Gone Racin' Newsletter # 74  June 8, 2005

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*Drag Racer Jeff Tinsley is ill and undergoing tests to determine the best treatment for his
  condition, which is serious but stable. An operation has been ruled out.  His family, Justin, Beth
  and Jeff's sister have been with him throughout the tests.  Rich Strauss, who visited Jeff last
  night, says he is sharp but extremely weak and tired.  The family asks that he not be disturbed
  until he regains some strength, but appreciates your concerns and prayers.  Further news will
  be forthcoming. (Robert Post)
*Just got this from a friend of Jeff's (Jeff Tinsley) and mine at the Smithsonian: Richard Strauss
  visits him daily in the hospital in Arlington, and has been printing out e-mail messages from friends
  and colleagues and reading them to Jeff, who apparently is buoyed by the outpouring.  Richard's
  e-mail is straussr@si.edu   (Dave Wallace Jr and Dr Robert Post)
*Happy June Birthdays: 1st-Bob McClurg and Mousie Marcellus, 2nd-Michael Parks, 4th-LJ
  Bradshaw IV, Bruce Flanders, 5th-Bill Fauntleroy, Ron Roseberry, Ron Main, BJ Nichka, 6th-
  Tom Sparks, 8th-Bob Wright, Greg Winchell, 9th-Dick Wagner, 10th-Jim Travis, Walt Gevers,
  Ken Freund, Bob Webb, "Too Tall" Rick Darnell, 11th-John Beck, William T. Smith, 12th-Ed
  Justice Sr, Sharon Malloy, Jim Murphy, 14th-Glen Barrett, 15th-Bob Stanclift, Johnny Anderson,
  16th-Bob Nichka, 17th-Phyllis Kofoed, Ray Alcaraz, 18th-John Weldon, Sara Brock Rollins,
  Frank Baney, Jerry Archambeault, Joann Brock, 19th-Bob Martin, Bob Leggio, Scott Cochran,
  20th-Tony Sigalos, Hank Walker, 21st-Al Teague, 22nd-Don Edwards, Wilma Edwards, Bart
  Miller, Gloria Gibbs, 23rd-Bob Schilling, Mike Anderson, Billy Wilkerson, Tom Cirello, 25th-
  Blackie Gejeian, Ron Baker, 26th-Bob Falcon, Jim O'Donnell, Judith Kyle, 27th-Scott Parks,
  Barbara Thompson, 29th-Les Leggitt.
*2005 Schedule for the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
  June 9, Thursday Night Street Wars, street-legal grudge drags, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
        10, GlobePC.com SHOW ‘N’ GO FRIDAYS race No. 2 -- 6 p.m.-midnight.           
        11, Meadow Gold NHRA Jr. Dragster Series  points race No. 8 -- 8 a.m.-1 p.m.                
        11, Jerry’s Nugget Drag Racing Series points race #8, LV Corvette Club, 5pm–midnight.
        11, NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION – Bigfoot vs. Snakebite, Jet Cars, fireworks – 8-10pm.
        17, Test ‘n’ Tune – 6-10 p.m.
        17, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem No. 8 – Summer kickoff cruise night -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
        23, Thursday Night Street Wars No. 5 – street-legal grudge drags – 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
        24, PSCA Calvert Racing Summer Nationals qualifying (www.pscaracing.com) 5pm-1am.
        25, PSCA Calvert Racing Summer Nationals eliminations – 5 p.m.-midnight.
*Quarterscale radio controlled racing at Rialto Airport on July 23, Sept 3, Sept 24 and Oct 22.
  See Larry Cross at 800-266-7745 or www.quarterscalemtrsports.com for details.
*AMA motorcycle racing every Wednesday night at Industry Hills Expo Center, 16200 Temple
  Avenue, City of Industry, CA 91744.  Gates open at 6pm, racing starts at 7pm rain or shine. See
*Jim Short sends us an open wheel report: Linda Denver is recovering after her crash into the
  wall at Perris Auto Speedway.  Damion Gardner is trying to win a record 6 victories in a row. 
