|Gone Racin' Newsletter # 90 050928|
*Kenny Parks, CRA member, Jalopy racer, and previous owner of Bell Auto Helmets, has been
diagnosed with bone cancer. He is at home under hospice care. Due to his condition, it is advised
that you do not contact him by phone as this is hard on his family, and they need their strength to
care for him. Kenny's two sons have asked that you send emails to them and they will print them
out and take them to Kenny. You can use the following email addresses to reach him:
Kenny was a long time employee at Bell Auto Parts under Roy Richter, and was involved in
racing all of his life. He painted his cars pink, so that if there was an accident, his family and crew
would know that it was his car and not someone else. Please include your home phone number
if you would like to speak to Kenny. Based on his health and strength, he may be able to call you.
If not, you can continue to communicate with Kenny through his two sons.
*There are some people that you just like at first sight. Topper Chasse was one of them. There
are some people that seem to be missing a mean bone in their body. Topper was one of them.
There are some people that can make order out of a state of confusion, Topper was one of them.
Topper had these and many more quali-ties that we will all miss. Topper you were a good friend.
*I'm sad to inform you of the passing of one of my closest friends, Maurice Raymond Chasse',
known to all of us as "Topper". He started with race cars at the age of 14. His first racer was a
Model A dragster raced at Santa Ana, Saugus, San Fernando, and the old Pomona drag strips.
This was followed by dirt track oval racing until his mother found out! He served in the Navy just
after WWII. After his discharge he built a 29' on 32' rails and won the L.A. Motor Sports and
Hot Rod Show with it. He bought his first sports car, a 1957 Porsche coupe and had been
involved in road racing ever since. He was 5 times Porsche Owners Club president and one of the
founding members of its racing team. Later on Topper won championships in GT1, GT2, Super
Production and SCCA's "Driver Of The Year" award. Still later his energy had been focused on
Vintage Racing, Head Drivers Instructor at the L.A. Region Porsche Club of America, and HSR-
West. He was the pace car driver at many vintage events. Up until last year he ran one SCCA
Enduro a year with Geary Smith in a Porsche 914-6 to keep his SCCA license cur-rent. He also
had current competition licenses for POC, PCA, VARA and HSR-West. He has been an avid
volunteer for various motor sports clubs, including our Fabulous Fifties Non-Club. I learned of the
great Fabulous Fifties from Topper and he sponsored my non-membership. Topper's interest
went beyond motor sports. A successful entrepreneur, he founded MR Chasse Co, a construction
development and environmental services firm. In trap shooting, he had awards for breaking 100
of 100 clay pigeons. He also held a second-degree black belt in Judo. Topper was admitted to
Huntington Memorial Hospital August 19th with chest pains. They found his heart was fine, but he
had Acute Leukemia. With the advanced nature of his ailment, they decided on a massive four-
dose treatment of Chemo. After the treatments, with his immune system almost nonexistent, the
doctor said he had sepsis running rampant through his body. Even the iron man that he was, he
couldn't dodge this bullet. He passed away on the morning of September 8. Topper has touched
many lives and he will be sorely missed. He is survived by his lovely wife, Barbara, of 43 years,
and three nieces. Topper was 77 years old. (Davey Jordan)
*The distressing news this month was the passing of Topper Chasse. Topper was truly a valuable
asset for our organization. Whenever there was a job to do, there was Topper. He was in charge
of our concours d’provenance display this spring at Paramount Ranch and then stood in as a
judge. Funeral services were held on September 14. We’ll all miss him. (Art Evans)
*Don Weaver has scheduled his Legends of Ascot Reunion for October 22, 2005, at Perris
Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, California. This year's honorees will be Bob Hogle, Ted Halibrand,
Alex Morales, Hal Minyard and Danny McKnight. This event honors the legendary Ascot Track
that J.C. Agajanian and his family made famous over in Gardena, California. The last two events
had over 600 racers in attendance. Contact Don for tickets at LegendsofAscot@aol.com or call
*Perris Auto Dragstrip, Lake Perris, CA, racing schedule for 1/8 mile dragstrip. Racing will take
place every Friday night 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. Admission: spectators $10, competitors $20. (Kim Donner)
Sept 30, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 11, Nov 18.
