Gone Racin'  Newsletter by Richard Parks #101  Dec 14, 2005


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*Will Scott (Gold Coast Roadster and Racing Club/SCTA) is scheduled for open heart surgery,
  on Dec 15, at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.  He went in to the doctor for a check up
  and was given tests.  Angiogram changed to open heart surgery.  (Evelyn Roth)
*Al Teague underwent surgery on Dec 6, to repair the mitral valve in his heart.  All went well and
  he is now in a regular ward. This message came from Landspeed Louise who spoke to him today
  and reports that he is doing well.  Al is antsy to return home on Friday.  Landspeed suggests that
  you use email to send your good wishes and prayers, as he does need to rest in order to recover.
  Or send your emails to Landspeed at bonneville@adelphia.net and she will give them to Al.
*Just got home and got the word from Glen Barrett that Bob Webb got called from his heart
  transplant group and he is going to have a new heart installed tonight according to Glen.  This is
  all I know for now.  Keep Bob in your thoughts.  (Bob Sykes Jr)
*I just wanted to let you know that Bob Webb is on his way to the hospital where he has a new
  heart waiting for him.  He will be at Cedar Sinai.  We’ve been told that he is reporting to the
  South Tower.  Neil Thompson is recovering at home now from his triple by-pass and feeling
  better.  (Becca Livingston)
*Al (Teague) is doing well.  Hope to get him home tomorrow.  (Jane Teague)
*Talked to Bob Webb's son-in-law this morning at breakfast, the operation went great and the
  heart was a "perfect" fit.  Bob was in recovery when he left.  We commented that Bob will finally
  have a heart as we wern't really sure before.  (J.D. Tone)
*We’ve heard that Al Teague is home from the hospital today.  (Becca Livingston)
*Bob Webb (Gear Grinders/SCTA) had a good night and the breathing tube should be removed
  today.  No phone calls or visitors allowed.  Bob should be transfered to a private room by the
  weekend.  Jan and family thank everyone for the prayers and concern.  (Glen Barrett)
*AUTOBOOKS-AEROBOOKS; meet Author Janos Wimpffen and Publisher David Bull for
  a Special Afternoon of Sports Car Reminiscences, Dec 17, Noon to 3PM.  Janos' latest book is:
  Open Roads and Front Engines: The World Sports Car Championship in Photographs,
  1953-1961.  Janos’ meticulous style weaves each image into the context of each season’s racing
  and the various themes of the era. Most of the photographs that appear in this oversize book have
  never been published before, and each image was personally selected by the author during his
  research at archives around the world.  
*Dirt Nation Radio Show live from the Virginia Motor Speedway.  See www.racetalklive.com
  or www.dirtnation.net  (Doc Lehman)
*Duncan Dayton's Highcroft Racing Team will run the former Dyson Lola EX257 AER-powered
  #16, and he plans to race it in the American Le Mans Series in 2006 in the top class, LMP1. 
  Rick Knoop will be a co-driver at the ALMS season opener, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of
  Sebring at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. March 15-18. (Linda K. Mansfield)
*SpeedFreaks to interview Danny Lasoski, Bill Simpson, Carmen Electra, and Tony
  Schumacher.  Dec10, 9pm and again on Tuesdays at 7:30am ET.  For further information see
  http://www.SportsByline.com, the Armed Forces Network and Sirius Satellite Radio's channel
  122, via Sports Byline USA.
*Tom Malloy was featured on KCET-TV, Dec 8 at 6:30pm, regarding a Race Track in Antelope
  Valley near the California State Park Poppy Reserve.  The interview was done at the race shop.