  He now has 4 straight.  The record is held by Larry Dickson in 1968.  Perris Auto Speedway
  is adding a new dragstrip, to open in June. 
*Boyd Coddington has admitted to selling false registrations and will pay a fine of $3000 and
  perform 160 hours of community service.  (Orange County Register)
*Banning dragstrip runs into a snag as Banning Airport and the city of Banning have failed to get
  the necessary clearances with the FAA to allow the city to rezone 20 acres for the dragstrip. 
  Mopar Drag City officials still hopeful to build the dragstrip.  (Chris Wiley)
*Literature Faire & Exchange, June 26, 6am-Noon, Irwindale Speedway.  Hosted by the
  Society of Automotive Historians.  Call 562-693-3580 for details.
*Wally's Garage Sale, at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, L.A. County Fairplex,
  Pomona, CA.  Cash only, no returns, call 909-622-8562 or www.museum.nhra.com  Prices as
  is, marked down for quick sale.  Decals, pins, posters, apparel and more from the gift shop.
*Gas-Up Party and 2005 Dry Lakes Hall of Fame Honorees: Paul Schiefer, Jim Culbert, Ernie
  Bennett, Chuck Spurgin, Duke Hallock, Phyllis Lindsley, Chuck Abbot, Mike Stewart, Keith 
  Allen, Dave Macdonald, Lionel Pitts, Jim Miller, Sadd/Teague/Bentley Roadster, Bud Greenleaf
  Motorcycle, Phil Freudiger Roadster, Steve Batchelor, Harold Johansen, Manufacturer of the
  Year-Ross Pistons.  (Jack Underwood and www.Landspeedracing.com)
*The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame will be honoring Rod Hall, Scott McKenzie, Ak
  Miller, Larry Minor, Roy Spuhler, and Ed Waldheim, at their 2005 ORMHOF Induction
  Ceremony on Saturday, June 25, 2005, in Reno, Nevada.  (George Thompson)
*The following links are courtesy of Don and John Ewald's website, Wediditforlove.com or
  www.wdifl.com.   http://wediditforlove.com/ProudMary.html about Proud Mary (Mary Rife)
  and http://wediditforlove.com/BoatRacerReunion.html Boat Racers Reunion.  (Don Ewald)
*Ugo Fadini, master model maker, has two new landspeed cars ready for sale, 1) Hill-Davis
  Bob Estes Mercury Special streamliner (left) - new livery Bonneville SCTA and  AAA Speed
  Trials 1953, 2) Mal Hooper's Shadoff Special streamliner Bonneville SCTA Speed Trials 1954
  Class C record, 248.26 mph, driven by Bob Bowen.  Limited edition of 200 each, delivered in a
  clear display box.  For Shadoff Special see http://www.ugofadini.com/shadoffmodel.html or for
  Hill Davis see http://www.ugofadini.com/hilldavisstory.html.  (Ugo Fadini ugo@ugofadini.com)
*Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA, announces development of a new 1/8 mile dragstrip on their
  parking lot.  Races will be every Friday night.  Paving will be finished by July.  Anyone who has a
  valid drivers license, helmet and car registration will be eligible to go racing at the newest drag strip
  on the west coast.  Call (951) 940-0134 or email racesatthepas@aol.com (Scott Daloisio)
*June 2, Aaron Hatton won at Richmond (KY) Raceway, and Bryan Barber won the Hugh
  "Junebug" Rowland Memorial at Ponderosa Speedway in the O'Reilly NARA Battle of the
  Bluegrass DirtCar Series. (Dustin Jarrett)
*ANRA Classic Summer Nationals Sunday June 12, 2005, Los Angeles County Raceway,
  Palmdale, CA. The American Nostalgia Racing Association Inc. is an organization of racers and
  enthusiasts dedicated to advancing the sport of nostalgia drag racing. The ANRA Racing Program
  includes vehicles circa 1979 and before, designed and built or updated to meet modern safety
  specifications. Dragsters are front-motored, as opposed to the modern rear-engine designs of
  today. "Nostalgia" vehicles have kept pace with other motorsports and have broken all records
  previously established in the 1960's and 70's.  Sportsman Series which includes Nostalgia
  Eliminator 1, 2, 3, Gas Eliminator A, B, C, D, Hot Rod Eliminator, Sportsman and Open Wheel,
  catering to racers and there families that run 7.60 and slower ETs and indexes. www.ANRA.com
  (Gary Brown Photographs)
*October 15, 2005, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV, 9am-5pm. 
