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THE SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS
 Newsletter
.  Issue #338.September 30
, 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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STAFF EDITORIAL, by Richard Parks
     Sponsorships are important in land speed racing.  They’re important in everything that needs a boost besides racing.  Beauty pageants need sponsors and so do Art shows and exhibits.  Museums need sponsorships and youth athletic groups need them too.  They aren’t always easy to find and I’ll bet that moms and dads are the biggest sponsors of all.  Sometimes the only way to succeed at a task is to have a sponsor.  The easiest way to find sponsors is by having a friend who owns a company or who has the ear of the boss.  There are times when a person or a team has earned a name or reputation and the sponsors come to them.  Most racing teams, even in land speed racing, have sponsors.  In our case it is brothers, cousins, friends, parents, and other relatives who step forward. 
     When I was younger and more foolish, I really thought sponsors were little more than people who got in the way.  We would have to stop and talk to them or take them around to see the car and team.  We had to smush and goo over a product they made and make them feel important.  They just were in our way.  Couldn’t sponsors simply put their name on the car and be content?  That was when I was younger and dumber.  As I aged and gained experience I saw sponsors in an entirely new light; a much more mature light.  If they were in our way or had to be reassured it was because they were taking a gamble on us and if it was a misplaced gamble it meant less sales and more competition from their competitors.  You see, sponsors are fighting hard to win too, only it was sales and market penetration they were competing for, not ET or records.
     I began to see sponsors in a different light and I began to talk to them and appreciate their experience, for they often provided more than money or parts.  Sponsors were often ex-racers too and they wouldn’t be funding the race teams if they didn’t like racing.  Many sponsors also helped out on the crews or brought publicity by way of photographs and story lines.  They sometimes wrenched on the crews and helped in other ways.  They provided contacts in various cities and racing venues that made it easier to find motels, places to eat and to buy parts we needed.  Sponsors and their friends and families became rooting fans at the races and nothing makes one work harder than to win one “for the group.”  Afterwards, sponsors became close friends and lifelong believers in our dreams, even after the sponsorship deals had expired.  They remained contacts for us and often steered other sponsors our way.
     I editorialized about how important insurance agents are to our sport.  Well sponsors are also vital for far more than just our financing and racing parts.  I’ve written an article on sponsors and sponsorship and will replay it in the future.  To sum up, if you feel you need to reach out to sponsors to make it up to the next level then there are some things you need to do.  One is to look professional.  To do that you need a team and you can find all the help you need close by.  Look to your racing club and let people know you need help.  You can always use mechanics and extra drivers if you would rather not drive your car.  But have you considered a website, newsletter or a public relation effort?  There are students in your local high school who would give anything to be part of a race team.
     What can a young person do for you?  They can handle video cameras and put your racing exploits on YouTube.  They can work on the car and they can go for things when you are too busy to do that yourself.  Okay, now you have some helpers, what’s the next step?  Form a business plan and put together a photographic resume and a spreadsheet of your estimated needs and what you are attempting to accomplish.  You need to explain how the publicity will help the potential sponsor’s business.  You are willing to bring your car and crew to store openings and to car shows and put their name before the public.  The better the sponsor does in his business by backing you the more likely you are to keep his support.  There are other recommendations too, so go read my stories on Public Access TV and Racing Sponsorships.
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     Saturday PM, Sacramento, CA - (posted to the Road Runners Facebook Group page): I just learned from Hayden Huntley that fellow Road Runner Vic  Enyart has passed away.  Vic and Hayden's grandfather, Bruce Huntley were Road Runners members in the early 50's.  Vic rejoined our Club recently so he and Hayden could race their Lakester (#98 G/GL).  Our sincere condolences go to the Enyart family and to Road Runner Hayden who lost his good friend and mentor.  I am out of town but will post more information when I return home.   Jerry Cornelison, Road Runners - SCTA (est. 1937)
http://www.ussarcherfish.com/roadrunners.
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     A Celebration of Life will be held on October 11, 2014 for Billie Lou Parks, the wife of Kenny Parks.  Billie was the sister-in-law of Wally Parks and the second to last living person of her generation.  The celebration will be help up in Templeton, California.
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     Barbara Larsen Parks, the wife of Jack Parks and the cousin-in-law to Wally and Kenny Parks passed away.  Her funeral is scheduled for September 16, 2014 at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, California at 11 AM.  Barbara is the last living person of that generation.
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     Jerry Cornelison wrote in that he will be with the Big Red Camaro Team at the Cook Land Speed Shootout at Bonneville and expects to be home on the 18th.  "What a shock to hear of Vic's passing.  He and Hayden Huntley were getting the car ready to run at El Mirage this weekend (September meet).  Hayden and his dad made some test runs at El Mirage last Friday.  The week before Hayden had been working with Vic prepping the car," said Jerry.
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     Thanks for the information.  We will try to attend some of the events.  We have taken our 1958 model wood Mandella to several shows including Lake Tahoe and Big Bear Lake.   Harlan & Mary Orrin
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     HARLAN AND MARY: I hope you can make it to the Santa Ana Drags Reunion in Orange in October.  That's always one of my favorites and it is low key and free.  If you have a history of the Mandella boat and photographs I will publish it in my newsletter at
www.landspeedracing.com.  A nephew of Mr Mandella comes to the Reunion too, but he is now into cars.  I no longer have the Boat Racers Reunion Newsletter and it has come off the internet, but from time to time I run some non-car stories in the land speed website. 
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     I was wondering if you have any articles on a John Lemster who held the record in a Mazda in 1974 and I am told thru 2000.  His son William Lemster works for me and is looking for info on his Dad.  John passed away in 2000.  Also looking for info on some American wheels he found in the garage that are 12 spoke magnesium with Aluminum tire, if it is called a tire.  Thank you, Dave Pierce, President, D & S Industries Inc,
www.dsindustries.com.
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     DAVE: Jim Miller, who is our main researcher, can be reached by phone at 818-846-5139.  Jim didn't know off hand who John Lemster was, but will search through records that he has compiled.  William Lemster should keep in touch with Jim and see what he comes up with.
     William didn't provide enough information for us to really help him.  I will be glad to post your comment in the newsletter to see if any of our readers know anything that can be helpful.  What we are looking for are clues so that we can direct William in the right direction.  He needs to start a biography and the reason for that is that every noun or fact that we have leads us somewhere.  So have him start with John Lemster's name, how long he raced, where he raced, who were the crew members, people that he remembers racing with or against, what John did for a living and who he worked with, where he lived and anything else that he can remember, plus any captioned photographs. 
