Godspeed Raymond Beadle.
Today would have been Tony’s 71st birthday so I thought it would be nice to share this video I found of him on You Tube.
British artist Paul Whitehouse has been a long-time supporter of the Allard Chrysler restoration project, donating several original paintings for auction. When he heard that we needed to obtain additional parts plus the services of other facilities for the engine rebuild he was straight on the telephone and donated his fabulous painting of Rat Trap and Pure Hell at Dragstalgia. Signed by Ron Hope, Brian Hope and Rich Guaso, what a great souvenir it is of a truly amazing event.
With only a week to go before the biggest nostalgia drag racing event ever to be held in the UK I thought it would be cool to ask Rat Trap Racing’s Brian Hope a few questions.
After almost 40 years of looking, the 1964 British International Drag Fest Chevrolet Dos Palmas dragster driven by Bob Keith has been found and it is in pretty good shape.
Bob sold it to a UK consortium and returned the following year with the Courtesy Chevrolet Special that eventually ended up in Australia and has now been restored. After being raced in the UK by Bill Weichelt under the name Asmodeus, the 1964 Dos Palmas car was shipped back to the US by Bill but Bob has been unable to find it until now.
Ray Evernham, former crew chief to Jeff Gordon and famous NASCAR personality and host of Velocity TV’s “Americarna” recently acquired it. The photo shows it in his shop. It is in very good shape minus engine. Looks like a fairly simple restoration. So, hopefully, there will be two Bob Keith cars soon.
Bob says, “I sure do wish the guy will sell it back to me for a price I can afford. If not that’s OK. At least it has been saved and Ray will do a outstanding job of restoration. Please pass this bit of information on to all the guys in the UK that have tried to help me find the car over the years and thank them for me”.
The Gasser Circus have a very impressive line up of Gassers to add to all the other big classes at the 21st NSRA Nostalgia Nationals.
16 cars are confirmed so far and that includes the 3 new Gassers of Steve Lang,Ray Irish and Stephen Dixon.
The entries are..