  Rockabilly Rod Reunion, car show, drag racing, Kustom Kulture Swap Meet and CLASSIC
  Pin-Up Girl Glamour Costume Contest.  Road Devils Car Club is the Host.  Pin-up contest
  entries and vendors see John Bisci at 702-632-8231. Nostalgia Drag Race see Mark Dawson
  at 702-632-8264.  Pre-registration for hot rod show call Nick Benson at 831-465-9325 or
*2005 Stacker 2® World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule (Doc Lehman)                                            
  6/10-11 “The Dream”/Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH
  6/17-18 “The Masters”/Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, WI 
*SCTA/BNI 57th Annual Speed Week, August 13-19 (Vehicle Inspections begin on Aug 12) 
*SCTA/BNI World Finals October 12-15 (Vehicle Inspections begin on Oct 11)
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule:  June 12,
  July 17, September 11, October 23, November 12-13.
*NHRA Street Legal sanctioned drag racing every Thursday night at Irwindale Speedway,
  January to November.  See www.Irwindalespeedway.com for Summit schedule and Junior
  Dragster program.  (Doug Stokes) 
*June 4, Don O'Neal won the 19th Annual "Ralph Latham Memorial" race for the Lucas Oil
  Late Model Dirt Series at the Florence Speedway, Union, KY.  Current Point Standings
  after June 4-Don O'Neal-1980, Terry English-1845, Donnie Moran-1665, Matt Miller-1660,
  Earl Pearson, Jr.-1640, Scott James-1555, Dennis Erb, Jr.-1545, Tim Dohm-1440, Shannon
  Babb-1305, Brady Smith-1250.  Rookie of the Year Standings-Scott James-1555, Tim
  Dohm-1440, Brady Smith-1250, Steve Hillard-670, Jason Montgomery-560.  (James Essex)
*2005 Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA schedule of upcoming races.  For more information on
  the 2005 Perris Auto Speedway schedule, please call (951) 940-0134.  (Scott Daloisio)
  June 11, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
  June 18, PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Extreme Trucks & SUV/Hornets/Cruisers
  June 25, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
*2005 California Dragway schedule at the dragstrip, California Speedway, Fontana, CA. 
  Contact Dave Danish at 909-429-5060 or go online at www.Californiaspeedway.com.  All
  dates and times are subject to change:
  June 18, Noon, Street legals
  June 25-26, 8am, Summit Series Team #5 & #6, SCEDA
*Irwindale Speedway programs, see www.Irwindalespeedway.com for schedules and updates.
  2005 Irwindale oval track racing schedule:  Gates open 4:30, races start at 6pm.
  June 11  Super Late Models Twin 50's, Super Late Models, Mini Stocks, Dodge Super Trucks.
  June 18  NASCAR Elite Division South West Tour, Grand American Modifieds, Late Models,
            West Coast Pro Trucks, Legend Cars,
*July 17, Irwindale Dragstrip NHRA Summit Series; Gates open 9AM, time trials 10AM (3
  timed runs - time permitting - run cards will be used), eliminations 1PM, track closes 6PM. Entry
  fee is $45 for each division entered and the purse structure will be prorated based on the number
  of entries in each class.  Those racing for TIME ONLY will be available at these events for $20
  and all spectators are $10 each.  Each divisional champion will receive a track champion's trophy
  and a champion's gold card (good for a free entry at any 2006 season Dragstrip event) at the
  Irwindale Speedway annual awards banquet.  Each champion will also be invited to represent
  Irwindale at the Summit Finals drag racing event in the fall. SUPER PRO (electronics allowed 6 -
  7.99 et), PRO (8 and slower), SPORTSMAN (8.59 and slower), and MOTORCYCLES (6
  and slower).    (Bob Klein and Doug Stokes)
*Irwindale Speedway offers Thursday night drag racing.  Pro's and street legal racing welcome. 