     We always start with the information from the requester and then try and help him with additional sources to check into.  Memories are a funny thing; I can ask a question and get a quizzical look, then re-ask the question in a different way and get all sorts of valuable information.  William should also find all the photographs that he has of his father's racing career and send digital copies to Jim Miller.  Jim is the director of the American Hot Rod Foundation and he will respect the ownership rights to the photos, but he need to match up photos in the time span in his collection to see what he has on Lemster and also who else raced at Bonneville in 1974, so we can ask those other drivers what they remember.
 
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     First off, let me say that you have a great site that I was never aware of.  My Dad was John Lemster.  He raced at Bonneville in 1974 and set a land speed record in H/Pro that I believe was not broken until 2000, the year that he passed away.  He drove a Racing Beat sponsored Mazda RX-3.  He was a member of the Lakers and he attended quite a few SCTA events at El Mirage dry lake.  That same year, Racing Beat also built a RX-3 for Car and Driver magazine that also set e Record in it’s Pro class (not sure which one ).  That car was driven by Don Sherman.  I have some pictures that I need to scan and will send to you.  In the mid to late 1970’s he bought a streamliner. I remember it to be in pieces. He never finished it and never raced it.  I believe he donated it to a school, but for some reason, he kept the wheels.  The wheels are what I am looking for info on.  I have enclosed some pictures that I took.  They are American Racing Equipment Wheels.  I contacted American Racing and they said that they were made in early sixties and would like me to give them one for their display.  I also contacted Mike Spacek from the SCTA and have been exchanging e-mails with him regarding the streamliner and the wheels. He also knows Warren Bullis.  I saw him mentioned in your site somewhere and he also knew my dad.  I will be going out to the meet on 14 September at El Mirage to take the wheels and other things I have related to land speed racing.  Any info on the wheels would be great. Thanks for your time, Will Lemster, Director of Manufacturing, D & S Industries Inc,
www.dsindustries.com
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     WILL: Here are some leads.  The Lakers disbanded but try reaching Warren Bullis, and Jim Snyder, who were Lakers.  Bob Falcon worked with wheels and might be able to tell you something.  Bob told me that the Mazda company representative at the time was Dean Case.  Jim Miller is our president and the American Hot Rod Foundation director and he's at
Miller212.842@sbcglobal.net. Please send all photos to Jim Miller and to me at the same time.  Please limit the size to under ten megs per email.
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JIM MILLER WROTE:
     I did a check of the '75 rulebook and found J. Lemster as setting a record as a driver in 1974.  The car was entered in Class H Production Coupe and Sedan and ran as number 43.  That was 62" to 92" engine size class.  The engine was a 1960 Mazda 10A.  Have no info on the car.  It was entered by a company called Racing Beat that still exists today.  Racing Beat has entered a few different cars over the years and also set records with them.  You may want to contact them to get some details of Mr. Lemster as we have nothing on him.  Here is the contact info for the company.  Racing Beat, 4789 E. Wesley Drive, Anaheim, CA 92807. Phone: 714-779-8677.  Hope this helps.  Jim Miller
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     I was so proud to represent the USA with the American classic Hot Rod Sports Car in France.  Ol' Yeller II missed the Goodwood Revival this year, but we were invited the last three years in a row.  The Spurgin Giovanine Roadster may be an interest to Chantilly, but the 100 car cut is the best cars in the world.
     I received a book on Wintersburg Presbyterian Church and the Japanese/American history.  In the book the Furuta family was mentioned and also James Kanno, the first Mayor of Talbert, in Orange County.   We farmed in the area as well and also down Warner towards the golf course and before the bluff.  The area would flood at times and would be the biggest lake.  There were some huge goldfish farms pre and post WWII.  I grew up with that church, which they are trying to make a historic site. 
     I played Varsity football for Garden Grove High School and remember playing at Huntington Beach against the Huntington High School Oilers and my dad and uncles went to HB HS.   What a history and was all chili farms prior to WWII.  I worked on the very first Exhibition at Fullerton State University on the Pre-WWII Japanese/American Agricultural experience.   Ernie Nagamatsu
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     EDITOR: Ernie Nagamatsu is a good friend and the restorer of the Balchowsky Ol' Yeller road course/sports car roadster that did so well against the European imports during the 1950's and '60's.  Ernie and his wife Elaine later took on the restoration of the Spurgin/Giovanine LSR roadster that won the points championship in the SCTA in 1947.  He brings his cars to various festivals and car shows and supports those events.  I publish his stories and recollections of local history where he grew up, because car racing does not exist in a vacuum.  Racers and fans of racing also have personal lives and it is important as historians to capture all that history.  We have no idea what is going to be important to the next generation, so we save it all and let them decide on what's important.  A great deal of racing history was generated right here in Orange County, California though many people feel that Los Angeles is where all the racing occurred.  That is not true.  Places like Santa Maria, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Riverside, Colton, Saugus and thousands of little places across the nation and overseas have contributed to our racing history.  So collect all the information that you can and let the next generation sort it all out later.
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     Ron Main sent in the following; USFRA World of Speed live broadcast    
http://www.meridix.com/everywhere.php?liveid=Landracing.  Jon Wennerberg,  jonwennerberg@nancyandjon.org
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     Author Jesse Alexander will be at Autobooks-Aerobooks book store in Burbank to sign copies of his book MONACO on Saturday, September 13, from 10AM-2PM.
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     Yesterday I got to sit down and have lunch with Faith Granger, what a fascinating lady.  She told me about your review of her movie.  Man what an excellent review.  If you don’t mind I’m going to include a link to your review in my article in HOT CARS magazine about Faith?  Sincerely, Roy R. Sorenson/Editor,
www.HOTCARSmag.com.
