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THE SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS
 Newsletter
.  Issue #336.
August 27, 2014
Editor-in-Chief: Jack and Mary Ann Lawford, www.landspeedracing.com
President of the Society: Jim Miller, 1-818-846-5139
Assistant Editor:
Richard Parks, Rnparks1@Juno.com
Photographic Editor of the Society
: Roger Rohrdanz, beachtruck@juno.com
Northern California Reporter: Spencer Simon, sparklecraftspecial@yahoo.com
Field Reporter/Historian: Bob Falcon, rfalcon279@aol.com
Historians: Anna Marco, Dick Martin, Tex Smith, Burly Burlile, Jerry Cornelison

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Some Names To Look For In This Newsletter:
President's Corner; Editorials;  Ed Iskenderian Birthday Party,  California legislation alert , Bonneville VW

PRESIDENT’S CORNER, by Jim Miller. 
     Here are some old photos of El Mirage and Bonneville on YouTube;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=a4N46tjjl1g."  This was an interesting video, but they used some material by Don Cox and other pictures that we own the copyrights for.  They even cropped out our American Hot Rod Foundation (www.AHRF) watermarks on some of them too.  This might be an interesting editorial about using photos and material that is legally owned by others. 
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GUEST EDITORIAL, from the SEMA Network alerts:
     "Legislation (California Senate Bill 1077) to establish a Mileage-Based Fee (MBF) Task Force and require the task force to study vehicle mileage user fees will soon be considered by the California Assembly. Under the bill, the group would propose MBF as an alternative to the gas tax and make recommendations to the commission on the design of a pilot program.  If passed by the Assembly, the bill would require Senate concurrence.  We urge you to contact all California Assembly members immediately to voice your opinion on S.B. 1077.  According to supporters, a mileage-based fee program has the potential to distribute the gas tax burden across all vehicles regardless of fuel source and to minimize the impact of the current regressive gas tax structure.  According to opponents, the bill seeks to penalize national efforts to create a more fuel efficient vehicle fleet by taxing drivers based on vehicle mileage.  As gas tax revenues decrease due to hybrid and electric vehicle ownership, states are looking for new sources of funding for pet projects.  Please contact members of the California Assembly immediately to voice your opinion on S.B. 1077."
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STAFF EDITORIAL, by Richard Parks.
     I received an email from a reader who was upset that looters broke into a store and took merchandise from a struggling merchant.  Yet Jim Miller tells me constant stories about how people download photographs from the web that he puts up for people to learn about the past.  Then these “borrowers” remove the strip across the photo that they’ve taken and put their own name on it as owners.  In other cases people have been known to visit old hot rodders and strip the photos right out of the albums and sell copies of these purloined photos on-line.  Or they will borrow albums and “promise to return them” knowing full well that eventually the owners will pass on and they can then tell the world that the photos were given to them. 
     I have even seen people take my stories and the stories of others and put their names on them and pass it off as their own work.  Even more grating is the fact that when caught they say “it was a mistake,” or “someone else did it,” or worse, “prove it.”  Why is it that these same people will point the finger at looters in Ferguson, Missouri and then turn around and steal hot rod photographs and memorabilia from old-time hot rodders?  This is past shameful behavior and yet it is so widespread that I hate to think that a majority of you are involved doing so.  It’s a copy of the old trick, “I took Joe’s wrench when I was in his garage,” antic.  Car guys see this as a way to play a trick on somebody, possibly somebody who did that to them earlier. 
     It is theft and larceny and it isn’t funny.  It especially isn’t funny to historians of the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians, because we pride ourselves on being good researchers and seekers of truth.  We are also guilty of writing stories on people with sticky fingers.  I know many of these stories and tell them, often to laughter, and I don’t stop and admonish people for being this way.  I too laugh when the butt of the humor is not on me.  It is wrong to idolize thieves and to laugh at the discomfiture of others who have lost their valuable possessions.
     What can we do?  It seems hopeless because when our audience is listening and agreeing that theft is bad, as soon as another object is left in front of a reformed thief, he reverts back to stealing.  Are hot rodders so enthralled with taking the possessions of others that they can’t ever be honest?  It goes past sticky fingers; it goes right to the heart of honesty.  Do we write and tell the truth or fabricate lies and deceit?  Do we not only respect photographs, but the entire property rights of others?  I could write a book on hot rodders who took other hot rodders wives as well as their pictures, tools and car parts.
     One hot rodder and racer told me how he told his wife to sit in a spot in the stands.  It took 24 seconds to run a lap and look briefly up into the stands to see if she was still there.  If she was gone he didn’t wait to get the trophy and winnings, he ran right to the stands and there under the stands was his wife making out with the track’s playboy.  That was one reason why he was married six times.  Another crew man was famous for taking the long road to the Indy 500.  He started out in Los Angeles, went through Phoenix, El Paso, New Orleans, Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville and finally made it to Indy where he recounted that the tires, parts and spare engines “fell off the truck” somewhere around the bordellos in each of those towns.
     I’ve had my fair share of personal objects and memorabilia from my father’s collection grow legs and walk off.  In fact I can state quite accurately that I can fill a museum with the amount of objects taken from me by so-called friends.  These are people who look me in the eye and still call me their friends.  As an editor I have to keep harping on these issues.  If you are a historian, amateur or professional, you are required to be honest in your dealings with others.  I’ll keep harping on this issue regardless of whether you pay attention or not.  These are the rules; don’t steal what doesn’t belong to you.  PERIOD.
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We are having Ed Iskenderian's 93rd birthday party on Saturday, 13 of September 2014.  We are also having a car show and a catered lunch and a lot of special guests.  The place is LTR Racing, Onyx, California.  Please phone 760-378-1982 or email to Lanny Trefz at ltrracingengines@yahoo.com, to RSVP.
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     Cruisin' For A Cure at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California on September 27, 2014.  It is one of the largest one day car shows in the world and the proceeds go to support Prostate cancer research.  For more info go to
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/ 
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     The Santa Ana Drags reunion on October 4, 2014 at Santiago Creek Park in Orange, California.  The park is located on Lawson Way, just east of Main Street, on East Memory Lane.  This reunion honors all those who participated in the first professional drag races ever held.  Hosted by Leslie Long and Gene Mitchell, this reunion is free to the public with free parking and free refreshments served.  It starts at 10 AM and goes to 2 PM.  Email me for more information.
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     The California Hot Rod Reunion on October 17-19, 2014 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, just north of Bakersfield, California, and presented by Automobile Club of Southern California.  For more information go to
www.museum.nhra.com/
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Check this out.  Jim Miller
http://www.customcarchronicle.com/jack-steward-ford/rip-jack-stewart-august-7-2014/rik@customcarchronicle.com.
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RIP JACK STEWART, written by Rik Hoving.  Reprinted by permission of the author and the website
www.customcarchronicle.com.  For photos and captions please go to the website www.customcarchronicle.com.
     In early April 2014 I heard Jack had been hospitalized with heart failure, but according to his wife Sally he was already doing better, and Jack was getting stronger again. In May that year Jack and Sally went up to the Santa Maria Show where Jack had been inducted into the hall of fame in 2012. Jack felt good and was really looking forward to that show. But the long trip, and long hours spend at the show turned out to be just too much for his body. When they returned home after the show Jack was exhausted, and his heart problems got worse again. Eventually Jack was hospitalized again, he underwent surgery, but he just never got back on his feet. Several month of tube feeding, pneumonia and heart problems had taken away all his energy.
