NEWSLETTER 280 - May 7, 2013
Editor: Richard Parks, Rnparks1@Juno.com 
President of the Society: Jim Miller, 1-818-846-5139.
Photographic Editor of the Society
: Roger Rohrdanz, beachtruck@juno.com
Northern California Reporter: Spencer Simon, sparklecraftspecial@yahoo.com
Field Reporter/Historian: Bob Falcon, RFalcon500@aol.com

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Guest Editorial by ‘Dyno’ Don Batyi; Staff Editorial, by Richard Parks; CY YEDOR. By Art Evans; ODE TO CY Yedor. By Bill Pollack; STAFF NOTES; Art Evans sends in the following; STAFF NOTES: Evelyn Roth has a pictorial story on the Axes and Axles Car Show in Santa Maria, California; Ron Main sent in this link to a trailer on a new Bonneville movie titled OUT OF NOTHING; Here is the new issue of the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE magazine; STAFF NOTES: If any of the members of the SLSRH would like to write a book, movie, magazine or newspaper review, you can submit it to me to publish in the newsletter and I will also approach Hotrodhotline to see if they will accept it as well; STAFF NOTES: the following came in too late to make our deadline; STAFF NOTES: a reader sent in this link on the new Canadian ZENN car (zero emissions, no noise); THE REAL WAY ROUND, By Jonathan Yates; How can I respond to Robert Jimenez who is searching for information about his Jalopy Racing dad Nash?; The following letter comes from Spencer Simon, our Northern California reporter; Aussie Invader May 2013 Newsletter; I have attached the link to the trailer for our film, OUT OF NOTHING, as well as a brief description; 99. By Le Roi Tex Smith; STAFF NOTES: The following email was sent to us by ‘Dyno’ Don Batyi, and concerns California Assembly Bill 1002; STAFF NOTES: the newsletter cannot promise to get your car show or other event to the public in time, as we are a historical society and publish only when we have enough material to make it worthwhile to send another issue to the publisher; STAFF NOTES: the following was sent to us by SLSRH Reporter Bob Falcon; STAFF NOTES: The following article is from Glenn F. Campbell, the editor and publisher at www.autowriters.com; LAST CALL FOR OUR MOTHER'S DAY PERSONALIZED HOT ROD ARTWORK!; Carroll Shelby Annual Tribute and Car Show


Guest Editorial by ‘Dyno’ Don Batyi:  
   Regarding the California Assembly Committee on Transportation 1002. This vehicle registration tax that supports the sustainable communities strategies, increases the tax on vehicle registrations by $6, and much more, in some cases. I will be coming out with a more detailed bulletin in the near future on this summary, but I wanted to thank the car clubs that wrote letters. In this issue of the newsletter is a clip from the official summary.  After looking at the summary, I hope you can see how important it is to write letters. If we do not voice our views, we are giving the Legislators the "Green Light" to do whatever they want to our car hobby. The major associations supporting and opposing the bill are in the summary. "Dyno" Don Batyi


Staff Editorial, by Richard Parks:  
   Here is a copy of a letter that I wrote to someone recently; a written document is of the same value as an oral statement.  This means that BOTH can be 100 percent FALSE or 100% true, but likely somewhere in between.  Forget the term ERROR and instead use the term DOCUMENTED STATEMENT and UNDOCUMENTED STATEMENT.  What you must do in this case is to state it in terms of a quote; "Joe Blow drove the #12 car," his son Joe Blow Jr told me seventy years after the fact.  If on the other hand you have partial documentation, but no direct interview to quote, say this; "From all the records that I have found on the subject, Joe Blow never drove the #12 car," said the author of the story.  When an event has two opposing, but factual statements, the only way out is to stand by the quote.  Then go back, call Joe Blow Jr, tell him you have a quandary and to re-ask him in another way what he remembers. 
   Remind Joe Blow Jr of what he said in your first interview, and then ask the question again in a different way.  What we require here at the SLSRH is a written story that has a logical beginning, middle and end; and the facts are verified.  I expect that of anyone who submits material to the SLSRH.  Sometimes a writer jumps around and does not tie a disjointed story together, leaving the reader confused and asking questions.  I make this mistake too as Roger points out, "Richard, you are going off topic again," and "Richard, you are digressing."  That's why I surround myself with Bob Falcon, Jim Miller, Roger Rohrdanz, Mary Ann Lawford and others; they keep me on topic and they teach me a great deal.  Whenever a writer sends in a story, pass it by all of us first and get other people's opinions.  It will help you to avoid mistakes. 
   Now to another matter that is historical. I used to edit the Boat Racers Reunion Newsletter and the Car Racers Newsletter and for some reason I never kept copies. Evelyn Roth stored some of these newsletters in the past on her website at www.oilstick.com. Over the years I lost track of these two newsletters and now I am trying to find as many copies as I can. Their value may be limited but I remember that readers sent me some very good material and so if you happen to have any back issues please send them to me. All together there were more than 600 issues that were published.
   I have addressed this issue before. Some readers have resented the fact that we allow some members to post their comments in the Guest Editorial section and in the body of the newsletter. I look at all content that is sent in to me, and then I discuss it with Jim Miller and Roger Rohrdanz. After that the finished newsletter is sent to fifteen reviewers who are members of the SLSRH. If no one sees any fault with the newsletter then it is published. Later, if I receive a complaint I review it with Jim, Roger, Bob, Spencer and the publisher. If they think it needs rewording, changing or removal of the content then that’s what we do. We allow Guest Editorials and Letters to the Editor in the SLSRH Newsletter. That’s our policy because we view this newsletter as belonging to the total membership, which is about 1000 people. 
   Sometimes the content is political and hot rodders like to shy away from things that are political. But that’s impossible if you think about it. In the 1930’s and ‘40’s the government tried to outlaw hot rodding. They harassed us on the roads and the CHP made hot rodder’s lives miserable. Some of the young kids probably deserved to be treated roughly, but in many cases the authorities picked on hot rodders because we were unable to defend ourselves. That’s why groups like the SCTA, NHRA and SEMA were formed, to give the little guy, the car guy and racer a chance against “The Man.” Even today the CHP is still unpleasant to deal with. I know for I’ve had to deal with them. They’re the Highway Patrol and they often have a CHiP on their shoulder; big time. I’ll agree that they have a tough and dangerous job, but they always enjoy bullying those they ticket or stop regardless of who they are.
   It isn’t just California; for a lot of states raise money on our hobby and even try to outlaw us in some way or another. They limit the number of vehicles that we can put on our property, even if we fence it in and keep the old cars out of sight. They tell us what they consider a vintage auto is and what a junker is and then they try and get us to crush these old cars. They tax us to create a fund that pays people to crush cars; just WHAT effect do you think that will have on hot rodding and racing? They pressure us to close down our race tracks and move further from population centers and then they bitch when illegal street racing starts up again.  This isn’t a Liberal Democrat versus Conservative Republican sort of fight; it’s a war against those of us who own a hot rod or vintage car and those who view cars in general as a pollution machine that must be outlawed. It is a war waged by those who bicycle, walk or take mass transportation against those who own a vintage, classic or hot rod car and love the sport of automotive speed and cruising. It is a war between the individual and those who would use the state to coerce and control our every movement.
   This isn’t just an argument among cousins that will be resolved peacefully. This is a full school jihad against the car culture and they will outlaw, ban, tax and make your life miserable to fulfill their agenda against the car. Even though car makers have improved the performance and pollution controls on vehicles. Those who oppose us fight tooth and nail to control a minuscule amount of pollution and then turn a blind eye to the fact that China produces far more pollution and has many more cars than we do and India isn’t far behind in cars and pollution. Since the pollution bullies can’t stop the VAST pollution coming out of Asia, they are forced to harass hot rodders over a minuscule amount produced by our hobby. For every ounce of polluting materials they stop us from creating, the Asian giants produce a ton of pollutants. They are killing the mice but ignoring the elephants. This is a fight my father fought for 70 years. He bequeathed it to us and if we don’t fight back we’ll all have to change to bicycles for a speed hobby. I’m not against bicyclists. That’s a grueling sport and deserves respect. But we are a sport and we deserve respect too. So if you have a complaint about the Guest Editorials, talk to me. 