*DIRT AMERICA ONLINE Has been updated with a half dozen new articles, interviews and
news stories. New columns by: Bill Cramer & Doc Lehman http://www.DirtAmericaOnline.com
*2005 Carrera California Tour for pre-1975 vehicles, from the ocean to the desert and back.
The tour will take place November 12-13, 2005. For details see www.carreracalifornia.com.
*Sept 20, The Unser Family Museum opens in Albuquerque, New Mexico. See
*SCTA/BNI World Finals October 12-15 (Vehicle Inspections begin on Oct 11)
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule: Sept 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)
*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)
Oct 1, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Oct 8-15, Southern California Fair
Oct 22, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Oct 29, PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Extreme Trucks & SUV, Hornets/Cruisers
*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:
Oct 1-2, 8am, Fun Ford Weekend
Oct 21-23, 8am, Edelbrock Fall Nationals-Pacific Street Car Association (10am on the 21st)
*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.
October 1 Super Late Models, Late Models, Speed Trucks Challenge.
October 8 Super Late Models, Late Models, Pick Your Part Figure 8s.
October 15 Super Late Models, Super Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks, Dodge Super Trucks,
Ford Focus Midgets.
*Oct 1, Irwindale Speedway, TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR prize to the winner of the one hour
Figure 8 race at the Speedway. Also, a 200 lap Super Late Model race. Jesse James of West
Coast Choppers, Pick Your Part and Cisco Burgers to put up the purse. Figure 8'ers from all
over the country are coming for this race. Event will be taped for TV. Harley rally on track.
Speed Truck Challenge. Call 626-358-1100 for details. (Doug Stokes)
*NATIONAL DIRT LATE MODEL HALL OF FAME, Executive Director Bill Holder will
announce the Honorees for the 2006 National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame at the 25th Annual
Dirt Track World Championship, Oct 13-15, at KC Raceway in Chillicothe, Ohio. Also, Allan
Brown will be joining the Hall of Fame Governing Board. Brown's National Speedway Directory
is the bible on the status of current racetracks throughout the USA and Canada. He is also the
author of the book, America's Speedways which provides information on all the tracks that have
come and gone through the years. See http://www.dirtlatemodelhalloffame.com. (Doc Lehman)
*Irwindale Speedway offers Thursday night drag racing. Pros 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)
*2005 ASA Speed Truck Challenge racing/television schedule (Pacific Standard Time):
Oct 1 race at Irwindale Speedway to air Nov 19, 8PM, Repeat Broadcast TBA
Oct 15 race at Orange Show Speedway to air Nov 26, 8PM, Repeat Broadcast TBA
Oct 29 race at Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway to air Dec 3, 8PM, Repeat Broadcast TBA
2005 Season Review to air Dec 10 and 17 at 8PM
*2005 Southern California Top Comp Schedule: (From Gregg Suyenaga)
Race 7 October 15 Las Vegas Mike's Transmission
Race 8 October 16 Las Vegas Mike's Transmission
*2005 Goodguys Schedule of Events. See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
Sept 30-Oct 1-2, 13th Annual Lone Star Nationals, Ft Worth, TX
Oct 28-30, 12th Annual Southeastern Nationals, Charlotte, NC
Oct 29-30, 7th Annual Fuel & Gas Finals, Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA
*Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Reunions. Call 909-622-8562
Sept 30-Oct 2, Automobile Club of Southern California, California Hot Rod Reunion,
Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA
*2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.
