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SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS
NEWSLETTER 271 - February 7, 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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Guest columnist; Guest columnist: There are things like the evening get-togethers during SpeedWeek that are lots of fun; Staff Editorial: Recently we received a request to publish some research from a reader/member, which we were glad to do; Staff notes: Keith Ferrell submitted the following information; There will be a car show memorial in honor of Bill Papke, past owner of Papke Enterprises in Huntington Beach, California; Bill Papke passed away this week; Here is a file of pictures of the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show; From www.NitroJam.com and www.1320Go.com. Jupiter, Florida, January 29, 2013. Submitted by Don Garlits; Staff notes: Don Garlits remembers the beginnings of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA); Staff notes: In answer to a previous question, Ed Justice sent in the following; Some clarification on the points made by Kay Hottendorff and his (Art Tilton) Cord auto; From www.Autowriters.com: The British have announced a serious, funded plan to set a 1000 mph land speed record this summer on a course in South Africa; Evelyn Roth passes this website on to us; Staff notes: The following men have been honored for their racing exploits and should be prime examples to our members to reach out and try and complete biographies for them if they haven’t already been done; 2013 Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award; Motor Racing Legends Nominated. George Follmer, Tom McEwen, Chris Pook, and Mickey Thompson have been nominated for the 14th Annual Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award, which recognizes those who have made distinguished contributions to motorsports in California; www.MainEventVideos.com offers downloads of our Nitro Drag Racing and Automotive Entertainment Videos; To see the winner of the 2013 AMBR Award (America's Most Beautiful Roadster go to; http://www.bench-racing.com/automotive--event-news.html; O’Brien Truckers has thousands of custom car club plaques and will make them on order for you; I thought I would get in touch and just ask a question about membership; Staff notes: Jessica Clark is a young lady oval track racer who is dedicated to the sport; Staff notes: Burly Burlile sent in the updated 2013 schedule for the 36hp and VW BB Challenge; If you love Hot Rod art, or tattoo art, you will love this new DEUCE OF SPADES product too; If anybody, including Dave Cox, wishes to get in touch with me they are quite welcome to, glenlsr5000@bigpond.com; Well, it is finally going to happen; I have realized that I have one project too many; The do it yourself sports car from the late Forties; Based on a 1932 to '40 Ford Chassis.  By Bob Frumkin; Ron Main is impressed with a video on the "Jade Warrior Motorcycle"; Hi all, Last weekend we displayed at the GNRS and although Friday was a bit of a washout due to rain Saturday and Sunday were nice

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Guest columnist:  
   There are things like the evening get-togethers during SpeedWeek that are lots of fun. My wife Nancy and I host "Salt Talks," a land speed racer gathering on Sunday evening near the beginning of SpeedWeek.  In the last year we've begun to move it from the Bend in the Road to the site of the new Bonneville Speed Museum at the east end of Wendover, Utah, partly for the nicer physical site and partly at the behest of Mike Crawford, the mayor of Wendover and a great friend of the racers.  Watch the www.landracing.com website for details of the event and, of course, of much of what else happens at the salt. There are about five main events at Bonneville; SpeedWeek, the Bub's (motorcycle only) trials, World of Speed (USFRA), the Top Speed Shootout (Mike Cook Enterprises) and then finally World Finals.  Each has great reasons for attending or spectating.  Ask for details if any strikes you as being interesting. Jon Wennerberg a/k/a Seldom Seen Slim, publisher of www.landracing.com

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Staff Editorial:  
   Recently we received a request to publish some research from a reader/member, which we were glad to do. In editing the material I found some topics of interest that may help others in the Society who want to do the same. Here is my response to them.
   “Always check the internet to find as many publications that fit your research and see if they would be interested in publishing your research and other related articles as well. It’s important to have a large readership and to get your message out to a wide audience.  I'll be glad to publish what you send me, but your material is just on the edge of what we normally research and write about. If you are going to reach your full audience you need to be published in as many journals and newsletters as you can that reach your targeted audience.  
   Reread and go through your articles a few times and make corrections where you see them.  Many editors really aren't editors at all and will just copy and paste what is sent to them.  I edit whatever comes to me, because I take editing seriously and I don't want those that contribute to be made fun of.  The only exceptions are writers like Tex Smith, who write in a style that's unique to them and where errors are deliberately made with the language.  Notice that one proper noun is spelled differently.  I will take the time to correct some grammar and spellings, but researching is not my function, it is the submitter’s job to make sure the text is correct.  If you send in photos you should also send in short and concise captions to the photographs.  If photos are not captioned then magazines and websites may choose not to run them. 
   Where publications are non-commercial, like ours, all that you need to do is say, ‘You have our permission to publish these in your newsletter or journal.’  Please include that phrase so that we are not breaking the standard courtesies of good publishing principles.  Always credit what needs to be credited; ‘This photo (or text) is from so and so.’ 
   If you find that there are few or no publications along your line of interest, you should consider creating your own newsletter, as I have.  If you don't want to create your own website, you can write to other websites, like Internet Brands and ask them if they have a dormant website that they would be willing to let you use.  In such cases they provide the site and maintenance costs and you supply the photos and texts.  In most cases it's easier to find a site that is already up and running.”
   On another issue, some have mentioned that it seems strange that we give space to groups that are in competition with us. Normally this would be true and at any time that the website operator asks us to remove competing material we would most likely honor their request; but to this date they have not asked us to do this. We see no problem with supporting other websites and strengthening their base of readership. The SLSRH and www.landspeedracing.com are not commercial, at least at this time, so it doesn’t hurt us to plug other websites or magazines. In fact, we enjoy doing so and we have often given notice to car shows, events, museums and other magazines and websites. We stand ready to do more. If this or that museum, event, etc does not send us their PR releases or news, then the fault lies with them; not us. 
   We want to encourage all of you to use the newsletter TO THE FULLEST ADVANTAGE POSSIBLE. I have said before that you need to advertise and promote your events year around. It does no good to buy some ad space a few days before your event and hope for huge crowds. You get those crowds by promoting your events all year around so that you create a buzz in the hot rodding community and makes rodders think about you continuously. 
   You will notice the announcement of the IHRA sale and then wonder why I would mention them since our family has always been associated with the NHRA. The Society of Land Speed Racing Historians is a historical society; not an affiliate of some racing organization. It may seem that way at times because some groups send us notices all the time and others don’t. We are not able to fully investigate, research and spend time on oval track racing, but that doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t like to. In fact, I am trying to encourage Internet Brands or some other website in creating a Car Racing website that includes all forms of racing. More on that later.