CY YEDOR. By Art Evans
   We have received the sad news that Cy Yedor passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at age 85 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Cy, Bill Pollack and me met at a hotel in San Felipe, Mexico. We had just finished a cross-Baja vintage open-road race from Ensenada. We selected Jay Chamberlain as our first recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award (for the Fabulous Fifties).   
   Yedor was one of the pioneers of the California Sports Car Club. Starting in 1953, he served as an official and member of the board of directors. At various times, he was a race starter as well as the Competition License Director. He is one of a small group without whom the club would not have been one of the most successful road racing organizations in the U.S. during the fifties.
   Cyril Bernard Yedor was born on August 23, 1927 in Chicago where he grew up as did his parents. The family moved to Southern California where Cy graduated from Fairfax High School. Then along came WWII and Cy served in the U.S. Navy. Yedor was not only a club official, but also an outstanding competitor. His first race was at Palm Springs in 1952 where he crashed his XK120 Jaguar. But his learning curve was steep. From then on and through 1956 he was in more than 50 races. He rarely placed lower than third, winning six main events overall.
   Cy is perhaps best known as the second owner of Ken Miles first MG Special (R-1). When Ken built his second special, the Shingle (R-2), the usual scenario for the Under- 1500 Main Event was Ken first and Cy second. But at Torrey Pines in 1954 and Santa Barbara in 1955, Cy was first overall. One event Cy remembered well is the so called “James Dean Race.” Dean entered his Porsche Speedster at the March 26-27, 1955 Palm Springs, his first outing. He won a preliminary race for small-bore production cars which qualified him to run in the Under-1500 Main Event. He ended up third overall behind Miles and Yedor.
   Cy commissioned a painting of himself in Ken’s first MG Special following Ken in the second MG Special at Pebble Beach. He very kindly gave me a print that hung in my Palm Springs home. In 1955, Cy received the Sam Collier Sportsmanship Award and, at Torrey Pines in 1956, the Pedigo Sportsmanship Award. My own remembrance of Cy was that he made me be a Turn Marshal at the first Riverside. A 300SL overturned in front of me and I had to pull the driver out the window amid pouring gasoline. He was also a friend of the family of my first girlfriend, Nancy Handler.
   After mustering out of the Navy, Yedor opened a machine shop and owned a foundry. He was well known, however, in Southern California as the president of Executive Car Leasing, a position he held for 30 years. My film company leased from him and, when I left the industry, he sold me a very excellent 300SEL Mercedes just off a three-year lease. I drove it for more than 300,000 miles. Cy had two children—Julie and Michael— and he lived in Beverly Hills with his wife, Judi. A member of the Del Rey Yacht Club, Yedor raced sailboats during the sixties (as did I during the same period). In 1967 he crewed on the famous TransPac race. In 1979, he was a crewmember on Salt Walther’s Indy 500 team.
   After retirement, Cy restored vintage Ferraris and entered concours. In addition, he sponsored and awarded the Ken Miles Trophy for the best-prepared and driven MG at the Monterey Historics. His son, Michael, drives in vintage events. Cy and I were friends for more than 50 years. In addition, for a time we were friendly rivals. He was a part, along with Bill Pollack and Ken Miles, who ran the California Sports Car Club during the fifties. I was a board member of the Los Angeles Region of the SCCA, headed by Lindley Bothwell. Both clubs put on races in Southern California. For the most part, the competitors belonged to both, but a race each month was about what could be handled, so there weren’t enough weekends and venues. It was finally settled in the early sixties when they merged so that now, there is just the Cal Club Region of the SCCA. 
   The last time I saw Cy was at the Riverside Raceway Museum during the Legends gathering on March 23. I feel fortunate in that we were able to have a few moments alone talking together. A private memorial was held at Cy and Judi’s home in Beverly Hills on May 5, 2013 with many relatives and friends in attendance.


