.  Issue #364.  March 20, 2015

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;   a guest editorial by Anna Marco, obituary notices for John Ewald, Fred Lobello, and Chet Vetter. Bob Nichols was not seriously injured in a fall. There are two Tex Smith stories

GUEST EDITORIAL: Why I love car junk, by Anna Marco.
     I love treasure hunting for vintage automotive stuff.  It is partly because of the thrill of the junk hunt and partly for nostalgia value.   My Mom calls me a hoarder; I claim I'm a historian.  I win because my hot rod friends agree and majority rules.  I have found stuff in a junk store!  I love car junk! 
     Some of the trash, er ... treasure I've accumulated include: a mini RV camper in a test tube circa 1960's, its 1 1/2 to 2 inches long and less than 1/4 inch tall; a Pennzoil lube stick for door jamb hinges from the 1940-50's; an original Bob's Big Boy plastic doll from the 1950's; Glass Avon car cologne bottles in original boxes; original tub racer's box soap set; vintage promo auto ashtrays from the 1950-60's (NGK Sparkplugs, Goodyear Polyglass tire, and NSCC) and an original Cragar lugnut mug made of aluminum; vintage drag race magazines; Teenage Hotrodders and Hot Rods & Racecars comic books; a drag racing book for kids from the 1960's; a General Tire magazine ad mounted and matted from 1938; a kids Santa Xmas book from the 1960's where the mouse gets a race car for a present; gas ration book; Drag World transistor radio; old model car kits; old hot wheels; and a 1950 Thatcher & Ott Desoto dealer good luck penny in aluminum horseshoe key fob; vintage nylon racing jackets; pinstriped panels;  dash plaques from car shows;  old enamel drag racing pins for the jackets; old drag racing patches for those same jackets; and pedal cars.  It is an addiction.
     These items are important for several reasons.  1) They are cool.  2) They have artistic value.  There is beauty in a rusted gear from 1902.  3) It documents the evolution of the automobile.  4) The packaging was better.  5) I have stuff you don't and we can talk about it.  6) It's old.  7) I like it and I can't explain why.  Meanwhile my mom hoards paper ephemera and teacups.  I don't complain.  Different strokes for different folks; except my stuff is better.  In conclusion one girl’s trash is another one’s treasure.  Call me before you clean out the garage.
STAFF EDITORIAL by Richard Parks:
     Recently I sent out a group mailer informing straight-line racers and fans of two events, both very important and both on the same day, about 200 miles apart, so it would be impossible to attend both events.  Normally there are always conflicts with dates of events.  We have so many car shows, races and reunions that each week is a “pick one” on the smorgasbord of auto events.  I understand how the promoters feel when their special activity is competing with other car events.  People work so hard planning and fundraising in order to have a successful show and then find out that their attendance falls off due to a competing event.
     I have to stress to the clubs, promoters and organizers of ALL events that having a PR or MEDIA rep is vital.  As an editor I am constantly receiving and posting event notices.  I tell all promoters to BOMBARD me with notices; keep me on my toes and hound me if necessary so that they can get their message firmly implanted.
     Normally promoters send me only one notice, about a week or a few days before an event and think that is sufficient.  Promoters ignore my repeated requests to start publicizing their events 12 months in advance of their event.  Somehow it is assumed that anyone who is an editor will understand by mental telepathy that an event is planned.  When few people show up they blame the media for their lack of promotion.  I can't stress enough the fact that a promoter MUST send at least one PR notice monthly and if they can, get the media out to see the site where an event is planned and do an article prior to the event.
     Perhaps the promoter did notify the various websites and send out notices and maybe their system is well-run, and the editors are simply forgetful.  The bottom line is that the promoter’s event didn't draw the crowds he wanted and he can cast blame all he wants to.  Most editors, and I am one of them, will gladly post all the notices we receive.  So the fault for a poor showing always rests with the promoters.  Always assign some of your members to a media or PR committee.  Then make sure that they notify as many websites, magazines and newspapers as they can on a constant basis and start as early as you have a date set for the event.

     My dad, Bob Nichols fell, but he didn't break anything, so we are greatly relieved. His balance isn't stable at all.  He will be discharged today from Hoag Hospital.  My dad and I still have some chapters to work on and we will as soon as he gets rested and hydrated etc.  Best regards, Belinda Nichols
     BELINDA: Give Bob our best wishes for a speedy recovery and we will wait for the stories that Bob is writing about his motorcycle racing days.


     Chet Vetter passed away recently according to Doug Herbert.  Chet was a close family friend of Chet Herbert.  A memorial/celebration of life is planned for Orange County friends in May.  Gene Ellis told me that he and Chet go way back.  Chet worked at Chet Herbert’s shop and was a master machinist.  Chet hung around Pomeroy’s Gas Station in Santa Ana, right across the street from the old Main Street Malt Shop and sometimes down at Marion’s Malt shop with the other local kids.  That was their place to gather.  Chet was the last of Gene’s pit crewman from the old days.  Gene talks about how his father would come down to the Malt Shop and take the two boys off to the Orange groves at night during the coldest winters where they would light the oil smudge pots to keep the fruit from freezing around Baker Street.  Ellis ran a roadster in the old CRA around the late 1940’s and up into the 1960’s and Vetter was on his crew.  They raced at Huntington Beach, near Atlanta Street, Carrell Speedway and once at Saugus (Bonelli Stadium).  Chet was living in Arizona when he passed away.
     Chet Vetter passed away recently.  He was born in Orange County, California and grew up in the local area.  He joined the Navy during the Second World War, and was stationed on a Destroyer in the Pacific theater, the USS Saufley, DD465, and served in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Battle of Midway, and several other major conflicts, and managed to not get wounded in any of those skirmishes, and came home in one piece.
Chet worked in a number of different automotive enterprises after the war, and took up racing go-karts in the late 1950's, something he did until he retired from racing in the early eighties, winning a number of championships.  He was married right after the war, and had two children, David and Carolyn, his first wife died prematurely at an early age, he remarried briefly in the late eighties, but that marriage ended in divorce.  His son David passed away at a relatively young age as well, but his daughter Carolyn is still with us, and lives in Orange County, with her husband, Randy.
     Chet was my mother's business partner during the seventies, and I first met him in 1972, when I was still an active racer with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).  I was running Super Stock Dodges and Plymouths in competition at the time.  One thing led to another, and Chet helped me fabricate various parts and pieces for the race cars that I was building then, and he taught me a lot, not only operation of machine tools, but a lot of other things as well.  He was a great fabricator, and after I retired from active competition, whatever project I was involved with at the time, boats, dune buggies, street rods, motorcycles, or anything else, he was always there to help out.
     Chet worked with Chet Herbert Cams for several years, and helped Chet Herbert himself with the design and fabrication of several experimental engines that he had designed and built from scratch.  There was no apparent end to Chet Vetter's talents, and he was one of the most skilled machinists that I have ever known. 
     There was never an end to Chet's projects, and at the time of his passing, he was in the final stages of putting together a 1927 "Track T" style roadster, powered by a flathead with the carburetors sticking up and out of the hood, just like the originals were.  He was well known in all the street rod circles, and was a proud member of the Outriders when he passed away.  He was a true gentleman, who will be sorely missed by all of us that were fortunate enough to know him.   Bob Small
     I attended Fred Lobello's service on Thursday and wasn't able to get much info.  I talked to Bill Taylor and he told me to see Russ Eyres for older info on Fred.  I met his son Eric and he gave me his dad's number and I contacted Russ today.  He promised to get back to me on Monday after he had some time to gather memories of Fred.  I also plan to talk to Dan Hofstadter and understand he has info and early pictures of Fred also.  I was able to talk to the San Diego Roadster Club secretary and he related a few things about Fred and also Bob Higbee's daughter.  I should have enough info to do justice to Fred by the end of the week.  Please remember that as a writer, I make a much better plumber!  I related that to Bill Taylor and he said that the articles he has written were submitted to editors and he let them unravel it so I just might have you unravel for me if you have enough blue ink.  I'll be back in touch soon; hope I am not too late.  Doug McHenry
: Some of the best and most factual information comes from those who are not professional writers.  The quality is there even if the English skills aren't.  No one on the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians (SLSRH) criticizes another writer.  We all know that it is intentions that count and not the grammar.  I would be glad to go over anybody's stories and histories if they want me to and do the best to correct the grammar, but I was lucky to get C's in English grammar myself.  The important thing is to get the facts down and then we let future historians worry about our sentence structure.  Fred Lobello really deserves a good bio and he always talked to me about it, but we didn't actually get down and do it.  At this point a bio is not really feasible, but what we can do is get enough people to write down what they know and remember seeing.  That is more of a testimonial approach but for a historian it is still a good source of facts and that's all that we really want on the SLSRH is facts.  So do the best that you can and send it to me and I'll help where I can.  I would really like to have Russ Eyre's history too and Bozzy Willis.  Bozzy, Ak Miller and Eldon Snapp were like big brothers to me.  I thought the world of those guys and the only one I haven't written on was Bozzy.  So if you can get the San Diego Roadster guys going on some history and bios I would be eternally grateful. 

