Terrapins Car Club Austin, TX.
In the beginnings of the drag racing sport a group of teenagers from the local high schools create a car club in Austin, Texas. The plan was to help organize hot rodders from the local area and begin talks to plan a drag strip. The idea was to secure a safe place outside of town to test and compete against each other under drag racing conditions. A young teenager August “Hands” Hartkopf, president of the hot rodders group is seen here in the pics along with Larry Chiappino, Treasurer of the club campaigning for the cause Mar. 8th 1953.
In our files,
One of our members David Goll sent us these photos. His father was part of the Nomads C.C. of Austin during the early years of Austin’s drag racing history -you can see him in the first photo.These photos represent a time when local clubs would gather to promote safety in drag racing. The clubs generally participated through an association of other established car clubs in the area and in participation with the NHRA you would eventually end up at the nationals racing some of the fastest cars from across the country In the last image you’re seeing one of the earliest photos of August “Hands” Hartkopf tuning on a hopped up Chevy.
photos: David Goll