NEWSLETTER 283 - May 30, 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; GUEST EDITORIAL by Jeff Foulk; STAFF EDITORIAL: By Richard Parks; I don’t have any information on David May; A.B. Shuman memorial service Friday, May 31, 2pm; STAFF NOTES: The following comes from Ken Freund; STAFF NOTES: The following report was written on the Santa Ana Drags Reunion and was inadvertently left out of the newsletter; STAFF NOTES: In the last newsletter a reader asked this question; Kent Fuller is kickstarting a last ride across the Salt, by Evelyn Fuller; Cruisin' For A Cure presented by Debbie Baker, Ross Kroenert and over 125 volunteers; I was going through some old memorabilia from when I was in the U.S. Marine Corps; Hours before  the running of the 2013 Indy 500, the All American Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) announced that “LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth came away with three “podium” finishes for its 2012  motorsports journalism competition; Please find attached my May, 2013 impound report; AK AND THE GUYS. By Le Roi Tex Smith; NHRA 2013 Holley National Hot Rod Reunion Grand Marshal & Honorees; STAFF NOTES: Gale Banks sends out a monthly newsletter which is available to the public; John Hutchinson sent in this list of Drag racing DVD's on sale from Jay Ohrberg; ONE OF DRAG RACING’S MOST IMPORTANT VEHICLES IS REBORN; Santa Ana Drags; Pictures from AK Miller; Main Event at Santa Pod 2009 ~ Photos by M Harley.


GUEST EDITORIAL by “Dyno” Don Batyi.
   It looks like the EPA isn't giving up. They are now proposing the USA goes to 30% Ethanol in our gasoline, even though the Congress wants to do studies on the effect that will have and there are Federal Court cases pending. I can go on and on about the effects, the auto manufacturers are starting to change their warranties, but these Eco-Ids just keep going on. Let's not forget about inflation in the grocery store with all corn related products, meat is included as the ranchers feed corn to their animals and chickens. What about drought and flooding in the heartland where the corn is grown and distilled. Would we have to choose between eating and our fuel tanks? Our hobby vehicles will also suffer greatly as I have mentioned. I am not sure if we can compensate for 30% ethanol with additives. I don't see how we can drain the system like the racers do with alcohol and the price of carburetors and fuel pumps isn't going down. I urge you to look at the below links and at least speed read them. This is a serious situation for our Hobby and you all know the CA ARB will jump on the EPA Bandwagon in a New York Minute. <http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2013/05/17/epa-proposes-increasing-ethanol-content-in-g asoline-to-30-percent/>, and http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/automobiles/squeezing-more-from-ethanol.html?emc=eta1&am p;r=0


   Last week, in my local paper, was a business article discussing the evolution of "driverless vehicles," and government's quandary over how to regulate such questions as what training and licensing should be required to operate one? Who is liable for an accident, the owner or the manufacturer? And multiple other ethical questions, none of which include the citizen’s right to drive his own car, and refuse to place his life in the hands of blind technology. To date [a point of interest to many of our readers] only California, Nevada, and Florida permit the testing of driverless vehicles on their highways. According to the article, cars that will automatically steer themselves through bumper to bumper traffic, will be in dealerships at the end of this year. In ten years it is projected that cars may not require human control.
   "As our cars become more computerized and electronics-based can the industry make sure they are reliable and prevent failures?" asked Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-WVa, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. "And are they at risk of catastrophic cyberattacks?" Good questions that nobody can really answer. And I mean "nobody."  As a long time dealership tech, dealing largely in computer and electronics systems, I have strong opinions and field experience in the "messy" side of these systems. I can tell you, by firsthand experience, that "unintended acceleration" is not a figment of some person’s imagination. I have experienced it firsthand, and have been able to duplicate it on non-affected vehicles. It is my studied opinion, based on years of experience, that in every one of these multi-computer vehicles, there exist at least one combination of failure/anomalies/local conditions that create the opportunity for an "impossible" occurrence to happen.
   Will these stars ever align? In most cases, it probably won’t happen, but every once in awhile, they do. And when they do, bad things can happen. Electronic engineers swear it is impossible, but all the lines connect, without production flaws, on the drawing board. All the joints are hand soldered on the prototype, not machine soldered, in China, on the production model. Radio frequency interference will cause all sorts of problems. That is why drivers have been saddled with "radio resistance" plug wires, for many years.
   The question of ethics should not really be, "How do we control, and assign risk to this technology," but, "How much do we want this technology to control us?'' According to John D. Lee, a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, fifteen years from now, lawmakers will probably be debating whether people should even be allowed to drive at all. The coming years (may bring) increasingly complex vehicles to drivers, who may be unprepared for either." He has obviously never talked to any race car drivers.
   The most troubling issues, to me, is that these lawmakers, who are considering the laws that will control the spread of this technology, are not car guys, nor do they have the sense to consult and listen to people who are. They will listen to the engineers and the Manufacturer's; who are not car guys either, in our sense of the word. When was the last time an auto exec got his hands dirty, working under the hood? They can't tell you the down and dirty workings of the systems they are hawking. Only what the engineers tell them. And the engineers are blindly in love with the technology. 
   Don't get me wrong; technology is neat stuff. Anything that you can imagine, computer technology can be designed to do. The problem is that you take these great ideas, and then execute the design by using the cheapest parts you can find, while calculating your warranty costs. And the manufacturers are playing with house money, because they can control the warranty costs by setting, or adjusting the repair costs through parts costs and a wonderful magic trick called "flat rate" labor. If the warranty is cutting into profits, just cut the flat rate time. It's only the employees who lose money! "Sorry, sir, but you must be mistaken. Your car couldn't possibly have run off with you, because we can't duplicate the complaint. It must have been the floor mat."
   Doesn't common sense tell us that we should take advantage of technology, but not become slaves to it? While you are sitting there, fellow laymen, look at your computer. How many functions of the infernal machine do you find to be counter intuitive? How many things do you have to do to operate it, that doesn't make sense? How many software glitches has Microsoft had in their software, over the years? Now, would you want that driving your car? Why do these computer problems exist, if the system is so great? I think it is because so many people in the computer industry are geeks, with no grasp of common sense, or social interaction. Any good engineer will tell you that the real beauty of design is simplicity.
   A neighbor of mine had a 2007 Toyota Camry. The trunk release failed. Some rocket scientist had decreed that you no longer needed a key to open the trunk. It was just an $800 module; which was out of warranty. And this makes this a better car; how? It makes the car only more expensive, and less reliable. I personally worked on a vehicle that the rear window wiper would cycle intermittently with the switch turned off [no power]. This was caused by a body shop having left one of the grounds off the front bumper bracket, during a collision repair. Oh, but the NHSTA will look out for our safety, right? Really? These are the same guys who actually considered retro rockets as a solution to brake failure [true story].
   I certainly can see the benefits of specially outfitted sections of highway, for specially outfitted cars, where the flow of traffic would be controlled, and executed by master computers, and computer controlled cars. It would be a boon to traffic congestion in all urban areas, but on the open road and in every small town? I'm not so sure. It would be a lot cheaper, and a lot safer to undertake a national initiative to teach and improve driving skills, and the layman’s understanding of the basic vehicle. I have always maintained that the average consumer, if they fully understood how their new car works, and how it fails, would never have bought it. What about the real world scenario? You are being driven somewhere by a computer driven, internet connected car. There is a power outage. The internet is down; it could be just a local storm, a terrorist attack, a cyber hacker, or WW 3. It doesn't matter what the cause. The real world facts are the car is dead, the snow is now up over the roof, and you are getting colder by the second. Now what? Thanks anyway, but you can leave the driving to me!


