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Author Topic: Romeo Palamides “Untouchable” and “Scorpion” jet dragsters for sale!  (Read 678 times)
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Sam Hawley
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« on: August 31, 2018, 06:01:51 PM »

Hey guys. I’ve just been contacted by Dennis Birdwell of Reno, Nevada. He inherited two jet dragsters from his older brother Jack, who worked with Romeo Palamides back in the day. They are the “Untouchable” dragster, equipped with a J-47 jet engine (photo attached), and the “Scorpion” dragster, equipped with a J-35 jet engine. They have been sitting in a shipping container out in Reno for what Dennis figures is about 30 years.

Anyway, Dennis is in his 70s now and is thinking about selling these two historic dragsters. He didn't know how to proceed so he reached out to me (knew my name from my book Speed Duel). I said I’d pass on the word, hence this post. If you’re interested, you can contact Dennis by email at DBirdwell1[at], or on his cell phone at 775-691-1943.

Can't figure out how to post a photo. You can check out Dennis's photo of "Untouchable" here:

Samuel Hawley
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2018, 09:24:35 PM »

Well that looks like one scary ride where the driver sits sure sucks I bet. The chute location is interesting.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2018, 03:24:17 AM »


here the picture you tried to attach

* Romeo-Palamides-jet-car scorpion 1.jpg (33.82 KB, 500x401 - viewed 96 times.)

* Romeo-Palamides-jet-car scorpion 2.jpg (154.46 KB, 767x550 - viewed 98 times.)

* Romeo-Palamides-jet-car untouchable.jpg (160.68 KB, 1200x887 - viewed 97 times.)

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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2018, 11:48:13 AM »

Looks safe  grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2018, 12:34:44 PM »

Looks safe  grin
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