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"Competition Coupes"

#1 Post by Ron LaDow » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:24 am

For some short period of time in the early '60s, NHRA ran a class called "Competition Coupes".
The rules never intended such, but the cars quickly ended up with some A-model Ford or a Fiat Topolino coupe body draped over the driver's cockpit of a rail, 'cause the guys who built the cars were better at reading the rules than the guys writing them were at writing them.
The class didn't last long; there was no reason to take track time with rails carrying cut/sectioned bodies down the track. And the sponsors didn't yet have the 'word' regarding that acreage of signage!
Regardless, I am hoping to find images and/or info regarding the "DA Speed-Sport Special" competition coupe which ran in the early '60s in the midwest. At several meets in southern Ohio and Indiana, it was top eliminator, beating the rails and I'd like to find info on the car.
I do remember the 'coupe' part as a very bright yellow, think is was Ford A sedan tin draped over the dragster, "DA Speed Sport Special" prominent on the side of what passed for a sedan.
Anyone else?
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Re: "Competition Coupes"

#2 Post by Mike Wilson » Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:30 pm

Hey, Ron:

I Googled it but came up empty. The only thing I found was a rear-engined red roadster.

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Re: "Competition Coupes"

#3 Post by Ron LaDow » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:36 pm

Mike,
Should have mentioned I'd tried Google and Bing, but I tried again starting with 'drag racing' and found a car which is very similar:
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=co ... &FORM=VIRE
But I was really hoping (needle-searching) for some history on the specific car
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Re: "Competition Coupes"

#4 Post by Mike Wilson » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:40 pm

I remember seeing these drag racers at Lyons Dragstrip. You don't have any names of drivers do you? That might help in the search.

I'll keep looking, too.

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Re: "Competition Coupes"

#5 Post by Ron LaDow » Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:06 am

Mike,
Dunno the name of the driver.
There were 5 or 6 strips in driving distance at the time and I wrenched on some cars, but not that one.
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Re: "Competition Coupes"

#6 Post by Mike Wilson » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:41 pm

There have to be some old gearheads on the Talk List that might remember this car! Ha!

Al the best,

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Re: "Competition Coupes"

#7 Post by Ron LaDow » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:36 am

Mike Wilson wrote:There have to be some old gearheads on the Talk List that might remember this car! Ha!
Al the best,
Mike
That's ME, Mike. If I get any good feedback, I'll let your know.
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