Sept 29-Oct 2, 5th Annual Carquest Auto Parts Nationals, Chicago, ILL
Oct 20-23, 5th Annual ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Las Vegas, NV
*2005 King of Indiana Sprint Series Schedule: For info call Mike OLeary 812-825-9614
*SEMA Club Newsletter is at www.semasan.com
Unable to access SEMA Newsletter
*Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) 2005 racing schedule:
Oct 7-9 Challenger Raceway, TBA
Raindate Oct 21-23 See firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.macsracing.com (Andy Geesey)
*2005 Crown Royal IROC Series schedule:
Oct 29, Atlanta Motor Speedway
*2005 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule (Linda K. Mansfield)
Oct 7-9, Virginia International Raceway, 400 Km
*New model available from Omicron. OMICRON #12-Djelmo, Land Speed Record challenger
Giulio Foresti, crash at Pendine Sands 1927. Model comes mounted on an inscribed smoked
plexiglass base. Retail price 219,00 euros. The long awaited "record attempt day" version of the
unsuccessful, but very interesting French/Italian/Egyptian LSR challenger. Full details of the model
are available on the web site at http://ugofadini.com/omicron12.html and a new page with the full
history of the car, with photos, will be added in the next few days. (Ugo Fadini)
*2005 Nextel Cup Series schedule (NASCAR):
Oct 2, Talladega Superspeedway
Oct 9, Kansas Speedway
Oct 15, Lowe's Motor Speedway
Oct 23, Martinsville Speedway
Oct 30, Atlanta Motor Speedway
*THANKS FOR THE PLUG(S) AND THE BIO (did I really do all THAT...and still I'm only 38
years old?) Why don't you com'on by Autobooks-Aerobooks soon...Every Saturday morn
(8am-10pm) we host a FREE run-what-you-brung Cruise-In with some cool dudes and dudettes
showing up in some pretty fine rolling hardware. Everyone is invited and the atmosphere is old
time "tall tales and true". No one gets hurt (unless they go crazy buying books, mags , and die-
cast car models) and the show continues on all day long with frequent celeb sightings and famous
authors stalking the aisles of the place. If it won't scare people away: I'm there full time now (I
used to be there a lot but now they pay me for being there...WOW!) and invite all my old friends
from Perris, Irwindale. MTEG, IFK, etc. to stop by for a visit! (Doug Stokes, 818-845-0707)
*Thanks for the reminder, take alook at what Steve Stanford and I are up to...(hotrodlife.com)
it's a clothing company featuring our art and the "story" of hot rodding. See you at the reunion.
(Rick Finn) Editor's notes: Rick Finn is a well known hot rod artist and leader of the Donut
Derelicts in Huntington Beach. The editor has many of Rick's work on his wall's and appreciates
the talent of this new artist. Rick has a special relationship with John Force and has drawn and
painted Force's achievements over the years.
*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 email@example.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:
Sept 30-Oct 2, California Hot Rod Reunion, Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, California
Oct 5, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm. Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
Nov 2, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm. Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
Nov 11, Night of Champions, FREE admission from 6:30-10pm.
Nov 13, Street Rod Parade, at Pomona Raceway, 9-9:30am.
Dec 7, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm. Annual Holiday toy drive.
*AutoZone Super Chevy Show Tour XXV (AutoStar Productions) 2005 SCHEDULE
Sept. 30,Oct. 1-2 SBR Virginia Motorsports Park T Richmond-Petersburg, VA
Oct. 7-8-9 SBR National Trail Raceway T Columbus, OH
Oct. 21-23 Gainesville Raceway T Gainesville, FL
*2005 Schedule for the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Sept 30, Test n Tune 6-10pm.
30, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem 10pm-2am.
Oct 1, VW Test n Tune, Super Eliminator Association West Coast Championships 9am-4pm.
1, Jerrys Nugget Drag Racing Series National Dragster Challenge 5-11pm.
1, Motorcycle Madness street bike grudge drags 11pm-1:30am.
2, Las Vegas Bug In, All Volkswagen car show, drag racing, swap meet 9am-5pm.
14, Test n Tune 6-10 p.m.
14, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem 10pm-2am.
15, 2nd Rockabilly Rod Reunion (www.rockabillyrodreunion.com), 9am-5pm. Pre 1965
hot rod/custom car show, kustom kulture celebrities, pin-up girl contest, vendors and
swap meet, rockabilly/surf bands (Cadillac Angels, Dragstrip Riot, DJ Flattop Tom),
pre 1965 nostalgia bracket racing.