  (notice courtesy of Bob Falcon)
*Palm Springs Revival Races, November 18-20, 2005.  1959 Old Yeller II Buick Special, Ernie
  Nagamatsu-driver.  Friday- Weather was clear and sunny. The temporary race circuit was on
  the Jacqueline Cochran Airport runways in Indio near Palm Springs.  The original well known
  Palm Springs Sports Car Races was held on the Airport at Palm Springs in the 1950s.  The track
  for the weekend was a 2.2 mile track and really challenging with two sets of difficult chicanes on
  both straights... and less than 90 degree corners at the ends.  There was a lot of dust and gravel
  on the surface and made for slippery sliding around on tarmac.  Our Group 4 was for historic cars
  of the Palm Springs genre.  A blue Devin with a very fast Chevy engine and with inboard disc
  brakes and a new old Proctor Special of the late 1950's with a Chevy with Holly 800 with special
  heads so competition tough on topside with cars with horsepower.  The first session had the Lotus
  & and Lotus 11 moving fast through the chicanes and braking deep like little hornets.  Two prac-
  tice sessions and dust/gravel everywhere on the track.  Saturday- Morning 1st qualifying session-
  Changed tires as the flying Devin had Hoosiers...near end of session...throttle got stuck on firewall
  and came through grandstand turn less than 90 degrees and end of fast straight...and no throttle as
  was jammed high...made it through and went off side of track for tow pick up.  Opened a bigger
  hole in firewall.  The distributor off again and could not keep in right position.  Afternoon Final
  Qualifying session- We had posted fasted lap time but Devin did not have transponder we think.
  Sunday - Morning session - had fastest time...car stalled coming in (distributor moved internally
  and will not stay in place).  Afternoon race- Organizer put Devin on pole at last minute but he did
  have fast car...but Devin did not have any Hoosier tires left (ground up by rough airport tarmac
  surface) so he had used Dunlop tires in rear for race...and was 4 seconds slower than our times
  in the morning.  Devin driver comes over and he asked me “if we should put on a show” (hard
  racing- no blocking – change of leads)...I agreed and told Proctor driver...By end of first lap I
  took inside and passed Devin...and I was able with strong new race motor and new Goodyear
  tires to move well and then let them pass...we changed lead several times and my power was
  slowly going off but Proctor Special disappeared behind us and could not keep up...last lap I
  was on tail of Devin to the finish line and could not push past...as power was off and on "cool
  off lap" and coming off track...car stalled out near the Grandstands...tried to start and had flames
  coming up and out of all 6 Stromburg carburetors...fire got put out (had 5 Firemen around car
  and had to hold them off from spraying retardant as that would ruin motor-they used gloves to
  put out fire) and got towed in...the distributor turned internally/rotated again for the 3rd time dur-
  ing weekend and caused the timing to go so far off- would not run.  The announcer was "going
  bonkers" thinking it was a fender to fender race...and for the first 7 laps...the Old Yeller II "was
  on song" as they say in England...as the tires were really hooking up...and new race motor really
  pulling.  So...second place by a bumper is not bad considering it was to be only a "test weekend"
  with new motor put in at very last minute (blew up our motor the week before at Willow Springs
  Races...and suspension changes to improve the car and power going away at the end of race... 
  Announcer kept saying over and over…since the Old Yeller II had raced in the original Palm
  Springs races… “it will be a magical moment indeed if the Old Yeller II could just win.”  Racing
  was great fun with very tough track layout…and the chicanes were really eye opening for sure- 4
  -3 on backside & 4-3  (the 4 being really difficult being wide and last being a decreasing angle to
  chicane) along front straight at speed!   (Ernie Nagamatsu)
*There has been a lot of controversy in the past year about the licensing and “smogging” of Rods
  and Classics in California, including a high profile “raid” of Boyd Coddington's shop to drive
  the “fear” into rodders in the state.  Since then SEMA has been working with the State to come 
  up with a reasonable solution to this problem.  Vic's Place has reproduction signs, neons, clocks, 
  bar stools, original, restored gas pumps and parts.  Right Coast Association schedule of events. 
