Thank you for resurrecting a fond boyhood memory ! Now those were the days !
Thank you from a long time Green Monster fan.
I was just visiting your awesome website, what a fantastic tribute to your dad, I did not
know him, don't know if he ever ran at OCIR drag strip in calif in the early 70's, but anyhow,
you really really have a wonderful site here, I enjoyed my visit so much, thanks for sharing
this history online.
I just went to see the jets vs the funnies at Firebird Raceway last sat, and the jet exhibition
at Famoso a few weeks ago, jet cars are awesome, just so exciting, I have saved your site,
and will venture back often.
Suzanne Nitro Visionz
I discovered your website accidentally while I was researching early
off-road race drivers. I am currently reading a book entitled "Off-Road
Racing", published in 1974. One of the racers mentioned was Paula
Murphy, and that is how I accessed your site.There are some wonderful photographs,
as well as articles. My congratulations to you. I plan on coming back again and again to review
Michael P. Kleiman
First let me begin by thanking you for putting together such a great site.
Absolutely fascinating stories and pics, I imagine your weekends growing up
were always exciting events! My particular passion is the Daytona Coupes
and much to my surprise and delight found your photos of your dad with one
at Bonneville. Apart from the one photo that I've seen in several books,
yours are the only others I have seen.
I would like to request use of your
photos of the car in the "Real Daytona Coupes" section of my own website.
Naturally I would make mention of you and your site and provide a link to
your homepage. I hope this will be OK, in either case I would like to at
least provide a link as I know so many fans of the Daytonas know little
about this interesting piece of their history.
Francis Lucas, CANADA
One of my associates on our team informed about your site. Very nice work!
As a fellow land speed enthusiast and webmaster of our team's site, I very much
appreciate your work. I'd be interested in having permission to use images, or
putting links to your site in our history section. I look forward to future updates.
Jon M. Higley, North American Eagle Team
Allow me to introduce myself my name is Tammy Medley my husband and I
have a jet dragster called Jet Stream you can check out our web site at
www.jetstreamracing.com I LOVED YOUR SITE!!!!!!!
Your site give me goose-pimples !
s j, Northridge California
Just to let ya know it moves me just a bit... as a dad with one of two
kids showing any interest in my car antics...
To carry some interest and honor your dad is a cool thing.
Bet he is pleased... from wherever he is watching.
:) Tommy Shaw
Hello I am Floyd Guerra,
My wife and I own the Desert Flame Jet Dragster. I was checking your site out. It's
REALLY COOL, I like all the old stuff. I know where an older Jet car is. It looks like the
Green Mamba. Jim Deist currently owns it. It is in Calif. if you need any photos of it let me know.
Keep up the good work
I forgot to mention in my last email I live in Loveland, Ohio which
is a suburb of Cincinnati and not far south of Dayton, Ohio where the
Arfons lived. I grew up in the era of the true muscle car, graduating
from high school in 1967. My first car was a 69 camaro Z-28, and I owned
more true muscle cars and Harley Davidsons than I could possibly
As the years went by I lost interest in fast cars, but always
had a corvette or 2 laying around and still have a harley 1965
sportster. I saw the Arfons run their Jet Cars several times at
Edgewater Raceway in Cincinnati and Killcare Dragway around Dayton area,
and they were impressive. At one time i had an unbelieveable collection
of hot rod magazines, from all the publishers.
I followed drag racing
mostly, but of course the Jet Cars and Land Speed Cars were always
mentioned. Your email, and the fact I had to check info for you, brought
back some great memories of the cars I used to own and the enjoyment of
getting a new issue of a car magazine and dreaming of owning something
like the machines I saw each issue. Good luck on your search for info
about this great era in racing, and the people who made it great.
Mike Hines, Ohio
Great web site, Chip.
I happened to just stumble across it via a search engine. I had the chance to see but two
jet cars during the days when the NHRA banned them. Doug Roses Green Mamba and the
US Turbine. Do you have any times for the Turbine car? I can't recall. The one
oppurtunity I had to observe them, was when the two aforementioned cars matched
raced each other at Lions in 69 or 70.
Again a very nice tribute to your dad.
Bill Duke, Los Angeles
Just saw Fred Sibley sr. roast two cars with the "Little Red Beer
Hauler" jet truck in Wisconsin
Thank you so much for the website,
I put it in my Favorites. Was over at Breedloves Shop saw his car.
I taught Jet engines in the Air Force. I gave Romineo Palimeas (spelling?)
the tech orders for J47.
I fell in love with cars when I was four years old.
I have seen Art Arfons's Green Monster at a car show when I was very young.
I still remember it well.
I am 36 now, great sight !!
I really enjoy the history you have emassed and I would like to thank you for
your excellent efforts to keep this information alive as well as the interest.
Thanx Much Superjohnnyq
My name is John Crist and I worked for Craig Arfons from about 1973 until he moved
away from Akron. I met your dad many times over the years I worked with Craig.
I think I was at your dads house once with Craig, if he lived over by Youngs resturant.
He was always mentioned fondly by Walt and Craig. I saw some jet cars on tv the other
day and I only recognized Freddy Sibley and Les Shockley from back when I was involved.
I just searched the internet out of curiosity and came to your site.
It brought back many good memories from years back. When Craig left Akron I sort of
made a clean break from that "scene" and got on with my life. I saw Craig many times over
the years as he ended up in Bradenton Fla. a few miles from where my parents retired to.
My dad and Walt have been close friends for a long time and they see each other when my
parents come to visit me I live in ------ now and then we go see Walt and Gerty at thier trailer
here in -----.
Thanks for the great site.
After listening to lots of stories from my friend and teacher Ernie Hummel who grew up with Art and
also worked with him it is very nice to finally find all of this info that you have.
Keep it up
Keith s.e. michigan
Thank you for your involvement and your fathers incredible feats and engineering.
I have two children, Hannah (4), and Cora (3), they love jetcars and if you ask cora what she wants to
be when she grows up, her answer is "wanna drive Jetcars!". Without your family and friend's
involvement in the industry, they would have one less ambition and
activity of importance in their lives.
I really enjoyed your site and it brought back a lot of memories. I grew up in cuyahoga falls which
is right next to akron. I was shocked to hear about Craig Arfons. Craig and I were friends and he was
always trying to talk me into touring with tubine power garden tractor class. I was a fan of Craig
Breedlove but I always admired Art for his down to earth way of making things work. My hat goes
off to the Arfons brothers for there creations.
Michael E Brunyansky
I remember living near and atending school with the Arfons (that had the Green Monster).
This would be in the early 50's.
Would like to know if this is the same person.
My maiden name was: Forsyth.
My father worked at GoodYear Tire & Rubber, designer.
Living in California now and a friend mentioned the greatest car ever was the Arfons Green Monster.
I just about dropped....he said no one but me knew what he was talking about.
Your Web site is wonderful and I printer out a couple of pictures for him.
Chip, my name is Mike Hall.
My twin brother Ken drives a jet f/c for Al Hanna. So as a big fan of jets, this site is the BEST I have
ever seen. The pics are really great, and the info is fascinating. You have done an excellent job.
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