I really enjoyed finding your site. Your historic pictures are
great. Really brought back lot of memories of the old days for me. I
met your dad a couple of times when I was a drag racer. I had the
Texas Starship rocket dragster in 76-79. Went 4s @ 328 before I was
injured in a plane mishap and quit driving. Sold to Fred Goes, then
Rod Phelps it is now in Garlits museum.
Your photos of the steam car really interest me. I saw on the
web that it's being restored and maybe will be run again.
I'm writing a history on thrust car racing and I sure would
like to include some of your material. The photo sequence of the
steam car seems to show the rear right wheel off the ground just
before the crash. Seems that I remember Doug Rose told me that it was
discovered that the angle of incidence was wrong. That is, the engine
was angled down too much causing the rear end to lift off the ground.
I do have some photos of the Pollution Packer rocket car launching
with the rear off the ground. So it was a problem with early
thrust dragsters. Any further information that you can share
with me would really help.
Thanks again for your site. Your Dad is being accorded the
acclaim that he richly deserves.
John A. Hudson