NEWSLETTER 278 - April 17, 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 Editorial by ‘Dyno’ Don Batyi; Staff Editorial, by Richard Parks; Staff notes: Bad news from Jack's Garage, a hot rodder's hangout; Staff notes: the information on Mike Waters funeral could not be processed in time to inform the general public, but we are posting it here as an official record; Staff notes: John Ewald sent in this website which has original factory brochures for many American car manufacturers by year and model; April 9, 2013 Road Runner Meeting; Staff notes: Chris Wickersham sent in the history of the Pasadena Roadster Club; Speedway Motors and the Museum of American Speed were thrilled to host more than 60 members of the National Association of Automobile Museums for the 2013 NAAM Annual Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska; I have been chosen to be the vintage race car class manager at this year’s Palos Verdes Concours d’ Elegance which will be held on September 15, 2013; Valerie Thompson, owner/driver of Valerie Thompson Racing, will return to Wilmington Ohio's Airborne Park for the East Coast Timing Association's Hot Rod Magazine Top Speed Challenge, April 27-28, 2013; The link on AACA is about a car we recently discovered and are seeking information on; Staff notes: Here is additional information on the Pierce/Arrow; The SCTA Racing News has a list of obituaries for their members posted in their Health and Welfare section, you can google and read something about these land speed racers; HEY, LET’S GET SERIOUS. By Le Roi Tex Smith; Staff notes: the following events were posted on www.hotrodhotline.com; Main Street Malt Shop Reunion list of those who have attended in the past; The next list was compiled by Leslie Long of the racers that he knows of who raced at the Santa Ana Airport Drag Races from July 2, 1950 until the end of December, 1950; Staff notes: The following was sent in by Scrub Hansen; Dear Car Show Enthusiasts


Guest Editorial by ‘Dyno’ Don Batyi.
   AB 1002; Existing law, until January 1, 2016, imposes a $3 increase on that fee, $2 of which is to be deposited into the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund and $1 of which is to be deposited into the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Subaccount. Existing law requires designated transportation planning agencies to prepare and adopt a regional transportation plan directed at achieving a coordinated and balanced regional transportation system, including, but not limited to, mass transportation and highway, railroad, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities and services. This bill would, in addition to any other fees specified in the Vehicle Code and the Revenue and Taxation Code, impose a fee of $6 to be paid at the time of registration or renewal of registration of every vehicle subject to registration under the Vehicle Code.
   This bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles, after deducting all costs incurred pursuant to that provision, to remit all moneys realized pursuant to that provision for deposit in the Sustainable Communities Strategy Subaccount which is hereby established in the Motor Vehicle Account and made available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for implementation of sustainable communities strategies. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. After reading the Digest several times, the word "railroad" finally hit me.
   Let me say first, the California state debt is now $407,388,575,600.00 (407 billion). According to the Mercury News at http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_22929875/california-high-speed-rail-costs-soar-again-this.  Rail officials say the new pre-construction planning budget of $878 million; the California High-Speed Rail Authority board Thursday is set to approve an extra $38 million for mega-firm URS to work on clearing state and federal bureaucratic hurdles required before construction can begin in the Central Valley this summer. That $158 million effort dates back six years and was supposed to be done by now, but has been delayed because residents between Fresno and Bakersfield have asked the state to study different locations to lay tracks, a time-consuming and costly endeavor. 
   Please keep in mind Government estimates are generally doubled by completion. A high speed railroad from somewhere in the Los Angeles area to somewhere in the bay area at a end cost in the billions just doesn't make sense, especially since the state is already in debt so bad they will never get out. The seats will never be filled as long as the airlines are in business.  