  1/8 mile track.  Entrance fee $20. Spectators are $10.   See Dragstrip track manager Bob Klein
  626-358-1100 x 211.  (Doug Stokes)
*June 12, Irwindale Speedway NHRA JUNIOR DRAGSTERS.   Three events are scheduled.  
  NHRA Junior Drag Racing classes will be offered with the track gates opening at 9AM, time
  trials 10AM, and eliminations beginning at 1PM.  The races will be held on three Sundays:
  drivers will get three practice runs and trophies will be awarded as per the guidelines in the
  NHRA rulebook.  Entries will be $50 per car.  Spectators and Crew members are $20 each
  and kids under 12 admitted free.  Run under NHRA rulebook.  (Doug Stokes)
*2005 ASA Speed Truck Challenge Schedule 
  June 18, Mesa Marin Raceway, Bakersfield, CA             Broadcast Sept 24, 8PM PST   
  July 2 Orange Show Speedway, San Bernardino, CA      Broadcast Oct 8, 8PM PST   
*2005 Southern California Top Comp Schedule:   (From Gregg Suyenaga)
  Race 5 August 20 Fontana Mike's Transmission
  Race 6 August 21 Fontana Mike's Transmission
*2005 Goodguys Schedule of Events.  See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
  June 10-12, 17th Annual Hot Rod Nationals, Indianapolis, IND
  July 1-3, 14th Annual Heartland Nationals, Des Moines, IA
*Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Reunions.  Call 909-622-8562
  June 17-19, Holley National Hot Rod Reunion, Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY
  Sept 30-Oct 2, Automobile Club of Southern California, California Hot Rod Reunion, Famoso
        Raceway, Bakersfield, CA
*2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.
  June 9-12, 8th Annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago, ILL
  June 16-19, 36th Annual K&N Filters Supernationals, Englishtown, NJ
  June 24-26, 9th Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals, Madison, ILL
*2005 King of Indiana Sprint Series Schedule: For info call Mike O’Leary 812-825-9614 or
   moleary@bluemarble.net   KISS is at www.kissracing.com and www.Elliottbrand.com.
  June 25, Paragon Speedway
  July 2, Terre Haute Action Track
*2005 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour www.hotrod.com/powertour.
  June 8-Birmingham Race Course, Birmingham, Alabama
  June 9-North Florida Fairgrounds, Tallahassee, Florida
  June 10-Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida
*SEMA Club Newsletter is at www.semasan.com
  June 9-11, Manchester, VT, Hildene Car Show Weekend   413/783-5624
  June 10-11, Milford, UT, Milford USA Yester-Years Car Show  www.jchackett.com
  June 10-12, McCook, ILL, Adventure Driver Route 66   815/941-3312
  June 10-12, Indianapolis, IND, 17th Hot Rod Nationals www.good-guys.com
  June 11, Long Beach, CA, The O.C.T.O. Show ³2005² www.octo.org or 714/374-7506
  June 11, Middlebury, CONN, Classic Car Show www.bloodsweatandgearscar-club.com
  June 11, McConnelsville, OH, 20th Annual M&M Jaycees All Open Cruise-In  740/982-4213
  June 11, York Springs, PA, Antique Car and Truck Show   717/632-2792
  June 11, Reno, NV, Classics in Paradise  www.classicchevyclubreno.com or 775/358-5630
  June 11-12, Rochester, NY, 31st Outdoor Car Show www.streetmachinesof-rochester.com
  June 11-12, Princeton, WV, Yesterday¹s Rides Car and Motorcycle Show  304/425-3100
  June 12, Wauwautosa, WIS, 22nd Annual Renner Oldsmobile Show  262/966-3702
  June 17, Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Model T Club Car Show   253/922-6804
  June 17-19, Warrens, WIS, The Wizards of Rods 24th Annual Fun Run   608/388-5582
  June 17-19, St. Paul, MN, 32nd Annual Back to the 50¹s Weekend  651/641-1992
  June 17-19, 3rd Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion Bowling Green, KY
  June 17-19, Medford, OR, Medford Cruise 2005     541/648-8527
  June 19, Cazenovia, NY, Eurocar 05  315/342-3234 
  June 19, Holliston, MA, Father's Day - Celebrate It Your Way  civilizeds@aol.com
*Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) 2005 racing schedule:                
  June 24, Lernerville Speedway, 50 laps                
  June 25, Hesston Speedway, 50 laps        
*2005 Crown Royal IROC Series schedule:
  Sept 9, Richmond International Raceway
  Oct 29, Atlanta Motor Speedway
*2005 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule (Linda K. Mansfield)
  June 10-12, Watkins Glen International, 6 hours
  June 29-30, Daytona International Speedway, 250 miles
  July 29-31, Barber Motorsports Park, 400 Km
*2005 Nextel Cup Series schedule (NASCAR):
  June 12, Pocono Raceway
  June 19, Michigan International Speedway
  June 26, Infineon Raceway
*The 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.
