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SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS
NEWSLETTER 272 - February 12, 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; On January 26, 2013, there was a celebration of life for Don Brusseau who started the Bay Area Roadsters in 1959; “More Bay Area Stuff,” sent in by Spencer Simon from an interview with Paul Hannan; My name is Russell Newman; While researching data for my new book I discovered information that ought to be passed to the appropriate people at the Roadrunners Club; Staff notes: The following letter and response concerns the Road Runner’s club’s Harvey Haller Award; 7 December, 2012.  SLSRH member, "LandSpeed" Louise Ann Noeth is the winner of the 2012 Valentine Award from Society of Automotive Historians; The February Issue of the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE is ready for you to check out and read; It has been quite a while and I hope this finds you well; This is extremely important to sign the petition; I came across your web page concerning hot rods and was wondering if you would be interested in posting the pics I have on my facebook page; Aussie Invader 5R Newsletter, February 2013; America's Real Sports Car.  By Le Roi 'Tex' Smith; 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; Deuce of Spades movie special from director and filmmaker Faith Granger; Attached is a three page listing of the stuff I will be selling; 2012 was a fantastic year for coverage of the 36hp and BB Challengers in land speed racing, at Bonneville, around the U.S., and around the world; PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Feb 4, 2013) -- The 63rd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is still months away, but the field of cars for this elite competition, held at Pebble Beach Resorts, is already beginning to take shape; Phil Remington, 1921-2013. February 10, 2013. Article from www.racer.com

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President's Corner:  
   Norris Wayne Abbott was born September 30, 1933. He died on July 19, 1958 in a racing accident at Paradise Mesa drag strip in San Diego, California. He was buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, California.  Norris was racing a Corvette-engined dragster (Click for Image) and was going 130 MPH, when nearing the finish line his transmission exploded. The gas tank and fuel lines caught fire causing him to lose control. The car flipped over and over in the flaming wreckage. He lived in San Diego and was the brother of Lenco Transmissions founder, Leonard Abbott. The two were partners in a service station business in Imperial Beach. He was survived by his wife, Crystal, and daughter Linda, and a soon-to-be-born son, Michael Abbott. Sources; Norm Porter, Find a Grave website http://www.garlits.com/z11-abbott.html, "Driver killed in explosion of sports car," Los Angeles Times, July 21, 1958,  http://www.competitionplus.com/drag-racing/news/17045-sumek-leonard-finally-gets-his-due, California Death Index: Norris Wayne Abbott, born Sep 30, 1933, in Arkansas, died July 19, 1958, in San Diego, (Mother’s maiden name was Newman), “Crash kills race driver,” Pasadena Star-News, July 21, 1958, and Michael (Abbott) Kaufman e-mail.
  Abbott.HeadShot.1[1] Leonard Abbott moved to San Diego, California from Arkansas shortly after he graduated from high school and he was joined shortly by his brother Norris. Upon his arrival in San Diego, Leonard went to work in a small machine shop where he learned to master the machines that would later allow him to bring his dreams to reality. Also not long after his arrival in San Diego, he became the proud owner of his first dragster, powered by an injected Chevy engine and driven by his brother Norris.
   When Norris wasn’t available to drive, another San Diego local, Leroy Goldstein, would take over the driving chores. The two brothers soon built their lives around the drag racing world and Leonard began designing and building parts for racing. In 1958, Norris was killed in a racing accident at Paradise Mesa Race Track which led Leonard to turn more and more to the business side of the sport. While he spent a lot of time working on improving the performance portion of the sport, he was particularly interested in improving the safety of the sport. 
   In 1966 Leonard, by now working out of a rented space in the back of a small automotive engine building shop, B&L Auto Parts, founded Lenco Racing Transmissions and began designing his first product aimed strictly at the drag racing market, an overdrive transmission. Unlike some of the equipment available at that time, this was not a rebuilt factory unit but a purpose-built piece designed for dragsters, funny cars and comp. cars.
   In 1965 Leonard put together a Top Fuel dragster which he ran locally and which became the test car for his products. That same year Leonard built a Dodge Charger Funny car that Joe Lee drove for him. Like the dragster, the funny car was also a combination test car and a very competitive race car. By 1969 he was producing and selling his overdrive unit and before long racers such as Gene Snow and Don Prudhomme were showing the racing world what a great product this was.  
   While he raced mostly at the local Southern California tracks, Leonard did attempt the touring circuit for a short time with both the AA/Fuel dragster and the AA/Fuel Funny car but decided it interfered with the business end of Lenco and also his developing of new products and gave it up to concentrate on building the business.    
   In 1971 with the help of Jack Jones, Leonard developed and began marketing an under-drive transmission that was well received but never became as popular as the over-drive unit. The next project Jack and Leonard developed was the "air shifter," a pneumatically operated clutch unit that soon altered how the drive train of a great many race cars was set up. Leonard went on to develop many other products including an over-drive fitted fuel pump for the fuel-burning classes that was an instant success along with several variations of his clutch systems.
   Leonard was the first person to introduce port nozzles on his fuel dragster but a small miss-calculation on the way he set them up pretty much destroyed his engine. Later on, Stu Hilborn asked Leonard if he was going to continue developing this system and when Leonard said no, he and Hilborn worked together to develop their use further and before long Hilborn was successfully marketing the units. In addition to the land based racing products, Leonard also developed a number of products for the marine and oval track arenas of racing.   
   Leonard succumbed to cancer in 1984 at the age of 53 but left his legacy in the form of his company, Lenco Racing Transmissions that is still one of the most popular and reliable sources of products for both racing and street performance enthusiasts.   

