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    patina
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    The wife and I had lunch at Roudigans steak house in Kingston today and saw a picture of a 55 Chevy E/Gasser with big wheelwells. I remember Jerry Duffy from Automotion telling me that Frank Roudis owns Roudigans and raced at Dover. The car looks like Blakes 55 could it be? I tried to talk with Frank but he was at a meeting, thats what they told me last year when I dropped off the Dover race stuff. Any one remember “The Grille Man” 55 Chevy. Blake where did your old car go?

    Pat

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    dino
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    Pat…He’s An ODF Member.but not a frequent forum visitor…..Need to call him .Will have Brian make a Field Recon for info and take photos.

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    tomblake
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    Pat….Looks like my old 55 just disappeared. Could not find the first thing about it since I sold it in 1965 but it did have big wheel wells.

    #25103
    charlie-irving
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    Tom,

    Could this really be happening. Is “Odd Job” on the verge of being found ?
    Good luck. I think I know what you are thinking about.

    Charlie Irving

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    dino
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    Brian’s invading the restaurant tomorrow…only a mile from his house. Said the cook raced at Dover too.Told him to take a Photo of the Photo & hit the guy for info..

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    tomblake
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    Charlie…..From the picture you sent me of Odd Job to finding the car almost sound impossible. But I would have said that about your picture and Dino’s web site a couple of years ago. This site has brought back more than just memories.
    Tom

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    dino
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    Tom …Brian worked all weekend BUT WILL head over and check it out.

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    tomblake
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    I was just thinking about that earlier today. Sure would be something to find out what happen to it, if it turns out to be my old car. Brian….will be waiting to see what you come up with.

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    Got the photo of the Grillman Dino will post it soon i hung with Frank cool guy and saw his pictures from then he also bought a Dover tin sign for display. Brian M

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    dino
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    Finally …Here’s Frank’s “Grillman” ’55 ,running at the Valley. Regular Dover racer. Name comes from job he had at his Dad’s Colonial Diner in Kingston. Also where his Club got thier name: ‘The Colonial Draggers’. Ran Dover from first year til about late ’64-’65.Thats when this shot taken. Had a late 30’s bread truck locked 5:33 rear .Sold it to a guy in Saugerties and dropped out of sight. Frank now has one of our Steel Grand Opening signs on the wall of his restaurant .Don’t think it’s yours Tom….but does have Casey ‘signature’ wheelwell cut-outs 😆


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    #27673
    tomblake
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    Dino……Looks like you are right about not being my old car. He ran the same time period as I did and stopped about the same time also. Coincidence that we ran the same years, the same class, the same wheel well cut outs with almost the same car down to the color but I don’t ever remember running together.

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    patina
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    quote DINO:

    Finally …Here’s Frank’s “Grillman” ’55 ,running at the Valley. Regular Dover racer. Name comes from job he had at his Dad’s Colonial Diner in Kingston. Also where his Club got thier name: ‘The Colonial Draggers’. Ran Dover from first year til about late ’64-’65.Thats when this shot taken. Had a late 30’s bread truck locked 5:33 rear .Sold it to a guy in Saugerties and dropped out of sight. Frank now has one of our Steel Grand Opening signs on the wall of his restaurant .Don’t think it’s yours Tom….but does have Casey ‘signature’ wheelwell cut-outs 😆

    Frank Roudis passed away January 1 2015 I was trying to follow up on car but no luck. Dino I don’t think he ran that early I believe he ran 67-68. Tom when did you sell your car? Was the car characteristics the same i.e.. front axle, truck rear etc. Jerry from Automotion said it had a one piece tilt nose. I’m getting a picture from Jerry next week.

    Pat

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    tomblake
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    Sold my 55 in 1966 when I was getting ready to move to South Carolina. It did have a straight axle front end and the full floating truck rear end. The front end was not a tilt but was set up to be easily removable with several bolts.

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    babycakes
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    I remember Frankie Roudis back in the day. In ’69’ I sold him my ’62’ Chevy red Impala convertable, that I took in on trade,and $$$ for my ’57’ Chevy C/MP,when I sold it. Frank’s restaurant was only 100 yards away from the dealership that I worked for, and every so often,I’d have lunch there.As ‘BUSY’ as he ‘always’ was, he’d spend a few minutes to say ‘hi’,and gotta GO!!! I wasn’t aware he passed away; a good hard working man!

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    dino
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    Brian visited him occasionally looking for photos.

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