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ELTA "Prez" Aylmer Ont

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After finding this rare and historical dragster sitting outside in a field up north for over 50 years...the "Purple People Eater" of the Galt Strokers C.C. which ran from about 1956 to 1959 at Kohler. Today it was time to get the resto started. So I loaded it up and got it over to Russ Moore of Moore Speed Chassis. The body looked pretty cool sitting in the back of my 66 F100 on such a beautiful Dec. day.....lol. Next is to get rebuilding the dragsters hemi......only 7.5 months till next years ELTA Big Go Drag-O-Rama and I'm looking forward to hazing the tires plus having some of the original builders and driver there after 60 years off the track.....the adventure has begun.

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Brantford On, Hooked on Nova's

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Looking forward to following along with your resto.

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Courtice On Rod-Side Member Pin Striper

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that's cool!!

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Mark.... I don't know who looks happier... You in the cxxk pit or Sandra that its leaving the property L.O.L. First time I've seen the original picture. Neat . Looking forward to its revival.






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bobt wrote:

Mark.... I don't know who looks happier... You in the cxxk pit or Sandra that its leaving the property L.O.L. First time I've seen the original picture. Neat . Looking forward to its revival.





 Lol...thanks Bob...Sandra was happy to see the dragster getting started but I was pretty pumped, can't wait for this summer at the track, fingers crossed....lol.......She even helped me load it. I'll keep you posted on the build brother...cheers!



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Cool.. Be watching this one..


www.facebook.com/437912166416587/videos/478564519018018/



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Looking forward to the restoration.

Good luck with it.

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Very cool dragster Mark. Sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Silly question - I dunno hardly anything about race cars - but this kinda drag car - you're basically sitting on the rear diff aren't you?
Did drivers ever wear any kinda extra special protection in case something went wrong with the rear end??? Jock strap or Steel plated boxer shorts etc?? lol

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Beans wrote:

Silly question - I dunno hardly anything about race cars - but this kinda drag car - you're basically sitting on the rear diff aren't you?
Did drivers ever wear any kinda extra special protection in case something went wrong with the rear end??? Jock strap or Steel plated boxer shorts etc?? lol


 I think that most of the guys that piloted those cars, already had all the offspring they planned on having.awwaww 



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As horsepower increased it became more of a problem. Shields were placed over the center section and brackets that held the rear end to the chassie were reinforced. rewelded and further braced. Still accidents happened. One of the worst happened to Jack Christman yet he continued to race.

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Mark
Anything happening with the dragster. Can you post some build pictures and please post Summer Bash dates ASAP. A couple of us old Strokers have a keen interest.

Warren


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Warren,
the summer bash is most likely Aug. 10/11/ and maybe 12 if all works out, We're still in negotiations with the track

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Thanks Rochie, hope that knee fixes up good real soon.

Warren

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It is official now! we have the track for Saturday and Sunday. We will have a kick off party done at the ELTA shop on Friday evening.

Warren, the knee is doing just fine, thanks for asking






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wuga wrote:

Mark
Anything happening with the dragster. Can you post some build pictures and please post Summer Bash dates ASAP. A couple of us old Strokers have a keen interest.

Warren


 Hey Warren....here's a few pictures of the dragster.....frame rails are in and the hemi should be going into the machine shop soon. Funny to see the original floor pan was a old fuel sign. I Even through in a old picture of when Andy Marsh (original driver) came by at the drag show to see the old girl. Al Howlett has been in to see the Purple People Eater up close and told some great stories from back in the day....lol. Just cool to see this old 1320 warrior coming back from the grave. 

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