The principal was angry and demanded that the coach force the team to "... put that car back down on the street where it belongs!" But eventually, Wells got the hot rod bug and fixed up a black '48 Ford two-door - lowered it, installed dual exhaust, box-style fender skirts, and added the cat's meow of the day: twin Appleton spotlights. The street rod parts market is now a major segment of the specialty automotive aftermarket, which includes racing equipment for drag racing, circle-track racing, and other forms of automotive competition sports.
Dick Wells, 1934-2010 NHRA board member was first editor of National DRAGSTER and respected industry veteran N HRA board member Dick Wells, who died school with his tuba in tow. Wells scratched his Jan. 18, was National DRAGSTER’s first head and said, “It would have to be you or the editor and a lifelong wordsmith. In March tuba. Both won’t fit in the Crosley.” Paul was 2007, he authored this entertaining and interesting incensed, didn’t understand, and never spoke to biography that tells of his amazing career in the Wells again. The Lincoln High School football world of motorsports. Although written in the third- team on one occasion picked up the Crosley, person, it’s genuine Wells prose. carried it up the stairs to the main entrance of the school, and left it there, crosswise, so the doors D ick Wells began his career in the field of couldn’t be opened. The principal was angry and motorsports much the same as other demanded that the coach force the team to “… Americans: when he was a teenager and put that car back down on the street where it got his driver’s license for the first time. His belongs!” interest in cars became apparent quickly. At 16, But eventually, Wells got the hot rod bug and his dad gave him the family’s ’36 Chevy two- fixed up a black ’48 Ford two-door — lowered it, door, today known as the model with “suicide installed dual exhaust, box-style fender skirts, doors.” There was one problem with the car: It and added the cat’s meow of the day: twin jumped out of high gear when traveling at a Appleton spotlights. Eventually, he needed a normal speed, so when he and his pals were out good job to pay for all of the toys, and he began cruising, one had to hold the floor-shift lever working in an automotive parts store in Lincoln, down to avoid having the car pop out of gear. At Neb., as a stockroom clerk, then quickly moved 16, he remembers, he simply didn’t have the up to become a salesman, and after a few years, money to get it repaired, and at that point, he took over as manager. The store, Hank’s Auto didn’t have the knowledge to repair it on his own. Store, sold auto parts and speed equipment. Later, His father had mixed emotions about Wells’ the vacuum cleaner sucked up dry leaves and Wells was hired by Speedway Motors, today one interest in cars. The Chevy was polished and twigs, and Dale destroyed his mother’s new of the largest distributors of automotive waxed so often that the paint was wearing prized vacuum. performance equipment in the United States, and through to the primer in many spots, but after an And Wells favored “odd” cars. He even had a he remained there as assistant manager until experience with his pal, he chose not to repaint it. ’48 Crosley station wagon while in high school. It relocating from his native Lincoln to the Los Here’s what happened: His high school friend, made sense: very good economy. But there was a Angeles area. Dale, also had ’36 Chevy, which he decided to downside: It never started on a cold Nebraska It was in California that he became actively paint. The two 16-year- winter morning. And the involved in motorsports as a career pursuit. He olds began to paint on a upside: It was small, light, was the first editor of National DRAGSTER when Saturday morning when and easy to push. Pr
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