STAFF EDITORIAL: By Richard Parks.
   We received the following email from our vacationing SLSRH Photographic Editor who is in Mexico.
     "You did not include the date of Cruisin' For A Cure, which is on September 28, this year.  I have not received any acceptable pictures for the Norm Rapp article."  Roger Rohrdanz
   Roger, contact the Northern California SLSRH reporter and ask him to resubmit photographs with the proper sizing and captions.  To the General Readership of the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians (SLSRH); we rely on you for stories, biographies, captioned photographs and other historical material. This is not a paid, profit making website or newsletter. It is a newsletter that pools the knowledge of those who are interested in hot rodding, land speed racing and early drag racing. You are the members, readers AND reporters. We aren’t offended if all that you want to do is sit back and read what others submit, for we encourage new and younger members to learn about our culture. The danger lies in the fact that once the active members of the SLSRH have written about all that they know that the newsletter will shrink and die. We rely on each and every one of you to submit what you know and share your captioned photos with the rest of us.
   In some cases there is a problem with ownership issues and some of our members earn their living from writing and photographing. We don’t make any demands on professional journalists to give up their stories or photos, because we know that it is their livelihood. But share what you can with us. You will notice that Roger Rohrdanz, Bob Falcon, Jim Miller, Spencer Simon, etal provide a great deal of the content for the website. We aren’t paid and we do this for the love of the sport. We could just as easily try and market what we have. We are often privy to a great deal of information that is not readily available to the public and we could turn these text and visual objects into an income too. But our desire to record, save and make what knowledge we possess available to others is greater than our pecuniary needs. Don’t be pikers; if you have material to share and you’re not trying to make a living off of your collections and memories, share some of what you know with us. We can’t keep the newsletter going if no one shares their bios, stories and photos with us.
   Now some of our members live overseas, but they rarely write in. This is a major problem, for Jim, Roger, Bob and I all live in Southern California and Spencer lives in Northern California. Though we have some knowledge of the subjects in our Society, our strength lies in local coverage. I have attempted to make contacts with people living in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe in order to get some history from their areas, but with marginal success. The SLSRH will become boring, redundant and regional if we overlook the history of LSR, hot rodding and drag racing from other places around the globe. I need members from foreign countries writing in and letting me know what is happening in their areas and also what they know about the past in places outside of California. The United States of America is NOT the only region of the world with a racing heritage and California, though rich in history, is not the only area we need to do research on. So please, we need contact from the rest of the world. 
   I did not report a date for Cruisin' For A Cure because the information came from another website and there was no date listed.  I simply copied and pasted the press release.  I intend to post many more notices of the Cruisin' For A Cure from now until the day of the event, but I rely on the promoters and PR people to provide a complete set of details; WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, maybe a WHO, and it wouldn't hurt to have a HOW and WHY too.  If they don't send me the complete information then it hurts their cause. Most car shows, car events and racing leagues do not have a full time Public Relations Specialist (PR guy). Normally it is one of the promoters or regular car guy in the group that is computer literate and he sends out a notice or two to a small group. Sometimes the notices and PR releases are forwarded on and I get them. It’s a very haphazard way to get your messages out to the public. Some of the big groups have professional staffs of PR people who specialize in announcements to a select group on their media lists. 
   I receive notices from the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Gale Banks, Justice Brothers and a few other companies and race teams. The problem that I have with big groups is far different than the problems that small groups create. The small car show usually fails to send out any notices, relying on word of mouth; a huge mistake for them. The large, professional groups on the other hand send out periodic notices and hammer their message home. But what professional PR types do is OVER promote. Professional PR and Media reps have never met an ADJECTIVE or ADVERB that they didn’t fall in love with. Nor for that matter do they shy away from VERBS. Car guys want to know WHAT the event is and WHERE it is going to be, and WHEN it will be staged and maybe WHO will be there. If you have to get wordy then you can explain the HOW the show came to be, or even the WHY it is being held. But don’t use adjectives, for they tell us little to nothing about your event. These are some of the words that I cut out of your press releases; STUPENDOUS, MAGNIFICENT, ONE OF A KIND, FANTASTIC, GREAT, RACING’S BLUE BLOOD, MESMERIZING, COLOSSAL, HUGE, IMPRESSIVE, SCINTILLATING, CAN’T MISS, FASCINATING, HERO, VAST, GIANT or GIGANTIC. If you use these terms I’ll cut them out. They are unnecessary and sometimes they are even laughable. Send me the; who, what, when, where and maybe the how and why. Everything else gets cut out.


I don’t have any information on David May. Mike English called and told me.  Thanks, Greg Sharp
     GREG: I'll email Mike and some others who might know what happened to David May.  He was committed to drag racing and opening new tracks and always had a flyer for Roger and me.  David was one of those unsung guys who toiled in obscurity doing what he loved so much.  He deserves at least a bio at www.landspeedracing.com.  I tried googling his name but came up without any results.  Thanks for trying to help me. 
STAFF REPORT by Richard Parks.
   I first met David May when organizers were trying to build and operate a dragstrip out in Banning, California. May labored in obscurity passing out flyers and talking to whomever would listen to him, like a Johnny Appleseed of drag racing. He had come to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and we met and got to talking. I offered to help him where I could and at the time I ran a little emailed newsletter called The Car Racers Newsletter. He would give me flyers and I would send out an edition with all the news that he had uncovered. It was frustrating work for Dave for the most part, but when the 1/8th mile dragstrip opened at Irwindale or the mile dragstrip opened in Fontana, it made his day. There seemed to be more frustrations in his efforts to further drag racing and open strips, but he kept an upbeat attitude and every time I saw him over a ten year span he always had more news for me. 
   I never got him to write his biography, so the little that I know comes from our discussions at various events. He was very organized and his van had orderly bins and folders with various flyers for different events. He not only mass produced them and put them on cars, but he went up to people and engaged them in personal conversation. He was animated about what he was doing and in a way we were kindred spirits, for he used the printed word and I used the digital word to spread what we knew about the hot rodding culture. But maybe that is enough if what I remember about him is his zeal and love for racing.  Dave May passed away on May 14, 2013 due to an illness.


