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Old 10-11-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default "Black Death" 57 Chevy owned by Ron Filkins

Does anyone else remember a black 57 chevy 2dr hardtop that showed up in, I think, Car Craft magazine in about 82 or 83? The feature photo shows the car leaving the line with the front tires about 18" in the air, and the car clearly hooking very hard. This was a drag car running a small block, with Nitrous, and I believe a 4 speed transmission and ladder bars. If I recall correctly after all these years, it was tubbed and ran 14 X 32 firestone slicks. It ran some wicked fast times for the early 80's and was one of the early nitrous warriors. The owner was Ron Filkins, and his wifes name was either Linda or Lydia. It ran without a front bumper, and had a beautiful black straight body. I am pretty sure that Ron lived in the Southern California area. So does anyone else remember this car and does anyone know if it still exists?

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Old 10-11-2012, 02:07 PM   #2
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yes sir. was an awesome car. he died in it in 93 or 94 . would love to see it again. i think he was in it but it could have been another one. slept too many times since then .

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Default Update on "Black Death" 57 formerly owned by Ron Filkins.

Just for the heck of it, I did another google search and found this:

http://www.yellowbullet.com/forum/sh...=117913&page=2

Sounds like Ron passed away about 20 years ago, and the car was siezed by police in a drug bust. Sad deal.

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Just for the heck of it, I did another google search and found this:

http://www.yellowbullet.com/forum/sh...=117913&page=2
Its pretty cool that his son had replied to the post.
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Its pretty cool that his son had replied to the post.
I doubt I would ever be speaking to my brother if that was the case. What a real shame. The 57 looked great
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Great looking car, what happenend to it
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I know it's an old thread but I happened to find it looking for something else and thought that I'd add a picture. I live in the next city north and have seen the car before. What a shame it had to be put to pasture as a prop instead of spending more days at the track.
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Is it possible that he raced a '55 before this?

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