NEWSLETTER 287 - July 3, 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; ASSIGNED STAFF EDITORIAL, by Richard Parks; For reasons unknown, the Washington Post asked me to comment on Walter Arfons' passing; STAFF NOTES; The following obituary was written by Jim Hill and is reprinted at his request; STAFF NOTES; the following letter comes from Jon Wennerberg, also known as Seldom Seen Slim; The Pre-Trip Team of Bill Lattin, Miriam Macmillan, Jim Dunn, Jim Jensen, Chris Douglas and Alastair Macmillan, has just arrived back from a 4 day trip to groom the salt in preparation for SpeedWeek; EPPING, New Hampshire – The inaugural New England Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at New England Dragway, September 12-14, 2013; STAFF NOTES: the website www.hotrodhotline.com has a Hot Rodders Forum where you can ask questions of the readership; A guy from the Inland Empire Car Club Council emailed me the Tribute story you did for Dave and I wanted to say thank you; The following comes from Glenn F. Campbell at www.autowriters.com; The following events come from www.hotrodhotline.com; Road Runners June 2013 update; I admire everyone on our extremely talented crew; WELL, THINK OUT WHATCHA GOTTA DO. By Le Roi Tex Smith; The goal of the Carbinite LSR team was to break the 500 mph barrier at Bonneville Speed Week 2012 and become the fastest wheel driven car on the planet; I was trying to find out about Lee Chapel's Tornado Bonneville car (Rex Burnett's cutaway view of the Tornado) when I was with Mariella Allinger; I have some fond memories of Wally and Barbara Parks; One of my prized possessions is a Bonneville Speed Trials souvenir program that has your father's signature on it, which had been given to Rex at some time; To get the Gale Banks Engineering newsletter go to gbanks@bankspower.com and request to be added to their mailing list; The 2013 NHRA Motorsports Museum Holley National Hot Rod Reunion kicked off Thursday at Beech Bend Raceway Park in a celebration of the love of the NHRA and the American car culture; STAFF NOTES: The following letter concerns the research on Norris and Leonard Abbott who were early day drag racers; Just a timely reminder about the new Wolfsburg West Contingency Award program beginning in 2013 for all Volkswagen folks racing with a 36hp engine car in the DSS36 or new WW36 categories on the Bonneville Salt Flats at either the USFRA's World of Speed or the SCTA/BNI's Speedweek or World Finals events; An on-line magazine that gives a good look at hot rodding is BLACKTOP MAGAZINE and you can get their mailing list by emailing the owner (known as TBone); Bloodhound SSC is a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph; Something evil this way comes II


GUEST EDITORIAL, by Dyno Don Batyi:  
   I am not a supporter of Ethanol in gasoline. I also strongly feel the USA should have one gasoline standard, not a different standard per state. This would create .30 to .40 cent lower Gasoline prices (as per T. Boone Pickens) and lower the price of new vehicles significantly. Let's not forget lower prices in the grocery store for corn related products. Here is a link to the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) website on Ethanol; it's worth taking a look at. http://www.historicvehicle.org/Resources/Resources/Ethanol.
   I have recently been asked to clarify our Hobby's exemption and I thought I would check out HSC 44011 code to see if there have been any amendments. Google; http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayexpandedbranch.xhtml.  The wording has been change a bit but is about the same. What is starting to kick in now is "older than 35 model years old." If you own a 1976, 1977, or 1978 now you may be exempt from smog inspections and on an on-going basis. I have checked with a few hobbyists who own these years and they were required to get smog checks for their registration. This doesn't surprise me, as the DMV is not very good at these sort of things. Below are "clips" from the code. I would suggest you contact the DMV or BAR to get the issue corrected on your 1976, ‘77, or ‘78 vehicle.
   44011. Health & Safety Code (HSC).
1st clip:
(a) All motor vehicles powered by internal combustion engines that are registered within an area designated for program coverage shall be required biennially to obtain a certificate of compliance or noncompliance, except for the following:
  (1) All motorcycles until the department, pursuant to Section 44012, implements test procedures applicable to motorcycles.
  (2) All motor vehicles that have been issued a certificate of compliance or noncompliance or a repair cost waiver upon a change of ownership or initial registration in this state during the preceding six months.
  (3) All motor vehicles manufactured prior to the 1976 model-year.
2nd Clip:
  (c) For purposes of subdivision (a), a collector motor vehicle, as defined in Section 259 of the Vehicle Code, is exempt from those portions of the test required by subdivision (f) of Section 44012 if the collector motor vehicle meets all of the following criteria: (1) Submission of proof that the motor vehicle is insured as a collector motor vehicle, as shall be required by regulation of the bureau. (2) The motor vehicle is at least 35 model-years old. (3) The motor vehicle complies with the exhaust emissions standards for that motor vehicle’s class and model-year as prescribed by the department, and the motor vehicle passes a functional inspection of the fuel cap and a visual inspection for liquid fuel leaks.
  (d) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2010.


   From time to time I receive requests to publish dates on car show, racing and other events. Here is a response to a person who sent in a request just 12 days before an event was scheduled.
   “Today is the 18th and your event is on the 30th. The secretary for the website owner is going on a work assignment and won’t be available. There have been problems with last week's issue because of computer hacker attacks, which has taken up a lot of her time. I've been holding this week’s current issue up because of the problems faced by the website. By the time the secretary gets back, she will have higher priorities to fulfill for her employer, so it might not be until after your event when she gets the SLSRH Newsletter online. It does absolutely no good to send notices in the same month or even two months ahead. I assume it was the promoter of your event that delayed notification to you, as this seems to be standard operating procedures with car events these days. What I will do, and you should do as well, is send your notices in directly to the website owner and ask them to post it to all the pertinent sites they own as soon as they can. Even then it might be a week before anything happens. Your best bet now, in the next twelve days is to start calling people by telephone and ask them to call their friends. With such short notice you may find that people have already scheduled some event for that day.”
   The Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter is historical in nature. We try to accommodate current news and event dates for shows, reunions and racing events if at all possible. What we have been seeing lately is that museums and promoters have been scheduling events with very short notice, often within two weeks of an event. In effect, venue sites overbook, just as the airlines do. This means that they don’t give smaller events a date until almost the very last minute, holding off for fear that if they don’t, a bigger event might appear on their doorstep and they will lose the business. Since great venue sites like the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, the Automotive Driving Museum and the Los Angeles County Fairplex are essential to a successful event, and then we must accept the dates that they give us or seek other places to hold the event. 
   Every year there are more and more organizations requesting venue sites for their events. Automotive sporting groups are not the only one’s looking for places to hold their events. We are in competition with everyone for that choice spot and so we are at the mercy of the site owner. As long as car shows, reunions, banquets, etc are small in nature, we will have to wait for an opening that is available and we are often kicked off of our date when a bigger show wants that same date. It’s a fact of life these days and we had better get used to it. I’ve always said that a group should find a good date and venue site and never change it, because attendees at our events like to form habits and calendar their lives accordingly. Switching from one venue site and date to other sites and dates leads to confusion and dwindling attendance. Changes mean that the group’s PR and advertising committees (I hope you have them for your group) have to work harder than usual to compensate for the new dates and venue sites. But the bottom line is to get that place and date as early as you can and notify everyone by phone call, written flyers, emails, website notices and face to face contacts with people.


