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SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS
NEWSLETTER 267 - Januray 3, 2013
Editor: Richard Parks, Rnparks1@Juno.com 
President of the Society: Jim Miller, 1-818-846-5139.
Photographic Editor of the Society
: Roger Rohrdanz, beachtruck@juno.com
Northern California Reporter: Spencer Simon, sparklecraftspecial@yahoo.com
Field Reporter/Historian: Bob Falcon, RFalcon500@aol.com

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Some Names To Look For In This Newsletter:
President's Corner; Editorials; One of our greats, Tony Waters, goes over to the other side; News from Burly Burlile of the VW 36 Challenge Club; On December 5, 2012 I sent out a bulletin titled “DYNOSEZ: AAA & E-15 Gas; Thank you for the information about the SCTA, I was wondering if you had anymore information about Vince Cimino of the Idlers or know someone who might know more about him and possibly the cars he drove; I thought you might be interested in a video I've made about Art Arfons; The Motor Press Guild (MPG), the largest automotive media association in North America, presented longtime Wally Parks NHRA Motorsport Museum Curator Greg Sharp with the prestigious 2012 Dean Batchelor Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism in the Best of the Year articles category at the 18th annual Dean Batchelor Awards Banquet held at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles last night; Would this Harry Miller Meet have access to the Miller Family; Don Garlits announced the presenters for the induction ceremonies of the 23rd Annual International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Presented by the National Hot Rod Association and Summit Racing Equipment to be held at the Paramount Hotel & Suites in Gainesville, Florida on Thursday, March 14, 2013; LIONS Drag Strip 40th Reunion, at the Auto Club Sponsored Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, in Pomona, California on December 1, 2012; Staff notes: The following comes from Tex Smith; Mooneyes X-mas Show & Drags, Irwindale, California, December 8, 2012; The 15th Annual John Force Holiday Car Show was held at the John Force Race Station, Yorba Linda, California on Sunday, December 2, 2012; Just writing to see if you put the races on DVD yet; The Brass Age car "Holiday Motor Excursion" New Year's driving tour will be getting hand-cranked and warmed-up early at the Irwindale Event Center on Sunday morning December 30, 2012; I wish you all a Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas; Staff notes; the following was sent to us by Burly Burlile for the 36HP Challenge; The December 2012 issue of ACAG Update is now available; Staff notes; A gentleman who owns a signed Boyd Coddington's Boydster RC car and owns the website www.boydcoddingtonrccars.com, is putting together a Tribute to Boyd and would like to meet the following people at the Grand National Roadster Show, in January, at the Los Angeles County Fairplex, in Pomona, California; 183 cid (3.0L) / Blown Gas Roadster (F/BGR) 2001 Toyota 2JZ-GTE VVTi Inline 6 Cylinder; From Bob Brown, I thought as a tribute to John

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President's Corner by Jim Miller:  
   Interesting comment about the Mosquito. I bet the reader didn't know that the fuselage of the Vickers Wellington bomber (Click For Image) (The Mosquito) was aluminum covered with wood then canvas. They made a ton of them. They could take a big hit and still keep their structural integrity. The picture attached shows the framework and some of the wooden covering. It was designed in the mid 1930's. They built over 11,000 of them between '36 and '45.
   For an added bonus the first German jets with the BMW pulse jets motor on top of them had wings totally constructed out of wood and they could pull Mach 1. The Buzz bombs that devastated London had wooden wings as did the piloted versions of them. I believe the stabilizers on the V2 rockets were also wood. Also the English gliders for the Normandy invasion were made out of wood. If you turn back the clock the Germans were building aircraft in WWI this way; I think it was the Pfalz. Again the whole fuselage was laminated wood.
   Laminated wood was used all over the place in WWII. Wing tips, seats, noses etc, were constructed of wood. It was light and strong. They even developed resins and vacuum bagging to keep the parts light. They ditched the wood later and replaced it with what we now call fiber glass then later again with Carbon Fibre. The guy that really pushed ahead the use of wood technology was Hughes and the monster Hercules Flying Boat that we call the Spruce Goose. Ever seen a Charles Eames chair? It's laminated wood and was a spin-off of the wood technology developed during the war. So are plywood sheets that we get at the lumber yard.
   On another topic, I talked to Spencer Simon and told him I wasn't related to Harry Miller, the race car designer. Harry Miller was probably the most famous race car builder in America. He started building carburetors in Los Angeles before WWI. You've heard of Barney Oldfield and the Golden Submarine? Harry Miller built it in Los Angeles in 1916-17. Every great driver in the late 1920's to '30's ran a Miller car. I've attached a photograph of Frank Lockhart in a Miller race car (Click for Image 1, Click for Image 2). You'll recognize the car design. They were made on Long Beach Boulevard near downtown L.A. Ed Winfield got his start working at Miller's place when he was making carbs. So did Myron Stevens and a bunch of other famous guys.
   Ever heard of the Miller-Fords, which was a disaster at the Indy 500 in '35? Henry Ford commissioned Miller to build 10 cars for the 500 in just a few months. They all failed. One went on to become the first NOVI powered car. I've attached a photo of Pete DePaolo in one race car at Indy. Miller went to work for Gulf Oil after the Miller-Ford debacle and designed the first Gulf Millers. His second design for them was a rear engined machine that was super radical. George Barringer took one to B-ville and set records with it. Preston Tucker hooked Miller up with Gulf. He later ran a redesigned rear engined car at Indy; the famous Indy Garage Fire melted one of the rear engined cars. Tucker raced one that survived the fire after the war.