John Ewald passed away recently (March 2015).   By Richard Parks.
     John and his brother Don ran a top fuel dragster in the 1960's and later in his life restored the dragster for nostalgia racing, reunions, Cacklefests, car shows and other major events.  John was also an avid professional photographer and ran the website
www.wediditforlove.com with his brother Don.  He was fighting bladder cancer when he passed away at the age of 65.  The brothers ran both the MasterCar (for MasterCard) and the BankAmericar (for BankAmericard).  They didn't receive any sponsorship from either of the two lending giants; it was an inside joke because they used their charge cards to go racing. 
     John was a track photographer at Lions drag strip.  He had a huge collection of photographs from the very first professional drag racers and this created friendships with many of the great names in drag racing in the early 1960's.  Then John and Don Ewald went drag racing.  The brothers seemed to know everyone and it was only natural for them to start a website to display their photos from a lifetime in the sport.  Their website is one of the biggest and most complete of all drag racing websites.  John always had a camera around his neck.  He assisted anyone who needed help.  He was an ambassador for the sport of drag racing and not only restored his two old cars but helped others with their restoration.  If there is a nostalgia race or a cacklefest in Southern California you can bet John and Don Ewald were in the middle of creating or promoting it.  Their BankAmericar was featured on the cover of Hot Rod magazine (November 2004). 
     The personalities of the two brothers were different.  John was a conservative who frequently sent out political notices that reflected his values.  Don on the other hand was more liberal and I would get a stern rebuttal.  John also had a softer side and sent photographs of animal life that he observed.  John sent some of the best photographs of wild animals, from hummingbirds to squirrels, to a large list of his friends who appreciated true art.  His live action photographs of drag racing also set a high bar for other photographers to follow.  John left a lasting impression on those he met.  His low, but booming voice stood out in a crowd.  His enthusiasm never waned.  He and his wife Cynthia were very much in love and optimistic to a fault.  Even if John felt things weren't going right, he was always sure that hot rodding ingenuity would save the day. 
     He fought his cancer with the same zeal.  He told people that it was not going to get him down regardless of the outcome.  John was a fighter and the cause that he was fighting for might have changed, but his positive, "we can do it" attitude never waned.  He was a slap on the back, we're going to do it, the glass is always half full, with a strong handshake, and a positive influence among his friends and fellow hot rodders.  John Ewald is one of those guys you are going to miss in your life.  He left such a big impression that he can never really be said to be gone.  He will always be there in our minds when the going gets tough and his voice will boom out, "We got this licked."  He's gone, but he will never be forgotten.
http://www.hotrod.com/news/drag-racer-photographer-john-ewald-has-died/#ixzz3Ur69q0fA), by Thom Taylor
     Hello Road Runners:  If you have not already RSVP'd for the Road Runners Banquet, please call Mike Ferguson, or e-mail me at
glc311@att.net with your head count.  Member and 1 guest are free.  Each additional guest is $35.  Details: The Banquet is March 21, 2015, 4-9pm at the March Field Air Museum, 22550 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518.  http://www.marchfield.org/.  No Host Bar, Raffle and Auction.  Jerry Cornelison - Secretary Road Runners - SCTA (established 1937) http://www.ussarcherfish.com/roadrunners.

LOOK IT UP!  By Le Roi Tex Smith.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands, for photos go to the March 12, 2015 issue of www.hotrodhotline.com
     Consider Street Rodder magazine, page 52, August 2009. This was the report on the Fresno Autorama.  Right there, left hand column, second pix down, is one of my former roadsters.  A car with lineage.  I bought this prime timer from Don Clark in the early Sixties, still in the original paint but with a ton of experience.  One day I stopped by Don’s business (C-T Automotive, Clark was in partnership with Clem Tebow), which was out in North Hollywood on Lankershim Blvd, which was on my way home from work at Hot Rod Magazine.  There was an interesting engine on a stand in the shop window, had been there for some time, and I asked Don, “Hey, whatcha gonna do with that old Moeller?” Look back in history and you’ll find the Moeller was an OHV conversion for the Ford flathead V8.
     In this case, the engine used a special C-T built slide-valve injector and it had been used in the C-T liner as well as Don’s old ’32 roadster. In the street car, it had run over 160 on the flats. It was used as the push car for their streamliner, which had to be shoved to over 100mph before it could pull its own.  More inside info: Clark and Tebow had shelves full of Ardun OHV Ford flat motor kits back then.  An Ardun had also been in the roadster.  So Don says, “Nothing.  Just put it there to get it out of the way.”  I thought a minute, and asked, “Where’s your old roadster?”  Don says, “Home.”  I say, “Wanna sell it?”  He says, “yep, for two bills.”  I went home to consider.  At that time, 200 bucks was a lot of money.
     Next day, going in to Hollywood and work, I stopped by the shop.  “Here’s the deal. I’ll buy the roadster if you will let me put the Moeller in it and run the lakes and the salt.” Done deal, I gotta go out to Don’s parent’s home in the West Valley.  The roadster is there, in an old chicken shed, still with air in the tires and the tow bar attached so I can sling it home.  We’ll go out on Saturday.
     The car was in the shed, with all kinds of parts laying around.  Donald said I had to take everything, which included the original Deluxe Roadster spare tire fender well front fenders (the stuff that came off the car when Don bought it), etc.  All in as-new condition.  In addition I had to haul away a set of brand new front and rear standard fenders and running boards, still in the original Ford shipping wrap.  The engine I would get at a later date when I was ready.  The car was just as it had appeared from several years prior, with a number on the door in that Bon Ami white stuff we mixed with water. The car was unmolested in every way.  So, I hauled it home, explained to Pegge what I planned, and backed it into the garage.  Timing tag was on the dash, keys in the switch, couple hours to ignition if I wanted to go that way.  But I had other plans.
     It would remain a highboy, so I off’ed the fenders, the dual side mounts went to Dick Scritchfield for a ’32 phaeton he was buying from Australia (an aside, in my wintertime home of Castlemaine, Australia, I often visit with Eddie Ford who sold that tub to Scritch).  The brand new fenders and boards went to Jack Stewart, who was even then (mid-1960’s) gathering up Deuce stuff in a stock pile.  Way ahead of the rest of us.  I never did ask Jack what happened to those NOS primo’s.
     I wanted to put torsion bar suspension on the front.  At a time when such a thing was confined to Indy type cars.  But Frank Kurtis had some units, as did Dragmaster. Whatever, I took about a year farting around with the chassis, then one day Don called. “Hey, we gotta move the Moeller, and there is a guy here who wants to buy it.”  Someone told me later the engine ended up as a coffee table.  So my plans swung away from the Lakes.  Meantime, the magazine ad department asked if I had a project that needed a paint job.  Turned out the famous so cal mass transit painter who said “We paint your car for $19.95, no up’s” wanted some HRM publicity.  I delivered the roadster, with specific instructions to thoroughly sand the car and use primer, etc.  Yeah, sure.  Three days later I picked up the car, now a bright yellow, with every little scratch magnified, and that old dry lakes racing number bleeding through the paint, graphically.
     The car was in this state when I sold it to someone from the so-cal area.  I got a call from Andy Brizio a few months later telling me he had purchased the car, and since he was doing some street rods with a fiberglass body that a nor-cal guy was making, the roadster would be used to make a mold.  That’s a part of the story of a car with lineage that went on to win the big Oakland Roadster Show trophy.  Far as I’m concerned, it is in much better condition nowdays.
     Did I tell you about the time Ronaldo Ceridono drug the seat out of his riding buddy’s underwear? Let me set the scene. Ronnie and I do not go in much for doing the freeway numbers when we drive hot rods to an event. Instead, we check the road maps for routes less travelled those great blue lines that were once the blood arteries of the American continent. So, on this particular adventure, we left Idaho headed east to Lincoln, Nebraska targeting the R&C Americruise.
     The way it worked was that Tom Medley flew up from Burbank to co-chair with me in the Dawg roadster, while Puppy Toes came up from northern Cal to ride with Ceridono in his much travelled T no-top. We call Paul Willis Puppy Toes because in our impromptu games of cards, he calls one of the suites this name. And they do look like dog tracks.
     So, we headed east through Jackson, Wyoming over the Teton pass, then over through Jerry Jardine’s backyard of the Wind River mountains, across the way wide open country of antelopes to Casper, diagonal down the Platte toward Ogalalla.  It was about even with the Shiprock landmark that Tom and I crested a rolling hill and at the bottom we saw a blanket. I recognized this as one Poo used on the T bucket bed to rest his minimal travel luggage. We pulled a whoa to pick it up, then continued. A couple more wrinkles in the road and there was Ronnie and Toes alongside the road. Somewhat behind the roadster, with Paul holding up a scrap of burned cloth.  There was much gesticulating going on between the pair as we arrived. As we walked close, the scrap of material looked very much like the waistband of underwear shorts. “Mine”, said Toes.  “My luggage,” said Poo as he lifted his bottomless bag.
      Turns out that the luggage had shifted slightly after nearly 450 miles of highballing, allowing the blanket to slowly slide free. The luggage was secured with bungee cords, and poo had glanced back to see the two pieces of luggage bouncing along several meters behind the bobbed bed. By the time he had anchored the T, smoke was pouring from the base of his bag. On investigation, Toes discovered the entire bottom of his jocks were gone, with the remaining fringe just on a-flame.  Which is where we arrived.  But, no amount of whining by Paul would reinvent his underwear. Ron was hardly concerned over the brief briefs, he was most put out by his bottomless brief briefcase. You know, get the priorities right and all that.
     A moment of calm reflection, and a nod to the gods of fenderless roadstering found the entourage touraging onward to the land of Bill Smith-dom.  I mention this little episode by way to pointing out that having some kind of storage space (suitably enclosed works well) for a roadster or coupe trip is in direct proportion of demand depending upon gender of the occupants.  As is a collapsible top thingie.
     Same car, same driver, different trip, this one to rod nats in St Paul.  Not far out of town, Poo asked a travelling companion young lady wife-friend if she would like a real hot rod ride. She agreed, only to find that the skies were becoming alarmingly dark as eastward they did hark.  Finally the heavens split, and Poo-hapless rider-topless-fenderless fad T raced on.  The theory being that faster one goes, less wet one becomes.  Theory only.
    At last, mad dash down the Twin Cities freeways, University off ramp I think, and slide under the balcony of destination motel.  To the mad applause and cheers of the huddled masses of non-western hardtop huggers trying to avoid same said downpour. Thoroughly drenched, the travelers suffered the final and ultimate indignity as the lady elevated to step from her carriage………immediately all the water that had pooled on her blanket and wedged between bodies displaced to pool strategically around the base part of Poo.
     Moral of this story………never wear those one-buck rain slickers in a modified T. And always pack your shorts midway in the bag, above the shoes and below the shirts……..

