Originally Posted by timothale
Fremont was just a few feet above sea level and that moist air would let them make a lot of horsepower. I worked with Joe Davis, first they had the altered Fiat, then one of the first funny car mustangs, Colt 45, then the T roadster, Jewel T, Joe figured out that the timing lights would not give you a red light until the light beam hit the receiver after his tire rolled thru. First he went to solid disc wheels instead of spokes, then off set the front axle so one wheel rolled thru then the other one rolled thru before the light beam would flash the receiver eye and Wheelie bars to keep the front end on the ground. A lot of info about them on the Hamb, Wes Ingram's son has posted. and there a a few videos on the net.
Just like everything else, details, it's all in the details. The best get better, often a microscopic bit at a time, THAT is what makes them better. Very cool info thanks.