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Ford flatheads race at Winterport’s Pinetree Jamboree – Jodi Hersey @Fox22

Ford flatheads race at Winterport’s Pinetree Jamboree – Jodi Hersey @Fox22


WINTERPORT–Folks in and around the town of Winterport got to experience a piece of history over the weekend as the Winterport Dragway hosted the Pinetree Jamboree. It’s a vintage drag race featuring cars from the 30s, 40s and 50s.

History roared to life at Winterport Dragway’s Pinetree Jamboree, a drag race featuring Ford flat head v-8 engines from 1953 or earlier.

“If someone has a 1919 Model T and they want to race it they absolutely can,” said Eli English, Founder of the Pinetree Jamboree. “These cars are are basically horse and buggies with motors in them.”

This special event is the brainchild of Pittsfield, New Hampshire resident Eli English.

“Winterport is a throwback. I call it sacred ground. It’s basically a place time forgot,” explained English. “It was an airport runway back in the 40s then in 1967 they started racing cars here and have been racing them ever since.”

Vintage car owners from Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and other states drive their campers, and trailer their well worn and well loved race cars to the Winterport Dragway, where for three days these drivers can race their set of wheels down the dragstrip as fast and as often as they like.

“You can putt-putt down the track or burn the tires and go as fast as you can,” stated Al Dyer, Fairfield resident and Pinetree Jamboree participant.

Pinetree Jamboree participants don’t compete for a cash prize or even a trophy at this event, instead they race for the experience as well as the bragging rights.

“We are truly racing against ourselves. We aren’t racing to win. If my car can go home on its own power, I‘ve won,” explained Lisa English, Pinetree Jamboree participant.

There’s no denying these automobiles are the main attraction of the Pinetree Jamboree, but for classic car owner Bonnie Dyer of Fairfield, it’s also about the people.

“It’s about meeting new people,” said Dyer. “We all share the same interest. No egos. Everybody tries to help everyone. They want to help.

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Flathead 101 From the Jalopy Journal


The Flathead Ford is still the engine of cool for traditionalists in the Hot Rod & Custom Car worlds. Here on the blog I always like to feature items and articles that spread the Flathead word & its storied history. This article from Ryan at the Jalopy Journal is from 2006, and is excellent!


Read more here…

Esprit de hardcore: Pismo Race of Gentlemen 2016 – Daniel Beaudry Hemmings


West Coast Race of Gentlemen


On October 15/16th this year the inaugural west coast version of the Race of Gentlemen took place at Pismo Beach.

Having been to Pismo a few years ago it’s an ideal spot, the beach is great and it’s a real “car hobby” area.

Unfortunately and ironically the weather wasn’t at all kind to the event, and it may be that it ends up being a one off?

Read more in Daniel Beaudry’s Hemmings article here