*The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's schedule of events:
  June 17-19, Holley National Hot Rod Reunion, Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  June 18-20, L.A. Roadster Show.
  July 6, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
*AutoStar Productions, 1226 Pike Street SW, PO Box 310, Etna, Ohio 43018, 740-964-2350
  Roger Gustin, President/Owner,  roger@superchevyshow.com,
*AutoZone Super Chevy Show Tour XXV (AutoStar Productions) 2005 SCHEDULE
  June 10-11-12   SBR US 131 Motorsports Park T Martin, MI
  June 24-25-26   SBR Bristol Dragway T  Bristol, TN 
*June 10, Skyline Speedway, Stewart, Ohio, 740-989-0567, www.skylinespeedway.com,
   Regular Show, Kids Bicycle giveaway and bicycle races. All Classes.     (Dustin Jarrett)
*June 17, Skyline Speedway, Stewart, Ohio, 740-989-0567, www.skylinespeedway.com, Late
   Model Special, VINTAGE RACE CARS, DOUBLE POINTS, All Classes.   (Dustin Jarrett)
*June 24, Skyline Speedway, Stewart, Ohio, 740-989-0567, www.skylinespeedway.com,
   Regular Show, AUTOGRAPH NIGHT, All Classes.      (Dustin Jarrett)
*Dirt Nation Radio show, Monday nights 8-10 P.M. at  www.racetalklive.com. June 13, guests
  are Kenny and Lee Jacobs, Earl Pearson Sr, Earl Pearson Jr, Billy Pauch Sr and Billy Pauch Jr. 
  (Doc Lehman)
*Dirt Nation Radio show, Monday nights 8-10 P.M. at  www.racetalklive.com. June 20, guests
  are "Young Guns 6"  (Doc Lehman)
*Special Reunions and events during the year: 
  Walt and Dottie James' CRA Reunion in January
  Hila Sweet's Car Racers Reunion in April
  Boat Racers Reunion in June       
  Gold Coast Club's Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Hall of Fame in September
  Wally Parks' NHRA Motorsports Museum's California Hot Rod Reunion in October
  Don Weaver's Legends of Ascot Reunion in October
  STOCKS-Steve Rogers, Tim Ross, Croasmun, Kevin Bernhardt, Rich Garver. GRAND
  AMERICAN MODIFIEDS-Lloyd Mack, Joe Ruggles, Tim Morse, Greg Tucker, Doug
  Carpenter.  DODGE SUPER TRUCKS-Pat Mintey Jr, Ron Peterson, Cory Fancy, Eric Hardin,
  Jim Kondziela.  LUCAS OIL SUPER LATE MODELS-Main # 1: Rod Johnson, Russell White,
  Andrew Phipps, Scott Conaway, Todd Southwell.  Main # 2: Phipps, White, Conaway,
  Southwell, Ickler.  USAC Ford Focus Midgets-Alex Harris, Audra Sasselli, Bobby Owens,
  Benny Moon, Jack Meier.