Staff Editorial, by Richard Parks:  
   Mike Waters has passed away. It was unexpected and he leaves a void among land speed racers. Mike was always supportive of my endeavors in LSR and with the Boat Racers Reunion, which I cofounded with Don Edwards back in 2000. Mike would patiently explain the history of boat racing to me and he always had my back. With his and other people’s support the Boat Racers Reunion flourished for six long years. Mike was a man who tolerated little from people if they were the type to talk and not willing to take action. Mike also had his feuds and they were many, but then he wouldn’t have been a typical hot rodder, boat racer and land speed guy if he didn’t have opinions and strong ones at that. You couldn’t pass bull around Mike. You had to butt heads and tell him exactly what you believed and then you gained his respect. It wasn’t that he lacked tact, but that he was an impatient man to achieve the goals in front of him. Maybe that’s why he was a fireman; you don’t pussyfoot around with a fire, you kill it. You stomp on the flames and you fight it. That’s the way he approached life in general and racing; you give it your all and you don’t hide behind excuses. 
   I really liked Mike. I never had to guess about his intentions. He and Dana Wilson formed a team and included their family and friends on it. We lost Dana a while back, but I really thought Iron Mike would live forever. Dana was the tactful one and Mike was the bull in the China shop. There were some meetings where I thought Dana and Mike might have to fight their way out. I’m going to have some people agree and others disagree with my opinion. Certainly there will be some who will say, “Are you serious, how could you like Mike and still be friends with…?” And then they would list the names of people I liked, but didn’t get along with Mike or Dana. 
   But that’s okay too. This is land speed racing and from the very first, a century and more ago, we have seen hard headed people in the sport. I wouldn’t expect anything else. It is this contentious spirit among land speed racers that makes the sport so interesting and gives it vitality and energy. I never felt that I had to make choices between who I liked and the rest of the group. I also realized that these guys (and gals) were often pig-headed and stubborn, but they would help you in a pinch and in a street fight you wanted them covering your back; all of them. I tried to get Mike to give me his bio on several occasions and I failed to get it, but I know his history is out there. He was a fascinating guy and I wished that I had learnt more from him. We will all miss him very much.
   Another subject that comes up frequently concerns WHEN you can see a new issue of the newsletter. Three websites carried our research, photographs and articles; www.hotrodhotline.com, www.bikerhotline.com and www.landspeedracing.com. Hotrodhotline and Bikerhotline were sold to Internet Brands and they continue to post most of what we used to send in. Internet Brands has a huge collection of websites and we may be able to use more websites to reach more people in the future. However, in dividing the websites and changing over to new programs and operating systems there are problems, though not insurmountable. Eventually the problems will be worked out and we will develop a working relationship with both ownership groups and the newsletter will return to a more orderly schedule. 
   Another problem that has arisen is that all the previous 275 issues have not been transferred over to the operating system at
www.landspeedracing.com, so all that you can see right now is issues number 276 and 277, plus this issue when it is ready. The owner of www.landspeedracing.com is busy trying to fix this problem and is certain that it is a short term situation. She believes it won’t be long before the new operating system is fixed and all 278 issues are readable on the website. The website owner has every issue on a back-up disk and in her system, so the material is safe, but at the present time you cannot google a subject and so there is no index available to find out what’s in the newsletters.
   That has presented us with problems regarding the events that you have sent in to me to post in the newsletter. Remember how I told you in the past that you needed to give me at least THREE weeks in order for me to post your event. Even at three weeks the newsletter would come out just a day or so prior to your activity. Lately I haven’t even been able to meet the three week rule. In some cases I haven’t even been able to post your event even given five weeks. I know that this has angered some of you who were expecting a bigger turnout and that didn’t happen. I need to remind all of you that the
Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter is a HISTORICAL research publication and not a current events newsletter. We try and accommodate those of you who have events that interest straight-line racers and hot rod shows if we can.
   We actually have a pretty good record of helping people and events over the last five years, but we aren’t perfect and we never will be. There are other groups out there who do a better job of promoting current events and when they give us their websites, we post them. A few are
www.socalcarculture.com, www.benchracing.com, www.oilstick.com, www.sctanews.com and many more fine websites. The biggest problem isn’t the occasional lapses of websites; they are YOUR fault. I’ve nagged you incessantly about having a member of your car show or event assigned as your media representative and advertising chairman. You need to do a better job of notifying the public. If you are as well-known as the L.A. Roadster Club then you probably don’t need an advertising committee. But after that group I can honestly say; you don’t advertise well and you don’t advertise often enough. I’ve written several articles that might help you in this regard; Public Access TV, Looking for Sponsors, and Vanity Publishing. I’ve also editorialized how you can promote your event.
   Promoting an event isn’t brain surgery. Anyone can do it. Sure it is tedious and boring as heck; one of the less glamorous jobs in your club. One person or a group can do it. It requires that you agree on what you want to do, find the venue site that you can afford, set the date far enough into the future so that you can prepare and advertise and then hold the event, clean up afterward and pay off the bills. Simple as that; well not quite, but not impossible either. Your committee (sometimes a group of one) finds all the websites and media outlets, starts a promotion and advertising schedule and sends out notices periodically. Notifying the media a year in advance is ideal, with monthly PR (Public Relations) releases. 
   Don’t over fuss your PR release with graphics or stylistic phrases. I’m sick and tired of hearing that your show will be “magnificent, awesome, out of this world, magnifique, outstanding, one of a kind, never seen before, stupendous, ad nauseum.” If you send me a release with nothing but adjectives, then you’ve told me nothing and I WILL CUT those words out. Any graphics should be sent to our photographic editor, Roger Rohrdanz or to the website operator. I’ll handle the text. Write your notices as if you were asking your neighbor to come to your show. Tell us WHAT it is that you are organizing, WHEN it is going to be held, WHERE it is going to be, WHO might be in attendance and maybe add a WHY we should be there too. Search the internet for websites that offer free spots, as well as paid ads, for shows such as yours; and send your announcements out on a list. 
   Send one announce a month out to your list for the first nine months. In the third and second month prior to your show send an announcement every other week. In the month prior to your event send out a weekly announcement. Vary the content even though this means more work for you. Editors get sick and tired of the same message and after awhile we simply delete what you send us unread. Make your announcements short, for websites often have a limitation on how much space they will give you for a free spot. Drop a lot of names, such as, “Jay Leno has come to our event for the last three years in a row.” Make it interesting, such as, “Boyd Coddington is going to do a rebuild of a roadster in an eight hour period, and you just won’t believe it until you see it.” Tell us a little about the people involved in your show and their cars or motorcycles. Always leave us with tantalizing snippets of your next PR release to come. Do this and you will make it easier on us grouchy old editors.
   Finally, don’t overlook publication of your program, history of your car club or the people in it. Vanity publishing can be inexpensive and easy if you know what to do. Another source of immense value is free public access TV. Once you take the local cable channel’s class on producing videos for public access TV, you might even be able to use their equipment for free or a small charge. Public access TV is shown during prime time and the cable companies love car related programming. You can’t take advertising on your show, but you can leave up banners in the background with your contact information. Public access TV is the most effective and the least utilized of advertising for small groups with limited advertising budgets.