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Editorial:   
The Society of Land Speed Racing Historians (SLSRH) Newsletter can best be described as eclectic. The word eclectic means “a general and all around interest.” Someone who has an eclectic sense of interest is a person who is a generalist and not a specialist. That’s the kind of newsletter we have, because that’s the kind of editors that run the newsletter. We have an interest in all things automotive. But we also have a duty to stay true to the vision that created the SLSRH, which is to research and study the history of land speed racing, early drag racing and hot rodding. In other words we were formed from that rich broth of auto racing that began in the late 1920’s and continued through the Great Depression of the 1930’s, through World War II in the 1940’s, and the formation of drag racing in the 1950’s. 
   Hot rodding, however, knows no era, and it has been around since the beginning of the automotive age. As Jim Miller says, it is very difficult to stick to these basic subjects because LSR and drag racers also were involved in boat, sports car, road course, airplane, oval track and stock car racing. Where do you draw the lines? I’ve even written on model train builders and their outdoor tracks. Then there are those women’s roller derby leagues; and while they are not motorized, they can sure motor around those banked tracks. It’s good to be eclectic. It’s also fun. Who said that what we do has to be rigid and stodgy? The majority of what we do is related to land speed, drag racing and hot rodding, but from time to time we find the quirky and the interesting and investigate those subjects. As members and readers you are also participants. If you have experience or knowledge on a subject then write in and present it to us and we will publish it in the newsletter.
   You may have noticed that we have been including a newsletter from Jessica Clark on her exploits in stock car racing. While the SLSRH does not normally discuss stock car racing, there are times when there is a tie-in or a racer is involved in multiple car racing sports. I met Jessica at the opening of the Alex Xydias Center at the Los Angeles County Fairplex. Jessica lives for racing and she has the drive and intelligence to make a name in racing. But she also knows that just driving a car is only one facet of a successful enterprise. A racing team has to have sponsors, good crew chiefs, lots of dedicated volunteer crew-people, PR and advertising in order to succeed nowadays. What impressed me is her knowledge and her readiness to prepare for her races. I believe that Jessica will succeed and someday we can say, “we knew her before she became a success.” If you would like to offer her a ride in your land speed vehicle just let me know. This would give her another learning experience and also give your team a bit more public awareness.
   Finally, I would like to add this point about mentoring younger drivers and crew. All of you, without exception, are where you are today because of the help and courtesy of an older generation. The original men and women who helped to put on land speed racing, or actually all racing, are gone, but they made it possible for us to do what we are doing today. Auto racing needs new blood. We need younger people to enter the various racing sports and especially LSR. In the late thirties the average age of the members of various clubs and organizations was about 20. Presidents and secretaries were that age. Today the SCTA is often called the Senior Citizens Timing Association and for good reason. 
   Another problem is that we need more members and fans who will help us keep El Mirage, Bonneville and other racing sites. We have lots of detractors who would like to see all auto racing die off. If you have space in your truck or van, ask a younger person to go with you to a race or meet. Teach them how to work on cars, to inspect, to work on volunteer duties and finally to join a car club or racing organization. Lower that average age statistic. Mentor others and make auto racing more vibrant and alive. The word is called MENTORING and it is a vital process that ensures that LSR will continue on forever. Do your part and repay those that came before who gave you that chance.

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On January 26, 2013, there was a celebration of life for Don Brusseau who started the Bay Area Roadsters in 1959. Don passed away on December 19, 2012 at the age of 87. My wife and I attended and had a great time reminiscing with old club members and Don’s family and friends. Every time I go to one of these events it reminds me of a line in an old song, "Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think."   Paul Hannan

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More Bay Area Stuff,” sent in by Spencer Simon from an interview with Paul Hannan. 
   In 1961 or 1962 we met the LA Roadsters at Pismo Beach. There were about 30 or 40 cars and 60 or so people. The first motel turned us down for rooms. I guess the manager had seen too many B rated Hot Rod movies. The second motel said we could rent the whole place as all of the rooms were vacant. All of the cars in the parking lot were Hot Rods with the exception of the motel manager’s Cadillac Sedan parked in front of the office. One of the guys from the LA group told him it was spoiling the scene in the parking lot. He replied by moving the Cad out into the street.
   I met Norm Grabowski there and when everybody was settled in we took my Roadster into town and picked up a keg of beer. I had a luggage rack on the deck lid of my Roadster so we strapped the keg on to it and drove back to the motel. Eric Rickman took a picture of my car with the beer keg on it and said to me, "You’ll never see this picture in
Hot Rod Magazine."
   We had a party in the parking lot that night which I don’t recall too much of. The next morning the local Dune Buggy Club took us for a ride in the dunes. After about an hour of cold sea air on the dunes I think most of us traded nasty headaches for sore butts. What a great time. The Dune Buggy Club couldn’t have been nicer.
   Last September my wife and I were up in Clearlake for a couple of days. I had met a guy named Gary DeFuer there about two years earlier. He has an old school 1915 T Roadster pickup with a Cadillac motor, suicide front end, 4 carbs, a Ford Econoline transmission, and white wall tires and no fenders. He took me for a ride on a nice bright Saturday morning. I hadn’t been in an open wheel car in many more years than I care to remember. Watching the suspension work and the wheels and tires spinning around; brought back memories of my own Roadster from the 1960's.
   I’ve had a Superformance Cobra for 13 years and am lucky enough to live right across the Bay from the Pacific Ocean. Blasting down Highway 1 between Pacifica and Santa Cruz, side pipes blaring, the wind in your hair seems to be a great stress reliever. I told my wife this is why we pay through the nose to live in California. Keep the faith and remember no levity no life. Paul Hannan

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My name is Russell Newman. My father, Robert Newman was Crystal (Newman) Abbott's brother.  Crystal of course was married to Norris Abbott, Leonard Abbott's late brother.  In one of your newsletters #213, dated July 28, 2011 I ran across a post from my cousin Mike (Abbott) Kaufman.  I haven't heard from him in years since we were kids.  Recently my father passed and I came across a box of trophies(Click for Image) with one engraved "Abbott Benefit '58” with a winged wheel device on top, one "Fontana Raceway 1962," one "Colton Drags 1962" and, this is a nice one, "Imperial Valley Timing Association, Drags In The Sun" medallion with a "Top Eliminator" plaque in brass, Winged standing victory goddess w/wreath overhead in both hands, and a rectangular "Renco" brand clock made in Germany all on a walnut base.  That clock started running as soon as I unwrapped it from the September 2, 1963 newspapers. It has been fully wound since it was wrapped!     
     The purpose of this message is that I believe these were being kept for Mike by my father.  As I said my father has passed and these should go to Mike as a couple of these might have been gifts to Mike from Leonard, one is a memorial for Norris, and the other might possibly be one that was won by Norris.  I would like to contact Mike initially through you guys and if you could please pass on my E-mail address I would sure appreciate that.  Dad knew Leonard and Norris well and told me a few stories of getting to warm up a dragster for them when he was 14 and how good that made him feel.  That would have been about '53.  In 1958 when dad enlisted in the Marines, he would spend his leave in San Diego visiting Crystal up until he came home in 1963.  So anyway, I would greatly appreciate the help, Thank you.  I learned a lot from this, and dad sure loved Drag Racing, the Abbott brothers were a great influence on him.   
   The first trophy: picture 041 & 048 is the Imperial Valley Timing Association, Top Eliminator which paid a thousand dollar purse. The Holtville, California Clock is still keeping excellent time. Second trophy: Photograph 042 is for Fontana Raceway 1962. Third trophy: Photo 043 is the Colton Drags 1962. Fourth trophy: Photograph 044 is the Abbott Benefit 1958. I hope this helps, that's the only details on the trophies themselves. This has been interesting and I am learning a bunch. Thanks.  Russell Newman, newmanrussell8@gmail.com
   Russell; I will publish your letter in the newsletter and see if anyone spots it and writes in.  If you happen to know of any names of people who were associated with the Abbott Brothers I can check my address book to see if I have a contact point.  Since they were San Diego people I have sent your letter on to the Arnett family of Bean Bandit fame on the chance that they know the Abbott's.  I also sent this on to Jim Miller who has a great deal of research on the subject.  Please feel free to write in any time and I will give you space to run a request for help from our members.  The more you know the more likely you are to trigger a memory from our members. 