ODE TO CY Yedor. By Bill Pollack
   Cy Yedor was my friend for over fifty years. I always thought of him as a wise man and I don't use that expression lightly. There are many stories I could tell about Cy but there is only one that for some reason has remained with me from the beginning that I've never been able to forget it.
   A number of years ago I was intrigued by a new car from the BMW factory called a Bavaria. This was the first large sedan or what would now be a midsize that the German company brought to this country. I drove one around the block a few times and decided that I had to have one. I found a slightly used Bavaria, and I was very close to making a deal for the car when I thought I'd better get a second opinion. My friend Cy was in the leasing business and dealt with all kinds of cars. I thought he would certainly have a good and accurate opinion to go by.
   I decided it was worth a trip to Beverly Hills to get Cy’s opinion to back up what I suspected was a really fine car. When we met, we chatted for a few minutes, discussing upcoming races. I finally broached the subject, “What do you think of the Bavaria?”  Cy looked at me, took off his glasses, and said, “They break.” I immediately jumped to the defense of my current opinion and said I am a good driver and I know how to take care of cars. In fact, I am very easy on cars. Cy just looked at me and put his glasses back on and said nothing.
   Of course, I went right out and bought the car. That was the beginning of my adventure with the Bavaria which during the next two years I replaced every moving part accept the license plates. The next time I saw Cy I told him he was right. And I asked him one last question, “Do you know anybody who can synchronize twin Solex carburetors?” Cy replied, “Not on this planet." The planet has lost a very wise man.   


STAFF NOTES; Art Evans sends in the following.
   Rufus Parnelli Jones has written a book: AS A MATTER OF FACT, I AM PARNELLI JONES. There was a book signing affair at my local Barnes & Noble on May 1, 2013. I was astounded by the number of folks who came; it must have been about 100. It’s the story of his life and I have just started to read it. But he writes well and it’s interesting reading. I recommend it. 
   You might want to check out Sir Patrick Stewart’s offering on Sir Stirling Moss, it’s an hour well spent. Google http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtRWhPQVAY8.     
   We have received word from Stephanie Huth that a history is being written about Willow Springs Raceway by her father, Bill Huth; and Stephanie is helping. Bill has owned and operated Willow Springs Raceway for many years. Stephanie asks that anyone who has any personal remembrances and/or photographs to contribute get in touch with her at shuth11@gmail.com. Or call 805-256-2471


STAFF NOTES: Evelyn Roth has a pictorial story on the Axes and Axles Car Show in Santa Maria, California. It is on her website at www.oilstick.com, dated May 4, 2013.


Ron Main sent in this link to a trailer on a new Bonneville movie titled OUT OF NOTHING. Google http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMIiBYhuk08.  Produced by Super Rat, Iron Gate Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226. (360) 961-0269. I left a message to see if I could get more details about the film and where it will be shown or if it is only coming out on disk.


Here is the new issue of the GEARHEAD GAZZETTE magazine. I am not sending out a hot news email blast this week as the new issue is packed full of events for this weekend and the next few months. Let me know what you think about this issue as it helps me make the next one better for you to enjoy. GEARHEAD GAZZETTE Issue #3 - 2013. http://www.gearheadgazzette.com/gg/current-issue/.  Jimmy Brandau, 


STAFF NOTES: If any of the members of the SLSRH would like to write a book, movie, magazine or newspaper review, you can submit it to me to publish in the newsletter and I will also approach Hotrodhotline to see if they will accept it as well. We need reviews and authors and movie producers appreciate reviews as well. If you have never written a review and would like my help just let me know. Two person reviews are even easier to write because I ask the questions and we both answer those questions. If you are tired of reading other critics reviews and want to write your own and see it in print, please let me know. Richard Parks


STAFF NOTES: the following came in too late to make our deadline.
   Gale Banks is doing another presentation at the NHRA museum on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 6 PM. Gale will talk about engines and racing and is being held at the same time as the Twilight Cruise Car show at the Museum. For more information call 909-622-2133.


STAFF NOTES: a reader sent in this link on the new Canadian ZENN car (zero emissions, no noise). It can only be sold in British Columbia and the United States.  Perhaps the SCTA will have a category for this car. Google the following link,


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How can I respond to Robert Jimenez who is searching for information about his Jalopy Racing dad Nash? I may have raced at some of the same venues as he did and Carpenteria was one of my favorite tracks; especially with its downhill front straightaway, where you were at "warp" speed going into the soft dirt of the north turn.  What a "Kick" that was.  What is the address and hours when Jack's Garage is open to visitors? I think I'd like to venture to see if I remember anyone from my active racen daze.  I was amazed to see George "Red" Hale and his 27-T Roadster at the Santa Ana Drags reunion. George and I were regulars of the group of Track Roadsters Racers that hung around Johnny Kelly's garage in the 1940's when the Track Roadsters were becoming the Entry Level racing for several future Indianapolis 500 race drivers and car owners.  Thanks for the ADM plug. Bob Falcon   
   Bob: You can write directly to Robert Jimenez, son of Nash Jimenez, but I would also like you to copy me in your email so that I can include any knowledge or facts that are pertinent in the newsletter. The hours of benchracing at Jack’s Garage are 7-9AM.
If anyone would like the address to Jack’s Garage, email or call me. Jack welcomes EVERYONE. I live half a block away, so call me and I'll come over the day that you visit. Hale was also a dry lakes guy, mostly Russetta I believe and I recognized his name from those early HOT ROD Magazines of the early 1950's. I’m glad to see that he was still around and active. I hope to hear from you on a weekly basis on what's happening at the Automobile Driving Museum’s (ADM) Literature Fair. I need time, place, people expected to show up, what kind of things will be offered for sale, etc. The space in the SLSRH newsletter is there waiting for you to use free of charge. I will also send it along to the bigger website at www.hotrodhotline.com.  