*SCTA REPORT: The Trompers car club of Eagle Rock was founded in September 1945 and
  joined the SCTA in June of 1946. The Trompers are celebrating their 60th anniversary and are
  putting together a 96 page pictorial book of the club history.  The Trompers now has about 40
  members and is a Street Rod club.  The salt at Bonneville is wet but there are some dry areas
  about the 3 to 4 mile. Intrepid Chemicals pumped salt on the course for about 1 1/2 months. 407
  pre entries and about 1300 BNI members are entered for Speed Week. Replacement Timing
  Tags will not be made or sold to non-SCTA members in an effort to reduce counterfeiting. There
  were 92 runs Saturday and 93 runs on Sunday at El Mirage for the May Meet.  Rookie drivers
  must make one pass below 150mph.  The next run must be within their licensed speed.  One club
  missed their duties and were fined. 160 people were at the BLM clean-up day on May 7. Every-
  thing got completed and the BLM was satisfied.  Jim Dunn said that the fencing was completed
  on the land owned at El Mirage by the SCTA, which is now looking for a trailer to put on the
  property.  (SCTA minutes at Board Meeting)
*He's considered by the movers and shakers at the very highest levels of motorsport as the very
  best of the best at what he does.  He's possessed of a mellow baritone voice and a wicked wit. 
  And he's got a unconditional love of all types, shapes, styles, sizes, and colors of motorized
  competition which he wears on his sleeve as a badge of honor.  He's held sway on the PA mike
  and looked into the TV cameras for way better than 30 years now and, on Saturday night June 4,
  Bruce Flanders; son; brother; husband; father; military veteran; double world speed record
  holder at 141.703 miles per hour on a KZ-1000 Kawasaki motorcycle at Bonneville in 1973.
  (that record was for the fastest production bike and it stood for seven years!).  And 16.742
  miles an hour (lap average) aboard a Rose Parade float in 1999 as it rounded the Irwindale oval. 
  (This record is shared with the late Indy 500 double winner Rodger Ward, float driver Frank
  Deckard, and KFWB air personality Jeff Baugh).  He was Irwindale's official track announcer
  since day one, and (as anyone who's ever heard his work) the possessor of a set of pipes that
  most FM jocks would gargle razor blades for; will be feted at the Speedway on his sixtieth birth-
  day.  Charles C. Colton said: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  And believe you me,
  Flanders has seen a whole batch of such heart-felt flattery coming his way over the years.  They
  make game attempts at copying his deep, smiling voice; his tone; his inflection; even his phrasing. 
  And sometimes they get it, let's say,  well,  close.  But what his legions of imitators NEVER get
  right is that it's not so much the way he sounds, but WHAT he says that makes him a truly great
  announcer. His imitators never capture his state of mind; his choice of words, his colorful allusions;
  his knack of bringing in a wide range of current events and little known facts to the conversation;
  his ability to interview anyone/anytime/anyplace about anything and make sense out of the talk;
  and the way that he makes the whole deal all sound so damn easy.  Flanders' work is so straight-
  forward,  so uncomplicated, so unforced, so seamless, that even he seems unimpressed with him-
  self at times.  That's not to say that he isn't proud of his work, he surely is, and rightly so.  He
  simply gets it right, first time, every time, and (perhaps his most endearing trait) he knows exactly
  when to stop talking and let the emotions of the scene sink in on their own terms.  He never talks
  down to his audience, nor does he try to dazzle his listeners with any of his wealth of special
  insider's (and he IS one, believe it) knowledge.  In other words, the man is a PRO and his work is
  very much like a great movie score, absolutely critical to the overall experience, but transparent. 