      On August 7, 2014 Jack passed away. I heard about his passing the next day and was deeply saddened by the news.  Jack Stewart was best known as an all-around nice guy. Often he was called “Mr 32″ because of the ’32 Ford Roadster he has owned since the early 1970′s, but perhaps more because he was selling ’32 Ford parts at swap meets for many years. If you needed ’32 Ford parts, Jack was the place to get them from. We also know Jack because of the ’41 Ford business coupe he owned in the late 1940′s, early 1950′s. A trend-setting custom built by Jack and his friend Kenny, and later redone by the Ayala brothers and finished by George Barris. This car was later sold to Jim Street in Ohio and eventually ended up with Bob Drake of Indiana who restored it and kept the name Jack Stewart Ford alive. Jack also had several other customized and Hot Rodded cars, but not as well known as his ’32 Ford and ’41 Ford.
     In 1971 Jack became a member of the LA Roadster’s club, and became a very dedicated member collecting all the LA Roadster’s memorabilia which resulted in an amazing private LA Roadster Show museum. Together with his friend Neal East they traveled the US to capture the car shows and write many magazine articles together.
     In 1990 Jack retired from his job at Union Pacific Railroad where he had worked for decades. After his retirement Jack really lived the life he wanted. He enjoyed every minute of it, started collecting pin-stripe panels, promoting pin-striping, and spend as much time at the car shows as possible. In 2001 Jack created the LA Roadsters A Retrospective book together with Dick Wells.
     Jack Stewart and his partner/friend Sally Bollen had lived together for many years after Jack’s first wife had passed away. In early 2013 Jack and Sally decided they wanted to grow old together, being husband and wife. So they decided to get married. Jack enjoyed living life to the max, and his marriage with Sally fitted this way of living perfectly. Jack and Sally’s marriage, both being in their 80′s, made a lot of people happy.
     Jack became very special to me in the last years of his life. We met for the first time in 2010, when Palle Johansen and I went on our ‘Jack Stewart Ford Research Trip’. A trip to find out about the history of the Jack Stewart 1941 Ford built by the Ayala’s and George Barris in the late 1940′s early 1950′s. One of destinations was Jack’s place where we would talk to the original owner of the car, listen to his stories and see his memorabilia he kept from the car. Craig Wise, a close friend of Jack, had set up a meeting between Jack and us. Craig was our internet contact between far away Europe and Jack in California.
      We spend quite some time with Jack. He was extremely helpful and friendly when we visited him. We really had the feeling we had found a new friend. When Palle and me returned home we decided to create a book about the Jack Stewart Ford and of course also about Jack. We told Jack about the idea and he absolutely loved it. Jack and I spend several long phone calls discussing the books. He explaining more about the car and told many more stories about the great times he had with it. A few months after that trip I was at the 2011 GNRS where I met Jack again. I had a great time with him, listening to all his wonderful stories, old and new. During the time I created the Jack Stewart Ford book, Jack and I talked a lot. Sometimes with the help of Craig Wise, who had become a great friend as well, Jack was doing all he could to help both Palle and me, while working on the book as well as the restoration of the car. We heard from people, close to Jack, that he really loved the fact that his old Custom ’41 Ford was going to be restored, and that a book was created about his old car with all his stories in it.
     All this time both Palle and me knew we were on a tight schedule with the book as well with the restoration of the car. Jack was not getting any younger. If we would take it easy on the projects, it might just be too late. The original plan was to restore the car back to the white primer version, the way Jack had it for quite a while. But with the bare metal of the car being is relatively good shape and the fact that we were on a deadline Palle decided to not wait any longer and have the car ready for the 2013 GNRS in bare metal. At least this way Jack would be able to see his old car again and it would show the great craftsmanship of the Ayala and Barris craftsman… a win-win situation.  At the 2013 GNRS Jack was reunited with his old ’41 Ford again and we showed him the finished book about his old car; a book that has a lot of his personal stories. Jack had assured us he would spend the whole GNRS weekend with us, if his body allowed it. That way he could enjoy the car, the book and all of us as much as possible. Jack did stay there as long as he could. We all had a fantastic time. Bob Drake, who had restored Jack’s Ford in the mid 1950′s and early 1970′s was also at the show. It was the first time Jack and Bob actually met each other. Together they spend lots of memories that weekend at the GNRS show.  Thank you for the wonderful memories and friendship… Good bye my friend.
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     I started my search with the body shop, but it has changed hands. The original owner is alive and in his nineties. I have drafted a note to send via snail mail. The gentleman I bought from didn’t seem to care about the history all he offered was he bought it in Fort Collins, Colorado about forty years ago.  I am trying to get a line to figure out how I should proceed; old school or modern conveniences.  I held hope that when we cleaned it out (12” of raccoons and their history) we’d find something still in the car but no luck.  Thanks again for your time, Harold Hartley, hartleys-us@comcast.net
     HAROLD: Talk to Jim Miller.  Jim has a huge list of photos and might identify the car, especially if there are any number markings and he knows who ran in 1954 at Bonneville.  It's a long shot, as it's very hard to ID a lot of old cars.  Put
www.landspeedracing.comon your favorites, because that's how you'll see if anyone responds.  Your best course is to telephone people who raced at that time and maybe Jim and I can find numbers for you.  After you finish a call, ask them for more phone numbers.  There is an answer, we just don't know how hard you have to work for it to find it.
     RICHARD: I spoke with Jim Miller.  I am attaching a link to the only thing I could find on Mr Kay Parks. This does match up with what the body shop told me.   Harold
     HAROLD: I spoke with Kay Parks (no relation) and he told me that the person he thinks might have owned that car is a Ron House who worked for him.  Ron's dad was Chuck or Charles House and they raced the car probably on oval tracks, the coupe probably racing in jalopy or early stock car racing and maybe even drag raced it.  Ron was into midget racing.  They could have taken the coupe to Bonneville as spectators and bought a Bonneville decal.  Jim is looking for any person who entered Bonneville in 1954 from the Tacoma area.  Kay told me that there is a photograph of your car in the shop's office and it may be autographed or captioned and you should see if anyone there can tell you what it says.  The owners are the third group.  Kay was first, then the second owners and finally the new group.  This was all that he could tell me, but you might try to see if there are any racing organizations in the area that kept records from that time span or old-timers who can remember the House's.  If Kay is right, then you have some leads to follow up on. 
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STAFF NOTES: The following is run as a courtesy to our members and the person is anonymous at the present.      
     “I am planning to compress my library shelves and get rid of many of my books, so I will soon have lots of books for sale.” 
     MEMBERS: If you have such a collection and would like to sell them to free up room or make a little money then take a photo of the books (just the one group photo) and send me a list of the book titles and authors and I will publish it in the newsletter with your name and email address.  If you want to do a short review on them I will run that in the newsletter as well. 
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The Sam Auxier Jr Show, "Interviewing The Greatest Names In Racing." 
www.TheSamAuxierJrShow.com.  Sam Auxier Jr Cell 240-876-9284.
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Anna Marco wrote:
     I spoke to Sally Stewart, Jacks wife. She was honored and touched to hear of our online tributes to Jack.  They will have a memorial in the near future and will keep us posted.
     Another way to caption photos within the image on a MAC computer is via Photoshop Elements software.
     Harold Hartley can post images of his 1936 Ford coupe on the HAMB/Jalopy Journal message board; those car guys are super sleuths for old info.
     The Petersen Automotive Museum is closing on October 17, 2014 for a one or two year renovation.  The bookstore and displays will be closed until further notice after that date.  They are already putting up the scaffolding for the exterior renovation as of today.  Forty crown jewels of the car collection will move to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (Simi Valley, CA) to be on display during that time period.  The Petersen vault will be open for permitted visits only to be determined by the staff during the renovation. As for the new museum, the  facility will include interactive displays, a design studio space complete with clay model and CAD facilities, augmented reality stations and permanent exhibits highlighting "the history, industry and artistry" of the automobile.
