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|On occasion, an old friend of mine sends me an e-mail with automotive trivia. He recently sent the images below, among others, stating
automotive related "firsts". He sent them as a question and answer trivia quiz but I'll just post them as to what they are.
|(Left to right) (1) The first parking meter was used in Oklahoma City in July 1935. (2) The first drive-in restaurant was Royce Hailey's Pig
Stand opened in 1921 in Dallas, TX. (3) The first 3-color traffic light was used in Detroit in 1919. (4) The first drive-in gas station was
opened by Gulf in Pittsburgh in 1913. (5) The first drive-in movie was opened in 1933 in Camden, NJ.
|I'm not a weatherman so I can't predict the weather, well neither can they but, I can predict one week out of 52. Whenever the Super Chevy Show
comes to Houston (Baytown), it's gonna rain. I've been doing this for a long, long time and almost every time the Super Chevy Show comes to town,
the rain chances are very, very high. They even quit coming to Houston for a few years until the Super Chevy Show was sold to a group of track
owners back in 2010, including the owners of Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown. We got off to a late start on Saturday and turned back because of
rain so I sent my brother out early on Sunday well before the predicted afternoon showers. He got off some good shots before heading back.
|Recently I heard the news, on Facebook of all places, about the death of legendary Texas Funny
Car racer Raymond Beadle. Beadle died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 70. Beadle, at the
helm of his Blue Max funny car, won the IHRA Funny Car crown in 1975, 1976 and 1981. He also
three-peated as NHRA champion in 1979, 1980 and 1981. After retiring from drag racing, Beadle
owned a World of Outlaws sprint car driven by Sammy Swindell and the 1989 NASCAR
championship winning car driven by Rusty Wallace. In 2000, the NHRA listed their Top 50 drivers
of all time and Beadle was ranked #20. He was just inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in
August of this year. Below I've posted some of my Beadle images beginning with two that I took at
Bill Hielscher's Green Valley Race City 35 years ago but autographed just a couple of years ago at
the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals at the Texas Motor Speedway (left) where he was a featured
guest. I've also included two versions of his Sammy Swindell driven World of Outlaws sprint car.
On the left is a Blue Max caricature poster that I bought from famed west coast painter Kenny
Youngblood which Beadle also autographed.