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    Anyone know of a driver from back in the 60s-70s named Frank Dade? He drove a blown fuel Sanger in the Detroit area named The Buntline Special, owned by Dudly Proctor. I think he then moved to Cal and did some driving for Sanger in a boat named Climax. He helped me buid a Sanger Flat back then but I lost track of him.

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    Not sure what happened to Frank, in the late 70's early 80"s he was President of the NDBA and also drove The fuel Hydro Smoke on The Water...Crashed the boat at either Ming or Chowchillia i forget which now been so many years...
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    yes frank dade was famous for driving smoke on the water TFH. its funny u bring it up. before my father passed we talked about the drag racing days some more. frank dade , keith black and tim morgan were some of the great names in the sport. when my dad bought the challenger enterprises ufh is when i got to sit in the seat of the smoke on the water with frank dades name on the side. i was told the one of the original hulls is in sacramento but cant seem to confirm. yess great man. got to WDIFL.com and put in his name for more pics

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    I remember when Sonny Jones crashed the early Smoke on the Water at Ming..(broke his arm), but not Frank Dade. Broke an ear off the prop...

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    Frank Dade also worked at the Van Nuys ,Ca GM plant as a engineer. We talked to his son Mike a couple years back and he said his dad was running a winged golf cart around Palm Desert,Ca.
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    Frank also drove the Burrough's McIntire Special. It was a Cheyanne top fuel hydro with a James Brendel tube chassis

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    Thanks for the help guys.

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    Frank and his wife Zell are retired and living in Palm Springs. Frank spends most of his time playing golf these days. I saw Frank and "Shadow" (NDBA announcer) at Firebird a while back.

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    Thanks again. That should be enough info to track him down.

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    Do any of you know if the Smoke on the Water Hydro still exists?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LOTOFLATBOTTOM View Post
    Do any of you know if the Smoke on the Water Hydro still exists?

    The one i saw him crash in the lights was hauled away in trash bags more or less..everyone was shocked he walked away from that one....
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    heard one of the original smoke on the water hulls is in sacramento . a owner of a boat dealer has it. dont know if its true

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    Frank put Smoke on the Water on the beach at Ming when the chute didn't open, I was there, think it was 79 ???

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    Didn't he also drive Joe Paisano's boat at one time? I think I remember him crashing in the lights at Puddingstone.

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