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Staff notes: Keith Ferrell submitted the following information.
     Sad to report the passing of prominent Hemi drag racer, Ken Montgomery, last night at Abington Hospital.  Funeral arrangements are being formulated.  Jim Kerr
     Keith and Jim: Do you have an obituary or biography that you can pass on to us. 

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There will be a car show memorial in honor of Bill Papke, past owner of Papke Enterprises in Huntington Beach, California.  The Memorial will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 12 Noon to 4 PM, at the Huntington Central Park, in Huntington Beach.  To get there take Edwards Street to Central Park Drive and turn east.  At the end of the street is the parking for the Park.  There will be a car show, Barbeque, music, bench racing.  For further information contact Mackey's Hot Rods at 714-847-0111. 

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Bill Papke passed away this week. Below is an article that I wrote on Bill and his business shop back in 2006. Bill was well known among 1949-’51 Ford and Merc lovers and he scoured the country for parts to sell to his devoted customers. It was his passion. He was a true hot rodder and if anyone would like to send in their Bill Papke stories I will publish them in the next issue.
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Gone Racin’… to Papke Enterprises. Story by Richard Parks, photographs by Roger Rohrdanz. 3 November 2006.
   Roger Rohrdanz and I traveled to Huntington Beach, California, to visit a very special place in the hearts of hot rodders and custom car builders. The place is Papke Enterprises and it is a one-man business dedicated to locating and then selling 1949-51 Mercury and Ford Parts and cars. Bill Papke is a very likable guy who seems to have found a business that is more than just economically beneficial. We listened as he took customers calls and spoke in a fatherly voice. He loves the styles produced by Ford and Mercury from 1949 through 1951. It is the kind of car that drove teens in those years crazy, fueled by the James Dean wild look in “Rebel without a cause,” and “East of Eden.” The style of these cars is not for everyone, but for the chopped and rounded shape of the Merc, it has a fascinating effect on people to this day. Bill Papke was born in Chicago, joined the Marines in 1960 and saw enough of the world aboard Navy vessels to see where he wanted to live after he was discharged in 1964. He married and settled down to raise a family in Fountain Valley, California and work two and sometimes three jobs. He was never too busy to help his daughters, travel with his wife and support the Hot Rodding community.
   In those days Bill worked full time for a cement company, worked a shift at the gas station and scrounged around for parts to sell. He loved the ‘49-51 Ford’s and Mercury’s and began to specialize in those years. Ninety percent of his business now goes to people living outside of California. He travels around Southern California and enlists the help of numerous friends and associates to find complete cars and parts. So well known in the trade for this niche market that the motto “Go see Bill,” refers to Papke and ‘49-51 Ford and Mercury cars and parts. Papke also keeps a library of owner’s manuals and repair books for these years. The Ford manual is common, but Papke reprints the Mercury manual and sells them to buyers and restorers. He has produced a video called “Mercury’s on Parade,” which he also sells to the public. Customers will come to his shop and pour over the books and manuals and pick his brain for suggestions. He loves to work with the kids and get them interested. Show a little interest in the subject and Bill will give you the grand tour of his memorabilia collection, most of which are objects he has found that relate to his passion in cars. There are models of Fords and Mercs, posters that he sells, and all manners of collectibles. He produces his own line of T-shirts called “Back to the Fifties,” and yes, the cars are ‘49-51 Ford’s and Mercury’s.
   Papke knows his merchandise and what is rare and hard to find. He rarely throws anything away, preferring to save parts in case someone has a real need for them. He showed Roger and me some window guard hinges that are often lost or misplaced when customizers have taken a car apart. He remanufactured a door handle guard that protects the paint around the handle, hood ornaments, dagger handle dipstick holders and a plastic dashboard insert. Bill finds most of his inventory at swap meets, but just as much is brought to him because he is known as the man to see for this type of model and marque. He is working on a website and will have that up soon, and will be going on eBay in the future. We found Papke to be very easy to talk to and intense in his subject. He pointed out his treasures to us as we walked through the shop. He has 40 engines on pallets and another 10 on engine mounts ready to go out to the public. He pointed out the parts that turn over rapidly and those that are slow to sell. He doesn’t mind keeping slow moving inventory because he has built up a reputation for service and assistance that rivals his prices and speed in shipping. Many people love the 49-51 Mercs, but they are not for everyone. Full, fleshy and sensual, they are the cars that customizers love to cut, chop and change into works of art. They look a bit like the French Marques of the thirties with their stylish and curvy lines and full-bodied appeal. There are none of the boxy, sharp and squared lines that you see on modern cars like vans and SUV’s. 
   We saw posters hanging all over the ceiling and Papke’s extensive collection of memorabilia. Bill gave us a run down on the movies that he has helped by providing cars or parts to, including; Clint Eastwood’s “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” Sylvester Stalone’s “Cobra,” and other movies that want that retro look. Chip Foose is one of his biggest customers. Foose, who once worked his magic for Boyd Coddington, is now making dreams come true in a business right around the corner from Papke Enterprises. Bill said that it is becoming harder and harder to find these rare parts. He also is very specific about whom he will refer work out to. He refers customizing to Dick Dean in Hesperia, California, and framework and front ends to Wheeler’s in Huntington Beach. For glasswork he suggests Chuck’s Glass. Papke is a major supporter of the Hot Rodding scene in Southern California, and a representative for the West Coast Kustoms car club and car shows. On the way out of this marvelous museum in time, he stopped to show us some of his models with signatures like Bo Hopkins from the movie “American Graffiti.” Some of his models are specifically handmade for him by Joe Castro out of Bakersfield, California, including an awesome looking ’50 Mercury Limo. Dick Dean customized the original car. For parts, advice or a tour down memory lane, drop by Bill Papke Enterprises in Huntington Beach, California.
Gone Racin’ is at RNPARKS2@JUNO.COM. Roger Rohrdanz Photography is at BEACHTRUCK@JUNO.COM.

