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Few Cacklecars have the solid pedigree of Art Chrisman's "Hustler 1". Art has had possession of the car since the day it stopped racing. It sat, unmolested, for nearly 30 years before Art brought it back to life to be, in hindsight, one of the very first Cacklecars.

 

Chrisman & Cannon's "Hustler I" before paint at Bakersfield in 1959. Frank Cannon resting on the roll cage.

 

Another shot from Bakersfield in 1959. Second from left Bob Downey -- third Roy Nose Miersch -- LLoyd Chrisman with his foot on the tire -- next guy behind LLoyd is Frank Cannon with sun glasses. Below him is Jerry Johansen -- Gene Adams with envelope in shirt pocket -- Dick Rhea over his left shoulder.

 

Chrisman & Cannon Hustler l shortly after they set the OFFICIAL Standard 1320 record of 181.81 mph in 8.54 seconds, at Riverside IN May OF 1959.

Side note; The Hustler had been painted before, but the front-mounted blower explosion had taken the front part of the body off necessitating a repair and new paing.
Doug Peterson photo

 

Pomona, July 4th, 1960. Chrisman Bros. & Cannon "Hustler 1".
Doyle Hatfield Photo

 

Art Chrisman and his Hustler I at Houston in 1961.

 

"Hustler I" without some of the sheet metal at Bakersfield in 1962.
Doyle Hatfield Photo

 

Orangeline

 

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In 1989 Chrisman restored the car and actually made an appearance - no, not an appearance - a pass at the 1990 Fremont Reunion.

 

 

 

Orangeline

 

 

Even before "Cacklefest" Chrisman's Hustler I was a fixture at the Hot Rod Reunions.

 

Push start 2000 Cacklefest

 

Christman after his push start at the 2001 Cacklefest.

 

Since the first Cacklefest in 2000, Art Chrisman has batted cleanup. Last car down, last car running - Chrisman, the elder statesman of Cacklefest, in his Hustler I.

 

Cacklefest 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fitted with a radiator and large fuel tank, Art Chrisman's "Hustler I" can run "the can" and still burn down any car on the lot.

 

 

When its not out doing "its thing", the Hustler 1 resides at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, CA. where it can be seen year round.

 

 

Two legends - Wally Parks & Art Chrisman

 

 

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