     The US POSTAL SERVICE Hot Rod Stamps will be available June 2014 and they include the 1932 McGee red roadster (owner Bruce Meyer) and the black 1932 Frank Rogers Roadster (Mark Graham).  The stamps are commemorated on a limited edition US Post Stamp.  Get yours while they last!
     Hot rod artist Tom Fritz won the Peter Helck Award (Best In Show) for his painting "No Louder Thunder" at Pebble Beach this year.  And for the second time won the Art Fitzpatrick Award for his entire body of artwork.  Giclée prints are available in size 25"x40," see
www.fritzart.com.
     Renowned automotive artist Steve Stanford is having an art exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum on August 23, 2014.  He began his automotive career moonlighting as a pinstriper while stationed at George Air Force Base in California.  Steve's Commanding Officer recognized his artistic talents and transferred Steve from munitions to the base’s graphics department.  After the Air Force, Steve worked in a Utah custom van shop owned by a military buddy’s dad.  Later, Steve moved to Los Angeles, where his artistry was “discovered” by CAR CRAFT magazine.  He’s been influencing automotive customizers since.  You can find his work on facebook/Steve Stanford Designs.
     Anna Marco has a hot rod poster series entitled "Altered Art" which are colorized photos of her custom car/hot rod images for OL SKOOL RODZ Magazine as a staff editor.  Her images are interpreted by graphic artist Tick One.  They can be seen on Etsy/Anna Marco Photography.  They are sized 12x16 on heavy card stock and $10 each if you mention LSR.  The series includes the Old Blue Belly Tank which was chosen for Save The Salt artist series to raise funds and awareness for the preservation of Bonneville Salt Flats.  See: 
www.savethesalt.org.  Her military pinup posters were honored with a plaque by the 5th Special Forces Group "for her unwavering support of gearheads army wide," and her charity contributions of the entire art series for cancer have raised money for various nonprofit organizations such as Loma Linda Veterans Hospital.  See: facebook/AnnaMarco5 for inquiries.  She will donate posters for fundraisers upon request.
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STAFF NOTES: The following was sent in by Anna Marco. 
      I participated in master’s thesis/research survey for Dr Cecilia Brantley on the topic of "Women In Male Dominated Motorsports: Perceptions & Willingness to Compete."  A huge amount of material came from us women in autosports, drag racing, etc, such as myself and Eily Stafford regarding important inquiries on the public delivery of this research.
     1) The school policy states, since the dissertation has been published, others (who did not participate in the actual study) interested in reading the manuscript are welcome to purchase the book in various formats. The results of these findings can be found for purchase (PDF file is $38, and it is 247 pages) for those needing access to this information.  She is now published in the digital ProQuest Dissertation and Thesis Database.   ID: 3578622 WOMEN IN MALE-DOMINATED MOTORSPORTS: PERCEPTIONS AND WILLINGNESS TO COMPETE.  Author: Brantley, Cecilia Ann.  No. of pages: 247.              
     You can "Order Copy" via Dissertation Express site below:
http://disexpress.umi.com/dxweb.  A) The link to Dr Brantley's citation can be found below: http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pqdiss&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:dissertation&rft_dat=xri:pqdiss:3578622.  B) Her LinkedIn site: www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-cecilia-a-brantley/9/903/7bb/.   To view more research data listed below.   C) The audio interview with Dennis Michelsen is at RaceTalkRadio (Linked In.com).
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      I have been working on a master of GusGus, the Italian streamliner that successfully competed at Speed Week in 2011, setting a new record the first time out, but the project is on hold due to cost considerations.  Tom Long has issued a brand new model and his choice could not have been more original: the model of one of the two earliest examples of SCTA streamliners, the one built and ran by the Spalding Brothers on the Southern California deserts in 1939.  It was not the most advanced design or the fastest car of its time (128 mph), but a necessary first step.  It has the simple but accurate approach you have come to be familiar with Tom and the same price as before, 199 Euros plus shipping (13 to Europe and Asia, 19 to the US and 25 to Australia and New Zealand).  I only have 3 on hand right now, so, first come first served.  Then more will come.  I no longer take credit cards direct, but you may pay with your card through PayPal.  On the other hand, if you are in Europe in the Eurozone, I would prefer a bank transfer, as PayPal costs are considerable.  Tom has delivered one SanChez-Locasto Studebaker, and I also have on hand one Ugo Fadini 16C, the Cooper streamliner in its 1953 Avus racing livery.   Please refer to my web site for costs.  Ugo Fadini, Via G. Storlato 19, 35132 Padova, Italy, ph/fax +39.049.613755. email ugo@ugofadini.com, or visit us at
http://www.ugofadini.com
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America's Real Sports Car.  By Le Roi Tex Smith.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands.  Photographs can be seen at
www.hotrodhotline.com
     Might as well start off with something to stir the troops.  The hot rod roadster is America’s first (and only) real sports car!  I know forthwith of which l mumble, having been involved in both camps since way back.  I know the claims of Corvette.  Yes, it can be turned into a rather ragged road rager, but not in showroom guise.  It needs some massaging, some hot rodding if you will, before the cake mix special runs with the big dogs.  Same for those econo Fords Shel built.  Same with just about any production American car, or most any world production car.  If they don’t get hot rodded, they may as well stay on the porch and scratch fleas.
     But I said a hot rod roadster.  Not a coupe, not a sedan, not a convertible.  Nope, only a genuine no-top, maybe interior, stab and steer roadster.  How’s that?  Got your attention?
     So, how’s about we try to arrive at a definition of sports car.  It is many different interpretations, I fear, but if I follow the generally accepted definition arrived at over half a century ago, as defined by the English.  The sports car is a rough riding, poorly appointed, and if it is English,  completely hopeless pile of pre-destined rust designed by a hopelessly self-deluded stiff upper lip ego maniac.  A kind of wanna-be hot rodder from the wrong side of the ocean.  In short, a vehicle for sport motoring.  Even an early on sports car from German can be iffy.
     A true sports car does not have a heater (English heaters seldom work well anyway), it does not have air conditioning, it does not have roll-up windows, it  may have only a very rudimentary folding top, it may or may not have windshield wipers, and it probably leaks rain all over your pants leg.  You should be getting the idea by now.  If a true sports car has any additional refinements, it is probably actually a sporting car.  A sports tourer as they became known, or a sports coupe, or even a sports sedan.  All depending largely on the advertising and sales departments of the larger manufacturers.
     But a real red-blooded American hot rod roadster fits those old European definitions quite well, thank you.  And if you need affirmation of any of this tirade, just hunker down for a bench session with any of the many roadster owners that hang around most contemporary hot rod building emporiums.  You go to a rod run and you have to dig them up, usually over behind the 3300 red 32 roadsters masquerading as hot rods.  The true American sports car drivers usually have sunburned faces, wind knotted hair (or no hair at all), twitchy throttle feet, left arms burned black, and sometimes raccoon eyes. And they take no guff from any mere mortals.  After all, they are members of a very rare, and seldom ever numerous, breed of mortals who consort with the gods.  Else why do so many car enthusiast worldwide clamour to emulate them?
     By now, you understand that a hot rod nee American sports car is not a street rod. But, neither is it a rat rod.  Much too sophisticated for a ratter. Far too unsophisticated to be a show/street rod.  Like the man says, when you ride in one, you know it.  When you drive one, you REALLY know it!
