Chuck Jones and his dad M. E. "Dick" Jones in 1949
They are getting ready to go out and brand some cattle. Chuck would throw the rope for the steers head and his dad would rope the rear legs. This in competition at the time was called Head and Heeling. It was a technique used for branding steers. Their brand was the M/J.
Chuck Jones was born November 15,1932. Chuck lived on a Cattle Ranch in Orange, California.
Chuck first got interested in racing when he went to the local library and checked out a book by George Monkhouse that told of the Racing Mercedes of the 1930's.
1927 Ford Lake Racer
This car is very similar to the one Chuck Jones built. His was Lotus Green in color.
When Chuck was around 15 he met a fellow named Bob Beam. Bob had a machine shop and Chuck went to him to make a fuel distribution log. It was later called a Gas Flow. Bob Beam was about 5 years older then Chuck and a World War 2 veteran. Bob Beam is the one who helped Chuck get into racing.
The first car Chuck helped to build was for Lake Racing, this was running older type cars with hopped up engines on dry lake beds and trying to go fast. Bob Beam took a 1927 Ford T and stripped it down and put in a hopped up Ford Flathead engine that was called a 21 stud engine. It had Dual Carburators and a Cam called a Potvin Cam. This car was driven by Bob Beam and Chuck Jones occasionally got to drive it.
Patch depicting a 27 Ford Lake Racer
This was the Sanctioning Body for Lake racing The Southern California Timing Association or SCTA.
Allen: I know you are going to enjoy this thread.
Kevin: I have sent you an e-mail with Chuck's correct e-mail address and phone number. He was very excited to hear from you.
Edited by Jerry Entin, 20 April 2020 - 13:24.