  News on the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona. San Francisco Rod, Custom &
  Motorcycle show in Oakland is the second week in January.  HotRod Alley at the 2006 Atlantic
  City Show and Auction.  Mid Atlantic Rod & Custom show will debut in March 2006.  Thomas 
  McGinnity has a new website www.NewYorkBoys.org.  This is all at www.Hotrodhotline.com
  or call 877-700-2468, write 246 S. Cole Rd Boise, ID 83709.  (Jack Lawford)
*2005 All Stars Circuit of Champions Awards Banquet takes place this Friday, Dec 16, in
  Indianapolis, Indiana.  See All Star Circuit of Champions www.allstarsprint.com
*Jan 21-Apr 9, 2006, "60 Years of SO-CAL Speed" will be on display at the Wally Parks
  NHRA Motorsports Museum.  SO-CAL Speed Shop, which was founded in 1946 by Alex
  Xydias. Legendary street rod builder Pete Chapouris revived the SO-CAL name in 1997.
  The Museum is open from Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-5pm.  NHRA members are
  admitted free, non-members $5.  The Museum is also available for private parties, meetings,
  corporate events, weddings and special group tours. The Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1,
  1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona.  Visit http://museum.nhra.com.  (Mike Hollander)
*West Coast Stock Car Hall Of Fame, see www.stockcarreunion.com  (Tim Meyer)
*The 2006 Rockabilly Rod Reunion at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway mailing
  address is: Rockabilly Rod Reunion, John Bisci, PO Box 620233, Las Vegas, NV  89162-0233
  The date for the Rockabilly is Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speed-
  way.  (John Bisci www.rockabillyrodreunion.com, 702-632-8231 or jbisci@lvms.com)
*7th Annual Rat Fink Party is on line at http://www.ratfink.org/rfparty2k6, The Strip at Las
  Vegas Motor Speedway.  (John Bisci 702-632-8231 or jbisci@lvms.com)
Racing schedules:
*7th ANNUAL CRUISIN' FOR A CURE, Sept 23, 2006, Orange County Fair and Expo
  Center, Costa Mesa, CA.  All proceeds go to Prostate Cancer Research at the Jonnson Cancer
  Center Foundation at UCLA Medical Center. Free PSA testing for men. Food, entertainment,
  sponsor's booth, drawings, celebrities, 3000+ hot rods, antiques, sportscars, classic and muscle
  cars on display. For more info call Debbie Baker at 949-752-5115x10 or dbaker52@aol.com
*ASA SPEED TRUCK CHALLENGE 2005 racing/television schedule:
  2005 Season Review to air Dec 10 and 17 at 8PM     
*CALIFORNIA DRAGWAY 2005 schedule. Located at the dragstrip, on the grounds of the
  California Speedway, Fontana, CA.  For more info Contact Dave Danish at 909-429-5060
  or go online at www.Californiaspeedway.com.  All dates and times are subject to change:
*CROWN ROYAL IROC Series 2006 schedule: 
*DirtRacers Radio airs every Sunday evening on WQKT 104.5 FM from 6-8PM. The show
  is hosted by Doc Lehman & Ryan Pearson, and can also be heard at: www.wqkt.com 
  MACS Late Model series racers will be invited on the show. (Doc Lehman/Ryan Pearson)
*GOODGUYS 2006 Schedule of Events.  See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
*GRAND AM CUP 2006 Racing Schedule:
  Jan 4-7, Daytona Test Days, Daytona International Speedway
     *Points-paying heat races to set field for final event.     **Grand Touring Only
     ***Daytona Prototypes Only   (Nate Siebens and Linda K. Mansfield)
*GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX 2006 Series Schedule: 
  Jan 4-7, Daytona Test Days, Daytona International Speedway
     *Points-paying heat races to set field for final event.     **Grand Touring Only
     ***Daytona Prototypes Only    (Nate Siebens and Linda K. Mansfield)
  Center, in the City of Industry, CA.  Wednesday Nights, AMA Sanctioned. Adults $12,
  Juniors $8, Children $4, and those 5 and under are FREE!  Tapes Up 7:30 PM. Contact:
  Freddie Orosco at 909-681-4911, For rider signup see Ryan Evans at 626-643-7598 or
  email sideways31@aol.com
*JOHN FORCE Cruise Night is held on the last Wednesday of each month from 5-8 P.M.