     Now, I need to confess that my Junk Yard Dawg is not, currently, an American sports car.  Nope, a decade ago, I added a top so I could have shade for my wife Pegge.  Then as she sickened from cancer, I called Jack Chisenhall and lined out an air conditioning package, which I hustled to get in place prior to a trip with Ron Ceridono down to the R&C cruise to Lincoln, Nebraska.  I tested it after it was charged, and have never turned it on again.  Pegge didn’t need it, and I don’t like it in the roadster.  Now, as I prepare to rebuild the soft Pontiac OHC inline six with more grunt I think I may just leave the AC out of the package.  So I can have a sports car again.  But I may have to drill a hole in the cowl so water can run on my leg.
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Submitted by Burly Burlile:
     Below is the current schedule for racing at the upcoming World of Speed at Bonneville.  Please print a copy of this and bring with you to Bonneville for daily reference.  Please also note the two special VW racer events on Sunday.   Early morning VW Group Photo gathering is at 8am (sharp) and Sunday evening Blackfoot Racing BBQ at Roads Bend at 7pm.  Dry salt, August 23-Race is a go unless disaster strikes in the next 12 days. 
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"WORLD OF SPEED Schedule:
      Sept 4 Noon or shortly after; the Pit is open for set-up.  VW's will be located at the far north east corner of the pits-All VW's, please pit with us.  (Pits are 1 mile long)             
     Sept 4 Afternoon - Inspection and Registration for racers is open.  
     Sept 5 8am to 6pm - Inspection and Registration. 
     Sept 6 8am - Drivers meeting at the registration trailer followed by a separate 130/150 MPH Club Drivers Orientation at the east short course starting line.  This is followed by the drive down the course for signage and exit familiarization for ALL racers and crew (pit cars only - no race cars).             
     Sept 6 Racing begins as soon as drivers meeting and 130/150 orientation is completed.  
     Sept 7 8am - All VW race cars are invited to attend a special group photo shoot with Dean Kirsten of Hot VW's Magazine.  We know this will delay your start to the race day but the morning light is critical to good photos and we would strongly encourage the participation of you, your team and your VW race car. Please take your VW racer to the far North West corner outside of the pits.  Any questions, please call Burly at 435-890-8832.  And please do not be late, we all would like to get back to the task at hand as quickly as possible, going fast.          
     Sept 7 7am - 6:30am Racing all day.  Staging gates close at 6:30pm-all in line will get to race.          
     Sept 7 7pm - Blackline Racing BBQ at Roads Bend (the corner on the entrance road 1 mile from the freeway).  Again, please join us for this great get together of all the VW folks and that includes racers, crews and VW spectators.
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     BLACKLINE RACING: We will be hosting our 5th annual Blackline Racing BBQ and get together at the salt this year. It will be the night of the 7th (Sunday) at 7pm.  This will be held at the Blackline campsite at the bend in the road, weather permitting (We had a great time in 2011 despite the rain).  We'll keep everybody updated.  We will have basic condiments, paper plates and utensils, buns for hot dogs and hamburgers, a cooler full of bottled water and a cooler full of ice for you to bring your own beverages and keep them cold.  We'll bring grills but we ask that you bring your own meat and a side dish (a Smiths Food King Market is located in West Wendover at the west end of town).  Burly Burlile has also offered to bring some old salt videos for us to watch while we hang out too.                
     Sept 8 7am - 6:30am Racing all day.  Staging gates close at 6:30pm-All in line will get to race          
     Sept 9   7am - ? Racing ends early afternoon depending on how many racers are in line (usually by 1 or 2pm).  Burly Burlile VW 36hp & BB Challenge,
burlybug@comcast.net, www.facebook.com/groups/36hpvw.challenge.  Freelance Photo Journalist, Society of Land Speed Racing Historian (SOLSRH). 
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 I just got back from my big show up at Pebble Beach.  When the loot was handed out at the Automotive Fine Arts Society reception last weekend, I was stoked to find out that I got the Peter Helck Award (Best of Show as judged by the artists) for my painting entitled, "No Louder Thunder."  This was the seventh time I've won it.  The gravity of this award is huge as the talent, experience, education, legitimacy, and time in the trenches of my competition within that tent is staggering.   More of the good stuff: I also collected the Art Fitzpatrick Award for the entire body of an artist's exhibited work that most "stirs the soul" as chosen by the independent judges.  This award is relatively new; it debuted last year and this was the second time I picked it up.  Now the pressure is on.  Time again for those long conversations with myself in the bathroom mirror every morning.  You know, the stuff of nightmares.  The ones that start with, "what will I paint for next year?" Stay tuned for updates.  Tom Fritz, tom@fritzart.com.
     EDITOR: Tom no longer paints for food.  His artwork is among the best ever by artists who specialize in the automotive age.  His works are sought after and they have become expensive.  But more than his brushwork, Tom has that special eye that catches what hot rodders most value.  His paintings are full of hidden meanings and historical accuracy.  Because of cost, Tom has offered to do several things to make his artwork available to the hot rodding public.  He will set up a lay-away plan and take payments.  He also will do prints of his paintings and these are all reasonably priced and a fraction of the cost of an original.  In the art world numbered prints also attain a good investment value.  Contact Tom through his email if you are interested.  He will do commissioned paintings as well.
 

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THE NEW BONNEVILLE WHEEL PACKER, sent in by Ron Main.
     I destroyed the old wheel packer by dragging it to death for over three years at Bonneville.  The SCTA had approved $9000 from the course fund to build a new one.  But no one had done anything on the project. I had been looking for a used one, but they hardly ever come up at auction because they never wear out.   With the salt now less than 1” thick, I decided that it was imperative that we get a new one. There were only two new ones in the whole USA.  They were both were at Swanston Equipment in Fargo North Dakota.  Jon Saetre made us a great deal for $20,000 total and would deliver it to Bonneville before Speed Week.    
     I called Scott Andrews and told him they would ship and all I needed was a SCTA Purchase Order and that I would guarantee to raise the money to pay for the wheel packer from my friends (2) and Speed Demon sponsors.  I guess he believed me because he sent the purchase order to Swanston Equipment.  Then I sent out my first email: to my friends (2) and Speed Demon sponsors.  Here is the item that we need to purchase.  It has four BIG sides for your advertising of your company.  The purchase price is $20,000 and we have donations from Ron Main, George Poteet, SCTA Scott Andrews to help you with the purchase. 
     If you could find it in your heart it would be yours (advertising) for only $6,000 and I guarantee you would get tremendous advertising and exposure at all our Bonneville meets.  Your giant company logo will pass by everyone thousands of times at every meet.  It will be at Bonneville this year for our 100 anniversary meet.  We need $6K to make this happen.  
     The salt crust is now only about ½ inch thick and when we drag over the pressure ridges when it’s dry, there is the danger of pulling up the thin crust and creating holes (soft spots in our course).  Wheel packing will prevent this and will provide for an all-around better course.    Packer weight 5,877 Lbs.  Filled is 19,300 Lbs.   I got four calls in 39 minutes.  The first call was from Jim Jard.  He told me for $6,000 he would put his brand on the packer in the name of the great state of Texas for his engine builder.  The next call I got was from my good friend Scott Whitaker from Dynamat.  He wanted it too; I told him that Jim already had it.  I asked him if maybe he could maybe donate $1,000 towards our new packer, and he readily agreed. 