For reasons unknown, the Washington Post asked me to comment on Walter Arfons' passing. The obit writer was very generous to him and motorsports. In death, Walter gets some "cred" that was due him in life, he never sought the spotlight. He etched an indelible mark in drag racing, land speed racing and showmanship. Some of you who are receiving this may have never known him, but I felt you should know of his passing and reflect. I share the link is below, or simply search the newspaper's obits (it is in the top slot). http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/walt-arfons-drag-race-champion-and-race-car-designer-dies-at-96/2013/06/08/9d86a958-cf94-11e2-8f6b-67f40e176f03_story.html.  Speedy Regards, "LandSpeed" Louise Ann Noeth
   STAFF NOTES: Walt Arfon's obituary with LandSpeed Louise's quotes can be found in last week's issue #286.


STAFF NOTES; The following obituary was written by Jim Hill and is reprinted at his request.
“Please print: Sunday June 9, 2013. Jim Hill”
   Harvey J. Crane Jr, 81, founder of Crane Cams, Inc, and a pioneer figure in the racing and performance automotive industry, passed away peacefully with family at his side on May 31, 2013. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 2PM at First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, 118 N. Palmetto Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. Interment will follow at Daytona Memorial Park. A visitation will be held the night before on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 5PM to 8PM at Lohman Funeral Home Daytona, 1423 Bellevue Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. 
   It was at age thirteen that Harvey discovered hot rods, which let him to a lifetime fascination with modifying engines to increase their power output. In his teen years Harvey gained a reputation for building fast, powerful and reliable flathead Ford V-8 engines for Florida racers. He later opened a part-time business, building race engines while working in his father’s machine shop. 
   On January 1, 1953, Harvey opened Crane Engineering in a rented corner of his dad’s shop in Hallandale, Florida. By the mid-1960’s Crane Cams had caught and surpassed its competitors, becoming the largest racing cam company in the industry. By the 1970’s Crane Cams were being used to win races on the NASCAR circuit, in all categories and by both major race teams and privateer racers. In the 1980’s Crane Cams built a new facility in Daytona Beach, Florida and in 1985, Harvey closed his plant in South Florida and consolidating all operations in Daytona Beach. In 1989, Harvey “retired” from Crane Cams but still remained active in his passion. 
   He began offering classes in designing camshaft lobe profiles using knowledge gained in a half-century of involvement in the business. Harvey’s “Cam School” eventually attracted more than 100 students from every element of the automotive industry. Harvey Crane’s memory and his legacy will remain as long as there is a fine-tuned, properly prepared racing engine delivering its song to a race track and racing fans. 
   Other than his entrepreneurial accomplishments, Harvey was a certified ham radio operator, boat captain, fisherman, a private pilot and a loving husband and father. He often would fly or travel by sea with his family to the Bahamas on weekend excursions. Harvey also proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, David Crane, Steven Crane, Mona Crane, Susan (Greg) Farris; grandchildren, Ryan and Zachary Crane, Holly Banos, Madelyn Farris; two great-grandchildren; and his faithful dog, Stormy. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Maxine Crane and his first wife and mother of his children, Mildred Crane Hoisington. 
   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, 4850 SW 52nd Street, Davie, Florida 33314.  Arrangements are under the careful supervision of Lohman Funeral Home Daytona. Condolences are welcome and may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.


STAFF NOTES; the following letter comes from Jon Wennerberg, also known as Seldom Seen Slim.
   "You certainly may use it (obituary notice on the website). I always appreciate it when something from the www.landracing.com website is used - and even more so if the user gives attribution. Thanks. And since it was posted on the site by Dan Warner I suppose you might keep his name there, although by posting it on the site I guess it becomes public. Nonetheless, Dan is president of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club and speaks for the Club.” Jon Wennerberg a/k/a Seldom Seen Slim


The Pre-Trip Team of Bill Lattin, Miriam Macmillan, Jim Dunn, Jim Jensen, Chris Douglas and Alastair Macmillan, has just arrived back from a 4 day trip to groom the salt in preparation for SpeedWeek. We were joined by USFRA members Larry Volk and Garry Wilkinson. The team found great salt conditions; nine plus miles on Course 1, eight plus miles on Course 2, five plus miles on Course 3 and four miles on Course 4. The depth of the salt varied considerably, but the 600,000 plus tons of salt pumped back by Intrepid this year, appears to have made a difference. Of course the weather conditions the salt flats experience in the next 40 days will play a big part in what we eventually get, but it is a good start. A huge thank you to the group who worked flat out for two days; 7am to 5pm, locating and marking courses, and dragging many, many miles. We also took the opportunity to touch base with lots of businesses in town, putting up posters, and continuing good public relations.  We look forward to seeing you all on the salt very soon. Your BNI Board. (Sent in by Ron Main)


EPPING, New Hampshire – The inaugural New England Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at New England Dragway, September 12-14, 2013. https://tix.extremetix.com/Online/?siteID=3666&cartID=2cc035b8-de9b-427f-a3fa-052cf153e160.
   The legions of New England area fans will now have a nostalgia drag racing and hot rodding event all their own. As part of the celebration, the NHRA Museum is offering free admission for children 15 and younger with the purchase an adult ticket. Plus, fans will want to purchase their tickets early for extra savings and a goody bag filled with an official event program, dash plaque and collectible hard card. AAA members -show your card and save.
   Produced and benefiting the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, the family-friendly Reunion is a three day festival of speed, hot rods and American automotive enthusiasm. Race fans will enjoy rubbing elbows with many heroes of drag racing’s past and enjoy watching the heart-pounding nostalgia drag racing action on the track throughout the event.
   The fun kicks off on Thursday, opening day, with thrilling Hot Heads nostalgia racing on the track and a sea of beautiful hot rods, customs and collectible cars in the Show ’N Shine area for fans to admire. More racing and a special Grand Marshal and Honoree Reception highlight Friday’s festivities. Saturday night’s grand-finale Cacklefest® show promises to bring tears to your eyes as dozens of nitro-burning historic, front-engine dragsters and other classic race cars are push-started and fired up on the dragstrip just like in the 1950’s and '60’s. The roar of the engines and flame-throwing headers creates an amazing symphony of “cackling” sights and sounds that only old iron motors can produce on nitro.
   Legendary New England drag racer Jimmy King of Rhode Island is the Grand Marshal of the inaugural event. King and the late Don Marshall comprised one of the best NHRA Top Fuel drag racing teams in the East Coast during the 1960’s and ‘70’s.
   To purchase tickets for the inaugural New England Hot Rod Reunion, please visit www.NHRAtix.com or call (800) 884-NHRA (6472). Racing, Car Show, Vendor and Swap Meet participant entry forms are also available for download off the website. For more information about the Hot Rod Reunions, please call the NHRA Motorsports Museum at 909-622-2133 or visit www.NHRAMuseum.org.


