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Old 03-04-2018, 08:25 PM
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Great story Gary, you could have written a book, its that good. Times with your Dad are memories to last forever. Growing up i learned cars and street racing from friends and guys on the street. my dad passed away at the age of 27, from a brain tumor Feb 28 1961. I was born Oct 28 1960, i was 4 months old. He served in the Army 1951-1955 i was USMC 79-83. Thank you for your service and i hope you find your YENKO.
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Great story Gary, you could have written a book, its that good. Times with your Dad are memories to last forever. Growing up i learned cars and street racing from friends and guys on the street. my dad passed away at the age of 27, from a brain tumor Feb 28 1961. I was born Oct 28 1960, i was 4 months old. He served in the Army 1951-1955 i was USMC 79-83. Thank you for your service and i hope you find your YENKO.
Thanks Bugsy, I appreciate your kind words about my stories, they are wonderful memories to say the least. I would also like to thank you for your service in the Marines, and of course your DAD's service to our country. It really grinds me to see the crap that goes on today with people dis-respecting our flag and the national anthem, I just feel they are totally ignorant as to how they have their first amendment right and all the service men and women who gave their lives so they have that right to free speech. My DAD was in the Army as well, from 1942 to just after WWII ended, he was in the South Pacific as a Combat Engineer.

I found some more pictures, so I will be posting them soon, and along with those pictures, maybe a few more stories...

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Old 03-05-2018, 10:22 PM
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Well I just spent a good portion of my afternoon reading through this thread. Great stories!
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Quite a few stories earlier, I told everyone about the towing story about coming home from National Trails in Columbus, Ohio with the Monte Carlo (tow car) and the "bulldozer" trailer. Attached are a couple pictures that were taken at Quaker City of those two vehicles. Since the car is positioned very far rearward on the trailer, I would assume that these pictures were taken after the towing escapade. Every towing trip in those days was a learning experience.

I have a story about my brother driving the Yenko that I will post soon.

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PS I apologize about the poor quality of the photos, but evidently the camera I was using was focusing on the background rather than the cars.
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So cool, thanks for the pics and stories, love 'em.
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Attached are a couple of pictures that I had to re-size a lot, so they really don't show everything, but you guys will get the idea. I apologize ahead of time for the second picture being so large.

The picture of me holding the gloves is a present my older brother gave me. As you will notice I am holding the gloves with both hands, cause I thought it was silly he wanted me to wear driving gloves, but what the heck I wore them to make him happy. The other picture showing me in the car also shows a wooden steering wheel that he also had bought for me and I will be telling a story about that wheel and why he thought I needed the "wood" over the plastic. I will give you a hint, the whole steering wheel thing really had to do with him trying to drive the YENKO and that escapade didn't go too well....

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This story was probably in the summer of 1970, but definitely prior to the engine being redone and the Yenko turned in to a full time race car. As I mentioned previously, my brother and I enlisted in the US Army Reserves in August of 1968 and we both went to Fort Bragg, North Carolina during the summer of 1969 for basic training and then on to Fort Lee, Virginia for advanced individual training. After graduating from college, my brother began working for the Ford Motor Company and lived in northwestern Ohio, but would still come home for the monthly reserve meetings in northeastern Ohio. This particular weekend he suggested that we take the Yenko to the reserve meeting on Saturday and we would ride together. I think he had an alternative motive, because when we were leaving the meeting on Saturday afternoon, he asked if he could drive the Yenko home. I didn't have a problem with it, so I said "Sure". Since this was a summer meeting and it was really hot out, we opened the car doors and with the black interior, the Yenko was really steamy inside, so we put all the windows down and we took off. The reserve station was on the outskirts, of Warren, Ohio near Lordstown where I worked at General Motors, which was out in the middle of nowhere, basically farm country back then, not that it is a whole lot different now, but definitely more population. We had to take back roads to get there, but they were nice straight paved two lane roads with very little traffic, especially on a Saturday afternoon. When we came to a four way stop, (I have no idea why there was a four way stop, unless it was for the cows when they meandered by), my brother said, "Well, its warmed up, can I get on it?" I responded "Absolutely, let er rip!!!!" Well, rip, he did, revved it up, dropped the clutch and it immediately smoked the tires and the back end was coming around to the right trying to take over where the front end used to be, he is steering the hell out of it, turning the wheel to the right (like you are taught to drive on ice and snow), but the Yenko is having none of it and it gets to the point where the rear tires have left the pavement and are on the burm and he finally lets off the throttle and straightens it up. I think I mentioned how the interior was very hot and he said the stock steering wheel was slippery and that's why he lost control. So he says, "Can I try it again?" I said, "Sure, there's no traffic, try it again..." Well, he came to a stop, revved it up, dropped the clutch, unfortunately, we had the same result, only this time, it was a little more violent and he tried to drive it further and when the stones started hitting the right side quarter panel, he finally gave it up. I decided, that was enough, I told him, "Stop the car and let me show you how to do this". He stopped, we switched positions, and after buckling up, I told him "Hang On", revved my baby up, dropped the clutch and off we went straight down the road, like it was on a string, went through the gears, took it up to about 120 and backed off. I looked over at him and said "There are some things a little brother can do better than a big brother". He was sitting there shaking his head, still blaming the hot "slippery" steering wheel and that is how I got driving gloves for a birthday present and the wooden steering wheel for Christmas later that same year.

In all fairness, my brother started racing Formula Fords in SCCA a couple years later and he was quite good, he could really drive a road course and go around turns fast, in fact he could go down straightaways pretty good too, but then again that little four popper probably didn't have a quarter of the horsepower that the Yenko had. He had a lot of success with his first formula Ford and I was very proud of him. Not too long ago, I reminded him of this episode, but naturally he didn't remember it the same way I did, but this is my story and I'm sticking to it......
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awesome story with great details!
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