In 1956 Quint bought a 1931 Ford Model A roadster that he built into an A/SR roadster. He campaigned the roadster with Jim Nelson and Dode Martin's Masters Auto Supply and Dragmaster team in the late 1950s and the early 1960s. In 2017 Quint told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that each car in the team had a special name attached to it; "For example, Jim and Dode's two dragsters were The DragLiner and The DragMaster. Others were The DragStar, The DragCoupe, etc. My roadster was "The RoadStar". I was only 18 years old when asked to join the race team and the Oilers car club. How proud I Was!"
Quint owned the roadster from 1956 to 1961, and he only lost two races with it. In 1961 he sold it to fund his honeymoon with his late wife, Shirley; "I believe I sold the roadster to a guy by the name of Green. The sale price was $ 1,500 which seemed like a lot of cash back then. Wish I still had it!" In 2018 Quint was still an active hot rodder, owning two 1932 Ford roadsters, one which won the National Roadster Show in 1978. He was also a member of the Carlsbad Oilers, and he still raced with the club at events such as The Race of Gentlemen.
In August of 2020, Quint finally made it to Bonneville, racing on the salt with his newly completed 1929 Ford Model A roadster. A dream come true for Quint. He was restricted to 150 mph as a rookie on the first pass. He made it ok, and advanced to have a license from the SCTA to run up to 175. "We were all set to try but ended up with oil pressure and water circulation problems," he told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2020. "I hope to go back in October and get a license to run 200."
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- Quint Meland
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