Gone Racin’…Earl Wooden memorial.  Story by Richard Parks.  Photographs by the Wooden family.  For extended reporting on Earl Wooden’s land speed racing career and results please go to
www.landracing.com, Bonneville Racing News, SCTA Racing News and various other publications which you can access by googling the internet.  7 March 2015.   Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands, for photographs go to www.hotrodhotline.com. 

    Earl Wooden passed away February 22, 2015 and his life was celebrated at a gravesite celebration of life on March 7, 2015 at Pacific View Memorial Park, in Corona Del Mar, California.  Earl was born in Hollywood, California in 1931.  He first saw the speed trials on the dry lakes of Southern California in the late 1940’s and then partnered with Ron Benham to race at Bonneville in the early 1950’s.  He served in the Korean War conflict in the early 1950’s and then went to work and took a thirty-six year break from land speed racing.  But Bonneville and the dry lakes were never far from his heart and in the late 1980’s he returned to the sport that he loved.  He again partnered with Ron Benham, who built Earl’s famous Crosley coupe which put Earl, Ak Miller and perhaps another dozen drivers in the 2 club.  Earl was extremely generous with his time and money and was overjoyed to see other drivers get in his famous Crosley and break each other’s records.  Earl and the Crosley were honored at the Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame in 1998 at Jack Mendenhall’s Gas Pump Museum, in Buellton, California.  Earl totaled the Crosley in a crash while racing and seriously considered retiring from land speed racing.  But quitting was never in Earl’s vocabulary and in 2003 he bought a streamliner chassis from Howard Nafzger in Arizona and went racing again.
     Earl’s family and friends attended his service.  Family members were; Christy Wooden White (daughter), Roy Wooden (Earl's cousin), Grant (nephew) and his wife Allison Wooden, Emma Wooden (grand niece), Stacey Wooden (niece), Stacey’s two children Adam Schreiber (grand nephew), and Matthew Schreiber (grand nephew), Courtney Tinsay (grand niece) and her fiancÚ John Paul Coulter.  Tom and Jessica Stewart, Jan Middleton (Tom Stewart's mother), and Kaylin Stewart created a wonderful, matted photo collection of Earl’s life.  Earl lived on the Stewart property and Kaylin treated him like a grandfather.  Representing the Milers car club (SCTA member club) were David Parks, Miler Mike Stewart, and Alan Fogliadini.  Tanis Hammond came from the Gold Coast Roadster & Racing Club.  The Gear Grinders sent Rick MacLean, Bob and Judy Sights.  From the Road Runners came Hayden Huntley.  The Lakers were represented by Jim Snyder and Ed Clancy.  The Sidewinders sent Ken Walkey (a close friend and racing partner), Lee Kennedy, Ed Safarik, Robbie Cohn, Ronald Cohn, and Stew Harnick.  Harnick is a photographer for the SCTA/BNI.org.  Former racing team members of Earl’s were Kelly and Richard Brown, and Guy and Mam Vaughan.  Other friends included Richard Parks, Bob Leggio, Louie Senter, Jim Dunn, Nate Jones, Laura Huffman, Moorea Watkins, Duane McKinney, Bobby Russo, Dan Ryan, Tonia Garlow, Maureen O'Heara, J. W. Henderson, John McAndrew, Bob and Bev Reordan, Pamela Nix, Tiffany Curtis, Dick McKinley, and Alan Curtis.  Laura Huffman (Don Watkin's motorcycle) and Moorea Watkins were long time friends who saw Earl race on the dry lakes. Nate Jones supplied tires for the cars that Earl drove.  He owns Cowboy Tire Company in Signal Hill.  Bobby Russo (Local 33) represented the union where Earl was a member of while working in the movie industry.  Dan Ryan is an AA member and friend who remarked, "Earl was very proud of the fact that he remained sober and alcohol free for the last 52 years of his life." 
     Roy Wooden, Earl’s cousin, and John McAndrew officiated at the celebration of life.  A military honor guard honored Earl, who was a veteran of the Korean War, with the playing of Taps and the presentation of the American flag to the family.  Members of Earl’s AA (Alcoholic Anonymous) group, his Union Local 33 and from the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) were also represented.  The speakers told much the same story about Earl.  How he struggled with alcohol and then found the strength to join with others to stay sober for over 50 years.  They stress how important it was to him to live each day with the realization that he could fight this disease.  They told the crowd how he had an opinion on everything and wanted to give his advice and wisdom to others.  How he was committed to his family, his country and to his strong conservative beliefs. 
     Christy Wooden White told us about how she was reunited with her father just eleven years ago and was reunited with the family.  She had been raised by her stepfather and did not know her birth father.  Her cousin Stacy found both daughter and father and brought them together.  Her cousin Grant Wooden welcomed her into the family.  “Earl gave his advice and help freely to all who needed it.  He was full of convictions, firm opinions and conservative ideals.  He was vibrant, full of life and an example to all,” she concluded.   Tom Stewart spoke about how he was so important to his family.  “He lived on our property and our daughter Kaylin looked upon Earl like a grandfather,” Stewart said and then he laid a 200 MPH cap on the coffin.  Earl was a member of the prestigious Bonneville 200 mile an hour club.  That honor is reserved for men and women who set a record in their car or motorcycle class above 200 miles per hour.  It is a feat that very few people have achieved and Earl was a proud member of that group.  Jessica Stewart spoke next and said, “Earl had lots of advice to give to people.  He also helped out people with his time and money as well as advice.  He had this ability to give you what you needed the most.  He served in the Korean War and was honored with a commendation for his service there,” she said.  Roy Wooden, Earl’s cousin, gave the closing prayer and then John McAndrew led us in singing Amazing Grace.
     Jim Miller wrote, "Earl was at Bonneville around 1952 or '53 with Ronnie Benham who ran a coupe on the Salt Flats.  Benham was an outstanding race car builder.  Earl left land speed racing in the 1950's and worked in the movie business as a lighting expert, even working on the Oscars.  In the 1980's Earl returned to land speed racing and Benham built the famous Crosley coupe for Earl that put him into the 200 Mile Per Hour Club.  Ak Miller got into the 2 club in the Crosley and Earl let a number of other people drive the car enabling them to get into the 2 club.  After Earl crashed the Crosley he bought the streamliner around 2002."   Roadrunner Hayden Huntley remarked how helpful Earl was to new land speed racers, "I met Earl about 8 months before he passed away.  We talked a lot about aerodynamics and how we could build a better hood scoop for my car.  Now I am building the hood scoop that Earl helped me design and I hope to have it ready for the May meet at El Mirage."
     Ken Walkey recalls, "Ron Benham built the Crosley.  Dave Kennamer, who has since passed away, and I took the body off the car.  I put a steel plate over his head on the car and Dave put a bar in the center of the windshield, which together saved Earl's life when the car crashed.  Ronny had 5-1/2 inch wide wheels on the back.  I talked to the engineers at Goodyear and they said to use 4 to 4-1/2 wide wheels.  Earl wouldn't listen and it cost him the Crosley, and almost killed him.  In the ambulance he took my hand and said to me, 'Ken, I think we're getting too old for this (expletive).'  Earl was a member of the Sidewinders.  We teamed up when I destroyed an engine in the 'liner at El Mirage.  That was in 1991 or '92.  In '93 we put Earl's B motor in my 'liner and set the class record, which stood for 20 years.  We shared a large aircraft hangar at Whiteman Airport until we both sold out to Charles Nearburg of Dallas, Texas around 2006 or '07."
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Gone Racin’…Chet Herbert’s Memorial.  Story by Richard Parks.  Historical material for the story was gathered at Chet Herbert’s memorial, from his friends and family, the internet and from other written material.  March 13, 2015.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands, for photographs go to www.hotrodhotline.com. 

