Road Kings 50th Anniversary
Arguably the Road Kings is not
only the oldest "car club" still in existence,but it
has also spawned more drag racing "super stars" than
any such organization in history. To think that a bunch of kids
from the San Fernando Valley (just north of LA) could endure
(and basically survive) 50 years of drag racing is remarkable.
And the Road Kings are? To name a few: Tommy Ivo, Don Prudhomme,
Tony Nancy, Tom McCourry, Bob Muravez, Roy Fjastad, Don Prieto,
Don Johnson, Kenny Safford, Harry Hibler, Jimmy Miles, Don Gaide,
Ralph Marshall, Skip Togerson and many more. This page is to
pay tribute to these "Valley Rats" (as they were known
to us on the other side of the hill) who pursued the dream they
had as teenagers and turned it into a lives ambition. Here's
a few shots from their 50th Anniversary gathering at the Petersen
One of the displays at the Petersen
Museum depicts a typical "hot rod" shop in the 1950s.
My guess is most of the Road Kings has similar shops back when.
The Petersen parking
lot was full of iron for the occasion.
Some of the original Road Kings
outside the Peterson Museum. LtoR: Tim Ryan, Tim Cederquist,
Tom McCoury, Don Gaide, Skip Torgeson, Bob Muravez, Tom Ivo,
Kenny Safford, Roy Fjastad, Jim Miles, Butch Cederquist and Don
Lunch outdoors in January?
That would be SoCal.
There was no shortage
of guests and press coverage.
Bob (aka Floyd Lippencott Jr.)
Muravez stands beside John Peters fabled "Freight Train"
Top Gas dragsters (one of the more famous cars he drove) on display
at the museum. Sixtysomething, the ageless Muravez is currently
behind the wheel of a Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster. In the background
is the restored fueler of Greer-Black-Prudhomme.
Never short of words or wit,
"TV Tommy" Ivo shares some old Road Kings stores with
Three more members still active
in drag racing are Harry Hibler, Don Prietoand Tony Nancy. The
history of this trio are the things books are made of.
Tom Ivo posing with his 4-engine
Buick "Wagonmaster" exhibition car. This was originally
a gas dragster in the early 60s, but was turned into a money
maker when it was no longer competitive.
Another great talker
is Bob Muravez.
No shortage of club photos.
Don Prieto in his original
Lions jacket from 1963.
In the 60s and 70s, Roy Fjastad's
SPE built some of the nicest race cars (especially dragsters)
to ever go down a quarter mile. He went on to be quite successful
in the hot rod market.
Another Road Kings car on display
was reproduced "Sour Sisters" fueler of Safford-Gaide-Ratican.
This is one of the stars of the CHRR "Cacklefest".
Don Prudhomme hams it
up in Tom McCoury's '36.
Don 'The Beachcomber"
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