San Fernando Raceway 1967 8 mm film (very poor quality)
Old home movie on 8mm film recording my Mustang and other cars racing at the old San Fernando Raceway in San Fernando California circa 1967.
Sorry, no sound because the old 8mm film home movies were silent. Also the quality is very poor because it did not transfer well to video. But it is interesting anyways.
The Stone Age Man @ San Fernando Drag Strip #1
The Stone Age Man dragster among others racing their dragsters and hot rods
at San Fernando Drag Strip in 1968.....The actual Stone Age Man dragster
has been found at Ventura College, sitting on display in the Automotive
Shop, and is presently being restored to its full glory. The debut will be
in October 2010 at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield.....San
Fernando Drag Strip was located in Los Angeles County, in the San Fernando
Valley, and existed from 1955 to 1969.
The Stone Age Man @ San Fernando Drag Strip in US Turbine 1
The US Turbine 1, driven by George Hutcheson, had a small power plant
(turbine weight of 85 pounds) was originally built for testing bearings.
The turbine would start spinning, in an instant, at 72000 rpm's in 7 tenths
of a second. It provided a continuous burst of intense thrust. From a
standstill, when George hit the throttle, he could not throttle back. It
was either turned ON at 100%, or it was OFF. And if George wanted to
provide an exciting show for the spectators, it was ON, spinning the tires,
on a wild ride, like you where on a ¼ mile of black ice, at speed.
Its diet of oxygen, propel nitrate, and nitrogen that would combine in
the space age rocket chamber and propel it down the track. It worked, just
as it was designed. The turbine driven engine consisted basically of a
carefully designed circular chamber (snail housing) where a rocket type
burner was ignited and the thrust of the burned gases would cause the US
Turbine 1 engine to spin at high revs. This movement was converted into a
more useable power source by means of a reduction gear. The turbine reached
speeds of 72,000 rpm. The reduction gear brought this movement to a more
useable rpm speed with astonishing high torque output. This micro-turbo engine was really powerful!
Only one problem, no human being had the guts or skill to take this
wild ride further than just a few hundred feet.
Fling Traylor, the wealthy owner, was despondent and out of hope in
seeing his creation ever make a full 1/4 mile pass. All his money and pride
couldn't make it happen. He ordered Frank Huszar of Race Car Specialties
(the US Turbine 1 Chassis and components builder) to crate it up and send
it into exile forever, to be on public display at the Smithsonian for all
to see and wonder why....
Frank Huszar lobbied hard for his shop foreman George Hutcheson, who he
believed could reign in and run this wild turbine ride. Fling said, he was
against it but would think about it.
Fling had watched the George drive (The Stone Age Man dragster) and
win over the years. He liked his flare and showmanship style. Fling was
told by many others, that whatever George drove, he could make it work.
Fling desperately wanted his creation to run. Though, he didn't want to be
disappointed all over again.
A week later Fling called George. He told him, "George, I've watched
you at the track and if anyone can do it, it would be you.
After hitting the switch, there is going to be a big explosion and
thirty feet of flame shooting out the back as full power is transferred
from the turbine engine to the rear wheels. Hold on and don't let off,
because it will shut down the engine, and you wont be able to restart once
it shuts off." Fling explained.
As George lets go of the US Turbine 1, it explodes out the back with a
twenty feet long flame and white smoke encircling the big Goodyear slicks
as the front end jumps upwards. The US Turbine 1 often drifts sideways and
George keeps his cool while correcting for the drift as he keeps his foot
in it. The G-forces are different than his Stone Age Man dragster, as all
the forces are on his head and neck as his body is being pushed back. It
shakes violently as the engine screams with a high pitch sound as the Stone
Age Man is off on another great run. To see full story, go to website
The Stone Age Man @ San Fernando Drag Strip #2
Here are some drag races happening at San Fernando Drag Strip in
1968.....The Stone Age dragster, with George Hutcheson driving, is making a
pass in this video.....The actual Stone Age Man dragster has been found at
Ventura College, sitting on display in the Automotive Shop, and is
presently being restored to its full glory. The debut will be in October
2010 at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield.....San Fernando Drag
Strip was located in Los Angeles County, in the San Fernando Valley, and
existed from 1955 to 1969.
Irwindale Raceway, Irwindale Ca 1968 home movie.
This has several funny cars from the late 60s era. It was taken with an old
8mm home movie camera and the film did not hold up well over the years and
it was a very crude transfer from home movie to digital. But car enthusiest
might enjoy seeing the old funny cars.
High Quality Re-Posted Honda 70 Memories from 1972 8-mm film
This is a re-upload of this video in a higher quality,, be sure to click
the "Watch in High Quality" link below the photo. (Sound was replaced due
to you-tubes copyright infringements,, sorry.)
Honda 70 Memories This Video was taken in 1972 by my Father using a super
8mm film camera.(now converted to DVD)...We start out with the first day we
got our Honda 70's, and a Honda 50 at our house in Warren Michigan, Then we
take them up north to our Familys cabin up north on the banks of the
Muskegon River in Redding Township, where we embark on some trail riding,
we hit the trails with three Honda 70's and two rut man mini-bikes, and go
to one of our favorite hill climbing spots,, then off to the oil wells of
Clare County through the town of Temple by the old temple party store and
past the old State Park,, about a 40 mile round trip there & back to the
cabin. Although The Party Store, camp ground and many of the trails are
closed due to private property owners our trail riding memories and good
times we had back then live on forever.. I was only 12 years old,,, now I'm
48 & yes we still have some of the original Honda 70's we rode back then &
we still Ride Today,,!! On some of the same trails. (I'm the one wearing
the Gold helmet in some of the footage)
Return to Lions Drag Strip Long Beach California 2008
This is the third year of featuring restored dragsters that have run the
1320' Lions Drag Strip in its hey day... This video, typical of going to a
drag strip, despite John Ewald telling everyone to stand back, you never
get to see much when they display cars this way. Typical of the drag strip,
all the vehicles require too much support, they stand around the car and
block the view.... At the CHRR in Bakersfield, the Cacklefest is blocked by
a bunch of folks standing at the concrete wall on the track blocking the
view to the grand stands as if the concrete barrier wasn't enough....I have
been going to the drags since I was a youngster and it seems the problem is
no one can stay seated for a run and your typical day at the drags to this
day takes on a Jack in the Box atmosphere.... I guess that is the way it
is.....Anyway, the City of Long Beach Chamber of Commerce puts on a nice
event and I hope it continues into the future.
More Cars in Traffic Northport NY Super 8 mm Movie Footage Early 1970's
Here is the last of the footage that I took of traffic from the 1970's when
I was in high school. More from Elwood Road and some from Pulaski Road near
Stony Hollow Road - notice the Opel Gt. And pause on the still frames of
cars parked at the Northport Train Station, an Edsel, a Corvair station
wagon - and more.