STAFF NOTES: the website www.hotrodhotline.com has a Hot Rodders Forum where you can ask questions of the readership. I went there and it had a lot of interesting questions and subjects. It just might be the way to get help for that difficult rebuild project of yours.


   A guy from the Inland Empire Car Club Council emailed me the Tribute story you did for Dave and I wanted to say thank you. I was wondering if you could email me the picture you have of Dave in as High of a resolution as possible?  It's a great picture of Dave and I want to use it to make a large poster that I will bring to the Inland Empire Car Club Councils 17th Annual Show & Shine Car Show on Sunday July 14, 2013. They have been kind enough to give me a spot near or at the Registration area to setup Dave's Poster so people who wanted to write a short note or just sign it can. I will then photograph the signed poster and make 3 exact copies and send them to Dave's father, brother and sister. I want them to know how many people cared about their brother and son.  If you have time and think it’s appropriate for your readers, would you mind posting this info about Dave's Poster and the Car Show in your next addition?  I'll attach the Car Show Flyer.  Thank you so much for taking the time to honor Dave. Don Faust
   DON: I don't have any photos of Dave.  The photograph of Dave sitting on a chair at the Museum in Pomona belongs to Roger Rohrdanz. Contact him at
beachtruck@juno.com for permission to use that photograph. As for publicizing the car show, www.hotrodhotline.com (HRHL) is very generous toward the hot rodding and car show community.  They provide this huge forum for car clubs to send in releases and after the show to send in photos, captioned or not.  HRHL is also the biggest such website out there doing this for the car culture.  They also publish reviews of books, movies, and magazines and stories and biographies on car racing personalities.  They would like to have you send in releases, the more the better and to publish photographs and a story on the car show after it is held.  Contact Andreanna Ditton at Internet Brands who is the Editor of the website.  She is very helpful. 


The following comes from Glenn F. Campbell at www.autowriters.com;
     "The film SNAKE AND THE MONGOOSE is due in movie theaters September 6, 2013.  It is not a jungle epic, unless you consider drag-racing in its ascending years a jungle of struggle.  It celebrates the traveling funny car duels of Don, the ‘Snake,’ Prudhomme and Tom ‘the Mongoose’ McEwen.  Their contentious 200-mile-per hour trips down the drag strip drew fans and helped popularize the sport."
     Denise McCluggage, is the 2013 Sponsorship Team Chairperson for the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY.  She deems it, "a charming place with the right vibes for getting things done."  And adds, "I spend half my working existence looking for something so I am deeply impressed by people who make a science of knowing where something actually is."  Check
www.racingarchives.org for more information about the Center and how to contribute.  To learn about the actual effect of speed on fuel economy, check: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/01/thomas-20130117.html.  
     George Barris, Eric Grant, Wade Kawasaki, and Joe Schubeck are the 2013 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees. They and new SEMA board members will be installed at a gala banquet July 28 at the Sheraton in Pomona. For more information call Jamie Eriksen at
jamiee@sema.org or call 909-978-6737.
      Briggs Cunningham, the only American to win yachting's America's Cup and auto racing championships, will be honored by the Blackhawk Museum near San Francisco with a display of his cars throughout July.


The following events come from www.hotrodhotline.com.  Many of these events have passed and I’m including them in case you want to mark your calendar for next year’s events. Be sure to notify me well in advance of your event.
GoodGuys - 16th Colorado Nationals June 7-9, 2013. Over 2,000 Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks thru '72. All American Sunday. Goodguys Autocross. Vendor & Manufacturer Exhibits. Ahwooga.com Swap Meet. AutoTrader Classics Cars 4 Sale Corral. Model & Pedal Car Show. Live Music Entertainment. Revell Model Car Make n’ Take, Clowns & More.  
NHRA Motorsports Museum - Summer Kicks off With Ladies Night June 5th Twilight Cruise. Summer is here and the hot rods are revved up for "Ladies Night" at the monthly NHRA Motorsports Museum Twilight Cruise presented by Prolong Super Lubricants on Wednesday, June 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.   
Somernites Cruise - Weekend June 20th-21st-22nd. "Mayberry Memories" featuring Rodney Dillard & the Dillard Band (The Darlings), Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling) and Mayberry Deputy/David Browning in a salute to everyone's favorite little town. Bring your lawn chairs and your funny bone.    
NSRA - Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals June 21 - 23, 2012, at Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado.  
Steve's Auto Restorations Open House June 29, 2013 to be held at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Steve’s Auto Restorations is a full service restoration and custom street rod fabrication shop that is well known for its award-winning creations such as the 1955 Nomad “Newmad,” 1937 German built Ford “The Baron” and the Double Dozen ’33 Roadster.   
35th Annual Wheels Of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree August 23-25, 2013. The Wheels of Time Annual Rod & Custom Car Jamboree is held every year on the weekend BEFORE Labor Day weekend.   
Anpac Chrome Show for Kids Saturday, September 21, 2013. The event occurs every year at the ANPAC Corporate Centre parking lot, which is on the corner of Sunshine Street and Glenstone Street in Springfield, Missouri.   
East Coast Indoor Nationals East Coast Indoor Nationals Car And Custom Motorcycle Show Timonium, Maryland Cow Palace December 7-8, 2013 This is the largest indoor All American car and custom motorcycle show on the East Coast and will feature over 300 cars, trucks, and bikes, vendors, 50/50, live entertainment, and more.
Wheels of Time Street Rod Association is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the art of street-rodding. Our members enjoy displaying their handiwork at many local and national events. We host many such events every year right here in our own Lehigh Valley. Our premier event is the fantastic Rod and Custom Jamboree held each August in Macungie, PA. Over 2000 street rods and custom cars are on display every year at this popular event. 