  Almost unnoticed.  In Bruce Flanders' case the audience IS listening!  Besides regaling the fans at
  Irwindale Speedway every Saturday night for 32+ weeks a year, Bruce is a hard-working, and
  very successful voice actor and commercial spot producer/announcer.   The exact location of his
  digital studios, Flanders Unlimited, is a closely-guarded secret with most of his clients dealing with
  the man by telephone, short-wave radio, teletype, carrier pigeon, bicycle messenger, e-mail and
  special drops. Among his page after page of credits are little things like his twenty-seven years as
  the chief announcer for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.  His twenty-four years as the lead
  announcer at Laguna Seca Raceway, his thirty-two years (and just last week) as the announcer
  for the legendary Hangtown Motocross up North.  He called his first race (Speedway motorcycle
  event) on June 13, 1969 at the Orange County Fairgrounds; and has worked at such diverse
  venues as: the Caesars Place GP, Watkins Glen, Wembley Stadium (England), Daytona Motor
  Speedway, Road America, the Astrodome, Ascot, California Speedway, Anaheim Stadium, Lime
  Rock Park, the GP of Miami,  Lion's Drag Strip, OMS, the Rose Bowl, Trojan Speedway, Tustin
  Thunder, OCIR,  the Hoosierdome, and covered races sanctioned by:  the AMA, USAC, IMSA,
  among others. As a TV personality Flanders has worked side by side with a who's who of
  prominent members of the motorsports and entertainment communities including such luminaries as:
  Chris Economaki, Dale Earnhardt, Mickey Thompson, Ralph Shaheen, Paul Newman, Lorenzo
  Lamas, Sal and Calvin Fish, Sonny Nutter, Bruce Penhall, Tim Conway, Ivan Stewart, Parnelli
  Jones, Rick Bestwick, Terry Clanton, Margo King, Hoyt Axton, and Stirling Moss O.B.E.  In
  1998 Flanders was named as a proud member of the CART/PPG Most Colorful Character Club,
  a few of the other members include such little-know names as: Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt, Shav
  Glick, and Dan Gurney. By now, and hopefully by your own experience, you must know that we
  think that Bruce Flanders is an original, un-duplicatable, announcer's announcer.  I've had the great
  pleasure of working with the man in three different applications. The first, in the Mickey Thompson
  Championship Off-Road Grand Prix series of stadium-staged off-road races.  Our happy band
  traversed the country bringing Mickey's famous Chunk of the Baja races to far-off and exotic
  places like the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, the LA Coliseum, the Rose Bowl (Bruce's
  GOOD MORNING PASADENA! at 11 on the PA at about 7 in the AM was the beginning of a
  fun day!), the Seattle Kingdome, The  Hosierdome in Indy, and Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
  One night, we were racing at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium,  Bruce got a (very) bad hot dog. 
  When I saw him his skin actually looked green, he was almost doubled over in pain, and gasping
  for breath.  To listen to him over the PA, there was no change in his usual patter, he was as bright
  and pithy as ever.  To look at him was a totally different matter.  He honestly looked like living
  death.  Mickey was very concerned (we all were).  Mickey was actually concerned enough to call
  me on the radio and ask me to get ready to go on mike when (not IF) Bruce finally collapsed
  (which he knew was only minutes away).  I'm not sure if the idea of me going on mike with 46,281
  paying customers in the house jolted Bruce back into health, or what, but I did not go on mike that
  night. And a new PA star was NOT born.  Bruce stayed on post, got the race done, and even
  gamely hosted the post-race interviews.  He then collapsed back to his hotel room, and looked
  considerably better at 6AM the next morning when we all checked out of the hotel.  Ten years ago
  Bruce got me my job as the PR guy at Perris Auto Speedway; not only recommending me to the
  Kazarian family; but bringing me along to a meeting that they had scheduled with him at BKK. 
  Of course he was the announcer there.  When Irwindale Speedway was only on paper, Bruce's
  name as the announcer was already well and truly in play. That was some seven years ago. We're
  both still here, and I KNOW why Bruce is here!   (Doug Stokes)
*Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA, June 4 Race Results: MC Builders Super Stocks presented
  by Vista Paint-Mike Hixson (winner), Henry Wesolowski III, Terry Hershberger, Brian Pannone,
  Carla Laney.  Ramona Tire Street Stocks-Tim Shadduck (winner), Curtis Dietzsch, Chris Tooley,
  Kevin Busher, Jake Everhart.  Hornets-Tony Thompson (winner), Mark Howison, John Denver,
  John Sandridge, Butch Secrist.  IMCA Modifieds-AlanUpdyke (winner), Jim Bonneti, Dale
  Underwood, Don Pannel, Darin Hawkes.   Lightning Sprints-Johnny Bates (winner), Brent
  Sexton, Donny Gansen, Steve Barnette, Gary Sexton.