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Editorial:   
  Last week we had three Guest Editorials and it’s always a treat to have a week off and let our readers speak up. And speak up they did with important subjects for all hot rodders to know about. This week I am going to discuss collectibles. Our co-website, www.hotrodhotline.com has two sections that all of you may be interested in. See http://www.hotrodhotline.com/classifieds/classifieds.php?a=5&b=227, which is for automobilia and nostalgia automotive items for sale and another section at this link; http://www.hotrodhotline.com/classifieds/classifieds.php?a=5&b=238, which is for racing memorabilia, photos, and any historical racing items; new or old racing parts.
   In the first section #227 called the Automobilia section, there were 16 sellers with a wide variety of things for sale. One man was moving from a home to a motorhome and wanted to sell his collection of Bob McCoy art works. I’m glad to see that Bob enjoys a good reputation among hot rodding and racing art buyers. His style is reminiscent of Norman Rockwell and adapted to the race track. McCoy also cuts out metal panels and adds them to the paintings, so you can say that his “artwork doesn’t stay on the canvas.” Another item for sale was a double headed parking meter. I’m always curious how people end up with these objects, especially after seeing “
Cool Hand Luke.” 
   As historians, objects and memorabilia possess a great deal of information and saving it is a major concern of ours. The second site, Racing Memorabilia, had only five objects, one of which was a man from Arizona selling a Las Vegas 400 and an Ontario Speedway jackets. He wanted only $25 apiece and the jackets appeared to be a few decades old. The objects could have been posted on either site, so when going to
www.hotrodhotline.com, check both sections. The two sections are underutilized. This is a free service and the website allows a description and photographs. You send the information in with your contact point and they upload it for you for free. Buyers and sellers negotiate and deal just between themselves. The website is not a party to the transactions. I found it much simpler than eBay, which was always confusing to me.
   I used the phone number listed and talked to Fred. He told me that he has already sold the jackets and has used this service in the past. Fred said that it was a very easy thing to do, the staff was very friendly and helpful, there was no charge and he intends to sell other objects on the website. Now I could have gathered that this was the case, but frankly, it’s fun to call people and ask them how they feel. I’m hoping that the readers will consider this free service along with other services that they use. Why not, for it broadens your market and you are selling racing memorabilia into a market that is directly interested in auto racing and hot rodding. Put the same advertisement in a local newspaper and it will cost you and right off the bat the number of readers interested in your memorabilia drops sharply. But in
www.hotrodhotline.com, if there are a million readers then you have a potentially interested market that approaches 100%. 
   Now I’m not sure what will happen if the site attracts 16,000 sellers instead of 16. I know the staff at
www.hotrodhotline.com, and especially Anita, is quick, efficient and dedicated to hot rodding. But if I am successful in getting every reader interested and offering collectibles on a free site, what changes might occur. Maybe nothing and the staff have automated programs that allow for rapid inclusion into the newsletter. But until that happens you ought to try this free service and see if it helps you find a home for your racing collectibles and add a few dollars to your pocket.

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One of our greats, Tony Waters, goes over to the other side!  Don Garlits, CEO, Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing Inc.
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We lost Tony Waters last night at 9:30. Lung Cancer.   Wayne King
   Don and Wayne: Is there a biography or an obituary that you could send us to publish in the newsletter? 
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     THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN; Longtime Bakersfield drag racer, engine builder and engine tuner Tony Waters, 84, died Saturday in Bakersfield, California after an extended illness.  Waters was an original member of the Smokers Car Club, which staged the first US Fuel and Gas Championships at Famoso Drag Strip in 1959.  RELATED PHOTOS; http://d3vs4613l1445x.cloudfront.net/archive/x832573523/RUNNERCC-JPG/g1160c80000000000002e76af30b3d3a9fec92897730c6d04b451af257e.jpg.   By Casey Christie at The Californian.  Tony Waters, 84, is shown at left working with his son Darrell Waters in the pits at Famoso preparing their car for the 2012 March Meet.  Waters was the 1959 runner-up in the first March Meet.  Waters drove his A/Modified Roadster to a runner-up finish in that inaugural race, losing to Art Chrisman's dragster in the finals.  Waters also drove the roadster on dry lake beds.  Waters remained active in racing throughout his life and in recent years he owned and turned an A/Fuel dragster driven by his son, Darrell.  Services are pending.  Sent in by Don Garlits.

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News from Burly Burlile of the VW 36 Challenge Club;
   I just received a series of photos from Abe Potter of the Potter Brothers Racing team. Abe, together with his brother Dewey, who are from Salt Lake City, Utah, built a new Volkswagen racer this year to compete in the long course SCTA/BNI Bonneville two liter turbocharged sedan full competition class. That record is currently held by a Skoda from the United Kingdom (England) at 227.080 miles per hour. During their initial effort they experienced drive shaft disintegration problems that prevented them eclipsing the record but still became the fastest four cylinder powered VW in the world with a one way pass at 212.922 miles per hour, just barely edging out the Chilson family’s 2007 speed of 212.610 mph in a turbo Jetta powered lakester. One of the photos Abe sent showing the roll cage structure demonstrates the extensive thought they placed in their personal safety when dealing in ultra high speeds and I thought I would pass the image on. The second photo is of their beautifully executed 2000 Volkswagen Passat.  Photos by Abe Potter. (Click For Image 1, Click for Image 2)
   We wish them well in their quest to extend the Passat's performance beyond the current record and hope after next year’s Speedweek attack, they will still have some momentum left in the little turbo two liter and join all the VW's at World of Speed so we can personally watch this beautiful Volkswagen in action. Burly Burlile, VW 36hp & BB CHALLENGE, Volkswagen Land Speed Racing Historian, Society of Land Speed Racing Historians. www.burlyb.com.

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On December 5, 2012 I sent out a bulletin titled “DYNOSEZ: AAA & E-15 Gas.” There has been a lot of chatter on the News and Internet since then. I believe we may be making some headway thanks to the efforts of the Automobile Club (AAA). As you know I believe the U.S.A. should have a national Gasoline Standard without ethanol added and each state should not be able to set their own standards. This would be good for our national security, lower the price of autos and lower the price of gasoline. Wouldn't that be nice?  Check out these Links, they are encouraging:  http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2000862202001/http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/273047-house-gop-plans-to-put-fuel-standard-on-trial-in-next-congress.   “Dyno” Don Batyi
   Staff notes; A photo came across our desk from the 1930’s showing a service station in Nebraska offering “Gasahol” fuel. So they have been adding alcohol to gasoline for quite some time. Any members out there with knowledge of when they first sold alky to the motoring public or to racers?