Staff notes; Bad news from Jack's Garage, a hot rodder's hangout.
Sorry to tell you all that Leo Dempsey passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 6:20 a.m.   No arrangements yet.   Nita Underwood
I'm so sorry to hear this. Leo was at the Garage on April 6th and we were all glad to see him.  I'm glad I sat beside him and we talked.  It is a sad day.  JD Tone
JD: If you see an obituary will you let me know so that I can publish it.
I saw Leo on Thursday, April the 11th. He told me he was doing OK. We all kidded him that Don Rackemann ate his crumb donut that Richard had got him. He didn't seem to mind. He will be missed.   Max Kranz
Jack Underwood is in the Huntington Valley Healthcare Nursing Home, at 8382 Newman Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. The phone number is 714-842-5551.   I think he will be in Bed 42A. Visiting hours are 9am thru 6pm. You must use Beach Blvd to reach Newman. Turn East on Newman from Beach Blvd. Newman is between Slater and Talbert. Nita Underwood
Readers: Jack Underwood (and Ak Miller) got me started in tracing hot rod and land speed racing history. Jack was honored by the Dry Lakes Racers Hall of Fame in Buellton, California for his work in archiving hot rodding history. There is a story on him and the regulars of the Jack’s Garage group at www.hotrodhotline.com


Staff notes: the information on Mike Waters funeral could not be processed in time to inform the general public, but we are posting it here as an official record. I would also like to have a biography or obituary for Mike as he was a very important person in boat and car racing and we need to honor him.
     The funeral information for Mike Waters is on the SCTA website.  The funeral is Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  There is no obituary yet.  See; http://www.scta-bni.org/health-welfare.html.   SCTA Racing News - Health and Welfare.  Services for Mike Waters are as follows:
1) LA County Fire Department Flag ceremony: Monday April 8th – 10am, Fire Station 84, 5030 West Avenue L-14, Quartz Hill, CA.
2) Viewing: 4 – 7pm with rosary at 7pm, Joshua Memorial Park, 808 East Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA. 
3) Mass: 10am Tuesday April 9, 2013, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 565 West Kettering St, Lancaster, CA. 
4) Gravesite following Mass: Joshua Memorial Park, 808 East Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA. 
5) Reception to follow: Leona Valley Community Center, 8367 Elizabeth Lake Rd, Leona Valley, CA. 
   In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to SAVE THE SALT in the name of Mike Waters.  Sent in by Jerry Cornelison, secretary of the SCTA.


Leslie Long and Gene Mitchell’s Santa Ana Drag Strip and Main Street Malt Shop Reunion was held on Saturday, April 13, 2013. A full report is planned soon.


Staff notes: John Ewald sent in this website which has original factory brochures for many American car manufacturers by year and model.  http://www.lov2xlr8.no/broch1.html.  Two other sources that have a tremendous selection of such material is the Nethercutt Collection in San Fernando Valley and the Automotive Driving Museum (ADM) in El Segundo.


April 9, 2013 Road Runner Meeting: The Road Runners are pleased to welcome three new Club members: Bridget Wester, R.J. Gottlieb and Josh Oliver. Bridget Wester has been associated with the Road Runners for several years as part of the Harris & Wester race team. She has been active in helping organize and conduct several Road Runners social activities, most notably, our Annual Awards Banquet. Bridget, along with husband and fellow Road Runner, Dale, were awarded the Harvey Haller Memorial Trophy for outstanding service to our Club for 2012. Bridget joins as a Associate Member.
   R.J. Gottlieb joins as a Road Runners - SCTA Member. R.J. has an extensive racing background that includes the Silver State Classic Challenge, Mohave Mile, Mojave Magnum, Texas Mile, IMSA GTU & GTO, SCCA Trans-Am, Virginia City Hill Climb and NHRA Super Stock & Pro-Stock. Much of his racing has been campaigning the iconic "Big Red Camaro" since 1988.
   Josh Oliver joins the Road Runners as an Associate Member. Josh is a professional filmmaker who has joined The Big Red Camaro race team to document their attempt for land speed records at El Mirage and the Bonneville Salt Flats. He specializes in filming auto racing activities and has been involved related TV productions.
   The Road Runners - SCTA welcome The Big Red Camaro Team to our Club! Very glad to have them join our 76 year old Land Speed Racing organization. Looking forward to seeing them run the opening SCTA event at El Mirage in May. Especially looking forward to seeing them run Speedweek at Bonneville in August!! Welcome to the Road Runners guys! (Crew Chief Dave Ward will be joining the Road Runners at our May meeting.) Jerry Cornelison, Road Runners - SCTA (est 1937)