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Here is a file of pictures of the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show.  Jerry Johnson See https://www.facebook.com/cokertireco/photos_stream

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From www.NitroJam.com and www.1320Go.com. Jupiter, Florida, January 29, 2013.   Submitted by Don Garlits. 
   IHRA Entertainment, LLC, a newly formed corporation held by the ownership group of Palm Beach International Raceway and Memphis International Raceway, announced today its acquisition of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), which was majority-owned by Feld Motor Sports, a division of Feld Entertainment, Inc. The new ownership group will immediately take over management of the 43 year old organization and operate as IHRA Motorsports.   
   The acquisition includes 100 percent of the IHRA assets, including the sanctioning body, the Nitro Jam series, the Thunder Jam series, the Summit Pro Am series, the Summit Super Series program and Drag Review Magazine. The ownership group is led by managing partners, Michael Dezer of Dezer Properties and Joseph Lubeck of Landmark Apartment Trust of America, Inc., Edward Kobel of DeBartolo Development, and Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO of the parent company. In 2008, the group purchased the former Moroso Motorsports Park and have since invested over $30 million in the redevelopment of the multi-track venue in Jupiter, Florida. In 2011, they acquired the former Memphis Motorsports Park from Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD).   
   Rittenberry will serve as Chief Executive Officer of IHRA Motorsports, while Aaron Polburn will remain as President and General Manager, and Skooter Peaco will continue as Vice President of Race Operations. IHRA Motorsports will continue operations at their Norwalk, Ohio headquarters, and maintain the management team, sponsor partners and sanctioned track partners.   
   The 2013 IHRA schedule previously announced will remain in place with the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals for all IHRA categories being held at the Company’s Memphis International Raceway. Several events will be added to the Nitro Jam schedule, including a return to the Company’s Palm Beach International Raceway. “Today is a landmark day for our Company, the ownership group and the IHRA,” said Jason Rittenberry, CEO of IHRA Entertainment. “IHRA has shown that their entertainment business model is viable and the company can grow. We want to build on the foundation that IHRA has built over the past 40 years and provide the structure and resources it needs to be successful long term in this new motorsports environment.” 
   “This is a very exciting time for IHRA. We now have a team whose total focus is on IHRA, Nitro Jam and Thunder Jam,” said Aaron Polburn, President & General Manager of IHRA Motorsports. “These are incredibly successful guys who will bring a unique vision along with the resources to grow all facets of our business. They are also “car guys” who have a passion for all forms of motorsports. That is a combination that will serve us well in the coming years. This is a great time to be an IHRA fan, racer, sponsor or member track.”  
   “Our business has evolved to focus more on other Feld Motor Sports productions like Monster Jam and Nuclear Cowboyz, so we are pleased that IHRA’s new owners will be able to expand its offerings and maintain the high event quality for which the brand is known,” said Charlie Mancuso, President of Feld Motor Sports. IHRA Motorsports currently sanctions over 100 drag racing venues in six divisions throughout the United States and Canada and has over 12,000 racer members. They promote two national series - Nitro Jam and Thunder Jam. The Company also owns and publishes Drag Review Magazine, a monthly full color magazine covering the IHRA events, racers, partners and tracks.    
   For the acquisition of IHRA Motorsports, Murray D. Schwartz, Esq served as outside legal counsel for IHRA Entertainment, LLC and Michael F. Rogers, Esq, Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP served as outside legal counsel to Feld Entertainment, Inc. Foros Group acted as financial advisor to Feld Entertainment, Inc.  
   About ADMG Investment Partners: ADMG is the parent Company of multiple motorsports and entertainment properties. The Company’s showcase facility is the state-of-the-art Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) and the premier high performance private membership club, the Palm Beach Driving Club in Jupiter, Florida. In 2011 the Company also acquired Memphis International Raceway (MIR) in Memphis, Tennessee from Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD). The ownership group is comprised of highly successful corporate and real estate investors, whom are all automotive and racing enthusiasts. The Company operates over 800 motorsports, entertainment and corporate events annually at its venues and hosts over 1.5 million guests each year. For more information on the Company, please visit the venue’s websites at www.RacePBIR.com, www.RaceMIR.com or www.PalmBeachDrivingClub.com.   
   About Feld Motor Sports. Feld Motor Sports, Inc is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz. Feld Motor Sports, Inc is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.

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Staff notes: Don Garlits remembers the beginnings of the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).
   Larry Carrier founded the organization after having a falling out with Wally Parks. It was over the “big” tower that Carrier built at the Bristol track. Larry built the Bristol Raceway many years before the IHRA was in existence and NHRA and AHRA had events at the facility long before the IHRA was formed. Finally after an argument with Jim Tice (of the AHRA), Carrier decided that he needed his own Racing Organization and presto, the IHRA came into being. The big tower however always remained a sore spot in Parks’ mind and when Bruton Smith bought the place, rebuilt it to NHRA specifications, one stipulation was; dynamite the tower, and so they did! Wally had the last laugh, as Carrier was long gone over to the other side. Larry sold the organization to Billy Myer and he sold it to someone else, and finally Bill Bader Sr bought it and then sold it to some fancy, high Dollar entertainment group. However it was never the same as when Carrier had it. An interesting side note is; The largest racing contract that I ever entered into was with IHRA/Larry Carrier, when in 1976, after winning the 1975 NHRA and the 1975 IHRA World Championships simultaneously, Larry offered me $100,000 to not return to the NHRA for the 1976 season. I agreed and ran only for the IHRA in 1976, except for a few independent races. Larry was good for his word and I pocketed 100K for the 1976 season, plus winnings with the IHRA. I don’t know of anyone ever receiving that much money to race a series. Jim Tice always paid good, 5K a race just to show up, but never 10K! There were only 10 IHRA National Events a year back then. 

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Staff notes: In answer to a previous question, Ed Justice sent in the following.
   We do have an additive that stops corrosion in the fuel system from the use of FLEX-FUEL or gasoline that contains ethanol as some people know it. Here’s a link to the page of our website that has information on the product. It’s called Ethanol Fuel Conditioner; http://www.justicebrothers.com/products_carcare_fuel_additives.htm.     Edward R. Justice, Jr, President & CEO Justice Brothers, Inc. 2734 Huntington Drive, Duarte, California 91010. 626-359-9174.