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While researching data for my new book I discovered information that ought to be passed to the appropriate people at the Roadrunners Club.  However, since I first found the data here, I will correct/update here.  Re #260 wherein it is written: "The Road Runners created the Harvey Haller Memorial.  The trophy which was first awarded in 1958 (incorrect, see below) and is a perpetual award honoring a Road Runners member who has provided exemplary service to the Club and the SCTA.  The award is not given every year, only when appropriately earned. Active member recipients are: Reese Adams, Jerry Cornelison, Mike Ferguson, Pat Riley and Dale Wester. Former member recipients are: John Alvaney, Tom Bryant (the first recipient), Art Clayton, Patty Clayton, The Culp Family (Clete, Ed, Jerry & Mike), Buddy Fitzgerel, Gary Foster, Bill Graham, Roland 'Rollie' Gravel, Emil 'Griggs' Grisotti, Lowell 'Big Red' Holmes, Gordon Hoyt, Ralph Konstau, Charlie Miller, Glenn Miller, Larry 'Old Dad' Miller, Mike Miller, Gerald Tucker and Ron Yost."  Jerry Cornelison
     The Award was first given in 1955, not 1958.  Its first recipient was the crew of the Miss 400D.  Verification is found on page 19 of the November, 1955
Hot Rod magazine, last column.  The report also says the award was donated by NHRA for sportsmanship which mean Wally Parks was behind it. It seems the team donated a few essential parts to their closest competitor: Art Chrisman, who proceeded to erase the 400D record.
     On another note, the men who entered the car are NEVER identified, other than being from Pomona, and I’d be pleased to know who they were should anyone care to share.  Speedy Regards, "LandSpeed" Louise Ann Noeth
(tech@landspeedproductions.biz)
     Research and Development Partner with United States Air Force Academy.  Member: Society of Professional Journalists, American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters, Motor Press Guild, Society of Automotive Historians, Western Automotive Journalists, Society of Land Speed Racing Historians, Speed Record Club, STEM Planet Expert,
www.landspeedproductions.biz.

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Staff notes: The following letter and response concerns the Road Runner’s club’s Harvey Haller Award.
   To Tom Bryant: “I received the e-mail below from Richard Parks regarding some research Land Speed Louise Noeth is doing for a new book. The information deals with the Harvey Haller Memorial Trophy the Road Runners award to a member for outstanding service to the Club. I provided the initial information regarding the Memorial Trophy in response to an item that was posted in an earlier issue of the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter. Based on the information I had, I believed it to be accurate. When examining the Memorial Trophy, I found you (Tom Bryant) were the first recipient in 1958 indicated by the bronze tags attached to the piece.
     As you read the information in the letter below, had you ever been aware of any other Harvey Haller Award presented by the NHRA and if so, what do you know about it? Have you ever heard of ‘Miss 400D’ car and crew and if so, do you know who they were? What do you remember about the creation of the award in the Road Runners Club in the late 50's?  I wondering if there might, perhaps, have been two different ‘Harvey Haller Memorial Trophy Awards,’ one given by the NHRA in 1955 and then the one created by the Road Runners, in memory of Road Runner Harvey Haller and first awarded to you in 1958.  I'd appreciate any light you can shed on this question.”  Jerry Cornelison - Road Runners
     Jerry and Tom: It appears like the initial recipients of the NHRA Harvey Haller Memorial Trophy honoring outstanding Road Runners was awarded to the Miss 400D car and crew for good sportsmanship in 1955 and that in all likelihood it was instituted by Wally Parks, a founding member of the club and the SCTA President and later General Manager.  Since the award was irregular and only awarded on merit, there appears to be a hiatus of three years before the next honoree (Tom Bryant) was honored.  It appears to be a trophy, and the question is, does the club still have it or has it been lost?  If you have photographs of the trophy would you send it to me to publish?  It is possible that we are talking about two separate awards, but I'm guessing that it is just one award.  Any more information that you can send would be most appreciated. The names of the early Road Runners that my mother and father spoke most about were the Miller Brothers (Zeke, Lawrence “Ol’ Dad,” and Ak), Eldon Snapp, John Riley, Harvey Haller, Jack Henry and my father Wally Parks. I met them all, but I can’t remember Haller, Henry or Ol’ Dad. Anything that you can add will be most helpful.

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7 December, 2012.  SLSRH member, "LandSpeed" Louise Ann Noeth is the winner of the 2012 Valentine Award from Society of Automotive Historians.  This is her fifth award.  The Southern California Chapter of the Society of Automotive Historians announced the winner of the 2012 James Valentine Memorial Award is Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette columnist and author “LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth of Creve Coeur, Missouri. The award for periodicals is granted for Excellence in Automotive Historical Research was presented for Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame which appeared as her August 2011 Fuel For Thought monthly column.
     “I was particularly interested in the evolution of the idea of a Hall of Fame, and to see, in one place, the names of all those honored so far,” explained Bob Ewing speaking for the chapter, “It made me very happy to see the names of people whom I knew, such as Mark Dees, author of the book on Miller and co-founder of the Vintage Racing Association, local legend Ak Miller, and a fellow alumnus of my high school, Burke LeSage.”
     The Valentine Memorial Award is named for the late J.H. Valentine, at one time the recognized authority of automobiles built in Los Angeles. Always a strong supporter of the Southern California Chapter SAH, Valentine devoted his life to accurately compiling nearly insignificant data on early automobiles one by one. With no chance of personal wealth, he ensured that future historians would have a large quantity of priceless material. The Valentine Award honors authors whose automotive historical research is linked to people and events in California, but does not preclude significant historical milestones anywhere in the world.
     “The people, cars and motorcycles inducted into the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame are not simply the speedy fabric of land speed racing,” said author Noeth of the winning column, “They represent the pioneers of the high performance community in this nation who doggedly demonstrate professional skills in an amateur environment. The honorees are peer voted giving greater weight to its membership. The Society of Automotive Historians Southern California Chapter humbles me with the honor.”
     Noeth was first honored by the SAH SoCal Chapter winning the Valentine for her book:
Bonneville Salt Flats in 2002.  Known to her readers as “Landspeed Louise,” she next became the first recipient of the award to be honored for both a book and a periodical winning again in 2005. She also picked up the 2006 and 2009 periodical awards. All the winning articles first appeared in the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette.