Staff notes: Chris Wickersham sent in the history of the Pasadena Roadster Club 
                        THE EARLY YEARS. 
   Pasadena has been a center for hot rodding from the formative days of the activity. As early as the 1920’s hopped up cars have been found on the city’s streets and area rodders have made contributions to the development of the hobby. Pasadenian Earl Mansell hosted the first organized lakes meet, the Southern California Championship Sweepstakes, at Muroc in 1927. The city was the home of early speed shops, including those opened by Jack Eisen, Al Hawkins, Don Blair and Reg Schlemmer. It was also the birthplace of several early car clubs.    
   By the mid 1930’s, two clubs had been formed in the Pasadena area, the Night Flyers and the Velociteers. The Night Flyers were involved with the hosting of dry lakes time trials prior to the formation of the Southern California Timing Association in 1937, and both clubs joined the association after its inception. The Night Flyers were composed of two separate, yet related, branches, one in Pasadena and the other in nearby Sierra Madre. The Sierra Madre chapter shortened its name to simply “Flyers” prior to World War II, and the Pasadena branch appears to have become inactive with the onset of hostilities.    
   After the War ended, rodders began thinking about their cars and clubs again. The two remaining Pasadena area clubs, the Velociteers and Flyers, got together in October, 1945 and joined forces to form the Pasadena Roadster Club. The new group became the premier club of the Pasadena area, participating in dry lakes time trials, and early hot rod shows with many beautiful and innovative cars.
                      THE CLUB IS REBORN.
   In 2002, seven enthusiasts who were interested in the traditional early “Roadster” and the history of the Southern California Hot Rodding met and discussed the idea of re-creating the Pasadena Roadster Club. Some had running “Roadsters” while others had a project sitting in the garage waiting to be put together. Later that year, The Pasadena Roadster Club was re-born.    
   It was thought that there was not a lot of interest in the old traditional “Roadsters” but as the club members got their cars on the street where they could be seen, others came forth who also had early Hot Rods or the makings of one. In the next few years, the club grew to sixteen members, most with a running “Roadster.” Members are required to have an original bodied, 1936 or older, traditional “Roadster,” which includes Roadsters, Roadster Pickups, Phaetons, Tourings, Cabriolets and Modifieds, with engine and other major mechanical components of 1953 or earlier manufacture. Vehicles with newly constructed bodywork, frames and/or chassis components are not acceptable.    
   Club Meetings are held once a month with special events and outings thru the year. Some of our members compete at our local Dry lakes and also make the annual trek to Bonneville. Each spring, the Pasadena Roadster Club stages a re-creation of the original Reliability Runs which brings out traditional “Roadsters” with participants not only from California but also other states.                                      
                    ORIGINAL RELIABILITY RUNS. 
   Hot rods did not have a good reputation with the public in the late 1940’s. The cars were seen as dangerous nuisances on the roads of Southern California. The Pasadena Roadster Club worked hard to try to counter this reputation by working with local law enforcement, civic and community leaders to cast the rodding activity in a more positive light. In this endeavor, one of the Club’s main activities was the hosting of an annual Reliability Run. The Run focused on adherence to the rules of the road, and the ability of the machines to reliably negotiate a variety of road and driving conditions.   
   The first run was held in late 1947 and was restricted to earlier open hot rods which included Roadsters, Roadster Pickups, Phaetons, Tourings, Cabriolets and Modifieds. The run was later opened up to other cars including a few coupes and even some Sports Cars were welcomed. The Reliability Runs were eventually jointly sponsored with another Pasadena club, the Pacers, and were held until the Pasadena Roadster Club became inactive in the early 1950’s.    
   Five runs in all were staged with all of them starting from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The routes were over one hundred miles long and varied from year to year. Our local mountains and desert provided a good test of the reliability of the hot rods with Check Points set up along the way to insure each participant stayed on the prescribed course and adhered to the average speed set forth in the route instructions. There were secret speed traps and those found to be exceeding the posted speed limit were penalized. The early runs proved to be very popular and garnered national attention with articles in widely distributed publications.                
   Early in 2004, The Club discussed the possibility of re-creating the original Reliability Run. Thru research, the original route information was found. The original route started at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and went thru Little Tujunga Canyon and on to Acton. The return route was over the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles Crest Highway and finished at the Rose bowl. A reconnaissance was made and it was determined that most of the original roads were still in place and the route of the first Reliability Run could be duplicated.    
   A list of some known roadster owners was put together and invitations were sent out. The Run would be restricted to early open hot rod “Roadsters” with emphasis placed on engines and other major mechanical components of 1953 or older manufacturer. The Club tried to replicate the original run and the cars as closely as practical. Prior to the date of the run, there was a lot of apprehension among the members. Would anyone really be interested in our passion to preserve a bit of hot rod history and could we organize and put on such of an event? Not only was there interest, the first re-creation was a great success.    
   Early on the morning of October 23rd, more than sixty “Roadsters” showed up at the Rose Bowl for the start. The participants were individually waved off and drove the original prescribed route with several check points, just like the old days. At the finish, after all the cars were accounted for, score sheets were tallied, and trophies were awarded. The participants had a great time and appreciated the efforts the Pasadena Roadster Club put into the event. The only question they had was, “When is the next one?”   
   In October of 2005, the second re-creation, Run #7, was held and also started and finished at the Rose Bowl. Thru word-of-mouth, more great traditional “Roadsters” turned out to make this run even better than the one before. Starting with Run #8, the Start/Finish was moved to the Pasadena City College, Adult Education Center in the eastern part of Pasadena, as The Club was encountering many difficulties with conflicting activities at the Rose Bowl. Runs #9 and #10 were expanded to include lunch for the drivers and navigators at the finish.                
   This annual event has become so popular that some applicants have to be turned away. The run is restricted to traditional style “Roadsters” with special consideration given to historically significant cars and cars that participated in the original runs. Only one hundred “Roadsters” are accepted, the same number as the original runs. The Selection Committee has a difficult job with all the quality traditional “Roadsters” applying for a starting number.    
   Historic Pasadena Roadster Club and Reliability Run Pictures from the album of Blackie Gold Courtesy of Pete Eastwood.      
I just read an article about direct injection in Motorcyclist magazine. Here's a link to it: http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/features/columns/122_1304_trickle_down_tech_from_cars/.  Mike Brakel


