- Dick Kalivoda &
John Hamlin teamed up in 1960 and raced this Modified Roadster
in the Standard 1320 D/GMR class.
- The roadster was
built in 1955 for Buck Stieber by Clarence Duffy, who modeled
it after a Dirt Track Roadster,
- but it always was
a drag race car. It was originally powered by a Ford Flathead
- but in 1959 owners
Ed Norton & Army Marion changed the engine to DeSoto power
- Dick Kalivoda acquired
the car in 1960, Dick and John Hamlin ran the car on Gas with
a 296" DeSoto through 1961.
- Driver Dick Kalivoda
set the NHRA national record for B/MR @ 120.32mph on July 4th
1960 @ SIR (Kent Washington)
- their first National
Record ever recorded @ SIR.
- This all metal car
with a genuine 1925 Model T bucket was completely restored in
- with the help of
Ken Riggs of Everett Washington and many friends.
- Dick & John ran
the car @ the SIR 30th Anniversary race in 1990 as well as a
NDRA race in 1987
- where it raced the
famous Glass Slipper Dragster.
- The Modified Roadster
is now on display at the NHRA Museum in Pomona, CA just as it
ran in 1961.
- Photo by Rich Carlson
- In 1964 Dick &
John had Jerry Harris build their new dragster which they ran
on Gasoline that year.
- From 1965 through
1967 they ran the car on Fuel with their 315" DeSoto in
Standard 1320 C/FD class.
- The body was fabricated
in fiberglass by Roger Daugherty and it was painted by Standard
- Fred Vosk at "The
Paint Place" with "scallops" designed by Dick
- Dick drove the dragster
to several National Records, plus a class win at the NHRA 1966
- In 1967 they won
the Super Eliminator Division 6 Championship edging out Gary
Beck in the Markley & Beck BB/GD.
- Photos above by Russ
- In 1967 Dick &
John teamed up with Norton and had this beautiful dragster built
by Woody Gilmore.
- The car was campaigned
as "The Joker".
- Standard 1320 eMember
Tom Hanna crafted the all aluminum body that graced the Woody
- The blue and white
paint was applied by George Cerney.
- Dick retained his
role of pushing the pedals, the car was raced from 1968 through
- During that time
the dragster recorded its best times of 227.72mph with a 6.68
- The 6.68 ET was set
@ Bremerton Washington on June 1st 1969 which was a new NHRA
AA/F national record.
- The engine was a
blown 389" Chrylser based on a 354 block.
- Photo by Don Green