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Willard Kendig, Creator of the Kendig Carburetor, Passes Away

Willard Zareh Kendig, famous for inventing the Kendig carburetor, passed away on Wednesday, May 4.

SEMA Heritage: L.A. Roadsters Make a Hollywood Rod Run Circa '59

"The old familiar sight of several roadsters at a Southern California drive-in is fast fading away," wrote Tex Smith in the July 1959 issue of Hot Rod magazine. Even 50 years ago, rodders were concerned about the changes in their hobby.

The Don

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The big man in the Milodon T-shirt is none other than Don Alderson, Milodon’s cofounder (and the “don” in Milodon). Though this archive find came with no information, the location is obviously Bonneville, and the man in the Autolite shirt and what looks to be a ’66 or ’67 GTO in the distance leads us to believe that the shot was taken in 1967.

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Mines Field

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Years before Bill France Sr. organized stock car racing on Florida’s most famous beach, stock cars of a different sort went wheel to wheel on tracks around the country. The idea was to pit cars in showroom-floor tune—primarily Fords, as it turned out— against one another to demonstrate their performance chops for prospective buyers.

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Spirit Unbowed

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Craig Breedlove’s Spirit of America was arguably one of the prettiest land-speed racers to tackle Bonneville, but it certainly met an ugly end. While chasing Art Arfons’ 434-mph speed record in 1964, Breedlove found himself unable to bring the rocket-powered Spirit to a stop while traveling in excess of 500 mph.

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Why Is This Man Smiling?

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It’s been said that Joe Lunati built “some of the ugliest cars ever raced,” but competitors who failed to take him seriously did so at their own peril. Ungainly as it may look, Lunati’s Devinbodied “Trouble Maker” was a strip terror. He won the Street Eliminator title at the 1964 NHRA Nationals at Indy and repeated the feat in 1966. That would be the last year he raced the Devin, as Lunati entered the emerging Funny Car ranks in 1967 with a Corvair.

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