  at the shop in Yorba Linda, CA 92887.  Contact Craig Hoelzel for details about vendor space,
  how to show your car, or for directions.  Craig is at craig@johnforceracing.com  While you
  are there, check out the Force Racestation gift shop next door.  It is a fascinating store filled
  with all sorts of collectibles, including broken parts from John's Funny Cars, autographed by
  the 13 time NHRA Funny Car Champion himself.  You'll find artwork, paintings, photographs,
  hats, jackets, apparel, pins, die cast cars, souvenirs and just about anything that you could want. 
  If Force is in town and not on the race car circuit, he will be glad to sign your collectible.  See
  hundreds of hot rods and vintage cars, rock to the music of the '50's, purchase some delicious
  food, and meet your fellow hot rodders.  Celebrity racers and hot rodders are known to show
  up for this one of a kind hot rod cruise night at the legendary John Force Racestation.
*KING of INDIANA Sprint Series 2006 Schedule: For info call Mike OLeary 812-825-9614 
*LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY 2006 Schedule at The Strip
    JANUARY 20-22 – Nitro Blast-Off preseason test session -- 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    27 – Bracket Test ‘n’ Tune – 11a.m.–5 p.m.
    27 – BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem – 7 p.m.–Midnight.
    28 – Bracket Championship Kick-Off – 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
    28 – Silver State 1/8-Mile Bracket Challenge – 4–9 p.m.
    29 – Bracket Championship Kick-Off – 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
      (John Bisci, LVMS Public Relations, 702-632-8231, jbisci@lvms.com)
*MATTEL Children's Hospital 2nd Annual Car Show and Easter Egg Hunt, April 15,
  2006, 9am-3pm, at the John Force RaceStation, 22722 Old Canal Road, Yorba Linda, CA 
  92887.  Open to all street rods, muscle cars, classics, trucks, antiques, exotics and sports cars. 
  Food, awards, entertainment and sponsor's booths onsite.  All proceeds go to cancer research. 
  For more info call Debbie Baker at 949-752-5115x10 or dbaker52@aol.com
*MID-ATLANTIC Championship Series (MACS) 2006 racing schedule: See
  macs1@verizon.net and  http://www.macsracing.com  (Andy Geesey)  
*NHRA POWERade Drag Racing 2006 Series schedule. 
  Feb 9-12, Pomona, CA.           
  Feb 24-26, Phoenix, AZ
*PERRIS AUTO DRAGWAY, Street Legal Drag Strip at The PAS (Perris Auto Speedway)
  will open on Friday, January 6, 2006.  Drag racing will continue on every Friday thereafter. 
  The course is a 1/8 mile dragstrip and is open to anyone 16-years old or over with a valid
  registration, drivers license and a helmet. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are allowed. Gates will
  open at 4 PM every Friday with racing from 5-10:30 PM.  Tech will close at 9 PM, and you
  cannot run if you do not go through tech inspections. Spectators $10, competitors $20.  The
  Perris Auto Speedway is on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the
  Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds. For more information
  call 951-940-0134, or email them at racesatthepas@aol.com   (Scott Daloisio/Kim Donner)
*PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY, 2006 Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars schedule at Lake
  Perris, CA: Feb 4 (daytime), Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 25, Apr 15, Apr 29, May 13, May 27, June
  10, June 24, July 1, July 22, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sept  2, Sept 16, Sept 30, Oct 21, Nov 2-4 for
  the 11th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, Nov 18-10th Annual Jack Kindoll Classic
  (Kim Donner/Scott Daloisio, call 951-940-0134, or email them at racesatthepas@aol.com)
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials 2006 schedule: 
*SEMA Club Newsletter (SAN Club Events) is at www.semasan.com  (Jason Tolleson)
  Dec 17, Estero, FLA, Hoops, Hot Rods and Hogs  arish@nba.com
  Dec 17, Inverness, FLA, SMTS Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show monkey4x4@mfi.net
  Dec 17, Tucson, AZ, Toys for Tots Show at Little Anthony’s www.samctucson.org
  Dec 17, Honolulu, HI, Hot Import Nights showinfo@visionevent.com
