|Gone Racin' Newsletter by Richard Parks #93 05/10/19|
*Don Weaver, who puts on the Legends of Ascot Reunion in October at Perris Auto Speedway,
in Lake Perris, CA, called to let us know that the following racers have passed away: Wayne
Weiler, Danny Curry and Duncan Emmons. Wayne Wyler raced sprint cars and midgets out
of Arizona. Danny Curry had a heart attack while driving his pick-up truck two weeks ago. And
Duncan Emmons had a heart attack on the straightaway while driving his Curtis-500 sports car in
a vintage race in Coronado, CA. Our condolences to their families. (from Don Weaver)
*Wayne Weiler passed away. Wayne drove the ex-Dean Lister-Chevrolet, formally driven by
Bill Pollack, for Fike Plumbing in CalClub and SCCA races. (Ron Cummings)
*Former Indy driver, Wayne Weiler, took the checkered flag Oct 13, at age 70. The local paper
mentioned an apparent heart attack. Wayne finished 24th in 1960, driving the Ansted-Rotary car
"owned" by Mari Hulman George. Weiler crashed on lap 103 while running 9th. The following
year he drove Lindsay Hopkins car to a 15th place finish. He dropped out after 147 laps with
a wheel bearing failure. Two weeks later he suffered serious head injuries in a sprint car race at
Terre Haute when he and Jim Hurtibise tangled. The accident effectively ended Wayne's driv-
ing career except for a brief comeback on the West Coast in the late 1960's. He maintained an
interest in racing and Weiler Farms sponsored midget drivers at Manzanita for several years. The
latest being local driver, Ricky Johnson. Wayne was a proud member of the Arizona Racing
Hall of Fame. (Walt Jorgensen, Sun City West, AZ)
*Services for Duncan Emmons, will be held on Oct 22 at 10am, at Wiefels and Sons Mortuary in
the City of Palm Springs, located at 690 Vella Road, just off Ramon Road west of Gene Autry
Trail. From the Palm Springs Desert Sun, Oct 14, 2005: Duncan Emmons died doing what he
loved – racing. Race car driver and auto detailer Duncan Emmons, a Coachella Valley pioneer,
died Saturday in San Diego at age 70. The owner of Duncan Emmons Body and Muffler Shop in
Rancho Mirage had a reputation as the man to see for a one-of-a-kind paint job. He moved to
Rancho Mirage in the mid-1950s, when he was 19, to start his own business. "There were only
about 400 people living in Rancho Mirage at the time," Emmons told The Desert Sun in 2003. "It
made being in the body shop business a pretty easy deal." A 25-year veteran of vintage car rac-
ing, Emmons suffered a fatal heart attack while racing his 1953 Kurtis 500S at his favorite racing
event, the Coronado Classic Speed Festival, a news release said. About one-fourth of a mile
from the finish line in his first race, officials drew the red flag as Emmons appeared to lose control
of his vehicle and veer off the track. The race ended safely with no competing cars affected by the
accident. Emmons was pronounced dead at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where he
was taken by ambulance from the racetrack at Naval Air Station in Coronado, according to the
release. Emmons, who raced the car just two months earlier at the Monterey Historic Races,
maintained a winning position as he maneuvered through 11 laps of the challenging 2.6 mile course.
Final race results listed Emmons as the official fourth place finisher. Emmons was born Feb 19,
1935, in Detroit. His family moved to Southern California in 1943, and he learned the auto body
business while living in Los Angeles. After moving to the Coachella Valley and going into business,
he had his share of celebrity clientele, including Red Skelton and the family and friends of Elizabeth
Taylor. Emmons' survivors include his wife of 36 years, Darah Emmons of Rancho Mirage, four
sons, Duncan Emmons Jr of Palm Desert, Dan Emmons of Palm Springs and Scott and Jeff
Preble of Rancho Mirage, one daughter, Catherine Emmons of Studio City, and four grand-
children. Duncan joined The Fabulous Fifties in 1985 when we had our reunion exhibition race at
the Palm Springs Road Races revival. Duncan very generously loaned a J2 Allard to Bill Pollack,
recalling Bill’s many victories during the fifties. (Art Evans)
*Following the service for Duncan Emmons which is on Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m., there
will be a lunch at a nearby restaurant. To RSVP for the lunch, call 760-340-1646. The location
is the Cuistot Restaurant, 72595 El Paseo, Palm Desert. The service will be at Wiefels & Son,
690 S. Vella Rd., Palm Springs. Viewing on Friday, October 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. The mortuary
is located just off Ramon Road west of Gene Autry Trail. To get to the restaurant from the
mortuary, go south on Vella Road, turn left on Sunny Dunes, then right on Gene Autry Trail.
When you get to Palm Canyon Drive, turn left and then right on El Paseo. Mail condolences to
Mrs. Darah Emmons, PO Box 381, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. (Art Evans)
*November 3-5, 10th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris,
California. 49 cars have entered so far. $30,000 purse for 50-lap A main event. Call 951-940-
0134 or see www.perrisautospeedway.com Previous OVAL NATIONALS CHAMPIONS:
