We’ve had this shot up on the web site before and actually have had requests for it to come back so here it is. This was taken at Eastex Dragway in 1984 at the last
round of qualifying for the Original Texas Hog Rally. On the left is "Burn-out" Blanton, Red Roberts next (he says he was low qualifier), Paul Jones, Bonnie Truett, Bo
Steading is next on the fuel sportster that Dee Elliott has now. Johnny Mancuso is in the white leathers on his funnyglide, Ike Shelton who owned Show & Go Cycle at the
time, KT’s original partner Rodney on "ol yeller", Jim Reese’s Oklahoma City bike, & the last dude I’ve forgot his name - guess that’s what happens when you don’t come
out for 15 years - huh
This was my first
"fueler" in 1973,
Shovelhead in a
sucker would do
everything but go
straight down the
track, note the
lead on the front
downtubes to hold the front end down., no wheelie bars back
then !! This was taken at Truett & Osborn’s race just before I
got beat by Teddy Sondregger from St. Louis.
when we had
just North of Houston
in the early ‘90’s. He
was our full time
Announcer and now
he’s the Texas Style
Party Drags Tower Boss.
Me riding Bonnie
Truett’s Sportster in the early 80’s
at Gulfport after the "first" time he retired. I think
that this is the one that was Mike Romine’s first dragster.
This was Bonnie Truett’s
double engine Sportster in
about 1974. This thing
was definately a handfull..
I’ve seen this digger
with the front end 4’ up in the
air !!!! yyyyyyyyyeeeeeee
Slo' John and Me coming
back from a lap in Temple. We
used this old trike, kept the batteries
and the starter in the trunk, had a rack on
the back and this is how we would pull it around.
Worked like a champ. Notice there are still no wheelie
bars on "The Spook". This was probably around '75-'76.
R.W. Handley, one
of the “Original”
- shown here in
the early ‘80’s
playing a Swap
Meet we did in a
San Antonio. RW
is still a solo act
at Temple every
year and is
Owens in his
is a late 70’s promo
picture shot in England
when the likeable Okie went over and
whupped the best they had,MO’s
prime being 10 time National Champion,
Not winning 10 National Races mind you but
Winning the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP of various racing or
ganizations 10 times. He beat me EVERY time we ever raced. He not only
had natural talent and a lot of seat time (he used to run enduro’s back in
Oklahoma with a rigid panhead) but Mo was very religious then and was
absolutel not afraid of death, tell me that ain’t a handy trait to have when
you got yourass beat up as much as he did riding those fuelers.
I’m pretty sure
this was “little Dougie’s”
bike out of New Mexico. He used
to come to Temple following Jerry
Cox and some of the other “Big Racers” from
New Mexico. I think he’s still racin’ too, but don’t
see him at the “Party Drags” no more.
Texas Hog Rally winners shots about '82 or so. Thats Marion Owens on
the extreme Left and on the extreme Right is Lenny Jakab from Grand
Prairie. His son still brings out thet old sportster to the "Party Drags".
This was my
Dragster. I bought it off
Marion Owens in ‘75. It
was a 3 1/2 X 5 900 cased
yetman chassis that
would run 10.20’s at
close to 130 which was
pretty good back then.
However, I also
kept a high gear fueler back then that was faster. After about
50 passes the front connecting rod broke up close to the
wristpin, slung around and took out the transmission too. I
kinda lost interest in Sportsters after that.
Lou Skopic bent
over thrashing on his
record holdin’ XX/M. 25 years
ago this fellow was the baddest of the
bad on big inch gas Sportsters. His
tire-wiper in the funny beanie named
Lonnie (something) I’ve heard is still
involved in the sport - somehow.