     Chet Herbert passed away in April, 2009, from the effects of pneumonia, and the family held a memorial service for him at Ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1855 Orangeolive Road, Orange, California.  Around 200 people attended his services to bid goodbye to one of the pioneers of motorsport racing.  Some of those attending were; Randy Manning, Vincent Schiappardi, Richard Montana, Jeff Olah, Richard Parks, Michael Phillips, Ron Hill (Hill Marine), Gregg Foster, Joe Donaldson (Pick’s Racing Engines), Rick Kersh, Bill Todd (who ran the store for Chet for ten years), Mike Carson (SCTA), Don Hampton (Hampton Blowers), Steve Chrisman (Art’s cousin), Roy Miersch, Don Anderson (worked for Chet), Jim Marrone, Weed (Tim Kraushaar, drag starter and announcer and partner in Rodex), Toni Kraushaar, Donny Johansen, Bobby Johansen, Jason Rupert, Edgar Reyes (’32 Altered in Nostalgia Series sponsored by Chet), Andy Reyes, Bob and Pat Jackson, Hal and Carol Manton (Manton Engineering), Noel Manton, Steve LaBonge, Carol and David Friedman (Carol Friedman has a laser engineer company that rents space in Chet’s shop and David Friedman installed a cam system), Cameron Evans (Red-Line Oil), Steve Evans and George and Nancy Longyear. 

     Others who were present included: Dick Holt, David Lee, Ed Iskenderian, Nick Arias Jr, Rod Larmer, Jim Murphy, Stan Betz, Lloyd Shill (knew Chet since 1945), Grandma Phyllis Loty, Ed and Ellen Barrett (James, Ashley, Brittany and Tamaya), Claudia Gibson, Nathan Tupman, Ashley Kay, Kimberly Farrell, Rose Brick, Gerald Bermudez, Chet and Ardiss Laughery, Jim and Nancy Brott, Nancy Grider, Lorraine Glenn, Zilla Reynolds, Zane and Valerie Shubert, Marrietta Weyand, John and Millie White, Barbara and Ron Rosen, Ron and Cheryl Kato, Yoko Kato, Marilyn Palagyi, Tony and Jan Paleno, David Paleno, Rob Airheart, Ken Sink, Ed and Emily Vander Worde, Daniel and Mizka Brick, Jim Brissette, Tony Ledford, Bill and Karen Gillissie, Rony McKibben, Edmund Janke, Danny Broussard, Patrick Larson, Lyle Larson, Spider Razon, Sparky Horaczko, Tom and Lorena Harris, Gregg Petersen, Eldon Harris, Harvey Hibler, Jim Johnson, Ron Helznek, Jim Bernhardy, Ron Henderson, Max Gleason, Sean Timberlake, Red Roberts, Carol and Randy Gillis, Bill Jenks, Victor Scardina, Julie Nelson, Joaquin and Rosario Kanashiro, Martha Mortin, Dudley Frank, Rick Frye, Ed Richin, Gabriel Parras, Mike Callahan, Steve Goltz, John and Laurie Stewart, Mike Leach (boat racing), Ray Borders (reporter at Santa Ana drags in July 1950), Kathy Hoffman Beach (dated Chet in the 1940’s), Joni Rechsteiner, Leonard M. Harringer, Mike and Nanna Watson (Lee, Bill, Dave and Sierra), Heather Whitmore, Michael and Pam Wetterholm, and Hank Adams (long time friend with ’32 yellow roadster).

     Doug Herbert, Chet’s son, flew back from his home in North Carolina to preside at the service for his father.  “He was a strict but kind man.  On a trip to the lake once the boat fell into the water.  The tow car was up to the roof in the lake.  Dad turned up the heat on the way home in order to dry out the interior of the car so as not to upset my mom,” Doug started the story.  “Dad told me, ‘We have to get back to take your mother to church,’ and I told him, ‘But Dad it’s 100 degrees in here already.’  When we got home and picked up my mom the head board was warped and sinking.  My mom asked what happened to the head board and Dad just sat there glumly,” Doug told us and the crowd laughed at the scene.

      Chet Herbert was born in Glenbar, Arizona in March of 1928.  His family moved to Los Angeles where he grew up during the golden age of hot rodding.  Racing around the streets of Los Angeles terrified his mother who tried to dissuade the young man from street racing by giving him a trumpet.  But Chet was more interested in cars and motorcycles and was inspired by his uncle who was a mechanic.  He gave up the trumpet for a Cushman bike and later bought himself a Harley/Davidson motorcycle.  He was twenty years old in 1948 when he came down with polio, a dreaded disease that struck young people of the time. Doug Herbert told the gathering, "My grandmother told me he was so wild about racing, that if he didn't have polio to slow him down, he probably would have died.  When my dad was 12, my grandma bought him a trumpet and hoped he'd learn to play.  But he traded the trumpet for a Cushman motor scooter and it was life in the fast lane ever since."

     He spent six months in an iron lung, a hideous contraption that forces the lungs to breathe.  Without it he would have died.  When he was well enough to leave the iron lung and the hospital he was crippled from the waist down and confined to a wheel chair.  Many children could walk with the help of metal braces, but Chet's case was too severe.  Many young people would have given up all hope of a future, but Chet's spirit was as strong as his body was weak.  He used the time to read and to think.  Like other racers of the time he discovered the properties of various fuels by reading what the Germans did in World War II.  He would use nitromethane in some of the earliest motorcycles and race cars.  The young man also had time to create new ideas in his head.  Harley/Davidson motorcycles had developed roller lifters in their V-twin engines some twenty years prior and Chet thought why not use that technology in a Chevy six.  He was out of the hospital now and in a wheelchair, but his upper body was still strong and there were others who could help him on a project to build an oval track race car.
      He also had the Harley bike and cut off all the weight that he could.  Drag racing was just starting at the Santa Ana Airport drag strip under the leadership of C. J. Hart, Creighton Hunter and Frank Stillwell.  While illegal street drag racing had been going on for some time and impromptu legal drags were operating on an irregular basis, the Santa Ana Airport Drags were the first to be run professionally and with rules adapted from the dry lakes timing organizations and the inventive mind of Hart.  The Harley was so ugly that people named it The Beast, and it was an immediate success.  By the fourth race ever at the new track, The Beast went 103 mph with Al Keys riding.  Keys on The Beast would up that mark to 121 mph and then Ted Irio rode The Beast to an unbelievable 129 mph, regularly beating all the cars that it went up against until it was decided that bikes had an unfair weight advantage and could only run against other bikes.
"Motorcycles were faster than the dragsters in the early 1950’s with guys like Tommy Auger, Lloyd Krant, Keys, Pat Pressetti, Mike Ward and Bud Hare," Chet said.
     Chet couldn’t find any cam grinders willing to replicate his work on roller lifts so he bought his own equipment and learned the trade.  Both the bikes and his Chevy engines were putting out more power than ever, and besting even the Offies.  He was also an astute businessman.  Like Ed Iskenderian he advertised his speed equipment to a hungry audience of young men looking for speed equipment.  It was the Golden Age of automotive racing in the 1950’s and Herbert was at the forefront of automotive speed manufacturers.  Another foresight was the encouragement and financing that he gave to his sister Doris Herbert.  He arranged the purchase of Drag News, a publication that had been established in 1955.  Doris bought the newspaper and became the editor in 1959 and Chet advertised his speed equipment in the paper that many called the “Bible of Drag Racing.”  Drag News did so well that it forced the other sanctioning drag racing bodies to adapt or lose out.  The NHRA Tie Rods, which went to its members, became National Dragster, and the IHRA and AHRA followed suit with newspapers of their own.  But Drag News so captured the feeling of drag racers everywhere that it was considered THE newspaper for drag racing results.  When Doris closed Drag News in 1971 there was an outpouring of grief.  The 1320 Standard Club formed with the motto “1959 to 1971, the Golden Age of Drag Racing.”
     Chet was a restless man and on occasion when I called the shop on Manchester Avenue, in Anaheim, just off the 5 Freeway, he could be gruff.  Until that is he found out what you had in mind.  If you had a good idea, much like the other early speed equipment manufacturers, he was all ears.  But like the old timers his mind raced frantically and he wasn’t in a mood to dawdle.  He always had ideas.  He had built the Beast Streamliners for the Bonneville Salt Flats and they did great in the 1950’s, but he wanted to go back there in his later years and take the wheel-driven record that had stood for decades.  In one class the Summers Brothers had gone 409 mph in the 1960’s and Al Teague, in another class, had gone 409 mph thirty years later.  But while the jet and rocket cars kept bumping the record up into the 400’s, 500’s, 600’s and finally 763 mph, the wheel driven record stayed relatively flat.  Chet and his son Doug were working on a car that would break the 500 mph wheel driven record.  He had been to Bonneville many times, with multi-engine, monstrous streamliners and he wasn’t going to stop until he proved his theories right.
      The 1950’s drag racing was ripe with inventiveness and Chet excelled.  His cars changed from race to race.  New theories and inventions followed; the zoomie headers captured people’s imagination.  He developed the twin inline V-8 in 1962.  He saw the typical 105 mph cars go over 200 mph, when the power and performance outdistanced the safety equipment.  He was a master of multiple engine use and aerodynamics.  His innovations pushed the sanctioning bodies to approve new rule changes.  So what if they fumed, Chet enjoyed pushing the envelope.  Chet knew everybody; in boat, car and motorcycle racing.  Doug won races in boats, and then moved into dragsters, with a great deal of success wherever he went.  With engine development in NASCAR making the South the place to be, Doug moved back to North Carolina and established his own successful performance and speed equipment parts business and also racing in IHRA and NHRA.  Father and son now had businesses on both coasts of the United States.