15, BFGoodrich Super Tuner 6pm-1am. Buick Grand National Racing Assn, Supras Invade
The Strip 2005, Euro Entertainment Super Tuner Car Show.
16, W Coast Top Comp Assn, ET bracket race, LV Corvette Club, Diesel Hot Rod Assn
20-23, NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals (www.nhra.com)
27, NHRA Lucas Oil Series Test n Tune 9am-5pm.
28-30, Short Line Express Markets NHRA Lucas Oil Series Finals 7am-9pm.
(John Bisci, LVMS Public Relations, 702-632-8231, firstname.lastname@example.org)
*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
*Industry Hills Speedway Motorcycle Races at the Industry Hills Event 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 email@example.com.
*2005 Stacker 2 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule: (Doc Lehman)
9/29-10/1 Stacker 2 Nationals/Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA
10/7-8 West Virginia Motor Speedway, Mineral Wells, WV
10/28-29 Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, Calvert City, KY
"FAST 5" WITH STEVE GIBBS, Former NHRA VP, one of the originators of the California
Hot Rod Reunion, discusses its 14-year history.
If the California Hot Rod Reunion had a face, it would be Steve Gibbs'. Gibbs worked for the
NHRA nearly 35 years. His dedication to the organization, and the sport of drag racing, helped
Gibbs climb the ranks of the NHRA to vice president. Currently he's a board member of the Wally
Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, where he served as its original director. Gibbs is the guy - or
one of them - that started the enormously popular NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion, presented
by the Automobile Club of Southern California (now in its 14th year), something thousands of
vintage drag race fans, hot rodders and most importantly, old-time drag racers, can be thankful for.
In this interview, Gibbs talks about how the Reunion (set for Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Bakersfield, Calif.)
started and what it means to those who lived it.
1. How/why did you come up with the idea for the Reunion?
Steve Gibbs: While attending Joe Pisano's funeral, I ran into several people than I had not seen in
years. I got to talk briefly with a few of them, but it really wasn't the time or place to get loosened
up. I mentioned it later to Bernie Partridge, and he had the same thing happen. Not long after that,
together, with some other NHRA folks, we started talking about the need for a major drag racing
reunion event, using all the communications tools available to us, and try to get a bunch of old
friends together and have some fun. We all had other areas of NHRA responsibility at the time, so
this was strictly an "after hours" effort. We had no idea what to expect, and approached the project
as a one-time deal. Reunions are certainly not a new idea, and in fact others had produced a couple
of prior events focused on particular tracks. We wanted to take the next step and create something
that was basically aimed at the entire sport, and CHRR was born. Our original budget was based
on a thousand people attending…which was off by a mile. We apparently did a good job of getting
the word out, and the people responded. The inaugural CHRR was a tremendous success, and it
was immediately clear that we had an annual event on our hands. It's hard to believe that we are
about to gather for the 14th time!
2. How/why did Cacklefest come about?
Steve Gibbs: I'm not sure there is a simple answer. When we staged the first CHRR, we included
a feature called "Memory Lane" and asked for people who had old or restored racecars to display
them. A good number of cars showed up, and that in turn prompted some other folks to try and
locate their old cars, or to re-create them. Bill Pitts, who owns and restored the Magicar fuel drag-
ster was very instrumental in getting this ball rolling, as was Art Chrisman whose Hustler 1, winner
on the first "March Meet," remained alive and kicking. Think about it, here's the guy who made the
first run at the very first NHRA Nationals, still out there putting on a show. Incredible! The opening
of the NHRA Museum also seemed to motivate some resurrection of the old iron. As it turned out,
several of these cars were capable of being push started, a procedure that had disappeared some
30 years earlier. In early 2000, an idea came to the surface, of push-starting as many cars as
possible at CHRR in rapid-fire fashion, just like the old days. Museum Curator Greg Sharp said
something like, 'it'll be a regular cacklefest,' and the name stuck. We were able to line up nine cars
for that first event: Art Chrisman's Hustler 1; Bill Pitts' Magicar with Jeep Hampshire driving; Dave
West's recreated Beebe and Mulligan machine; Kenny Safford in the Safford; Gaide and Ratican
dragster; Steinegger and Eshenbaugh; Kuhl and Olson; The Vagabond; Larry Dixon Sr, in The
Howard Cam Rattler; and Bruce Meyers' Greer, Black and Prudhomme beauty, restored and
driven by Steve Davis. We really didn't promote or advertise the first Cacklefest, since we were
not sure what to expect. All I can say is the outcome was unbelievable. As the cars were pushed
down the famed Famoso fire-up road there was a rush of emotion that was totally unexpected.