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Thank you for the information about the SCTA, I was wondering if you had anymore information about Vince Cimino of the Idlers or know someone who might know more about him and possibly the cars he drove.  Thank You.
     Staff notes: This is a historical Newsletter, so I need your name in order to follow through.  I post all inquiries to the Newsletter in order to see if any of our readers know what you might be looking for.  You can also go to the website at www.landspeedracing.com and there you will find our President's phone number.  He likes phone calls rather than emails to respond to.  The first thing that I can tell you; is that there is information out there in the public domain.  The hard part is finding it.  So the next thing for you to do is to give us as much facts as you have.  It might seem silly to give us information when what you are after is information.  But here's why it is so vital; every detail jogs our member's memories in a different way.  We all store information in our brains differently.  When you ask a question and get no answer, rephrase that question and answer it in another way.  Another suggestion, get the word out to as many people as you can and that means start calling those who might know about the Idlers or know someone to refer you to.  Soon there will be guys that will hear that you are looking for information on Vince or the Idlers.  For me to be effective I need your name and permission to publish your email address in our newsletter, and you can write in as often as you wish with additional questions and we will print it for you. 
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      My name is Trevon Richard, and my email is
paikeaa@gmail.com.  There is a picture that Vince took in the Dean Batchelor book of a 1932 Ford Roadster with a 4 Cylinder with a Besasie turbocharger.  It was taken in the early '40's, I assume someone in the SCTA owned that car.  Maybe someone here can throw some info about it?  <http://books.google.com/books?id=FKANybvo3LoC&pg=PA137&dq=Besasie+turbo+dean+batchelor&hl=en&sa=X&ei=l6ndUNuOPIO Q2gXh2ICoCQ&ved=0CDkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q= Besasie%20turbo%20dean%20batchelor&f=false>  The picture is on page 139.  Trevon Richard
    
Trevon; Call our Society's president, Jim Miller at 818-846-5139 and ask him what he knows about the car and who he could refer you to for more answers.  Also contact Leslie Long and Don Montgomery.  Remember, the more that you tell us the more leads we can give you.  Are you looking for the history on the car, trying to find out more on the Idlers, or is your interest in Vince Cimino.  He is not mentioned in the major works that I use in my library, but he might be in the Minutes of the SCTA; 1937-1948, by Wally Parks (edited by Richard and David Parks).  It is a work that has not been published yet and contains a wealth of information.  Also, check the SCTA Racing News if you have access to them for that period.  But more than anything you should be on the phone immediately with as many old-timers as you can, because they are going fast from that time period and their knowledge is crucial.

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I thought you might be interested in a video I've made about Art Arfons. If you'd like to watch it, it's on my LSR website: http://www.samuelhawley.com/lsr.html.  I also put it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jp_RTcXLis.  Sam Hawley (author of SPEED DUEL: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties).
     Sam: Thank you for sending us the link.  We appreciate your research and for letting us serialize your interviews with LSR people from the past.  Please write in to us periodically and let us know more about your projects and how well SPEED DUEL is doing.  I will be glad to give you all the space that I can on our website in order to familiarize our readers with your book. 

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The Motor Press Guild (MPG), the largest automotive media association in North America, presented longtime Wally Parks NHRA Motorsport Museum Curator Greg Sharp with the prestigious 2012 Dean Batchelor Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism in the Best of the Year articles category at the 18th annual Dean Batchelor Awards Banquet held at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles last night.
   Sharp received the special award for his editorial piece, “The World’s Fastest Hot Rod” published in the 2012 spring issue of The Rodder’s Journal. The article provides insight into the car and people involved in the history and recreation by Dan Webb of the Xydias and Batchelor So-Cal Speed Shop streamliner.
   “It’s an incredible honor to receive the Dean Batchelor Award,” Sharp said. “Dean was one of those people I looked up to and read about as a kid. I got to know both Dean and his partner Alex Xydias in the early ‘70s. Although he probably didn’t realize it, he was my mentor and made a tremendous impact on me, especially in striving for accuracy in historical writing. To win an award named for him, for an article about something he and Alex achieved over sixty years ago is just overwhelming.”
   Established in 1995 by MPG, the Dean Batchelor Awards recognize the professional standards and excellence demanded by Dean Batchelor during his life as an editor, writer, and chronicler of the automotive industry.
   “The NHRA Motorsports Museum is thrilled to see curator Greg Sharp receive recognition for his outstanding efforts in documenting the pursuit of speed in all its forms,” NHRA Museum Executive Director Larry Fisher said. “We congratulate him on his achievement and we are proud of his many contributions as curator of the museum.”
   Sharp’s love affair with hot rodding began when he was a highly curious “car crazy” 12-year-old who devoured the pocket-sized enthusiast magazines of the 1950s. Absorbing their contents like a sponge, he has since become an expert on the history of hot rodding and virtually all forms of motorsports.
   After serving for 28 years as a motorcycle officer with the LAPD, Greg retired in 1995 and became director of the recently developed NHRA Historical Services. There, he played a key role in the formation of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and has served as curator since it opened to the public in April, 1998. Sharp’s keen attention to historical detail and colorful prose continues to be read in the Museum’s Reunion programs as well as on the cars and exhibits at the NHRA Museum including the current Moon: Six Decades of a Hot Rodding Eye-Con.
   The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is an independent California non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to celebrating the impact of motorsports on American culture. Neighboring the historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the vehicles, stories and artifacts that represent America’s affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. For more information, visit our website: www.nhramuseum.org. NHRA Motorsports Museum, 909-622-2572. themuseum@nhra.com. From Monique Valadez

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Would this Harry Miller Meet have access to the Miller Family? Bill Barringer wants to contact them. Newsletter Issue 266 was great. It sure had a lot of VW news this time. Spencer Simon
   Spencer: Try Jim Miller and then the guy putting on the Miller event to see if they know any family members of Harry Miller.  I never met Harry who built the engine that Leo Goossen designed and Offenhauser continued to build for sprint cars after Miller went bankrupt.  If he has any family I am not aware of them, but the promoter might know. The Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter (SLSRH) is open to any member (and even non-members) to post their questions or their research. I encourage authors, writers, photographers, artists and all researchers to send in news of their work. We also encourage car clubs, hot rodders, racing associations, museums and other groups to notify us of events and meets that they are holding. Burly Burlile of the VW 36 HP Challenge takes us seriously when we tell people that the SLSRH Newsletter is open to all and he makes good use of the space. Burly also has his own website, but he realizes the value of using all the websites that he can. If other groups want to do so I am glad to add their PR and informational notices to the SLSRH Newsletter. We also encourage collectors and sellers of collections to let us know of their events. The SLSRH is open to all. 
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Staff notes; the following comes from www.wikipedia.com.  
   Harold (Harry) Arminius Miller was born on December 9, 1875 and passed away on May 3, 1943. He was commonly called Harry, and was an American race car designer and builder who was most active in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Griffith Borgeson called him "the greatest creative figure in the history of the American racing car." Cars built by Miller won the Indianapolis 500 nine times, and other cars using his engines won three more. Millers accounted for 83% of the Indy 500 fields between 1923 and 1928.
  