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Some clarification on the points made by Kay Hottendorff and his (Art Tilton) Cord auto. It is not known by me if Cash was a Cord dealer in the 1930's since my knowledge of Culver City didn't begin until my dad opened his Auto Wheel Alignment shop in that town in 1942 when I was 14 years old. Of course I had an interest in cars and became a constant visitor to the Karl Orr Speed Shop and the Saturday night car shows at The Piccadilly Drive-In across from Karl's store. But I do know that in the 1940's Walt Cash was the Studebaker Dealer for Culver City and he also may have been the Packard dealer. I seem to recall that his store was located on Washington Blvd next to a Shell Gas Station that he owned. It was on the north side of the street and the intersecting street was the road that served as the east border for the MGM property. The car dealership served as the showrooms for two brands but they had a wall dividing them. The east side showroom may have been for the Packard's. My dad's shop was located on the north side of Washington, near Motor Avenue, across the street from an MGM sound stage and I recall my dad saying something about Cash having a dealership many years before located at a very long building on the northeast corner of Washington and Motor. I became quite familiar with the Cash Studebaker dealership since I visited there often to visit the owner of a Jalopy Derby car I was driving that was sponsored by Walt Cash. We raced that car at Culver City Speedway and the racing was broadcast live each Sunday on KTTV Television. I crashed that car rather violently at a "spot race" staged at de Anza Speedway in Riverside. The track was a half mile dirt and very dusty and I became lost in the dust and tore out a huge section of the wood crash wall and recorded my first upside down where all sense of hearing is lost! I've come to believe that is the point in history when Saint Peter is scanning the page of a ledger and if your name is not posted, you walk away from the incident! Hope this tiny bit of information helps Kay in his quest.  Bob Falcon

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From www.Autowriters.com; The British have announced a serious, funded plan to set a 1000 mph land speed record this summer on a course in South Africa. Bonneville Salt Flats historian Landspeed Louise Noeth says that if the British team that's held the record for the past several years does hit 1,000 mph, it will erase the chances of regaining it in the U.S. because "we don't have the real estate" for such an attempt.

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Evelyn Roth passes this website on to us. It concerns the sale of the ultimate hot rod driven by the TV duo Batman and Robin. See http://www.worldcarfans.com/113012052882/original-1966-batmobile-sold-at-barrett-jackson-f or-462m.

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Staff notes: The following men have been honored for their racing exploits and should be prime examples to our members to reach out and try and complete biographies for them if they haven’t already been done.
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RAYMOND BEADLE; The driver/owner, who made the “Blue Max” Funny Car name a household term, thanks in large to three consecutive NHRA World Championships (1979-1981). He also did well on the IHRA circuit, capturing that association’s 1981 World Championship (a dual world title year) and becoming the first IHRA driver to run a 5-second time with a 5.99 charge at Rockingham, N.C. in 1982. He scored a total of 13 NHRA national event wins and 19 IHRA wins.
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GARY BECK; One of the very few Top Fuel racers who were able to handle Don Garlits for at least awhile. Beck began his Top Fuel career in 1972 winning the 1972 NHRA U.S. Nationals in just his second Top Fuel race, although it must be stated that Garlits was running his own race in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the time, and did not attend. Garlits attended the 1973 U.S. Nationals, but got beat by Beck, who went on to his second Indy title. Beck won three Indy titles in his 19-win NHRA career, and two world titles. He also was the first Top Fuel driver in the 5.6s, 5.5s, 5.4s, and 5.3s, ending the 1983 season with 17 of the quickest 18 elapsed times ever. His accomplishments are almost too numerous to mention.
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WILLIE BORSCH; The bald yet hairy Southern California driver was the most popular driver ever to get behind the wheel of the sport’s most difficult-to-drive race car, the AA/Fuel Altered. In many respects, he was to the blown fuel-burning roadster what “Jungle Jim” Lieberman” was to the Funny Car. Driving with one hand on the wheel, Borsch scored many match race wins in his 20-year altered career and was generally recognized as the first AA/FA driver over 200 mph. In 1968, he ran almost a half-second quicker than any other AA/FA when he clocked a 7.29/202.70 in Comp qualifying at the Winternationals. In addition, Borsch also drove Funny Cars including his own Revell-backed Dodge Charger, Jim Beattie’s “Black 'Stang,” and “Walt’s Puffer Too” Monza.
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JOHN BRADLEY; The most successful "Flathead" racer in history was Rialto, California’s John Bradley. How successful? He won 28 Top Eliminator titles in 1956 driving the Gene’s Brake Shop dragster. And the competition was not just local guys who raced once a month. In August of 1957 at a Colton Dragstrip Top Eliminator final, Bradley’s Mercury Flathead ran a 10.56/139.10 to knock over the racer who created the cry for a nitro ban, Emory Cook in the Cook & Bedwell dragster. Bradley won class titles at the NHRA Winternationals and Bakersfield.  Don Garlits said, "On John Bradley, it was the 1957 ATAA World Series, held at Cordova, Illinois that John was runner up to Serop “Setto” Postoian. I know this for sure as I stood on the starting line and watched the race, Postoian had beat me in the round before. Bradley might have won the event, but the shift lever broke on the second to high shift and Bradley coasted to runner-up. He had a sizeable lead when the shift lever broke, and had been recording low 10 second runs, Postoian had run no better! John Bradley was a terror on the starting line and won many races with his starting line expertise."  In 1959, he won the then prestigious PVTA Southern California Championships. Sometime in the mid-1960s, Bradley hung it up, but not before winning maybe as many as 100 trophies.
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GARY CAGLE; Cagle was a Southern California police officer who became one of the very best Top Fuel racers on the West Coast during the very late 1950s and early 1960s. In the period from 1962 through 1965, Cagle had one of the two or three best running fuel-burning AA/Modified roadsters with his bright yellow Newhouse Automotive entry winning NHRA Winternationals and Bakersfield class wins. His greatest accomplishment was winning Middle Eliminator at the 1962 Winternationals and also becoming the second Top Fuel driver on the West Coast to run 180-mph, doing so at the 1959 Bakersfield race.

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2013 Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award; Motor Racing Legends Nominated. George Follmer, Tom McEwen, Chris Pook, and Mickey Thompson have been nominated for the 14th Annual Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award, which recognizes those who have made distinguished contributions to motorsports in California. Named in honor of Shav Glick, who was a long-time motorsports writer for the Los Angeles Times and member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. The motor racing legend winner will be picked by a judging panel that includes National and California motorsports journalists. The award will be given out during the pre-race ceremonies at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400, March 24, 2013 at the Auto Club Speedway. For more info contact newsletter@justicebrothers.com.
   Visit the Justice Brothers Racing Museum and private collection; Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. Closed on Holidays. FREE Admission.

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www.MainEventVideos.com offers downloads of our Nitro Drag Racing and Automotive Entertainment Videos.  We receive many requests for DVDs (not available in stores). We now offer DVDs burned direct from the Masters of any title in our catalog. Log onto our site, click on any of the 50 DVD title covers to see a clip. Then E-mail us your title selections and shipping address.  Each DVD is personalized with your name on the label. Free Shipping. To see an example of our shows, click: NITRO WARRIORS, The Super Bowl of Drag Racing, the video that "changed" the look of the sport.  Thank you for your support, Dean Papadeas, Director MainEventVideos@earthlink.net.