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The February Issue of the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE is ready for you to check out and read!  Lots of good stuff inside this month.  Share this with your gearhead friends so they can enjoy it just like you!  If you are on FACEBOOK make sure to check our page out as we are posting cool stuff up all the time.  Here's the link that takes you right to the new issue: http://www.gearheadgazzette.com/gg/current-issue/.   Enjoy and let us know what you think!  Jimmy Brandau www.gearheadgazzette.com, www.facebook.com/GEARHEAD-GAZZETTE/100893159957234
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   Any idea as to a possible location (for the Dave Marquez roadster)?  I will spread the word to some of my "hunters" to keep an eye open. Jimmy Brandau 
www.gearheadgazzette.com
   Jimmy: Here's a story on Dave Marquez.  His 880 roadster was voted one of the 75 all time Deuces by Ford Motor Company.  Finding the original would be a real treat.  It's probably the prettiest Deuces ever made by any hot rodder.  Anything you find out I will be glad to publish.  Marshall Robilio has also been looking for the roadster. 
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Gone Racin’… Dave Marquez. Story by Richard Parks, photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz.
   In boxing there is a term used to denote the very best; “pound for pound.” No matter how small a boxer might be, his skill is equal or superior to the bigger man. Perhaps we need to have an equivalent term in auto racing. How about “lap for lap” for the oval racers and “round for round” for the drag racers. Due to the misfortunes in life, many racers have short careers, and yet they shine brilliantly, like a flaming nova, then fade away.
   One such man was David Marquez, from Santa Paula, California. His father was a baker who came to California from Mexico. Dave’s mother was born in Spain and took great pleasure in telling her children how she traveled by tall-masted sailing ships to Hawaii by way of Cape Horn as a small child. Marquez grew up working in his father’s bakery, learning to operate the machinery and deliver baked goods to the stores around Ventura County. In school he excelled in track and ran in the 440 and 880-yard races. As a typical young man growing up in the post World War II years, he loved cars and the local hot spots for racing. Marquez was a charter member of the Motor Monarchs car club of Santa Paula. They raced at Goleta, Santa Maria and other tracks in the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and having tasted victory, challenged the best drag racers in Southern California on their home dragstrips.
   Dave and his friends built the famous “880” roadster, powered by an Ardun Overhead engine. According to Marquez, his car was the first to have a detachable body and to be painted in a fluorescent paint (orange with white background). The orange fluorescent paint was “borrowed” from the military base at Pt. Mugu by one of the club members who worked there. The “880” roadster (named after the track event that Dave excelled at) was as fast as it was beautiful, and won numerous trophies throughout California in the early 1950’s. When NHRA announced that the first National championship would be held at Great Bend, Kansas, in 1955, Marquez and the Motor Monarchs were ready. In natty white uniforms with the club logo imprinted on them, the Motor Monarchs were a professionally solid team, hoisting the body on and off to work on the car, and dazzling the other car crews with their flawless teamwork. Dave drove the “880” to the National Championship in the “B” Roadster class and followed up with a smashing repeat victory at the 2nd NHRA National Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1956. The Motor Monarchs brought home trophies for wins, best looking crew and best looking car. The car and trophies were displayed on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine and other magazines and newspapers of the day.
   A tragic accident caused Marquez to sell his beloved “880” and to leave racing. He worked harder than ever with his father to make their bakery a regional supplier. Dave married his childhood sweetheart, Shavie, and raised a son, Ron, and put his short career into the family albums. Like so many racers before and after him, Dave had to leave racing behind and concentrate on family and business. Though he was no longer an active racer, he still had time to help others. Dave was an active supporter of the Ventura Sports Hall of Fame, and one of its honored members. He led a Boy Scout troop in Santa Paula. Marquez was a supporting member of the prestigious Gold Coast Roadster and Racing Club and helped to run their annual “Gas-Up” party and Dry Lakes Hall of Fame. Dave organized the annual Motor Monarchs Reunion in Santa Paula, and invited out of town guests to stay with him. He dispensed traditional “Old California” style hospitality to anyone who visited him. He opened his wallet to help out with expenses so that no club member ever had an excuse not to attend the Reunions. Marquez was an honorary member of the legendary Bean Bandits car club of San Diego, and respected by many other existing car clubs throughout the West Coast. He won “America’s Most Beautiful Competition Roadster” award at the Oakland Roadster Show in 1956. He was invited back to the same show in ‘57 to be one of the judges at this most prestigious event among hot rod enthusiasts.
   In 1992 Marquez and his crew; John Davison, Howard Clarkson, Robert Olinger and Eddie Martinez (Ben Martinez died in 1969) returned to Great Bend, Kansas, as honored guests at the 1955 NHRA Nationals Reunion, and the Governor of Kansas. Marquez was always the first to volunteer his help and to spend freely to aid a worthy cause. He demanded the same respect in return, and could be quick with a rebuke if he thought you were being disrespectful. Dave Marquez passed away last year after a heroic struggle against cancer. Though his racing career was shortened by tragedy, his contemporaries will always remember him as a giant among men. 
Gone Racin’ is at
RNPARKS2@JUNO.COM

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It has been quite a while and I hope this finds you well.  The big news is that Where They Raced will finally be available for all to see.  I'll be at the Motor Press Guild this Tuesday showing clips from some of the different episodes.  Then starting Tuesday, February 12, 2013 I'll be releasing 1 episode each week on our website: www.wheretheyraced.com. I just wanted to thank you for all your help over the years.    Thanks for any and all help you can offer. I hope you liked the clips. Buckle up! Harry Pallenberg, www.wheretheyraced.com

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This is extremely important to sign the petition. It is a bit complicated but go to the web site and follow the instructions. The number of signatures required has jumped from 25K to 100K. Thanks, Jim Dunn                          
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Subject: Military takeover of Johnson Valley, California.   
   As many of you are aware the Marine Corp has for the past three years been trying to take over Johnson Valley for expanded training. Sometime in the March/April timeframe they will present a formal plan to Congress; a bill established and in time will come up for a vote. If Congress approves this bill the military will control 100 thousand plus acres on the north end of the valley that will be forever lost to the off highway community. They are proposing 40 thousand plus acres in the 29 Palms area be allocated for Off Road use but with the provision that (for a yet to be specified period) this land could be taken for additional military use. Live fire would be used which would, for all practical purposes, close this land. Bottom line, if this bill was to pass – the 140 thousand acres of Johnson Valley would be lost.   
   For every person who uses El Mirage ten (10) uses Johnson Valley. If this takeover is successful these people will then look for other areas such as Razor Road, Jawbone Canyon, Redrock Canyon and most importantly El Mirage. With 20 thousand acres, El Mirage would not be able to handle this inflow and in a short time be destroyed. Please help in trying to stop this takeover helping with the following:
   First; each club should encourage all their members, their family and friends to sign a petition that asks that Johnson Valley OHV area be kept open to the public. This should be done prior to the end of the month and can be done by signing the petition in this link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/save-johnson-valley-ohv-area-be-fiscally-responsible-stop-29-palms-marine-base-expansion-keep-public/5r0C7Xw4.
   Second; Before May we all need to send letters to our State and Federal Legislators asking them not to support the bill. Talking points you may consider:
Impact on other recreational facilities in the area
Environmental impact on Johnson Valley
Economic impact on surrounding communities
Impact on wildlife and endangered species
Ask that the military prove the need for this land
   Finding and contacting your State and Federal Legislators: Go to www.congress.org. I know this is a process we normally do not get into, but our organization needs all the help we can get to stop this takeover. Thanks, Pat Riley, BLM Rep. 951-500-7555

