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Old 07-14-2003, 03:38 PM
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I'm looking for anyone who remembers a '69 Camaro that raced in the northeast area (Island, Cecil, 75-80, Maple Grove, Numedia, Atco, etc...) under the banner of HUCKLEBERRY HOUND. I'm holding a vintage photo of this car in my hand that I purchased at the York show - after all you other guys beat me to them, I was busy chasing Benjamin [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I only noticed this pic because someone had mentioned this racecar to me in the past, I believe it was Dan P. from NJ. However, I do not remember the details of the conversation. The car appears to be fathom green, cowl hood, silver grill, bowtie, endura, 1/4 gills, normally running in SS/EA, but on this evening it was shoe-polished as SS/DA. In this pic it is running against a '69 Chevelle that is in SS/EA under the banner of Bob Fisher Chevrolet - is that a 427/auto classification for the Chevelle as well?

Any info appreciated, I'm trying to piece together a few stories that I have collected about a certain car in this area over the last several years. I think this picture factors into my research.

I will try to scan the pic.
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Old 07-14-2003, 04:08 PM
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I have one of a 396 Chevelle that says SS/FA on window

That guy has some great photos. They were developed back in the day which I like better then when you get a new photo from an old neg.
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Old 07-14-2003, 06:42 PM
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Yea, he had good stuff, The Buzzkill Mayor got some good ones too! This vendor will be at Englishtown in two weeks, I may go back to check out the rest!

Where's DanP? I know he out in AZ battling with the home associations, but haven't heard from him in a while! I'm pretty sure he told me about this 'HOUND' car, and that it was from NJ.
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Old 07-14-2003, 07:04 PM
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Marlin, Chevelle is probably Musser Bros. car sponsered by Fisher Chevrolet. I'll see if I can find anything about the HH car.
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Old 07-14-2003, 08:38 PM
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I remember Huckleberry Hound quite well. This 1969 Camaro SS was bought at Wallace Chevrolet in Linden, NJ. In fact, 2 cars were purchased at the same time - a 1969 Nova SS (396) and the subject car. The original owners were Frankie Johansson and Andy Zimmerman. I had an interest in the car but my primary interest was the cousin Nova. By the way, both were all black when new. Rogers Speed shop in Garwood, NJ did most of the engine work - at lesast provided the facilities, and Andy was the brains behind the actuall mechanics. Andy died in the mid to late 1970's and Frankie is somewhere. He was a professional painter (offices, etc.) and probably inhaled too many fumes.

The Nova ran Pure Stock - B auto and consistantly ran in the low 12's. The Camaro ran in B SS Auto and, when right, ran below the class record.
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Old 07-14-2003, 10:10 PM
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Nicely done Ray!!

After reading what you typed, I can decipher more names on the car in this picture. 'Chief Mech. Andy Z' is on the lower front fenders. 'Driver Frank Johanssen' is above the door glass on the roof roll. The pit crew members are on the rear quarters behind the rear wheel, but I can't make out the names. The seller told me this pic was taken at Cecil County dragway. Car is very dark in this b/w photo, so black it is. I don't see any SS markings on it, which is why I suspected that it might be a COPO car from NJ or a Yenko car from PA, as well as the class on the window of SS/DA. There is a big 'Duffys' decal on the front fender, is that a parts place? It's a very cool picture!

Now that you mention Wallace Chev. my conversation with Dan P. is coming back to me. Dan was trying to document one of his '68 Novas that has indications of Motion conversion possibilities, this Nova was out of Wallace in Linden, NJ. Dan had tracked down some people that had told him about these cars, and the possibility that there might be a Wallace/Motion connection much like the Baldwin/Motion deal. Dan had conversed with guys who told him about the H.Hound car. When I first saw a HH pic at the show, (it was a smaller pic with the HH car in the other lane, I didn't buy it) I was surprised because I had thought that the HH car was indeed a Nova, possibly Dan's '68 Nova. I guess not unless there were two HH cars - one Camaro and one Nova? Was the Wallace Nova lettered up?

Awesome pic, the more I study it the more I like it. Would be fun to find it, and put it back as the Huckleberry Hound!

Greg, thanks for the tip on the Chevelle. After reading what you typed I can decipher the lettering on the front fender which does appear to be Musser Bros. I could make out the Bros. part but not the 'Mu' portion. Neat car, has a holeshot on the Camaro, both are seriously wrinkling the slicks!

Thanks again, keep the info flowin!
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Old 07-14-2003, 10:24 PM
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Marlin,You must have a HorseShoe up your A**!
Way to go Ray. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggthumpup.gif[/img]
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We wanna see the picture! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggthumpup.gif[/img]
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I gotta figure out how to scan the darn thing! I'm not sure how to do it here at work using the fax machine, can't seem to get the file over to my computer - without someone seeing what I'm doing!

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The info is flowing in, amazing what an old pic can bring out of the woodwork! The car appears to still be around, will post more when I get the pieces put together. Some records show that Andy Zimmerman passed on in 1976.
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