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Cool Old Photos: Road Runner New in ’69


Cool Old Photos: Road Runner New in ’69

We love cool old photos of gearhead stuff and we’re also enamored of our pal Drag Racing Hall of Famer Dave Wallace, so imagine how stoked we were to intercept a recent email that included not only two photos of Dave’s ’69 Road Runner that he bought new but also a brief recollection of the car. Here’s what he had to say:

“Here are possibly the ONLY two surviving photos of the four-speed, Torch-Red Road Runner, on the line at ‘Fernando and in the driveway of my Van Nuys rental house, late ’68 or early ’69.  I was pretty disappointed about not breaking into the 14s, but the best it ran (without a 2-3 power shift) was 15.0s at 96 mph — on skinny Uniroyal Tiger Paws, of course!

My dad had promised to make the payments and drive the car if/when I got drafted (July ’69, at 19), but my mom had different ideas, so I was forced to sell (to that rich son of an attorney — who had a college deferment, the prick! — as mentioned previously).  I’ve always regretted letting my all-time-favorite car get away.”

Dave Wallace's '69 Road Runner

Dave Wallace's '69 Road Runner


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