BIOGRAPHY; Miller was born on December 9, 1875 in Menomonie, Wisconsin to Jacob Miller (1833–1900) and Martha Ann (Tuttle) Miller (c1835–1922). Miller's first work in the automotive business was with the short-lived Yale Automobile Company. From Yale he moved to Lansing, Michigan to work for motoring pioneer Ransom E. Olds at Oldsmobile, where he was employed as a race mechanic during the early Vanderbilt cup races. 
   After a poor 1906 race season, Miller left for Los Angeles, California, to open a small machine shop specializing in carburetor production. His involvement with the racing side of his carburetor business led first to repairing and then building race cars. In the early 1920’s, he built his own 3.0 litre (183 cu. In.) engine. His race car was inspired by a Peugeot Grand Prix engine which had been serviced in his shop by Fred Offenhauser in 1914. His new race engine had 4 cylinders, dual overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder. It powered Jimmy Murphy's Duesenberg to victory in the 1922 Indianapolis 500. Miller then progressed to making Miller single-seater race cars that used supercharged versions of his 2.0 and 1.5 liter (122 and 91 cu. in.) engines. These engines took four more wins in the Indy 500 up to 1929, twice (1926 and 1928) in Miller chassis, and won the race another seven times between 1929 and 1938 (twice again, in 1930 and 1932, in Miller chassis). 
   In the 1920’s and 1930’s, Miller engines also powered speedboats to several race wins. The 1924 Miller 122/183 "Convertible" was designed to be converted quickly from one engine to another. It ran 151.26 mph at Muroc Dry Lake, in the Southern California desert speed trials. Miller declared bankruptcy in 1933. His shop foreman and chief machinist Fred Offenhauser purchased the business and continued development of the engine as the Offenhauser. 
   After bankruptcy, Miller built race cars with Indianapolis 500 enthusiast Preston Tucker and in 1935 they formed Miller and Tucker, Inc., whose first job was to build ten modified Ford V-8 racers for Henry Ford. With insufficient time available for their development and testing, all these cars dropped out when the steering boxes, installed too close to the exhaust, overheated and locked up. The design was later perfected by privateers, and examples ran at Indianapolis through 1948. Miller and Tucker, Inc. moved to Indianapolis and continued race car development and construction. 
   In the late 1930’s Miller and Tucker also developed the Tucker Combat Car and tried unsuccessfully to sell it to the Dutch and U.S. governments. The car was capable of 115 mph (185 km/h) on pavement and 65 mph (105 km/h) on rough terrain, and had several innovative features including a power-operated gun turret, which the U.S. government bought and used in numerous applications including the B-17 and B-29, PT boats, and landing craft. Miller took some of the design elements from the Tucker Combat Car, notably the suspension, to American Bantam, where he was involved with the development of the first Jeep. Tucker and Miller worked together off and on until Miller's death in 1943. Tucker helped Miller's widow pay the funeral costs. It was while working with Miller that Tucker had met chief mechanic John Eddie Offutt, who would later help him develop and build the first prototype of the 1948 Tucker Sedan. Miller died on May 3, 1943 at Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan at age 67.
  
AWARDS; Harry Miller was named to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1990.   He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1999. He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2003. 
  
TRIBUTE; Miller was honored at the 1993 Monterey Historic Automobile Races
  
REFERENCES; "Harold Arminius Miller (December 9, 1875 - May 3, 1943)." The Miller/Offenhauser Historical Society.   "1926 Miller 91 FWD." Supercars.net. "Race Engine Designer Dies." United Press. May 4, 1943. Retrieved 2012-10-01. "Harry A. Miller, 68 [sic] ..." 
  
FURTHER READING
  Mark L. Dees,
The Miller Dynasty: A Technical History of the Work of Harry A. Miller, His Associates, and His Successors (Barnes, Scarsdale, 1981; second edition Hippodrome, Moorpark, 1994) This is the definitive work on Miller, but was published in limited editions, and may be hard to find  
  Griffith Borgeson,
Miller (Motorbooks International, Osceola, 1993)  
  Griffith Borgeson,
The Last Great Miller: The Four-Wheel-Drive Indy Car (SAE, Warrendale, 2000). This car was built with sponsorship from the Four Wheel Drive Company of Clintonville, Wisconsin.  
  Griffith Borgeson,
The Golden Age of the American Racing Car (Bonanza, New York, 1966; second edition SAE, Warrendale, 1998)  
  Gordon Eliot White,
The Marvelous Mechanical Designs of Harry A. Miller (Iconografix, Hudson, Wisconsin, 2004).

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Don Garlits announced the presenters for the induction ceremonies of the 23rd Annual International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Presented by the National Hot Rod Association and Summit Racing Equipment to be held at the Paramount Hotel & Suites in Gainesville, Florida on Thursday, March 14, 2013. 
   NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel Champion Antron Brown, Funny Car Champion Jack Beckman and Pro Stock Champion Allen Johnson are scheduled to present, along with former NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car World Champions, John Force and Robert Hight, Track Owner/Event promoter Steve Earwood, National Dragster Senior Editor/Artist and drag racing historian John Jodauga, Funny Car driver Bruce Larson, Engine Builder Ed Pink and Greg Sharp, the curator for the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. 
   The 2013 class of inductees and the presenter are: Dave Boertman, who will be presented by Allen Johnson.  Wally Booth will be presented by John Jodauga. Bernie Fedderly will be presented by John Force and Robert Hight.  Harry Hibler will be presented by Ed Pink.  Hirata, Hobbs & Vodnik will be presented by Jack Beckman. K.S. Pittman will be presented by Greg Sharp. Dick Rosberg will be presented by Steve Earwood. Louis Senter will be presented by Antron Brown.  The Founders Award honoree, Dr. Robert Post, PhD will be presented by Bruce Larson. The induction ceremonies begin with a cocktail reception at 6 PM, with dinner served at 7 PM (Eastern). Legendary NHRA Announcer Bob Frey will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies. Ticket details and additional information are available by calling or emailing Donna Garlits at: (352) 245-8661 or (877) 271-3278 toll free, fax (352) 245- 6895, or email to: donna@garlits.com.