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To see the winner of the 2013 AMBR Award (America's Most Beautiful Roadster go to; http://www.bench-racing.com/automotive--event-news.html. This was the 64th annual Grand National Roadster Show and winning this award puts this car in a very elite class and Hot Rod icon status. Hot Rod enthusiasts will dedicate years of work and upwards of $250,000 just to compete for this legendary award. Also, if you did not get a chance to attend we have a large gallery of photos that you can view. All the best, Charles Rollins, www.bench-racing.com.
   Staff notes; This very fine hot rodding website is run free of charge by Charles Rollins, the son-in-law of the late hot rodding great Ray Brock. There’s data going back to 2006.

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O’Brien Truckers has thousands of custom car club plaques and will make them on order for you. You can view samples of plaques and artworks that they have done for other clubs in their gallery. See www.obrientruckers.com

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I thought I would get in touch and just ask a question about membership. I signed up for the SLSRH newsletter sometime at the end of last year. I believe it was about the same time that the newsletter was breaking away from the Hot Rod Hotline site. I thought that by furnishing my e-mail address, I would receive a notification when a new newsletter dropped. If that is not the case, I stand corrected. It is of no consequence as I have the page bookmarked and stop by often to see what is new. I enjoy the newsletter, and most of the content, very much. It truly is a significant source of historic information that might otherwise be lost. I think you and your staff do a terrific job putting it all together. 
   It also dawned on me that to be considered a viable member of The Society; one might need to actually contribute something that might be of some interest or value. So I thought the membership might find some interest in the following.
   First, I will offer something about myself. This need not be published or included. I am a native Utahn. I am an amateur historian, and I love anything relating to early auto racing, especially things with a Utah slant. Not surprisingly, I have a passion for early salt flats history. I have spent many years researching what I call the “genesis event,” the 1914 speed trials that gave birth to land speed racing at Bonneville. I am currently collaborating with another SLSRH member, Louise Noeth, on a small portion of her monumental centennial history of racing at Bonneville, currently in production.
   Recently, I was doing a spot of internet hunting, when I stumbled upon a newsletter published by a non-profit organization called Racers at Rest. This group, operating under the auspices of The National Sprint Car Museum and Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa, seeks to find the final resting places and honor long forgotten racers who died in pursuit of the sport of auto racing. It seems that many of the early racers, for whatever reason, were laid to rest in unmarked graves. This group seeks to find these forgotten burials, and then places a modest marker, the cost of which is raised through private donations.  
   I was somewhat surprised to see a name familiar to me from my research, that of William H. Carlson, Jr. as a recent recipient. Billy Carlson was a California racer who rose to prominence in the early years of racing. Today, he might have been considered a phenomenon. In 1914, Carlson was handpicked by Ray Harroun, along with Ted Tetzlaff and Hughie Hughes, to pilot one of the new, innovative race cars, Harroun had recently designed for Maxwell. Carlson was to drive one of two built to run on cheap kerosene. He was on the starting grid at Indy that year and finished in 9th place, running the entire 500 miles on just $1.80 worth of fuel. This gave birth to his well known nickname: ”Coal Oil” Billy Carlson.
   In August, 1914, Carlson found himself in Salt Lake City, as a member of the troupe managed by Ernie Moross, putting on an auto racing show at the fairgrounds dirt oval. One of the attractions of this hippodrome show was an exhibition run by Teddy Tetzlaff in the one of the famous Blitzen Benz speed cars. Behind the scenes, a group of enterprising Salt Lake business men had been hatching a plan to promote their idea for an automobile road that crossed the west desert into Nevada. They convinced Moross that he could hang up a new speed record for the mile with his Benz on the little known salt flats and thus focus attention on the need for a usable road for western auto travel.
   The speed trials came off as planned, or as poorly planned, unfortunately. Tetzlaff seeming did lower the record for the mile, but irregularities caused the AAA Contest Board to revoke its reluctantly granted sanction and the whole event faded from memory. But during those three days on the hot salt flats, Billy Carlson was among the first group of men to drive a purpose built race car, using a specialized fuel, over a measured course for time and speed, much the same as today at Bonneville. He was one of the first salt racers.
   “Coal Oil” Billy Carlson died in a horrific accident at the Tacoma Speedway just short of a year later on July 5, 1915. His new bride of six months took him back home to Los Angeles. He was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles. I have never been able to ascertain why his grave went unmarked and has remained so for 97 years. Fortunately, as the centennial of racing on the salt flats approaches, Racers at Rest was able located the place and marked it in December of 2012, helping to preserve this tiny, but unusual part of land speed racing history.
   You can see more about Racers at Rest at their website: www.racersatrest.com.
Hope this was not too long or demanding. I would appreciate it if you could check and make certain I am listed somewhere as a member of the Society. And, hopefully, if you find the above might be of interest, I could make another contribution on some other subject at a future date. Thank you. Robert Rampton, Salt Lake City, UT, rrampton@comcast.net

