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Road Kings 50th Anniversary
Road Kings is not only the oldest "car club" still
but it has also spawned more drag
racing "super stars" than any such
in history. To think that a bunch of kids from the San Fernando
Valley (just north of LA) could endure (and basically
survive) 50 years of
drag racing is remarkable.
And the Road Kings are? To name a few: Tommy
Don Prudhomme, Tony Nancy, Tom McCourry, Bob Muravez, Roy
Fjastad, Don Prieto, Don Johnson, Kenny Safford,
Jimmy Miles, Don Gaide, Ralph Marshall,
Skip Togerson and many more.
This page is to
pay tribute to these "Valley Rats" (as they were known
to us on the other side of the hill) who pursued
the dream they
had as teenagers and turned it
into a lives ambition. Here's a few
their 50th Anniversary gathering at the Petersen Museum.
John Ewald Photos
of the displays at the Petersen Museum depicts a typical "hot
shop in the 1950s. My guess is most
of the Road Kings has similar
shops back when.
The Petersen parking
lot was full of iron for the occasion.
Some of the original
Road Kings outside the Peterson Museum.
Tim Ryan, Tim Cederquist, Tom McCoury, Don Gaide,
Torgeson, Bob Muravez, Tom Ivo, Kenny Safford, Roy Fjastad,
Jim Miles, Butch Cederquist and Don Prudhomme.
Lunch outdoors in January?
That would be SoCal.
There was no shortage
of guests and press coverage.
Bob (aka Floyd Lippencott
Jr.) Muravez stands beside John Peters fabled
Train" Top Gas dragsters (one of the more famous cars he
on display at the museum. Sixtysomething,
the ageless Muravez is
currently behind the wheel
of a Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster. In the
is the restored fueler of Greer-Black-Prudhomme.
Never short of words
or wit, "TV Tommy" Ivo shares some old Road Kings
stores with the masses.
Three more members still
active in drag racing are Harry Hibler, Don Prieto
Tony Nancy. The history of this trio are the things books are
Tom Ivo posing with
his 4-engine Buick "Wagonmaster" exhibition car.
This was originally a gas dragster in the early 60s,
but was turned into
a money maker when it was
no longer competitive.
Another great talker
is Bob Muravez.
No shortage of club
Don Prieto in his original
Lions jacket from 1963.
In the 60s and 70s,
Roy Fjastad's SPE built some of the nicest race cars
dragsters) to ever go down a quarter mile. He went on to be quite
successful in the hot rod market.
Another Road Kings car
on display was reproduced "Sour Sisters" fueler of
Safford-Gaide-Ratican. This is one of the stars of the CHRR "Cacklefest".
Prudhomme hams it up in Tom McCoury's '36.
Don 'The Beachcomber"
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