from ruins to racer, the Dean and White AA/A is restored from the parts left laying about for over 30 years


Above is the photo I ran in June 2014, http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-remains-of-pete-deannolan-white.html  from Muscle Car Review Magazine's June 2014 issue

 below are photos from the story that was just posted today on Hot Rod.com http://www.hotrod.com/features/1503-dean-and-white-altered-restored-as-tribute/





Then, and now


Dean’s name gets top billing on the car, but White did the driving, all over Southern California. “We ran it at a lot of dragstrips because back then there were a lot of dragstrips to run at,” Rick explains. “I remember it as a high-8 or low-9-second car at about 170 mph.”

Its racing career was brief—starting in 1962 or ’63 and ending in 1968—but successful. It was a class winner at the Winternationals and at two HOT ROD Magazine drag races at Riverside.

Then, the car was parked as both White and Dean went on to other racing projects.

This car sat for decades at Nolan White’s house, the chassis outside and much of the small-block packed away in the garage. It remained there until a couple of years ago when Rick was selling his parents’ house. Nolan had collected parts for years for his various projects, and Jim Lattin, a longtime friend of both Dean and White, went with Rick to the house looking for additions to his own huge collection of vintage gear.

Lattin decided to take on the car’s resurrection as a tribute to his two friends. And in honor of their lost brothers, members of the San Diego Roadster Club came together to do whatever they could to help Lattin bring the car back.

Lattin and his son Bill assembled the engine using parts from the White garage—block, heads, pan, the blower manifold, and an Enderle injector—as well as parts donated by local hot rodders. Jeff Arnett contributed the blower, a vintage piece from his father, original Bean Bandit Joaquin Arnett. Stu Hilborn’s Fuel Injection Engineering helped the Lattins set up the car’s injection system.


Admiration and applause to Jim Lattin, a So Cal race car specialist/collector/restorer, and the most amazing collector and land speed racer I want to see the collection of...

And respect to the San Diego Roadster Club for all the members who frequently go above and beyond to help out each other, and strangers, on the dry lakes, and in garages.

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from ruins to racer, the Dean and White AA/A is restored from the parts left laying about for over 30 years
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