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     ROY: You have my permission to copy and paste the entire review and reprint it in your magazine, just as long as you add, "Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands.  To see the photograph of the movie go to
www.hotrodhotline.com, guest columnist, Richard Parks."   Or if you lack space just give the link to the review.  I've done a lot of reviews on books, movies and magazines for HotRodHotLine and you are welcome to search through them and use what interests your readers.  Most mainstream media neglects hot rodding and racing themes.  I try and fill a gap and encourage the members of the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians to write reviews for me to publish at HRHL and www.landspeedracing.com
     We are eclectic and will write reviews of just about anything.  Reviewing seems to be a dying art and yet a review is important in its own right as it becomes a recap of history from the eyes of the reviewer.  Many people will read a short review, sort of like a Reader's Digest synopsis, so that they can understand a subject without having to read an entire book or see the movie.  I try to get reviews of all kinds, from as many people as possible; because the more reviews the more likely people will become interested in buying the movie, book or magazine.  The more people who buy the product will encourage the writers, directors and photographers to do more research.
     Faith Granger is an exceptional woman and a very gifted filmmaker and director.  She does so many things that she stopped calling herself a director and just says filmmaker.  She needs support, financial backing of a sort that doesn't tie her hands.  She has many story lines in her head that she wants to pursue and bring to the public.  I've been after her to do more, especially on the hot rodding scene in Southern California in the 1930's and '40's.  It is a rich bonanza of characterization, with Wally Parks (Dad), Ak Miller, Ed Iskenderian, Vic Edelbrock, Mickey Thompson and hundreds more.
 

 

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     The Danny Thompson machine went 419 in the 2 mile and turned off early this AM.  The long course is about 7 miles long and those guys get a time in the 1 mile, 2 mile, 3 mile and the last 4 mile speed traps. Dema Elgin     
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STAFF NOTES: The following was received from Bob Falcon.  Photographs courtesy of Doug Allen; text by Scott Daloisio at
sdaloisiosports@aol.com (909 226-7768). 
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     The "World's Fastest Sprint Car Driver," Concord, California's Damion Gardner, saw nearly two years of dreams and hard work come to fruition when he broke the 200-MPH barrier not once, but two times in a sprint car at the Bonneville Salt Flats on Monday.  Not only can he be called the World's Fastest Sprint Car Driver, but now the slender racer can also be called the only driver to go 200-MPH in a sprint car. After a shakedown run of 190-MPH on the famous Utah salt surface on Sunday, the table was set to make sprint car history on Monday.  Gardner started off the dramatic day with a sizzling pass that produced a speed of 194.19901 early in the morning.  It was his fastest ever (in his class) pass at Bonneville. The crew then realized the record was in its grasp and it was time to go for it.
     Gardner's second run of the day proved to be the one that dreams are made of.  He blistered the salt and by mile two, his speed was 199.44424.  He was within arm's reach of the coveted 200-MPH.  One mile later, he did it.  At the three mile mark he was at 202.25408 and his exit speed was 202.38426.   Those who are acquainted with Damion Gardner know that he will not quit pushing and rather than rest on his laurels at 202.38426, he wanted more.  The area was being pestered by some light rain followed by cross winds that caused some concern, but Gardner went back out and he obliterated the 202 run with an amazing pass of 205.47318.  205+ and it is not over yet.  Instead of packing up the car and the tools and heading home, Gardner and the crew headed back to the salt for some more passes on Tuesday to wrap up the three days of speed history. 
     Full details will be forthcoming this evening or first thing Monday morning, but Damion just went 211.58844 on his first run of the day.  You can see and meet him this Saturday night when he returns to the cockpit of the Mark Alexander #4 in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at Perris Auto Speedway. Everything, including the 205-MPH pass is being shot for an exciting documentary titled, "THE WORLD'S FASTEST SPRINT CAR."  The made for TV production is being written, directed and produced by Surf N Sprint and will be shot by the award-winning racing specialists from LoudPedal Productions.  You can take a look at the documentary at the following link.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp1JvkD9aaI&feature=youtu.be
     Damion would like to thank the following for making this enormous task possible: Surf N Sprint, Frankland Rearends, J. Milano Co., Shaver Engines, Lucas Oil, ARP, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Yak Graphics, Schoenfeld, Waterman, Simpson, Willwood, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Advanced Racing Suspension, Maxwell Industries, Victory Race Cars, Beast Chassis, Maas Powdercoat, Kenny's Components, Santamauro Racing, Lee Power Steering, Butler Built Seats, Schroeder, Brown & Miller, Champion Spark Plugs, System 1, Barne's Systems, Eibach, TSR, Indy Race Parts, MPD, Beaver Stripes, K&N, Jessel, Comp Cams, Donovan, Seals It, LoudPedal Productions, KMD Racing.
     Watch for more follow ups on his effort in 2014.  You can also check out what is going on by visiting the Damion Gardner Fan Page on Facebook.  The pages of Steve Watt and LoudPedal Productions will also offer their takes on all the high speed happenings. To hear Damion's 2013 interview about driving the World's Fastest Sprint Car with Shawn Wood on the Dirt Track Channel, please click on the following link:
http://thedirttrackchannel.com/Webcast/tscsAug1313.mp3.  
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     I am planning on being at Bonneville to film Kaylin Stewart get into the 200 MPH Club at World Finals.  If I get back in time I'd love to come out to the Santa Ana Drags Reunion.  I'd probably bring my camera (if you think people would be up for giving me a few memories) and a bunch of Where They Raced DVDs (if you think people would buy 'em).  Sadly I'll miss the Cruisin' For a Cure - again and will have to see about the Hot Rod Reunion.  It does look like I'll be back at the LA Auto Show though.  Buckle up!  Harry Pallenberg  Web:
www.wheretheyraced.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/WhereTheyRaced.
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     HARRY:
By all means come to the Santa Ana Drags reunion and bring your camera and DVDs.  You'll have no trouble getting people on video or photographs.  We never know who will show up and that's one reason we do it twice a year. 
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     We just returned from France and the Chantilly Arts and Elegance Concours as the Old Yeller II Buick Special was by special invitation by the Organizers of the event.  The 1959 Old Yeller II Buick Special which is the "Hot Rod Sports Car" was placed in the "Untouched" Class at the Chateau Chantilly near Paris.  The very special and rare 100 selected cars from around the world were part of the first Edition of the Chantilly Concours. 
http://peterauto.peter.fr/en/videos/index/evenement/25/nom/Chantilly+Arts+%26+Elegance+Richard+Mille.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f431zIjWl_8
     The basic information is below from an internet site.  Concours d’Elegance is a quintessentially French concept, yet for so long the nation has gone without a significant show.  Until now, that is.  Last Sunday the slumber was ended courtesy of Peter Auto and Richard Mille, with the inaugural Chantilly Arts & Elegance just north of Paris.  It was the baptism of an event that could easily compete with the likes of Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este in years to come.