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I came across your web page concerning hot rods and was wondering if you would be interested in posting the pics I have on my facebook page. The ones I refer to are easily ID'd as they are of the cars and people my Dad knew in the early '50s when he used to race in Santa Ana and I believe it was the old airport run by C.J. Hart.
His name was Alan Crain and I wish I could say I had all the cars he used to have but unfortunately he got rid of them. I do have the pictures and a few of his trophies.  The only memory I have of him and his cars is when he drove one in parades and threw candy from the car.  Mayhaps you might know some of the people in his pictures? I was always curious.  Thanks and have a great day.  Michael Crain mcradio2000@yahoo.comhttp://www.facebook.com/Tubes4ever/photos
   Mike: We hold a Santa Ana Drags reunion twice a year, in April and again in October.  It's a free picnic and we usually get around 30 old-timers who will be glad to look at your photos and see if they can identify the cars and the people.  Please sign up at
www.landspeedracing.com, which is a free website, so that you can follow along with our weekly (sometimes twice a month) newsletter, which will give you dates and places where we meet.  We would be delighted to meet you and to go through your photo albums and help where we can.  As for displaying photographs in the newsletters, the photo editor is Roger Rohrdanz and he is at beachtruck@juno.com.  He can tell you the sizes to submit and the captioning requirements. 

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Aussie Invader 5R Newsletter; February 2013. 
   Howdy to all our sponsors, supporters, 1000 MPH Club members and followers, welcome to our February newsletter.  As mentioned last month we have been really busy after the New Year period with lots of television stories, the testing of our torch ignitor, design work on our airbrake hinges and best of all a visit to our home by legendary engineer John “Ackers“ Ackroyd. John headed over to Perth, Western Australia from the Isle of Wight to check on the progress of our car and offer his professional help with some of the design head spins we are currently working our way through. Ackers has been an inspiration to our LSR ambitions and was initially introduced to me by Richard Noble who set the LSR for Britain in 1983 in Thrust 2 which reached 1019 km/h …633 mph.  We have shared some really great times together and have travelled the length and breadth of both Australia and the US meeting with some really innovative companies and people. We were both honored to work with the late Jim Benson at SpaceDev in San Diego, attend the shakedown passes with our friends the North American Eagle team at Black Rock in Nevada in 2007 and met some of world’s fastest people including Craig Breedlove, Darryl Greenameyer, Art Arfons, Richard Noble and of course Andy Green. 
   Torch ignitor test gets us all fired up! We finally got to test our torch ignitor that was recently machined up by our partners at Kentin Engineering. We were kindly invited to use the test facilities at Trident Australia in Perth’s Southside. These people make up test equipment and anything gas or hydraulic needed for industry and carry a huge amount of parts and equipment to service the needs of Australia’s vast mining companies. We wanted the directors of Trident Australia to be present for this exciting test, unfortunately Jono and Nick Hanson were caught up in the severe snowstorms across in the UK and arrived home a few days later, so we decided to wait.  Our ignitor test went off with a real blast with some great media from our friends at Channel 7, 9 and 10 and some great press in our local newspaper, The West Australian.  This ignitor construction and test was the culmination of a lot of hard work and great support by a big team, thank you Trident Australia, Couplers Malaga, Kentin Engineering, Prochem, Mike Berringer, Dave Boosen from Berkett, Brad Samers, Challenge Batteries and of course my great crew.   
   Aussie Invader 5R moves closer to being on wheels. The Aussie Invader Team are excited to announce the professional support and sponsorship offered to our team via Garlock Sealing Technologies. This premier global company has offered to produce a 100 x 150 x 12 mm double lip PS seal combination that will keep the desert dust from entering our SKF angular contact wheel bearings. These seals will also keep our bearing oil lubricant contained and contaminant free within our wheel hub.  These oil seals are a major windfall for such a specialist application like ours and we are extremely thankful to the team at Garlock Sealing Technologies in Perth for sharing their knowledge and support with us. These seals are very high quality and Rosco said  ”It will be a great comfort at 1000 mph to know we have the best products in the world today being used in our car.”  Thanks must go to John McAlpine and Leon Jamieson for all of their effort and dedicated research into getting the right seals for such an extreme application, not to mention their support in sponsoring the 8 seals required. 
   Natural disaster puts visit to potential test venue on hold. We are on standby to visit far western Queensland to perform a reconnaissance mission to learn the viability of using a possible 20km+ long mudlake. Sadly Queensland has just suffered some horrendous flooding on their east coast which has put the whole state into a frenzy and we have decided to postpone our visit until the flooding has gone and these poor folks get their lives back in order. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the people of Queensland and all the people affected by a large amount of natural disasters in this country at the moment. More on the potential venue next month. 
   New partner Woocom to lift web presence. The team is very pleased to announce our latest partnership with the dynamic and highly regarded Perth web developer and marketing solutions company Woocom.  Woocom have a great reputation for delivering high quality websites and are going to work with us to redevelop our website and allow our web presence to grow with the project. They will also contribute to the expansion of the projects fan base through social media and email marketing, working closely with the Aussie Invader team to deliver high visibility to the project and its partners and sponsors.  The new website is already in the planning stage and when launched should give a dynamic project the dynamic online presence it deserves.  Big thanks must go to Nick Russell and the Woocom team for supporting this great Aussie adventure and helping to bring it to a wider audience. 
   Project progressing on several fronts. We are hard at work with the design of several components on our car and are hopeful of having all of our hydraulics operating very soon, including our airbrakes, ground brake and power steering with a full reserve of hydraulic power via an accumulator. The vehicles wiring is also underway as well as several composite components.  As you can appreciate the progress of the car is dependent on physical and financial resources, so if you would like to see how you or your company could get involved with this dynamic project and help Australia challenge for the World Land Speed record, please contact Alex Blain for more details or become a member of our 1,000 MPH Club.   Until the next time, be your very best. Rosco McGlashan OAM Fastest Aussie on Earth

