John S 1969 Pontiac Catalina 2dr Hardtop Coupe

The Plainview 1/4 Mile

I was a senior at Plainview TX High School and graduated in 1957. I had been accepted into pre-med at the University of Texas and my father wanted me to have a nice car to drive back and forth to Austin. I wanted real performance and told him I did not want air conditioning so I could save money (ha). Then unknown to my father I convinced the Chevrolet dealer to order dealer installed options of a Duntov high lift cam with solid lifters and two four barrel carburetors. I also took off the stock mufflers and put on some good sounding glass packs. It was a beautiful car and very fast for its day. Several of us who had fast cars would cruise around the local drive in a see if there was anyone from out of town that wanted to face. We had a quarter mile marked off with lookouts a couple of miles away from the city limits. We would also cruise Broadway on Saturday nights which was quite a sight back then. I got several tickets and had my drivers license suspended for 60 days which was an awful experience. I told my friends that I was teaching my girl friend how to drive so she did the driving or a while. The story did not last long and I suffered through a lot of unkind remarks. I later got a 1958 Pontiac Chieftain with the Tri-Power engine which was much faster than my '56 Chevy and I won a lot of trophies at various drag strips around Texas. Having gone from high school to Medicare I now own two classics - a 1965 Pontiac 421 tri-power and a 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst with a 440 engine. I am still addicted to high performance engines and my regular driver now is a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Hemi engine. I am sending an attachment with a photo of the '56 Chevy and title application showing a price of $2,475.00.

John Skaggs

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