     Glorious weather throughout the day certainly contributed to the Chantilly Arts & Elegance’s success, though it was the setting which added something truly magical. Cars were spread as liberally as flower arrangements over some 115 acres of stunning scenery.  In fact, at no other concours event is there so much space between vehicles, allowing visitors’ unrivalled intimacy with the cars of their dreams.  Although cars were the focal point, there was so much more to see.  On the artificial lakes were historic steamboats offering tours of the Le Nītre-designed Royal gardens, hot-air balloons were on hand to offer visitors an aerial view, while on terra firma an Emmanuel Chapalain exhibition of striking sculptures captivated onlookers.  It was a lovingly curated spectacle celebrating not only cars, but French culture, too.
     Beautiful as the Chantilly Estate might be, ultimately a concours d’Elegance depends on the quality of the competition.  In this respect, the event excelled itself.  The biggest names in the classic car world couldn’t refuse the invitation; take Sir Michael Kadoorie, for example.  The famous collector from Hong Kong sent his Talbot-Lago T150C SS 'Teardrop' to compete for the Best of Show crown.  “The thought of bringing this car back to its homeland after more than 50 years brings me great joy,” he said.  Other notable cars included the fabulous, if slightly curious, Michelotti-designed Jaguar D-type, the Giugiaro-penned Maserati Boomerang, and Old Yeller Mk II.  But in the end it was the American collector Peter Mullin’s eccentric Delahaye 135M by Figoni et Falaschi which took the first Chantilly win.   “We are very happy to be here at Chantilly and can already say that, following its premiere, this is one of the finest events in the world,” commented Mullin.  Praise, indeed, from a multiple Pebble Beach concours winner.  Ernie and Elaine Nagamatsu
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Which Reminds Me.  By Le Roi Tex Smith.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands, photographs can be seen at www.hotrodhotline.com

     So, most every day along about supper time, I turn on the radio or flick the TV switch.  Mostly out of habit, but it is how I try and keep up with what is sparking the whole wide world at the moment.  And right now, there is a lot of mumbles about the country of Ukraine.   Which reminds me of Carl Brunson.
     Brunson is one of the fortunate people who is an absolute master working with absolutely nothing.  Except his own pure genius.  Example: When I met Carl, he was working his own two many body/paint shop out of downtown metropolis Driggs, Idaho. Population about 300, and a couple old soreheads.  That was back in the mid-l980s. Summertime, when for two or three months it is throw-down gorgeous.  The weather. The burg was just another dusty old cow-town that dots western America.
     I was looking to leave the Great American Race in Dallas and get back to Real America, Carl was just looking to survive.  It was said locally that Driggs was Poverty With a View.  Perfect.  Anyway, we hit it off since I had a background in body shops, and Carl was keen on experimenting with all the chemical changes happening in automotive finishes.
     So I watched him and learned.  Like how to color sand with a DA, and how to cure a ton of paint applications gone wrong. and, how to please a DC (that’s trade talk for Difficult Customer).  Which was why one Saturday morning I walked into his spacious three stall shop to find Carl and his helper hard at matching a paint color.  The duo had a large diameter shop fan on full blast, with the helper stationed directly in the air flow with a very large bucket of shop sweepings.  When Carl said “Now”, helper grabbed a handful of sweepings and threw it all into the air flow.  Which was blowing directly onto a new model car that had a door and front fender taped off.  As the helper threw the dirt and what-all into the air flow, Carl sprayed a wide fan of color in the general direction of the car.
     Turned out just the day before he had done a ding repair but the lady customer was unhappy with the fact that her two-year old car paint job was slightly faded so that the called-for matching color was too bright.  Yea, I know, but in the body and paint racket you meet all kinds.  This customer would not be placated, so Carl solved the problem. By throwing dirt into a light coat of clear he could “age” the paint appearance.
     The result was a stunning match, the difficult customer was perfectly satisfied, and Brunson just brushed off my praise as another day at the office.  He only asked where we were going for the next rod show?  You see, at a moment’s notice he would jump in my magazine Van Of Doom and off across America we would wander.
     Which is why I am reminded of Ukrania.  Because sometime in the '90s Carl got a new mail order bride. Direct from the Ukraine.  And absolutely drop dead gorgeous.  At her home town of Kiev she was an actress and TV presenter.  Which was how it is that on one of these sales trips I asked her to help me in my pop-up sales tent by selling subscriptions to Hot Rod Mechanix magazine.  Not that I was overwhelmed with customers, but because I had the call of nature.
     When I returned to my tipi, the place was boiling over with lusting car types, all wanting whatever it was that my new ace salesperson could supply.  And she could barely speak a few words in English.  Still, it served to prove that car guys weren’t interested in buying from car guys, not if there were ladies around.
     Eventually this Ukrainian woman got her double-double drop dead gorgeous daughter through immigration and drag racing has never recovered.  Which reminds me that drag racing sucks.  It was way more fun when the quarter mile times were in  the very low l00s,  the cars had proper seats, and there were no special fuels.  Mumble, mumble, bitch gripe…
     Which, somehow, reminds me that the ladies of hot rodding are the very backbone of this sport/hobby/pastime.  Without them, we ain’t nuthin’.  Amen, pass the offering plate, and I don’t want to hear no clinking! 
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Gone Racin’… SICK MICK AND THE BOYS; A documentary film by Jose Asuncion and Brian Golden Davis.  Movie review by Richard Parks, photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz.  July 3, 2013.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands.  For photographs go to
www.hotrodhotline.com

     SICK MICK AND THE BOYS is a documentary film about Michael ‘Mick’ Charlton and his attempt to set the unlimited land speed record for motorcycles.  The film was directed by Jose Asuncion and produced by Brian Golden Davis and Jose Asuncion.  Davis was also the cinematographer.  It was edited by Christopher Makoto Yogi and few appreciate the skills that good film editors do for a movie.  The music was provided by the Black Apples and it fits the somber mood of the movie nicely.  I don’t like soaring music that is deafening or takes over the plot.  Here the music is just right.  It is 78 minutes long and is on DVD (2010).  It should have been another 20 minutes longer with the addition of more footage at Bonneville.  The main group consists of Mike Charlton, known as Mick, his brothers Billy, Mark, and Matt, sister Michelle, mother Peg and best friend Roger Kilian.  Also portrayed in the film was Mike Nish, Eric Manning, Mike Cook, with special recognition given to Waldo Stakes.