Grown men, hardened racers, were openly crying. We had touched on something that took many
of us back decades, to a time so many of us treasured. It also gave the younger crowd a real taste
of how things used to be. We had stumbled upon something that was pure magic.
3. How has the Reunion impacted vintage drag racing?
Steve Gibbs: I believe the CHRR has had a unifying and motivating effect on the whole nostalgia
movement. It's hard to imagine the number of racers and fans who simply drifted away from the
sport over the years - for a variety of reasons, and have now returned. It's amazing how many
younger racers are intrigued by the older-style cars, and are also showing up with some terrific
machinery. I don't want to take anything away from today's cars and racers, but there is just
something about the '50s and '60s racing equipment that still captures the imagination. It's kinda
like The Reno Air Races. No matter how many modern jets do their fantastic demonstrations, the
crowd really comes to life when the old warbirds take to the air. Planes that were built 60 years
ago are still the kings.
4. Why did you choose Famoso as the site for the Reunion?
Steve Gibbs: When we produced the first Reunion in 1992, NHRA was operating the Famoso
track, so it was a matter of convenience that we use our own facility. That, combined with the
incredible history of the track, made it an easy choice. Over the years there had been thousands
and thousands of fans and racers who shared great memories from past Bakersfield/Smokers
events, so it helped to create a true "homecoming" atmosphere. I attended my first Famoso race in
1957 and always get a warm feeling when I return. I'm convinced that nostalgia/reunion events
work best at the historic, old-style facilities. We have experienced the same thing at Beech Bend
Park in Bowling Green.
5. You've said the Reunion is your favorite event. Can you share some of your favorite
Steve Gibbs: There's so many that it's hard to be specific. It really has to do with people more
than anything. It's a rare chance to revisit our past, and to spend time with old friends, personal
heroes, and see the classic machines they once drove coming back to life. Hot rodding has been
around for several generations now, and a sad fact is that we are losing many of comrades due to
age. The Reunions have allowed us to say some goodbyes that otherwise would have been
impossible. A very personal highlight came a few years back when my daughter Cindy gave a
very emotional tribute to her old man at the Reunion reception, and I'll never forget it. I think her
words reflected what many of the younger drag racers feel about their parents. The next day, one
of my P-51 warbird buddies, who had been at the reception, made an unannounced low-level pass
down the Famoso track at well over 400 mph. He called in a few minutes later to say, "that one
was just for your daughter." That's the sentimental stuff, but for the most part we have a helluva lot
of fun reliving old memories and making lots of new ones. The creation of Cacklefest is obviously
one of the highlights. It's hard to believe that nearly 100 such cars are now in existence, or are in
progress. It's going to be a real challenge, trying to figure out ways to display them properly. Dur-
ing my 36 year run with NHRA I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in many of
the sport's major developments, but I have to say that my role in the creation of The California
Hot Rod Reunion is probably the thing I am most proud of.
*Perris Auto Speedway, Nov 3-5, 2005, 10th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals. Those
entered for the race include: Rip Williams, Jay Drake, Josh Wise, Levi Jones, Brent Kaeding,
Rodney Argo, Mike Spencer, Troy Cline, Mat Neely, David Cardey, Adam Mitchell, Chuck
Buckman, Kevin Urton, Josh Williams, Alan Ballard, Matt Stewart, and Mark Priestley. For
more info see: www.perrisautospeedway.com. Previous Oval Champions include: 1996 Jimmy
Sills, 1997 Rip Williams, 1998 Rodney Argo, 1999 Rickie Gaunt, 2000 Tony Jones, 2001-02
Bud Kaeding, 2003-04 Cory Kruseman. (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*Congratulations to Rip Williams on his 101st Sprint Car victory at Perris Automotive
Speedway last week.