     The calls kept on coming so I sent out a new e-mail: "You too can be a HERO and own part of our New Bonneville Salt Crusher.  For only $995.00 you and your company will receive special recognition at the 100th year anniversary of Bonneville, 'The Century of Speed.'  Your credit has been preapproved and the payments will be only $19 per mouth!  Please give me a call; Ron Main 818-523-7005.  This is what we need to make sure that we can provide you with the best Bonneville course possible!  The purchase price is $20,000.  Jim Jard AKA Hot Rod Hoodlums and Automotive Specialists Racing/Engines have stepped up as the major sponsor.  We also have donations from George Poteet, SCTA, Ron Main and Scott Andrews to help with the purchase.   But we are still $7,000 short.  If you could find it in your heart for some of you to donate even $1,000 or more it will yours for all to use, SCTA, USFR, Cook Shoot-out or for any Bonneville racing event and our 100 anniversary meet.  We need only $7K more to make this happen and with your help, we can have the best and safest racing course.  Thanks!  Ron Main  
     Send Donations to SCTA-BNI PO BOX 10 Orosi, CA 93647.  Any money that is left over will go to the course prep fund.  Also all the donors want these markers to be available to SCTA-BNI-USFR-BUD-FIA or anyone to use for Safety on the Bonneville Salts Flats.  Thanks to everyone.  Ron Main       
ron@speeddemon.us, www.speeddemon.us. 
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     This article appeared in the Aug 15 edition of the Riverside Press-Enterprise/Inland SoCal Register:
http://www.pe.com/articles/museum-698846-hot-speed.html.  Writer is based in LA (LosAngelesRegister.com) so I expect this same article is in or will be in other area Register owned publications.  Jerry Cornelison
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Speed gallery gives a quick history lesson; NHRA Museum’s new exhibit pays tribute to Southern California’s decades of velocity.  BY SUSAN CARPENTER / STAFF WRITER. Published: Aug. 14, 2014 Riverside Press-Enterprise/Inland SoCal Register.
     For decades, the quarter-mile drag strip at Pomona’s Auto Club Raceway has seen everyone from Antron Brown and John Force to Shirley Muldowney strap into their dragsters and speed across the asphalt in the blink of an eye. Since 1998, the nearby Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum has attempted to capture that excitement, featuring famous cars and engines and paraphernalia that have made Southern California the center of the speed universe since the ’50s.
     Now the museum is tuning up its mission with a new and permanent exhibit. The appropriately named Gallery of Speed, which began greeting visitors in the museum’s entry hall this month, is a tribute to its four main themes of hot-rodding, customizing, drag racing and lake racing, all of which have their roots in the evolution of an affordable, factory-built V-8.  “It begins with the production flathead in the ’30s that made speed accessible,” said museum director Larry Fisher, a former Disney Imagineer who is spearheading an effort to completely rework the 28,500-square-foot space to tell stories about people and make the museum more accessible to a broader audience.
     STAFF NOTES: To read the rest of the story and see photos and captions go to the LA Register website listed above.
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Gone Racin' to see
The World's Fastest Indian.  Movie review by Richard Parks and Roger Rohrdanz.  28 August 2007.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands.  Photographs can be seen at www.hotrodhotline.com

     RICHARD: The movie, The World's Fastest Indian, stars Anthony Hopkins, directed and written by Roger Donaldson, from the 1971 book, "Offerings to the God of Speed," by Roger Donaldson. The movie is rated PG-13, with mild adult language, and running 127 minutes. It was shown in movies beginning in 2005, and the DVD will be available for sale on June 13, 2006. The movie runs for over 2 hours, but it seemed much shorter as the action moved effortlessly forward from New Zealand to Burt Munro's quest to race his motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats, in Western Utah. It was disconcerting at first because the movie gave no background on who Munro was, where he came from, or how he got to where he was. Even the time of the movie wasn't given, and the viewer has to search for clues in the music, age of the cars, clothes and world events of that time.
     ROGER: The cinematography was excellent, and the reconstruction of the outdoors well done. The writing was thought provoking, though at times a bit forced, as if Hopkins, the main character, just has to spout another gem of wisdom. Having only seen previews of the movie, I recognized right away that Munro was not the "Indian," the motorcycle was! How did that bike get to New Zealand? That's one of several questions the viewer has during the movie. I have to admit this is trivial, but car guys are watching the age of the cars in the scenes. I don't know what year this is supposed to be but the newest car I saw was 1964, yet Vietnam and "Agent Orange" were mentioned, which is several years later.
     RICHARD: Most writers will open with about five minutes of dialogue explaining the plot up to that point, then allow the action to keep the viewers informed. Since the targeted audience are car racers, many will already know a little about Burt Munro's life, or have met men similar to him. This movie opens with Munro working on his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian Scout, which Munro has been riding for a considerable time. The scenes with the neighbor's young son bonding to this old and lonely man are quite touching. Hopkins underplays his role as Burt Munro, allowing the real Munro to surface. Yet Hopkins is such a dominating actor that he controls the entire movie in the way Art Carney did in the movie Harry and Tonto, which won an Academy Award for Carney.
     ROGER: Hopkins won't win the Academy Award for this movie because Hollywood has moved on to giving the Golden Oscar to edgier and more tasteless crap. The supporting actors play their roles with a robust life, though a bit too predictable. The only actor who comes close to upstaging Hopkins is the rattlesnake at the cemetery, which forces the hero to confront the dangers of his adventure, and the meaning of his existence. I agree with you that Munro's character was not fully developed. Contrary to your thinking, Munro was obviously not "lonely." Everyone in town knew him, supported him and even had a dance to raise money for his trip to Bonneville.
     RICHARD: Feel good movies rarely make a lot of money, or gain the credit they deserve from the box office or the critics, but The World's Fastest Indian is a keeper, and I think it will do better with DVD sales than in the movie theaters.  Munro faces life's tragedies with personal courage, hope and passion, and succeeds against the odds. Some of the scenes had to be shortened and left unexplained, yet these flaws are forgiven because of the scope of the movie.
     ROGER: When he reaches Bonneville and is denied the right to run, the viewer leaps to the conclusion that "rules and regulations" are all that matter. It isn't explained to us that these rules and regulations were compiled because men lost their lives racing cars and motorcycles that weren't built and raced safely. Progress in any sport is always won with sweat, blood and tears. I wonder if in future years at Bonneville, the Indian passed "Tech Inspection?"
     RICHARD: I felt the strength of the movie was Hopkins' interplay with a world he didn't understand. Even in his native New Zealand he had to prove that his madness had a purpose to it, and that his heroes were worthy of adoration. It is a road movie of sorts, a quest for the Holy Grail, to prove the warrior's soul is pure and his honor worthy. Hopkins elevates Munro into a true representation of EVERY man and woman, desperately following their own dreams to the end, regardless of the sacrifices.
     ROGER: The filming was superior, the dialogue brisk and true to the time period, and the acting was well conceived and emphasized the main character. A lot of information was left on the cutting room floor.
     RICHARD: The racing scenes were some of the best ever done in any form of racing, and the terminology of racing was easily and deftly explained throughout the movie. I love Anthony Hopkins in anything. Here he was allowed to play an American version of a Shakespearean role, and he was magnificent. It's worth the money just to see Hopkins recite the phone book, but you also get outdoor scenes as breathtaking as they come, and action scenes that race your blood. On a scale of 0 to 8 perfectly timed sparkplugs, I give this movie a 7.
     ROGER: I enjoyed the movie, though the editing was a bit smudged. It will appeal to the hot rodders and those who love nostalgia, and the little inconsistencies don't bother me. I give it 6 out of 8 spark plugs and recommend it to those who love speed.