Road Runners June 2013 update: Two meets are in the books. Results and pictures are posted on our Results Webpage. (http://www.ussarcherfish.com/roadrunners/results.htm).  The Club welcomed new members Basil Schmidt in May and Dave Ward in June.  The Road Runners, acting on the suggestion of member Vic Enyart (1950-1953, 2013) have added an amendment to our Constitution & By-Laws, creating a new level of membership.  The Life Member category is created to honor those early members, still with us, who helped found our Club, kept it alive during WWII and brought it back strong following the War.  Below is the new section added:
     H. Life Member (Amendment to Constitution & By-Laws, 6/11/13)
1) Any original member of the Club (Charter Member) may join the Road Runners as a Life Member (Associate Member). There will be no dues charges for Life Members.       
2) Life Member eligibility will include any Road Runners who were active members, at any time, from 1937 to and including 1949.
3) Potential Life Members may be self nominated or nominated by a current Club Member.  We will be creating a letter of invitation and other related materials to support this new category of membership.  We know of several candidates and will be attempting to contact them.  We are searching for others.  Please contact us via our website (http://www.ussarcherfish.com/roadrunners/) or FaceBook Group page (Road Runners - SCTA) if you can help us locate surviving Road Runners members from 1937 through 1949. (posted 6/28/13) Jerry Cornelison,
glc311@att.net, Road Runners - SCTA (est. 1937) http://www.ussarcherfish.com/roadrunners.
     JERRY: I think this is a great idea, but why don't you include prior members from the 1950's and '60's?  And speaking on behalf of the children of founding members who are deceased, I'll bet they would like to become non-voting associate members too.


I admire everyone on our extremely talented crew. We need to respect the knowledge and talents that we each bring to the table; that's how we succeed. Steve Watt at Maxwell Industries designed and built an excellent water tank for the Demon and it has performed well for the past 5 years and has survived every type of engine failure known to man and yes and even a blown head gasket.   
   Run 1 on 9/15/12 we had a programming error, causing a failed injector in one cylinder which melted a hole in the cylinder head causing boosted pressure in our coolant system. The result was a damaged water tank from the extreme pressure. This caused a lot of lost time in the repair of the damaged tank.  With our awesome crew the tank was repaired before the spare engine was put in. The only way we could have prevented the lost time in the repair was to have a spare water tank.   
   We do not need to redesign a new round water tank that can hold extreme pressure as the water pump seal would fail @ 300psi. Then the welds, fittings, hoses, and filler cap will be the next to fail. A spare tank with the same shape way will do just fine. The old tank will then become our spare. The real cure would be to add a relief/by-pass safety valve and a water line to discharge the excess pressure and water out the rear of the car; (1 - 2” line) with a maximum pressure of 30 pounds (+-), McMaster 4k02k29-62, or a remote turbo bypass valve or even burst panels on the tank [Black Salt Racing]. Cup and F-1 teams are also running pressurized cooling systems and require a radiator that can handle coolant pressures over 200 psi.  Ron Main


   A recent letter to a magazine editor complained that a how-to article did not contain enough specific information, yada, yada, yada. Through the years I’ve edited so many of the same kinds of letter I could gag. Essentially, there is a certain number of so-called car enthusiasts who will not/cannot use their thinking gourd. The cannots I understand, the will nots are irksome. At best. I suggest they should do jigsaw puzzles. On second thought, that might require too much grey matter as well. 
   A typical complaint would be “Great article, but you did not tell where a frame hole should be for a motor mount. And, how about explaining more on moving the seat back. Also, you didn’t show how to use the feeler gauge thoroughly enough for setting the valves. Too, you mention moving the radiator lower hose outlet. Where can I get a kit for this? The letter writing pen pals (now internet dorks) end up turning into unwanted and unneeded pests. Invariably, they end up wanting your phone number so they can call (usually at night, sometimes collect) and visit. Then they can tell their friends how you are such a close friend, going way back to last week! In the end, they end up asking if maybe you can come over and show them how to do the job, even better, do it for them. Although you live on the left coast and they are just out of Baltimore! 
   Thankfully, on the web, they discover a multitude of like non-minded. It usually turns out that these vacuum heads are really working on an old Plymouth six that aunt Matilda left them, their tools are limited to a screwdriver and Crescent wrench (hammer is optional), and they intend to set a land speed record with their result. Next week, of course. It’s not that these thimbleheads aren’t enthusiastic, it is only that they have no clue whatever in what is involved in building a hot rod (or custom). Almost universally, they have no experience in mechanics, at any level. They usually have few or no friends with any mechanical qualifications, and they come from the wrong side of the automotive tracks to take on such projects. In reality, they would be better suited to becoming fledgling sports car fanatics. 
   Because these guys don’t know where to go, they have no clue on how to get there. Which is all OK, but what they gotta do is put in some homework along the way. No instant gratification, unless of course they got a hefty bank account and the smarts to have someone else do the grunt work. Back a hunnert or so years, I did a ton of engine swap stories in the likes of Hot Rod and Rod & Custom magazines. During the Fifties and Sixties engine swaps were the diamond lane tickets. They really weren’t too difficult to do, even for the most intellectually challenged, but they did require some planning and a lot of measuring stick thinking. It was absurd the number of letters I would get about specific swaps. Almost universal was the complaint from the cerebral disadvantaged, “Great article on putting a Whizmobile V20 into a Gogomobile. But you didn’t give a pattern for engine mounts. And what do I do about the steering?” I’m positive these scribes went on to be CEO’s of major investment houses, or political party leaders. 
   In an effort to remedy these obvious vacancies in the hot rod enthusiast frontal lobes, the magazines would run annual articles on How To Read, and Guide To Mental Exercises. Most of those great guidelines went unheeded. Today, the interest has shifted from engine swaps to chassis changes, brake upgrades, painting tips, and too often, how to buy a manufactured product for instant gratification and peer adulation. Reading, and applying, the product installation directions does not seem to be part of the National Understanding. On the other hand, too many of those product instructions are written by those aforementioned CEO’s.


The goal of the Carbinite LSR team was to break the 500 mph barrier at Bonneville Speed Week 2012 and become the fastest wheel driven car on the planet.  See www.carbinitelsr.com.  Sent in by Ron Main        
     RON: Obviously they didn't break the record, but are they going to try again in 2013?


I was trying to find out about Lee Chapel's Tornado Bonneville car (Rex Burnett's cutaway view of the Tornado) when I was with Mariella Allinger.  Her father, Bob Allinger, built the Tornado for Lee Chapel (of Lee's speed shop in Oakland, California).  I am also a reporter and writer for the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter for Northern California.  When I was talking to you on the phone back then, 3-4 years ago, I did not know that (Rex) had passed away.   I was new at knowing the history on Rex Burnett.  I admired his incredibly talented ideas of coming up with such extraordinary artwork.  I hope you can give us some details on how Rex started out on his idea.  I have never owned a Rex Burnett drawing, and wished that I had.  It's an honor to see Burnett's great work.  Spencer Simon