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America's Real Sports Car.  By Le Roi 'Tex' Smith      
     Might as well start off with something to stir the troops. The hot rod roadster is America’s first (and only) real sports car! I know forthwith of which l mumble, having been involved in both camps since way back. I know the claims of Corvette. Yes, it can be turned into a rather ragged road rager, but not in showroom guise. It needs some massaging, some hot rodding if you will, before the cake mix special runs with the big dogs. Same for those econo Fords Shel built. Same with just about any production American car, or most any world production car. If they don’t get hot rodded, they may as well stay on the porch and scratch fleas.    
     But I said a hot rod roadster. Not a coupe, not a sedan, not a convertible. Nope, only a genuine no-top, maybe interior, stab and steer roadster.
     How’s that? Got your attention?
     So, how’s about we try to arrive at a definition of sports car. It is many different interpretations, I fear, but if I follow the generally accepted definition arrived at over half a century ago, as defined by the English. The sports car is a rough riding, poorly appointed, and if it is English,  completely hopeless pile of pre-destined rust designed by a hopelessly self-deluded stiff upper lip ego maniac. A kind of wanna-be hot rodder from the wrong side of the ocean. In short, a vehicle for sport motoring. Even an early on sports car from German can be iffy.
     A true sports car does not have a heater (English heaters seldom work well anyway), it does not have air conditioning, it does not have roll-up windows, it  may have only a very rudimentary folding top, it may or may not have windshield wipers, and it probably leaks rain all over your pants leg. You should be getting the idea by now. If a true sports car has any additional refinements, it is probably actually a sporting car. A sports tourer as they became known, or a sports coupe, or even a sports sedan. All depending largely on the advertising and sales departments of the larger manufacturers.
     But a real red-blooded American hot rod roadster fits those old European definitions quite well, thank you. And if you need affirmation of any of this tirade, just hunker down for a bench session with any of the many roadster owners that hang around most contemporary hot rod building emporiums. You go to a rod run and you have to dig them up, usually over behind the 3300 red 32 roadsters masquerading as hot rods.  The true American sports car drivers usually have sunburned faces, wind knotted hair (or no hair at all), twitchy throttle feet, left arms burned black, and sometimes raccoon eyes. And they take no guff from any mere mortals. After all, they are members of a very rare, and seldom ever numerous, breed of mortals who consort with the gods. Else why do so many car enthusiast worldwide clamour to emulate them?
     By now, you understand that a hot rod nee American sports car is not a street rod. But, neither is it a rat rod. Much too sophisticated for a ratter. Far too unsophisticated to be a show/street rod.  Like the man says, when you ride in one, you know it. When you drive one, you REALLY know it!
     Now, I need to confess that my Junk Yard Dawg is not, currently, an American sports car. Nope, a decade ago, I added a top so I could have shade for my wife Pegge. Then as she sickened from cancer, I called Jack Chisenhall and lined out an air conditioning package, which I hustled to get in place prior to a trip with Ron Ceridono down to the R&C cruise to Lincoln, Nebraska. I tested it after it was charged, and have never turned it on again. Pegge didn’t need it, and I don’t like it in the roadster. Now, as I prepare to rebuild the soft Pontiac OHC inline six with more grunt I think I may just leave the AC out of the package. So I can have a sports car again. But I may have to drill a hole in the cowl so water can run on my leg.

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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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CANDIES & HUGHES; Paul Candies and Leonard Hughes were THE great two-man Funny Car and Top Fuel team, and one of the more difficult duos to categorize. Leonard Hughes was the driver and tuner from 1966 up through the 1972 season, setting Funny Car national records like their 7.32 in 1969, and driving to NHRA wins like the inaugural Gatornationals Funny Car title in 1970. He also won the Super Stock Nationals Funny Car title at York, Pa., in 1970, and a slew of other prestigious match race titles. The team hired Leroy Goldstein to drive their car in 1972 and he won the AHRA Funny Car World Championship. Richard Tharp drove their Top Fuel dragster to the 1976 NHRA World Championship and the 1981 IHRA World Championship, and Mark Oswald followed in 1983 driving the team’s Funny Car to the IHRA World titles in 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1987. In 1984, he won the NHRA Funny Car World Championship, giving him an extremely rare double association World Championship. Every car that Candies & Hughes was associated with was a massive success. 
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DON CARLTON; An all-around great Sportsman and Pro driver of doorslammers. The Lenoir, North Carolina native had great years in 1971-1972 with his own and the “Motown Missile” Pro Stockers, taking two IHRA titles in ’71 and three IHRA crowns. In NHRA competition, he was a winning Pro Stock driver and a great Comp. Eliminator competitor, taking (among others) the 1974 Molson-Grandnational championship and wheeling a radical altered Dodge Colt to the 1976 U.S. Nationals Comp title. He was killed in 1977 in a testing accident.       
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ART CHRISMAN; If nothing else, Art Chrisman will forever be known as the first Top Eliminator winner at Bakersfield in 1959, but he did more than that. He was the first driver over 140 mph, the first runner of a single digit e.t. (a 9.40 in 1953) and in 1956 won a NASCAR Speed Week drag race (on the sand) at Daytona Beach, copping three Top Eliminator titles and running 118.42 mph. In 1960 and 1962, he also was the Top Fuel winner at the Pomona Valley Timing Association Southern California Championships. In 1959, he ran the first 180-mph West Coast Top Fuel speed. 
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JACK CHRISMAN; The Compton, Calif., driver was one of the all-time greats. Just a few “fer-instances”. He won the first Pomona NHRA Winternationals Top Eliminator title in 1961; he won the 1962 NHRA Nationals; and was the driver/tuner of the sport’s first blown nitro-burning Funny Car. He was the NHRA World overall points champ in either 1961 or 1962 (can’t remember), and the first non-Garlits (how else can I say this) driver over 190-mph, doing this in Pat Akins and Howard Johansen’s entry at Henderson, Nevada in 1960. 
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DON COOK; From 1965 to roughly 1978 Don “Mad Dog” Cook was one of the better Top Fuel drivers, certainly with AHRA. He started out from his Northern California base and initially gained fame in 1966 by running the sport’s first 220-mph (223.32) at Fremont Raceway during an AHRA regional meet. He relocated to Kirksville, Mo., a year later, winning a number of AHRA national events aboard his “Southwind Too” and later Jim Nicoll’s "Der Weinerschnitzel" dragster. He never won an NHRA national event, although he was the first fuel driver in the 6.8s when he qualified with a 6.89 at the 1968 Winternationals.

