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Bob McGee's 1932 Ford Roadster was built in 1947
Jim Papworth's 1932 Ford Roadster of Culver City, California. Jim was a member of the Culver City Screwdrivers, and the roadster, that he bought in 1947, was his first car.
Robert Fulton's 1936 Ford sedan convertible of Hollywood, California. Robert owned the car from 1947 to around 1949.
George Barris' 1941 Buick Convertible. Completed late in 1947, this was the car that established George as a builder. It was shown at the first Hot Rod Exposition in January of 1948, where it won top honors. Winning that show put Barris Kustoms on the map, and they consequently moved their operation to larger premises at 7674 Compton Avenue.
A 1947 Chevrolet Convertible that notable Maryland/Washington, D.C. customizer Bud Unger restyled in 1947. This was the first car ever that Bud customized.
The official program for the SCTA sanctioned event held May 25, 1947.

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In 1947 Gene Winfield opened his own shop Windy’s Custom Shop.


Dry Lakes Racing

The opening event for the 1947 season time trials sponsored by the Southern California Timing Association was held May 25, 1947 at El Mirage dry lake. For the 1947 season, the S.C.T.A. ran under a new system of Competition Classes. American Production Automotive Engines were still required as a basis for the engine construction, but the competition was divided into two body types with four class in each. The cars were classified either as Roadsters or Streamliners. The classes were then divided according to total Engine Cubic Inch Displacement.[1]

Hot Rods Built or Completed in 1947

Kazar Simonian's 1929 Ford Roadster - Later known as Tom Pollard's 1929 Ford
Bob McGee's 1932 Ford Roadster
Jim Papworth's 1932 Ford Roadster

Custom Cars Restyled or Completed in 1947

Ed Ohanesian's 1940 Ford
Jim Kirstead's 1939 Mercury Coupe
Jimmy Summers' 1940 Mercury
George Barris' 1941 Buick Convertible

SCTA Time Trials of 1947

El Mirage May 25, 1947


  1. S.C.T.A. Time Trials Official Program May 25, 1947

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