A.B. Shuman memorial service Friday, May 31, 2pm.  Thanks for the email and the offer to publish a remembrance.  Let me know if you need more info than this.  http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2013/05/14/author-a-b-shuman-dies/.  I wrote up the following as well:
     Arnold Baer Shuman died at his home in Hillsdale, NJ on Friday May 10. He was 72.  Shuman grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts.  In his teenage years he was active in “hot-rodding” and drag racing, life-long passions of his. He graduated from Tufts in 1962, participating in the Navy's ROTC program. He spent the next 5 years as a naval aviator, flying P2V Neptune “submarine hunters” throughout Europe and the United States.  After leaving the Navy in 1967, Shuman moved to California where he worked for Peterson Publishing, serving as writer and editor of Car Craft, Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines. In 1972 he moved to NJ to join Mercedes-Benz. Mr. Shuman was generally considered the best product public relations spokesman in the auto industry.
     After retiring from Mercedes in 1995, Shuman returned to his first love, the early hot rods he grew up with. He co-wrote a book with his brother Bernard on the 1950's hot rod movement in New England, “Cool Cars, Square Roll Bars”. He was a common sight at cruise nights throughout the tri-state area in his coral pink '27 T track roadster. He eventually returned to drag racing at age 70, and made regular trips to the Bonneville salt flats as part owner and crew chief of a car attempting to break a land speed record.  He is survived by his wife Lois, sons David Shuman of Bloomfield CT, Scott Shuman and wife Nicole Shuman of Alexandria VA, sister Nancy Black of Boynton Beach FL, brother Bernard Shuman and wife Gail Shuman of Foxboro MA. A memorial service is planned.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Arnold's memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders.  Thanks, David Shuman


STAFF NOTES: The following comes from Ken Freund. 
   “My friend and fellow member of the LA Adventurer's Club passed away last Friday while I was on my way home from Bolivia. He was a man's man, fearless and he would try anything. Now he is a man of the ages. Here are some things about him:” 
   John Goddard - The man who did it all. "To dare is to do ... to fear is to fail." Life Flashback of John Goddard – Adventurer. This philosophy has characterized John Goddard since he was 15, when he listed 127 challenging lifetime goals--like exploring the Nile, climbing Mt. Everest, running a five-minute mile and playing Clair de Lune on the piano.  Now, a generation later, he has accomplished 109 of these quests, and has logged an impressive list of records in achieving them. He was the first man in history to explore the entire length of the world's longest river, the Nile, in a 4,160 mile expedition which the Los Angeles Times called "the most amazing adventure of this generation." He then matched that achievement and became the first man ever to explore the entire length of the Congo; he scaled the Matterhorn in a raging blizzard after several professional guides had refused to go along, and he has established numerous records as a civilian jet pilot, including a speed record of 1,500 mph in the F-111 Fighter-Bomber, and an altitude record of 63,000 feet n the F-106 Delta Dart.  
   A graduate of the University of Southern California where he majored in anthropology and psychology, Goddard has studied obscure cultures in all parts of the globe. In addition, he has climbed 12 of the world's highest mountains, conducted 14 major expeditions into remote regions, traversed 15 of the worlds most treacherous rivers, visited 120 countries, studied 260 primitive tribes, and traveled in excess of one million miles during his adventurous life.  
   A resident of La Canada, California, where he lives with his wife and two of his five children, Goddard does not believe in pursuing adventure for the sake of frivolous thrills, but used these experiences to achieve a worthwhile end. This end, for him, is scientific exploration, adding to the world's store of knowledge. "Digging out the facts is the real challenge," Goddard says in summing up his career. "The adventure is exciting and enjoyable--but secondary."   Yet digging out the facts can be a hazardous occupation. Goddard has been bitten by a rattlesnake, charged by an elephant, and trapped in quicksand. He has crashed in planes, been caught in earthquakes, and almost drowned twice while running rapids. But his overwhelming desire to discover fresh knowledge and to complete his youthful list of goals has driven him on in spite of the danger.
   Honored by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of California's outstanding young men, Goddard belongs to the Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles (youngest member ever admitted), the Adventurer's Club of Chicago, the Explorers' Club of New York, the Savage Club of London, the Royal Geographic Society, the French Explorers' Society (only American member), the Archaeological Society, the Mach II club, the Sigma Chi Fraternity, of which he is a life member. 


STAFF NOTES: The following report was written on the Santa Ana Drags Reunion and was inadvertently left out of the newsletter. Thanks go to Staff reporter Bob Falcon for catching this error and bringing it to our attention. Photographs will be sent in by Roger Rohrdanz to accompany this article.
Gone Racin’…Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip and Main Street Malt Shop reunion on April 13, 2013. Article by Richard Parks, photographs by Roger Rohrdanz.
   Leslie Long and Gene Mitchell organized the Spring reunion of the Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip and Main Street Malt Shop, which was held on April 13, 2013 at Santiago Creek Park in the city of Orange. There were sixty-five people in attendance, a big increase since our last reunion in October. The two reunions were merged together a few years ago when attendance starting falling. The purpose is to honor those who raced at the old airport drag strip in the 1950’s and to keep alive the spirit of the old hangouts of our youth; in this case the Main Street Malt Shop in Santa Ana. After the reunion Roger and I drove over to the area where the old malt shop was located and took photographs of the place, which is now a bakery for the local Hispanic community, but Pomeroy’s Garage is still there on the opposite side of the street at Main and Chestnut. The tables and benches look as if they have never been replaced since the malt shop closed in the 1960’s and was turned into a bakery. It was a favorite place to cruise with wide streets and plenty of parking and I could feel the presence of those who frequented the malt shop in their youth.
   Leslie Long was our event organizer and Gene Mitchell brought food, chairs and tents at his own expense. Roger Rohrdanz provides the group photographs and captioned pictures and I was in charge of PR for the reunion. Santiago Creek Park is just off Main Street, on East Memory Lane and Lawson Way. It’s a picturesque setting in a beautiful park next to a playground and a lawn bowling field. Leslie will organize another reunion in the Fall, around the first Saturday in October. Early arrivals were Harry Deshazo, Rick Sallot, Bob Caverly, Jim “Grumpy” Donoho, George Hale, Brent Collier, Mike Pace, Jim Stabe, Dave Mandella, Jerry Hart, Betty Belcourt and Dave Wallace Jr. Deshazo raced at Santa Ana and went to the malt shop in the 1950’s. Pace raced at Santa Ana in 1956-57. George Hale towed in his newly built roadster. He was a member of the Russetta Timing Association in the 1940’s. He told me how he wasn’t allowed to join the Southern California Timing Association because he was racing a coupe and not a roadster. A story on his car was published in the 1950’s in Hot Rod magazine by Wally Parks. Jerry Hart is the son of C. J. and Peggy Hart, who founded the Santa Ana Airport drag strip. Betty Belcourt was married to drag racer Dick Rosberg, who was inducted into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2013. Dave Wallace Jr is a well-known photographer and writer/editor.
   The next group to arrive included; Rose Hartelt, Susan and Ron Whitney, Bob Baxter, Ben and Ann Iskenderian, Jim Murphy, Bob Falcon, Craig Durham, John Durham, Greg Ryan, Johnny Ryan, Gene Ellis, Chris and Shannon Norman, Bud Lang, Bob Marderosian, Bernie Couch, Janet and Ron Griebenow and their three little dogs; Penelope, Bandit and Lulu. Rose Hartelt is Doug Hartelt’s wife. Doug and Melvin Dodd were early drag and land speed racers who won many a race. Ben Iskenderian is Ed’s younger brother. Ed founded Isky Cams and Ben worked for him. Also in the business was Luther Iskenderian, who has since passed away. Bob Falcon introduced Craig and John Durham who are working to bring back the Halibrand manufacturing name. They are starting out with t-shirts and memorabilia. Johnny Ryan built more race winning flathead engines than just about anyone. Ellis was an oval track racer who tried out for the Indy 500 twice. Bud Lang is a retired editor who worked for Petersen Publishing Company. Janet Griebenow is Ed Iskenderian’s niece. The three little dogs brought a lot of energy to the reunion, but they weren’t allowed to chase the ubiquitous ground squirrels. 
   Next to arrive were Rich Childers, Dave Cook, Diane Vandenberg, Lyman Wilson, Phil Turgasen, Eldon Harris, Doug Wilson, Norm Stevenson, Wally and June Saika, Ed “The Camfather” Iskenderian, Tom and Eileen Date, Ken Freund, and Jim Miller. Diane was an early racer at the Santa Ana Airport drags and was encouraged by her parents and by Jack Hart. Jack Hart is not related to C. J. Hart who founded the drag strip. Both Harts’ have since passed away. Jack Hart was a well-known owner/driver who later became the Vice President and General Manager of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).  Ed Iskenderian is one of the largest cam grinders in the world. He has been grinding cams since the 1940’s. Ken Freund is a writer, photographer and editor of motorcycle magazines. Jim Miller is the Director of the American Hot Rod Foundation and President of the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians and a well-known hot rod and land speed researcher.
   The last to arrive were Warwick Nethercoat, Vic Cohen, Chris Wickersham, Barry Bowyer, Stan Betz, Mike Hagopian, Wes Wyatt, Tito Carrasco, Steve and Linda Ford and their daughter Ellie and son Tyler, Stormy Byrd and Anna Marco. Nethercoat, Cohen and Wickersham represented the Pasadena Roadster Club. This club was started way back in the 1920’s, merged, divided and remerged during the coming years. Finally around 2000 several people started up the club again and brought back the highly popular Reliability Runs. Stan Betz is the nephew of Dick Kraft. Stan raced at Santa Ana, but it is his uncle that gained fame there with “The Bug,” which was a car stripped of just about any weight that wasn’t absolutely necessary to make the car run. The Bug now resides in the Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum, in Ocala, Florida. Steve Ford now lives in Camarillo. He and I used to write for The Automotive Calendar of Events Miss Information for Joan Denver. Anna Marco is a photographer and editor and loves the hot rodding world. Thanks go to Gene Mitchell for providing the food free of charge and for his warm hospitality and eagerness to make everyone feel at ease. We also want to thank Leslie Long for volunteering to take over this reunion from Bill and Marie Jenks, who ran it for many decades until ill health forced them to stop. It is a wonderful reunion and one that is free and easy to attend and enjoy.
Gone Racin’ is at