The following letter comes from Spencer Simon, our Northern California reporter.
      I received a letter from Bill Barringer, the son of George Barringer, about whom I am writing a history on.  I had a great time meeting Bill and it was really a pleasure to see him and his wife Eloise.  Historian Don Radbruch had helped me in the past and I knew that Radbruch was working on a project with Bill Barringer concerning his father George, who raced at the Indy 500 between 1932 through 1946.  Don had passed away and it never occurred to me that I would be doing the same kind of field research in documenting history.  George Barringer worked for Harry Miller, an early twentieth century American race car builder and designer.
     Working for Harry Miller was an engine designer by the name of Leo Goossen.  Leo was a very talented genius who also developed the charger for the Miller Engine.  Another mechanic for Miller was Chicky Hiroshima.  The Miller Engine was later owned and improved on by Fred Offenhauser.  I volunteered to work with the Society of Land Speed Racing Historian Newsletter when Richard Parks asked me if I was interested in researching the Northern California area concerning the history of racing.   I didn't know many people in the area who were into the world of automobile racing.  I had to make my own contacts and I found myself enjoying the people I met and hearing all of their experiences.  The cost is well worth it all, and it is a great hobby.  It's enjoyable to go back in time to the early 1960's and even earlier to learn from these men.  The ones who are around to tell the stories are a real treasure.  Once in a while I meet these men in their garages and it's a real time warp for me. 
     When I went to see Bill Barringer he had only one small photo of his dad in the Gulf Miller rear engine car at the Bonneville Salt Flats for July 30, 1940.  It was a small picture and it was probably 2 1/2 by 3 inches in size.  I didn't want to damage the photograph by removing it from its frame so I took a picture of it through the glass.  I really appreciated the kindness and hospitality of Bill and his wife.  I gained a better understanding of the history of those times and I know that Radbruch would have done the same.  When I got home I had the photo enlarged as big as possible before losing clarity and I want to share that with the readers of the SLSRH Newsletter. Also a picture that Bill Barringer has sent to me shows that the picture is from the Museum in the Indianapolis Speedway at the year of 1965, showing the two cars next to each other. The Craig Breedlove's "Spirit of America" Goodyear car and the #12 Gulf-Miller car. I asked Bill Barringer about the George Barringer #26 Gulf-Miller car under the ownership of Preston Tucker. "My father did not sell the #26 Gulf-Miller car in 1946 and was entering in the Indy 500 race hoping to win the event,” Said Bill Barringer. “My father promised his wife that if he won the Indy 500, that he would retire. My mother wanted him out of racing. Unfortunately, my dad had passed away from the accident in another race car,” Bill continued.  “After my Dad's death in a racing accident the #26 Gulf-Miller car passed on to my Mom's ownership. She had the #26 Gulf -Miller car entered into the 1947 Indy 500. Even though she was not allowed into the pits and other restricted places at Indy, a friend of the family helped with her with the entry and the pit requirements. The friend’s name that was on the entry document was falsified for privacy reasons. Later my mother sold the car to Preston Tucker in June or July of 1947,” Bill Barringer told me.
The following article on champ car driver George Barringer comes from Jim Miller.
     Carl Hazelwood or H. O. Creazzi drew up the plans for the Gulf Oil Company sponsored front and rear-engined cars at the Gulf Research Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under Harry Miller's direction while Leo Goossen was living and working in Los Angeles.  Harry Miller had left the Gulf Oil car project in the summer of 1939, a year before the Barringer car went to the Bonneville Salt Flats, so Miller wasn't at the salt when George ran the speed trials in late June of 1940.
     The Gulf Oil Company cars at the Indy 500 in the pre-war years were driven by Ralph Hepburn and George Bailey in 1938.  Zeke Meyer and Johnny Seymour were the drivers in 1939 and then George Bailey took over the driving in 1940.  George Barringer later crashed and died in another car.
     George Barringer drove a Miller/Gulf car at the Indy 500 for the first time in 1941, about two years after Harry Miller left Gulf, and the car he was supposed to drive was destroyed in the big fire before the race began.  The chassis was an all new monocoque design that Harry Miller had nothing to do with.  In 1939 and '40, George Barringer was busy driving for car owner Bill White.
     Barringer bought the Miller/Gulf car from Gulf in 1946 and turned around and sold it to Preston Tucker and then drove it in the Indy 500 race.  About five months later George Barringer went to his next race and crashed in a different car, which killed him.  Tucker entered the cars in the 1947 and '48 Indy 500 Race .  Harry Miller had nothing to do with the second version that Barringer drove for Gulf before the war and for Preston Tucker after the war at the speedway.  The Gulf Miller in the shot with the Breedlove car is not the same design that ran at Bonneville in your picture. The car that George drove on the salt had panier fuel tanks attached to the outside of the traditional styled frame rails. The One in the museum is a totally different chassis design. I've enclosed two drawings to show you the difference. The 1939-'40 design is what George drove at Bonneville and the 1941-'47 is the car that raced at the Indy 500. The 1941-'47 design is what's in the museum.
     The typed sheet labeled scan 9 is not an official record sheet. The sheet is dated July 30, 1940 and lists International Class D records at the top.  There are standing and flying start records.  By cross checking with the 1957 USAC record book on the records still standing at the time the speeds and times are close, but they don't match.  There are no dates or times listed with the flying start records on the list.
     On the bottom of the sheet there is a listing of runs on the straightaway course.  This sheet fails to tell us that some of the records were International records and some were American Records.  It also does not tell us whether Barringer went out and set records in the morning and then ran again in the afternoon and bumped the records he had just set.
     Scan 4 shows the AAA certificates that George received for the records he broke.  The Number 12 car in the background was driven in the 1941 Indy 500 race by Al Miller.  Scan 6 Shows Harry Miller, but has nothing to do with the car George Barringer drove.  After looking at all the champ car races George Barringer was in from 1932 to 1946, I could only find that raced under a Number 26 car once and that was at the Indy 500 race in 1946, one race before he was killed in his accident.  Jim Miller

