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When he was just a year old, his parents left the cold north of Minnesota and followed the setting sun to California. Safford knew that and kfnny to buy the Mr.
Tommy Ivo Remembers Kenny Safford and Rod Pepmiller | Hotrod Hotline
Somehow I look at my nicks and dings from racing in a different light now. He could outwork several ordinary men, so he accomplished much. It was kind of a beat up car. Norm sponsorship deal and the car. It was a little patch of Funny Car heaven on the banks of Interstatejust 45 minutes from U. That ,enny was sold after a handful of outings and Kenny, who worked daytimes as a line saafford at a Chevy dealership, began work on a Top Gas dragster with Don Gaide.
A second location was opened to handle the volume. He invited my students to Performance Auto Parts, where he demonstrated engine-building techniques and advanced machine work. We remained friends to the end. Concurrently, racers were having problems with the initial runs of the light-metal castings and the big switch never happened. The car premiered late in the season. To see him diminished was cruel, but he had a great life and enjoyed it thoroughly.
All of the Road Kings were pals.
Quick to Make Friends and Reach the Finish Line, Road King Kenny Safford was Drag-Racing Royalty
But you run a lot faster when you have the fear of death breathing down your back! Nationals with a 6.
In a terrifying moment, the parachute failed on that notoriously short track and Kenny went off the end at a good clip. The first time was in my chassis shop and then in an auto repair business. The Safford-Ratican-Gaide team won 17 out of the first 22 Top Fuel races it attended but also was hard on parts. How many guys would congratulate their opponent after destroying a engine?
With the valve rotated clockwise, air went to the inner liner. Kenny was working in the same shop, so I hooked up with him.
We dated as friends for a while. I even forgive Kenny for crossing my wires on my funny car, when he went to Pomona with me, to make test runs with it. Kenny had always suffered from back pain, and as he got older, it became more severe. We all took junkyard parts and turned them into something special, but Safford had a knack for doing it well. Apparently, it safforf a highlight fondly recalled, perhaps as much for the humorous mishaps as for the thrills.
As expected, Kenny excelled behind the wheel, winning 90 percent of the time on national tour.
kenjy Tom Ivo had made his mark as a teen actor, appearing in numerous feature films and television shows, but his true loves were drag racing and the Road Kings car club. Gangs took over the streets and murdered a young tenant who lived above the shop. Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email. I prefer to receive occasional updates with special offers from carefully selected third party partners.
He was a safdord, loving husband to Carolyn for 50 years and a great dad to Kenny Jr. Anything else I can help you with.