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Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

Post by Erik Barrett » Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:56 pm

Chris Egsgaard’s 1973 Long Beach champ is coming back together.
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Re: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

Post by Hap_Tucker » Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:36 pm

Erik,

Thank you for the update. I looked but I didn't find a photo of the 1973 winning car -- if you or anyone else has a photo or a link they could post to that blue T, that would be appreciated.

Hill climb info in general:

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/70 ... 1492829139


Chris Egsgaard

https://www.nwvs.org/Technical/MTFCA/Ar ... Poobah.pdf


https://www.mtfca.com/HOF/Fame.htm Speedster Hall of Fame 2008 inductee (go ctrl alt F and type in Egsgaard and it goes to the write up

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Post by wayne sheldon » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:40 pm

Chris E and that car certainly are real parts of model T "post modern" history! I am pleased to see it going together as what it was. I do think I met Chris at a Long Beach Swap Meet about 45 years ago, although I never really knew him. I did know several people involved in the Hill Climb, and they all admired Chris.

Thank you for posting this update!


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Post by babychadwick » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:10 am

Something like this?
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Post by Erik Barrett » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:34 pm

That’s Egsgaard’s Wild Cherry. It turned the whole hill climb thing upside down and was the beginning of what the Long Beach event was famous for. It is the car we modeled the Wild Cherry II racer after.


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Post by babychadwick » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:18 pm

That was a picture he did and wrote on the back of for my Mom when she was a little girl, I now have it.

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Post by AdminJeff » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:57 pm

This is such fun stuff going back thru time with these old racers. I discovered that my car, previously owned by George Romain in So Cal did the hill climb in 1969 and I just randomly came across this pic of him and my car #60 driving up the hill.
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Post by babychadwick » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:40 am

It's too bad there arent any competitions like this anymore. I know legal/risk wise it's a nightmare but that is what made the TROG so popular. There is a real desire amongst the younger population to have fun doing events like the hill climb.


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Post by TeveS-Nor Cal » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:55 am

There are competitors like this! We run them all the time at our FAST hill climbs! Maybe not so extreme; but, just as much fun.


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Re: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

Post by Erik Barrett » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:20 pm

Got it running last night. Sounds very potent. Won’t idle, need to work on the Winfield D model carb. We hope to race it on Saturday at RPM nationals in Santa Margarita.

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Post by AdminJeff » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:27 pm

Erik Barrett wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:20 pm
Got it running last night. Sounds very potent. Won’t idle, need to work on the Winfield D model carb. We hope to race it on Saturday at RPM nationals in Santa Margarita.
I got the txt from Robert late last nite! AWESOME. glad all my wiring worked!
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Re: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

Post by Original Smith » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:22 am

I knew Chris pretty well, and saw him shortly before he passed away. He was a fun guy, and controversial too. I never cared for the fast stuff like Chris did though. Stock has always been good enough for me. If anyone has access to Saga Magazine for March 1962, Vol. 23, No. 6, page 32, there is a photo of me getting ready to flag a T up the hill. I was 17 at the time and am 76 now.


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Post by wayne sheldon » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:47 am

As I said, I did not know Chris E myself. I do recall that he was often controversial. If I recall correctly, for quite a number of years, he rebuilt, or built new, a T-based car nearly every year. People waited, and often went to see the Hill Climb, just to see what he came up with for that year.
He may have been controversial, and his "thing"may not have been my "thing", but he was an important piece of our model T's history. History for the T did not end with the production stoppage in 1927. I am pleased by Erik and crew's Wild Cherry II and this resurrection of one of Chris E's cars.


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Re: Billy Poohbah’s hill climber

Post by Jeff Hood » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:04 pm

Hap, if you look at the first link in your post (General Hillclimb Info) and scroll way down toward the bottom where I posted more info, there are two pictures (1971) of the car when it was orange and had the huge megaphone exhaust. Just below that is a picture of it in orange with the megaphone, and then in blue with a new hood and header exhaust. The blue car with header is the 1973 winning combination.The megaphone looked cool and made lots of noise, but the header made more power.

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