Buick Olds Pontiac Drag Race Day Part1.mp4
This is part 1 of the entire video for our Buick, Olds and Pontiac day at
the local dragstrip. It doesn't have any added music tracks etc. Just the
sounds of the track.
Byron Dragway presents Meldown Drags 2010
Chevy 409 powered "Faded Memories" '63 Chevy against a Chevelle at the
Byron Dragway "Meltdown Drags" in Byron, Illinois. Watch the high torque
409 lift the front wheel on start.
OLDSMOBILE 455 W-43 EXPERIMENTAL HEMI AND OTHER EXOTIC ENGINES - THE JOHN BELTZ YEARS PHOTO TRIBUTE
John Beltz was Oldsmobile's chief engineer in 1964 and one of the prime
movers of the Toronado and 442 project. Beltz was promoted to Oldsmobile
general manager at age 43 in 1969 when Harold N. Metzel retired. Beltz
passed away in May of 1972 from cancer at the age of 46.
John Beltz is leaning on a dual fan 455 Olds and posing with other
experimental Olds engines that never saw production.
Here are descriptions of these engines:
1. The 0W-43 all aluminum 455 with 4 valve per cylinders, four overhead cam
Weber engine. With a redline of just under 8,500rpm it was originally
conceived for CAN AM racing. At 3,000rpm it put out 300hp and at 6,000rpm
registered over 600hp. The top output recorded for this engine in the
Lansing Dyno facility
was 700 real hp at 6,800rpm. Tests were run with both carbueration and fuel
injection. The block was cast from Reynolds 356 alloy and fitted with
pressed-in dry steel cylinder liners for the Forged-True 12.20to 1 pistons.
Billet steel connecting rods by Carillo was used along with a forged steel
crank. The engine weighed in at 50 pounds lighter than the production 455
motor! It was developed at the same time as the ZL-1 Chevy 427 motor.
2. The W-43 4 valve per cylinder 455 developed by JOHN BELTZ , LLOYD GILL ,
JOE JONES AND FRANK BALL. Rated at 500-550hp with a single Rochester
Quadrajet on an aluminum manifold. Constructed with both cast iron heads
and block and with aluminum-alloy block and heads 75 pounds lighter than
the conventional 455 production engine. Engine featured four valves per
cylinder with narrowed angles for a super efficient combustion chamber
design, central spark plugs and could easily be adapted for chain for gear
driven overhead camshafts. 455 engine had 4.625inch cylinder centers, a
4.125 bore and 4.250 stroke. Making use of the 3inch main bearings and 2.50
inch rod journals, the engine was fitted with a specially prepared cast
crank fitted with SAE-1140 forged steel rods, forged 10.20-to-1 pistons
which rode on Morraine 400 bearings. Four bolt main block boasted 2
additional 5/8inch drain holes. Four valve heads featured 1.750inch intake
valves (SAE-8640 steel) with 22 degree stems and 1.375 Exhaust (214-N stainless steel) with 15 degree
stems, special Stellite seats, bronze alloy guides, o ring plug tubes, 14mm
spark plugs, 3/8 inch pushrods and aluminum rocker arms. (Of all the
experimental Olds engines, this one came the closest to production and
there are photos of this engine in street gear. MAY 71 HOT ROD MAGAZINE
features some of these engines and the sadness of the Olds engineers of
that time of how they would never be released.)
3. 455 dual turbocharged CAN AM ROCKET
CHALLENGE. 659hp @ 6250rpm. 554lbs torque @ 6,250 rpm. Alloy block with 4
bolt mains. Forged steel crankshaft. Forged True pistons with 8.5 to 1
compression. 3inch main journals. 2.499inch rod journals. Carillo billet
steel rods. alloy heads. 2inch intake valves. 1.625inch Exhaust valves. Crower roller camshaft with
555inch lift and 320 degrees duration. Dual TRW-375-E-10 turbochargers with Boost Wastegate 10and 1/2psi. Lucas fuel
injection. Olds alloy intake.