STAFF NOTES: In the last newsletter a reader asked this question.  "I would like to find out if Tom Rutherford ran a Devin SS car at Bonneville around 1959 or 1960, picture of car below.   Jerry Klawitter, Jerry.Klawitter@integralife.com."   Here is Jim Miller's reply.      "I checked the 1959 program and results.  Here's what I found.  There was an entry in the '59 Program in Class C Sports Racing for Rutherford's A & E out of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.  The car was to be powered by a 239" Jaguar engine and carry the number 108.  I checked the results and it showed a Rutherford's A & E, D. listed.  There was no speed listed next to the entry which means the car never made it through the first timing light at the two mile, may not have passed tech and never run, or it had a problem before the two mile mark.  I also checked the results from 1960 and it showed a T. B. Rutherford from Norfolk, Massachusetts.  He ran car number 1108 and turned 185.47 mph against the Juggers Racing Team's 191.136 mph record set in '59." 


Kent Fuller is kickstarting a last ride across the Salt, by Evelyn Fuller. 
     It’s a family affair ten (well really 60) years in the making.  Legendary dragster builder Kent Fuller is pouring all of his building experience into a final Streamliner, destined to run this summer across the Bonneville Salt Flats, and he’s enlisted friends, family and the racing audience into being part of the adventure.      Thanks to the crowd-funded site, Kickstarter, the Streamliner is in the running to raise the necessary funds to bring the nearly complete car up to SCTA specifications—rendering the streamliner eligible to race on the salt flats this coming August, in hopes of setting a new land speed record in the Streamliner XF engine class. The XF Fuel record time to beat at Bonneville is 280.023 mph.  The project vehicle is the first of its kind hosted on Kickstarter and it needs to achieve $32,900 in pledges by May 22nd in order to be funded.    
     The project is a collaboration of Kent’s building expertise and vision and the skills and support of his family. Grandson Greg, 14 has contributed financially and physically, granddaughter Jenna is spearheading the Kickstarter, and son Steven has been involved with the build since the beginning.  Funding the rest of the build through Kickstarter is a way to offer a piece of racing and drag building history to the public, and to get those last essentials dollars that will transform the streamliner from steel-bullet dreams to nitro-fueled reality.  So why now?  And why a land speed record attempt? “Well, the salt is a mythical thing. When you’re at Bonneville, the curvature of the Earth is real pronounced. As you drive away, you go over the edge of the world, and then you’re gone,” says Kent.  The plan is for driver Andy Davis to do just that, lying flat in the 25-foot, steel bodied, monocoque design using a perisocope and mirrors to steer.  (Photographs can be seen at www.hotrodhotline.com)


Cruisin' For A Cure presented by Debbie Baker, Ross Kroenert and over 125 volunteers. 14th Annual Show - Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa CA and supporting the CITY of HOPE Prostate Cancer Program. For 14 years now, Debbie Baker has been educating folks about prostate cancer with the best tool she can think of: a classic car show. The Cruisin' for a Cure event in Costa Mesa, CA combines a huge custom/classic auto show with prostate cancer screenings to raise awareness about the disease and encourage early detection and prevention. 
   "I call Cruisin' For A Cure the "Save Your Life" Car Show in California. It's the largest one day charity event in the nation with more than 3500 cars, old and new," explains Debbie. "Over the past 13 years we have tested more than 12,000 men for prostate cancer and have saved over 3,000 men from the disease they would not have known about had they not taken advantage of the free screenings at this event and others." Debbie started the event after her husband was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. She and the team of volunteers and organizers want to make sure that the disease can be identified early. The event is held in September as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness month. She knew that the cars would bring in the crowds, and that the availability of the free screenings would certainly encourage attendees to get their numbers checked. The event has been so successful that a number of shows around the country have sprung up, like Car Show/Cancer Screening franchises. 
   Cruisin' for a Cure is an all volunteer event, and to make sure the fundraising goes directly research, entry and participant checks are made out to the research institution itself. In this case, City of Hope Prostate Cancer Program in Orange County, CA. The event is supported by a number of outside sponsors as well including Meguiar's, Magnaglow, Firestone, America's tires, Interstate Batteries, Mac Tools, Mickey Thompson Tires amongst the 250 vendors. Dave McClellan, the voice of NHRA, acts as MC. In addition to the car show, the event features live entertainment, food, and cruisin' lanes. But the most important facet is the screening component. Debbie will identify survivors and give them blue shirts to wear during the event as inspiration to the other attendees. The efforts are making a difference. 
   "Men are starting to realize that prostate cancer is "not an old man's disease," Debbie explains. "It is claiming 207,000 lives a year. Getting a simple PSA blood test and tracking their numbers for comparison each year to see if they start to go up makes a difference. We are seeing prostate cancer now more and more in men in their early 40's and with more aggressive cancers too. They need to start screening now." Debbie has words for the men directly, "You put oil in your cars, you check your radiators, why not check your own body with a simple blood test? If you want to do the complete exam, that's free too. Last year alone, 26 out of 186 men had a full exam, and came back with suspicious lumps. That exam literally saved their lives." The original Cruisin' for a Cure will be held September 28, 2013 at the OC Fair and Events center in Costa Mesa, CA. Check our events page to find out more about related events in other areas of the country. For more information, go to www.cruisinforacure.com.


