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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAPALLO, ITALY: 1947
 

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Under the Radar: 1963

Under the Radar: 1963

March 1963, somewhere along Route 66 in California. This 35mm Kodachrome begins a new series by the late photographer and hot-rodder Don Cox, one of the pioneers of dry-lake racing in the postwar years. They were donated to Shorpy by his friend (and "Birth of Hot Rodding" co-author) Robert Genat. Here we see Don and his 1957 Lincoln Premiere convertible snapped from above by a low-flying confederate. View full size.

 

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Son, you're gonna drive me to drinkin'

Was Don Cox the inspiration for that song?

About that low-flyer

Legend has it that the low-flying Confederate was General Fitzhugh Lee, thrown from his horse while examining a prototype of the Kodak Brownie in the midst of passage through a wormhole. If so, nice shot under the circumstances.

Did he know Commander Cody?

Somehow, a 1957 Lincoln Premiere, even with a soft top, seems more like the kind of car his mother might drive.

WHAT A PHOTO!

Cue up the soundtrack tune by the Ventures, please.

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