Speedway Motors and the Museum of American Speed were thrilled to host more than 60 members of the National Association of Automobile Museums for the 2013 NAAM Annual Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. Held March 19-22, the 2013 NAAM Conference brought together representatives from more than 35 museums from across the country to further the organization’s mission of elevating professionalism in the automobile museum field and creating recognition for its members. The conference included meetings and workshops on an array of topics ranging from creating strategic plans to digital archiving. 
   In addition to touring the world-class Museum of American Speed, conference attendees visited the nearby Strategic Air & Space Museum and an extensive private collection of specialty automobiles. Award-winning journalist, historian and racing enthusiast Gordon Eliot White, who serves as automotive advisor for the Smithsonian, provided the keynote address at the conference’s Friday night banquet. White shared entertaining tales from his career and his automotive pursuits, while reinforcing the value of significant cars and automotive achievements as “mechanical art” and “representations of men and women striving to achieve.” 
   On Thursday evening, “Speedy” Bill Smith helped welcome guests to the Museum of American Speed, a collection he founded with his wife, Joyce, more than 20 years ago to preserve, interpret and display historically significant racing and automotive items. Smith related stories of how he began collecting automotive parts – even before they were considered historic – simply because he was fascinated by the ingenuity and creativity required to develop and manufacture them. Acquiring racing artifacts and sharing them with others has been a byproduct of his unwavering passion for racing and automotive performance, Smith said. For more information on the National Association of Automobile Museums and the 2013 Annual Conference, visit naam.museum
   For details on the Museum of American Speed and photos from the conference, visit MuseumofAmericanSpeed.com, or check out the museum’s Facebook page at facebook.com/MuseumofAmericanSpeed.


I have been chosen to be the vintage race car class manager at this year’s Palos Verdes Concours d’ Elegance which will be held on September 15, 2013. I am working on getting pre-1970 Dry Lakes, Bonneville, Belly Tanks, and roadsters that transitioned to NHRA dragsters. I got the Swamp Rat and Shirley Muldowney’s top fuel dragster. I need the land speed cars. Can anyone help me?  Robin Millar, millarkey@aol.com.


Valerie Thompson, owner/driver of Valerie Thompson Racing, will return to Wilmington Ohio's Airborne Park for the East Coast Timing Association's Hot Rod Magazine Top Speed Challenge, April 27-28, 2013. The Top Speed Challenge is the ECTA's season opening featuring 200 mph street legal cars and motorcycles with prizes and awards for the fastest racing time in only two classes - Street and Super Street. Last year, Thompson set three land speed records during the ECTA's Ohio Mile and Throttle Nation Top Speed Challenge events with her BMW S 1000 RR. Thompson has already earned membership to the Texas Mile 200 MPH Club this year with a personal best speed of 212 mph. For event details and records, visit http://www.ecta-lsr.com. Sent in by Eric Studer


The newest information on the car is that the running gear and chassis is from 1931, not 1929 as first thought. So it would have had to have been built after 1931. I also decided to cover the car with aluminum foil just to give people a visual image of what the car would have looked like back when it was built or run. If you could post a few of these that would be very much appreciated. Many people are unable to visualize what the car would have looked like with only the birdcage body frame visible. Even as we were sheathing it with the foil the visual transformation was amazing to us and it made quite a difference in how the car looked. James McLynas
The link http://forums.aaca.org/f169/1930-pierce-arrow-land-speed-record-348722.html, on AACA is about a car we recently discovered and are seeking information on. Would anyone at the Society of Land Speed Racing possibly have any information on it? The only thing I know is that it was in a warehouse in Ormond Beach until 1988. There was no registration as it was never titled for road use and only has 35 miles on the odometer which I assume was for speed runs and testing. The Pierce Arrow engine numbers are not in the registry. So it is a real puzzle. With such a unique car, SOMEBODY had to have seen it somewhere. There are no other identifying tags or information on the car other than the build techniques and the parts used. James McLynas
James: I will post your link and request on our website at www.landspeedracing.com and see if any of our readers can identify this car. Do you have a provenance and/or the previous owners of the car? What does the registration indicate? Are there any metal dash plaques indicating that the car ran at Bonneville, the dry lakes or any other land or endurance speed venue sites? Whatever you can tell us would help to jog memories. You can also call our Society's President, Jim Miller, at 818-846-5139.





















Staff notes: Here is additional information on the Pierce/Arrow.
The AMERICAN PICKER’S TV SHOW discovered a Pierce Arrow LSR car from 1931 or later. Frame and running gear all appear to be 1931 Pierce Arrow with numerous modifications like the engine relocated to the point it almost scrapes the ground, lower in blocks, custom controls, etc. It has a 300MPH speedometer. The body was originally canvas like the old planes of the 1920's and you can still see some of it on the aluminum birdcage frame. The engine numbers are 44363 K*A*5, Trans numbers are T-74-178.
In the 1930’s there were a number of "Specials" built that looked like LSR cars but were really street speedsters. An L29 was built as a movie prop for a Jimmy Stewart Movie around 1937.
There are too many special features on this car for it to have been a "street speedster" or some other road going variant. There were never any lights or brake lights or even a rear window or mirrors to see out of on the car. The compression was so high on the engine that they literally welded the spark plugs to the head so that they would not blow them out of the socket on the speed run. The engine and trans are so low in the frame that with the air out of the tires, the trans is touching the ground. With air in the tires there would be about 4 inches of ground clearance. You would never have done anything like that on a 30's road car with the condition of those roads, but 4 inches of ground clearance is fine for sand. Four custom built intakes with ceramic throats for four separate carbs. A custom modified exhaust manifold that again was ceramic coated inside and out. A machined and fabricated mechanical linkage for opening all four carbs with adjustments for each, extended controls to move the passenger compartment back to the rear axle area and aircraft grade body ribs with smoothed over countersunk aircraft rivets. A hood that opens outward like a clam but then unpins at each hinge, a special hand fabricated gear assembly to turn the 300mph speedometer (P-40 Aircraft gauges) and on and on. This was built to go fast, not run on the streets like the car in the 1936 Jimmy Stewart movie which was a road going movie prop. There is no doubt it was a land speed car. It may not have been successful, but they were trying to go as fast as possible. What the intent of the build actually was, we may never know.
AB Jenkins set 40 records in an almost stock 1932 Pierce Arrow so speed records come in all shapes and sizes.