I was going through some old memorabilia from when I was in the U.S. Marine Corps.  I was stationed at Imperial Beach Naval Communications Station from July, 1959-January of 1960.  During that time I spent many times hitchhiking from IB to the San Diego ferry.  From the San Diego ferry slip I would walk to Balboa Stadium to watch the Modified racers hash it out at the track.  I recently came across some of the programs from my times there.  I have the July and August programs with the point standings listed as of July 26, 1959 and August 3rd, 1959.  I don't know if there is anyone in the area who collects memorabilia such as this but if there is someone interested in these, let me know.   Mike Mooney, Claremont, North Carolina, mooneyme@earthlink.net.


Hours before  the running of the 2013 Indy 500, the All American Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) announced that “LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth came away with three “podium” finishes for its 2012  motorsports journalism competition. The trackside awards breakfast held May 25, 2013 revealed Noeth scored a pair of first place and a third place for writing and photography all focused on land speed racing.  They  were:
     MAGAZINE COLUMN WRITING 1st place; "From the Demonizers to Humanizers,” Goodguys Gazette, January 2012 / Fuel For Thought column
st place; “Missoula Mile Man,” China Auto Pictorial, July 2012  / Photo of land speed racer Rex Svoboda in feature article
rd place; “Speed King of Queens,” NYTimes.com, October 2012 / Photo of land speed record-setter Eric Ritter
     “It’s a sweet way to start the day,” said a delighted Noeth, “Land speed racing counts a few Indy champs among its ranks so it’s nice to get the nod at another great track. I am particularly pleased the judges recognized the enormous import of positive change demonstrated by the FIA towards the land speed racing community. I tip my pen and click the shutter on behalf of all those daring folks who seek big speed.”
All judging was essentially “blind,” where all credit lines had been removed, except in the Book, Racing Website, and Podcast/Webcast categories.  Judges had the option to not make awards if they felt they were not warranted.  Photography Judge: Professor Emeritus Susan Fleck, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College.  Magazine Column Writing - Professor Emeritus Jerry Miller, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin (Indiana) College.  Interested parties may read the award-wining column at: http://www.landspeedproductions.biz/wp-content/uploads/FFT_Jan12.pdf.  For more information contact: "LandSpeed" Louise Ann Noeth, tech@landspeedproductions.biz


Please find attached my May, 2013 impound report.  It is a bit long - lots of records.  I also have attached the record list in rulebook format.  Feel free to use as you see fit.  Dan Warner
IMPOUND INSIGHTS - May 2013. By Dan Warner
   The first event of the 2013 El Mirage Dry Lakes season started off windy on both Friday and Saturday. Temps in the 90’s kept everyone warm and with a hand on their head to hold the hat on. The two day meet started with tech inspection on Friday and some new vehicles going through. Old friends were greeted and news was caught up with. New friends began what turns into lifelong connections.
   Good news! After some slow starts the past few years the El Mirage 200 MPH Club was pleased to induct four new members. David Isley put a new engine into his A/GRMR and ran a 214 record. David's new hat now joins his red one from Bonneville last year. Bob Jackson, aka Bonniville Bob (note the correct spelling) has a big engine in his AA/GRMR and broke the 220 class minimum by .5 mph. Bob's son Rocky Jackson took a lap on Sunday and was able to bump the record to 222+. The Jackson’s are certainly not the first father/son team to join the club, I am guessing that they are the first to do the trick in the same car at the same meet. Following a successful season in 2012, 4 records at Bonneville and two at El Mirage, the Waters-Manghelli-Romero team had John Romero in the seat in the F/BGR class. John took the car, which is running in memory of Dana Wilson and Mike Waters, to a new 201 record. 
   Other records were set by: Mark Vigeant in the Rice Vigeant H/FL took a really old record at 188.796. Ed Fenn was out with his Ford powered D/GL and bumped his own record to 227. Ed has plans to run 300 at the lakebed, so keep an eye open. Dennis Mariani showed up with the old Seth Hammond, then Bob Button E/BGMR. Dennis had a good shot and set the record to 197. I didn't recognize the car as Mariani Farms vehicle because it was not the usual Mariani red. Pete Aardema arrived with a brand new V4/FRMR, Scott Goetz up, and set the record to 163. The Honda S2000 powered G/FR of Burns-Callaway-Warnock took advantage of 300 MPH Pete (Prentice) driving skills and upped the class record to 150+. It has taken several years to reach the milestone in this class. The 1927 T roadster with blown Mazda power ran in the H/BStR class. Driver Rick Head cranked out a solid 148 record. The multiple cars from the Lattin camp brought in Jimmie Stevens to provide an engine for the new XF/VGCC entry. Jimmie's flathead expertise produced a record of 158, not bad for a '33 Austin coupe. Bill Lattin, SCTA Pres, drove. Neil McAlister had the wheel in the BMR Ferguson Racing XXF/VGAlt. Neil took the bright yellow '32 five window coupe to a 166 record. The other Lattin Austin coupe, the red '31, was driven by young Billy Lattin in the V4F/VGC class under the Lattin/Gillette/Arnett banner. Billy moved that record bar up a notch to 109. Anthony Taormina has a new John Beck built engine in his D/CBGC and used that power to a 197 record. Yet another record was set by the Bob Jucewic driven Cohn Jucewic Monza. Bob is also the engine builder, enough with the records already. 
   Randy and Joshua Hora came out from Texas to test the dirt. Their Nissan runs in the F/BGC class and took a record at Bonneville last year. This time Joshua had the duty and set the class record to 185 MPH. Derek McLeish, last season champion, drove the GT6 coupe to a new record in H/FMS at 149+. The team has renamed their car to McLeish Bracket Racing in honor of the new EM points system. Brian Gillespie has teamed up with Hondata for engines this season. Brian drove the Hasport Hondata Insight to a G/BGMS record of 172. Bill Kennedy had his bright red Corvette out this meet and was able to take the C/GT record at 184. This was a long standing, 1981, record held by Mike Cook. Tom Sauter switched to diesel power at the end of last year, took a record in November and now has bumped the E/DT record to 129.
   The motorcycle impound reported six new records. Jeannie Pflum rode the 1000-A-F Pflum and Wagner entry to a new 193 record. Jim Robinson was on his self named entry, Jim Robinson, in the 1000-A-VG ridding to a new 138 record. Ralph Hudson was on the 1000-APS-BG entry and set a new 229 record. Ralph had to throw away a 231 record because he rode out of the wrong line on that pass. You need to read and understand the El Mirage Procedure Manual when you come to play. Three records in the 1350cc class. Pat Womack on the Womack Tudor Sandin 'busa in the 1350-A-BG class took off and was hitting 235+MPH when he cross the timing strip. Jim Hoogerhyde broke his 1350-APS-F record three times ending up with a best speed of 220. Tom Foley was on his Foley Racing 1350-SC-VF bike setting the record at 128.
   This all adds up to 25 new records, 19 car and 6 bikes. A pretty good two days work by all involved. There are two pending records. One is for engine measurement which must be done before the next meet on June 9th. The other is because of a car entered in the wrong class. The basic rule is if there is a legit class for your car you cannot enter it in another class. This rule includes both the body and engine. The SCTA will not reclassify your vehicle if it is not entered correctly. I’m running out of room. Keep June 9th open for the next event. The ground looks good and it’s early summer weather. See ya there--------------