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Deuce of Spades movie special from director and filmmaker Faith Granger;
   To share on your Facebook pages, simply paste this link in your post: http://www.deuceofspadesmovie.com/facebook_landing_page1.htm.  For a limited time, buy a single DVD and receive a special 10% off everything else you add to your order, including the DVD. Starting at only $45, these artworks, which will bear your names etched into the hearts, give you a lot.  The way the discount works it that purchasing the single DVD and then entering the coupon code will trigger the cart to give you a 10% on the single DVD and everything else you bought, including our TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES artwork.  So basically, order one single DVD, then keep shopping and add more products to your order. At check out, enter the coupon code DOS10% and voila the trick is done.  Customers who ordered the artwork when I last sent the announcement already received their finished, personalized product and their feedback was unanimous. See our facebook page for more feedbacks. 
   I am pretty psyched, since this was my first attempt at this type artwork and my first attempt at collaborating when it comes to art. Joshua H. had a pretty big smile on his face when I visited him yesterday and told him people are loving our artwork. When you're in prison, smiles don't come very often.  A little side note: Joshua is one of our official consultants/volunteers for the
DEUCE OF SPADES sequel. He is helping me get inside the head of Johnny so that the script will be true to life. Cause you all know I'm a stickler for authenticity. Vista, CA gallery owner Kris Petersen (who is a great artist herself) visited our booth at the GNRS and complimented on the quality of both the artwork and finished product. She will be carrying our artworks at her gallery. If anyone else is interested in carrying them, just email me.  FAITH GRANGER,        Filmmaker, www.deuceofspadesmovie.com

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Attached is a three page listing of the stuff I will be selling.  It is not priced but I will respond to anyone who sends me the Code Letters of what they are interested in and I will respond with a full technical description, pix and asking price and we can proceed on from there. The price will be FOB Rosemead CA.  Please pass it on to your car club members and we will be certain to negotiate. After a lifetime in Auto Racing, Performance Aftermarket, Race Car Parts manufacturing and marketing and Aerospace Marketing and the accumulation of components and unfinished projects associated with this sort of career, the decision has been made to clean out the home workshop. Many of the offerings are rare components that were not available to the general public and some are things that were made for projects that were not completed and sold as is.  Each group is identified by a code letter in the Identity Column that precedes the description. If you spot an item that you need more information and a description and photo please E-mail me stating that code letter and your E-mail address and I will send you a full technical description along with photos of the actual item and an Asking Price and we can go from there.  Since you are known to me as a Car Guy and or as a Racer, I would appreciate it if you would pass the information on to others within your known Car Guys groups.  Thanks.  Bob Falcon, Shoehornguy@aol.com
06 February 2013.  List of Inventory Bob’s Garage Sale:    


A         1977 Ford 351-M Engine, Fresh Overhaul, never started, Balanced by Engine Balancing Co./South Gate CA, Recreation Vehicle mild grind Camshaft, TRW Aluminum Pistons, Edelbrock 4bbl Intake Manifold, Custom Finish Stock Valve Covers, Weber aluminum Flywheel and Clutch assembly, Accel BEI Ignition system with Accel Super Coil, Library of Technical Information, Several Spare Parts, Engine stand included.
B         1992 Ford Taurus SHO, 152,000 Original Miles, For Sale by Original Owner, Car holds the SCTA Muroc Dry Lakes Class F Production Speed Record, Package contains SCTA Log Book and awarded dash plaques, Competition Number Plate and rear window blank-out, Package contains Four drilled brake rotors and lining, uninstalled Taurus SHO, Parts included for customized engine fresh air intake system, Library of Technical Information including Wiring and Vacuum systems books             
C         1973 Oldsmobile 98 Custom Cruiser-Nine Passenger Station Wagon, Second Owner.  Original Upholstery throughout including cargo area carpet  Custom engine fresh air induction system  Clamshell cargo hatch is operational from key operated switch and dash switch  General Motors period optional cast aluminum wheels , including spare tire  Custom designed small hub caps with Oldsmobile script  Powder Coated Roof Rack to match vehicle blue color  New fabricated cargo door torsion bar with engine turned aluminum cover  Custom fabricated historical Oldsmobile Ident Badge installed on front grille  Fabricated front bumper gap covers made of aluminum sheet  Library of Technical Information and marketing materials             
D         Rare Stewart-Warner Stage 3 Gauge Set  Set includes six 2.0 inch engine instruments featuring Edge Lighting and complete with all necessary mounting hardware and attachment products.  Also included is a 3.0 inch 0-9,000 electronic tachometer.  All units are off-the-shelf, brand new packed in the display boxes.             
E          Rare STP Indy Car Oil Filter Adapter Unit, Unit is designed to accept two number 25, spin on filter units, All aluminum construction  Units were designed to be used on 1970s Indy 500 Race Cars of which most were Turbo Charged Offys with dry sump oil systems.  The package contains eleven STP #25-R racing oil filters which are heavy duty copies of the auto aftermarket #25 filters as used on Chevrolet cars.             
F          Another Rare STP Indy Car item  An In Line Fuel Filter with a removable filter element, Unit is 2 inch diameter Aluminum casting by 8 inches long.  Filters used are STP RF-R, Five spare filters are part of this package. 
G         Authentic 1920-1930 Gas Station Oil Dispenser  This piece of gas station equipment was used to refill the glass quart bottles in the days before oil was dispensed in quart size tin cans.  Unit is in need of restoration but is functional and is placed on a steel welded four wheel dolly cart for easy movement around your shop. 
H         1950s General Electric Residential Forced Air Heater Wall Furnace, Unknown Condition 
J          Mini Pick-Up Truck, Quick Removable, Bed Crane, manual hand crank style 
K         1970 Ford Torino/Ranchero, Harrison all metal (brass & copper) cross flow
radiator- brand new, never used. 
   Bob: I will post this to the newsletter.  The SLSRH can take photos and a list like you have sent.  I've done it before and I see no problem with doing it again.  But the SLSRH has a small list.  I would suggest that you send photos along with your list to Anita at staff@hotrodhotline.com and ask her if she will post the photos with the listed item in their free "Parts and Memorabilia" section.  They never seem to have more than a dozen item listed and so I don't think that what you are trying to do is beyond their rules.  I did a survey once and even called one of the sellers of parts on www.hotrodhotline.com and he was very happy with the way that he was treated and how quickly buyers called him.  It isn't the only source for selling parts and collectibles, but since they are free and have hundreds of thousands of people perusing this website, why not give it a go. 