   The Tucker Torpedo Gulf photo was shot the way you see it except for the right hand side that I cropped off. Neither one of the three people in the background is Harry Miller as he died of a heart attack on May 3, 1943 three years before the picture was taken.  
   I "borrowed" the illustrations from a book and the shot from the AHRF.  If you run the attached drawings and photo you should caption them as below.
(Click for Image) "The '39-'40 version of the Miller-Gulf was illustrated by James F. Drake."
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"The '41 version of the Gulf was illustrated by  Ray F Kuns."
(Click For Image) “Driver George Barringer was the entrant and Preston Tucker the sponsor of this Gulf rear engined four-wheel drive car at Indy in 1946. The blue car had white numbers and was powered by a 180" supercharged inline six. George qualified the car in 24th spot at 120.628 mph and was classified as finishing in 29th spot after dropping out with gear trouble after completing only 27 laps.  AHRF/Pat Campea Collection.


Aussie Invader May 2013 Newsletter 
   Howdy to all of our loyal followers, crew, 1000 MPH Club Members, Sponsors and Supporters, welcome to our May 2013 newsletter. This past month has been a blur with all of our crew working overtime with various individual jobs that need to be completed to get us to the start line. I am blessed to have such a dedicated and hard working team who tackle whatever I ask of them, and then some. You can’t buy dedication to our project like my team has shown. I was astounded to be presented with a 6th sized scale model of Aussie Invader 5R last week. Chris & Aileen Demunck, Pete & Heather Taylor with input from other team members completely surprised me with an unbelievable replica model of our car, down to an opening canopy with a mini Rosco inside with fire suit and helmet, operating airbrakes, rocket motor, Calm Aluminum wheels and mounted in a display case. This is a testament to the belief my guys have that we are a winning combination and the World Land Speed Record can soon belong to Australia. I would imagine that Chris has spent over 200 hours building this model, all done after a hard day’s work on the real car… Thank you so much team for a fantastic motivational gift. This model once sign written deserves to be gracing a corporate office foyer or international airport… We are open to suggestions. 
   We have had a huge month working in with Veem Engineering, our friends at CGC Engineering, and Aerospace NDI with the shot peening, NDI and balancing of our Calm Aluminum solid tireless 1000 mph wheels. My team worked in with Greg, Jeff and Ricco at CGC Engineering to transport our wheels to and from Veem Engineering, set them up on their rotating table, fill their blast pot with some 460 grade shot kindly donated to us by Murphy’s Spray and Blast Equipment in Perth, and with Ricco at the controls proceeded to blast the ground contact surface of our wheels. Once we had emptied all of our shot from the pot, the crew had to then sweep it up and refill it again for another round. This was a big job which took a couple of sessions to complete the peening of our 6 x wheels (1 x spare front, 1 x spare rear). Thank you so much Greg and all of the great CGC Engineering crew, what a great job and your support is much appreciated. Mike Annear (www.mikeannear.com) has been busy designing our air brake door assembly and we are confident of getting a start on building them within a week. 
   Stefan and Viet from the Centre of Hypersonics at Queensland University have been busy with designing and testing our engine thrust rods which mount top and bottom of our motor and allow the engine to stay in alignment under full power but are also adjustable allowing our motor to gimbal up and down, left or right to maintain downward thrust on the nose of the car under power and to eliminate any thrust yaw issues. Ruben from Petroleum and Mining Engineering (PAME) paid us a visit the other day and immediately got to work finishing off our engine roll out stand and our engine motor mounts, this man must be Perth’s second best welder… Thank you Ruben, Lawson and Petroleum and Mining Engineering for you fantastic support. The engine rollout stand allows the engine to be easily removed by sliding it out of the mounting cradle and on to the stand. The mounting below slides the engine into position, holding and locking the engine in place.  
   Kentin Engineering are busy making up our cars axles and we are hopeful of having our front wheels in place within 2 weeks, meanwhile we are busy with the updated design of our rear axles which now excludes any welding on this Di Candilo Steel City 4140 round bar. We have been invited to appear at Barbagello Raceway (3rd - 5th May) with Aussie Invader 3 for the State Round of the V8 Supercars. We are expecting a huge crowd and hopefully a great response from the patrons to see Australia’s Fastest Car in the flesh and to meet the people who turned a dream into part of Aussie history. Thank you to our team members and the GM of Barbagello Raceway in Perth, John Clark for his support and for offering to be our teams reserve driver in case I get crook. I will be careful not to accept any drinks or food he might offer, as it might move him up to number 1 driver.  Rosco McGlashan OAM


I have attached the link to the trailer for our film, OUT OF NOTHING, as well as a brief description.  Feel free to post this information however you like, and also feel free to embed the trailer from YouTube on your site as well. There are several organizations trying to get more information on the movie on a weekly basis, but we will certainly do our best to update you on the project. Additional updates will be made available at the film's official site as they arise.  Andrew Lahmann, P-51 Pictures, LLC, Owner, (360) 566-2853, www.p51pictures.com.
OUT OF NOTHING is a feature length documentary produced by Ryan Stiles (
Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Two and a Half Men) and Andrew Lahmann (P-51 Pictures).  Directed by Chad DeRosa (Racer X filmmaker). Film is in post-production, and set to be complete late this summer with a premiere screening at the Bonneville Salt Flats land speed races in August. STORY: From the Pacific Northwest to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, this is the inspiring true story of four tenacious men who risk everything to conquer the world records of motorcycle land speed racing. Their extraordinary journey will remind you how perseverance against all odds can send the most unlikely men roaring into glory. 