     Mick lives and works in Eastlake, Ohio in an area that is troubled by the loss of jobs and while the people appear to be handling life in a fairly good manner, the director catches a sort of grittiness that is remarkably like the lives of so many other hot rodders.  Mick has had a tough life, of his own making and doesn’t gloss over the early years of his life when alcohol and drugs nearly destroyed him.  What strikes me as a reviewer is how natural all of the main characters are when being filmed.  It’s the same sort of natural banter you find in garages all across the land.  Mick is brutally honest and so are his brothers.  They feared him when he was younger.  Charlton was arrested for violence, robbery and drug use and for what he describes as nonsensical and stupid behavior.  While robbing a store he was greeted by the clerk who said, “Mick, is that you,” and rather than abort the robbery he simply followed through with it and was later arrested and sent to prison.  He tried to commit suicide, had a world-changing moment of realization and turned his life around.
     Still, Charlton was not an easy man to live with or understand.  Once bedeviled by negative dysfunctional behaviors like drugs and crime, Mick transferred his compulsive obsessive driven personality towards a positive relationship with his father.  Mick decided to fulfill his father’s dream to set a land speed record, which his dad had given up in order to raise a family.  Obsessions, even when they are positive, can lead to poor relationships and this cost Mick his marriage.  This isn’t unusual behavior in racing and especially in land speed racing.  Mick blames himself for his problems with his ex-wife and with people in general.  But he isn’t alone in that regard.  I have a problem with the title SICK MICK AND THE BOYS.  It rhymes, but it isn’t accurate in my opinion.  Mick isn’t sick; he’s obsessed.  Obsession is the hallmark of land speed racers or they wouldn’t do what they do.  For some reason I had typed SLICK MICK and had to go back and change it to fit the facts.  Mick may not be slick either, but he is charismatic.  Even though his brothers openly admit that Mick Charlton is a scary and dangerous person, at least in his youth, the director brings out another side of Mick that is human, fallible and extremely likable. 
     I have some issues with the movie though.  There’s a great deal of angst, darkness and sadness in the movie and that would be accurate if it was simply about the redemption of a bad man turned good.  I had the same objection to the Burt Munro part played by Anthony Hopkins in THE WORLD’S FASTEST INDIAN.  That movie dragged slowly in the middle and then took off when Burt reached Bonneville.   The same is true with SICK MICK AND THE BOYS.  Interesting as it was, the movie slowed considerably until Mick reached the salt flats.  Certainly I would keep the scenes at the motel and on the rocky ledge above Wendover in the movie, but I would expand the movie from 78 to 98 minutes and add another 20 minutes of racing footage and put a camera in the car.  When the turbine powered car took off from the starting line that’s when the movie came to life.  Yes, Charlton talked about what it was like to set a record.  But we FELT what it was like when his car took off from the starting line for the first time.  It doesn’t matter that Mick failed in his attempt or that other racing teams had more money and better equipment.
     What the movie lacked was that thrill of power when a man’s arms struggle to control a vehicle weighing a ton or more and the air becomes compacted and drags one back to earth.  Fear leaves the mind.  Everything slows down, yet decisions are made quicker than one has ever done before.  Every burst of wind against the car, every little bump in the surface of the lakebed quickens the senses.  Mick wasn’t in a race to win anything.  He wasn’t a loser at all.  Land speed racing is the most cosmic of all sports.  There is no purse, no winnings, and no beautiful women to hang on your arm as you raise that quart of milk to your lips and 200,000 people cheer you from the stands.  Mick was above all of that.  He was challenging TIME itself; the ultimate test of man and metal machinery against the greatest force of nature.  His goal was to suspend all understanding and belief of reality and to watch space and time fly by him at the rate of a mile every six or seven seconds.  His goal was to join with a select group of men and women who have gone that fast.  And if he had set the record, to extend his hand to the next racer in line and say, “Beat my record if you can,” and mean it.  It isn’t about possessing something; it is more than that.  It is about a feat that takes less than a minute.  It is about transcending time itself.
     Is this a good movie?  Yes it is.  Is it worth buying the video and watching it with your loved ones?  Yes, but that’s up to you.  I’m only here to give you the basics.  I found myself rewinding and rewatching again, which I hardly ever do.  Mick and his friends have a very likable quality, though it is sometimes painful to watch.  In the end Charlton is forced to give up his turbine to an unthinking and uncaring government.  To me that was hard to watch.  I’ve seen men fail to set records.  I’ve seen their cars go up in flames.  I’ve seen turbines FOD, with metal shrapnel shredding both the stators and the rotors.  I’ve seen rejection, breakage and failure on the salt and dry lakes.  I’ve heard course language and anguished sighs.  But to be deprived by bureaucratic red tape is the hardest to take.  Perhaps SICK MICK AND THE BOYS is too realistic and too gritty.  Perhaps, but it’s also right on the mark and the viewer goes away with a soft spot in his heart for Mick and his friends.  I rate this movie a 6 and a half spark plugs out of an 8 and would go higher had there been more action on the salt.
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Slingshot!  An American Hot Rod Foundation Film.  Movie review by Richard Parks, photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz.  13 January 2012.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands.  For photographs go to www.hotrodhotline.com

     A great little documentary by the American Hot Rod Foundation (AHRF) is a title that they produced called Slingshot!  It is approximately thirty minutes long and details the history of drag racing, using interviews with some of the most illustrious men to have ever competed or officiated in drag racing.  The film was written and directed by Jason Cilo.  Mike Stivala created the background music and was the film’s editor.  The executive producer is Stephen Memishian.  The film was produced by Henry Astor.  The photographic editor was Brian Knappenberger.  The film is part of the expanding library of research material accumulated through the financial backing of the Foundation and the principal sponsor, Stephen Memishian.  Slingshot!  is an amazing short documentary and at thirty minutes will keep your attention.  In fact, I sat through it twice and felt that I wished that it could have been longer.  Since it is a series of work, part two will probably continue the story.  Before we get to the documentary’s plot, it is important to mention Memishian.  He resides in New York and has a consuming desire to know more about the history of hot rodding, land speed and drag racing history.  He put up the money to fund the AHRF and to assemble researchers, like Jim Miller, to scour the records for biographies, stories, photographs and memorabilia.  After the researchers at the AHRF have copied these records they return them to their original owners.  Memishian’s goal is the attainment of knowledge and his efforts are vital in the preservation of hot rodding’s past. 