     I can help you with establishing the value of whatever Rex Burnett art you have.  I bought an original Rex Burnett ink drawing from a collector/dealer in Pennsylvania, and he allowed me to digitally scan another Rex Burnett ink drawing that I did not buy from him.  The drawing I scanned was Rex's ink drawing of Art Chrisman's Dry Lakes Machine.  Because Chrisman's car itself was a better known car and probably set some speed record, the dealer offered to sell the drawing for $3,500.  I bought Rex's drawing of a lesser known car called Koehnle/Horning for $500.
     If you perchance owned the ink drawing of the Pierson Brother's coupe, for example, it would probably be worth $4,500 or more, because of the fame of the Pierson Brothers.  I would be interested to know what drawings you have, as I am working on cataloging all of Rex's drawings.  I have already scanned two of Rex's original ink drawings that belong to dragster builder Kent Fuller.
     I want to assure you, that even though the ink drawings of Rex's were fished out of a dumpster at HOT ROD Magazine's old headquarters, I am making no claim on ink drawings that are now in the hands of collectors.  I understand that present time owners of Rex's ink drawings have probably had to pay for them.  You can ask Kent Fuller if I ever gave him any trouble over his ownership of his two Rex Burnett ink drawings.  My only claim is that I purchased the copyright to all of Rex's work, which is applicable even to drawings in other people's possession.  This is very standard for original art.  A collector buys the art, and the artist (or heir) owns the copyright.  If you feel comfortable doing so, you could tell me which drawings you have and I could try to establish some value for them.  John Simon Burnett 


I have some fond memories of Wally and Barbara Parks.  I spent approximately 10 years (1964-74) of my early life as liaison between Jack Hart (NHRA Executive Director) and O.V. Riley (president of Chrondek engineering).  My work included arriving at facility 2 weeks prior to a event, setting up the NHRA timing equipment, Christmas tree, and start/finish-line optics.  I also built the first audio talkback control system for Bob Daniel's pit control.  I designed the first four tenth sec tree with Jack Hart, Buster Couch, and racers input.  I installed the first scoreboards at Indy, and the very first predesigned crowd/pit control Audio system installation and left it at Pomona
     Ernie Schorb was Liaison between NHRA, Wally, and the manufacturers.  The Cabriolets road club ran the official timers for the events.  There were a hell of a lot of great people running these events.  I was blessed to play a part in the enormous and complex organization that your dad formed.  My memories of Wally were brief, but I remember an individual who knew how to delegate authority amongst others and let us "do our thing."
     I have a single picture of all of us on Detroit Dragway for the first NHRA Nationals.  In 1974 I recall going to the third floor of the DA tower in Indy and saying "good bye" to the division directors and your dad.  It was time to move on.  I have blocks, bits and fragments of "behind the scenes" to build on, BUT I need others (like Jim Hill) to straighten out pieces when things get hazy.  Maybe someone should supply a basic structure for each of us to contribute our thoughts. Jerry Tyson
   JERRY: My brother David and I collect history on our father's life and on other people in auto racing.  I would be glad to help you by editing your history, stories or biographies.  Every detail is important for we don't know what future generations will find of importance in what we are saving for them.  If you start on your biography the guideline is simple; write for 15 minutes, stop and send it to me to edit and then I will send you back the revised bio with more questions.  We are done when you think your story is complete.  It usually takes about an hour of your time and an hour of mine.  You should end up with two versions; a short bio for the public and a longer bio for your family.  Only that which you want to add will go into your story.  I very much would like to know more about the early east coast car clubs and the NHRA presence.  Also about Riley, Hart, Daniels, Schorb and Couch and anything you can add on my father and step-mother.  Thank you for your knowledge.  We appreciate it very much.  I usually publish emails in the newsletter unless they are marked confidential or they are not pertinent to straightline racing.  
     I remember Jack Hart well.  He was a kind man who always looked after his staff and guests.  He was very efficient too and when he had his heart attack I can remember the stunned look on people's faces and some even saying that the NHRA will have a very difficult time surviving.  They felt so dependent on his abilities and skill.  Hart also had a very calming effect on the staff when everything was crazy and out of control.  Nobody has ever been able to explain why my stepmother could get so angry at Hart as to throw a pair of scissors at him in the "Famous Flying Scissors Incident."  I still see some of Hart's old friends at the Santa Ana Drags Reunions in April and October.  We see Stan Adams and Hart's granddaughter Angelique occasionally.  We are very interested in your story, especially about the early timing and computer programming.  I remember the division directors trying to figure out how to program and use the early computers and asking everyone, including the janitors if they knew what to do.  They knew that they had to adapt and change to computers, but they weren't enthusiastic about it. 


One of my prized possessions is a Bonneville Speed Trials souvenir program that has your father's signature on it, which had been given to Rex at some time.  I wish I had been around to witness the interactions between my father and yours as well as interaction with Tom Medley and other luminaries.  The reason why I mentioned "making no claim" on Rex's art that is in other people's hands is that I got word that there is one collector who does not want anyone to know that he has some Rex Burnett art.  There are stories about missing art that is finally recovered, it changes hands a few times, and then the artist or family member tries to get it back away from whomever has it at the time.  Collectors of rare or special art might be concerned about such stories and want to be protective.  I don't want any collector of Rex's art to have any reason to feel uneasy about me or Brian (Burnett) knowing that they have some of his work.
     After Tom Medley fished Rex's art (and Tom's cartoons) out of the dumpster at HRM, he contacted Rex to ask him if he wanted his ink drawings back.  Rex himself told me this.  Rex told Tom Medley to do whatever he liked.  That's how I understand the story.  I am grateful that collectors value Rex's work, and I think their ownership of it "advertises" the work to other people.  I also thank Kent Fuller for allowing me to see two of Rex's original ink drawings for the first time in my life, back in 2009.  Rex was mostly through with automotive illustration a year before I was born, so there are a lot original inks that I have not seen - just the reproductions in HRM.  Brian was lucky enough to actually see Rex working at the drawing board back in the 1950’s, and he hired Rex to make the Deucari drawing around 25 years later.  You have my permission to reprint my words above and below, and I encourage you to edit out anything unnecessary or awkward, as long as the result represents me fairly.   John Simon Burnett
   JOHN: I understand how you feel, for we also have objects that are gone and not listed in the inventory of the estate.  I have discussed this with others and also with the museum that bears my father's name.  I'm not interested in retrieving these objects only in making sure that Family Historical objects are copied and thus not lost to my father's descendants.  And many people have been very generous in copying letters, photographs and other objects and sharing them with us.  The originals belong to someone else at this point.  Jim Miller, Roger Rohrdanz and I founded the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians (SLSRH) some years back to address this very issue; the preservation of artifacts.  All of us have collections that are substantial, but it is the preservation of records that is the key issue.  If artifacts are shared by collectors and they value them, then we have succeeded.  The monetary value is not the issue.  You have brought up a sensitive issue and one that I have editorialized on in the SLSRH Newsletter at length.  There is no easy answer.  The amount of historical racing collectibles and artifacts that are destroyed by neglect, loss, fire, rust, decay and other means is horrendous.  With the loss of an artifact comes a loss of knowledge, for history is attached to objects.