     Gary Cagle was the driver for the Herbert Cams/Torco Oil top fueler in 1959 with the top speed of 180 mph.  Jocko Johnson turned an 8.35 ET at Riverside the same year.  Nye Frank, Paul Sutherland and Bob Muravez also won races in Herbert cars.
Chet built a 3-engined Chevy that Allen Mudersbach ran a superfast 9.36 ET at 163.63 mph in 1960.  He put a twin in a top fueler with Roy Steen in 1962.  Jeep Hampshire ran an 8.10 in that car for the San Gabriel top time.  Zane Shubert drove a Chevy sidewinder for Chet in '62, but the car developed handling problems.  He adapted to NHRA rule changes, but he thought they were foolish.  He changed to a Ford 4.9 inch bore and the Gorr brothers used his engines in Top Fuel.  Billy Williams used Chet's engines in his alcohol Funny car. 

     As late as 1995 he was still working on a huge 500 inch Cadillac engine.  Chet always loved Chevrolets, but as the engines became standardized about the only thing the drag cars had in common with the Detroit cars were the names.  He was also angry about the originality of the race cars.  He told people that all you had to do was have a lot of money hire the best crew chief and millions of parts.  "It's a great spectator sport," he would tell people.  You couldn't get the same thrill anywhere seeing the roar of those engines and smelling the nitro, but he knew that it was just a show, "and not a race" anymore.  Chet worried about the health of auto racing.  "Today's kids just aren't into car racing anymore, it's all old people who go racing," he lamented.  He blames the complicated engines of today and the cost to go racing.
      Chet and Doris were both honored by multiple racing organizations and in 1993 they were inducted into Don Garlit’s International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, in Ocala, Florida.  He passed away in April 2009 from complications due to pneumonia at the age of 81.  At the memorial service his son Doug said, "Despite the fact that he had polio and was in a wheelchair for much of his life, he never let that stop him from doing anything.  He proved to everyone that he could accomplish whatever he set his mind to, which taught me that, no matter how tough something may seem, if you fight hard enough, you can overcome it."  He left behind his wife Leanne Herbert, sister Doris, daughters Heather Herbert Binetti, Tracey Herbert Drage and his son Doug Herbert.  Tragically he lost his grandsons Jon Herbert and James Herbert, who were killed in a car accident in 2008.
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Bud Meyer’s 90th Birthday Party.  Story by Richard Parks, photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz.  March 13, 2015.  Written from notes taken at Bud’s 90th Birthday celebration in March, 2008.  Reprinted with permission of Internet Brands, for photographs go to