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2012 was a fantastic year for coverage of the 36hp and BB Challengers in land speed racing, at Bonneville, around the U.S., and around the world. VW magazines in Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, England, Germany and the United States have all devoted numerous pages to the folks bringing the VW racers out to try and see what the true top speed of the VW's really is. Thanks to all of the publications for caring about what we do in land speed and to all of you for building and racing the mighty Volkswagen.   Below is a list of magazines, their web-sites and the issues LSR VW's were featured in. Issues can be ordered on-line if you have not already acquired copies:    
   Kafer Revue (Germany) January 12 VW LSR History.    
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?ref=SERP&br=ro&mkt=en-US&dl=en&lp=DE_EN&a=http%3a%2f%2fwww.kr-magazin.de%2f.  
   Hot VW's (U.S.A.) February 12 World of Speed 2011.  http://www.hotvws.com/images/Back%20Issues/Yearly%20Index/index.htm
   Ultra VW (England) http://www.ultravw.com. February 12   World of Speed 2011.    
   VW Speed (Germany) May 12 VW Water Cooled LSR History.  
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?ref=SERP&br=ro&mkt=en-US&dl=en&lp=DE_EN&a=http%3a%2f%2fwww.vw-speed.de%2f.     
   Classics VW (Netherlands) December 12  World of Speed 2012.  E-Magazine-FREE-Available in English, also available in the Dutch language in printed form        http://vw-classic-magazine.com.         
   AirCooled Classics (Australia) Winter 12/13 VW LSR History E-Magazine available by subscription on-line.  http://www.aircooledclassicsmagazine.com.         
   Hot VW's March 12 DSS36 Bug-Bill Hatfield (U.S.A.). http://www.hotvws.com/images/Back%20Issues/Yearly%20Index/index.htm.         
   Hot VW's (U.S.A.) January 13 SSSBB Super Beetle-Jan Atkinson.  http://www.hotvws.com/images/Back%20Issues/Yearly%20Index/index.htm.    
     Super VW (France) January 13 World of Speed 2012.          http://www.airmighty.com/index/2011-2/index.php.         
   Hot VW's (U.S.A.) March 13 World of Speed 2012.    
http://www.hotvws.com/images/Back%20Issues/Yearly%20Index/index.htm.         
   Ultra VW (England) March 13 Super Stock Single BB & 36hp Challenge         available next month at select newsstands. http://www.ultravw.com.         
   Hot VW's (U.S.A.) Coming 13 Bob Newmires Worlds Fastest VW in 1969.
http://www.hotvws.com/images/Back%20Issues/Yearly%20Index/index.htm.         
   Air Mighty (Belgium). Coming 13 VW LSR History.  http://www.airmighty.com/index/2011-2/index.php
   Ultra VW Magazine-check out your local Barnes & Noble or Hastings magazine rack for a copy!  Coming next month.
   In addition, VolksWorld in England, Volkswagen Magazine Australia and Hot Rod Magazine have all spotlighted VW land speed racers in their monthly issues and their support is also highly appreciated. 
   From Burly Burlile  VW 36hp & BB CHALLENGE, Volkswagen Land Speed Racing Historian, Society of Land Speed Racing Historians, www.burlyb.com.   

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Feb 4, 2013) -- The 63rd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is still months away, but the field of cars for this elite competition, held at Pebble Beach Resorts, is already beginning to take shape -- from coach built Lincolns exhibiting the continental flair of Edsel Ford to the classic confections of the Parisian firm Vanvooren to the charging mounts from Ferruccio Lamborghini that have long defined the term "supercar." 
   Entry applications were due in January and are now being reviewed and vetted. The Concours Selection Committee meets at the end of March to determine which cars will receive a coveted invitation to the August 18 competition set on the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Most applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by mid-April.   
   "It's exciting to see the many automobiles that people have worked so passionately to preserve and restore and hope to share with others here," said Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Chairman Sandra Button. "The success of this event depends on the superb quality of automobiles and motorcycles that our participants bring to our show field." Late entry applications can still be submitted, but space in many classes is already limited. To request an application, please send an inquiry offering some basic information about your car to entries@pebblebeachconcours.net.   
   The 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will feature:  
LINCOLN -- After Ford purchased Lincoln in 1922, Edsel Ford took a marque well known for mechanical excellence and defined it with superior styling and elegant custom coachwork. Long one of America's elite luxury cars, Lincoln served as the official conveyance for presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. The show field will focus on one-off custom-bodied Lincolns.  
SIMPLEX -- Among the rarest of early twentieth century marques, just 48 Simplex automobiles are known to survive. Intended for only the most prestigious clientele, these chassis, which sold for the outrageous price of about $5,000, were bodied by the best coachbuilders of their day. The marque later merged with Crane, replacing its sporting cars with a more luxury image.  
VANVOOREN -- Early in its history, Carrosserie Vanvooren was licensed to build Weymann fabric-bodied cars, but soon developed its own elegant and refined French designs that have stood the test of time. Vanvooren coachwork graced all the best marques of the day -- Hispano-Suiza, Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Delahaye. It also collaborated on cutting-edge creations, such as the Corniche prototype done with designer Georges Paulin.  
LAMBORGHINI -- After making a fortune building tractors, Ferruccio Lamborghini determined to pursue the perfect grand tourer, founding Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in 1963. The Concours celebrates the company's 50th anniversary with a display of the significant one-off creations that have long embodied the term "supercar."  
ASTON/MARTIN -- From early prototypes like Coal Scuttle, Bunny and A3 to postwar models badged with the initials of entrepreneur David Brown to the most modern creations, Aston Martins have proven their sporting capabilities with race wins. The Concours celebrates the marque's centennial - as well as the 90th anniversary of Le Mans -- with a focused display of Aston Martins that have raced that storied course.   PORSCHE 911 -- Only very rarely does a model that is celebrating its 50th anniversary have the ongoing ability to raise genuine excitement over its latest offerings in the showroom and to score record-setting victories on the racecourse. But the Porsche 911 does exactly that. The Concours is pairing with the Porsche Museum to exhibit some of the cars that have made this model iconic.  
BMW 507 -- The BMW 507 debuted to great acclaim in 1955, but the economics of producing this sporting roadster led to its all-too-early demise. Just over 200 of these cars survive, and each is treasured. The only custom-bodied BMW 507s along with other superlative examples of this model will be showcased.  
FRENCH MOTORCYCLES -- For the fifth straight year, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will include motorcycles, focusing this time on the creations of French manufacturers such as Motobécane, Koehler-Escoffier, Monotrace, Gnome et Rhône, Majestic and, of course, Peugeot.  
   There will also be some surprises on the show field. Information and tickets are available at www.pebblebeachconcours.net. Amidst the celebration, a substantial sum will be raised to help people in need. The 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance raised a banner amount -- $1,254,000 -- for charity. Contact: Kandace Hawkinson (831) 622-1700; khawkinson@pebblebeachconcours.net

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Phil Remington, 1921-2013. February 10, 2013. Article from www.racer.com.
Racecar development pioneer Phil Remington (Click for Image Picture from Roger Rohrdanz) has passed away at the age of 92. After service as a flight engineer in the South Pacific in World War II, Remington threw himself into the post-World War II hot-rodding and motorcycle scene in Southern California. A severe motorcycle racing crash led him to turn his attention to the engineering side of racing, building intake manifolds for Eddie Meyer while producing Indy cars for millionaire Sterling Edwards. He was involved with Lance Reventlow's Scarab Formula 1 effort before joining Carroll Shelby and the Ford Le Mans racing program, where he played key roles in the development of the Shelby Cobra and subsequent Ford GT40 and Mark IV Le Mans cars. Remington subsequently entered into a long relationship with Dan Gurney's All American Racers, serving as as "a fabricator, designer, draftsman, engineer and all around problem solving genius" at AAR for 43 years. At a 90th birthday party for Remington, Gurney – his boss and friend for more than three decades – called Remington AAR's "Rock of Gibraltar.” "He is a marvel, an old salt, and an inspiration to young and old. I know, it is a cliché, but when they made old Rem, they threw away the mold," said Gurney.

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