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RACERS AT REST; Dedicated to Marking the Final Resting Places of Fallen Heroes of the Roaring Road     
   Open-wheel automobile racing in North America has been underway now for over a century, and in that long history more than 1500 open-wheel racing drivers and riding mechanics have been killed behind the wheel of a race car. Research indicates that most of these racers rest now for all eternity beneath headstones or plaques, but there are a few, some 40-plus by last count, whose final resting places are unmarked, the racer and his exploits mostly forgotten now by family and friends and race fans.   
   The Racers at Rest project, under the auspices of the National Sprint Car Museum and Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa, is dedicated to ensuring that the sport's collective memory of these fallen heroes of the Roaring Road is revived and that the racers' gravesites are properly marked.   
   It is a small but deserving gesture to honor men who helped build the sport of auto racing and who lost their lives in the process. Through the generosity of our supporters we've already been able to place several markers. Visit our "Success" page to see what we've been able to do.   
   We still have a way to go and if you would like to help please visit the "Donate" page for more information. 
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   All available evidence shows that Walter "Speedy" Ferch lived life on the edge. Surviving photographs show an accomplished and confident motorcycle rider and stuntman who we now know decided to try his hand at driving race cars. On July 4, 1923 Ferch was an entrant in a big car race at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in West Ellis. Ferch had run on the track once the month before and seemed suited to the mile-long dirt oval. On this particular day Speedy was second fastest qualifier and finished second in a preliminary five-mile event.  
   Ferch expected to do well in the fifty-mile main event, but during the running of that race he had a tire deflate and his car skidded to a stop in the southeast turn. The track had deteriorated and the dust hung thick in the air as Ferch sat in his motionless racer.   Two of the on-coming competitors managed to miss Ferch, but a third racer, driven by Rube Young, rammed the Ferch car hard, sending it flipping through the air.  
   Ferch was extricated from his mangled machine and taken to the local county hospital where he died later that same day. Walter "Speedy" Ferch was buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee and there he has rested for the past 89 years without a marker.  
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   Leroy H. "Roy" Govin had been racing at least two years when his midget auto racing career brought him to Thompson Stadium on Staten Island in New York the night of June 28, 1939. By some accounts he was having a pretty good season. Just a few weeks earlier he had finished second at the American Legion Speedway in Woodstock, New York.      
   But auto racing was a particularly dangerous game in that era and Govin had already had his share of tumbles. Early in 1938 his Harley powered midget had rolled down the outside of the track at Woodstock and pinned him underneath. He was remarkably unhurt, though his father was injured by the car’s hot exhaust pipe as he tried to pry his son out from under the upturned machine.  
   The June 28, 1939, event at Thompson was sanctioned by the Central States Racing Association (CSRA), arguably the top sanctioning body at the time. And while the 1939 season might have been going well for Govin, this night was turning into a disaster.  
   Govin found himself running the consolation race for non-qualifiers and the last lap found him running dead last in a field of six cars. Roaring down the front stretch on that last lap Govin lost control, hit the guardrail, and flipped three times. He was rushed to the Staten Island Hospital where he lingered through the night, then died the next day. He was 23 years old. And for the past 73 years Roy Govin has rested in an unmarked grave in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Mt Vernon, New York.
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   Robert: I would be delighted to publish your account below.  I will also send this to the website owner to see if they can address some of the issues that you mention.  Membership in the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians (SLSRH) is simple, sign up with the website operator.  That's all that you do.  What we are is a group of people who love history, love racing, some who make a living at this and most of us who don't.  The group is about a thousand strong and the newsletter is our way of publicizing what we know or have found out. 
     There are professional historians like LandSpeed Louise Ann Noeth and amateur historians like myself.  The difference is not in quality, but whether it is a job or a hobby.  It's best to list www.landspeedracing.com in your favorites as the five of us who constitute the newsletter editorship are all unpaid volunteers and our schedules are not consistent.  Also, if I don't have enough to fill an issue and there is no timely event to tell our readership, then I will go two or more weeks before publishing. 
     The newsletter and society belongs to everyone.  If you read the newsletter and consider yourself to be a member, then you are a member.  At one time we had listed a masthead with the members on it, but it was time consuming for the website owner to keep it going and it stopped.  But maybe the owner will restart that again.  The owners are the Lawford family; Jack, Mary Ann, Jack Jr, etc.  They are members too and they foot all the bills and take the newsletter and do the internet nerdy things to it that we old hot rodders are lost at.  Without the Lawford family, the SLSRH goes away. 
     Our members also belong to other organizations.  Good friend Jim Miller is also with the American Hot Rod Foundation.  Jon "Seldom Seen Slim" owns and publishes www.landracing.com.  Noeth writes for GoodGuys Gazette.  Everything that comes to me, if it has any historical merit at all, will be published, because we don't know what the future generations will want to know.  If you don't want something published then let me know by saying "Confidential" or "Do Not Publish."  Thank you for bringing www.racersatrest.com to us.  To answer your question, yes I want more from you.  The standard policy of the newsletter is that we want, at a minimum, from our members; biography, stories, and captioned photos.  I hope you will send me more of your research, including captioned photographs, as you see fit. 

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Staff notes: Jessica Clark is a young lady oval track racer who is dedicated to the sport. Here is a website on some of her accomplishments. See the website at http://www.knfilters.com/news/news.aspx?ID=4316.
NASCAR Modified Racer Jessica Clark Discusses Ron Sutton's Winner Circle & Gives Racing Update 
   Pigtails and sixteen - that was Jessica Clark back in 2009 when we first discovered her stirring up a ruckus on the racing radar. At the time, setting aside time to answer interview questions from a sponsor got delegated to the backseat, Clark had more pressing priorities after all. She was fully focused and dedicated on maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Westlake High School, and how do you not immediately admire that kind of clear thinking from a kid? Clark is unmistakably one of those much needed overachievers that continue to push the learning curve forward so that the rest of us are shamed into achieving anything at all. Clark isn't a kid anymore, and as much as things have changed outwardly, the internal mechanical foundation that makes her tick has only been fortified, reinforced and polished to a diamond luster. 
   During the 2010 through 2011 race season Clark competed in the Western USAC Ford Focus Midget series and the NASCAR Whelan S2 Limited Late Model Series. She had 1 feature win, 1 pole, 9 top-three finishes, 19 top-five finishes, and 30 top-ten finishes. "I also became the first female in USAC history to win two championships in one year," Clark adds. "I won the Western States Pavement Ford Focus Midget Championship and the Southern Pavement Ford Focus Midget Championship. My 2012 NASCAR Whelan All American Modified/Star Grand American Modified racing season recently ended, and on a strong note. I was not able to find the funding for a full season of racing, so I raced two thirds of a season. I finished off the season with a trophy dash win and a Star Grand American modified feature win. I will be racing NASCAR Whelan All American Modifieds next season at Stockton 99 Speedway with the hopes of turning it into a touring season." 
   On the subject of important lessons she's learned over the past few years Clark says. "On the driving side of racing I have learned that my ability to give accurate and detailed feedback to my crew is a necessity to improve our chances for a successful race.  On the business side of racing I have learned that the key to any sponsorship is to treat it as a business partnership in which I, the driver, am a marketing partner. I have learned that a sponsorship is not a 'handout' to an 'up-and-coming racer.' It is an investment in a strong and lucrative form of marketing." It's only reasonable at this point to mention that there are veteran racers that never grasp that concept any better, or articulate it any more succinctly, than Clark just did. 
   Concerning her continuing involvement with the Ron Sutton's Winners Circle (RSWC), "It has been a blessing to my life's journey," she acknowledges. "It is a racing team that is dedicated to developing young, talented drivers to have a viable chance at a career in the NASCAR Cup series. I have been racing for RSWC for four years and I consider all drivers and crew members as my extended family. I was accepted on the team at the age of 14 and I was extremely shy, unconfident, and not business minded at all. After my first year on the team I had gained loads of self-confidence and I became quite outgoing." "I attribute this growth of self to the in-class training days that we have each year during the off season. The topics of the classes include: fitness, chassis tuning, data acquisition and analysis, how to conduct yourself in interviews, sponsorship and marketing, etc. RSWC provides all the tools to become a well rounded driver on and off the track. I am eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this team because it has not only turned me into a knowledgeable and experienced racer/business woman, it provides me with life skills and lessons that are priceless and will benefit me regardless of the whether or not I achieve a career in NASCAR." 
   Clark's short term plans are to continue racing the NASCAR Modified for one more season. Her long term goal is to be racing in either the K&N East Series or the ARCA Series within the next three years. "Five years from now I plan to be racing for a NASCAR Cup team," adds Clark.