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Gone Racin’…Deuce of Spades, a movie by Faith Granger.  Movie review by Richard Parks, photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz.  11 January 2012.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands.  Photographs can be seen at www.hotrodhotline.com

     A friend sent me an email with a link to a movie trailer and told me to check it out.  Normally I pass on such requests, but I had caught up on my assignments and this fellow was a respected hot rodder.  As I played the trailer I found myself more than just caught up in the story line; I became lost in reverie.  Great movies will do that to people.  The mood simply takes you by surprise and you are remembering a time when you were young, foolish and searching for answers.  I looked at four trailers and each one had a liveliness to it that reminded me of American Graffiti at its best.  I searched the website and found an email address and wrote to the director, Faith Granger, to find out if this was going to be another attempt at the ‘great American novel’ or just a hot rod movie.  The answer to that quest was as interesting as the movie that eventually came out of the mind and soul of an incredible young lady. 
     I think I know who Faith is by now, and then I am surprised to find out that she has many sides.  Her accent seemed to be French, but she supposedly was raised in Lebanon.  She is as true a hot rodder as you will find and the movie that she created comes from the depths of her soul.  Faith is the director, actress, producer, promoter, cinematographer, bottle washer, investor and whatever else was needed on the movie; Deuce of Spades.  She has boundless energy, drive, persistence and dedication to making this movie.  Faith is also stubborn and opinionated and when she makes up her mind there is no one who can sway her from her goal.  The movie took years to make and except for a few small donations, the funding came from her employment and those who believed in her.  Everyone who worked on the movie put aside their financial interests and volunteers flocked to help her.  Months went by and we despaired seeing the completion of the film.  Faith emailed many of her newfound friends in the hot rodding world, including me, and we all did what we could.  Slowly she overcame problems plaguing production and found indoor and outdoor areas where she could film; with no budget and delays as actors and cameramen left to take paying jobs elsewhere.
     The list of credits is huge for an independent movie.  The fun part is to see how many people we can identify.  In a strange sort of way the weakness of the film is its very strength and that is the actors and actresses who had very little training, but carried their bit parts well.  The non-professional actors did exceptionally well.  Dan Warner as an SCTA inspector at El Mirage spoke his lines as if there were no cameras on him.  Gene Winfield played himself in the film with the same passion and caring that he does in real life.  A special cameo role was played by Bill Hines.  Some of the actors seemed a bit out of character or read their lines in an awkward manner, but this was to be expected when the cast was so large.  Real life hot rodders, custom car builders, mechanics and those in the business can be seen in the film.  Young traditional hot rodders were intermixed with graybeards who ran at the dry lakes or on the streets back in the 1950’s.  The main actors have all had some experience on stage and screen.  This movie could be their break into serious roles in bigger productions. 
     Here are some of the names that you may see rise to stardom some day; Timothy Luke, Alexandra Holder, Jordan Warren, Kyle Clifford, Gary Miller Youst, Carol Lynn Campbell, Kristen Findley, Jane Evans, Alana Stites, Nathan Ramirez and Jack Currenton.  Faith Granger produced and directed
Deuce of Spades
, acted, created the music, directed the photography and wrote the script.  There was no rating for the movie, but I would say that it should be PG-13.  I reviewed the movie with my wife and my niece, who was thirteen, and watched their reactions carefully.  I expected the movie to affect my wife and I more than a teenager, but her eyes were riveted on the actors from start to finish.  My feeling is that this movie is destined to become a cult classic for years to come by young people, especially those in the traditional hot rodding, rockabilly culture.  Deuce of Spades is filmed in English with subtitles in Danish, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Finnish and Dutch.  The length is 128 minutes long, but it felt shorter than that.  The pacing was slow at times, but it isn’t that distracting.  The action sequences were very interesting and interspersed throughout the film.
     Normally I watch a movie just once and write my review.  This time I watched the movie twice and intend to see it again.  Deuce of Spades did not go into the theatres, but went right into DVD sales.  This was due to the decision of the filmmaker to control her production.  Faith felt that she needed to develop her own distribution system first and then approach the film industry to see what deals can be made.  Movies made today are often formulaic in nature.  A producer finds a good script, investors, directors and well-known cast and then the producer spends just as much money in promoting the movie as in making the film.  He hopes to make at least as much money in a theatre run as he spent on the movie, with the profit coming from overseas viewing, DVD sales and merchandising.  If a film grosses as much as the producer spent then the buzz in the industry is that the film is a winner.   Independent movies do make money and buck the trend and I believe that
Deuce of Spades
will be one of these successful indies. 
     A hot rod movie can be successful, but usually as a potboiler or B movie.  Hollywood produced dozens of hot rod B movies in the 1950’s; the plot being rebel boy doesn’t listen to grown-ups, falls in love with the unattainable girl and learns the hard way.  A few Elvis movies had some beautiful hot rods and race cars in them, but the motivation for seeing a Presley movie was the singing and beautiful girls.  Hot rods and custom cars were eye candy in many movies over the years, but it was the seminal (original and trendsetting) movie
American Graffiti that launched the movie careers of many actors, especially Harrison Ford.  This was a coming of age movie for the late 1960’s and ‘70’s, hardly the prototypical age that we all remember as being rooted in the 1940’s and ‘50’s.  I suppose every decade has their rebels and their hot rodders, but most of us ached for that special film that focuses on the cars and the men and women who loved and cherished these cars during the Golden Age of Hot Rodding.
     Deuce of Spades is that movie.  It is a lush, photographic record of the times we all remember.  It is a bold canvas with photography and action that are simply beautiful.  You won’t find Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves, Johnny Depp or Cameron Diaz in this film.  It isn’t polished and the acting is sometimes raw, but it is beautiful nonetheless.  In fact the acting fits the film like a tight glove.  Yes, it’s rather raw, but so is the era and more than that; it’s real.  Granger knows this period well.  How did she do it?  This black haired, pretty, heavily accented woman from Europe and the Middle East; how does she understand us better than we understand ourselves.  The plot is tried and true for hot rodding; bad boy meets good girl.  The heroine, if indeed she is one, falls hard for the bad boy hot rodder, who is truly good and noble, if a bit flawed.  The hero, or anti-hero if you please, has fate and adults lined up against him.  The two star-crossed lovers struggle to change their destiny only to find that hot rodders have to pay the price for their rebelliousness. 
     We’ve all been there and we feel the angst and the pain.  We know what’s coming, but we hope against hope that these two will be able to escape the despair that awaits them.  Oh, it is so believable and Granger changes the plot just enough to escape being type-cast as a predictable writer or director.  Sometimes I think that Granger is telling us a story that we have read or witnessed time after time.  The challenge, the attempt at escaping the race before it is too late, the friends that trap you into doing the very thing that you know will destroy your life.  Then comes the betrayal, when those very friends and lovers turn their back on you and you have to carry that heavy cross on your back as you crawl and walk towards your Golgotha.  The hero is Johnny Callaway and he plays some heavy roles here.  Granger as scriptwriter and director drags out the pathos and inner demons that our hero, Johnny, would just as soon leave buried.  Betty is Johnny’s love interest and Granger cast her beautifully.  She has that virginal, pure inner soul, with alabaster skin and ruby red lips that we all dreamed of when we were that age.  When she lacks the courage and betrays her love, we know the fate that awaits both of them. 
     Art and Sandy are also wonderfully cast as the friends who prop up Johnny and Betty.  These are weak people, who need each other and when forced apart by their tragic miscalculations of impetuous youth, show their frailty as people.  Another friend of Johnny’s is Tom, who flees his friend in his darkest hour.  The character of Peggy is well scripted.  She is a villainess in the classic sense, but with the edges smoothed and a vulnerability that is delicious to watch.  Her actions are deliberate and they destroy Betty and Johnny.  Yet we can’t help feeling sorry for Peggy as she schemes her way into Johnny’s heart and bed.  Again and again she tries to supplant Betty and fails.  Peggy is a truly marvelous character that I wish Faith Granger had given more space for character development.  I can see a sequel here with Peggy’s character expanded and enlarged.  The young hot rodders, male and female, are scattered to the far corners of the land, both in miles and in their souls. 
