Norm Weekly puts
the Frantic 4 A/FD out in front to stay as he captures the #1
Fuel Ranking from Chicago invader, Chris Karamesines at Pomona
Looks like Tommy
Ivo is out on Norm Weekly at this 1963 match race at Ramona Raceway.
Some things never
change. As it is now, it was then and the manufactures always
used their "stars" in their ads. These could be seen
in every thing from Drag News to Hot Rod Magazine.
Porting Service used a great word play in this ad.
Like the manufactures,
the local drag strips also featured the cars that were "hot".
for an upcoming race at Pacific Raceway in Kent, WA - 1963
tires blazing -- Norm Weekly makes a classic "Lions Leave"
color shot of the Frantic 4 at Lions in 1963.
Weekly takes a leisurely ride thought the pits at Bakersfield
From the pages
of Popular Hot Rodding, another incredible overhead shot from
Fontana in 1964.
A rare shot of
this particular Weekly-Rivero-Fox-Holding car with "zoomie"
headers. This is Pacific Raceway in 1964.
"Thank You" ads were also common in the 1960's.
Lot" - Yea, right! This was taken at Airline Auto Sales
in 1963 when the team hooked up with Jack Flatley who owned Orange
County Metal Processing (OCMP). No clue what the Frantic 4, the
OCMP and Airline Auto dragsters were doing on the lot but you
can bet they weren't the daily specials.
"For just $50 down
and $25 a month you can drive this beauty home today."
This is obviously
a promo photo for the OCMP car. As Dennis Holding tells it...
"In late 1963 and early 1964 we operated the OCMP car on
a deal in which Fox and Holding maintained the engine for a fee
with Norman driving for a percentage of the winnings Jack Flatley
who owned the company liked the deal because Madden and Yates
had blown up a lot of stuff and we cost him very little. When
he tired of racing we returned everything to him and concentrated
on getting the Edmison chassis ready for the 64 tour back east.
This car was then sold to Val LaPorte in Florida and untimately
ended up in the water at the end of Lakeland Dragway."
head-on shot of Norm Weekly in the OCMP AA/FD.
Norm Weekly in
the OCMP car at Lions in 1963. This was a beautiful cars by anybody's
standards and it really flew once the Frantic 4 took it over.
Here's a few
candid shots of the OCMP car taken in 1963 and obviously not
at the races.
Norm Weekly launches
the OCMP AA/FD at Pomona in late 1963. Note the front wheels
are up but the smoke off the rear tires isn't as thick as the
1963 shots. The tires were getting a little better and some of
the guys were finally figuring out how to work the clutches.
of the Frantic 4 running the OCMP car at Pomona in late 1963.
A little more smoke in this shot.
In a period of
one week the Frantic 4 captured the #1 1320 Drag News spot with
the orange car at Pomona and the #8 with the OCMP car at Ramona.
Special - Frantic 4 in control. Great shot of the starting line
at Ramona in 1963.
Rock, June 21 1964 Rocky Mountain News -- "The team of Weekly.
Rivero, Fox, and Holding of Pomona, Calif. set a Colorado drag
race speed record Sunday at Continental Divide Raceways. The
Pomona crew set a mark of 185.56 miles per hour with an 8.26
ET, bettering the previous record of 182.78 mph. The Weekly,
Rivero, Fox, and Holding team also beat Denver's Nick Colbert
in a special two out of three match races. Colbert also broke
the old mark with a speed of 183.28 mph. Both cars were powered
by Chrysler engines."
News clip from Pete Garamonne
This is by far
the latest shot in the book and it had Ron Rivero in the seat.
It's take at Riverside in 1966. As Dennis Holding tells it: "This
was Woody's (Gilmore) first "built from the ground up"
car in the spring of 1964. Fox and Holding fitted it with the
streamlined M/R body but never raced it in competition. In 1965,
Holding toured this car with George Van and then Ron Goodsell
as the driver. Late in 1965, Ron Rivero got out of the Army and
began his full-time driving career. This "Woody" car
set top speed at the Riverside HRM meet and lost in the finals
to Tom McEwen in a VERY controversial starting line red-light.
It then toured the East that year as the "K&G Frantic
Fueler". The photo history of this car and it's successor
are another album in the Rivero family library."