Here’s a Dragger That’ll Really Burn Up the Tires

By TERRELL WATTS
Record Motorsports Editor

“Hard Luck Hannah’s” name was changed to “Hard Hearted Hannah” after last Saturday night’s showing against, then ranking number one in Mr. Stock Eliminator Division, Don Nicholson.

The 1963 Plymouth, owned by Burnside Motors and driven by Eugene Shull, beat Nicholson’s 1963 Chevrolet two straight runs for the number one eliminator spot in the southeast and then outran the Chevy a third time for top money at the Blaney Drag Srip.

Some 2,000 fans watched as the 426 cubic inch Plymouth took over the number one position in Mr. Stock Eliminator Division. This was the first time that any car had dared challenge Nicholson’s reign as Mr. Eliminator this year.

The challenge was issued after Shull took over third place in the division by out dragging Gene Hinson of Dunn, N. C. June 23 at Kinston, N.C., strip.

The Eliminator runs are handled by Drag Speed Illustrated, a publication about drag racing, of Burlington, N. C., and was sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association. The cars are powered by factory stock equipment.

For the first race, Shull was waiting on the line for Nicholson. Eager and anxious for the number one spot the Plymouth driver beat Nicholson off the line and roared down the quarter-mile strip.

Coming back for the second run, the two cars changed lane. Nicholson figured that this would help him get better traction, but Shull was first at the finish line again. Although Nicholson was first off the line, Shull caught and passed the Chevrolet before they reached the half-way mark.

For the Stock Eliminator trophy, Shull jumped off the line and showed Nicholson nothing but tail lights down the track.

How does it feel to be number one? “Just great,” said Shull. “We had a lot of trouble with the car earlier in the year, but ever since Henry Geiger became mechanic on “Hannah” she has been running right.”

According to Shull the car was named “Hard Luck Hannah” because of the trouble earlier this year.

The car was charged by a new power package that the Chrysler Corporation released just recently.

“We were out at Blaney Strip working until late Friday night – about 3 a.m. to be exact,” said Shull. Apparently Geiger and Shull worked the bugs out of the parts Friday night and no one could have doubted this when they appeared ready to go Saturday.

What comes next for “Hannah” and Shull. The first challenged. The fight to stay number one will begin August 10 at the Blaney strip.

The Craft-Bishop Plymouth from Virginia has issued the first challelenge to the Burnside Plymouth.

But before the challenge run, “Hannah” and Shull will be at the Batesburg track next Saturday night for some tune up runs.

July 16, 1963  Columbia Record (published as THE COLUMBIA RECORD)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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