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1960 or 1961 - Harry Steeles Cabriolets Road Club in Hialeah
1960 or 1961 Courtesy of Thomas De Lello

1960 or 1961 - Harry Steele's Cabriolets Road Club in Hialeah

East Hialeah, Florida


Left to right: Harry Steele, Dean Powley, Tutt Clark, Mr. Rogers, George "Weasel" Price, Willie Scrivens, Ron Laufer, David Price and Jerry Tyson by the dragster. Thanks "Weasel" and Jerry for the names.

Thank you to Thomas De Lello for contributing this image that Harry Steele gave him. This was the Cabriolets club house in Hialeah. Harry is standing by the 1958 Pontiac (1st from left) and Jerry Tyson with the Dragmaster.

Harry and Jerry are the co-inventors of the first prototype Christmas tree device and that is the building where they created it. They sold it to Chrondak. Jerry is in Tampa, Harry is here in Miami, and George "Weasel" is in Inverness, Florida.


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JoAnn Wertz 22-Jun-2011 16:33
Sorry to advise: Left to right the third is Joe Sanford '56 W/327 posi rear 4 speed whom I went with for two yrs or so??? Car was Mariner Blue and white with buckets in white ...I have fond memories of alot of those guyys and their passion for a gorgeous ride. JoAnn Forgitano Wertz I recently (with regret) found out that he has passed away at a youthful age. Best to all
Don Boyd14-Mar-2011 01:10
Thanks for the additional names Jerry! And thank you for your written history too! Time is flying by way too fast.

And Al, thank you for identifying all the cars for us. : )

Don
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Guest 11-Mar-2011 20:12
Memories
Geeze --That's me with the dragster . Want to add -Mr Rogers (old man) -Willie Scrivens (our only black member) --I was president at inception and remained for approx 10 years -Worked as part time field engineer for Chrondek from 1964 till 1974--installed the Dual timers, starting line, the trap area ,and eventually the scoreboards for all major NHRA events-The Cabriolets operated the timers for NHRA-we started with 8 events with the Nationals being in Detroit -Afterwords it was moved to Indy -More and more events were added each year and when I departed the club there were 10--I Remember the first Winternationals, Springnationals , Summernationals, Nationals, and World points finals -
I reported to Jack Hart (event director). Sometimes I found myself behind Buster Couch (Starting line ), Bernie Partridge (announcer ) and absolute total thrill of being between some of the most powerful and beautifully designed machines ever created. In those early days I was the luckiest man alive. In 1974 I met with Jack and Wally (Parks) in the DA tower, said my goodbyes, and departed never to return-- I opened a business in 1975 and moved on-with my life. I miss all my Buds in the Cabriolets and will forever remember them. These were the early days, we were all young and full of vigor ,now its only memories.
By the way I have this picture AND one more of the entire club in Detroit. I will send it out to those who request to see it --Included is Wally and Barbara Parks -O.V. Riley (president of Chrondek) and the original startup members--and our official original truck
Buy the way--I designed the first "Call up" system in the staging lanes, first sound system in Pomona, first 4 tenth -second "modified" tree ever used. I also installed the first ever scoreboards (at Indy) .
None of these things would have never come to pass without the "Cabriolet Road club."
I owe my startup to these guys and their early love and devotion to the sport
Jerry Tyson
Al Zangenberg 24-Nov-2010 12:28
Aside from the rail in front, the cars are from left-to-right...
1958 Pontiac/1955 Chevy/1956 Chevy/1957 T-Bird/1929 Ford Model A Pick-up/1947 Ford sedan "In-the-weeds"/1933 Ford 5-window coupe/1936 Ford/1947 Ford/1939 Ford 2-dr sedan/ 1957 Chevy
Don Boyd23-Jul-2010 02:40
Thank you again for providing the photo for the site, Tom. There's been 1886 views of it by visitors in the past two years.

Don
Maso 23-Jul-2010 02:17
I'm glad that this picture has generated so much intrest. Harry Steele loaned me his origional and I scanned it and eventually e-mailed it to Don Boyd who posted it here. Harry is doing well, I see him and Doris from time to time here in Miami.
Don Boyd15-Feb-2009 17:47
Hi Ron, thanks for writing in with your memories and for the date correction. Don
ron laufer 15-Feb-2009 17:05
im sure this picture was taken between Oct 1960 and august 1961 at the clubhouse . im the 9th person in the picture . after reminising this morn over coffee i remember weasels pickup truck having a chromed rear end housing that he was so proud of . for somereason i think he painted it a maroon color but not sure. digging further down in my suitcase of memories i found many copies of the drag news from ernie schorb. i remember garlits russ barlows screaming chevy , those boys that came down from new york and raced at our strip with an altered roadster . I can remember them letting me sit in it when they tuned it one day you talk about a WOODIE .im going to read the old amgs to see if i can refresh this opld mind a little thanks again ron laufer rlaufer8122@verizon.net
ron laufer 15-Feb-2009 07:07
i was amember of the club in 1961 and travled to indy nats with the club my name is ron laufer and i was originally from pittsburgh pa . i had the next to the last car in the picture which was a 1939 ford sedan with an old hemi in it. I remember the christms tree and working in the big old bus at the sunday drags at amelia airhart strip located in ockalocka . you wont believe this but i just found the same picture in an old suitcase i had in the basement. They sure were a bunch of nice guys and the older ones helped me to get my head on straight. if anyone has any other pictures of those guye or the car fronm 1960-61 email me at rlaufer8122@verizon.net . that thunderbird could really fly in the picture they had just bought that railframe , but i returned home to pittsburgh after the nats and never did get in touch with any of the guys . That old car of mine left a real impression in my life as i am now building a 1946 hudson coupe with a 55 hemi in it . thanks a lot for this site ron
Danny Reigel 14-Jan-2009 22:26
I worked with a couple of the cabriolet members at Don Allen Chev.,Ronnie Cox,his brother in law Wilson Pennell and Joe Garrison.I also remember hanging around with Barney Durr(he did alot of torchwork for HC.Wilcox at Hialeah Speedway and H.C would let Barney use his machine shop on 27th ave.as payment).I also remember the Cabriolets from Masters Field Drags.Jerry Tyson and Tut.The good times !!
Guest 13-Jun-2008 17:32
Ray Herring was a great friend to all who knew him. We loved him dearly and miss him.
Linda Herring Crompton 06-Jun-2008 14:49
My brother, Raymond Carroll Herring was a member of this club and loved every moment of it! He has since died.
George "Weasel" Price 15-Apr-2008 14:35
left to right - Harry Steele, Dean Powley, Tutt Clark, Old Man ?, George Weasel Price, Bill ?, David Boyd, the rest can't see the picture too clearly - Jerry Tyson by the dragster... good memories ....
George Price 15-Apr-2008 14:13
George "Weasel" Price, is the one standing by the old truck, now living in Inverness,Florida - the 5th one from the left...