10.A Special Construction Category

Fuel Lakester - /FL  
H   Rice Vigeant M. Vigeant 05/13 188.796

Gas Lakester - /GL
D   Fenn Motorsports E. Fenn 05/13 227.336 

10.B Vintage Category
Blown Gas Modified Roadster - /BGMR 
E Mariani Farms D. Mariani 05/13 197.483

Fuel Rear Engine Modified Roadster - /FRMR
V4 Aardema Braun Lattin S. Goetz 05/13 163.008

Gas Rear Engine Modified Roadster - /GRMR 
AA Bonniville Bob R. Jackson 05/13 222.167

A Isley Racing D. Isley 05/13 214.609

Fuel Roadster - /FR  
G   Burns-Callaway-Warnock P. Prentice 05/13 150.489

Blown Gas Roadster - /BGR 
F Waters-Manghelli-Romero J. Romero 05/13 201.671

Blown Street Roadster - /BSTR 
H LTD Sights Racing R. Head 05/13 148.856

Vintage Gas Competition Coupe - /VGCC 
XF  Lattin Stevens B. Lattin 05/13 158.775

Vintage Gas Altered Coupe - /VGALT
XXF BMR Ferguson Racing N. McAlister 05/13 166.551

Vintage Gas Coupe - /VGC 
V4F Lattin & Gillette Arnett Bly. Lattin 05/13 109.376

10.C Classic Category
Classic Blown Gas Coupe - /CBGC 
D Anthony Taormina A. Taormina 05/13 197.390

10.D Modified Category
Gas Competition Coupe - /GCC 
F   Cohn Jucewic Monza B. Jucewic 05/13 175.293

Blown Gas Coupe - /BGC 
F   Champion ATM J. Hora 05/13 185.296

Fuel Modified Sports - /FMS
H McLeish Bracket Racing D. Mcleish 05/13 149.502

Blown Gas Modified Sports - /BGMS 
G Hasport Hondata B. Gillespe 05/13 172.522

10.E Production Category
Grand Touring Sports - /GT  
C   Kennedy Racing B. Kennedy 05/13 184.939

10.F Diesel Truck Category
Diesel Truck - /DT  
E STD Racing T. Sauter 05/13 129.636


A-F   Pflum and Wagner J. Pflum 05/13 193.979
A-VG   Jim Robinson J. Robinson 05/13 138.219
APS-BG Ralph Hudson R. Hudson 05/13 229.181

A-BG   Womack Tudor Sandin P. Womack 05/13 235.670
APS-F  Jim Hoogerhyde J. Hoogerhyde 05/13 220.701
SC-VF Foley Racing T. Foley 05/13 128.496


AK AND THE GUYS. By Le Roi Tex Smith 
   I got to know Ak Miller sometime way back when. It was one of those acquaintances that you have where you don’t remember when, or why you met, only that it was. It was at Bonneville, I think, maybe 49 or 50. Somewhere about the time he was working up to do the Mexican Road Race, with that conglomeration of parts the Mexicans were quick to christen El Caballo (the Iron Horse). From the git go, AK (that’s a capital A followed by a capital K, as in Aaaaaa – Kaaay) thought outside the box. Usually way outside.   
   For a while there he had a roadster with a humongous independent front end from some kind of a GM frame I think, and by the time I was on the scene he was starting to expand his shop out in Whittier, California. All this time, he was active in a car club that included Wally Parks and Doc Ostich and Sealed Beams and I think even Jerry Kugel was a member. Kugel was the kid at the Miller garage complex, but he learned quickly. An aside: AK was never in the salt flats 200mph club, despite all his other automotive heroics. So, XXXXXX and Kugel and such nefarious hangers-on fixed up a car in this last decade which they determined that AK should chauffer at B’ville. By then AK was getting on in years, but he treasured his red baseball cap. The fact that he never seemed to drive any of the Nevada roads at anything under 200 didn’t enter the equation. 
   Miller and all those guys in the (Roadrunners) club were totally independent thinkers, and actors. For instance, one night at a club meeting discussion arose over the clubroom telephone costs. Back and forth went the mumbles, until finally frustrated with all the bitching, AK stood up, walked to the phone and summarily ripped it from the wall. “There,” he announced to the not-at-all-shocked club members, “That takes care of the problem.” When I was in the Air Force, flying out of Germany, AK and his crew came over with the El Caballo Two, a purpose built sports car hot rod. The intention was to run the Mille Miglia sports car race in Italy. They didn’t win, and I’ve forgotten what they did do. But AK stayed on to visit with Pegge and me up in Germany. You need to understand Miller was a Scandinavian, so he was not at all pleased with the then recent Germany foray onto the international war games scene. I spent an untoward amount of time, with my broken German language, extricating AK from some tense moments.  
   Miller was a vocal opponent of Richard Nixon. RN went to the same high school with AK, so when Nixon got into politics, AK went ballistic. AK was one of the founding members of the NHRA. Diplomatic he was not. But he was one of the most entertaining story tellers ever. And it is said that every time he told a story it changed, often for the better. I loved to be around one of those story fests, so I could interject a mislaid fact or two, which he could then embellish on and festoon with even greater elucidation. Anyway, if anyone ever does a book on the life of AK Miller, be sure and get one, or maybe two since the second one may be different from the first. In that, it would only be in holding with the man’s history!


