The Chuck and Joanna Quesnel Photo Collection

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An early shot of the Pierson Brothers' 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe at a dry lakes meet. Both Bob and Dick were members of the Coupes of Inglewood car club. "The "Wheel Car"" was written on the back of the photo. Photo by Joanna and Chuck Quesnel, courtesy of Douglas Blake.
Joanna Quesnel's 1932 Ford roadster. Joanna was married to Chuck Quesnel. Chuck was a member of the Culver City Screwdrivers. Joanna was also a part of the club, but she was not considered a member as she was a girl. Joanna told her son Douglas that the girls were never allowed to race the guys. She liked to race, but her car never had any race numbers on. Photo by Joanna and Chuck Quesnel, courtesy of Douglas Blake.
Don Towel's 1934 Ford Victoria at a dry lakes event. Don was a member of the Coupes Auto Club of Inglewood. According to the caption on the back of the photo, Don's Edelbrock equipped Victoria was good for 114 mph. Photo by Joanna and Chuck Quesnel, courtesy of Douglas Blake.
A photo of Chuck Quesnel's belly-pan'ed 1927 Ford Model T lakester. The caption on the back of the photo says "Chuck's Car. Ed Olson in car, Janet Olson in jacket." Photo by Joanna and Chuck Quesnel, courtesy of Douglas Blake.
A photo of The Coupes car club member Fran Hernandez' 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe taken at a dry lakes event. The back of the photo reads "Fran Hernandez and Fred Offenhauser King of the Coupes car club." After coupes and sedans were banned from running SCTA-sanctioned events, a group of racers formed the Coupes club and began racing for the Rusetta Timing Association. Photo by Joanna and Chuck Quesnel, courtesy of Douglas Blake.
A photo of Joanna Quesnel leaning herself against a 1940 Ford coupe at a dry lakes event. The race-ready coupe has been fit with what seems to be 1940 Oldsmobile bumpers, fenderskirts and shortened sidetrim on the hood. Photo by Joanna and Chuck Quesnel, courtesy of Douglas Blake.
The Ralph Schenck Streamliner at a Rosamond lakes event. At the time, the old streamliner was owned by Culver City Screwdrivers member Bob Arner. The caption written on the back of this photo reads: "Being towed in Rosamond". "69'er" is written on the cowl of the streamliner. Photo by Joanna Quesnel, courtesy of Douglas Blake.
A photo of Don Waite's 1927 Ford Roadster at a 1949 dry lakes event, possibly a Rusetta lakes meet. The caption on the back of the photo by Chuck or Joanna Quesnel read "Don Waite's car went 154 mph!". Notice the artwork on the track nose, and the number #48 on the door instead of #348. The class destination is also C and not CL, as Don ran his roadster in the Lakester class due to 1949 SCTA rule changes. 1950 saw the Modified Roadster class introduced.[1] Photo by Joanna Quesnel, courtesy of Douglas Blake.
A photo showing fellow Culver City Screwdrivers member Jim Papworth's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster at El Mirage. Jim ran the roadster in 1948 and 1949, so this photo must have been taken in 1948 or 1949. Jim achieved a top speed of 129.56 mph with the roadster in 1949. Jim Papworth is the guy in the white overall[2], while Joanna Quesnel is the lady wearing a scarf in the photo. Photo by Joanna Quesnel, courtesy of Douglas Blake.

Chuck and Joanna Quesnel were early dry lakes racers. Chuck was a member of the Culver City Screwdrivers. Joanna was a part of the club, but not considered a member as she was a girl. Chuck and Joanna went separate ways later on, and Joanna remarried and got a son named Douglas. Douglas has shared these photos and some memories and stories about Chuck and Joanna with the Kustomrama Photo Archive. Douglas remembers that his mother told him that the girls were never allowed to race the guys. Joanna had a 1932 Ford roadster that she liked to race, but her car never had any race numbers on. Chuck's younger brother, Jerry Quesnel, was an hourly employee of Barris Kustoms and an expert metal-man. Jerry owned a customized 1949 Mercury that is known as one of the first, if not the first ever chopped 1949 - 1951 Mercury.[3]


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