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Staff notes: Burly Burlile sent in the updated 2013 schedule for the 36hp and VW BB Challenge.
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2013 INTERNATIONAL 36 hp and BB LAND SPEED CHALLENGE Coming Events Schedule

     February 18-23, 2013.   Speedweek Australia (36hp & BB Challenge). Lake Gairdner, Australia. Annual land speed event (no facilities-very isolated). Volkswagen racers and spectators welcome. For information, visit http://www.dlra.org.au/http://www.volksculture.com/profile/36hpChallengeNews. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      March 22-24, 2013.  The TEXAS MILE (36hp & BB Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Beeville, Texas. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.info@nasatx.com or email info@texasmile.net. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      POSTPONED. See October Event - The Mojave Magnum "Mile and a Half" (36hp & BB Challenge). Mojave, California.  This all new one and a half mile event will allow additional track distance adding greater top speed opportunity for setting Volkswagen land speed records. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information, visit http://www.mojavemile.com. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      April 27-28, 2013.  East Coast Timing Association (36hp & BB Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Wilmington, Ohio. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.ecta-lsr.com. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      April 28, 2013.  Bug In 38.  All VW Bonneville (LSR) racers, both finished and under construction, air and watercooled, are invited to be part of a special VW Land Speed Racing display to be held during the 37th annual Bug In at the Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California. For additional information contact Rich Kimball at http://www.bugin.com/buginshow.

     June 8-9, 2013.  East Coast Timing Association (36hp & BB Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Wilmington, Ohio. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.ecta-lsr.com. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      July 6-7, 2013.  East Coast Timing Association (36hp & BB Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Wilmington, Ohio. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.ecta-lsr.com. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      July 12-14, 2013.  Loring Timing Association (36hp & BB Challenge). One and one half mile standing start time trial, Loring AFB, Limestone, Maine. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For LTA information visit www.lta-lsr.com. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      August 10-16, 2013. Bonneville Speedweek (NOT a 36hp & BB Challenge event!). Three and five mile S.C.T.A./B.N.I. sanctioned standing start time trial on the fabled Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Full competition Volkswagen land speed racers only! Spectators welcome. For information visit www.scta-bni.org.

      August 17-18, 2013.  Air-Cooled Elvington Mile (36hp& BB Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Elvington Air Base, York, England. All air cooled VW racers and spectators welcome. For Elvington information contact Walter DeVette at fusca03@tele2.nl. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      September 7-10, 2013.  World of Speed (130 MPH Club and 36hp & BB Challenge). One mile standing start time trial (along with unlimited top speed streamliners and hot rods on the long eight mile course) at the world famous Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, Utah. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.saltflats.com. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com. Pit set-up and tech inspection begins September 7.

      September 28-29, 2013.  East Coast Timing Association (36hp & BB Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Wilmington, Ohio. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.ecta-lsr.com. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      TBA Loring Timing Association (36hp & BB Challenge). One and one half mile standing start time trial, Loring AFB, Limestone, Maine. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.lta-lsr.com. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      October 1-4, 2013. World Finals Speed Trials (NOT a 36hp & BB Challenge event!). Three and five mile S.C.T.A./B.N.I. sanctioned standing start time trial on the fabled Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Full competition Volkswagen land speed racers only! Spectators welcome. For information visit www.scta-bni.org.

      October 5-6, 2013. The Mojave Mile (36hp & BB Challenge). Mojave, California. This will be their fifth event for the Southern California/Nevada area. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information, visit http://www.mojavemile.com. For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      October 25-27, 2013. The TEXAS MILE (36hp Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Beeville, Texas. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.info@nasatx.com or email info@texasmile.net.  For 36hp & BB Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.

      The below are “NON 36hp” events, non 130 Mile Club events and require full competition ready race cars per the SCTA/BNI rulebook: Contact  www.scta-bni.org for the 2013 Rule Book.  New Classic race classes for 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 pre 1981 automotive engines including Volkswagen air cooled. Also ideal for Spectating!

El Mirage Dry Lake – California. May 18-19, June 9, July 14, September 15, October 20, November 9-10.

   Bonneville Salt Flats – Utah. 

August 10-16………..Speedweek

October 1-4 …………World Finals

    Please contact Burly Burlile at burlybug@comcast.net or call 435-752 4359  or 435-890 8832 M.S.T.

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January 30, 2013. I just received the following notice from the promoters of the Mojave Magnum:
To our racers and all interested parties:
   We have just been informed that, due to ongoing extensive runway and taxiway construction, the Mojave Airport will be unable to grant us a run date in the first half of this year. Regretfully, that means that we must cancel the Mojave Magnum event scheduled for April 20-21, 2013. The airport management did state that as far as they know right now, there should be no impediment to our planned October 5-6 date. So, barring any surprises, we will open Registration for that event right after the 4th of July weekend. We are also planning to switch that event from a 1-mile format to the 1.5-mile Magnum format, to replace the lost April Magnum event.
   We must ask everyone reading this to please NOT contact the Airport to either voice your support for our events, or complain about the lost date. After being briefed on the circumstances, we fully understand and support their need to do what they have done. We still enjoy a great working relationship with Mojave, as evidenced by the fact that they no longer permit any other automotive events at their facility other than ours, and we wish to preserve that relationship. Contacting them with letters and phone calls will NOT help and could hurt. If you wish to comment, please do it to us and not to the airport.
   We are sorry if this notice has caused any problems such as lost vacation time, but we have tried to make the loss of the event as painless as possible by delaying Registration until we knew for sure whether we would be allowed to run. We hope to see all of you this fall, and we will still be hard at work in the office if you need to contact us. Mike, Keith, Marsha, and the MKM Racing Staff Mojave Magnum and Mojave Mile

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If anybody, including Dave Cox, wishes to get in touch with me they are quite welcome to, glenlsr5000@bigpond.com. Regards, Glen Davis

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Well, it is finally going to happen.  I am retiring from my 56 year, 19 day career with the U.S. Post Office. When I punch out on the ol' time clock at 2:30 pm on Thursday,  January 31st, 2013, that's it. I plan to be kept very busy with my Hydroplane hobby. I just got a scanner and will try to sell some duplicate collectibles on eBay. Bob Senior
     Bob: Congratulations on your retirement.  Perhaps I can pass the Boat Racers Reunion Newsletter over to you and make you the volunteer editor.