NHRA 2013 Holley National Hot Rod Reunion Grand Marshal & Honorees.  NHRA Motorsports Museum. 
   Grand Marshal Preston Davis is considered one of the Southeast’s best fuel racers from the 1960’s and ‘70s. When Raymond Godman switched to Top Fuel racing he hired Davis to drive his Tennessee Bo Weevil. When Funny Cars took over match race bookings they built a Bo Weevil Funny Car as well. He won two Division Top Fuel Championships, a Division Funny Car Championship and is a member of the Division 2 Hall of Fame. 
   Alan Bockla was drag racing’s original king of the Rockies. In 1961 he began Top Fuel racing. A switch to a Woody Gilmore chassis and Chrysler power put him on the drag racing map with back-to-back West Central Division Top Fuel titles. He was first of the so-called mile-high drivers to run 170, 180, 190 and 200 mph. 
   Lynwood Dupuy is one of those rare officials beloved by drag racers coast to coast. Long before computers took their place in the tower, Lynwood’s attention to detail found him keeping records and figuring handicaps by hand. He’s one of those rare people that can perform nearly any function at a drag strip from starter to race director and earned the reputation as being firm but fair. 
   Melvin Heath built his fuel dragster in a shed on his Oklahoma watermelon farm. In 1956 he was first to win two NHRA Regional championships in a single season. At the second NHRA Nationals in Kansas City, Heath narrowly defeated Californian Bob Alsenz to win the dragster class and then took Top Eliminator honors over 351 other entries. 
   At 16 Jon Lundberg stood on an oil drum and announced his first drag race using a megaphone. By 1962 he was announcing at three Michigan tracks. He expanded to national events in 1963 including the legendary March Meet in Bakersfield. Nicknamed the “Voice of Drag Racing” and “Thunderlungs”, he appeared at more than 120 different drag strips between 1964 and 1978. Whenever “Attention in the pits!” is heard, drag race veterans think of Jon Lundberg. 
   Tom Prock has been involved in drag racing since the early ‘60s. He began with gassers and in the early ‘70s switched to Funny Cars. He raced the Warhorse Mustang, then teamed with Al Bergler on the Motown Shaker Vega. In late 1972 Tom joined Fred Castronovo and drove the successful Custom Body Challenger for the next five years. He retired from the wheel in 1979 to became crew chief for Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen. After six years he left the road to work for Venolia Pistons .   
   The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, long a dream of NHRA founder Wally Parks, opened to the public April 4, 1998, after years of planning and months of hard work cataloging and arranging the exhibit. Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture. We collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent our affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. We are the place to view and learn about hot rods, customs, racecars and speed records, and the West Coast's role as the historic center for their past and present development. The Museum features an impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles –- nearly 50 at the Grand Opening -- along with photographs, trophies, helmets and driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings, and other memorabilia chronicling more than 50 years of American motorsports. A gift shop offers a wide variety of souvenir items. The Museum is open during the annual Los Angeles County Fair. Please check the Fairplex website for hours of operation and admission prices (www.fairplex.com).
   Museum admission is just $1 with regular paid Fair admission ticket.  HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extended hours during the NHRA Winternationals and NHRA Finals. Also, hours change during the annual Los Angeles County Fair. HOLIDAYS WE ARE CLOSED: Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. ADMISSION PRICES: Current NHRA members are admitted free. Admission for non-members is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 60 and older, $6 for juniors 6 through 15, and free for children under the age of 5. AAA discount available. 
   HOW TO GET HERE: From the 10 fwy east, exit White Avenue, proceed North, turn left on McKinley Avenue, enter Fairplex Gate 1. From the 210 fwy, exit Fruit Avenue, proceed South, turn right on McKinley Avenue. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona. Call us at (909) 622-2133.  Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Building 3A Pomona CA, 91768 Museum Main Number: 909-622-2133 Museum Fax Number: 909-622-1206 Reunion Hotline: 909-622-8562, themuseum@nhra.com,    www.museum.nhra.com.


STAFF NOTES: Gale Banks sends out a monthly newsletter which is available to the public. To be put on the list send an email to; gbanks@bankspower.com.
  Gale Banks has partnered with The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum to offer Tech Talks in conjunction with the Twilight Cruise Nights car show. The Tech Talks are a series of monthly educational automotive seminars with industry leaders. The first topic was "Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow--How Does an Engine Really Work," about the basics of four-cycle engine operation. Tech Talks are free and open to all Cruise Night guests. Tech Talks are held at 6:00 pm (the first Wednesday of the month) in the Gale Banks Automotive Technology Exhibit inside the museum.  
   Banks Power has partnered with Mike Ryan to set the record this year on Pikes Peak. And yes, we plan to do it with a full-size Big Rig. Gale Banks and Mike Ryan are two men who know how to set records. This June 30th, at the Pikes Peak Annual Hill Climb, they plan to do just that. In our ongoing motorsports program, Banks Power has partnered with Mike Ryan to add Banks Racing equipment to Ryan’s Freightliner Cascadia racer. The Freightliner debuted at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, March 21-23. Mike Ryan has raced a Freightliner Class 8, at the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb, since 1997.
   The addition of Banks Racing equipment will ensure that Ryan has a good chance at setting a new world record, at this year’s 12.4-mile “Race to the Clouds.” Banks Racing has begun working on the Freightliner. We are currently installing our Banks Racing; Ram-Air intake, TechniCooler intercooler and intercooler spray system, StraightShot multistage-multipoint water injection system, Banks iQ Man-Machine Interface (MMI), Banks SpeedBrake system, and Monster exhaust. The crowning touch, according to Gale, will be the addition of our new Banks Super-Turbo, altitude compensating, forced air induction and control system. So follow along with us as we "Banks" this beast and get ready to race to the peak. Follow our Facebook page or visit our website where we will continue to update our progress.


John Hutchinson sent in this list of Drag racing DVD's on sale from Jay Ohrberg at www.hotrodmemories.com, or call Jay at 760-809-0902. 
Lions Dragstrip Part 1 (1955-1962)   
Lions Dragstrip Part 2 (1962-1966)   
Lions Dragstrip Part 3 (1967-1972)   
Tribute to Lions Dragstrip (1955-1972)   
Big Drags - Volume 1   
Big Drags - Volume 2   
Garlits the Legend   
Garlits 2, The Legend Lives On   
Funny Car Summer   
The Lions Roar M/T Invitational 1968   
Drag Racer 1971   
Gathering Speed   
Weekend Warrior   
Drag Racer   
Cool Hot Rod   
Decade of Thrills 2   
Night of Fire   
Top Fuel Sensations   
Nor-Cal Fuelers Scrapbook Video   
Famoso Cacklefest 2004   
Gasser Files 1 & 2   
Wild Shots, Oldies and Goodies   
Front Engine Fueler   
Shoe Box Dream   
Nostalgia Wild   
Raw Drags Adventure   
Bad Boys Altereds 1   
Bad Boys Altereds 2   
Return of the Bad Boys   
X-Treme Nostalgia   
Good Guys Go Wild 2002   
Night of Crackle Flames   
A.N.R.A. "Action Outakes"   
Hot Rod Thunder   
Nightfire Frenzy, Medford   
Gasser Nats 2002, Medford   
Return to Half Moon Bay   
Juggers Racing Team   
AA/Gassers Promo   
A/Fuel Action for Tony Waters  
High Speed Motorsports, Nostalgia, T- Fuel Team   
AA Supercharged Workout, Howard Anderson Hi Lites   
Famoso March meet Oldies   
Cackle Cars 2005-2007
Tom "Mongoose" McEwen Scrapbook video
Don "Snake" Prudhomme Scrapbook video (1960-1980)
Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars
More Nitro Funnys
Heart Like a Wheel
Thunder Down Under
Fast Company Burnout (The Movie)
California Dreamin’
Drag Racing History, NHRA Indy 1967-1969
Drag Racing Yesteryear Style, Volume 1 - Indy 1966-1969
Drag Racing Yesteryear Style, Volume 2 - Indy 1963-1965
Hot Rod Action Early Drag Racing
1953-1958 Detroit National
1959-1966 Drag Racing
60's Style Funny Car and Pro Stock Frenzy Match Race Bonanza!
Match Race Chicago Style!
Match Race Southern Style!
Photo Greats from the Past
Remembering the 60's
Revving Up Memory Lane
Your US 30 Raceway 1970-72
Night of Fire
Man with a Wrench - 1988 Nationals Close Calls
American Dragster - Season One
Wheelstanding Championship, Season One
Quarter Mile
Rock For Love or Money, NHRA 1965 Winternationals
Santa Ana Drags, The Beginning
California Dreaming
Top Fuel Sense-ations
York US 30 Raceway, Yesteryear Drag Race (91 min)
Famoso 2001
Pure Nitro Cackle Fest - 2006
Hot Rod Reunion
Howland Dragstrip, 1957-1962
Drag Racing 1988
Drag Racing 1994
Best of Motorhead, Carlsbad Raceway 
Contact Jay Ohrberg 79880 Horseshoe Rd, La Quinta, CA 92253. Telephone: (760) 809-0902.


