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Kuhl & Olson

PostPosted:Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:11 pm
by ukdrn
Was this the car that Clive Skilton Imported in 1973? I know it was a 'Kuhl & Olson' car but I don't know what date this picture is

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PostPosted:Tue Dec 05, 2006 12:11 pm
by timetravel
I'm 99.9% sure that is the car. If you look at Clive's Revolution 4 as it was in '73 the stickers on the windscreen are the same with the addition of a National Drag Racer sticker which was put on top of the National Dragster sticker as you can still see the top of the star.

PostPosted:Tue Dec 05, 2006 12:32 pm
by timetravel
Here's the National Drag Racer centre spread for Nov '73. The car was rebuilt and updated at Woody Gilmore's before Clive got it as it had crashed at Amarillo and you can see the canard wings were removed. Image

PostPosted:Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:48 pm
by ukdrn
2 More of the car from Donald Cross.

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PostPosted:Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:10 am
by Sam
Yes it was rebuilt before clive got it, I remember it well, this was the car that had a front tyre deflate cusing clive to clip the lights at the top end (santa pod) and it ran along the famous earth boxes until it dived thro a gap).

No one ever wanted to torque the rear wheels up on this car as the wheel studs had a habit of breaking (<-- useless bit of info)

I spent 4 evenings searching the area of the crash for one half shaft that went missing (If anyone has a copy of the santa pod pictorial there's a picture in one of them of the crashed car, in one of the smaller pictures there's a UFO ( which I think could have been the missing halfshaft flying off into the cornfield on the right of the track) of course I was not allowed to look there as Ernie valued the corn more)
oh and that guy winding the chute up is yours truely


Dennis prid rebuilt the car and it was sold on to liz and ollie burn (liz crashing it at snetterton)

PostPosted:Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:29 pm
by ukdrn
Here's a pic of the car after the crash at Santa Pod, looking at the back of that guys trousers it wasn't only Clive that had a scare. That's not you Sam is it
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Image:Alan Mosely

Not the luckiest car in drag racing, here is the car after Liz Burn crashed it.
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Image:John Long

PostPosted:Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:51 pm
by IanFeltell
did liz walk away ok from this crash??

PostPosted:Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:08 pm
by tog
Yes, Liz walked away from the crash. I remember reading at the time that Liz missed the chute handle and the car started wandering whilst she was trying to find it. In one of those little circles of fate, the car in the other lane, which the Lizard clipped, was being driven by Dennis Priddle.

PostPosted:Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:15 pm
by IanFeltell
tog wrote:Yes, Liz walked away from the crash. I remember reading at the time that Liz missed the chute handle and the car started wandering whilst she was trying to find it. In one of those little circles of fate, the car in the other lane, which the Lizard clipped, was being driven by Dennis Priddle.
ah! i have seen the picture of dennis priddle car somewhere with one of his rear wheel busted by Liz!! :shock: i bet he had to have a quick change underwear after! :lol:

PostPosted:Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:22 pm
by muddytalker
The incident occurred at the 1975 May 3rd/4th Snetterton event promoted by European Dragways and the NDRC. Tog is indeed right about Liz missing the chute handle at the end of her first 200 mph run. In fact it was an 8.67 at 204 mph.

Exiting the lights Liz knew she was in trouble when she crossed lanes behind Dennis’ rail. Slowing with the chutes out, Liz clipped the back end of the 'Mr Revell' dragster damaging the right rear slick. Dennis brought his dragster to a safe stop but Liz went further on into the field, ploughing through a hedge, over a rise before coming to a stop on its side.

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Liz was lucky to escape with just bruising, but the dragster suffered worst with a broken back just behind the drivers seat, and as you can see from the photo, there was nothing left of the front end. According to the report, the emergency services weren’t that clever either taking a full three minutes to get to the scene only to find Liz wandering around on her own.

Although Dennis suffered two cracked chassis rails in the crash, the ‘Mr Revell’ dragster recorded the first official six second pass at Snetterton; 6.72 at 200 mph.

And especially for Ian, here’s a few more photos of Dennis Priddle’s stranded dragster by John Long but, I’m still mystified about what the guy in the Castrol jacket is meant to be doing other than huddling from the cold Norfolk conditions that day.

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