*June 4, Joey Kramer won the NARA Battle of the Bluegrass Open Wheel Modified race at
  the 201 Speedway, in Sitka, KY.  It was Kramer's 3rd win of the year and increased his points
  lead.  (Dustin Jarrett)
*The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame will hold induction ceremonies for the Class of
  2005 during the August 11-13, 23rd Annual North-South 100 at Florence Speedway in Union,
  KY.  See NDLMHOF at http://www.dirtlatemodelhalloffame.com.  (Doc Lehman)
*Tim Kennedy report, June 4, Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CA: Larry Sampson was injured
  and taken to the hospital but has recovered and is now home.  Pick Your Part Figure 8's-Steve
  Stewart, Earl Cox, Harry Kuenniger, Don Rogers, Robbie Stutzel.   Bandoleros-Rouse, Albert
  Flores Jr, Donny St Ours, Jack Madrid, Andre Prescott.  Justice Brothers Pure Stocks-Mattie,
  Michelle Rouse, Mark Whitson, Branden Mulvihill, Jimmy Rouse.  King Taco Legend Cars-Jim
  Smith, Tom Landreth, John London, Brian Wong, Tom Skahill. Vista Paint Super Stocks-Jimmy
  Sloan, Bourgeois, Bryan Harrell, Lee Ladd, Steve Gilmore.  Auto Club Late Models-(race #1)
  Huddleston, Johnson, Jameel Saied, Scott Youngren, Daniel DiGiacomo; (race #2) Huddleston,
  Johnson, Youngren, DiGiacomo, Mulhall.  (Doug Stokes) 
*Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, CA, Valvoline USAC/CRA Point standings: Rip Williams
  -Yorba Linda, CA – 810, Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 740, Cory Kruseman – Ventura,
  CA – 726, Mike Kirby – Torrance, CA – 717, Charles Davis Jr.  – Buckeye, AZ – 698, Rickie
  Gaunt - Torrance, CA – 552, Seth Wilson – San Clemente, CA – 414, Tony Jones – Norco,
  CA – 404, Alan Ballard – Bakersfield, CA – 399, Mike Spencer – Temecula, CA – 398, Josh
  Ford – Camarillo, CA – 388, R.J. Johnson – Phoenix, AZ – 385, Steve Ostling – Corona, CA–
  369, Jimmy Crawford – Ventura, CA – 268, Danny Sheridan – Santa Maria, CA – 259, Bobby
  Cody – Costa Mesa, CA – 248, Josh Wise – Riverside, CA – 233, Bobby Graham – Riverside,
  CA – 199, Danny Ebberts – Canyon Lake, CA – 186, David Cardey – Riverside, CA - 185.
*June 24, Belleville High Banks to run the 1st Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, and the
  Topless Outlaw Racing Association (TORA) races.  Belleville is located near U.S. 36 on U.S.
  81, at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds. See www.highbanks.org or www.naradirtcar.com.
*For the past three years I have run the American Hot Rod Foundation, a not-for-profit
  set up to preserve and promote the history of hot rodding. I think I explained the premise
  of the foundation when we met a while back at Jack Underwood’s. To date we have inter-
  viewed over 140 hot rod pioneers on film (resulting in 350 hours of footage) and have
  scanned over ten thousand photos relating to hot rodding from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Jim
  Miller is now working for us and has the Herculean task of cataloguing the collection. This
  will eventually be put in a photo gallery online.  In order to share this amazing collection
  with hot rod enthusiasts we have developed an extensive web site where one can find
  hundreds of video clips of pioneers and photos ranging from Muroc in 1932 to early drags
  and everything in between. We also have a section called Pioneer of the Month where any-
  one can ask our POM a question and get an answer in audio form. It's a great way for
  people to interact with their hot rod heroes.  I am eager to publicize the web site so that
  hot rodders in the US and around the world can enjoy this great collection and learn about
  the history from those who made it.   I hope it will be something your readers will enjoy and
  I’d be very grateful if you’d pass on the information.  Sincerely, Henry Astor