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    maso
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      Any of you “Old Dover Farts” remember Paul Gommi from Stamford Conn. who also raced at East Haddem before heading out to Southern California…???

      Well… Paul’s latest creation is featured on the cover of the current ( May 2009 ) issue of “HOT ROD Deluxe” Magazine with a long ten page feature article about it, and is it cool… It’a a ratty looking ’32 Ford roadster with some of the most unusial detail idems that you have ever seen. This car has a history that goes back to the dry lakes.

      Go see it.

      #16486
      dino
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        Will be contacting Paul to fill us in on ALL his Dover Cars…Shott bought a chassis from him . And He had a few .

        #16503
        anthony-terenzio
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          Like i said in a earlyer post i would ride my bike to his speed shop (i was about 10 our 11 at the time) in Stamford on the boston post rd and west ave bother him and his partner russell grady
          all day they had the dragster there some times and i’ll never forget the one of the cars had a chassis that the up rights were not welded that was the hot thing at the time
          now some 30 years later some car are built that way

          #16504
          maso
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            Check this out…

            Some “Unrepentant Marxist” from Paul’s college class remembers him in his blog and compares him to Burt Monro, the New Zealander with the 1920 Indian motorcycle who set a record at the salt flats and they made a movie of it… did you see that movie…?

            Go see: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2008/11/10/now-for-something-completely-different/

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            anonymous
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              Paul Gommi had a partner, Grady. Grady and Gommi campaigned dragsters on the east coast. I would like to know what happened to Grady. In the late fifties he had a radical 55 olds that a blower on it when no one on the street had anything like that. The story goes that he went even wilder with it, chroming the frame and putting a bubble top on it. Supposedly, the car is still sitting in a gararge somewhere in this area. If anyone has any old programs from the Autorama shows that used to be held in Hartford, they can see pictures of the car.

              Al Baran

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              gene-terenzio-sr
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                quote albaran:

                Paul Gommi had a partner, Grady. Grady and Gommi campaigned dragsters on the east coast. I would like to know what happened to Grady. In the late fifties he had a radical 55 olds that a blower on it when no one on the street had anything like that. The story goes that he went even wilder with it, chroming the frame and putting a bubble top on it. Supposedly, the car is still sitting in a gararge somewhere in this area. If anyone has any old programs from the Autorama shows that used to be held in Hartford, they can see pictures of the car.

                Al Baran

                Russell Grady Died about 2 /3 years ago,his lawyer Mike Cantore sold all his cars, he had the original bee line aa/gs car all apart in his garage, call Mike if your interested in the olds, hes in Stamford Conn. not sure if it was sold? Gene Terenzio Sr. The dragster was called The Beast From The East. P/Sm look up the black road web site theres a picture of the olds there. http://www.blackroadautoclub.com/

                #16509
                dino
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                  Nice batch of info Gene …THANKS. Got Randy Fish helping me get a phone # for Gommi.

                  #16531
                  john-sachs-sr
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                    Last I saw Paul was in 1968. 🙄 I was in Cali. match racing in the fall,and stumbled on him in his speed shop.He opened it up after working for Keith Black for several years.
                    We flowed my Hilborn 4 holer on his injector flow bench.He wound up using the Anglia in his ads for a while.I’ll post a copy of the ad. 😉
                    Gommi Racing Engines
                    11619 Louise Ave.
                    Lynwood,Cal. 90262
                    213 537-1160

                    John

                    #16535
                    maso
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                      I saw him in 2003 at the Bakersfield Hot Rod Reunion and here’s a picture that I took:

                      That’s him on the far left. He set up a flea market past the quarter mile not far from the spot where he crashed in ’89.

                      That is his ’32 Ford panel truck. He got that with the lettering that says “Paul’s Appliances” already on it…! Everybody know you can’t drive a flathead on the Interstate without overheating it… and that’s what Paul did that weekend…!

                      #16541
                      dino
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                        Here’s the Ad from John………………………. Don’t think the number still works…..It doesn’t


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                        #16542
                        dino
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                          Are we good or what? 😀 ……Just got off the phone with “the Beast from the East “man himself- Paul Gommi . He was flabergasted to get the call. Said, “how ironic, I just found negitives and proof sheets fom the days at Dover & Montgomery”…..related he ran ’63-64′. Won six times in the lenthened Lynwood fueler with the blown olds motor.Then Bernie Shacker built his next chassis…Was in rush to go someplace , but took my number and will get back to me…Randy helped to track him down. Sent him a full e-mail all about the site.

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                          maso
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                            quote dinotheweirdo:

                            Are we good or what? … I just found negitives and proof sheets fom the days at Dover & Montgomery.

                            I really want to see those, especially the ones from Montgomery. The Montgomery drag events really have a lot of historical significance both to Dover and the north-east in general. I wish some historian would do a detailed account of it.

                            #16597
                            dino
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                              Well you got you Answer !after Paul started coresponding ! …more coming …See Both Related Posts with all pauls info .

                              http://doverdragstrip.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1028

                              http://doverdragstrip.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1029

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