Kennedy – Scroggs and T-33

Kennedy – Scroggs

Denver Timing Association      T-33

Chevy men to the bone, Cal Kennedy and Don Scroggs met at the telephone company in the early 50’s, in the parking lot of course, over the fender of Cal’s 1941 Chevy Coupe. The two had the wild idea to take on the flathead Fords of the region with a 1936 Chevrolet pick-up Scroggs had eye-balled over a neighbor’s fence. They swapped in the motor from Cal’s coupe and threw an intake and garage made split exhaust at it and off to the Cam Winder’s Dirt-Drag strip east of Colorado Springs.

In early 1953 Cal found a 1934 Chevy Roadster body in Englewood for $5, they moved the motor back 25% of the wheelbase, dropped it down in the chassis, channeled the roadster shell and sectioned it vertically to align the rear wheels with the wells. The car was a staple at the local drag meets and was at the 1953 Hot Rod Hill Climb.

The boys caught wind of a round track car in Winona, Kansas equipped with a full house Wayne 12 port Chevy six. A deal was struck and they brought it home. The new mill was right at home in the T-33 roadster and it was a force to reckon with. The car was again run at the 1954 Hot Rod Hill Climb and won the “B” Open Class with a time of 2:45:52. They campaigned the Wayne at the Lowry Air

Force Base hosted Drag Safari of 1955 and made it into Hot Rod Magazine September 1955.

The final configuration of the car was in dragster form, still on the narrowed 1936 truck frame, motor moved way back and the seat behind the rear axle. They competed for Top Eliminator in 1958 and won. That was the end of T-33, the car and chassis has been gone for years, the motor well kept in Cal’s crawl space.

Mike Nicholas of Nick’s Garage started the recreation of Cal’s T-33 before the 2013 Hot Rod Hill Climb anniversary event by chasing down a 1936 truck chassis. Cal reassembled the motor with all the original parts. It was July 2014 when the motor finally fired after a 55 year slumber, and Don’s son Dave Scroggs was there to hear the motor his dad boosted about run for the first time of his life. Dave and friends Tom Wentworth and Phil Trill were instrumental in the recreation of T-33.

Cal kicked off the 2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb with his wife LuAnne shotgun in T-33. It took a few men to push start the car, and Cal was off like lightening. The event was also capped with Mike Nicholas, Hot Rod Hill Climb promoter, taking the checkered flag with his Sweetheart Amy in T-33.

 

Read more at www.hotrodhillclimb.com

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We have a limited number (only 100) of this original artwork by Jeff Norwell, and hand screen printed by Tiny Bird Press.

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Sponsors Getting it Done!!!!

Huge shout out to our newest sponsors, helping with props and so much MORE!!

I owe these guys a lot more than this blog post, but I need to let you know now, these guys ROCK!

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Roosters Rods

Troy Hastings was at the event last year and he is a HUGE supporter!

He has gone out of his way this year to make sure this 60th Anniversary Hot Rod Hill Climb event is EPIC! He got all of these vendors together to provide a spectacular scene for the event!

Over 600 feet of barricades, Sandwich Board Signs, Paint, Start and Finish Towers, Information Tower, they are coming to set-up the event too… thank these guys for the props!

The scene will be spectacular!!

 

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2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb – Line-Up preview

Here is a quick glimse of the line up, some of the cars you will see at the Hot Rod Hill Climb!

T-33 Chevy Roadster

T-33

This is a short Photo essay on T-33, the Hot Rod Cal Kennedy and Don Scroggs campaigned during the 50’s at drag races and the Hot Rod Hill Climbs.

These photos are posted on our Instagram page, seach #t33build for more photos.

 

 

While investigating the Hot Rod Hill Climb in 2013, I met Cal Kennedy, he was at both the 1953 and 1954 Hot Rod Hill Climb events. His racing partner was Don Scroggs at those events, Don has been gone many years now, but his son Dave runs in our local hot rod circle.

Cal Kennedy downtown Georgetown getting ready to take on the hill. This photo by Ted Spencer was in Hot Rod Magazine March 1954.

Don Scroggs taking on the climb in the now Wayne powered Roadster. This photo by Ted Spencer was in Hot Rod Magazine April 1955.

Photos from Cal’s scrap book, the top is at the dirt drag strip that the Colorado Springs Cam Winders club ran in the 50’s.

I had this crazy thought that T-33 should be recreated again, and with the help of Dave Scroggs, Tom Wentworth, Phil Trill and so many more, the car has started to take shape.

Cal and his friends rallied with Encouragement and Support to get the old Wayne motor breathing again.

Cal and his life LuAnne brought the Wayne motor to Nick’s Garage so Mike could put it in the chassis.

Cal firing up the Wayne motor for us with the zoomies

We got the Motor in the chassis for the Inliners International Convention

The State of the car 3 weeks before the 2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb, Cal came to take a look and tell us some stories.

The Before and After progress shot of what we started with and what we have now.

 

You can also check out the T-33 Fan Page on Facebook.

Ride the Georgetown Loop Saturday Night!

A Ride to Remember

The beauty of the rugged Rocky Mountains surrounds you as our old-time steam locomotive or one of our powerful diesel locomotives winds up the Clear Creek Canyon. Pass by remains of gold and silver mines and breathtaking views along the line, in fully enclosed and open cars. Great family fun for all ages.

The train ride is one hour and 15 minutes round trip.  Train ride with the mine tour is two hours and 30 minutes round trip.

* Special offer for the Hot Rod Hill Climb guests for Saturday Night *

  • Ride the Train at 6:30
  • A Cowboy BBQ Buffet dinner is served at 7:30 at the Devil’s Gate station in Georgetown
  • Cost is $37.95 per person

Call for reservations tell the you are with the Hot Rod Hill Climb!!  This is the only way to get the discounted rate. Call either 888-456-6777 or 303-569-0133 to reserve space.

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Weekend Schedule
Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Sept 12, 13, 14:
Georgetown departures:

  • 10:45
  • 12:10
  • 1:35
  • 3:00

Silver Plume departures:

  • 10:00
  • 11:25
  • 12:50
  • 2:15
  • 3:40

Mine tours are not offered on the last departure of the day from either station.

Also, Since the parking lot has been paved at Silver Plume we have 30 parking spots available.

Susan Edge
Group Reservation Manager
Georgetown Loop Railroad
888-456-6777
www.georgetownlooprr.com

 

Relive history! This Rail Road was built between 1879 and 1884 to connect Georgetown with Silver Plume, read more here.

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