     I recently found seven year old notes that I had taken for Bud Meyer’s 90th Birthday Party given for him by his wife Joan Denver Meyer at the Petersen Automotive Museum pavilion in March of 2008.  Here is the list showing the people who attended and what I can recall happening on that occasion.  The pavilion is a special building on the roof with a view of Wilshire Blvd, a stretch of road that is called Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile for the museums, restaurants, fashionable shops and tourist attractions.  Bud’s birthday party was catered by Zeke’s Smokehouse who sent their best chefs to oversee the food and beverages.  The Petersen Automotive Museum spared no effort to make this a great party for Bud Meyer.  The guests came from a broad spectrum of Bud Meyer’s life, including boat racers like the Orrin, Stone, Doidge, Guasti, and Sherin families, to celebrate one of their own who raced in boats as early as the 1930’s and continued for decades after that.  Also present were many from the Hollywood entertainment industry who brought their cars to Bud’s garage for repairs.  In addition there were people representing the land speed racing community who remembered Bud racing on the dry lakes of Southern California back in the 1930’s and ‘40’s.  Drag racers and road course (sports) car racers also attended the party.  The largest contingent came from open wheel racing who remembered the 90 year history of the Meyer family in oval track racing.  Uncle Louis Meyer won the Indy 500 race on three occasions.  The Meyer family then merged with the Drake family to produce the Meyer/Drake engines. 
     Bud Meyer and his family touched every aspect of motorized racing in their long and storied lives and people from all walks of racing were there to pay him tribute.  Speakers took the microphone and told amusing stories; some were like the Hollywood Roasts that you see on television.  Others were poignant reminders of long ago events, some nearly tragic and others comical.  Finally Bud spoke in his defense and thanked all those who came.  He stayed to greet all the guests and to personally talk to each and every person.  I listened in to stories about tragic accidents in boat racing when Bud was so injured that they were sure that he would die.  He spoke of friendships and victories, mixed in with disappointments and defeats.  He is a gentle man, but firm in his beliefs and loyal to his friends, and fair to his competitors.
     These are just a few of the guests that were at the party; Mary Garson Amrheen (Bullet Joe Garson’s daughter), Brett Arena, Nick Arias Jr, John Armstrong, John Athan, Estelle Baskin (from L. A. Scene Magazine), Lance Baumberger, Steve Beck, Ken and Bea Drake Berg, Paul and Mary Brodsky, Chris Brown (Petersen Automotive Museum information and marketing), Warren and Ginny Brownfield, and Andy Casale.  Nick Arias Jr has a shop in Torrance making engines and speed equipment.  His racing history goes way back to the 1950’s.  John Athan has been with Ed Iskenderian for decades and his black roadster was in an Elvis Presley movie.  Ken Berg married Bea Drake and has spent a good portion of his time recording the history of the Drake, Offenhauser, Meyer families.  Andy Casale’s father sponsored many boat and oval track racing names.  Andy is still in the business making quick change rear ends.
     More guests included Stan Chersky, Doug Clem, Mike (nephew) and Jamie Colletti, Bruce Craig, Steve and Michie Davidson, Sue and Mike Deagles, Herb Deeks, Darrin Deeks, Rick and Mary Denver, Chuck Doidge, Dan Doidge, Tom Doidge, Randy Dubb, Augie Esposito, Bob Falcon, Pat Ganahl, Dick Gillespie, Bill and Elizabeth Guasti (Thunderbird boat racing).  Stan Chersky is in the metal recycling business and over the years he has accumulated thousands of aluminum cast car club plaques.  The plaques line the walls of his business and in addition he has learned the histories of hundreds of old car clubs.  Doug Clem is a personal friend of Bud Meyer and opened a museum in Bud’s name in Sparks, Nevada.  It is open by request to the public.  Rick and Mary Denver are Bud’s son-in-law and daughter-in-law.  The Doidge family has been involved in boat racing in Southern California for decades.  Bob Falcon is an oval track racer and historian in the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians.  He spends his retirement years writing about racing from the 1940’s on.  Pat Ganahl is an imposing man in any group, both for his editorial duties at many car and racing magazines and for his 6’9” height. 
     The list continued with Alice Hanks, Louis Horvitz, Steve Housman, Ed Iskenderian, Dean Jeffries, Leon Kaplan, Mark and Sandra Ketenjian, Chet and Dolores Knox, Roger LaCroix, Bob Leggio, Bob and Margie Leonhardt, Roger Macomber (nephew), Dave Martin (Dry lakes racing), Dick Messer (Petersen Automotive Museum Director), Bruce Meyer, Bud and Joan Denver Meyer, Louis (Sonny) Meyer Jr, Mary and Harlan Orrin.  Alice Hanks was married to the great Indy 500 driver Sam Hanks.  She is currently active in the Fabulous ‘50’s group which keeps the history and heritage of sports car racing in the 1950’s alive and well.  Ed Iskenderian is rightly honored as The Camfather by the late Pete Millar, a well-known cartoonist.  Ed has been grinding cams since the 1940’s.  Dean Jeffries is famous for his Hollywood custom cars used in the movies.  Chet Knox is the previous owner of Autobooks/Aerobooks store in Burbank and a major collector of autosports memorabilia.  Bob Leggio is the insurance broker for the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) and brings Louie Senter out to all the reunions and races; two valuable tasks.  Bruce Meyer is a car collector who began his collection long before it was popular and because of his efforts to save our car history he was inducted into the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame.  Harlan Orrin is the owner of the Mandella Boat Company which he inherited from his uncle.  He makes beautiful old wooden boats the old fashioned way; by hand.
     More guests are; Harold Osmer, Rex Parker, Richard Parks, Brad and Madeline Patterson, Larry and Lauren Perez, Ed and Sylvia Pink, Sherm Porter, Steve Ray, Norma Jean Rose, Fred and Deanna Roth, Gary and Karen Schroeder, Lou Senter, Betty and John Sherin, Blake and Irene Smith, Tom and Laura Sparks, William Steagall, Bill Stoessel, Doug Stokes, Adele and Sherry Stone, Jack and Linda Streckewald, Sandra Summers, Hila Sweet, Ed Warnock, Don Weaver, John and Virginia Wolf, Ray and Marie Young, Don and Mary (last name not given), Cummings (first name not given).  Many people did not sign the guest book or their names were illegible and their names are lost from the story, for guests are a major part of a person’s life.  Harold Osmer is the president of the local chapter of The Society of Automotive History (SAH) in Los Angeles.  Ed Pink built superb racing engines for dragsters.  From the 1960’s on a racer stood little chance of beating an opponent with a Pink racing engine.  Gary and Karen Schroeder own Schroeder Speed Shop in Burbank.  Gary is the son of Gordon and Carmen Schroeder who created and ran the Gilmore Roars Reunion, first held at their home in the Hollywood Hills and later moved to the Gilmore Adobe in Farmer’s Market.  Those reunions would draw 500 or more to their events.  A who’s who of racing fame in open wheel, sports car, land speed, stock car and drag racing showed up at the Gilmore Roars Reunion.  Lou Senter founded Ansen Speed Equipment in the Gardena and Torrance area and his ads placed in Hot Rod magazine ensured the success of the Petersen publishing empire.  Lou was also the promoter at Saugus Speedway.  John Sherin and Adele Stone represented boat racing in the old Southern California Speedboat Club (SCSC) clear back to the 1940’s.  Doug Stokes has been a publicist, PR guy, editor, president of go-karting and a most important man in area racing.  The food was delicious and the speakers were hilarious.  Bud thanked his wife Joan and the crowd for a great 90th Birthday Party.
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USAC-CRA Sprints at PAS.  By Tim Kennedy.  Reprinted with permission from Internet Brands.  For the full story and photos go to
www.hotrodhotline.com, March 12, 2015 Issue.
     The 12th USAC-CRA 410 cu. in. sprint car season opened its 26 race date season March 7 at Perris Auto Speedway. The short half-mile PAS began its 20th consecutive racing season with 2,000+ persons present to watch open-wheel racing at a perfect arena. Promoter Donnie Kazarian took the portable mic in front of the grandstand and saluted long-time, loyal PAS employees prior to the first race. He also thanked Kim for her long-hours, first as a track employee who later became his wife. PAS has now surpassed $100,000 in donations by PAS management and fans to the City of Perris Relay for Life and American Cancer Society. Drivers went through the grandstand with their helmets and fans donated cash to increase the on-going track charitable donation.
     Kazarian asked spectators how many were present for the first PAS race in 1996. J. J. Yeley won that sprint car feature in the orange No. 7a from Phoenix. He was busy Saturday racing a NASCAR stock car at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Asked how many people were seeing their first race at PAS, some spectators raised their hands. Donnie asked why it was their first PAS visit. One answered, “I live 2,000 miles from here.” Another said, “I'm from New Zealand.” PAS fame has spread and people from cold climates would enjoy the 79 degrees temp at 5:00 pm. It was still 59 when racing concluded at 9:55 pm.
     CAR COUNTS: There were 28 USAC-CRA cars, 15 PAS Senior Sprints (360 cu. in.), and four PAS Young Gun (360) sprinters.  It appears a youth movement is taking hold in So Cal sprint car racing.  The four 14-21 year old young guns included two first-time sprint car drivers. Justin Dunn, a 19-year old first-time sprint car driver from Riverside, is a four-year PAS stock car racing veteran (No. 14J Camaro). He drove the No. 55G TCR chassis that came from Nebraska. He plans to renumber it as 14. He finished third, down a lap in the three-car main.  “It was a lot of fun.  It's harder to drive these cars than its looks from up there,” he told spectators.
     Courtney Crone, who tested her sprint car ride at PAS the prior Friday night and ran low 18-second laps, celebrated her 14th birthday racing one of two No. 81 Maxims owned by Steve Watt. The diminutive driver said she loves going fast and raced well. She is a veteran of quarter midgets, karts, speedway bikes and Ford Focus midgets. Wally Pankratz is her driving coach. She closed on veteran young gun 2014 feature winner George Morris at lap 7 of the 15-lap feature. Courtney, from Chino, tried to pass on the inside at turn three. She settled for second, 35-yards back in her first feature.

2015 - SOME OF THE UPCOMING CAR HAPPENINGS - 2015.  I’ve put together a calendar of a few events in the area...in addition, there are several local cruise nights that can be found, don’t have any info, other than they do exist… (UPDATED 3/12/15).  Sherm Porter

