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R.I.P. Elgin and Al Freeman


Elgin


Elgin and his dad Al at Wags 50th B Day party at Bakersfield.


Elgin and Al


Al and Mrs Wags at Bakersfield


Elgin and Mrs Wags


Al with Sonia


Elgin and Al with the Wags


Elgin and Al with the Wags at Ventura


Elgin with Stubb Dils and Mrs Wags


Elgin and dad Al with Ellen Ellis


Al Freeman with Mrs Wags and others at Bakersfield


Elgin and Al with others at the Shartlesville hotel in PA

Elgin's rides


Elgin and his # 67


Les Hawkins drove this one


# 67


Elgin driving


# 67


# 67


Adam Mitchell driving the Freeman car against Steve Ostling

Elgin's drag racing exploits were exceptional as the injected chevy fueler was a big winner. when the top fuelers were running mid 7 ets, Elgin was running around 8 flat, that's how quick the Freeman anad Sons car was.


Bob Walker and Al Freeman with an injected Chevy


Bob Walker in the Freeman and Sons car here


Al Sr and Elgin with a Vulcans car Club B/Roadster


The Vulcans Car Club racers Al Sr and elgin


The Vulcans Car Club racers Al Sr in the car with Pete Nihart

Junior Fueler's


The Enderle fuel injection ad featuring their car


Elgin at Lions


Elgin at Lions


Elgin at lions


Elgin


Elgin smokin it


Elgin with wheels up!


Elgin


Elgin always smoking the tires


Elgin at Lions


This the the 2nd Woody Gilmore built car. The woody top fuel cars are legend


At Pomona Elgin beat the top fueler of Crossley and Williams. Elgin ran 8.17 at 177.16 MPH


At Pomona Elgin runs against (I think) the famous Freight Train, one of the top gas dragsters in the land


Elgin takes on another top fueler ( maybe Jerry Baltes out of San Diego?) at Lions


Elgin here takes on top gas car of George Boltoff


Elgin takes on Bob Noice in the famous Accesories Injected fueler from the mid west that took on all comers too, but with a bigger motor than the Jr Fuelers. Don't know who won but Elgin was late on this run

Some other Freeman and Sons dragsters


Brother Al Jr


Brother Al Jr


Al Jr driving with Al Sr behind him at Lions


One of their first dragsters was a chassis research car running in E dragster class. It was changed many times before they moved on


They did some match racing like most in the 60's


This car was the former Beir Brothers Modified Roaster that started with an injected motor with Elgin driving


Elgin drove it with a blower


Elgin continued to drive it


Henry Freeman then drove it.


Henry again


Henry continued to drive this one


Al Sr drove this Bantom bodied car


This car was listed as the Freeman and Sons and Bailey and Sons A Fuel altered driven by Elgin freeman. I don't have recall of that, but the car later was the Mooneyham and Sharp car driven by Larry Faust and it was famous on the Drag News list of hot cars

Elgin was known to me long before I saw him in a sprint car because I came from drag racing. Although I never met Elgin at the drags, I can't say I never talked to him because I was constantly in the pits nosing around and the junior fueler of Freeman and Sons was well known back then. They were a giant killer as they ran against blown fuelers and won many times. I did get to know Elgin when he showed up in our racing world and one of the first things he did was print my Wagtimes t-shirts in the early days. All those Wagtimes white hooded sweathirts were done by him.

I got to know his father Al very well as he was available at the races and had great stories about his Green Bay Packer playing days and much more. But those two were tied together and went everywhere together. They lived out in Bullhead City near Laughlin and made many trips to the coast for racing until Al was not able to travel well. When his dad passed away, Elgin became a recluse of sorts as he no longer came racing and was content to help his son and do odd jobs. On the occasions that we talked over the phone, Elgin seemed happy, but you could tell he missed Al. Elgin suffered a fatal heart attack after being in the hospital for what appeared to be a small heart problem. That orange # 67 will stick in my mind forever. Rest in peace Elgin.

Updated 6/3/18

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