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   I have realized that I have one project too many. This is the 1987 Chevy Turbo Sprint, 993 cc displacement that I am never going to get around to turning into a salt flats car. The car is for sale. Bring a trailer. While it is compatible with the salt idea, it is not a restoration project. I bought it because the interior is gone; No back seats, no upholstery, has two front seats, but the glass is okay. It was a local Las Vegas car and I think I may be the fourth owner. The original owner, I have all of his records, actually took good care of the running gear and there is no rust. It was parked in a parking lot and the car next to it caught on fire and blistered the paint on that side as well and gently melting some of the plastic. I have a replacement for the tail light on that side as well as the little button that holds the rear glass closed. The folks who had the car immediately before I bought it had tried to turn it into some kind of street racer. They had put on a very large intercooler and it was plumbed in so that turbo lag was never gone. And it was between the VAF and the throttle body so a lot of air had to move before the EFI could even determine that something was happening. In putting in the giant IC, which is now gone, they hacked the front bumper cover. I purchased a new one. The headlight attachment brackets are broken and the head lights are tie wrapped on. It has pretty good alloy wheels on the car and they might be worth something. Tires are okay but they are too big and hit the front fenders. So the car needs work to build a salt car. I was going to make it first a production car, then altered and so on just by changing a few things. Make me an offer or ask questions or want photos? I can shoot whatever you want and send them to you. Larry Mayfield World’s Fastest Sunbeam; 204.913 mph flying mile, 210.779 mph exit speed, drmayf@mayfco.com.

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The do it yourself sports car from the late Forties; Based on a 1932 to '40 Ford Chassis.  By Bob Frumkin (redhare@dslextreme.com) and Tom Householder (trhouse@columbus.rr.com).
     In the early fifties as SCCA road racing was busting out in the sports car groups in this country street rodders were struggling to get their creations into this facet of racing.  Requirements to enter cars were one thing that was isolating the entries.  The likes of Max Balchowsky, who was helped by Al Moss of the Cal Club, debuting his 1932 deuce at Pebble Beach, with mods as simple as adding fenders, opened the door for others passing the pre-race inspections.   
     Utilizing a 1932-40 Ford frame, in the late '40's was Bob Whitehead, who produced a sports car he named the "BW Sports Car" in Roselle Park, New Jersey.  This venture grew into a business of producing these cars and supplying parts to other enthusiasts who could buy the plans for five dollars and build their own car for under $500. This in an era when foreign sports cars were selling for three times that and more.  These retail prices restricted a lot of interested people from enjoying small roadster thrills.  Several people in the Roselle Park area got the bug and either bought cars from Bob or built the cars from the plans that were offered in
Mechanix Illustrated in the November 1951 Issue, as a do it yourself project.  Surprisingly a lot of these plans were sold in the 1951 to '56 era and a small club of around eight owners met frequently in the New Jersey and New York areas to run rallies, tours and the like.  Some even raced successfully at major road racing tracks in the fifties.  Plans were sold all across the country. 
     As an automotive historian, I found an interesting story in the modern internet world.  One member of this club, from Brooklyn, New York is reliving his youth in California, and he bought and restored one of these cars that he had built in the early fifties.  Interest in how many of these cars might still be around has risen in various discussions and a surprising amount of information has surfaced in recent years.  My generation, that lives under the umbrella of the Corvette as being America's first sports car, finds this story unique.  It is definitely a predecessor to Balchowsky's Junk Yard dog. 
     This speedster story can be found at the following links.  What was first named the "BW Sports Car" became more commonly known as the "
Mechanix Illustrated Sportster" in the fifties.  We would like to hear of any history and survival of these cars. 
http://www.hemmings.com/hcc/stories/2010/03/01/hmn_feature3.html
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http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2010/05/18/build-this-100-mph-sports-car-for-under-500/.
http://www.seriouswheels.com/cars/top-1932-Ford-M-1-Mechanix-Special.htm.

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Ron Main is impressed with a video on the "Jade Warrior Motorcycle." See http://www.dragzine.com/news/video-the-insane-jade-warrior-motorcycle-in-action/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=video-the-insane-jade-warrior-motorcycle-in-action.

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Hi all,
Last weekend we displayed at the GNRS and although Friday was a bit of a washout due to rain Saturday and Sunday were nice. Along with Kenny Youngblood doing cartoons we raised money for BARK (www.barkdogs.org) sitting guests in the IndyCar and auctioning off the seat in my dragster. A number BARK volunteers were on hand to help us and explain their wonderful program (check out their website)
The show was a huge success even with the wet weather and all the buildings of the Fairplex and the surroundings outside were covered with every type of car, hot rod, custom, specialty vehicles you can think of. John Buck and his family are to be congratulated for the expert way the show was organized and run. My team included Bob Danly, Mario Garcia (and his sidekick Jose) Alex Brown and his son Jesse...I know, you ask...where was Cynthia (as did hundreds of our guests) well, she had planned and paid for a women's retreat long ago so she spent the weekend at that.
As with any event we do the best way to share it is with photos...so, here we go with part 1.
John Ewald

BARK Poster

Blood doing drawings, BARK volunteer explaining the program

and guests getting photos in the IndyCar

Leigh Buttera and Kerry Morris enjoy lunch Saturday provided by Dave Anton and his converted car into a bar b que grill. Our guests sure enjoyed Dave's generosity.

Alex Brown in the background deals with guests and our friends Nick Arias, Leigh Buttera and Isky stop by for a visit.

Gary Flanagan, Mike Follmer, Paula Bladwin-Flanagan, Blood and Linda Vaughn hangin out

A bit wet but we had lots of canopy's. Set up the PA system to educate the masses on drag racing history and the cars.

Of course at every fireup of the dragster a huge crowd surrounded us. Nothing like nitro and loudness to draw 'em over.

line12

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