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  • #8670
    dino
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    Who could forget the only 427 Chevy Wagon ever built that year. Tom Valentine sr. piloted the “scurge of B/S”. Tom conveinaintly had his own set of NHRA advertised weight and advertised horsepower “books”. He told them he needed a “spare” set, “worked for Dover” ….hummmmm. Was able to find Exact combinations offered by Chevrolet to order and be at the top of the class. How he ordered the Piper wagon. Photos to follow

    #12345
    dino
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    Found one of many in ODF (T’O’Shea Gallery)…looks likeTom firin’ her up to pull out of staging lanes.


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    #12348
    dino
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    “With your masquerading
    And you
    Always contemplating
    What to do
    In case heaven has found you
    Can’t you see
    That it’s all around you
    So follow me

    come on, babe
    Follow me
    I’m the Pied Piper
    Follow me
    I’m the Pied Piper
    And I’ll show you where it’s at
    Come on, babe
    Can’t you see
    I’m the Pied Piper
    Trust in me
    I’m the Pied Piper
    And I’ll show you where it’s at ”

    ‘THE PIED PIPER’ by Crispian St. Peters 1966, reached #4 on the Billboard charts … was
    probably the inspiration for Tom.
    …kinda takes on a new meaning now…….

    #12349
    tom-jr
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    :mrgreen: Hey dino – thanks for posting the photo of my dad. As you requested, I told my mother you said “hello”- and at 85 yrs old she remembers it all, and says “Hi,” back 🙂 As a matter of fact, my mom has a big, framed photo of this pic you posted below. I may have some Camaro pics, which, if I find, I’ll scan and post.

    There’s also a picture of the original ‘black arrow’ 442 Olds that my dad bought from Doc Burgess from Wingdale.

    Thanks for the great forum ! I look forward to participating and will spread the word.

    Tom

    #12351
    anonymous
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    Who could forget the Pied Piper, especially us, we used to race him in B/S before Plain Busted. I think he ran lower 12’s with the car maybe 12 teens?

    Andy Panessa

    quote dinotheweirdo:

    Who could forget the only 427 Chevy Wagon ever built that year. Tom Valentine sr. piloted the “scurge of B/S”. Tom conveinaintly had his own set of NHRA advertised weight and advertised horsepower “books”. He told them he needed a “spare” set, “worked for Dover” ….hummmmm. Was able to find Exact combinations offered by Chevrolet to order and be at the top of the class. How he ordered the Piper wagon. Photos to follow
    #13932
    robert
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    Hey to Dino and the ODF crowd,
    I had the pleasure of working for Tommy Valentine in my younger years. He taught me how to drive ten wheelers and operate some of the heavy equiptment used in those days, even do repair work on them. He was a perfect gentleman to say the least, and would always give you the right answer to a question asked. I used to watch him work on his equiptment, cars, etc. He was a perfectionist, bar none. When he started to race at Dover, all of us would follow him up to watch him, hence the name “Pied Piper”. I learned a lot from him and miss him, as I’m sure many others due too.

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    dino
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    And the hits keep on coming……Got this note And photo today …never know what the mail-man will bring:

    Dino,
    I bought this ’66 427 wagon fron Tom Valentine. I was the 2nd owner. I raced at Dover 1968, 1969 & 1970.
    This picture is from 1970.
    Bosco Bancroft
    Bedford hills,N.Y.

    ………………and ‘Bosco’ is a new ODF !


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    #19630
    dino
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    http://www.doverdragstrip.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1759 lets play connect the dots ! should have the complete history now of this car !

    #33073
    paul-ceasrine
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    ‘The Pied Piper’,,

    1966 Chevrolet Bel Air 427/425 HP (Engine Code L-72)

    The 66′ Chevrolet Biscayne did not come through with the body side molding.

    Just how many 1966 Bel Air Station Wagons were built with the L-72 4-speed.
    Besides ‘Sir Tom’ Valentine, a Bob Fox out of Indiana had one.

    In 1966, 427/425 L-72 engines; a total of 1856 were built and put into either the;
    Biscayne (Approximate production; 785)
    Bel Air (Approximate production; 455)
    Impala (Approximate production; 613)
    Caprice (Approximate production; 3)

    In 1966, a total of 52,775 Bel Air (2-Seat Station Wagons) and 14,444 Bel Air (3-Seat Station Wagons) were built by Chevrolet.
    No numbers on the 1966 427/425 HP Bel Air Station Wagon are available, but it looks like less than 10 were built.

    The 66′ Bel Air Station Wagon with the 427/425 HP engine, one of the rarest Chevrolet cars produced.

    #44294
    dino
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    Bosco said in the other Topic…”I sold it about 10 years ago to a guy that wreaked it on 684″…Update…Lee Valentine told ME …he’s building a copy of his Dad’s car.

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