    
Slingshot!
  is a slick and professional movie documentary.  The photography and old video clips are as good as you’re going to get anywhere.  The background music and chatter is sometimes a bit annoying, but there has to be some noise or the viewer would be distracted.  I’ve got some videos that are simply visual and there is no dialog or soft music and it is very hard to sustain interest in them; simply cars roaring down the track or oval racers going around in circles.  The captions are clear and consistent; telling us who the interviewees are until we get to know them well.  There is no date on the disc to tell me when the movie was made, but it was before 2006 when several of the men had passed away.  If you are interested in the documentary you can check with Aerobooks/Autobooks in Burbank, California or the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, in Pomona, California.  The AHRF website is www.ahrf.com.  Slingshot refers to a particular style of drag racing car and is a strange title for a work on the origins of drag racing; as not all drag cars are slingshots.  However, it isn’t the title, the raspy music or the excellent photography that is the reason you should add this gem to your library.  I can sum it up in one word; research.  Included in research is the interviews with men who I consider to be the founders of a new American sport; drag racing.  The writing and editing is fantastically good.  It is so easy to spot bad editing when the interviews come out all jumbled and confusing.  The editors and writers for this documentary have a story to tell and they tell it through great narration and by the men that are being interviewed.
     The film begins by stating that the origins of drag racing go back to the 1930’s in Southern California as young men took to the streets to race against each other.  Other young men organized this rich broth of hot rodders and created a land speed group that made the long trek across dirt roads into the dry lakes of the Mojave Desert in order to race their cars.  A few even state that drag racing goes back to the domestication of the horse and that young men have always challenged others to feats of speed.  The movie goes on to show early footage of the Goleta drag strip just north of Santa Barbara where the first organized drag race began.  Watching the old videos of Goleta (circa 1949) was a real experience and I learned a lot from this.  The next scene showed footage of the Santa Ana Airport drag strip (circa 1950), which codified rules and established order to a new sport.  It was also the first venue to charge admission and to set safety standards.  The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) was formed in 1951 to set standards for a national drag racing sport.  The sport of drag racing literally exploded in size and scope and in the early 1960’s a special tour was organized to take drag racing to England and from there to the European continent.  The film ends around the end of the 1960’s, but effectively the majority of the film is concerned with history prior to 1960.  I know almost every one of the interviewees and was fascinated with their precise, clear and interesting discussion.  This documentary is one of the easiest to follow along and I can honestly say that I never lost interest in the film.
     Here is the list of interviewees in order of appearance; Tim Rochlitzer, Tony Nancy, Jim McLennan, Wally Parks, Leslie Long, Robert Genat, Don Montgomery, Art Chrisman, Blackie Gejeian, Harry Hibler, Fred Larsen, Bob Joehnck, Jim Nelson, Otto Ryssman, C. J. Hart, Creighton Hunter, Dick Kraft, Robert Petersen, and Tommy Ivo.  There were also dozens more who were listed in the credits who lent photographs or gave textual material to the editors to put together this fine documentary.  I ought to go back and add their names to this review; but it really isn’t necessary as you can already see by those named above that this is the cream of drag racing’s early history.  Of course, it does leave out a lot of information.  There is no way that this film can include all of the tens of thousands of important and influential young men and women who created the sport of drag racing.  The documentary is slightly flawed by being so regional as it doesn’t mention the huge contributions of men like Don Garlits, Chris Karamesines and other Eastern, Midwestern and Southern drag racers.  Perhaps these men and women will appear in part two or three of the series. 
Slingshot!  was not intended to tell the complete story of drag racing.  Its purpose was to give the viewer an introduction to the sport and let them add to their library books and movies that tell a more complete history. 
     Here’s a quick overview of some of the men who were interviewed.  Tim Rochlitzer is a well-known racer from the Santa Barbara area who raced at Goleta and now races on the dry lakes in the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA).  There were many early timing associations that organized racers back in the 1930’s and ‘40’s but the SCTA is one of the oldest and the only one that has survived to this day.  Bob Joehnck was another man who raced and organized young men in the Santa Barbara area.  Robert Genat, Don Montgomery, Bob Petersen and Harry Hibler are writers, editors and publishers.  Genat is a prolific writer who researches a subject thoroughly in two months and writes the book in one month and then is on to another topic.  As fast as he is, the work is first-rate and thoroughly enjoyable to read.  Montgomery has produced eight books on hot rodding, land speed and drag racing with thousands of well-captioned photographs.  Hibler has been a publisher, editor and writer for many of the hot rodding magazines and an early drag racer.  Petersen literally invented the genre of hot rod books and magazines with his publishing empire.  Tony Nancy, Jim McLennan, Tommy Ivo, Jim Nelson, Otto Ryssman and Dick Kraft were early drag racers who set the standard by which all other drag racers compare themselves.  Ivo was also a child and teen movie star and was portrayed in many early Hollywood teen hot rodding films.  Ryssman was nearly unbeatable with his aerodynamical and powerful cars; but was forced to retire in 1959 due to a tragic accident.  Kraft was short of height, lean and athletic, but created early drag cars that pushed the development of the dragster to new styles.
     Art Chrisman and his uncle and brother took to drag racing the year that the sport first came to Santa Ana.  His #25 car, adapted from the dry lakes, became a ferocious competitor on the drag strips of America.  Over sixty years later the Chrisman family is still building and racing drag cars.  Leslie Long was there at Santa Ana as well, along with Creighton Hunter and C. J. Hart.  Long is an avid historian and keeps records on the early Santa Ana strip as well as on dry lakes racing.  Hart and Hunter have passed away; two important people responsible for the development of the sport and I found it so reassuring to hear their voices once again.  Hart had the idea for a track at Santa Ana and approached Frank Stillwell, who got the insurance for the drag strip, and Creighton Hunter, whose father had influence with the political power brokers in Orange County.  Blackie Gejeian and Fred Larsen are hot rodders, drag racers and supporters of racing.  Larsen is also a land speed record holder.  Finally, there is Wally Parks, my father, who is sometimes called the Father of Drag Racing.  He grudgingly accepted that title after it proved impossible to stop people from calling him that or putting it into print.  I think that he would feel more comfortable being called “The Wagon Master,” because that is his real importance to drag racing.  In his calm, steady, patient style he covered the whip with soft felt and tried to keep order in a chaotic sport with each timing association, drag strip operator and drag racer setting his own rules.  Sometimes I forget what his voice sounded like, as he has been gone for three years now, but his gentle, firm voice brought back a lot of memories for me.  Slingshot!  is a delightful little movie and I give it an 8 out of 8 sparkplugs and recommend that you add it to your racing library.
