Elgin Celebrates 100 Years

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' One hundred years of history compressed to the strokes of a paintbrush. Elgin celebrates it's centennial this year and to commemorate it, a local painter is putting a mural of the town up on the oldest ... Full Story
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cln

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#1 Feb 11, 2008
WOW!! Glad I live there. The small town is home for me, my wife and 3 girls.. I love it!!Happy Birthday Egin!!!
Tomfoolery

Columbia, SC

#2 Feb 11, 2008
As a teenager in the 60's I would hunt in that area. If you saw three cars go by in an hour you were lucky. I grew up in the Dentsville area and Dentsville had only one stop light. Also visited Blaney drag strip in the 60's. That was the good old days.
Commenter

Columbia, SC

#3 Feb 11, 2008
I have alot of old pictures of the Blaney drag strip days... Jet cars and trucks.. wow... I'm old
BadBoy

Cayce, SC

#4 Feb 11, 2008
I grew up in Elgin myself. I told my kids that there was a time when I could say that I knew everyone in town. Those were the days. I still own property there but now reside in Ridgeway. Happy Birthday Elgin!!
Jerry Wheeler

Atlanta, GA

#5 May 24, 2009
Commenter wrote:
I have alot of old pictures of the Blaney drag strip days... Jet cars and trucks.. wow... I'm old

To the person with old photos of Blaney Dragstrip. I am looking for some old photos of my dad's car and he ran a Blaney in the mid to late 60's. He ran 4 different cars under the name Asphalt Gambler. Would it be possible to meet you and look through them some time. I live in Atlanta, email jwheeler_1@yahoo.com
the old chevy man

Conway, SC

#6 Jul 24, 2009
my dad and i used to race at blaney in the 70's. there was a guy always there with a 63 or 64 red ford galaxie who blew my doors off every week. i ran a b stock 396 chevelle my dad ran a b modified 427 nova. we protested him once and he was banned for 2 weeks or so and had to run b modified against my dad when he came back. he beat him too. said the car was a 390 but we never believed him. if he reads this i hope he will post and tell me what his secret really was. that big thing ran low 11's and sometimes high tens.that was flying in those days.
rebel roy

Conway, SC

#7 Jul 24, 2009
hey i remember that car. i met the guy one time but dont remember his name. he ran out of campbells speed shop for a while. i saw it there one time with the hood off. i remember he had somekind of offenhauser manifold that i had never seen before or since with monster 4 barles on it. believe it or not he ran this car on the street some. fastest thing i had ever seen and still streetable. if i can think of his name i,ll let you know.
townofelgin

Sumter, SC

#8 Jul 24, 2009
That town is still to small for me. That includes, Lugoff and Camden. It's good, it's next to Columbia, but those small towns, and everyone poking their nose in my business, got too much for me. Elgin, is a pretty little town though. Happy Birthday Elgin!
rob

United States

#9 Jul 25, 2009
to you guys refering to the 64 red galaxie {the red ford} that was my dads car yea it was fast his name was arch he told me the storie about getin protested think he still little sore about that
Leadfoot

Columbia, SC

#10 Jul 25, 2009
do yall remember the town cop that use to sit under the old oak tree and try to catch all the bad boy speeders that flew by? those were the days

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#11 Jul 25, 2009
cln wrote:
WOW!! Glad I live there. The small town is home for me, my wife and 3 girls.. I love it!!Happy Birthday Egin!!!
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hamp

