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An early custom job photographed at Southern Speedway in 1938. Based on a Ford Model A roadster, Modifications include fenderskirts on all four corners, removed running boards, sunken and molded in headlights, a custom nose, ripple bumpers and a chopped, split windshield. The door reads "Ran's Auto Works." Who can tell us more about this custom or Ran's Auto Works? Photo by Aldo Chiappero, courtesy of Found Film Society.
A photo of Glen Wall with Nick and Forey’s 1928 Ford Model A Roadster at Muroc Dry Lake May 15, 1938. Floyd “Scavidi” Page drove 92.7 mph with the roadster that day. Unfortunately, he broke the timing gears going through the trap. Still today Forey believes Scavidi would have gone 100 something if the timing gears hadn’t broken! Photo from The Glen and Forey Wall Photo Collection.
Forey Wall's timing tag from the May 15, 1938 Muroc Dry Lakes event. Notice that Forey's name has been misspelled "Forrie" on the tag. Photo from The Glen and Forey Wall Photo Collection.
One of Jimmy Summer's Muroc timing tags from 1938. Running a stock V-8, he achieved a speed of 94.73 MPH at the May 15, 1938, Muroc Roadster Races. Photo from The Jimmy Summers Photo Collection.
Dick Noble's 1932 Ford Roadster of Burbank, California. Dick bought the car as a coupe in 1938. He wanted a roadster and ended up trading the coupe body for a roadster body. A padded top with side curtains was added in 1941 along with a shiny black paint job. Dick was a meticulous builder, and the roadster ended up as one of Burbank's finest.
The Don Morris Special of Racine, Wisconsin. Built over a two year period, the build was completed in 1938.
A newspaper clipping from 1938, showing Greger Strøm of Trondheim, Norway, surrounded by admirers in his second build, The Ford 8 Special. The expectations were high before the race, and the local newspapers had warmed the audience up, announcing that Greger would achieve even higher speeds this year with his roaring V-8. Photo from The Greger Strøm Photo Collection.

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Edelbrock was founded in 1938.

George Barris was 13 years old at the time, and he and his brother Sam Barris got their first car in 1938. The car was a 1925 Buick that they got as a present from their mother.

Dry Lakes Racing

In 1938, SCTA Road Runners member Ernie McAfee became the first ever S.C.T.A. Season Champion.[1]

Cars Built or Restyled in 1938

George Barris and Sam Barris' 1925 Buick
Robert Stack's 1931 Ford Model A Roadster
The Don Morris Special
Greger Strøm Special No. 2

Speed Shops Established in 1938

F.E. Zimmer Co.

Dry Lake Meets Held in 1938

Muroc Roadster Races May 15, 1938



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