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Gone Racin’…SNAKE & MONGOOSE.  Movie review by Richard Parks, photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz.   28 August 2013.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands.  For photographs go to
www.hotrodhotline.com

     There is nothing subtle about the movie SNAKE & MONGOOSE.  It is a movie much like the sport of drag racing itself; direct and to the point.  Nuance is not going to show through in this loud, roaring and thunderous depiction of two men, friends and competitors who are driven by inner demons to excel at a sport both dangerous and grand.  There are flaws here and there and moments when the audience wonders at the plot due to the fast pacing of the film.  Even seasoned drag racers who were there and knew the history of the events, races, thrills, chills, spills, heartbreak and ecstasy can find themselves trying to catch up with the action.  The reason is that the director, Wayne Holloway, has a great amount of facts to present in telling the story.  Alan Paradise, the writer, provided a massive amount of data for us to absorb in a very short period of time from 1958 to 1978.  You can see the love that Paradise has for the characters in the film.  I know many of them and they are remarkable people.
     SNAKE & MONGOOSE is a true story based on the lives of Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, young men who loved the young sport of drag racing and through their efforts helped that sport to grow and to prosper.  Prudhomme and McEwen are contradictions; both friends and competitors, both rivals and teammates.  They were both impressive drag racers and also formidable businessmen.  Together they helped to develop the concept of sponsorship deals with Mattel and Hot Wheels, the Army and Navy and many other corporations.  They began their racing careers when prize and appearance money, trophies and speed equipment was all that racers could hope for.  Along with men like Kenny Bernstein the two friends helped to bring in huge sponsorship contracts that changed the sport of drag racing forever.  The Hot Wheels contract with Mattel was a major coup and put money into the two race teams, allowing them to excel at race tracks around the country.  This deal also paved the way for other businessmen to see how important it was to enter the world of drag racing in order to market their products.
     What makes SNAKE & MONGOOSE sizzle is the broad scope and detail of the lives of Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen.  Their personal and family life is a major component of the movie.  In some ways it is these personal moments that pack the most wallop.  I enjoyed the old racing footage and trying to remember all the people in these clips and the events, even the crashes, which seemed to speed along almost as fast as the movie itself.  It was the quiet moments, when the wives and families anguished over their loneliness, as the race car drivers were on the road and away from home that resonated the most with me.  Ashley Hinshaw as Lynn Prudhomme and Kim Shaw as Judy McEwen were absolutely wonderful and beautiful in their roles as wives, wishing for stability and children in a sport that is brutally hard on families.  There were standout performances by a number of women in the film.  Women are often overlooked in racing films.  Often they are little more than eye candy or fluff, but the Producer, Robin Broidy, wanted to show the effects on the family as well.
     There were notable supporting roles as well.  Noah Wyle portrayed Art Spear at Mattel with just the right feeling of a man committed to sales, infatuated by the project and yet able to jettison the drag racers when the time came to do so.  He was neither evil nor good, and Wyle held his own against the two stars.  Fred Dryer as the tough and no-nonsense Ed Donovan, crew chief for McEwen, was born to play this role.  And since the drag racing world is full of colorful crew chiefs with stories of their own to tell, Dryer should have a long and full plate of movie roles if more racing stories end up in production.  Leonardo Nam was excellent as the soft-spoken, yet intense Roland Leong, the owner of the Hawaiian dragster that propelled Prudhomme to victory at the NHRA Nationals in Indianapolis.  Julie Mond was wonderful as Wendy, a young girl smitten with McEwen and the excitement of being with a successful racer.  Her scene of rejection still stands out in my mind.  Some of the lesser roles and cameo appearances were well done, but some were confusing.  I’m not sure what the role of John Heard or Alexis DeJoria was intended to be, since they were so short.  Other cameo roles are definitely meant for the in-the-know drag racer who can point out to their friends something that the general moviegoer is not going to understand.
     The director managed to get a number of drag racers into the film, sometimes causing the crowd to roar with delight and sometimes confusing us as to the intent.  The real Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen made guest appearances as did Alexis DeJoria, Ron Capps and Roland Leong.  I would have liked to have seen more of them in this movie.  Many of the original drag strips have been closed down or altered.  The movie showed buildings, fences and other objects not in the old screen footage from the past.  There were time-correct props, such as glasses, household furniture and clothing that were spot-on and at other times there were articles that were incorrect for the time period.  These are technicalities that I don’t consider mistakes by the director, nor do they detract from the essence of the film.  The racing sequences from old film footage were spectacular, loud and nice to relive once again; and the stunt drivers did an excellent job of staging the racing in the movie. 
     It is the two actors in the lead role that finally determined whether this movie is a success or not.  Jesse Williams played the role of Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Richard Blake was Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen.  I’ll leave the Snake and Mongoose appellations for movie viewers to discover.  Williams looked exactly like Prudhomme and his command of Don’s mannerisms was excellent.  Blake also got McEwen’s habits and mannerisms down pat.  Yet fifty years from now no one will understand or possibly care how close these two young actors came to imitating the men they portrayed.  The art and craft of acting is to bring to life the energy of the roles they are cast in.  Williams and Blake have the talent, they did their jobs superbly and I learned some things I did not know and was reacquainted with things that I did know about Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen.  They had a friendship that was deep, lasting and true and survived the most severe crises.  Williams and Blake made this movie come to life.  They made me believe.  I can’t get their roles out of my mind.  When you can do that you can make a great movie.  This is more than a movie about car racing.  The director could have cut half of the racing scenes out and this would still have been the movie that it turned out to be.  The movie was predictable and there are some flaws, but no movie is perfect.  Is it entertaining?  Is it watchable?  Is it worth seeing a second time?  Yes, it is.  I rate SNAKE & MONGOOSE 7 sparkplugs out of an 8 and advise you to go see the film with a loved one.
Gone Racin’ is at
RNPARKS1@JUNO.COM
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THE LITTLE BASTARDS.  Book Review by Jim Clark.  Republished with permission of Internet Brands, photographs can be seen at www.hotrodhotline.com.        

