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Drag Racing and the Bakersfield SMOKERS (23)
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* Welcome! Best way to view these albums is to click on photo to enlarge and go on to Next from there! Thank-you and enjoy!
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1952-53 - Hut Watkins' SMOKERS INC. plaque!
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From the Collection of Mike Goyda - 2005 photo
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1952-53 - Hut Watkins' Smokers Membership plaque!
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From the Collection of Mike Goyda - 2005 photo
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1953-54 - Drag Races poster with map to the new dragstrip, Famosa! "Previous SMOKERS' races were held at an old crop duster's airstrip. The Bakersfield strip was 15 miles south of town, west 5 miles off of Hwy. 99 (I-5), north onto a dirt road then ..
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.. about 1/2 mile off of the Maricopa Cutoff (Hwy 126.) The strip ran north and south, timing stand was on the west side of the strip. Strip was just like Famoso-out in the middle of nowhere!!" Quote by Ann Crossley * From the Collection of Mike Goyda
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1956 - Smokers Trophy. "The race was called 'The Grand National Challenge Drags' and that is engraved on the plate. There is no class designation on the trophy and I don't know who won it originally."
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Quote & photo courtesy of Dick "The Joker" Kalivoda
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1958 - 1 of 3 photos. Howard Hylton in all white and Bill Crossley in the driver's seat setting up for a run.
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From the Crossley Family Archive, Ann Crossley photo.
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1958 - 2 of 3 photos. Bill Crossley being pushed through the pit area before the run in the Hashim-Hylton-Crossley rig. Notice the faint, white SMOKERS marking on the body!
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From the Crossley Family Archive, Ann Crossley photo.
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1958 - 3 of 3 photos. Hashim-Hylton-Crossley(Aubrey) dragster at the end of the day.
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From the Crossley Family Archive, Ann Crossley photo.
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1959 - May. SMOKERS Hashim-Hylton-Crossley dragster, "The Five-Wheel-Flyer" at Riverside. "Smokers" emblazoned on the side!
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Doug Peterson photo
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1959 - November 9th Riverside. West Coast's Fastest fuel dragster of SMOKERS Hashim-Hylton-Crossley with tremendous 171.10 mph blast at 9.05 seconds. Car later turned 169.17 in 9.02 seconds. Marks were strip records for both speed and elapsed time.
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Courtesy of Rod McCarrell * Drag News November
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195? - 6? - "The cowl was Bernie Mather's, Bob Trubey drove the car." 2005 photo
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Hut Watkins quote. Chris Cooper photo courtesy of www.wdifl.com
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1961 - Smokers 3rd Annual United States Fuel & Gas Championship pin
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Courtesy of Eric Bowman
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1962 - "2-1/2" in diameter, celluloid badge issued to officials at the 1962 Bakersfield March Meet"
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Mike Goyda Collection
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1964 - February. Newly elected officers for Smokers Inc. of Bakersfield, dinner in their honor. Left to right Bob Trubey, Jack Williams, Bill McCabe and Mickey Wiggins.
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Courtesy of Rod McCarrell * Drag News 2/8/64
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1964 - SMOKERS sponsored 6th Annual U. S. Fuel and Gas Championship ticket with 1963 Top Fuel Champion, Art Malone pictured. Winner at 183.80 mph and an e.t. of 8.33.
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Courtesy of Mike Goyda www.goyda.com for some cool drag racing memorabilia!
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1965 - 7th Annual U. S. Fuel and Gas Championship decal
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1965 - Smokers 7th Annual United States Fuel & Gas Championship - Manufacturer pin
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Courtesy of Eric Bowman
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1966 - 8th Annual U. S. Fuel and Gas Championship decal
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1967 - 9th Annual U. S. Fuel and Gas Championship decal
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2004 - March Meets Smokers' Dinner. Plaque of the Bakersfield SMOKERS, Inc.
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Beth Crossley photo
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2005 - California Hot Rod Reunion 14. SMOKER member Tony Waters' A/Blown Fuel rig, class winner.
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Beth Crossley Photo
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2005 - Hut Watkins SMOKERS member and Mike Goyda with original SMOKERS plaque also seen at the top of the page!
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Courtesy of Mike Goyda
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2006 - 1960's Smokers jacket worn by member Jack Hatzman at the Smokers' Dinner, March 17th.
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Beth Crossley photo.




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