MARCH 5-8  57th Annual Bakersfield March Meet – Auto Club Famoso Raceway – NHRA HERITAGE SERIES EVENT - For info: (661) 399 – 5351 or www.autoclubfamosoraceway.com
MARCH 13-15  GOODGUYS – 6th Annual Spring Nationals – WestWorld/Scottsdale, AZ. – ’72 and earlier - For info: (925) 838 – 9876 or www.good-guys.com
MARCH 13-15  8th Annual “Woodies in the Valley” – Visalia – For info: Wayne (559)967-1357 or www.valleywoodies.com
MARCH 21  2nd Annual Pirate Garage Car Show – Santa Ynez High School – 2975 Hwy 246, Santa Ynez – Awards – food – music –booths For info: Rob @ (805)688-6487
MARCH 28-29  GOODGUYS – 33rd Annual All American Get-Together - Pleasanton Fairgrounds – All Years - For info: (925) 838 – 9876 or www.good-guys.com
APRIL 2-5  Viva Las Vegas 18 Rockabilly Weekend – Orleans Hotel – Las Vegas – the largest event of its kind – bands –cars – burlesque - For info: Tom @ (562)496-4287 or www.vivalasvegas.net
APRIL 4  7th Annual Lake San Antonio Cruise & BBQ - For info: Howard (805) 423–1095 or centralcoastcobras@yahoo.com
APRIL 4  Cars at the Park – Downtown Tulare – For info: www.tularechamber.org
APRIL 10-12  GOODGUYS – 15th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals – Del Mar Fairgrounds – Del Mar – ’72 and earlier - For info: (925) 838 – 9876 or www.good-guys.com
APRIL 10-12  Santa Maria A’s CCRG Jamboree – For info: www.santamariamodelaclub.com
APRIL 11  Datsun Z Car Show – downtown Pismo Beach – For info: Tony @ (909)913-1105
APRIL 11  Tower Classic Car Show – Fresno Tower District – For info: Garland @ (559)434-1313 or Charlotte @ (559)299-1540 or www.hotrodsfresno.com
APRIL 11-12  Nostalgia Reunion Funny Car Fever ’15 – Sacramento – For info: www.sacramentoraceway.com
APRIL 11-12  Mojave Magnum-Mojave Mile-For info: (702)614-6108 or registration@mojavemile.com
APRIL 17-19  ANRA Season Opener – Auto Club Famoso Raceway - For info: www.anra.com
APRIL 18  Annual Cambria Chili Cook Off & Car Show – Vet’s Hall/Pinedorado Grounds - For info: (805) 937 - 3624
APRIL 18  24th Annual 8th Grade Cuyama Valley Car & Motorcycle “Fun Run” – Cuyama Valley High School – food – vendors – raffles – live music – For info: (661)766-2293 or dcallaway@cuyamaunified.org
APRIL 18  Annual Axes & Axles Car Show – Santa Maria Firefighters – held @ Santa Maria Elks Lodge – live music – trophies – food – For info: Larry @ (805)478-4086
APRIL 18  21st Annual Gas Up & Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame Induction – Mendenhall Museum – Buellton – For info: (805)245-8519 or goldcoastrrc@gmail.com
APRIL 18  5th Annual Morro Bay Police & Morro Bay Fire Departments Emergency Vehicle Show – Main St/Morro Bay Blvd. – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – For info: www.mbpd.info
APRIL 18-26  26th Annual Kool April Nites Classic Car Show – Redding – Limited to 2,000 entries-For info: (530) 226-0844 or www.koolaprilnites.com
APRIL 24-25  Solvang Datsun Roadster Classic – For info: www.solvangroadstershow.com
APRIL 24-26  39th Annual NSRA Western Street Rod Nationals Plus – Kern County Fairgrounds –Bakersfield – 1980 and earlier – For info: (901) 452 – 4030 or www.nsra-usa.com
APRIL 25  2nd Annual AIRGAS Open House – 2131 Golden Hills Road – Paso Robles - race car display – manufacturer reps – For info: (805)237-4007
APRIL 26  25th Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines – Half Moon Bay Airport – more than 2000 vehicles – Military – Custom – Hot Rods – Classics – Tractors – For info: (650) 726 – 2328 or www.miramarevents.com
APRIL 30-May 3  19th Annual Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show – Registration: Thursday/Friday, Friday night cruise and ice cream social – Saturday/Sunday Show & Shine – 9:00 a.m. – open to pre-1974 vehicles, limited to first 500 entries – For info: www.morrobaycarshow.org
April 30-May3  Porsche 356 North Meets South 2015 – Cambria Pines Lodge/Cambria – For info: www.356car.org
MAY 2  Cam Twisters Fresno Car Show – River Park Area – For info: Fred @ (559)217-6087 or Bob @ (559)906-6620 or www.camtwisters.com
MAY 9  30th Annual Roy Brizio Street Rods Open House – 505 Railroad Ave – So San Francisco – For info: (650) 952 – 7637 or www.roybriziostreetrods.com
MAY 9  Warbirds, Wings and Wheels VII – Vintage & Classic Car Show – Estrella Warbirds Museum Open House - food – music – raffles – 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles - For info: (805)467-2640 or www.ewarbirds.org
MAY 9  4th Annual Mopars Of Bakersfield All-American Powered Car & Bike Show – Bakersfield RV Resort – For info: (661)301-4395
MAY 15-16  36th Annual Roadster Run – San Luis Obispo – San Luis Roadsters – Limited to 150 pre ’48 entries - BBQ – country cruise – lunch – Saturday Fiesta dinner – For info: Sherm @ (805)441-3773 or sanluisroadsters@sbcglobal.net
MAY 15-16  Annual Monterey Rock & Rod Festival- Monterey County Fairgrounds –- For info: Terry Wecker @ (831) 809-6252 or www.montereyrockrod.com
MAY 15-17  Eagle Field Drags – Fresno Dragways Reunion – For info: (559)351-3537 or www.eaglefielddrags.com
MAY 16  Visalia Downtown Car Show – For info: www.visaliabreakfastlions.org
MAY 17  2015 State Street Nationals Car Show – downtown Santa Barbara – For info: (805)685-6788 or info@sbcarshow.com
MAY 17  Wheels & Waves – Santa Barbara City College – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – For info: Tami @ wheelsandwavescarshow@gmail.com or www.wheelsandwaves.org
MAY 22-23  4th Annual Car Show & Cruise – San Miguel – Friday Night Cruise – Saturday Show – trophies – For info: (805)712-9120
MAY 22-24  34th Annual West Coast Kustoms Cruisin’ Nationals – Santa Maria – Santa Maria Fair Park – Friday night “Santa Maria City Cruise” – Saturday/Sunday Show ‘N Shine – Sunday only “Automotive Swap Meet” – “Custom & Antique Bicycle Show” - hundreds of Pre-1961 customs & hot rods, roller rink, model car show, vendors, Hall of Fame induction, pin striping panel jam party & auction – For info: Penny Pichette @ (951) 488– 0413 or www.westcoastkustoms.com
MAY 29-31  8th Annual San Luis Obispo Concours d’Elegance – Madonna Meadows – Madonna Inn – For info: Jim (805) 570 – 6815 or (805) 544-2266 or www.sanluisobispoconcours.com
MAY 30-31  GOODGUYS – 22nd Annual Summer Get-Together – Pleasanton Fairgrounds – All Years – For info: (925) 838 – 9876 or www.good-guys.com
MAY 30  7th Rails to Trails Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show – Taft – For info: (661) 765-2165
MAY 30  San Juan Bautista Car Show – For info: www.goldcoastrods.org
MAY 30  3rd Annual MEGA 97.1 Street Fair & Car Show – Santa Maria – For info: (805)266-2238
JUNE 6  Estero Bay UMC Annual Car Show – 3000 Hemlock Ave. Morro Bay – Limited to 75 entries - 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Pancake Breakfast - Music – Goodie Bags – For info: Gerald Dobyns @ (805) 900-5082 or (805)772-7644
JUNE 6-7  10th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show – For info: (831)462 – 3197 or www.capitolacarshow.com
JUNE 13  Annual Geezers Gathering – Paso Robles
JUNE 13  Coarsegold Classic Car Show – new time: 4:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. – Coarsegold Historic Village – For info: Carolyn @ (559)642-3084
JUNE 19-21  ANRA Spring Nationals – Auto Club Famoso Raceway – For info: www.anra.com
JUNE 19-21  30th Annual Classic at Pismo Beach For info: (909)363-4682 or www.theclassicatpismobeach.com
JUNE 20  29th Annual Street Festival Car Show – downtown Hollister – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – For info: (831) 636 – 8406 or www.downtownhollister.org
JUNE 20-21  51st Annual L. A. Roadster Show – L.A. County Fairplex/Pomona – more than 900 roadsters – specialty car parking – swap meet - For info: (310) 544 – 4200 or www.laroadsters.com
JUNE 27  21st Annual Woodies On The Wharf – Santa Cruz – For info: www.santacruzwoodies.com
JUNE 27  Saturday Night Nitro – Auto Club Famoso Raceway – For info: (661) 399 – 5351 or www.autoclubfamosoraceway.com
JUNE 27  Annual Santa Maria Elks Car Show – BBQ – Santa Maria Elks Lodge - For info: www.santamariaelks.com
JUNE 28  44th Annual Antique Drags – Auto Club Dragway – Fontana – For info: Ron Mosher (661)255-1931
JULY  Back In Time Car Show – Monterey – Wharf #2 – For info: www.goldcoastrods.org
JULY 10-12  31st Annual West Coast Meet – Great Autos of Yesteryear – Cambria Pines Lodge
JULY 11  F.A.S.T. Santa Margarita Ranch Time Trials – 1/10th Mile – Santa Margarita – gates open at 8:00 a.m. - open to 1934 and older cars & trucks, must have a Ford Model T, A or B engine to compete, other pre-’34 4 cylinder Engine cars may compete for time only – SPECIAL PARKING AREA FOR HOT RODS, STREET RODS, CUSTOMS, SPECIAL INTEREST CARS Pre ‘67 - For info: Phil (805) 544-8856 or farbslo@charter.net