Conway, SC

#12 Aug 8, 2009
i was reading old race stories tonight when i saw the talk about the 64 ford. i was head mechanic at campbell speed shop when this car was bilt and became good friends with the car owner. but its time to tell. carson hyman who had drove fx mustang for bondy long worked at the speed shop too carson had a 427 hi rise motor from the fx mustang thatnow used the soch motors. this was a holman moody/ford eerimental motor that carson was not supposed to have because they were to go back to hm after use. anyway for some reason carson sold the kid this motor. this thing was bored 80th and sleeved. it was stroked to 485 cu in. and i think the kid picked something like a 585 lift cam. the motor had ashtray pistons because in fx it ran hilborn fuel injetion but the kid wanted to keep the pistons and run carbs.
i ried to talk him out of this but couldnt. it was an offy 360 manifold [old scool even then] that shot fuel straight down in the cyl.intead of angling. and 2 4500 holley 1250 cfm 4 bbls. i didnt think the car would crank much less run. i learned a lot from that car. he could have gone to a lighter body and ran s/s but didnt want to. it was fast on the drag strip but dont remember it ever getting beat on the street. he even ouran melvins 427 fairlane. i have built several fords since including my talladega a couple of times and with new stuff made them faster. but if you got outrun by that car it didnt matter what he said it was that bear owned the woods.
shovelhead

Atlanta, GA

#13 Aug 8, 2009
Tomfoolery wrote:
As a teenager in the 60's I would hunt in that area. If you saw three cars go by in an hour you were lucky. I grew up in the Dentsville area and Dentsville had only one stop light. Also visited Blaney drag strip in the 60's. That was the good old days.
I grew up in Dentsville in the 60's. Graduated from DHS. I moved up here to Elgin 26 years ago. We may know each other.
shovelhead

Atlanta, GA

#14 Aug 8, 2009
Leadfoot wrote:
do yall remember the town cop that use to sit under the old oak tree and try to catch all the bad boy speeders that flew by? those were the days
You old fart. You may know tomfoolery too.

Since: Feb 08

sandy run,sc

#15 Aug 8, 2009
two questions for you Shovelhead, who said I was old enough to remember way back in the '60's and who said I wasn't too old not to remember the 60's. I do remember that Red Ford and Melvin's Fairlane and the Pinto and Libby's Mustang. Those were the days !
shovelhead

Atlanta, GA

#16 Aug 9, 2009
Leadfoot wrote:
two questions for you Shovelhead, who said I was old enough to remember way back in the '60's and who said I wasn't too old not to remember the 60's. I do remember that Red Ford and Melvin's Fairlane and the Pinto and Libby's Mustang. Those were the days !
I believe you mave have answered your own question. Besides, it's not like we've never talked about it before.

BTW, I just got some info about the next departure. I'll email it to you.
Ms Fallen

Georgetown, SC

#17 Aug 9, 2009
I remember when Elgin, just like Pellion, use to hang black folks for fun. I wonder if they still do such things. Judging by the old nutbags above, probably so.
shovelhead

Atlanta, GA

#18 Aug 9, 2009
Ms Fallen wrote:
I remember when Elgin, just like Pellion, use to hang black folks for fun. I wonder if they still do such things. Judging by the old nutbags above, probably so.
It was just a matter of time until a simple story with simple posts drew this kind of comment. Can we have just one story that some idiot doesn't turn into a hate thing?
arch

Conway, SC

#19 Aug 9, 2009
i guess hamp remembers more about that ford than i do and i owned it. no big deal nobody told what they really had back then, still dont. to the guy who protested me [what did you do that for]lol. for the redneck idiot who thinks they hung black people for fun, what an idiot. by the way hamp who helped build that car and ran a talladega was black and a very good friend who used to eat bbq with us in elgin. elgin is a great little town and has always been friendy to all colors as long as i can remember. happy birthday elgin and may there be many more without stupid rednecks making stupid comments.
shovelhead

Atlanta, GA

#20 Aug 9, 2009
arch wrote:
i guess hamp remembers more about that ford than i do and i owned it. no big deal nobody told what they really had back then, still dont. to the guy who protested me [what did you do that for]lol. for the redneck idiot who thinks they hung black people for fun, what an idiot. by the way hamp who helped build that car and ran a talladega was black and a very good friend who used to eat bbq with us in elgin. elgin is a great little town and has always been friendy to all colors as long as i can remember. happy birthday elgin and may there be many more without stupid rednecks making stupid comments.
As I said before, I grew up in Dentsville but half the kids I grew up with lived in Elgin (even when it was Blaney) so I was pretty familiar with this area. Like you, I don't remember any problems between blacks and whites. Or any major problems between anybody. Too bad there is always one who has to start something, just for kicks. Ignore it.

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