Competed with big block Chevy Mclarens and Porsche Panzers in CAN AM racing
This video is merely a couple of old magazine pages strung together with
the exception of that blue 455 hemi which was found on the internet. Thats
BRUCE MCLAREN in that green can am race car which is Olds powered. AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE VIDEO JOHN BELTZ IS POSING WITH SOME ENGINES FEATURED IN
THE JULY 1969 ISSUE OF HOT ROD MAGAZINE AND THE BLUE OLDSMOBILE 455 HEMI
WAS FEATURED IN THE MAY 1971 ISSUE OF HOT ROD MAGAZINE. The incidental
music I overlayed onto this video was muted by youtube.
REO TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM
2009 VISIT TO THE REO TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM.
Both before and after acquisition by General Motors, Oldsmobiles were
marketed for their technical sophistication. The list of "firsts" is quite
In 1893, Ransom Eli Olds' company (Olds Motor Works, the predecessor of
Oldsmobile) becomes the first American car company to export an automobile.
It is a four-wheeled steam-powered vehicle sold to a citizen of India.
In 1901, three Oldsmobile innovations occur. The first speedometer to be
offered on a car is on an Oldsmobile. The US Postal Service orders its
first motor vehicles from Oldsmobile. Oldsmobile becomes the first car
company to outsource parts to third-party suppliers. It is forced to do
this when a fire destroys the main Oldsmobile plant in Lansing, MI, and
cripples the company's ability to build cars using its own parts.
In 1926, Oldsmobile begins chrome-plating the radiator surrounds and other
parts on its cars. This was the first automotive use of chrome plating.
In 1929, Oldsmobile introduced the first monoblock V8 on its Viking model.
1932 sees Oldsmobile become the first manufacturer to offer an automatic
choke on an automobile.
In 1940, Oldsmobile introduced "Hydra-matic Drive," the first fully
automatic transmission to be offered on a widely-available automobile. This
is the forefather of every automatic transmission offered today.
Their 1949 Rocket engine was made notable as the first mass-produced OHV
1962-1963 Oldsmobile Jetfire: Oldsmobile brought the first turbocharged passenger car engine to market in its
Cutlass F-85 coupes and convertibles. The aluminum-block 215 in³ V8 engine
with turbocharger produced one horsepower per cubic inch.
While not the first American-built passenger car to use front-wheel drive,
the 1966 Toronado was the first of its type to prove successful in the
American marketplace. It won Motor Trends Car of Year in 1966 with its
unique and innovative styling.
In November 1973, Oldsmobile became the first car company to install airbag
as a factory option (driver and passenger side) in a 1974 Toronado. Airbags
were also available the other full size Oldsmobile models as well as Buick
and Cadillac models before the end of 1973 on the 1974-75 models.
drag racing crashes
Drag Racing crashes from all around the world, mainly NHRA, ANDRA, IHRA.
Disclaimer: I do not own the music and picture used in this video. All
credits belongs to their real owners. No copyright infringement intended.
Intro music created and composed by "Nick Phoenix / Thomas Bergersen -
Heart of Courage (Choir)-Extreme Music/2 Steps from Hell"
Music played by Charlie Parra del Riego, so check his channel out.
If you dont like Metal music press mute to watch this video so you dont
whinge and bitch about it in the comment section.
1972 Street Strip Oldsmobile 442 takes its fastest pass ever 10.92@121
Well this was shot at the Olds Fall Nationals at Byron
Dragstrip......Probley the last Nitrous
pass this ole low compression 455 will ever take........I will allways be
impressed with the beating this 455 took over the last 6
years.........Countless drag strip passes ( at least 40 Nitrous passes) along with the car shows,parts
runs and street racing I did with it........Ole 455 you get a
AAAAAAAAAAA+++++++++++! Thanks for the memories and I hope the new mill
lasts half as long as you did........Iam going to freshen this ole motor up
and keep it as a back up to the new mill going toghter that should be ready
to drop in this spring sometime......