     Not only do we lose history in these ways, but the worst is by simple neglect.  We fail to caption our photographs and an uncaptioned picture becomes nearly worthless over time.  We also fail to write our biographies and thus over the generations no one remembers us.  We fail to write down our stories; which tells our descendants what we were really like and what we believed in.  We fail to record a short history or provenance of our most prized possessions and thus they are often considered junk by the unknowing and tossed away.  We also fail to leave a detailed will so that our historical possessions end up in the hands of the next generation that will respect and keep those objects.  Even museums are not a completely safe place for historical objects.  The San Diego Air Museum burned to the ground some four decades ago and they lost some priceless and rare airplanes.  Museums often sell off parts of their collections in order to survive financially.  Your effort to catalog and archive the Rex Burnett paintings and drawings is to be commended.  Over time collectors will come to see what you are trying to do and assist you in your goal.  My brother David and I face somewhat the same problem as many people have objects for which they have no clear title to. 
     In the pages of the SLSRH Newsletter we have shared a great deal of knowledge, photographs and stories.  It is our view that making the material public is the best way in which to ensure that it is never lost.  The originals may be lost, but knowledge of the event, photograph or relic will live on.  We have done a great many biographies and I would like to encourage you to write your biography, going as far back in time as you can, then including your father and finally your generation.  I recommend two bios; a longer one for the family and a shorter, less personal one for the public.  You should also begin to caption all your photos with acid free labels attached to the back of the pictures; list the WHO, WHAT, WHERE and WHEN.  Another goal is to compile all the stories that you can of your father and those in your family.  Stories are the backbone of a family's belief system and something your descendants will enjoy reading.  I would be happy to help you put together a biography on Rex.  I would like to know more about your project and publish it in the newsletter, because what Rex did was quite popular and is an important historical topic for our publication to pursue. 


To get the Gale Banks Engineering newsletter go to gbanks@bankspower.com and request to be added to their mailing list. 
   Banks Power and Mike Ryan Motorsports’ Pikes Peak Freightliner is nearing completion. As more components come together, the Banks Super-Turbo is beginning to take shape. The Banks Power Super-Turbo configuration on the Freightliner’s 14.7L Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine includes a positive displacement twin-screw 8.3-liter supercharger that feeds a massive 110mm turbocharger. Pressurized air then travels through the TechniCooler air-to-air intercooler before entering the manifold at about 60-70 PSI. This combination can produce 180 PSI boost at sea level, but as you can see, we intend to use quite a bit less. In fact, we only need half that to shatter the previous record. They ran a higher level of boost last year, but this set-up we are designing is far more efficient and require less boost pressure to deliver the desired density. 
   The Banks StraightShot multistage-multipoint water injection system (full race version) is an integral part of this configuration. It includes multiple pumps, nozzle arrays and solenoids feeding into various stages of the airstream to increase density and optimize the power. And to allow this beast to breathe (3,000+ CFM potential), a custom Ram-Air intake (altitude compensating, forced air induction and control system) with three separate air filters is being built to make sure we do not lose any critical air flow at high altitude.  Intercooler misting along with brake cooling will also be provided by the Banks StraightShot water injection system.  A custom built 304 Stainless mandrel bent exhaust manifold that features 2-1/4 inch equal length primaries double slip jointed at the collector and 5/8-inch thick header flange. The 6-to-2-to-1 header features a unique collector that mounts the two 60mm wastegates. After feeding the turbocharger the engine exhaust exits through a 5-inch Monster® Exhaust system.


The 2013 NHRA Motorsports Museum Holley National Hot Rod Reunion kicked off Thursday at Beech Bend Raceway Park in a celebration of the love of the NHRA and the American car culture. The three day event features the finest in classic cars from across the country as well thrilling nostalgia racing. “We’re off to a great start here at the NHRA Motorsports Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance,” Steve Gibbs, event director. “Great car counts, and top of the line cars in all classes. Nostalgia categories, great collection of street rods, we got it all here. A wonderful weekend and the weather has been good, the forecast is favorable and things are right on the money. We are pleased and ready to go.” 
   Cars with paint jobs so deep and rich captured the blue skies in the reflection of their flawless paint schemes as they flowed into the facility before the sun came up to be first in line for the Axalta Coatings Show ‘n’ Shine judging that took place across the rolling hills of the facility grounds. The judges will have a tough time picking winners as custom cars from days gone by wowed those in attendance. Racing action on the Beech Bend Drag Strip was also on tap with the Hot Heads Eliminator qualifying and exhibition runs thrilling the fans to intense drag racing action.
   Nostalgia Top Fuel was the star of the racing with Roger Lechtenberg leading the field in the first round of qualifying. His run of 5.890 seconds at 250.60 mph earned him the current No. 1 qualifying position. Denver Schutz had the top speed of the day at 251.02 mph. Junior Fuel also took to the track and put on a show for the fans in the unique covered grandstands on each side of this historic track. Oide Coker leads the field at 7.417 at 179.64 mph. Dennis Breeden led the Nostalgia Super Stock category. The evening concluded at the Holiday Inn Convention Center with the free cruise inn and celebration where thousands of car buffs of all ages filled the parking lot to capacity. The action at the NHRA Motorsports Museum Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance continues on Friday and Saturday with gates opening at 8 a.m. each day. Tickets are $25 per day and can be purchased at the track.  Results from the racing can be found on DragRaceCentral.com.  Reprinted courtesy of


