Sunday, September 27, 2009

Icons of Speed & Style Auction

The collection of Ralph Whitworth is being Auctioned at the Petersen Automotive Museum by RM Auctions. Among the lots are:

The Jim Khougaz '32 roadster which has sold for $195,000.

Art Gerrick Modified

The Tom Beatty bellytank,

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ray Brown Lakes Roadster

Everyone seems to over look Ray Brown's Lakes roadster for his '32 roadster. Yes Ray '32 is a great example of Post war hot rodding but to me Ray's '27 is a far more exciting car and far more innovative. Ray's T roadster dueled with the Spurgin-Giovanine '25 Chev in A Class Roadster during '48 always betted by the S-G team until 1950 when Ray broke the 2 year old A Class Roadster record. Where is it today? does it still exist?

below is part of a post I did on HAMB.

As you can see above Ray did something other lake roadster builders didn't do, he retained the body subrails. To channel the body Ray simply built the chassis on top the subrails.

Below you can see how Ray built his cradle.

There are great construction shots of Ray's roadster on the AHRF

Monday, September 21, 2009

G'day & Welcome

G'day and thanks for checking out the "Hot Rods of the Dry Lakes Era" blog. As the title suggests this blog is about "Hot Rods of the Dry Lakes Era". For me this period is 1927-1955 is the golden era of Hot Rodding. The 1955 date hasn't anything to do with the introduction of the SBC but more to do with when the first Drag Nationals was held in Great Bend, Kansas. There will be post about Hot Rods that were built after '55 but this blog will concentrate on the earlier pre '55 Hot Rods.

My project is a 1925 Chev roadster powered by a 1925 Chev 4 with an Olds 3-port head. My roadster is heavily influenced by the Spurgin/Giovanine '25 Chev lakes roadster which is now being restored.

My S/G inspired roadster 

The Spurgin/Giovanine roadster in 1948

The Spurgin/Giovanine roadster in 2009