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Jim Harnsberger/drag racing

Bob Harnsberger (View posts)
Posted: 26 Aug 2002 7:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello! Looking to find out if I am related to the Jim Harnsberger who beat out Don Garlits in the 2nd round of Top Fuel, NHRA summernationals 1971. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Cheryl (View posts)
Posted: 30 Sep 2002 9:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello that is my uncle.....I am trying to send him an e-mail.

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Jim Harnsberger (View posts)
Posted: 1 Oct 2002 4:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, Bob, that's me that did in Garlits at the 1971 SummerNationals. A good ol' hole shot and a good running fueler can do in the best of them.

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Jim Harnsberger (View posts)
Posted: 1 Oct 2002 4:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
Cheryl,
I replied to Bob, will be interesting to see his response. 1971 was a LONG time ago !!!

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Bob Harnsberger (View posts)
Posted: 1 Oct 2002 5:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Great! I am too young to remember (having been born in 1972!) but am very interested in what is now called "nostalgia" drag racing. If you are ever planning on going to any of the events (such as the Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield... I'm leaving tomorrow!) drop me a line and we could perhaps meet? Let me know.. nice "chatting" with you.
--Bob

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Jim Harnsberger (View posts)
Posted: 2 Oct 2002 2:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
Cool.....the "nostalgia scene" is really growing. Brings back MANY GREAT MEMORIES. Not sure if I will ever make to Bakersfield; shoot, I hardly have time to make it to the NHRA races here in Phoenix in the Spring!!
Who are your parents? I'll ask my Mom if she might know of them. My folks are Edward Grove Harnsberger and Irene (Clements) Harnsberger of Urbana, Illinois.
Enclosed is a picture of the car that beat Big Daddy
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Bob Harnsberger (View posts)
Posted: 2 Oct 2002 6:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
Jim-
Thanks for your response. My father is Donald A. Harnsberger of Winnetka, Illinois. His father was Audley E. Harnsberger of Stanton, Virginia, who married Caroline Thomas. I also have a sister, Claire, who lives near you in Tucson.
Just as a side note (coincidence), my grandmother (Caroline Thomas) wrote several books on Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens); couldn't help noticing the coincidental similarity between her subject and your mother's maiden name! Good for a chuckle, anyway.
I will be off tomorrow AM for Bakersfield... you should attend next year. I will be crewing a friend's Nostalgia Eliminator car this year, and probably next year as well. You don't still have your car, do you? We could get the ol' girl running again and show up! Probably not.. fun to think about though. Thanks for the picture, anyway. It will be fun to show it to the guys here.
--Bob

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Jim Harnsberger (View posts)
Posted: 2 Oct 2002 2:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
Geez.......what a deal, your folks being from Illinois. And the Samuel Clemens deal, too. Samuel Clemens was my Mom's Great, Great, Grandfather's brother. And to top that off, my youger brother, Tom, has several books about Samuel Clemens that were written by your grandmother, Caroline Thomas !!!!

Sounds like a fun happen' at Bakersfield !! No on the old car.......that car was actually owned by Roy Mattox of Terre Haute, IN. The cars that I had previously raced all ended up the Comp. Eliminator ranks back in the Midwest.

Have FUN......hope the weather is good for RACIN'

Jim H

PS.......I have other, BETTER pictures of the cars I used to race, but my son, Jeff, living in Indy has those right now. He was going to put an album together. He has posted some on a website, not sure if they are still there.

Later....

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Posted: 13 Oct 2013 6:39PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Auto coincidence!!
Audley E. Harnsberger, Staunton, VA, was probably the first automobile in that town: ca.1906.
Also, of highest incidental coincidence is that one of the early paintings produced by the artist Grandma Moses is titled "The First Automobile". This painting represented her seeing her first automobile at Augusta County Fair ca: 1904-05.
It was owned by Mr. Harnsberger. It was probably a Rambler, for which he became the dealer in Staunton. Yes, this brand name did later become the Nash.
Audley E. was an interesting business entrepreneur, his best known business was The Yankee Racket Store.
I have been researching this gentleman as part of my work on the history of Grandma Moses when she lived in Augusta County, VA. Pleasure to share this bit of Harnsberger family history.

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Posted: 28 Feb 2014 6:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
My initial comments about A.E. Harnsberger being the first auto dealer in Staunton, VA, were restated from a locally written article. In depth research going through old newspapers has clarified what Mr. Harnsberger's role in the early days in the auto industry. In July 1907 his first ad appeared in a Staunton newspaper. He was a FORD dealer. An ad appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch, April 18, 1909, that included his name as one of only five Ford dealers then in the entire state of Virginia. Before Ford, he was owner of a department store in Staunton named The Racket Store. He ran flamboyant ads. Also played clarinet in the local community band. The house in which he and family lived from about 1903-1909 still stands as does the building in which he had his department store. The first auto dealer in Staunton was probably a Jake Baugher, he sold the Rambler. I have photos of A.E., his home, store, even his and Emily's grave. All part of research related to Grandma Moses time in Augusta County, VA.
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