The SCTA Racing News has a list of obituaries for their members posted in their Health and Welfare section at www.scta-bni.org/, you can google and read something about these land speed racers.
04/02/13: Mike Waters
03/19/13: Margaret Bryant
02/28/13: Johnny Wofford
02/05/13: Al ‘Shakey’ McKee, Russetta Timing Association (Screwdriver club)
01/10/13: Robert C. (Bob) Westbrook, Jr,
12/27/12: Tony Waters
12/14/12: John Wesley Hunt
12/03/12: John Bradley
11/27/12: Bud Jones
11/21/12: Jerry Tanberg and Dave Blayney
10/31/12: Phil Freudiger
09/18/12: Clark 'Butch' Phillips
08/15/12: Jim Lyon
08/09/12: Larry Burford
07/18/12: Ron Hammel
06/21/12: Glen Hill
05/21/12: Willie H. Glass
05/16/12: Neil Thompson Sr
05/02/12: Julian Doty
04/14/12: Bob Oppermann
04/13/12: Bob Biehler
03/29/12: Rudy Eleff


HEY, LET’S GET SERIOUS. By Le Roi Tex Smith 
   About alternate power sources for hot rods, I mean. Like, there is an end to the rainbow, you know, and it doesn’t include the automotive engine as we know it today. And even today’s engine/trans/diff equation is far afield from what I was introduced to back in the l930s. Back then, gasoline was under l0 cents a gallon, my stepdad knew where there were plenty of pipeline drips so we didn’t even pay for gas around our eastern Oklahoma digs, and for us, l00 mph was a phenomenal speed our old T’s and As never knew. And the only hard surface road was a cobblestone main street in town and the cement road between Oklahoma City and Tulsa (and beyond).   
   Yet, the engines we had then are basically the same as we use now, in the space age. As hot rodders we have continued to refine our old engineering, but there is a brave new frontier emerging, a place where hot rodders should be first and foremost in utilization. True, some of it is merely carryon, some is adaptation, but some is remarkably innovative. Let’s get on board. 
   A long time back, while I was at Hot Rod magazine, I got a story from Washington about a roadster using a jet turbine engine. At about the same time there was a lot of hype coming from Chrysler about their possible use of turbines in production cars (they made a few and had them on the road for a year of so for testing). Lots of fun to drive. Fast forward to now. Move your computer mouse to Google and punch in Info@cyclonepower.com. Here we have an ancient power idea coupled to one of more recent venture. Steam and rotary. It looks really interesting, and at least this concept is to the raising capital stage. 
   You’ll note that the Rankine rotary radial engine, which was developed into the Wankel type engine, supplies a very smooth transition of linear to crankshaft rotation. Whether the Wankel problem of seals has been addressed I don’t know. Don’t care, am more interested in the idea of a full recovery steam system. To me, this makes the current electric schemes old timey. Still, the electric drive makes real sense, especially when there is a small internal combustion engine producing the electricity in some manner. I think there is real possibility for a hot rod to be built as an electric, especially using a donor such as Toyota. 
   Already, Australia roads are awash with what they call Gas powered cars, what in America would be called LPG powered vehicles. In OZ, the problem of fuel distribution was faced years ago so that now down under rodders simply equip their supercharged big block guzzler with LPG (which is called gas as versus Petrol which we call gas). Australia has a world supply of natural gas, now they have it available at virtually every fuel stop, and it comes in at about half price of petrol (which equals about $6.50 a gallon US). For years, AK Miller touted propane as car fuel, but the large oil companies simply did not want to make the investment that production and delivery would require.  
   Then there is Hydrogen as a fuel. It is possible, even highly desirable, but again it is a technology that will require an investment that is staggering. Whatever, here is the area where astute hot rodders should be dancing, perhaps at first simply for race cars (already all this is showing at Bonneville), and then transferred to the streets of the world. Then, you simply put in your mega-sound system of blown fuel burning V8s and hook the amps to the gas/steam/whatever pedal.


Staff notes: the following events were posted on www.hotrodhotline.com.  Some are one day events and other events are a series of shows.  Go to Hotrodhotline and read the full articles and event schedules.
1) Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has 19 blockbuster events during their 30th anniversary season.        
2) The 2013 National Street Rod Association schedule is full of street rod events across the country. 
3) GoodGuys Meguiar's 13th Del Mar Nationals, April 5-7, 2013.  Over 2,500 Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks up thru 1972.  All American Sunday.  Goodguys Autocross.  Vendor & Manufacturer Exhibits. Ahwooga.com Swap Meet.  AutoTrader Classics Cars 4 Sale Corral.  Goodguys Nitro Thunderfest.  Contest, Clowns & More.   
4) NSRA Southwest Street Rod Nationals Plus.  April 12-14, 2013.  State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK. No mail-in entries accepted after Friday, March 22, 2013.  Discount available through Friday, March 22, 2013. 
5) The Great Race Meets Back to the Fifties this summer in St Paul, Minnesota, June 22-30, 2013.  The Great Race is a cross-country rally that pits driver and navigator teams against the clock and each other competing in vehicles built before 1969.     
6) Somernites Cruise in Somerset, Kentucky.  "The Ultimate Cool Car Cruise In The Heartland."  Held every 4th Saturday, April thru October, from 1-7pm; Rain or Shine in downtown Somerset, Kentucky.      
7) NHRA Motorsports Museum's 11th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA, at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, June 13-15, 2013.          
8) East Coast Indoor Nationals.  The largest All-American pre-1973 car and custom motorcycle show and marketplace on the East Coast in December at the Timonium Fairgrounds, in Timonium, Maryland.  $7000 in cash awards for categories like Best in Show, Best Paint, Best Muscle Car, Best Custom and many more. 


