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THE HOTTEST MAN OF THEM ALL

Nov. 01, 1954
Nov. 01, 1954

Table of Contents
Nov. 1, 1954

Health
  • Playground equipment with built-in disappointments is designed to help in preparing youngsters for "the struggles of maturity"

Pat On The Back
  • Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

Budd Schulberg
Souped-Up
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Soundtrack
Iron Curtain Race
Cinderella Horse
Sport In Art
Nasrullah And Mr. Fitz
You Should Know
Motor Sports
Sporting Look
Tennis
Acknowledgments
Horse Racing
Fisherman's Calendar
Under 21
Bowling
Yesterday
  • Marathoners Hayes and Dorando of the 1908 Olympics turned pro, ran a series of races and started a fad

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

THE HOTTEST MAN OF THEM ALL

The hottest (and weirdest) automobiles in the world are the super hot rods shown opposite and on the following pages. They race on the Bonneville salt flats in Utah, and it was there that 25-year-old Bob Bowen (left) drove faster than any other man in 1954. He put his red Shadoff Special (opposite) through the electronic mile at 252.80 mph.

This is an article from the Nov. 1, 1954 issue Original Layout

Disembodied streamliner, its shell plastered with advertising, was stripped for work on twin Chrysler engines before speed run of 219 mph. Fastest of the big cars was Shadoff Special (below) which set a record of 248.26 mph

"Beast No. 5," built but not driven by polio victim Chet Herbert, reached 212.64 mph on power of two overhead valve Dodge engines. Herbert, confined to wheel chair, supervised all of "Beast's" pit work

Bulbous nose of Lakester, developed for racing on California's dry lake beds, resembled a leering shark's head

Modified roadster, a streamlined stock car powered with souped-up Lincoln engine for racing, waited for push to starting line

Howard Special, two aircraft fuel tanks with engine in one and driver in other, was hand jockeyed to a pusher starting truck

Big Kenz Special was jacked up after 245 mph run which left heavy deposits of salt on the underside of its body

Young hot-rodders pushed competition coupe with chopped (lowered) top to get it started (above). Speeding roadster pictured below is world's fastest and was first to exceed 200 mph with run of 202.07 mph at Bonneville Flats

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