99. By Le Roi Tex Smith 
   “It’s like this, see. If you are from the far left coast and you are talking about going anywhere, you use the highway numbers. I-405 for an interstate, for instance, and State 49 for a major state ‘Surface’ road. Back when I was younger and more virile, in California we said 66 and 40 for east-west links, and 1 or 99 for north-south. Unless you planned to take two weeks to go from LA to the Oregon border, you never ever used Hwy l. Even now you might consider it only as a ‘dash over and look at the ocean’ kind of drive. Or to maybe avoid the tule fog in San Joaquin Valley. That left you with Hwy 99, which like US 66, is now something of a legend. The stretch of Highway 99 of most interest runs from just at the northern edge of San Fernando Valley, up and over the infamous Grapevine (the Ridge Route), down through Bakersfield, thence to Fresno and Stockton and Sacramento and on through Redding to Oregon. During and just after WWII, I got to know this long stretch of macadam very well indeed. Along with a number of arterials that bisect California.”


STAFF NOTES: The following email was sent to us by ‘Dyno’ Don Batyi, and concerns California Assembly Bill 1002.  
Date of Hearing: April 22, 2013. ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION Bonnie Lowenthal-D, Chair. AB 1002 (Bloom) – As Amended: April 16, 2013. SUBJECT: Vehicle registration tax: sustainable communities strategies.  SUMMARY: Increases the tax on vehicle registrations by $6. Specifically, this bill: 
1) Imposes a tax of $6 upon vehicle registration or renewal of the registration. 
2) Restricts the imposition of the fee to those counties that are within a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) that is required to prepare a sustainable communities strategy (SCS). 
3) Requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), after deducting all reasonable costs to administer the tax, to remit all the revenue generated into the Sustainable Communities Strategy Subaccount to be created in the Motor Vehicle Account. Funds from the account are to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature. 
4) Establishes an allocation of the revenues in accordance with the following:   
   a) 50% appropriated to cities and counties on a per capita basis for planning and implementation of projects consistent with the purposes of a SCS and approved sustainable communities plans, including, but not limited to, first-mile-last-mile bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects that are intended to improve transit access in transit priority zones, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure as part of complete streets projects, and road and highway maintenance and repair that also facilitates transit and bicycle use.   
   b) 40% appropriated to transportation commissions and transit operators to support transit operations and maintain and expand reduced fare programs, including, but not limited to, transit passes for students, low-income youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities.   
   c) 10% appropriated to MPOs and regional transportation planning agencies for competitive grants for implementation of their SCS, including, but not limited to, competitive planning and implementation grants to cities and counties on a per capita basis for planning and implementing livable communities and transit-oriented development and urban infill projects, and to complete streets, and bicycle or pedestrian projects, consistent with an approved sustainable communities plan. 
5) Requires a 2/3rd vote. 
1) Requires a vehicle registration fee of $46 to be paid for the registration of every motor vehicle, except those expressly exempt. 
2) Authorizes a variety of additional fees that are to be paid with the vehicle registration, most particularly to address certain air quality and law enforcement issues. These fees support, among other things, service authorities for freeway emergencies, California Highway Patrol (CHP) staffing, and fingerprint identification programs. 
3) Authorizes local agencies to impose separate vehicle registration fee surcharges in their respective jurisdictions for a variety of special programs, including:   
   a) $1 for deterring and prosecuting vehicle theft;   
   b) $1 for service authorities for freeway emergencies;   
   c) Up to $7 for air quality programs;   
   d) Up to $4 for storm water and congestion management relief purposes for San Mateo County;   
   e) Up to $6 for the Sacramento Air Quality Management District;   
   f) Up to $30 to fund programs to reduce vehicle emissions in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, and Tulare Counties and the valley portions of Kern County;   
   g) Up to $1 for the South Coast Air Quality Management District;   
   h) A fee of $4 for public transit in the City and County of San Francisco;   
   i) $1 for removing abandoned vehicles; and,   
   j) $1 for fingerprint identification programs. 
4) Until January 1, 2016, imposes a $3 increase, $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. 
5) Requires MPOs to adopt regional transportation plans directed at achieving a coordinated and balanced regional transportation system, including, but not limited to, mass transportation, highway, railroad, maritime, bicycle, pedestrian, goods movement, and aviation facilities and services. 
6) Requires each MPO to include within its regional transportation plan an SCS, designed to achieve specified targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction. If the SCS does not achieve the reduction target, the MPO must prepare an alternative planning strategy. 
7) Distinguishes a fee from a tax in that a fee pays for a specific service or project and cannot exceed the reasonable costs of providing the service or projects that it funds. Unlike a tax, which benefits the general public, the payer of the fee is the beneficiary. FISCAL EFFECT: Unknown.   
   COMMENTS: Existing law establishes a basic vehicle registration fee of $46, plus an additional $23 fee for additional personnel for the CHP, for the new or renewal registration of most vehicles or trailer coaches. Existing law also authorizes local agencies to impose separate vehicle registration fees in their respective jurisdictions for a variety of special programs, such as abating abandoned vehicles and deterring, investigating, and prosecuting vehicle theft.   
   This bill would impose an additional $6 vehicle registration tax for local and regional agency implementation of SB 375 (Steinberg) Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008. According to the author, "to successfully implement SB 375 and its required regional transportation plans to address greenhouse gases, regional and local governments need resources for strategic planning and opportunities for coordination with the efforts of the Governor’s Strategic Growth Council and other state agencies as required by the enactment of SB 732 (Steinberg) Chapter 729, Statutes of 2008. This bill would provide for greater collaboration between state and local planning bodies to support plans and projects which implement regional blueprints and sustainable communities strategies."   
