deck lid was, VD if you can't get near it you can't catch it.
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scott and brad burton brads 1972 firebird 455ho two times national champion. scotts ex1970 firebird 400 ram air 4 best et 9.98 sold to sweden.we invited scott to race his old car in August here in sweden.
Scott and Brad are 2 very nice people. They have earned and deserve ever accolade that they have received. When you talk to them you had better listen, because they are telling you what you want to know.

Kudos on inviting Scott to race his old Firebird in Sweden.
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