     The fragility of their characters belies the bravado that they once displayed to each other.  Tragedy and the horror of their actions shrive them with a remorsefulness that is almost unbearable to watch.  Then Granger enters as the narrator and messiah, who painstakingly puts the clues and story together for us to understand.  She reaches out, as if drawn by a power that will not let her character go free until she has rescued those fallen people and set their souls free.  The ending breaks the heart of the stoniest among us; rescues us from our pasts as well.  Tragedy turns to redemption just the way that we always wanted it to be for us as well.  All the pain of the past that Johnny carries on his shoulders for us is whisked away.  Maybe the ending is too pat and too positive, but we no longer care.  He has suffered enough for himself and for everyone else.  We want his suffering to end; we demand that his suffering end.  For hot rodders everywhere, it is time that we put aside the pain and the remorse and forgive not only these young people, but ourselves as well.
    
Deuce of Spades
is a powerful movie.  It is hard to categorize it.  Yes, it is a period piece, straight out of the 1950’s and very accurately done.  You won’t find a coke bottle, lipstick or clothing that is not perfectly matched to the time.  But Deuce of Spades has many elements, all meshing into one grand epic.  Granger has to have had a love affair with Hollywood.  Her directing style is part Hitchcock and part Welles.  Orson, especially, would be very proud of her.  The filming and mood are as period perfect as are the props.  I thought for a moment that I was watching A Touch of Evil or The Third Man.  Some people may feel that the camera lingers too long on the burning cigarette on the floor or the clouds drifting by in the sky.   This movie is so beautifully filmed that it is a smorgasbord to visually enjoy.  The wide open vistas in the desert are perhaps the best I have ever seen.  The hot rods are simply humming with that flathead power that just can’t be duplicated by any other sound.  The music fits the haunting loneliness that pervades the souls of the characters. 
     It’s obvious that even though the budget was minimal at best, that Granger worked on every little detail until it was perfect. 
Deuce of Spades has that film noir feel to it at times; a reworking of that wonderful French film, Breathless, that was remade for Richard Gere.  Deuce of Spades is also so close to those Medieval passion plays and tragedies where the star-crossed lovers are never able to find peace and normalcy.  The hero and heroine can only find sorrow and grief, torn apart and left to drift in a world of what could have been.  It is the Arthurian tale of tragic love retold in our hot rod world.  Nobody has done it better than Faith Granger and her band of nomadic actors. 
     I went into this knowing that so many have failed before and expecting, at best, a typical B movie.  What we have here is a movie that has more than exceeded our expectations.  I can’t say that it is quite a masterpiece, but find me a movie of this wide a genre that is better.   Maybe those old Bogart film noir movies are better, but they didn’t have those killer cars in them like
Deuce of Spades has.  There are a few violent scenes, but compared to today’s movies, those over 13 should have no trouble with them.  The love scenes are very tastefully done and there is no gratuitous nudity.  I wouldn’t call this movie a chick flick by any stretch of the word, though my wife and niece never wavered in their interest in the movie.  Deuce of Spades easily attracts both men and women. 
     Granger, as a director, understands men just as well as women.  She draws out performances that cross the gender barrier.  Usually it is so obvious when the men are working shirtless that the intention is to draw the female audience into the action, but in the movie such scenes were so artfully done that I couldn’t envision doing the scene in any other way.  Likewise, most movies seem to force nudity into scenes where it is awkward.  We know why Hollywood does this, but the nudity and sex scenes seem out of place.  In
Deuce of Spades
there is no nudity in the sex scenes, no body parts showing, and the action is brief, but so well done that our imaginations take over.  Granger showed that her strength was as a director.  At first her acting seemed so restrained that it was almost rigidly so, but then I realized that she was deliberately muting her presence in the movie as a contrast to the other actors.  She was an observer, a narrator and a guide and it would have been easy for her to try and steal the show for herself.  Her talent lay in her ability to let the action focus on the other actors.  I paid $20 for this movie in order to review it, which I don’t normally do.  It was money well spent.  It is a classic and I will watch it again and again.  Even with the occasional flaws in this movie, I was very impressed and rate this film a 7 ¾ sparkplugs out of a perfect 8.  I think you will love this movie.
Gone Racin’ is at
RNPARKS1@JUNO.COM
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Gone Racin’…Movie review of
Dragstrip Girl.  By Richard Parks.  Photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz.  25 April 2007.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands.  Photographs can be seen at www.hotrodhotline.com

     Dragstrip Girl is a Golden State Production from American International Pictures.  It is a black and white movie produced by Alex Gordon and Samuel Z. Arkoff, with the screenplay by Lou Rusoff and directed by Edward L. Cahn.  The movie is 70 minutes long and stars Fay Spain, Steve Terrell, John Ashley, Frank Gorshin and TV Tommy Ivo.  The plot of the movie is about young and wild teenagers who have lusty passions for speed, women and cars.  A new girl comes to town who is beautiful, daring and loves to race her hot rod against the guys on the streets of their local town.  The local group of guys and gals face news stresses as they adapt to the young speedster.  Long felt insecurities and envy divide two friends who are both competing for the young girl’s attention and affection.  The hero pulls back from the brink of disaster and begins to mature, while his friend rashly dashes into tragedy.  Good triumphs over evil and the teens learn from their mistakes.
     Dragstrip Girl combines all the elements that is needed for this type of coming of age drama, but it’s a bit short at 70 minutes in running length to develop all of the characters.  The movie was filmed in 1957 and much of it translates well on the screen fifty years later.  The clothes, styles and speech are definitive of the era.  The plot is predictable, but then why shouldn’t it be when the subject is young people and their cars.  We know who is going to win over the girl and which one is going to fail.  There is no confusion as to who the hero is and who is the villain.  The true stars of this film are the cars, and they are spectacular hot rods.  The movie tends to pick up when the teens are in scenes showing off their hot rods, and dwindles when they are not.  The racing sequences are very interesting and revealing.  The version of the game ‘chicken’ and the accidents and near accidents are well done.  
     A true measure of any film is whether the reviewer can entice his spouse to stay and watch the movie with him.  In this case, she watched the entire film, which indicated that the plot and outcome had carrying power as well.  At times the movie became a bit moralistic.  The father and mother would lecture their daughter about the perils of speed, yet take pride in their daughter’s fast car and skills in working on her hot rod.  The police would enter the teen’s pizza parlor hangout and harangue a rebellious group about driving safety.  The movie isn’t subtle about the dangers of being a teenager in the 1950’s, and it left an impression that maybe it wasn’t made for teens but for their parents.  The scene about the Italian Pizza Parlor owner and his wife seemed out of place.  Frank Gorshin took his small part and extended it beyond that part’s range.  This movie is not rated but is suitable for the entire family.  The language is mild and the action and fight sequences are far from violent.  There is no nudity and the dancing and lustful bravado between the guys and gals is tame by modern standards.  But in the end, it was the cars that come to mind.  Those old hot rods stole the show.  I recommend the movie and give it 5 spark plugs (out of a possible 8).
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STAFF NOTES: The following was submitted by Burly Burlile.
     A new VW top speed record has been set at the recent Elvington Mile event held in York, England (United Kingdom).