   Revenue generated by the added tax would complement other potential sources of regional, subregional, or local funding for environmental sustainability planning. For example, Proposition 84, as approved by the statewide voters in 2006, provided bond revenues for projects relating to safe drinking water, water quality and supply, flood control, waterway and natural resource protection, water pollution and contamination control, state and local park improvements, public access to natural resources, and water conservation efforts. Among its funded programs, it provided $580 million for sustainable communities and climate change reduction efforts. Further, current federal transportation funding allows for the funding to MPOs to conduct livability and environmental sustainability planning. Federal and state transportation funds are also used to build multimodal, sustainable projects ranging from bus and rail passenger transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects, and safe routes to school program activities.   
   There are a number of other bills being considered this year that would either raise or continue the vehicle registration tax: AB 8 (Perea and Skinner) - would extend the tax for an additional eight years for air quality mitigation programs; AB 767 (Levine) - would authorize every county to increase the tax for county vehicle theft crime prevention programs; AB 1324 (Skinner) - would authorize Alameda County to increase the tax for county vehicle theft crime prevention programs; and SB 11 (Pavley) - similar to AB 8 as previous mentioned. Additionally, AB 431 (Mullin) would authorize a transportation planning agency that is designated as an MPO to impose a local or regional sales tax increase of not more than 0.5% for similar purposes as AB 1002. These bills, at some point in the legislative process, should be considered on a broader, overarching level and reconciled as appropriate.   
   Writing in opposition to this bill, the Automobile Club of Southern California believes that the bill would fund activities that would otherwise be prohibited by the California Constitution. They contend that the new tax imposed by the bill is redundant to other charges motorists already pay for emissions, greenhouse gases and other related environmental programs. They further indicate that the current charges total approximately $30 in Los Angeles and approximately $40 in the Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley and that "motorists already pay well over half a billion dollars a year in environmental mitigation just through annual registration fees.”   
   The California New Car Dealers Association, also opposed to the bill, indicates that the bill should be amended to require that the taxes be put to the voters for their approval. They further  contend that vehicle owners should not be exclusively targeted with a tax that benefits "another subgroup of the population" in reference to bicyclists and pedestrians. Previous legislation: AB 406 (DeSaulnier) of 2009, would have authorized an additional fee of either $1 or $2 on vehicle registration to be used for planning purposes related to SB 375. In his veto message, Governor Schwarzenegger indicated that the fee increase should be subject to voter approval. Related legislation: AB 574 (Lowenthal) would require the California Air Resources Board, in consultation with the California Transportation Commission and the Strategic Growth Council, to establish standards for the use of cap-and-trade auction revenues for SB 375 projects. That bill is being heard in this committee today. AB 1051 (Bocanegra) would create the Sustainable Communities for All Program to fund, via cap-and-trade auction revenues, the equitable implementation of SB 375. That bill passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee and will be heard in this committee next week. Double referred: This bill is also referred to the Assembly Local Government Committee.
   Support: Move LA (sponsor), American Lung Association in California, California Bicycle Coalition, FAST (Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic), LA Walks, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Sierra Club, Sustainable Transportation Solutions for California's Inland Empire, The Transit Coalition, TransForm.    
   Opposition: Association of California Car Clubs, Automobile Club of Southern California, California New Car Dealers Association (oppose unless amended), California Vintage Rods, CalTax, Capitol Auto Club "Thunderbolts," Capital City Cruisers, Capital City Mopars, Cappuccino Cruisers, Classic Car Club, El Dorado Early Ford V8 Car Club, Hot Rodders of San Diego, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Huntington Beachcruisers, Mojave Desert Classics, Northern California GTO Club, Northern California Kit Car Club, Over the Hill Gang, Pickups Ltd, Rods and Relics of Lincoln Hills, San Jose Classic Chevy Club, Woodland Street Cruisers.  Analysis Prepared by: Ed Imai/TRANS./ (916) 319-2093.


STAFF NOTES: the newsletter cannot promise to get your car show or other event to the public in time, as we are a historical society and publish only when we have enough material to make it worthwhile to send another issue to the publisher. Please notify us months in advance of your event to guarantee that we can get your news to our readers.
   The John Force RaceStation Cruise Night Car Show is just a week away (Saturday, May 4th) and everyone is talking about it and really looking forward to it. The JF Cruise Nights will be on the FIRST SATURDAY of every month till October 5th. In the past these events attracted 100’s of great show cars and car enthusiasts, along with awesome host clubs spotlighting their cars, there’ll also be food, music and a great opportunity drawing and awards. The John Force Museum & Race Shop will also be open for tours, along with the RaceStation Souvenir Store. The events will be benefitting the Orange County Food Bank. We will again be awarding a lucky winner a Sanyo big screen TV. If you bring one can, you’ll get one ticket, 5 cans – 5 tickets, 20 cans – 20 tickets and so on. You can bring cans every Cruise Night, and then on Saturday, October 5, 2013; we’ll have the drawing for the big screen TV (winner does not need to be present). Each cruise night the person that donates the most cans of food will get a “MOST FOOD GIVEN” award as part of the awards ceremony. In the past this created a lot fun and excitement for the food drive and a lot of needy people were able to benefit from the generosity of our car show participants and spectators. We look forward to your attendance at our first show on Saturday, May 4th and encourage you to tell your club or friends that the John Force Cruise Night Car Shows are BACK. Craig Hoelzel, Director of Special Promotions, John Force Racing, Inc. 22722 Old Canal Road Yorba Linda, CA 92887. (714) 921-1651 x227.


