Gary Cagle was the first driver and first over 200 mph in the car. The front
finders had the head lights removed and was dis allowed for the class, They
on card board and alum. Head lights to make it legal. It was the first stock
bodied car to go 200 mph.
> Hello Ugo, I have a color photo showing the famed Belmont
> Stude in the background . The car is a light yellow, and has the number
> 400 on
> the door, and is running in " B " Comp Coupe class, lettered as the "
> HI - MATIC Brake Lining Special " . The Team was San Chez - Kamboor
> Locasto . I am not positive, but think Kamboor was known as " Big Jim
> ", and
> it was Joe Locasto . I believe that the year was 1959, and it turned a
> of 213 .19 to set a class record . I think Tom Bryant, and maybe
> " ARDUNDOUG " King, have extensive records on Bonneville / Dry Lake
> that could confirm what year / class / speed, etc . They might have photos
> other inside knowledge of these teams and their cars. You probably have been
> on this list long enough to know their involvement in drag racing, lakes and
> Bonneville goes well back into the Fifties . The COMBINED racing and
> automobile knowledge / experience of ALL members on this list is
> and it certainly would make a HUGE, VERY INTERESTING book !
> I believe Belmont San Chez is still with us, and living in, or
> near, Hemet,
> California . Many of our West Coast members might be able to assist you
> this, some may even know him . I saw Kamboor running a dragster at
> drag strip in southern California back in 1956 and ' 57, but do not know if
> he or
> Joe Locasto are still around --- others here probably do know .
> I hope this helps you a bit, and can we expect to see you " on the
> salt ? "
> Good Luck on your projects, Ugo ! Ciao !
> Bruce Ferguson