*Big Al Liebmann went to the GoodGuys Show in Rhinebeck and had a GREAT Time..He sent
in over 500 pictures! We also got pictures from GoodGuys Colorado Springs show from Alan
and TerryLee Page Bernie Perrault sent in Frankemuth and the NSRA show in Kalamazoo..which
was also covered by Bob Steinhaus and George Reed and Randy Taylor..We'll have lots of the
Kalamazoo pics online soon. Shannon Walters sent in pictures from Shades of the Past showing
some of the neat interiors in cars there too. And Bruce Morris sent in some pictures from the
Mopar Drags in Australia. New Roving Reporter David Bruce sent in pictures from a nice show
in Elizabethtown, KY and Stacy Waldrum sent in some great pictures from the Orange County
Cruisers Labor Day Show another "newbie" Zed Zedoman from New York sent in some great
shots at the Round Top New York show...Lots of great pictures already online and. We have
more waiting to go online too...We continue to add new shows every day so keep checking for
the latest show coverages in our Features Section. We have over 400 shows with tens of
thousands of pictures online from 2005! If you would like to share your car show pictures with
your fellow rodders we would love to have them. (www.HotRodHotLine.com)
*North American Eagle Land Speed Racing Team was on Discovery Canada’s series “Mega-
builders” in a one hour documentary called “World’s Fastest Wheels.” This was a one hour pro-
duction about the past year’s trials of the NAE team to successfully conduct its first test run. The
series aired in Canada, Australia, England, Germany and France. It did not run in the United
States. Plans have just been finalized for the NAE to appear at the Edwards AFB Open House
next month and the team is working hard at completing multiple tasks to get it ready for the trip
south by the 19th of October. Jon M. Higley
*New Gas-Up Party Photos available at www.oilstick.com. 18 pages of photos honoring the dry
Lakes racers Hall of Fame and the Gas-Up Party put on the the Gold Coast Roadster and Racing
Club, at the Gas Pump Museum, in Buellton, California, on Sept 24. The Museum was founded
by Jack Mendenhall, and is currently being run by his son, Mark Mendenhall. Photos courtesy
of Evelyn Roth.
*The Ermie Immerso racing collection will be auctioned off by Braun Auctioneers. Immerso
compiled an outstanding collection of race cars, tools and machinery. Real Estate is also going to
be sold. Information can be accessed at www.bfraunco.com, or contact Alexander Grossman,
Braun Auctioneers 310-770-3055 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Scrub Hansen)
*Lucas Oil Late Model Series, West Virginia Motor Speedway, Mineral Wells, WV, Sept 24
race results: Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B Main-Earl Pearson Jr, Steve Casebolt
Jr, Mark Banal, Brad Malcuit, Chuckie May, Chad Hina, Keith Berner, Randle Chupp, Ralph
Withem, Brad Eitinear, Greg Buckland, Ed Shuman, Jared Hawkins, Paul Davis, Roy Roush,
Steve Wilmoth, Audie Swartz, Sonny Conley, Scott Lyon, Jason Edge. PPM Racing Prod-
ucts Second B Main-Freddy Smith, John Brown, Rodney Combs, Gary Knollinger, Tony
Lombardi, Frank Wilson Jr, Joel Prosser, Freddie Carpenter, Ben Adkins, Larry Smith, Chris
Garnes, Jeff Gress, Eric Myers, Brian Eaton, Greggie Oliver, Matt Urban, Larry Moran, D.J.