Peter Englezos, proprietor of England's premier Volkswagen transaxle rebuild facility, assembled a 1485cc Wolfsburg West equipped 36hp engine and installed it in his 1952 Barndoor Kombi.  Peter then proceeded to make three runs down the runway at the former Elvington Air Base with a fastest pas of 85.8 miles per hour establishing a new WW36Bus (Wolfsburg West 36hp Type 2 to 1967) top speed record.  Congratulations Peter. You have set a new standard for WW36Bus Challengers at Bonneville and beyond.  Below are the current top speeds in each category as maintained in the VW Challenge history.  These are your goals.  See you in 12 days at Bonneville.  Burly
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BIG BLOCK, W/C & 36 hp TOP SPEED RECORDS VW CHALLENGE
Small Block...36hp
Big Block...40hp, 1300, 1500, 1600
Super Block...T4/T2/914,1700,1800,2000
Water Cooled...All
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Current as of August 26, 2014
FASTEST 4 CYLINDER VW
2012  Dewey Potter         212.922mph          00 Passat     2000cc       BV
AIR COOLED
BUG/SUPER BEETLE (without Aero)
1991  Lorenzo Hicks       132.100mph          61 Bug        2234cc        BV
BUG/SUPER BEETLE (with Aero)
1988  Hans Dahlback      174.705mph          55 Bug        __?__cc      SW
BAJA BUG
2009  Cody Johnson        100.509mph          61 Bug        2180cc        BV
VOLKSROD
2011  Richard Luna         119.207mph          67 Bug        2275cc        BV
KARMANN GHIA

1987  Larry Monreal        167.480mph          68 Ghia       1875cc        BV
TYPE 2
2013  Stephen Muller       117.878mph          57 Kombi    2700cc        AU
SS36BUG
2013  Bryan Houston         88.4mph                65 Bug        1192cc        MM
SS36GHIA
2014  Dick Simon              85.8mph                56 Ghia       1192cc        MM
SS36BUS
2010  Todd Penn              56.233mph            60 Single Cab1192cc     BV
SSS36BUG 
2010  Justin McAllister      99.370mph            74 Bug        1621cc        BV
SSS36GHIA
2014  Dick Simon              87.7mph                67 Ghia       1192cc        MM
SSS36BUS
2012  Greg Urritia             55.411mph            63 Kombi    1192cc        BV
DSS36BUG
2012  Bill Hatfield            114.909mph          99 Bug        1602cc          BV

DSS36GHIA
2012  Tom Bruch             108.186mph          69 Ghia       1602cc        BV
DSS36BUS
2012  Ronnie Fietlesen    86.664mph            60 SingleCab1482cc      BV
K36BUG
1961  Dick Beith              101.296mph          56 Bug        1282cc         BV
K36GHIA
Open - no record
K36BUS

Open - no record
NA36BUG
2011  Tom Bruch             126.236mph          66 Bug        1378cc        BV
NA36GHIA
2013  Tom Bruch             128.9398mph        69 Ghia       1378cc       OH
NA36BUS
Open - no record
WW36 Bug
2010  Kim Slaughter         70.914mph            58 Bug        1192cc       BV
WW36 Ghia

2011  Craig Wilson           84.42mph              67 Ghia       1285cc        BV
WW36 Bus
2014  Peter Englezos       85.8 mph               52 Kombi   1485cc        UK
SS1600BB Bug
2013 Rudy Bahnsen         95.0972mph          70 Bug        1585cc       OH
SS1600BB Ghia
2011 Craig Wilson            79.405mph            67 Ghia       1585cc        BV
SSSBB
2012  Jan Atkinson         111.124mph          72 Super      1776cc       BV
TYPE 3
2013  Jon Findlay             75.800mph        70 Fastback __?__cc        AU
TYPE 4
OPEN-No Record
BUGGY
2012  Brad Humenny       121.253mph        62 Buggy     2332cc        BV
SANDRAIL
1977  Mark Gyzebyk       152.780mph          Grizzly        1999cc        BV
KIT CAR/CUSTOM VW
1971  Ken Lowry             160.470mph          60 Amante   1500cc        BV
TRIKE

OPEN-No Record
MOTORCYCLE
OPEN-No Record
LAKESTER/FORMULA VEE
1985  Jared Collier          189.786cc            Frameworks 2800cc        BV
STREAMLINER
1990 Skip Moore             161.870mph          Streamliner   1776c         EM
WATER COOLED GAS (4 cylinder)
BEETLE/NEW BEETLE
2010  Greg Hogue           128.500mph          00 NB          2000cc        TX
RABBIT/GOLF/PICK UP/JETTA
2011  Keith Pedersen      195.582mph          80 Pick-Up  2000cc        BV
SCIRROCO/CORRADO
2011  Rene Berger           145.96mph            ? Corrado   2000cc        DE
PASSAT/CC
2012  Dewey Potter          212.922mph          00 Passat     2000cc      BV
VANAGON/EUROVAN/5
OPEN-No Record
LAKESTER/FORMULA VEE
2007  Dan Chilson            212.610mph          Frameworks 2153cc       BV
WATER COOLED GAS (6 CYL)
GOLF/JETTA/RABBIT/PICK-UP
2010  Jeremy Freedman   208.100mph          97 Golf     2981cc VR6  TX
WATER COOLED DIESEL
PRODUCTION
2009  Connie Hogue       132.445mph          00 Nu Beetle2000cc 4    TX
2007  Kevin Winder         116.546mph          83 Pick-Up  1497cc 4     BV
2006  Frank Deinbacher  124.300mph          ?_ T5 MH     __?__cc     DE
STREAMLINER
1980  Keke Rosberg        224.990mph          Volkswagen 2400cc 5     IT
2011  Kevin Winder         149.182mph          Winder        2000cc 4     BV
HYBRID (VW Engine or Body or Production VW Hyb.)
2012  Carlos Lago           187.147mph          13 Jetta        1400cc 4     BV
2009  Jim Bradshaw        165.714mph          70 Ghia       1497cc 4     BV
2009  Jacob Staub             97.740mph          00 Honda    1200cc 3     BV
    FASTEST VW CHRONOLOGY (4 cyl)
2012      Dewey Potter 212.922 mph        Bonneville Passat           2.0 Turbo WC
2007      Dan Chilson   212.610mph         Bonneville Lakester        2.0 Turbo WC
1987      Jared Collier   199.902mph         Bonneville Lakester       2.0 Turbo WC
1985      Jared Collier   189.786mph         Bonneville Lakester       2.8  Carb AC
1979      Burke LeSage 160.740mph (tie) Bonneville Belly Tank     1.5  F.I. AC
1971      Ken Lowry      160.740mph (tie)  Bonneville Kit Car          2.0  Carb AC

1970      Ken Lowry      157.898mph         Bonneville Kit Car          2.0  Carb AC
1969      Bob Newmire 134.930mph         Bonneville Lakester        1.7  Carb AC
1967      Bob Newmire 130.620mph         Bonneville Lakester        1.7  Carb AC
1963      Dick Beith      129.680mph         Bonneville Belly Tank     1.3  Supchg AC
1961      Dick Beith      101.696mph         Bonneville Bug               1.3  Supchg AC
1960      Dick Beith      80.874mph           Bonneville Bug               1.2  Carb AC
1959      Phil Freudiger 67.560mph          Bonneville Bug               1.2 Carb AC
1954      Dick Katayanagi 61.21mph        SacramentoCA Bug        1.2 Carb AC
1949      Otto Matthe  120.110mph           AutobahnDE Type 64     1.1 Carb AC
1939      _____?_____    86.991mph        AutobahnDE Type 64     1.0  Carb AC
SPECIAL MENTION     
1901      Ferdinand Porsche 37.00mph    Austria Lohner-Porsche Mixte (Hybrid)
Burly Burlile VW 36hp & BB Challenge,
burlybug@comcast.net, www.facebook.com/groups/36hpvw.challenge, Freelance Photo Journalist, Society of Land Speed Racing Historian (SOLSRH)
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