JULY 12  9th Annual Gathering of Friends Charity Car Show – ‘An All European’ Car Show with Vintage Motorcycles – 7:00 a.m. Laguna Lake Park – San Luis Obispo – Kiwanis BBQ lunch - benefits Camp Hapitok – SLO County Board of Education - For info:  Gary Thies (805)540-1640 or geta356@yahoo.com
JULY 17-19  35th Annual Bent Axles Cruise & BBQ Weekend – headquarters Radisson Hotel,
Santa Maria – open to 1972 or older cars – Saturday: Car Show in Old Town Orcutt –crafts – raffles – 50/50 – Sunday: Poker Run – Santa Maria style BBQ – raffles – door prizes – 50/50 - For info: Larry Eskew (805) 937 – 3287 or Vickie (805) 937 – 2391 or Jack (805) 619 - 7303 or www.bentaxles.net
JULY 18  24th Annual “COOLER” Truck Show, hosted by the local chapter of the American Truck Historical Society – San Luis Obispo - Trinity Hall @ Old Edna – Trucks, Tractors, Military Vehicles - For info: (805)904-6092 or www.central-coast-aths.org
JULY 18  8th Annual Hot Rods & Cool Wines - San Luis Obispo - Cerro Caliente Cellars – Hot Rods, Classics, Customs and race car show – noon - 3:00 p.m. must be pre-registered – complimentary BBQ for Participants displaying cars – wine tasting and awards - For info: (805) 544 – 2842 or www.cerrocalientecellars.com
JULY 18  29th Annual Street Festival, Car Show & Swap Meet – Hollister – For info: www.downtownhollister.org
JULY 25  26th Annual Arroyo Valley Car Sho – in the center of the Historic Village of Arroyo Grande – limited to 300 entries –For info: Linda @ (805) 489 – 9195 or Sherri @ (805) 489 – 9740
AUGUST 4-9  Hot August Nights – Reno/Sparks, NV – For info: (775) 356 – 1956 x 1 or www.hotaugustnights.net
AUGUST 7-9  26th Annual ‘Fun Run 2014’ – Big Bear Lake – For info: (909) 585 – 9253 or www.antiquecarclub.org
AUGUST 8-14  BONNEVILLE – Utah – For info: www.scta-bni.org
AUGUST 14-16  45th Annual North-South F100 Meet – San Luis Obispo – Cruises – Awards – For info: Earl (209)835-7629
AUGUST 14  Hot El Camino Cruise Nite – Atascadero – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. pre-registration: - For info: (805) 461 – 5000 ext. 3472 or e-mail: panton@atascadero.org or www.atascadero.org
AUGUST 15  26th Annual Atascadero Lake Car Show – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Mid-State Cruizers – pre-registration: $35.00 - $40.00 at event – limited to 230 entries – all cars/trucks welcome - For info: Duane Powell @ (805) 466 – 3853 or Gene Smith @ (805) 462 - 9090 or www.midstatecruizers.org
AUGUST 21-23  GOODGUYS – 29th Annual West Coast Nationals – Pleasanton Fairground – ’72 and earlier – For info: (925) 838 – 9876 or www.good-guys.com
AUGUST 28-30  ANRA Summer Nationals – Auto Club Famoso Raceway – For info: www.anra.com
AUGUST 29  6th Annual Tehachapi Car Show – ‘T-Town Rumbler car & motorcycle show’ – For info: www.tehachapicarshow.com
September 4-5  Golden State Classics Cruise & Car Show –downtown Paso Robles – Friday Cruise – Saturday Show – hosted by Golden State Classic Car Club – For info: www.goldenstateclassics.org or (805) 286 - 6408
SEPTEMBER 5  13th Annual Ventura Nationals – Ventura County Fairgrounds – 100’s of customs, hot rods & more – bands – vendors – For info: www.venturanationals.com
SEPTEMBER 6  9th Annual Cambria Pinedorado Car Show – Veterans’ Hall – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Open show-all years & makes - $45.00 entry – limited space available – awards – lunch – goodie bags – raffles – pub – live music Hosted by: Cambria Lions - For info: Nate (805) 927 – 3531 or Russell (323)253-7678 or www.pinedorado.com
SEPTEMBER 10-13  50th Anniversary Roadster Roundup
SEPTEMBER 12  13th Annual “Run For The Gold” hosted by the Oakhurst Kiwanis – Oakhurst – For info: Bob @ (559)683-4452 or www.oakhurstkiwanis.org
SEPTEMBER 12  13th Annual All Ford Car Show & Swap Meet – The Santa Maria A’s – Old Town Orcutt – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Raffles – Trophies – 50/50 drawing – For info: Curt @ (805)478-1231 or Jay @ (805)598-8133 or www.santamariamodelaclub.com
SEPTEMBER 13  Harbor Run 25 – Channel Islands Harbor – Oxnard Ventura Vintage Rods – 1975 & earlier – Trophies- Raffles – 50/50 - For info: Charlie @ (805) 479 – 1102 or www.venturavintagerods.org
SEPTEMBER 19  Saturday Night Nitro – Auto Club Famoso Raceway – For info: (661) 399 – 5351 or www.autoclubfamosoraceway.com
SEPTEMBER 19  Wavecrest – Moonlight State Beach/Encinitas
SEPTEMBER 20  36th Annual Vintage Ltd. “Fun in the Sun” Rod Run – pre-72 – Kern County Museum – For info: (661)587-6379
SEPTEMBER 26  69th Annual Los Alamos Old Days Celebration & Classic Car Show – downtown Los Alamos – Awards - $25.00 – includes dash plaque/tri-tip sandwich - For info: (805)202-8103 or olddayscarshow@yahoo.com
OCTOBER 3  4th Annual Cruzin’ for Christ Car Show – Pacific Christian Center – Santa Maria – Fro info: (805)934-1717
OCTOBER 3-4  Eagle Field Drags – Hot Rod Gathering – ’73 and earlier flag start – For info: (559)351-3537 or www.eaglefielddrags.com
OCTOBER 10  Oildorado Car Show/Rails to Trails – Held every 5 years in Taft – For info: (661) 765-2165
OCTOBER 16-18  ANRA Season Fuel & Gas Finals – Auto Club Famoso Raceway – For info: www.anra.com
OCTOBER 23-25  24th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion – Auto Club Famoso Raceway – NHRA HERITAGE SERIES - races, car show, vendors, swap meet - For info: (800) 884 – NHRA (6472) or www.nhra.com
OCTOBER 24  3rd Annual Ponies, Snakes & American Muscle Car Show – SLO-STANGS -Mountainbrook Community Church – 1775 Calle Joaquin – San Luis Obispo – For info: Dusty @ (805)748-4256 or www.slo-stangs.org
OCTOBER 25  10th Annual Car Show By The Bay combined w/ 35th Annual Baywood Park Octoberfest – downtown - For info: Jason @ (805) 772 – 7767 or www.lobpchamber.org
OCTOBER 25  36th Annual Roam ‘N Relics Car Show – Old Town Moorpark – awards – raffles – food – vendors - For info: Don @ (805) 583 – 2965 or www.roamnrelics.com
NOVEMBER 1  43rd Annual Nojoqui Falls Fun Run – Central Coast Street Rods – 10 miles south of Buellton, watch for the sign - For info: http://centralcoaststreetrods.com
NOVEMBER 7  25th Annual Cayucos Car Show – downtown Cayucos – For info: Rick Roquet (805) 995 – 3809 or (805) 995 – 1200 or relax@seasidemotel.com
NOVEMBER 14-15  GOODGUYS – 26th Annual Autumn Get-Together – Pleasanton Fairgrounds – All Years – For info: (925) 838 – 9876 or www.good-guys.com
NOVEMBER 20-22  GOODGUYS – 18th Southwest Nationals – WestWorld/Scottsdale, AZ. – ’72 and earlier – For info: (925) 838 – 9876 or www.good-guys.com
Suggest calling or contacting responsible parties for each event, to make sure there are still openings…….
AUTOHANGOUT: Every Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or so…..held in the Embarcadero Parking Lot, next to the P.G. + E. stacks in Morro Bay
BAKERY BUMS: Every Saturday morning from 7:00 a.m. - ? Held at Cider Creek Bakery in Paso Robles, corner of Niblick/So. River Road – open to anything on wheels–50 + cars on a sunny day
ORCUTT DERELICTS: Every Sunday morning from 8:00 a.m. - ? Held in the Oak Knolls Shopping Center in Orcutt, corner of Clark/Bradley – open to anything
PISMO DERELICTS: Every Saturday morning from 7:00 a.m. - ? Held in the OSH/ROSS Shopping Center in Pismo Beach – open to anything on wheels – 100 + cars on a sunny day
SANTA BARBARA CARS & COFFEE: Every Sunday in Santa Barbara – Coast Village Road in Montecito – 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – For info: sbcarscoffee@gmail.com
**These are not organized gatherings, are open to anyone, no leader, no supervision, no trophies, no vendors…….just gear heads getting together!
KING’S OIL TOOL CRUZ NIGHT: Paso Robles – 2235 Spring Street – hosted by Golden
State Classics Car Club - 2nd Saturday of the month – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Feb. & Nov. – 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.) – For info: Tony @ (805)712-0551
JR’S DRIVE-IN: Santa Maria – 2nd Friday of the month – 603 E. Main – 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
For info: (805) 925 – 5556
WOODY’S BBQ: Goleta – 2nd Saturday of the month - 5112 Hollister Ave. – 3 p.m.
For info: (805) 967 – 3775
BE BOP BURGERS: Santa Barbara – 3rd Friday of the month – 111 State St. – 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. For info: (805) 966 – 1956
These are monthly cruise nights, open to anyone…
: ‘newly listed event’
3/12/15 Sherm

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