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LIONS Drag Strip 40th Reunion, at the Auto Club Sponsored Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, in Pomona, California on December 1, 2012. Story and Photographs are by Roger Rohrdanz.
     It all began in the early 1950’s with a Los Angeles Police officer named Gordon Browning. Browning had formed the Police Advisory Council of Car Clubs with officers from 25 Police Departments in the area. He met Wally Parks, who was the editor of Hot Rod magazine (HRM). Gordon found some land at 223rd and Alameda Streets and got the Harbor Department to put in a dragstrip for the kids to race on. He then got the Lions Clubs in the Long Beach Harbor area to sponsor the track, which became known as the famous Lions Dragstrip in the mid-1950’s. Then a young, up and coming racer named Mickey Thompson was made the Track Manager. For more than 15 years Lions enjoyed an unrivaled reputation. In 1972 the fun ended when the Los Angeles Harbor Commission needed the land for the development of what became the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility.
     Now 40 years later on December 1, 2012, the Auto Club, sponsor of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California, hosted a photo, memorabilia exhibit, and reunion including two panels of race heroes from “The Beach.” After a brief introduction by Museum Curator and co-moderator Greg Sharp, the “Master” of ceremonies, Dave McClellan took over and introduced the first panel: innovative Gene Adams with his 1950 Olds who worked on the legendary Albertson Olds dragster that captured 12 straight championships, the “Adams-Rasmussen-Stewart dragster, and now the Adams & Enriquez A/fueler; photojournalist Don Gillespie made 3 videos of “Lions – The Greatest Drag Strip;” Lions track photographer, John Ewald; Jim Dunn who started drag racing in 1953 at 19 years old; and gasser pilot “Bones” Balogh, driver of such cars as the J & J Muffler Coupe, Safeway Sandblasting Willys, and the “Big” John Mazmanian Willys. The final panelist was this year’s California Hot Rod Reunion Grand Marshal, “TV” Tommy Ivo.
     The panel discussed how they always followed the rules, or not. Gassers were just as popular (maybe more) as Top Fuel. They talked about the various kinds of concoctions to improve tire traction, and reminisced about Mickey Thompson and his antics.  After a short intermission to view a trailer for the new “Snake & Mongoose” film, Dave McClellan introduced the second panel: Mike Kuhl from the Top Fuel dragster team of “Kuhl & Olson” that won the last drag race at Lions; Gary Cochran; engine builder Ed Pink, termed “The Old Master” at 31. Roland Leong, the next panelist, made his first (& last) ride in his “Hawaiian” top fuel dragster in 1964. Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, was one-half of the Wildlife Racing Team. The other half of the Wildlife Racing Team was our final panelist, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme. They continued the discussion of Mickey Thompson and talked about their early experiences at “The Beach” and with each other. A common topic was the closing and last night at Lions.
     An estimated 300 racers and fans filled the Museum meeting area until there was standing room only. Some of the many notable people on-hand were: Jack Beckman, Steve Gibbs, Darr Hawthorn, Beachcomber-Don Johnson, Al Teague, Mendy Fry, Junior Thompson and son Tommy, Bob Muravez, Doug Fisher, Jim Rossi, Frank & Chris Baney, Bill Pitts, Art Chrisman, Stormy” Byrd, Don Zig, Tommy Greer, Blake Bowser, and Adam Sorokin.  Three nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters were on-hand for people to check out. Rick Voegelin brought his amazing HO scaled replica of Lions drag strip complete with an operating quarter mile to test your ability. It featured a computerized timing system that records elapsed times, top speeds, reaction times, and margin of victory of the scale model slot cars.

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Staff notes: The following comes from Tex Smith.
     On my biography I have had the template in place for years. I am clearing that up now. Once done with that. I will start to fill in all the blanks with the juicy tid-bits and scandal that I have worked around all these years. Already, what little has leaked about my autobiography is making some people very nervous. Life in the bigs you guys. Old Indians got long memory.  What’s Inside Hot Rodding? Oh, stuff about NHRA and NSRA and Goodguys, and the magazines, and the business that has grown up around the hobby, and the clubs, and racing, and street rodding…..well, the kind of things that less than one percent of the car guys even suspect might exist. I’m not even being nice. If a guy has been an xxxxxxx, I’m telling it that way.   All of that info will be in the book. So, you want a book, get out your checks and send one for $50 to Tex Smith AutoBio, PO Box 547, Driggs, Idaho 83422. Already, Brian and Kimi Brennan have ordered numbers l and 2. And Brian doesn’t even know what I am going to say about him. I can now take plastic. For a reserved copy of my forthcoming autobiography you can use your credit card by calling me at 800-513-8133. Remember, we won't do the book unless I get at least l000 orders, each at $50. If we don't reach that minimum, I send your bucks back. Can't be more fair.   All checks go into a special bank account. If I hang around long enough to finish the book, and it is already looking to be a big one, I will use the money for publishing. If I can’t finish, all pre-paid orders will be refunded. Keep tuned into HotRodHotLine for progress reports.

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Mooneyes X-mas Show & Drags, Irwindale, California, December 8, 2012.  Story and Photos are by Roger Rohrdanz.
   The Mooneyes X-mas Party opened their gates at 6am to hundreds of waiting participants.  By 7:30am the participant’s gate was closed.  Over 1200 cars had filled the show area.  The spectator gate remained open till over 5,000 cars filled the Speedway at Irwindale, they even filled the oval track. This year the weather was cold and very foggy which started to burn off about 11am.  The start of Drag Racing was delayed an hour to dry the track.
    What a show.  There were four live bands that performed all day; they were Gamblers Mark, Dead Beat Daddies, Hot Rod Trio, and the Dynotones.  Then there was great drag racing including a Cacklefest, an art auction, pin-up contest, over 100 vendors, unique bikes, trucks, and cars to check out.  Shige Suganuma and Chico of Mooneyes did a great job organizing this event.  Imagination, creativity, ingenuity, attitude, and style were all there for your enjoyment.  Cool choppers, crazy hair, pin-up girls, great entertainment, and lots of Ink. The “Pin-Up Girl” contest was great, it gave the show an extra boost of eye candy parading everywhere.  Drag racing helped make the show feel nostalgic with rods and customs lining up together, ready to run.

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The 15th Annual John Force Holiday Car Show was held at the John Force Race Station, Yorba Linda, California on Sunday, December 2, 2012. Photos and story by Roger Rohrdanz. 
   The Sunday event capped a four day coast-to-coast trek for Force who on Thursday morning was part of the 25th annual PRI breakfast with SPEED TV’s Dave Despain. Sandwiched between the PRI Show and the John Force Holiday Car Show was an appearance at the LA Auto Show on Saturday night. The 15th Annual John Force Holiday Show was a success even if the weather did not cooperate. Intermittent rain showers dampened some cars but not the spirits of the thousands of fans who turned out on Sunday. Over 500 hot rods and specialty cars braved the questionable weather. By 11 AM the spectators had swelled to well over 7,000. For many years this has been THE most popular Christmas show for hot rodders in So Cal. Cars came from as far away as northern California, and Arizona. 
   Every type of classic vehicle was represented including land speed cars, drag racers, dirt track racers, custom cars, street rods, muscle cars, custom pickups, exotics, and vintage trailers. Some of the notable people on hand were John Force, Ashley Force Hood, Brittany and Courtney Force, Funny Car driver Robert Hight, 2012 Funny Car Champ “Fast” Jack Beckman, Cory McClenathan, Genevieve Chappell, and Tom McEwen to name just a few. Two bands and Santa entertained all day. As the show drew to a close, we marveled at all the toys donated to the CHP “ChiPs for Kids” toy drive. Thanks to the show sponsors, Auto Club of Southern California, SYSTEM 51 Wax Products, CBS-TV2, KCAL-TV9, General Outdoors, IN & OUT Burgers and So Cal Car Culture.  The 60+ award winning cars were announced in front of the spectators and everyone was on the way home by 4:30 PM. 