Main Street Malt Shop Reunion list of those who have attended in the past. Compiled by Bill and Marie Jenks. Retyped by Richard Parks, April 14, 2013. The following are those invited to the picnic and may not be those who actually hung out at the Malt Shop in the 1930’s through the early ‘60’s.

Albert, John and Nancy 
Alger, Dick and Barbara
Alger, Kat and Jack
Arnett, Don and Lou
Auger, Jerry
Beauchamp, Robert
Beam, Bob and Ila
Betz, Stanley
Bradley, Tom
Brick, Paul
Brott, James
Brown, Ernie
Burnett, Wayne
Carr, Delbert and Mary
Carse, Jim and Jean
Childers, Richard
Castro, Abe
Clark, Betty
Clark, Nora
Clayton, Gordon
Clever, Merle
Corn, Dick
Corn, Tom
Couch, Morey and Norma
Couch, Bernard
Courtney, Dick
Cox, Merle and Ruth
Cumberworth, Don and Shirley
DeShazo, Harry and Betty
Dodd, Mel
Dietz, Peggy and Dick
Dority, Bob
Dority, Ray and Sam
Dorman, Joe
Ellis, Gene
Evans, Vern
Farney, Howard and Win
Farney, Milton
Felkner, Roy
Fitzgerald, Bob
Ford, Norman
Gavin, Pat
Gaxiola-Baca, Thelma
Golden, Jack
Gross, Bob
Guptill, Jim and Donna
Hagge, Dave
Hagthrop, Ed and Alice
Haiber, Dick and Margret
Haug, Beverly
Haysom, Bob
Heywood, Don and Roundy
Hennessy, Jean and John
Henry, Spence and Nin
Herbert, Chet
Hollis, Bill and Dorie
Holman, Dick
Howard, Kenny
Hunter, Creighton
Jenks, Bill and Marie
Jennings, Jim and Maybelle
Jensen, Don and Helen
Jewell, Bob
Johnson, Laurence
Jones, Bill and Shirley
Jones, Milton
Kredel, Ed
Kretzinger, Ron
Laurence, Ben
Little, Don
Long, Leslie
Lyon, Eddie
Mahoney, James
Manning, Harry and Naomi
Martin, Dexter
Martin, Omar
Martinez, Margaret
McBride, John
McQueen, Fred
Menefee, Mel
Mohler, Bob
Morgan, Jack and Bobbie
Morris, Ollie and Marjorie
Nelson, J.T.
Osborn, Harry
Otto, Bobbie
Ozbirn, Jim
Pomeroy, Van
Rawding, Jim and Jeanne
Reynolds, Ross
Richards, Don and Barbara
Richman, Joe
Riggle, Ed and Evelyn
Roberts, Duane
Robinson, Bernie
Ryssman, Otto
Scott, Bill
Shaw, Bob
Sheffer, Don
Simpson, Ray
Sitton, Chuck
Smith, Ron
Spencer, Patty
Spies, Herold and Joy
Stephens, Charlene
Stevens, Carl and Marion
Teague, Roy and Lois
Thomas, Bill
Tuttle, Don
Underwood, Jack
Vetter, Chet
Voegtly, Al
Voegtly, Ed and Dottie
Walker, Jim
Warden, Jim
Whitaker, Bill
Wilson, Barbara
Wilson, Doug
Wilson, Vic and Helen
Wolf, Eva