STAFF NOTES: The following letter concerns the research on Norris and Leonard Abbott who were early day drag racers. It was sent in by Michael Kaufman. 
   “After re-connecting with my older sister, Linda, we were talking of things from our childhood. I was telling her about a trophy I had when I was young. It was one that was presented from a benefit race for my father after his death in 1958. I had the trophy for a few years, but it disappeared in a move, and I was told it must have been lost.  So I was doing a search on the internet for a similar type of trophy that I could show my sister as she did not remember it. And to my surprise, I found a picture of several trophy’s together, and saw one that was identical, I sent the picture to my sister, then was curious about that image and copied the link and entered that into Google and it landed me on the page below. http://www.landspeedracing.com/2013/newsletter272/.
   My utter surprise to see it was posted by my cousin Rusty! I was thrilled, until I saw of my uncle Bobby’s passing, so I emailed Rusty and asked for his number and a good time to call. This was the past Easter Weekend. He emailed back and told me he was on his way out for Easter Dinner with his family and he would call later. (I believe the “Benefit trophy” I had and thought was lost, was given to Bobby by my mother, on my stepdads’ direction.)
   I decided to search the internet about my uncle, figuring he was about 73 and likely passed away of natural causes, but I was curious. I was very troubled to find he had been murdered the Sunday following this past Thanksgiving, and was found when another uncle, Bobby’s older brother was taking Sunday lunch over, as he did for years. So I called the next day to talk with Rusty, and we ‘caught up’ a bit after nearly 45 years, and during the conversation, Rusty said: “…you know, Grandma will be 102 in a few months?”  I had no idea she was still alive, figuring she must have passed many years ago. 
   So after I got off the phone, I called my sister and told her, and also that I was going to Wichita to see her, and asked my sister if she would join me. I left it up to her to decide when, and then told her I would arrange my schedule. We chose to contact by writing letters to our uncle who lived two doors from our grandmother to let her know so it wouldn’t be a shock, just showing up after so many years. 
   We also had another younger sister, and I told my older sister I was going to find her, and see if she would also come to Kansas. After very little success, I tried just entering her name and looking at pages of pictures, and I found a picture of her posted on an Antique’s forum (as a profile avatar) where she was asking a question about an old desk. I recognized her without a doubt, (even after 40 years) and using that information, plus some other information from my older sister, I was able to track down her Facebook page, and I sent her a message, then followed up with a few more over the next few weeks. She did not reply until after we had visited my grandmother.
   My older sister and I both flew out to Wichita to visit our uncle and grandmother this past Mother’s day, and stayed a week. We walked in and our grandmother was standing in the kitchen cooking a pan of sausages! She was still going strong, even after falling and breaking her hip last year.
   After returning, I told my older sister, I was going to find our younger sister one way or another, and I sent her a another message and asked her to let me know if she wanted contact or not, and we would respect her privacy if she desired, but just let me know one way or the other. She responded and we have reconnected. I called, and we have spoken many times since then. 
   All in all, it has been a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions. I realize this is a long wall of words, but it is a great deal the part played by your website, its members, and readers, for all of this happening. Initially, I wrote, years ago, and my older sister had seen that, and replied, I then saw that and coupled with her contribution on Findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/cgibin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GScid=8003&GRid=34161131&). We connected, the rest is what I wrote above. So, ‘Thank you!’ beyond words, for your part in this. There is a lot of pain and anguish in the history of three young people’s lives, but it is now overshadowed with our connection and sharing, and finally being able to have a relationship without the fears and issues of that past. Michael (Abbott) Kaufman
Norris Wayne Abbott was born on September 30, 1933 in Arkansas. Norris came to California where he lived with his wife Crystal, daughter Linda and soon to be born son Michael, to pursue a career in developing and racing dragsters, which he did with his brother Leonard Abbott. During a qualifying race Abbott was thrown from his corvette powered dragster on the quarter mile strip at Paradise Mesa Drag Strip. The car went through the qualifying traps and was clocked at 130 miles per hour when the transmission locked up and he was thrown from the dragster. He died on July 19, 1958 in San Diego (San Diego County, California). Burial was at Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego, plot location is Oakdale 231, block 2.


Just a timely reminder about the new Wolfsburg West Contingency Award program beginning in 2013 for all Volkswagen folks racing with a 36hp engine car in the DSS36 or new WW36 categories on the Bonneville Salt Flats at either the USFRA's World of Speed or the SCTA/BNI's Speedweek or World Finals events. "Attached below" are the 2013 36hp Challenge and SSSBB Challenge rules in their entirety. Please print them out for quick reference in the garage. If you are going to be racing in one of the Wolfsburg West categories, please email me with details and at which event you expect to race so I can follow your results.
   WW36 and DSS36 Overview: WOLFSBURG WEST $1000.00 Contingency Award program for 2013. Two separate $500.00 awards will be available. Volkswagen stock bodied Bug's, Ghias and pre 1967 Type 2's competing at the 2013 USFRA World of Speed or SCTA/BNI Speedweek or World Final events on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the WW36 or DSS36 categories will be eligible to earn separate $500.00 contingency award's from Wolfsburg West. Contingency award applicants engines must be equipped with Wolfsburg West Okrasa style dual port cylinder heads and related components as stated per the respective WW36 and DSS36 class guidelines above. One $500.00 award will be given to the racer with the "fastest record of the three" different WW36 classes where records can be set. The qualifying WW36 racer must "exceed" the base WW speeds established in 2010 and 2011 for contingency award consideration. A second $500.00 award will be given to the fastest record setting DSS36 legal Volkswagen. No other awards will be issued. Past WW contingency award winners are not eligible the first year following their award. Genuine Okrasa equipped engines are not eligible for the WW contingency award.
   WW36 and DSS36 2013 guidelines are listed below: WW36*** (Wolfsburg West Kit)-Modified 36hp engines equipped with either Wolfsburg West kit numbers:
111 198 700 Complete Okrasa style dual port kit with original style linkage.
111 198 700A Complete Okrasa style dual port kit with CSP style bolt on linkage.
... and installed in stock bodies Bug's, Ghias or pre 1967 Type 2's. Engine components must include WW cylinder heads with stock intake, exhaust port and valve sizes, WW Solex 32 PBIC style carburetors, WW original or CSP style linkage as new from WW and WW intake manifolds. Cylinder heads can be polished but not ported, carburetors can be modified internally and jetting changed but must appear externally as new from WW. WW intake manifolds must be used and appear externally as new from WW. Air cleaners can be removed. Requires any Bosch distributor and coil (Pertronix Ignitor is O.K.). No displacement or camshaft limitations. No external carburetor or intake manifold modifications allowed (must maintain stock Wolfsburg West kit appearance) but can be modified internally. Must use "36hp style dual tip or Abarth style aftermarket four tip muffler". No headers or extractor exhaust systems allowed.
   Eligible for 2013 Wolfsburg West contingency award at World of Speed in September.

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http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/wolfsburg_new/engine/25-36hp/WW_dual_port_kit.cfm.  Site for Okrasa style dual port cylinder head and dual carburetor kit details.
http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm?ID=111198600.  Site for Okrasa style 69.5mm stroker counterweighted crankshaft details.
http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm?ID=111251055OK.  Site for Abarth style 4 tip stainless steel muffler details.
   Current WOLFSBURG WEST 36 Base Records as of 12/10/2012;
WW36 Bug
2010    70.914mph       58 Bug Kim Slaughter         Bonneville, UT
WW36 Ghia
2011    84.442mph       67 Ghia Craig Wilson         Bonneville, UT
WW36 Bus
2011   68.851mph        60 Single Cab Ronnie Feitelsen Bonneville, UT

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Kim Slaughters WW36 record holding engine. Photo by Burly Burlile

DSS36*** (Dual Super Stock)-Pre 1965 period style dual or single dual throat carburetors systems, using pre-1965 carburetors only (Weber 48 IDA carburetors are pre-1965), fitted to modified stock VW 36hp cylinder heads or period aftermarket 36hp dual port cylinder heads(or replicas like Wolfsburg West Okrasa heads )! Requires any Bosch distributor and coil. Dual spark plug conversions O.K. No displacement, camshaft or header limitations. Handcrafted intake manifolds are O.K. . Carburetor(s) must be under the deck lid without bumps or scoops or external cutouts. Carburetors must be under the deck lid without bumps, scoops or external cutouts. Deck lid stand-offs are not allowed.
*** Eligible for 2013 Wolfsburg West contingency award at World of Speed in September.
Current DSS36 records as of 12/10/2012
DSS36 Bug
2012    114.909mph     99 Bug   Bill Hatfield/Linda Lance    Bonneville, UT
DSS36 Ghia
2012   108.186mph  69Ghia TomBruch/GaylenAnderson/TomNewport,Bonneville, UT
DSS36 Bus   
2012    86.664mph      60 PickUp Ronnie Feitelsen         Bonneville, UT
Past WW contingency award winners;
2011 Wolfsburg West Contingency Award winner- Bill Hatfield & Linda Lance from Harmony, Indiana in his silver DSS36BUG 1999 Mexican Beetle.
2012 Wolfsburg West Contingency Award winner- Tom Bruch, Tom Newport and Gaylen Anderson from Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the Appletree Automotive DSS36GHIA 1968 Karmann Ghia coupe.