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Just writing to see if you put the races on DVD yet.  If so, what is the charge for the sets?  I have the book and I love it. I remember watching the jalopy races on TV.  Jack Balch
     Staff notes: The video tapes, “Memories of the California Jalopy Association,” were compiled by Tom Luce.  It was a six volume set and most of it was not narrated and taken from home movie cameras.  Tom tracked down these sources and combined them into a documentary.  Some of it is narrated and some in color, but the majority is in black and white and is not narrated.  Tom Luce later wrote the book, “Memories of the California Jalopy Association.”  His last known email address was t.luce@att.net.  I don't know if Tom has transferred the six set volume to DVD disks.

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The Brass Age car "Holiday Motor Excursion" New Year's driving tour will be getting hand-cranked and warmed-up early at the Irwindale Event Center on Sunday morning December 30, 2012. Hundreds of Classic Horseless Carriages from all over the state will begin assembling on the facility's East parking lot and for their annual run through Pasadena at about 7am getting ready for a full dress departure parade from the venue at about 9:30am.  This will be the incredible 57th annual running for this unique parade of cars many of which date back to some of the earliest machines ever built, all of which are still very much in perfect running condition.  These turn-of-the century vehicles and their owner/operators (along with their appropriately-period-dressed passengers) will all converge on the Irwindale Event Center parking lot and then mount up and clatter off on a classic adventure. Free. Just don't forget the camera! The public and media are invited. Entry and parking are free! These cars from the days when they were referred to as somehow being missing a set horses to make them move, are as spectacular as they are spindly. For more information contact: Kenny King (626) 339-8400 directly.  IRWINDALE EVENT CENTER COMMUNICATIONS, 500 SPEEDWAY DRIVE - IRWINDALE, CALIFORNIA 91706. 626-358-1100.  Sent in by Doug Stokes and Bob Falcon
   Staff notes: The SLSRH staff apologizes for missing the deadline to notify the public of your event. We are a volunteer staff that puts out a historical newsletter and we are just not able to get news out to the public quick enough. To be sure that your event will be publicized in plenty of time the staff of the SLSRH requests that you notify us at least three months in advance of your event.

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I wish you all a Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas. If I have missed anything than what you celebrate, then have a wonderful Holiday as well. I would like to say thank you to the people in the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter; especially to Jack and Maryann Lawford who made the website possible. I heard a great deal about Maryann. It's a wonder why the website is so good. This is truly a worthwhile, inspiring and addicting quest for the need for knowledge of wonderful people in racing and the inventors in the automotive world. It is amazing to hear about their ambitious courage and great stories from their past. Those who listen to them would find these new ideas to make our lives meaningful. It's no wonder why we won't stop doing what we love to do. It's a real life adventure. I have to hand it to Richard Parks, he is a real committed doer as well as Jim Miller, Roger Rohrdanz and Bob Falcon. Cheers to you all and thanks to all of you. Spencer Simon

