NHRA Motorsport Museum
Bean Bandits Dragster
The famed Bean Bandits car club from San Diego, Calif., established itself as a major presence in drag racing competition with a series of rear-engine roadsters driven by Joaquin Arnett from 1950 through 1955. Among its biggest wins during this period was the first Pomona Valley Timing Association Southern California Championships at Pomona Raceway in 1953, the first sanctioned event conducted by the then new National Hot Rod Association.
The Bean Bandits came back to compete in the Colton Anniversary Race that August, and Ortega piloted the club's slingshot to the winner's circle with a best clocking of 9.78 at 154.63 mph.