     This book is titled “The Little Bastards” and is different than most of the books featured on Hotrod Hotline because it is fiction rather than fact-based and includes no photos.  The Author “Jim Lindsay” is a gearhead like most of us, and grew up in a small Oregon town during the 50s where he experienced the same trials and tribulations that many of us did during that era.      
     Unlike other authors of books from this era Jim has chosen to recount what it was like by creating a fictitious group of young men that belong to a loosely formed club, named by others as “The Little Bastards”.  Their story begins in adolescence, before they reach the age required to get that all-important driver’s license and first car.
     “The Olsen’s were the prettiest girls in our side of town and getting prettier every day, if you know what I mean.”  With the changes they had gone through they had become way out of our league.  I’d watched my dad drive enough times and knew about how the clutch and the gear shift worked, I just had never gotten the chance to get the feel of it.  So I put in the clutch, pulled the gear shift back where low was supposed to be on a column shift, and let out the clutch.  It just jerked a couple of times and killed the motor.  I thought the girls were going to laugh themselves sick.  I had accidently gotten the thing in high gear instead of low.  It’s hard to think when you’re in the company of two girls who look like teenage movie stars but are acting like children.  They could have wet their pants they were laughing so hard.” 
     The story continues through their school years on into their post-graduate years and their discovery of the opposite sex.  Lots of car activities are included in the tales and if you are the kind of person that likes to read, then you will appreciate the author’s unique ability to paint a picture with words. 
     “What about popping the hood?” I asked.  “I’d kind of like to know what you got in there that kicked my ass so good.”  “It’s just a little ole six I got out of Uncle Bill’s beer truck.” He said.  After seeing the contents between his two front fenders I was feeling a little better about my little 239” stock Ford flathead.  Instead of the 50 Chevy six I was expecting, it was a 270” GMC he had gotten out of a delivery truck and it was all chromed out with three carbs and a split manifold right below the Vertex magneto.  Hell, it was a full-blown hot rod. 
     His writing style invokes images from the past that take the reader back to their own remembrances from that same era.  The five-year saga unfolds chapter-by-chapter with a continuous flow of ah-ha moments.  It is old-fashioned story-telling, without the “PC” message.  A refreshing break from the digital barrage we are subjected to on a daily basis. 
     The author of two previous titles, “An Average Hot Rodder” and “The Bob Duedall BComp Story”, Jim Lindsay was born in Corvallis, Oregon in 1947.  He was raised on a farm that sustained him and his family near the small town of Shedd.  After eight years of education in a two room grade school, he attended and graduated from Albany Union High School during Cold War 1960s.  A stint in the Navy Reserve and a year and a half of college was followed by 42 years of farming.  Jim is a novelist, hot rodder, drag racer, and pilot of a land speed racecar.  Visit him at
http://jimlindsayauthor.com/.
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     The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) announced that Custom Car Magazine (UK), in partnership with Real Steel, joined the companies sponsoring the BDRHoF 2014 Celebration Gala Dinner Awards.  First published in March 1970, Custom Car Magazine is the longest established magazine covering drag racing and hot rodding in the UK and in 2007 was inducted into the BDRHoF in its own right.        
     At one time in the early 1970's it was the official magazine of the British Drag Racing & Hot Rod Association and has sponsored many cars, events and championships throughout its history.  The Custom Car Shows of the 1970's and 1980's played an important role in bringing hot rodding and drag racing to the attention of the British public.  This history of support will be marked by the BDRHoF Gala programme that will be presented to all those attending.  Jointly sponsored by Real Steel it will be in the form of a mini Custom Car Magazine, featuring the menu, time table and information about the award winners.  Designed by Darren West of Power Race Graphics it will be a great souvenir of the event. 
     Editor of Custom Car Magazine, Dave Biggadyke said, “We are proud of our association with drag racing over the years and would like to thank the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame for giving us the chance of getting involved in this magnificent tribute to the pioneers of the sport particularly as this year marks 50 years since Sydney Allard organised the First British International Drag Festivals.  It is fantastic that one of the men at that series of influential drag racing meetings, Don Garlits, is to be at the Gala Dinner.  He has stamped his mark on the sport in a manner that nobody else has equaled.  I would like to thank Charles Pinion of Real Steel for joining us as co-sponsor.” 
     Robin Jackson, Press and Public Relations Manager for the BDRHoF said, “Having Custom Car Magazine involved with this event is very fitting.  In media terms there can be few publications that have equaled the support and exposure they have given drag racing since 1970.   The special mini replica of the magazine on the dining tables will definitely become a collector’s piece.  On behalf of the BDRHoF I thank both Custom Car and Real Steel for their support.”          
     For more information about this event go to
www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk/latest-news.  The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is sponsored by many businesses and associations.  Without this support it could not exist.  They are Beech Underwriting; U S Automotive; Power Race Graphics; Santa Pod Racers Club; Pennine Drag Racing Club; Eurodragster.com; Avon Park International Racing Association, Shakespeare County Raceway; Santa Pod Raceway; York Raceway; Flint Insurance, Allard Motor Company, Lucas Oil, Custom Car Magazine/Real Steel and the National Street Rod Association.
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     We have our Event Summary on the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (RMMR) at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  The coverage is located here, should you have a problem seeing it, cut and paste the address into your browser, failing that let us know and we will get to you another way:
https://picasaweb.google.com/113152123752682863493/2014RMMREventSummaryVersion2#
     Marty Schorr was kind enough to feature our coverage on his site
Car Guy Chronicles (http://www.carguychronicles.com/) the link is:
http://www.carguychronicles.com/2014/08/rolex-monterey-motorsports-reunion.html
     Our photos of both the Pittsburgh Grand Prix and RMMR also appeared in AMP MAG (attached), as well as in "Pit Signals" the newsletter of VARAC located here:
http://www.varac.ca/varac/documents/publications/Pit-Signals-201408.pdf
     If you are interested in more information, here are the applicable links: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:
http://www.mazdaraceway.com/
     Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion:
http://www.mazdaraceway.com/rolex-monterey-motorsports-reunion
     2014 RMMR Race Results:
http://www.mazdaraceway.com/race-results/2014-race-results-rolex-monterey-motorsports-reun ion
     2014 RMMR Awards:
http://www.mazdaraceway.com/race-results/2014-rolex-monterey-motorsports-reunion-awards
Maureen & Mike Matune
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