For those readers who think we here at The Garage only go road racing, here’s one for you. As you might know, LA County Raceway is set to close after next weekend’s racing. Here at The Garage, we’re not about to let an event like that slide by unnoticed, so our man on the west coast Aaron Von Minden (posing as Aaron Von Fonda above) and his crew headed to the track last weekend for a few last passes.
That coupe that you see the man from Savage Speed Garage running down the strip in is quite the piece. While the engine is a little tired, it still managed to light the tires in 4th gear of the Muncie box, even at 2000 feet above sea level. That’s likely something to do with the rare old Cragar V-belt blower, with 6 Strombergs sitting on top. Those Strombergs aren’t just any old carbs though, as Aaron picked them up from non other than Don Garlits himself. Apparently they once sat upon one of the Swamp Rats! Speaking of lighting the slicks, the flag guy (is that what you drag racers call them?) was getting ticked with our boy for his too long burnouts. Something about above 10 second cars not needing to go that far, but this thing has no front brakes! Those super skinny front wheels are vintage magnesium American Racing 18″ pieces like they used to mount on old drag racers and altereds. No brakes here bub! Inside, the coupe is all aluminum.
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So how did the car run? How about 12.84 and 107 miles per hour? Pretty good for a tired old girl.
After the runs, the guys headed down to Fast Eddie’s Garage in LA to take in the sights, sounds and eats.