STAFF NOTES: the following was sent to us by SLSRH Reporter Bob Falcon.
   IMSC RECEIVES LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF MOTORSPORTS INITIATIVE. Motorsports businesses across Indiana to benefit from investment INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, April 27, 2013. The Indiana General Assembly approved a bill as the clocked approached midnight Friday, April 26 that will strengthen the state's position as a global leader in the motorsports industry and create benefits for economic development in tourism, hospitality and motorsports, including upgrades and improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. House Bill 1544 passed the House and Senate is on its way to the desk of Gov. Mike Pence. The legislation creates an Indiana Motorsports Investment District that will capture growth in sales and income taxes at the commercial property that includes IMS for future investment in the Speedway.
   In addition, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) will oversee a fund for motorsports businesses statewide to apply for loans to assist with economic development projects and facility improvements. "We appreciate the hard work done by state lawmakers to ensure Indiana remains the worldwide leader in motorsports," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "This legislation will allow us to make transformative improvements to our 104-year-old facility over the next several years that will greatly enhance the fan experience." According to the legislation, IMS will receive a loan from the state for up to $5 million per year for 20 years to complete capital improvement projects.
   The loan will be repaid through the anticipated increases in income and sales tax collections at IMS and will be guaranteed by IMS' parent company, Hulman & Co. In addition, IMS will contribute $2 million per year, $40 million total, over 20 years toward the improvements. The legislation also creates an Indiana motorsports fund where the state will provide up to an additional $5 million per year to the IEDC for loans to motorsports businesses and tracks interested in making improvements to their facilities. "The impact of motorsports in Indiana is felt in all 92 counties, and this industry provides 23,000 direct jobs statewide that pay an average wage of nearly $63,000 per year," said Tom Weisenbach, Indiana Motorsports Association executive director. "Our state lawmakers understand the significant economic impact of our industry, and we greatly appreciate their support as we look to grow our state's economy." Projects that could be implemented by IMS as a result of this legislation will be determined in part through a master facility use plan process that is underway at IMS. J. Douglas Boles, Hulman & Co, (317) 492-6412, (317) 750-9277 or dboles@brickyard.com. Media Website: www.ims.com/media.


STAFF NOTES: The following article is from Glenn F. Campbell, the editor and publisher at www.autowriters.com
   Not everyone has a treasure trove to fall back on when caught in a sudden corporate bloodletting. Luckily for him and for fans of Formula One and historic racing and fine art aficionados, Dick Kelley did. A thousand or more unpublished photos from 12 years covering Formula 1 were waiting for a curator and presentation to the public. None have been published before, even though he has provided photos for more than 600 Car and Driver feature stories and for multiple international auto publication and helped found two car magazines. The ones he chose to post on his website are works of art. And there is little doubt those that follow will be any less so. 
   He has an "eye" that was quickly detected by a journalism professor at Indiana University who was in the habit of giving students entering his non-verbal communications class a roll of film and telling them "go take pictures." After Kelley turned in his assignment the professor hunted him down and insisted that Kelley buy a camera and take a job as staff photographer for the student newspaper. He did and like the professor, became a devotee of the early "masters" of still photos. Kelley recalls "their point of view became my mantra: make photographs that tell a story; remove yourself; disappear; leave out the vanity; and, make emotional and elegantly composed images that point to a truth about your subject." He did that in compiling his Formula 1 documentary from 1972 to 1984. It was a period when it was easier to get close to his subjects, "be there without being there," and capture their emotions and reactions: Niki Lauda communing with his "race Gods," Francois Cevert patiently letting his mentors discuss a suspension adjustment but eager to get back to the track where minutes later he was in a crash and died. Jackie Stewart "zoned in" on capturing the pole at Watkins Glen in 1972.
   There are racing shots and podium shots but the emphasis is always on the emotion in the moment. They are accompanied by generous captions that will rekindle memories or introduce fans to an unrivaled period of Formula 1 racing and racers. Race car driver Niki Lauda photographed by Richard Kelley Kelley stepped away from Formula 1 in 1984, unable, he thought, to get the kind of "honest" shots he had been taking. That led to more work as a media and marketing content producer (writing and photography) at one time or another for most of the carmakers operating in the U.S. Later, he served as Mitsubishi's Senior Manager of Media Relations and then, manager of the company's North American Motorsports. This was followed by eight years as Toyota's Southeast Regional PR Representative until the unexpected purge that left him on the beach and prompted the publishing of his Formula 1 photos that, he says, "gave him back his soul." And, hopefully, another run of outstanding photos.




You asked for it, we created it. A spin off version of our popular "TRUE LOVE NEVER DIES" hot rod artwork, redesigned with Mother's Day in mind. Comes in a 12X18 poster, canvas or aluminum print formats. SHIPS WORLDWIDE* (*canvas formats for US residents only).

I HIGHLY recommend the aluminum prints - They are simply gorgeous looking.

Same beautifully aged winged heart artwork, and we will etch your mother's name in it (see sample below)... And now I added a vintage wrench at the bottom, in which I will engrave the names of all your family members (up to 6 first names) - please see examples below.

Same low prices :) - Each artwork is personalized and therefore one of a kind - guarantied to put a big smile on your mother's face.

Order today and I will make the graphics immediately, so you should get it in time :)).

(non US residents - you will get it in time if your Mother's day date is the last sunday of the month - example: FRANCE)




Original drawing by Joshua H. - Concept, digital color and texture by Faith Granger.


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