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Bruch/Anderson/Newport DSS36 engine with WW heads. Photo by Carter Kudrle

     Should you have any questions regarding the new WW36 category or award please contact me at burlybug@comcast.net. Burly Burlile, VW 36hp & BB CHALLENGE, Society of Land Speed Racing Historians, www.burlyb.com.


The USFRA held there monthly meeting last night in Salt Lake City and I drove down to find out the latest and the greatest. The best news was scraping of the race course has begun and the salt is looking good. To date, they have received around 75 pre-entries so if you are coming out, be sure you copy the entry form at www.saltflats.com and get your entry in. When you come to this year’s World of Speed we will have the 36hp Challenge "Newport Trophy" on display. The trophy commemorates the fastest speed set each year on the Bonneville Salt Flats by a 36hp engine racer going all the way back to 1959 and Phil Freudiger, the first fellow to speed a Volkswagens wheels across Bonneville. Here is a preview of the Newport Trophy.

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Ronnie Feitlesen of Arizona is finishing his Speedwell "Pepco" Supercharged Formula V lakester to try and wrest the fifty year old record away from Dick Beith. Dicks speed in 1963 was 129.68 mile per hour in a similarly Pepco powered lakester. Take a look at the progress Ronnie has made below. 

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It's beautiful Ronnie and we look forward to seeing you on the salt.  A few VW Challenge races have already been held, including the Australian Speedweek where Steve Muller set a new Type 2 big block top speed record of 117.878 mph, the Texas Mile where Greg Silkenson bumped his Ghia's speed up to 140.7 and the ECTA events in Ohio where a new VW racer, Rudy Bahnsen showed up with his Stone Stock 1600 and turned a fast 95.097 miles per hour. His 70 bug is pictured below.

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     Another new VW coming to the World of Speed this September is this beautiful Super Beetle powered by a Blackline Racing (formerly called A.C.E.) big block engine. The owner is Richard Luna, who you might remember brought the first Volksrod to Bonneville a couple of years ago. 

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A couple of SCTA El Mirage dry lake events have now taken place and Mike Fredman from Arizona went out and got his Jake Raby built Porsche 912 powered 69 Ghia dusty with a top speed of 117.579 miles per hour. I need to share the fantastic photo taken by Stewart Harnick showing Mike at speed across the lake bed.

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And don't forget, the first European land speed event is going to be held in England in just over a month. The inaugural event will be held in conjunction with the annual motorcycle LSR race at Elvington Air Base. To date, nine VW's will hit the cement and will include Larry Monreal’s historic Bonneville Ghia, a SSS36 powered belly tanker and this beautiful 55 bug which Hans Mueller-Daum will bring over from Germany.

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Walter DeVette from Belgium has been leading the charge to make the European event happen and I would like to express my personal thanx to him for bringing the UK and all of Europe into the truly International 36hp and VW Big Block Challenge.  Finally, in addition to the Wolfsburg West Contingency Award outlined in an earlier e-newsletter and the Newport Trophy shown above, do not forget the challenge that has been put forth by the aforementioned Steve Muller from down under. He has issued a Challenge to any VW powered pre ‘67 splittie bus to take his new 117 mph record away from him. If you can accomplish that task, his company Volksmuller, will send a substantial cash award of a couple of hundred big ones to the US for you to toast your successful effort.  I look forward to hearing about your success across the pond and watching you meet your speed goals in Ohio, Maine and at Bonneville.  And please, keep me up to date on your VW racing effort.

Burly Burlile

Volkswagen Land Speed Racing Historian
Society of Land Speed Racing Historians


An on-line magazine that gives a good look at hot rodding is BLACKTOP MAGAZINE and you can get their mailing list by emailing the owner (known as TBone) at tbone@blacktopmagazine.com.


Bloodhound SSC is a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph. See http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/. This is the website for the Bloodhound SSC car.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Green.    AndyGreen
http://www.richard-noble.com/.    RichardNoble,OBE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Ayers.    Ron Ayers

   Vintage Sign is a Yorkshire company specialising in the manufacture and selling of metal signs. They fabricate Drag Racing signs, see http://vintagesign.co.uk.
   l was a Nursing Attendant (Medic) stationed at RAF Hospital Nocton Hall from '61 till '65. Nocton Hall was approximately 9 miles east from RAF Waddington; they had 3 Squadrons of Vulcans, almost daily they would do a Vulcan Scramble. Google this link;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BgE7iYPAVg. They were barely airbourne when 4 Vulcans came screaming over the hospital almost shaking the place from its foundations. For the past two years l have attended the RAF Waddington International Airshow. l'm going again this year. Go to http://www.waddingtonairshow.co.uk/ for dates, display and static aircraft. Vulcan XH558, Vulcan to The Sky, (F) CON will be displaying. Every time l see it flying it brings back memories of the good old days. John Hutchinson
Some really old cars that have low mileage are going up for auction. See; http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/scores-chevys-hidden-50-years-finally-sale-160911547.html.  Steve Lister


Something evil this way comes II

Kenny Duttweiler and Steve Watt have been making Amazing changes for George’s Demon assault on the Salt!

Dave Daviak, Joe Galati, Nick Magley and all the rest of the Demon crewHave been working 24-7 to make this dream come true.

Everyone has the ability to do something amazing.

The DENON crew just do it on a more regular basis.


With this new 388 cu. Inch Duttweiler Hellfire engine.

New custom headers and the relocated new giant Precision Gen. 2 88mm turbos


Precision Turbo and Engine Intercooler This custom Precision Intercooler that will support over 3,000 HP!


This custom Precision Intercooler lifts out of the rubber tray mount.


The new custom Precision Turbo’s are now frame mounted And stay with the car when the engine is removed.

This will save precious time for our engine changes.


Respacing our tandem wheels to allow for added growth at speeds over 470 mph.


It’s takes a lot of air to feed a Duttwhiler “HELLFIRE” engine! Steve fiting just one of our new giant air intake tubes.


Steve Watt making the pattern for our new KENNY’S COMPONENTS carbon fiber air intake system. This new system will be able supply air to a small town.



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