The next list was compiled by Leslie Long of the racers that he knows of who raced at the Santa Ana Airport Drag Races from July 2, 1950 until the end of December, 1950. (compiled on 14 February 2008).
NAME               CLASS
Aggi, John            4 barrel
Baguall (Bagnall), Jack  30-50 Motorcycle
Beck, Ray            Stripped Coupe
Bell, Donald           Roadster
Berry, Bill             4 barrel
Better, Charles         Motorcycle
Bigelow, Kenny        Stock Coupe
Blakeman, Jack        74-80 Motorcycle
Camino, Chuck        Coupe
Campbell, Danny       1949-50
Christensen, Dick      Coupe-Competitor
Cobb, Tom           Stripped Coupe
Crain, Allen           Stock Sedan
Creiger, I.J.           1949-50
Culp & Phillips         Stripped Coupe
Dawson, Harold        Stock Sedan
Day, Dick             Stock Coupe
Dodd, Melvin          Stock Coupe
Dugan, Bob           Sedan
Edmunds, Don         Modified
Evans, James         Stripped Coupe
Ewell, Jack            Competition Sedan
Farnaman, Homer      1940-50
Gilpin, W.C.           30-50 Motorcycle
Glover, George         Roadster
Grant, George          30-50 Motorcycle
Guthridge, Bill          40 Motorcycle
Herzog, Bob & Thurmon  Stripped Coupe
Hill, Bill                Roadster
Hoff, Bill               Motorcycle
Hood, Bud             74-80 Motorcycle
Howmann, Ivan         4 barrel
Hutton, Johnny         “The Beast” Motorcycle
Kasparoff, Vic          1949-52
Kent, Art              4 barrel
Keys, Al              Motorcycle
Kraft, Dick            Modified
Krieger, Joe           1949-51
Kuykendall, Bob        Stripped Coupe
LaBlanc, Joe          74-80 Motorcycle
Landis, G.T.           Stripped Sedan
Leon’s Auto Parts       Roadster
Lockhart, Don         30-50 Motorcycle
Lockhart, Paul         30-50 Motorcycle
Lockhart, Pete         40 Motorcycle
Macias, Danny (or Mathias)  Motorcycle
Mailliard, Joe          Stock Coupe
Marshall, Al           Stripped Sedan
Martin, Omar          Stripped Sedan
McGurk, Frank        Stripped Coupe
McLaughlin, Tom      Heavy Sedan
Milton, Bob           61 Motorcycle
Moon, Dean          Sedan, R
Nelson, Paul          61 Motorcycle
Nicholson, Bruce      Roadster
Nicholson, Don        Roadster
Nicholson, H.E.       Stock Coupe
Norton, Ray          Roadster
Papworth, J.B.        Stock Coupe
Perriott, Bud          30-50 Motorcycle
Rice, Calvin
Rice, Harold          Street Roadster
Roan, Lee           4 barrel
Robinson, Bruce       Roadster
Ryssman, Otto        Stripped Sedan
Scurlock, W.G.        Roadster
Shank, William        61 Motorcycle
Silver, George         4-Cylinder
Smaldino, Vic         4 barrel
Snyder, Corky         Modified
Stecher, Jack (or Stecker) Roadster
Thomas, John         Stripped Coupe
Titus, Al              30-50 Motorcycle
Torvick, Joe          Stock Coupe
Valoff, Jim            Stock Sedan
Vogzero, Jim          Roadster
Voloff, Jim            Pre-42
Walker, Larry          Coupe, R
Weir, Dick            30-50 Motorcycle
White, Howard         Stock Car
Williamson & Christensen  Stripped Sedan
Wilson, Burrell         Stock Coupe
Wilson, Vic           Stock Coupe
Woods, Jim           Stripped Coupe
Zuesnel, Jerry         Stock Sedan


Staff notes: The following was sent in by Scrub Hansen.
   A bill (S.B. 459) has been amended in the California Senate that would authorize the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to provide other forms of financial assistance to an owner to retire a motor vehicle. This assistance would be in addition to the $1,500 the Bureau currently pays to a low-income motor vehicle owner and the $1,000 to all other motor vehicle owners.  In addition, this bill would require BAR to establish a specified one-year pilot program to provide financial assistance to low-income motor vehicle owners for the retirement of gross-polluting vehicles, but would prohibit BAR from requiring proof that these vehicles were registered for the last 2 years prior to acceptance into the program. 
   If this effort is successful, hobbyists could be denied the availability of vintage cars and parts for restoration projects. A hearing on S.B. 459 is scheduled for the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. We Urge You to Contact Members of the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to S.B. 459.   
S.B. 459 represents an attempt by California lawmakers to dust off a tired, flawed and ineffective scrappage program using your tax dollars.    
S.B. 459 ignores the fact that all scrappage programs hold the potential for enthusiasts to lose a valuable source of rare parts for vehicle restoration projects.  
S.B. 459 is unfair to many of the low-income vehicle owners the bill seeks to target by potentially denying them available parts from older cars in order to maintain their own vehicles.   
S.B. 459 embraces the fact that most scrapped cars are infrequently or never used second or third vehicles by not requiring proof of registration.   
S.B. 459 will do little to improve air quality which is directly connected to overall basic vehicle maintenance.  
Please contact members of the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee immediately to urge their opposition to S.B. 459. Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee   To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below: senator.desaulnier@sen.ca.gov; senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov; senator.beall@senate.ca.gov; senator.cannella@senate.ca.gov; senator.galgiani@senate.ca.gov; senator.hueso@senate.ca.gov; senator.lara@senate.ca.gov; Senator.Liu@senate.ca.gov; senator.pavley@senate.ca.gov; senator.roth@senate.ca.gov; Senator.Wyland@senate.ca.gov


Dear Car Show Enthusiasts,
For the past 6 years John Force Racing and our Cruise Night Car Shows have been supporting the Orange County Food Bank by collecting food and money for this worthwhile organization. We truly believe that if we can do our part to help this outstanding organization, that many many more hot rodders and car show fans will also step up and help in any way that they can.
Please find attached a flyer promoting the OC Food Bank’s annual “Race To Heal Hunger” gala event on Saturday, April 27th. If you can get a group of friends from your car club or just show your family a good time, please buy tickets and enjoy an awesome night out supporting a great organization. The organization has experienced extreme demands on its food supplies and donations in recent years due to the tough economy.
And then don’t forget to tell everyone about the
John Force Cruise Night Car Show on Saturday, May 4
th at the John Force RaceStation in Yorba Linda, CA. This first cruise night will be hosted by the Television & Motion Picture Car Club (TMPCC). This club will be bringing a few of their movie cars that I’m sure you’ll recognize from various TV shows and movies! Let everyone know and let’s bring LOTS of cool cars and LOTS of canned food to kick off the cruise night season. Every can donated gets a ticket to win a Sanyo big screen TV!!!!!




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