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Remember John Mazmanian's 11-Second 1961 Corvette?

 
Old 03-01-2017, 01:06 PM
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Rod & Custom magazine called John Mazmanian’s car one of the "hottest ‘Vettes in history."

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Old 03-01-2017, 01:16 PM
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Didn't Steve Hendrickson (the Corvette collector in MN) restore this car a few years ago?

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Cool story.... Might be the first Vette modified for 6 tail-lights too


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Pretty quick time for a bored 283, but I hate to see the rear quarters cut up like that
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One of the best for Big "June"
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I read an old article on that car.....Big John was a local legend to the valley, and was running an event where he needed bigger/stickier tires.....the hack job was done at the strip between rounds. Have seen a few of his old drag cars at Famoso and Eagle Field, and a couple of co-workers of mine who lived in Fresno in the '60's saw him run at Raisin City, where they ran 4 lanes at once, side by side. Crazy stuff!
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Remember the car very well from San Gabriel Drag strip in the 60's, Richard Soronian (sp?) drove it as I remember and he had a red 62 Vette also that he drove on the street, I know cause we hooked up one Friday nite at Bobs Big Boy in Pasadena Ca, I had a 63 Sport Fury 426 and I whooped him pretty good lol.
Ole days were the best, especially to us old guys
The car that waxed him
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Imagine trying to tell Big John that you could buy a Z Vette right off the showroom floor in 2017 that would blow his doors off...
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Imagine trying to tell Big John that you could buy a Z Vette right off the showroom floor in 2017 that would blow his doors off...

Yeah...but it would never be as cool!

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He lived not far from me as a kid in Whittier.
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Not So Fast,

That Plymouth Sport Fury was one quick Mopar! Those 426s were just awsome back then. Always liked the styling. Bought a brand new '64 & planned on the top of the line Sport Fury with the 383 4 speed. Alas, end of the model year AND married with 1 child, settled for a Satelite 2 door hardtop with the 361 and push button drive. Definitely not the quickest but a fun car nevertheless. Was silver with a red interior. Memories!

Do you still have that '63?

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Originally Posted by 6T5RUSH View Post
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That Plymouth Sport Fury was one quick Mopar! Those 426s were just awsome back then. Always liked the styling. Bought a brand new '64 & planned on the top of the line Sport Fury with the 383 4 speed. Alas, end of the model year AND married with 1 child, settled for a Satelite 2 door hardtop with the 361 and push button drive. Definitely not the quickest but a fun car nevertheless. Was silver with a red interior. Memories!

Do you still have that '63?

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God how I wish I still had that car, bought it brand new form Milne Bros in Pasadena, as I remember it was $4300 OTD. I got the 11:1 wedge and my buddy bought the 13:1 model, his never ran reliably, mine did. Had Horsepower Engineering put headers on it and Art Carr do the torque flite, A-1 cheater slicks and off to the drags. 112 mph 12.60 and like you said back them that was FLYING!!!!! Unheard of
Man do I wish I had that back
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Photo of the car when Bones Balogh drove for Big John
That's not a 61!
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Promotional photo of the car after restoration.
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Originally Posted by Randy G. View Post
He lived not far from me as a kid in Whittier.
My home Whittier, CA. (Whittier Boulevard circa 1950's to the late 80s) which had argumentatively the quickest street racers in the nation at one time.
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That's not a 61!
Bones was a great engine builder also!
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Originally Posted by TCracingCA View Post
My home Whittier, CA. (Whittier Boulevard circa 1950's to the late 80s) which had argumentatively the quickest street racers in the nation at one time.
argumentatively I think Bobs Big Boy on Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, had that title, we had some "bad boys" that hung there
It was the best of times no matter, I keep telling my sons that they will never know what it was like to cruise a popular Blvd like back then, be it Whittier Blvd or Colorado Blvd or the Toluca Lake Bobs or Hollywood Blvd.
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I would pick Detroit for the biggest badest street racers...

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Originally Posted by Not So Fast View Post
argumentatively I think Bobs Big Boy on Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, had that title, we had some "bad boys" that hung there
It was the best of times no matter, I keep telling my sons that they will never know what it was like to cruise a popular Blvd like back then, be it Whittier Blvd or Colorado Blvd or the Toluca Lake Bobs or Hollywood Blvd.
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Remember we had John Force, Pisanos, Butch Leal, BillThomas, Carrol Shelby when working out of Moon, Hal Sullivan, Doug Thorley, Hayden Profitt, Davis MacDonald, and many many many of the guys that ended up dominating the NHRA and AHRA! And we had big speed shops (Egge, Speed-O-Motive, Kugel, Stick City, Vance and Hines, BDS, like the Valley and the Van Nuys crowd! Each spot had its cool cars!
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Big John's car @ 63 Winternationals, Bones Balogh driving.
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