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Staff notes; the following was sent to us by Burly Burlile for the 36HP Challenge.
   Good news! No, GREAT NEWS!  Walter DeVette in the Netherlands (Holland) has been working with Trevor in the U.K. who organizes one mile top speed events for motorcycles at the Elvington Air Base mid-country near York in England. Located four hours (211 miles) north of London along the M1, their hope is to incorporate street and racing VW's during one of the events.  It could happen in 2013 if you are interested. Below is information about the proposed 36hp and Big Block VW Challenge European land speed race. It will be necessary to select a single weekend (some events are held on Mondays) from the list below to concentrate the VW participation while also being sure to avoid date conflicts with the European Bug-In, Le Bug Show, and the SCC on the continent. The best date available appears to be August 17 & 18, 2013 (Saturday & Sunday), which will also offer the best opportunity to avoid inclement weather. Please contact Walter directly at fusca03@tele2.nl to voice your interest and/or suggestions.
   Below is his posting on Ultimate Air Cooled: "I talked to Trevor today and he is still very happy to see us come and race at Elvington Airbase for VW Challenge Land Speed Record attempts. The new dates for 2013 were just released so we still have a choice what date we would like to run at. He needs to arrange some additional permits I understood for cars to run (usually mainly/only bikes run there). These are the dates:
Top Speed Dates for 2013
18th March Top speed Monday Elvington
15th April Top Speed Monday Elvington
18th 19th May Northern Speed Trials/British National Records Elvington
18th June Top Speed Tuesday Elvington
23rd July Top Speed Monday Elvington
17th 18th August Northern Speed Trials /World Wheelie Records Elvington
14th 15th September Woodbridge Judgment Day UKBUSAS event
21st October Top Speed Monday Elvington
   This is the best year so far for top speed events with 8 events spanning 11 days. All the Elvington events are noise controlled and new for 2013 will be minimum silencer dimensions IE no stubby cans. I am working on the silencer requirements at the moment and will have them sorted in the next week or so. (editor: noise max is 101dB measured stationary at 3/4 throttle (probably 3/4 rpm is meant)). These measures are to safeguard the future of top speed and Record events at this venue.
   So, I would like to hear from possible contenders, 30 horse or other air cooled racers, what date they prefer and I will try to make a decision on what the most preferred one is. Remember, you might be running with German, Dutch, Belgium and maybe some Scandinavian Land Speed Racers, all with their favorite date or period, so no guarantees can be given, but I love to hear from those that actually intend to commit of coming and racing over the 1-mile track at top speed.
   Let me know what date you prefer, even if its just generally 'early in the season' or during summer holiday or 'after summer holidays'. Just as reference: Spa-francorchamp (Le Bugshow) is 10-11 August 2013, so is SCC (9-10 August 2013) and EBI is 28-30 June 2013. To me it seems only 17/18 August is not too early in the season and a weekend in the list and close enough to the summer to hope for dry runs...Walter
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   This information and possible extension of the VW Challenge racing into Europe has been long awaited and I commend Walter for the time and energy devoted to making this a possibility. To all our European land speed enthusiast's, please contact Walter at your earliest possible convenience so you will have time to prepare once a date has been settled upon. And thanx, Walter, for your effort. May the Speed be with you! Burly Burlile, VW 36hp & BB CHALLENGE, Volkswagen Land Speed Racing Historian, Society of Land Speed Racing Historians
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The December 2012 issue of ACAG Update is now available. The on-line version link (and the pdf version for those of you who like to print it out) will shortly be available via the Latest News tab on our website www.allardchrysler.org. I have attached a jpg of the front cover and the direct link to the on-line version is http://drceurope.co.uk/acag/dec2012. This issue consists of 32 pages and details the work carried out on Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler dragster (owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu) during October 2012 through until now. We also continue the story of the dragsters restoration looking at how the links with our many supporters across the pond were first created. There are lots of other photos and news bits and pieces so enjoy the read and have a great Christmas/New Year Holiday. We get back to work on the car on December 30, 2012, so if you feel like joining our crew let me know. There’s much to do during January and February. 
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December 2012; S&T ELECTROPLATE RESTORING ALLARD CHRYSLER DRAGSTER CHROME  
   The Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG) has selected S&T Electroplate of Yate, near Bristol to provide the chrome plating needs for the restoration of Europe’s first dragster – Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler. The link to their website is now available via www.allardchrysler.org. Using photographs taken in the early 1960s and existing parts as a reference, items that were chromed back then included steering, suspension, transmission, braking and exhaust components. Those requiring new chrome were identified. ACAG Chairman Brian Taylor said, “I received estimates from 5 different plating companies and selected S&T after receiving a recommendation from Mike Knapman of the Allard Owners Club and talking on the telephone to Nigel Hayward and Kim Saleh of S&T. The fact that they were fairly local to us and specialised in plating for the enthusiast and vintage restorer were also important considerations.”  
   On inspection of the items, Kim made some suggestions. He thought due to their condition the rear brake back plates should be silver zinc plated rather than nickel flash as we had originally planned. He also recommended that we use a nickel coat on the headers before chrome plating rather than the normal copper. This is because metals expand at different rates when heated and using copper can result in it breaking through the chrome when the component gets too hot. S&T Electroplate was established in 1983. It is staffed by very experienced polishers and platers, the key staff having all the necessary skills to strip, polish, repair, plate and inspect the work that is undertaken. They service customers right across the UK & Ireland and even have regular clients in various parts of the European mainland. 
   Nigel Hayward, Production Manager at S&T said, “We are proud to have been selected to carry out the plating processes required to restore such a unique and historic vehicle. The great bulk of what we do at S&T is refinishing vehicle parts dating from the early 1900s to about 1980. This inevitably means that of all the car and bike parts we receive for refinishing in nickel or chrome, a significant number will be damaged in some way and need to be repaired prior to being refinished and we can carry out that work at Yate.” “But the polishing shop is the key area in the restoration of old parts. It is the work here before the main plating stage that largely determines the quality of the finished parts. The polisher is dealing with various metals in various states of decay. They are also dealing with various shapes and need to be aware of stampings and logos so as to retain the originality of items.” “In our main processing shop we have the plant and solutions for Zinc, Copper, Dull Nickel, Semi-Bright Nickel, Bright Nickel & Chrome Plating. Our tanks are large enough to cope with items up to 8 feet in length. There is an art to know how to 'jig up' a part prior to its journey through the chemical processes. The plater will be aware of holes on studs to be masked and of parts that have to fit together after plating. They will be aware of power and time settings to ensure that the correct amount of plating is put onto parts”. 
   Brian Taylor said, “So far we have concentrated on assembling all the dragster parts and producing a working exhibit. But it will be fantastic to see the car restored back to its former glory and the chrome plating task is an important stage in completing the job. Now we have the chrome work and the painted chassis, the final assembly can begin. We might need to wear sunglasses to protect our eyes from the glare.”  From Brian Taylor – Chairman, Allard Chrysler Action Group

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Staff notes; A gentleman who owns a signed Boyd Coddington's Boydster RC car and owns the website www.boydcoddingtonrccars.com, is putting together a Tribute to Boyd and would like to meet the following people at the Grand National Roadster Show, in January, at the Los Angeles County Fairplex, in Pomona, California. He can be reached at tributeboydsterrccar@boydcoddingtonrccars.com
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   Greetings; I have compiled (in part) a page of Boyd Coddington employees, vendors, customers to be able to sign a Tribute Boydster Rc car. I have this Rc Car that Boyd himself gave me in December of 2007 and would like to have those employees, vendors, customers, to sign as a Tribute to Boyd Coddington. This is an ongoing project since 2007 and hope to have your signatures added to this Rc car. This man, Boyd Coddington, who treated me right, who has a huge history in the hotrod industry, I think would appreciate this. This history of this Rc car, from day one, when Boyd gave me the Rc car in December 2007, can be found at; http://www.boydcoddingtonrccars.com/Visit_to_Boyds_Shop.html.  Some of them have already signed this and there are so many others that are missing. I plan on being at the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show again in January, 2013 if you or anyone who was a part of this TV show is going to be there; a few minutes of your time, and an autograph, a few photos would be great. Thank you, Kevin at
tributeboydsterrccar@boydcoddingtonrccars.com.   
  