Miller. Tribute 30 Main Event-Bart Hartman, Donnie Moran, Rick Aukland, Steve Shaver,
Scott Bloomquist, Matt Miller, Eddie Carrier Jr, Darren Miller, Aaron Scott, Tim Dohm, Earl
Pearson Jr, Chuck Harper, Don O’Neal, Freddy Smith, John Brown, Jimmy Owens, Scott
James, Jackie Boggs, Corey Conley, Davey Johnson, Eric Myers, Jeff Gress, Steve Casebolt Jr,
Steve Lucas. (James Essex/NARA)
*2005 O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series Championship finale, Oct 1,
Florence Speedway, Union, KY. See www.florencespeedway.com or call 859-485-7591. Also,
O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series see www.naradirtcar.com or call 859-
271-4501. Current O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series Points Standings:
3565 Tim Tungate, 3490 Whitney McQueary, 3485 Mike Jewell, 3250 Aaron Hatton, 3210
Chris Combs, 3135 Michael England, 3070 Tyrel Todd, 2905 Wayne Chinn, 2570 Frankie
Coomer, 2420 Shannon Thornsberry. (Dustin Jarrett)
*Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, California, Sept 24, 2005 Race Results: SUPER STOCKS-
Ron Meyer, Mike Hixson, Tim Shadduck, Carla Laney, Eddie Lagor. STREET STOCKS-Kyle
Gomez, Curtis Dietzsch, Jeremy Queener, Kevin Busher, Dave Vreatt. HORNETS-Tony
Thompson, Bobby Hogerhuis, Tom Hess, Mark Howison, Aaron Knox. IMCA MODIFIEDS-
Alan Updyke, Jay Henson, Tom Smith, Johnny Lathrop, Joe Chapman. LIGHTNING SPRINT
CARS-Johnny Bates, Steve Barnette, Brent Horn, Mike Valentine, Gary Sexton. (Scott Daloisio)
*Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CA, Sept 24 Race results: Brian Kelley won the 125 lap Auto
Club Late Model feature. Todd Burns and Tim Huddleston placed 2nd and 3rd. West Coast
Pro Truck 50 lap race won by Ryan Black, Chris Johnson was 2nd after leading the first 49 laps,
and Jeff Williams placed 3rd. In the Super Stock 40-lap feature, Jimmy Sloan beat Bryan Harrell
in a photo finish that is still being reviewed by the track In the Justice Brothers Pure Stock 25
lap feature, John Mattie won, with Jimmy Rouse 2nd, with Braden Mulvihill in third. Melissa
Watson won a five-car, eight lap Pure Stock Women's League race. John Watkinson led all 30
laps of a Grand American Modified main, with Greg Tucker, Robert Rice, Doug Carpenter and
Joe Ruggles in that order. Ruggles, however, won the Grand American Modified Champion-
ship Series with his finish, Watkinson took second and Tucker placed third. (Tim Kennedy)
*Debbie Baker reports that the Cruisin' For A Cure on Sept 24, had over 3500 cars on display,
and was a great success. Next years date is 9/23/06 and there will only be 3500 allowed to
register before all the spots are taken. More news on the Cruisin' For A Cure later.
*Lucas Oil Late Model Series, West Virginia Motor Speedway-Mineral Wells, WV, Sept 25
Race results: Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno First B Main: Corey Conley, Matt Miller, Rick
Aukland, Jimmy Owens, Tim Dohm, Brian Eaton, Freddie Carpenter, Greg Lucas, Chris Combs,
Keith Barbara, Jared Hawkins, Chris Garnes, Greg Buckland, Jason Brookover, Brandon
Russell, Larry Moran, Tony Lombardi, Jeff Gress. PPM Racing Products Second B-Main:
Steve Francis, Mark Banal, Randle Chupp, Barry Bragdon, Brad Malcuit, Brad Eitniear, Eric
Myers, Chuckie May, Anthony Adams, Sonny Conley, Ben Adkins, Rodney Combs, Frank
Wilson Jr, Gary Knollinger, Roy Roush. Legends of the Fall 50 Main Event: Earl Pearson Jr,
Darren Miller, Don O'Neal, Jackie Boggs Bart Hartman, Scott James, Aaron Scott, Josh
Richards, Matt Miller, Eddie Carrier Jr, Freddy Smith, Steve Francis, Steve Casebolt Jr, Chuck
Harper, Tim Dohm, Donnie Moran, Chad Hina, Mark Banal, Mike Balzano, Davey Johnson,
Corey Conley, Steve Shaver, Rick Aukland, Scott Bloomquist. (James Essex/NARA)
*Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, California, Valvoline USAC/CRA point standings: Rip
Williams 1550, Damion Gardner 1530, Cory Kruseman 1441, Mike Kirby 1329, Charles Davis
Jr 1187, Rickie Gaunt 1086, Mike Spencer 1011, Josh Ford 949, Danny Sheridan 817, Seth
Wilson 808. (Kim Donner and Scott Daloisio)