ONE OF DRAG RACING’S MOST IMPORTANT VEHICLES IS REBORN - in Southern England.  A special report by Brian Taylor. (Click for PDF)
   You wouldn’t automatically relate southern England with a piece of drag racing history – particularly a vehicle that those in America (the home of drag racing) see as the key to globalising the sport. But since the 1980’s the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu has been the home of Sydney Allard’s part-restored 1961 Allard Chrysler – Europe’s first dragster that last ran in anger at Blackbushe in 1964. With the cancellation of the Brighton Speed Trials this year the restoration has particular significance. Madeira Drive is known by Americans as the oldest drag strip in the world and Sydney Allard drove this dragster at the event in 1961, ’62 and ’63. Five years ago the National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu gave permission for a group of drag racing enthusiasts to complete Brian Golder’s early 1980’s restoration of the car that had been owned by the museum since Brian’s death in 1992. The five year restoration project has been followed by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) in a series of articles to motivate those looking for a career in the motor industry to take up an apprenticeship.
   The first public fire-up of the completed restoration will take place at Northbrook College, Shoreham, Sussex during the afternoon and evening of Thursday June 13th as part of the dragster’s link with IMI Apprenticeship programmes. Entry to the event is by invitation only with apprentices and other IMI members arriving during the afternoon and evening. They will be able to talk to the restoration team members and get close up and personal with the car that started the sport of drag racing in Europe. The dragster will then be transported to the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu where it is a major attraction during the Beaulieu Custom and Hot Rod Festival open to the general public on Father’s Day, Sunday June 16th. The dragster will fired up twice during the day and the event marks the official hand back of the completed project to the museum. Many celebrities from the world of drag racing will attend. This link takes you to a recent test fire-up of the car. We have other footage available and there is film of the car racing back in the early 1960’s. http://youtu.be/akS9hChkIfo.
   The restoration was completed by a group of drag racing enthusiasts who formed the Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG). With Pink Floyd drummer and National Motor Museum Trustee Nick Mason as UK Patron, they have gone on to turn what was a basic rolling chassis with body panels (no engine or clutch but a small box of bits including a blower), into a working exhibit. Director of Collections, National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu, Andrea Bishop says, “As far as I am aware, such a task has never been completed on an iconic exhibit in the UK, by a group of private individuals working in partnership with the museum who own it. The ACAG raised the funds, researched, promoted and publicised the project and provided the expertise and people to carry out the work. It truly is an amazing achievement and a fantastic model for other groups to follow.”  
   The first thing the group needed to do was thoroughly inspect the car to check what level of restoration was possible and then set a rough budget so that they could start raising funds to carry out the work. This was done in 2009 in the museum workshops.   The guestimate was that around 45,000 would be needed to restore the car to parade and fire-up (‘cackle’) condition. It was decided not to take it back to full race condition because this would require many safety modifications that would destroy its unique ‘original’ status. 
   The rolling chassis was taken to shows, stories about the project were published, website and Facebook pages were created, ACAG shirts were sold along with other items such as a brilliant Paul Whitehouse painting of the car. Eventually the group had raised 10,000 – enough to get a 354 cubic inch Chrysler Hemi engine built to replicate that in the original dragster. Michigan based nostalgia engine builder Booth-Arons was commissioned to build it and by the Autosport International show at the NEC in January 2011 the ACAG was able to display the rolling chassis and new gleaming engine to the public. The dragster had its heart and the group could now refurbish or replace the rolling chassis components. 
   More money was raised during 2011 with the aim for that year being to build a basic working dragster before applying final finishes. The first engine fire up was in July of 2012. The car was completely stripped down again early in 2013 so that final chrome and paint finishes could be applied.  By March 2013 the car was again ready for test fire-ups and plans made to officially hand back the completed project to the museum as a working exhibit at the Beaulieu Custom and Hot Rod Festival on June 16th. More details about the project can be found on www.allardchrysler.org, or the Allard Dragster Facebook Page on www.facebook.com/allard.dragster?ref=tn_tnmn.  Contact Brian Taylor – Chairman Allard Chrysler Action Group, Tel 01395 579733, Mob 07702 043411 brian@allardchrysler.org.


Santa Ana Drags,
Click for Image 0990 – 3 members of the Society of Landspeed Racing Historians, (L-R) Roger Rohrdanz, Richard Parks, & President, Jim Miller with Leslie Long (seated).
Click for Image 0995, Click for Image 0996 – Near the corner of Main and Chestnut in Santa Ana, the Main Street Malt building is now The Mill Bakery.

Click for Image 1002 - Pomeroy’s Garage is still there on the opposite side of the street at Main and Chestnut.
Click for Image 0950 – Group picture,
Back row(L-R) – Eileen Date, Gene Mitchell, Ben Iskenderian, Brent Collier, unknown (w/hat), Barry, Doug Wilson, Jim Donoho, Stan Betz, Craig Durham, Bob Marderosian, Leslie Long, John Durham, Bob Falcon, Dave Wallace Jr., Bernie Couch (bald), Dave Cook, Tom Date(sunglasses), unknown, Rich Childers, Warwick Nethercoat(dark hair), Ron Whitney, Chris Wickersham(white hair), Jerry Hart(black hat), Vic Cohen(face hidden), Phil Turgasen.
Front row (L-R) Ron Griebenow, Johnny Ryan, Eldon Harris (yellow shirt), Gene Ellis, Ken Freund(kneeling), Ed Iskenderian, Jim Murphy, Janet Griebenow, Terry Shaw(no hat), Ann Iskenderian, Bud Lang, Susan Whitney, Rose Hartelt, Betty Belcourt, Diane Vandenberg.


Pictures from AK Miller.
Click for Image AK 012BA, Click for Image AK 013BA - AK Miller with his legendary "El Caballo".
Click for Image AK 077BA - AK addresses guests at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.


Main Event at Santa Pod 2009 ~ Photos by M Harley



















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