Floppers- Dan Cook's Damn Yankee , Pat Foster

  • Model: 1202
  • Shipping Weight: 4lbs
  • Manufactured by: 1320inc


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The drag racing scene around Southern California in the mid-1950s was that of a vibrant and growing spectacle of post-war motorsports. It was also the foundation for Long Beach native, Don Cook, whose career lasted as long as the track which first gained and for the next 18 years held his full attention, Lions Drag Strip.
Prior to the Mickey Thompson managed facility's opening in October of 1955, Cook was already hooked on things mechanical, having overhauled his first engine out of a Model-T Ford at just nine years of age and without any outside help. His first real ride in a racecar came behind the wheel of a '52 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop that ran in the 1/4 mile asphalt tracks bracket action, but was soon replaced by a '49 Chevy, then a '40 Ford Coupe fitted with a 327 cubic-inch Corvette engine between the framerails.
Several progressively faster cars were next, followed by his owner/driving duties in a supercharged and nitromethane-powered 1969 Corvette bearing his name in the new and wildly popular Funny Car division.
During the late-1960's, Cook had several drivers take over the wheel, including Ron O'Donnell, Frank Rupert, Dick Burgeois, Mert Littlefield and Mike Chysyk. It was perhaps the up-and-coming Pat Foster who gained the most notoriety for himself and Cook, with the immaculate 'Don Cook's Damn Yankee' machine, created by Woody Gilmore and fabricating assistance by Foster.
Draped with a spectacular red, white and blue paint scheme, this patriotic creation ran as good as it looked which was indeed spectacular with its metallic blue paing, anodized chrome plated internals and framework.
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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 05 March, 2008.

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