On November 5,
2011 Don Prudhomme opened his workshop/museum to the public and
the turnout was overwhelming. Considering most of us are geographically
challenged, a day trip to San Diego is pretty much out of the
question. So, for those who have little hope of ever seeing The
Vipe's domain in person, here are a few photos that show the
scope of it.
There were several
cacklecars on the grounds including the Blackmore, Carpenter
and Cardoza fueler, Bill Pitt' Magicar, Ron Johnson's Tommy Ivo
Barnstormer, ChiZler and Shubert & Herbert. Pluse there were
the cars of Mike Kuhl, Yeakel Plymouth Spec., Tom McEwen Tirend,
Cook & Bedwell, Baney & Prudhomme Ford cammer,
Most of us were
lucky to end up with a few photos at the end of our drag racing
careers but obviously Prudhomme had the ways and means to save
damn near everything.
and the flathead and Chev engines on engine stands were originally
owned by Tom Cobb and are now owned by Ralph Whitworth. Ralph
is the guy who started to build Americas Car Museum in Winnemucca,
NV. Through his period of collecting cars for the museum, he
got to know and became a good friend of Prudhomme and the Cobb
cars have been in Prudhomme displays more than once so I think
that Prudhommes shop is helping Ralph with restoration on at
least these cars.
The Austin is
John Mazmanians old car, I think it was the first to get built
after the Mazmanian Corvette. Ralph had this in Prudhommes small
display at the CHRR. If I remember history correctly, the Cobb
car was part of the first major drag race at Cotati, where it
raced against the Fran Hernandez car, maybe a coupe? Hernandez
ran unblown with nitro, Cobb ran blown on gas. This was reportedly
the first use of nitro in a car engine at the drags. I think
maybe motorcycles had been run on nitro before that.
fueled then fired his Tommy Ivo Barnstormer.
Couch got the seat for the Yeakle fire-up.
Table: Mike Kuhl, Bill Tidwell and Roland Leong in the background.
Bill Pitts put
his life long friend, John Phillips in the Magicar for a fire-up.
BIll has known John since kindergarten. The fire up was on his
MacDonald, Phillips, Pitts and Vince Yamasaki.
The Walls, Office
like a clothing store for racers....
sure who has more Wally's than Prudhomme. Maybe Force?
Connie Braun and Dominick Cardoza.
famous Yeakle mob.
photog Ken Hughes.
What's a life long friend to do?