  Jan 8, Countryside, ILL, 35th Super Swap Meet   Goofygirlblaha@aol.com
  Jan 6-8, Chattanooga, TN, Chattanooga World of Wheels  www.customautoshows.com
  CRA Reunion in January, hosted by Walt and Dottie James
  Car Racers Reunion in April, hosted by Hila Sweet and Parnelli Jones  
  Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Hall of Fame in September, hosted by Gold Coast Club
  Legends of Ascot Reunion in October, hosted by Don and Belita Weaver
*Illinois Blue Dots: A SAN-supported bill that would allow antique vehicles to display a blue
  light of up to one-inch diameter as part of the vehicle’s rear stop lamps was signed into law by
  Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The measure recognizes that blue dot taillights have no
  detrimental impact on safety and enables enthusiasts to modify their vehicles to recall the glory
  days of the hot rod era in America. (SEMA)
*Iowa, New York, Virginia Spinners: The SAN defeated legislation in Iowa, New York and
  Virginia that would have prohibited motor vehicles equipped with spinner hubcaps or wheels. The
  bills ignored the fact that these products have no proven detrimental effect on motor vehicle
  safety and are not prohibited by Federal law. (SEMA)
*Kentucky Inoperable Vehicles: Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher signed into law SEMA 
  model legislation to place limits on local ordinances that prevent automobile collectors from
  pursuing their hobby. Under the new law, junked, wrecked or inoperable vehicles, including
  parts cars, stored on private property would only be required to be maintained out of ordinary
  public view. It would apply to owners or occupants of land in a city, county, or unincorporated
  area. The new law applies to automobile collectors, defined as those who collect and restore
  motor vehicles whether as a hobby or a profession. To comply, collectors would maintain hobby
  cars out of ordinary public view, a sight line within normal visual range by a person on a public
  street or sidewalk adjacent to the private property. This provision would be achieved by means
  of suitable fencing, trees, shrubbery, etc. (SEMA)
*Maine Inoperable Vehicles: Working with officials from the Maine Department of Environ-
  mental Protection, the Maine Municipal Association and the state’s vehicle enthusiast community,
  the SAN amended a bill that threatened to repeal the current hobbyist exemption from the state’s
  graveyard laws. The original bill would have required hobbyists to get business licenses and be
  regulated as automobile graveyards. Under the SAN amendment, hobbyists will retain the exem-
  ption but will be required to screen project cars from public view and properly handle vehicle
  fluids to prevent environmental contamination. The bill, with the SEMA amendment, was passed
  by the Maine Legislature and signed into law by Governor John Baldacci. (SEMA)
*Maine Optional Lighting: SAN-supported legislation to permit accent lighting on motor
  vehicles has been signed by Maine Governor John Baldacci. The new law permits the use of
  optional accent lighting that meets certain conditions, including color and intensity restrictions.
  The new law also provides for under carriage neon lighting, although not for use on public road
  ways, and allows blue interior and dash lighting under some circumstances. (SEMA)
*Maine Custom Vehicles: Maine Governor John Baldacci signed into law a version of SEMA
  model legislation to create a registration class for custom vehicles. Under the new law, custom
  vehicles are defined as at least 30-years old and of a model year after 1948 or manufactured to
  resemble a vehicle from that era. The bill also allows customs to have a body constructed from
  non-original materials and assigns these vehicles the same model-year designation as the produc-
  tion vehicle they most closely resemble, allowing qualifying replicas and kit cars to be accommo-
  dated under this registration class. The measure requires the Chief of the State Police to gather
  a committee comprised of representatives from the custom vehicle industry to provide advice
  and technical assistance regarding potential inspection standards and procedures. (SEMA)