*Gil Bouffard sent in a warning that a company purportedly doing business in England is swindling
young drivers. They are sending out bills for around $3000 claiming to have represented them by
having racing teams contact them for rides. In fact, these con artists do not have signed agree-
ments to represent the drivers and have no right to charge them. But many young drivers, intent
on becoming successful race drivers will pay these bills in the hopes that they will lead to a
successful interview and driving job. Gil stated that Sergey Shleikin was the latest intended
victim, but went to him for advice and Gil ran the scam artists off. The editor would like to give
you the name of the person, but with the way the law acts these days to PUNISH the innocent
and REWARD the guilty, he cannot. Contact Gil Bouffard for details if you would like to know
so that you can protect yourself from these con artists.
*NARA/Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Points Standings after Sept 25: Don O'Neal 5670,
Earl Pearson Jr 5645, Donnie Moran 5510, Matt Miller 5300, Scott James 4740, Freddy Smith
4290, Tim Dohm 4135, Brady Smith 2830, Brian Birkhofer 2725, Darren Miller 2495.
*Good job getting the pictures out so fast, sure missed being there this time. Thanks. Glen
Barrett Editor's notes: The photos on the website, www.oilstick.com were done by Evelyn
Roth. I missed the Gas-Up as well. Evelyn does a great job supporting the racing community.
Very few people know just how much work she does and how little credit she is given.
*Autobooks-Aerbooks of Burbank, California, announced today that they have just purchased
Miss Information's Automotive Callendar of Events Magazine from Joan Denver. "We
feel that we're going from strength to strength," said Autobooks-Aerobooks owner Chet Knox
announcing that the one of the most respected monthly motoring publications, Miss Information's
Automotive Calendar of Events, will now be published under the aegis of the legendary 54
year-old specialty bookstore located in Burbank, California. "We've been the book's top-
producing retail outlet for many years now. So when the opportunity was presented for owner-
ship we knew it was just a perfect fit for us. We're very proud to become its publisher," said
Knox. Founded by the original "Miss Information" Bobbiedine Rodda over 20 years ago, Miss
Information's Automotive Calendar of Events has become the leading printed source of the
latest news about all things automotive in the southland and beyond. Along with hundreds upon
hundreds of accurate automotive event listings, the book features columns written by automotive
experts (including Bobbiedine herself), and a wealth of club and business contact information.
Thoroughly updated every month, this car nut's bible is relied on by thousands of people who
only set their personal fun time calendars AFTER they go through the pages of the ACE. "Our
plan is to continue all of the features that have made this publication such an integral part of the
southland automotive scene," said Knox, "and to add a couple of new items that we think will
really enhance the experience for our readers." "One of our own, Greg Lovell, will take over
the Editor's chair, his prior magazine experience is wide-ranging, and his attention to detail and
enthusiasm for the project will serve him well in this new assignment," Knox concluded. Lovell
will also be working the marketing and advertising side of the street, representing the publication
to clubs, businesses, event promoters and other potential advertisers. "The people who read
ACE are top prospects for all sorts of automotive goods and services, they all love cars, they all
use their cars (they all own more than one!), and they strongly support the people and products
that support their own auto-centric lifestyle," said Lovell. "We're really looking forward to this
great new addition to the Autobooks experience." The first edition of Miss Information's
Automotive Calendar of Events under the new Autobooks Publishing label will be the
November 2005 issue. (From Doug Stokes 818-845-0707 and Greg Lovell 818-845-0707)