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    Default Long Beach, 1953

    I was WATCHING THE START OF THE CRACKER BOX RACE.
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    Default Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, 1965 APBA Stock Outboard Nationals

    Carl Meyers, started to Beaver Falls, in a new Chevy pick up with a camper on the back. He got to Ogalala, Nebraska and got hit head on.

    This newspaper has been around since 1965, my dog decided to eat it today.

    The full story will be in my book, but right now, I'm only up to 1961...
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    Got to tell your Dog that yellow newsprint is real crumbly.....and probably had lead stamped into it. So tell him to be careful so you don't get charged with endangering your Dog. Be careful with those pieces and keep your story and clippings coming.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Hill View Post
    I was WATCHING THE START OF THE CRACKER BOX RACE.

    I was 3 years old in 1953, but remember watching those races a few years later around Long Beach; also remember the oil wells that were all over. We were living in Long Beach when the airplane crashed on Signal Hill that resulted in fire, explosions, and drops of oil raining down on the city below--onto the houses, and laundry hanging on the line. The oil company (Standard?) paid to have the houses painted and laundry replaced (maybe I've already told that story on BRF...the mind becomes crumbly, like yellowed newspaper).

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    Default Gene Autry and My Dad Had The Same Birthday 12/29/1907

    My dad would have been 110 today. It seems a very short 20 years to not have him here. My dad and mom came to California in 1935 BROKE, by the time I was born, 1944, they owned a house and 22 acres at Lake Elsinore, and my dad was racing boats. My sister was 13 years older than me, and my brother was ten years older.

    My dad started me in racing when I was 11, 1955, and supported me til about 1989. We won a lot of races together, he rebuilt many of my factory motors to make them faster. We won the Elsinore 500, 1973 and the Parker 9 Hour (Division II) 1975, with motors my dad built. He and I are bought APBA Honor Squadron Members.

    I'd get crazy ideas, and my dad would make them come true. We raced Stock, Alkies, OPC.

    I'm not sure my dad ever complimented me and I'm not sure I ever really thanked him.

    One time someone told my dad, "Those Hill kids aren't very good losers." My dad said, "Well, they haven't had much practice."

    We went to races to "WIN" and we did "WIN" often.

    Miss you dad. I'M HAPPY YOU WERE ABLE TO TEACH CHAD SO MUCH ABOUT MOTORS BEFORE YOU LEFT US.

    We were racing at the Parker 9 Hour the weekend my dad passed, 1997. A good weekend to go, I always thought!

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    Default Dudley Malone's Book: Rooster Tales

    I've really only known Dudley for the last 15 years. Not knowing him longer is my loss, what a great guy. Have have not read his whole book, but I got one on Amazon and one directly from Dudley. The book is well worth the $19.95 or whatever it costs.

    He's one of a kind, I consider him a true friend.
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    I remember you stopped by to see Dudley on your way to the Lone Star Reunion at Baytown Boat Club in Texas 12 years ago Ron. You had a bunch of motors and stuff in your pickup bed you picked up from Dudley.



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    Default This Is From Speed and Spray, 1955: Talks About Yamato Motors in Japan

    Red Thomas gave me my first "A" Stock Mercury motor, 1954.
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    Default Ron Hill's KG-4 Propellers

    These KG-4 propellers are kept in my safe at the office. They are from a by gone ear, never to return. We raced these props on Chad Hill's Sorensen Runabout with a restricted Johnson 15. Chad won the Winter Nationals at least once, we never went to the Summer Nationals as Chad played football and APBA expected him to be at their nationals for a week to race two heats.

    I think Chad won 56 straight races but my memory is often wrong anymore.

    Of the six, only one was ever on a 60-J Mercury, it has two small shear pin holes on the hub, this is my casting made by me.

    There are two Smith Wheels, two John Csypulski wheels and one Lockhart, that says , "Younger"....Keith Keith or Mark Yunger's KG-4 prop.

    I had planned having a Propeller Museum, but got side tracked along the way.

    10/71 is the oldest. A Cary, aquired from Roy Miner and I modified it.
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    Default Glen Helen Raceway, March 16-17, 2019: Jake Hill Fastest Race Time

    Jake qualified 5th on Saturday and ended up 5th. Qualified 3rd, Sunday and ended up 16th after a roll over. Jake and Jordan Hill in the pits.

    Thanks to Redline oil for the support!
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