Note: Some of these people I do not have last names for. Any help would be appreciated. I have NO info for the front office employees where Diane Coddington worked. 
   Mike Rowe Jim Rizzo - Rod and Custom magazine O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Executives Orange County Choppers - Paul Sr, Paul Jr, Mikey Budweiser Executives George Rice, Kendra Employees: Dennis Ricklefs - Boydster Flame painter Al Simon (frame guy) Scott Parker (metal worker) Mark ( Hildebrandt build episode 1) Brad ( Hildebrandt build episode 1) Jimmy Pett Lee Hayes Art "Skeeter" Justin Bergsto Willie - painter Willie Johnstone Bubba ? Artimio ? Tony Piro Jimmy Hudson Johnny Rockwell - Jimmy Hudon's helper Rick Remple fabricator Ben Vasquez fabricator Ken ? Johnny ? Jimmy "Tig" Krauss Andrew "Beetle Bailey" Petterson Sean Dooley Louie Biegler (replacement for Roy) new guy Brad Johnston Rock? Mike Bennett- windows Raphi Garcia - bodyshop Kevin Christensen - machine shop Thomas Loddby (assembly) Chad "Blue Bear" Geary Brian steak eating contest?? - Chad "Blue Bear" Geary team member Jon Mayo - Chad "Blue Bear" Geary team member Mike Curtis's brother - Mike Curtis's team member Denise: Receptionist Martin: shop assistant Nicholas: shop assistant Albert Gillikin - new guy Todd Emmons Art director Eric free lance artist Chris Campbell: Parts Runner - Diane Coddington's intern Rudy: shop employee Paul, Bernts helper Robert Taylor designer Chris Smith Jason new fabricator - (Chris Coddington's truck) Jesus ? Brian - Charlies Helper Tyler Brayton Kevin "Dog" Gotch - adjusted the clocks on Duane - got zapped by Jimmi Pette Brandon Mayer - Duane's Son Mike Rhoades - body shop replacement for Charlie Roy Schmidt Family Tommy Puriton Family Diane Coddington Chris Coddington Boyd Jr. Boyd Coddingtons Hot Rod Garage front office personel Vendors: Chief Automotive Systems - Alignment tables - Les Marc Deley - Marcels Max Cohen's Family? Charlie Masters / Strip Clean Ron Jenkins: Magnum Force Mark Holmes: Custom Rod Gauges Orange County Sandblasting: Don Gravely  Ray Curry: rear axle Brad ??  Blue Demon Transmissions  H&H Automotive  Mild to Wild Customs  Tippy Towing Daryyl Starbird - St Louis Ron Pratte 54 corvette, Woody Dave's Corvettes  Tim - Kennedy Road Service  Scott - UMI motor Sharon King Davis (59 Corvette episode 1) Tulsa Ok 1957 Plymouth Tulsarama (59 Corvette episode 1) Tulsa Ok 1957 Plymouth Tulsarama Alumni Jim Brewer (59 Corvette episode 1) Tulsa Ok 1957 Plymouth Tulsarama Alumni Floyd Faires (59 Corvette episode 1) Tulsa Ok 1957 Plymouth Tulsarama Alumni Debbie Carr - Dover (59 Corvette episode 1) Tulsa Ok 1957 Plymouth Tulsarama Alumni Travis Hill Xtreme Cycle Design Nigel Patrick / Patrick Racing Ken - Retro Tek  Cpl. Ronald Drennan (59 chevy lowrider episode 4) Truck Company 1st Marine Division Cpl.Justin Shoemaker (59 chevy lowrider episode 4) Truck Company 1st Marine Division Sgt Thomas Jovero (59 chevy lowrider episode 4) Truck Company 1st Marine Division Willow Springs Raceway Mike Manning Team MMK Kart Racing Mike Treglia Instructor KRC racing Art Morrison - Seattle / Fife - new chassis Daron Gaenz Art Morrison Enterprises - Seattle / Fife Jacob Lusk Art Morrison Enterprises - Seattle / Fife  Frank Faliano - Denver Car Color San Clemente Dental - Dr Buehler Davy custom motorcycle shop across the street from boyds new fabricator - (Chris Coddington's truck) Ken Whitney - Wire 1 Hotrod Harvey Stimary Auto diagnosis Specialist Dyno Motive  Hilborn injector guy ?? Eddy Koto Glass- windows  Daniel Grill M & R Engines Matthew Leedy M & R Engines Bob McKiernan - Bobs Auto Upholstery  Memory Lane collector car dismantlers  Tony Nelson Racing Engines - Tom Nelson (1963 Corvette episode 1) Nelson Racing Engines - Ryan Delaney (1963 Corvette episode 1) Nelson Racing Engines - Larry (1963 Corvette episode 1) Customers: Vern Hildebrandt Al Rice - Apple Valley, California, Hot Rod Owner Larry Donaldson - Packard Larry Johnson - 61 Impala Bubble top Laura Sullivan / John L. Sullivan Automotive Group - 40 Ford Convertible John L. Sullivan - 1956 Chevy convertible Bob Bauder - Crestline California  Shaun Dove - 1963 Corvette Gary - Claudia / Laura Casteel (36 Ford 3 window coupe), ( 59 Corvette) Gary Casteel Jr.  Jay Leno  Al De Orleans (69 El camino) Scotty Gray Bob VP sales White Cap (31 Ford truck) Brian President White Cap (31 Ford truck) Terry vp White cap (31 Ford truck) Rick Gagnon White Cap (31 Ford truck) Terry at White cap (31 Ford truck) Frankie Gutierrez original owner Pharaohs car club (59 chevy lowrider episode 1) Mike Guidry - (Junkyard Dog)

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183 cid (3.0L) / Blown Gas Roadster (F/BGR) 2001 Toyota 2JZ-GTE VVTi Inline 6 Cylinder Bore: 86mm Stroke: 86mm 2,997cc (183 cid) Head: DOHC, 24 Valve Valves: 33.5mm intake, 28mm Exhaust Continuously Variable Intake Cam Compression Ratio: 8.5:1 Head Studs: ARP Induction: ITS Manifold Injectors: RC 1600cc Fuel Pump: Magnaflow 625 Fuel Pressure Regulator: Aeromotive Intercooler: Water to Air Turbocharger: Exile Turbo GT4202 Downpipe: 5 inch Wastegate: Tial MVR BOV: Tial Engine Management/Data Acquisition: AEM V2 EMS AFR Measurement: AEM 4 Channel UEGO (x2) Ignition: AEM Inductive Coils Transmission: John Kilgore Prepped GM Turbo 400. From: Mike Waters
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From Bob Brown,
I thought as a tribute to John, I'd post a few pics that I've taken over the years since I first met him & Max Romero at Inyokern in 2005. There are 11 of 'em... hope I don't overdo it.
First up, the Standard 1320 gathering at the Inyokern Drag Strip, its last year of operation. Max and John pose with the flattie on a cold morning in April, 2005...
Below, Max, Ron Miller and John move the car into position at noon for a display. Jeff Crider's old car is at the right...
Below, Kathy Lloyd and John are being towed off the strip. I see the Speed Sport roadster in the background...
Later in 2005, John & Max brought the car to the CHRR for what would turn out to be its final weekend of competition. Here they ready the car for unloading...
Max can correct me if I'm mistaken, but I believe this was the car's (and John's) final pass down a drag strip. A broken mag drive brought this run to an end...
John came to some of the reunions after that, and it was always a treat to see him there. Joel, this one's for you... from 2008..
John reflects on something here...
Max, Roger Lee and John enjoy some good times in the Grove at the 2011 Reunion...
Pittsie tells it like it is...
So long, John...........

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