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Re: [EVDL] Nichola Tesla, Power hanging around. reminiscence

Jim'
do you have any recolection as to the relative times.
was he as fast as the gassers of his day. did he keep
up with green monster? the jet rig that i saw in the
60's at Ramona when it used the airport as a drag
strip? I was talking to Brian Hall and we were both
at some of the early drags but just never met, maybe
you were there too. did you ever come to Ramona in
the early days?
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> In a message dated 8/21/2007 10:59:36 P.M. Pacific
> Daylight Time,
> [email protected] writes:
>
>
> I seen this done as a demostration on drag strip
> back either in the 60's or
> >70's. They had about 3 inch copper tubing set on
> wood frame work that was
> >on both sides of the car that ran the 1/4 mile.
> There was a trolley type
> >spring loaded trolley pick up arms that rode on
> these pipes.
>
> What you saw was
> EJ Potter running his
> "Slot Car" powered by an Allison airplane engine
> driving three aircraft
> starter/generators hooked to the two rails going
> down the track.
> EJ's "goonie" would rev the engine while EJ would
> flip the "Circuit Breaker"
> then the goonie would accelerate the slot car as
> fast as he thought EJ could
> handle, the only way EJ could release himself was to
> pull the circuit
> breaker if he could reach it.
> For those of you who never heard of "EJ Potter", he
> used to run exhibition
> with his 327cu. in. Corvette powered motorcycle and
> SMOKE the tire (car tire)
> the entire 1/4 mile run.
>
>
> Gosh this makes me feel old, I
> met EJ in the mid 60's
> when we went to England to put on a show for the
> Military..........oh yea, and
> he crashed his bike there on the last run of the
> last day of the tour and we
> brought him and his bike home in pieces.
>
> God, I love to reminisce.
>
> Jim Ludiker............the old guy that used to have
> an electric dragster.
>
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In a message dated 8/22/2007 7:33:52 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
[email protected] writes:


Jim'
do you have any recolection as to the relative times.
was he as fast as the gassers of his day. did he keep
up with green monster? the jet rig that i saw in the
60's at Ramona when it used the airport as a drag
strip? I was talking to Brian Hall and we were both
at some of the early drags but just never met, maybe
you were there too. did you ever come to Ramona in
the early days?

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I never saw the car run, it was stashed away in his barn when I saw it about
1965 or 1966, and the times were very poor. With the slow times and the
effort to set it up I think he only ran it 1or2 times, if you need any
information about the car, I can call him, he lives in Florida now but have not talked
to him in months.
The design of the car was clever, he had 4 wheel drive with one starter/gen
in the front and one in the back.

Nobody ran faster then the jets in the early 60,s they were king, I use to
feel real important when I helped Art Arfons put fuel in his car, he actually
let me turn off the toggle switch when the tank was full...........I thought
that was real special.
]Ramona??in the 60,s I didn't even know what it was, I was raised in the
Detroit area and raced around there, didn't get to CA til 1977.


Wow............more memories

Jim







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