FROM THUNDERCAR TO DRIFTWOOD (Southern California, 1964)


After he set a Top Gas record in 1964 with Thundercar, an Allison-powered streamliner – a machine that defied convention (fully enclosed, contoured and tapered body, motivation by an aircraft engine) except for the fuel it burned, pump gas – Jocko Johnson retires from the digs, popping in occasionally to port heads for some hitter engine builders in both drag racing and sports car racing.

He shutters Jocko’s Porting Service and assumes the life of an artist. His hair, couture and lifestyle become more bohemian. The hippie revolution is germinating. Jocko appears equally at home with the now-withering beat movement as well as the hippie gag, as he becomes a wood sculptor, creating art pieces out of driftwood.


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