1996 Jimmy Sills, 1997 Rip Williams, 1998 Rodney Argo, 1999 Rickie Gaunt, 2000 Tony Jones,
2001 Bud Kaeding, 2002 Bud Kaeding, 2003 Cory Kruseman, 2004 Cory Kruseman.
*Oct 22, Dave Friedman & GMP President Tom Long will appear at Autobooks in Burbank,
CA to sign their books and models. For more info call Doug Stokes at 818-845-0707
*The Checkered Flag 200 group of the Petersen Automotive Museum is holding a tribute to
Andy Granatelli on Thursday, November 10, 2005. The tribute to Mister 500, one of the
great men at the Indianapolis 500, starts at 6:30 pm at the Petersen Automotive Museum,
6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Granatelli will hold court on his experiences at the Indy
500 and in other racing venues. He is known for making the STP brand a household name. He
has been honored by 21 Halls of Fame, and for his business and philanthropic talents. Dave
McClelland, noted motorsports announcer, will conduct on-stage interviews with Granatelli and
some of his fellow drivers. Listen to Granatelli’s daring speed attempts and the racing innovations
that he has brought to the world. Great racing cars will be on display including the Novis, the
Brawner Hawk, and the famous Turbine car from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Reservations are $100 per person for Museum members, or $125 per person for nonmembers.
Price includes a buffet dinner, soft drinks and parking. A cash bar will be available. Mail your
payment to: Granatelli Tribute, Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los
Angeles, CA 90036. Reserve early as we expect the event to sell out. For further information,
call 323-964-6359 or visit the Museum’s website at www.petersen.org. The event is generously
sponsored by Ford Motor Company. (Susan Garcia and Tom McIntyre)
* "...Dave Danish, dragstrip track manager, said California Dragway at Fontana, California,
will be removed in February 2006, and the new California Dragway will begin operation in April
2006. It will be located on the backside (North) of the Speedway near the train tracks. The new
dragstrip will have everything the old one had, lights for night racing, tower, and grandstands."
*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)
Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 11, Nov 18.
*Peter Lyon will visit Autobooks/Aerobooks in Burbank, California, from 12-3PM to sign the
newly re-released paperback edition of his book Can-Am era of American Road Racing. See
www.petelyons.com for details. Autobooks-Aerobooks was founded in 1951 by the late Harry
Morrow and has been in operation ever since. Autobooks-Aerobooks is located in Burbank,
California on Magnolia Blvd. just one block East of Hollywood Way. Open Tuesday through
Saturday from 10AM-6PM, with a special Cruise-In (mini-car show) featuring FREE coffee
and doughnuts, every Saturday morning from 8-11AM. (Doug Stokes, 818-845-0707)
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule:
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 22, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Oct 29, PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Extreme Trucks & SUV, Hornets/Cruisers
Nov 3-5, 10th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals
Nov 12, 5 Star Championship PASSCAR, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Extreme Trucks,
SUV, Hornets & Cruisers
Nov 19, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars – Jack Kindoll Classic 50 Laps
*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 21-23, 8am, Edelbrock Fall Nationals-Pacific Street Car Association (10am on the 21st)
Nov 12, 8am, Street legals
Nov 13, 8am, Antique Nationals
Dec 3, 8am, Street legals
*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.
November 13 November 10-13 (tentative date) 3rd RUNNING TOYOTA NASCAR
November 24 THANKSGIVING NIGHT 2005, 65th Running Thanksgiving Night Grand Prix
Turkey Night for the Agajanian Trophy, and 50th anniversary of the Agajanian Family
promotion of this event. USAC Sprints, USAC Midgets, Ford Focus Midgets.
*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 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 Season completed: (Gregg Suyenaga)
*2005 Goodguys Schedule of Events. See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
Oct 28-30, 12th Annual Southeastern Nationals, Charlotte, NC
Oct 29-30, 7th Annual Fuel & Gas Finals, Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA
Nov 12-13, 16th Annual Autumn Get-Together, Pleasanton, CA
Nov 19-20, 8th Annual Southeast Nationals, Scottsdale, AZ
*Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Reunions. Call 909-622-8562
*Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, California, VALVOLINE USAC/CRA POINT STAND-
INGS: Damion Gardner 1672, Rip Williams 1582, Cory Kruseman 1578, Mike Kirby 1444,
Charles Davis Jr 1244, Rickie Gaunt 1181, Mike Spencer 1115, Josh Ford 975, Seth Wilson
880, Danny Sheridan 876, Tony Jones 842, Steve Ostling 742, Alan Ballard 687, R.J. Johnson
663, Jordan Hermansador 656, Danny Ebberts 505, Bobby Cody 455, David Cardey 455,
Jimmy Crawford 405, Bobby Graham 339. (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.
Oct 20-23, 5th Annual ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Las Vegas, NV
Nov 3-6, 41st Annual Auto Club Finals, Pomona, CA
*2005 King of Indiana Sprint Series Schedule: For info call Mike OLeary 812-825-9614
*SEMA Club Newsletter is at www.semasan.com
*Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) 2005 racing schedule:
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)
Dec 2-4 Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 400 Km-1000 Km
*2005 Nextel Cup Series schedule (NASCAR):
Oct 23, Martinsville Speedway
Oct 30, Atlanta Motor Speedway
Nov 6, Texas Motor Speedway
Nov 13, Phoenix International Raceway
Nov 20, Homestead-Miami Speedway
*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:
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
Oct. 21-23 Gainesville Raceway T Gainesville, FL
*2005 Schedule for the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Oct 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.
Nov 4, PSCA Street Car Supernationalls qualifying www.streetcarsupernationals.com 10am-6pm.
4, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem Season Finale Post-SEMA Cruise Night 8pm–1am.
5, PSCA Street Car Nationals qualifying 8am-4pm.
6, PSCA Street Car Nationals eliminations 8am-4pm.
10, Thursday Night Street Wars street legal grudge drags 8pm-1am.
12-13, All Harley Drag Racing Series (AHDRA) Finals (track rental) 8am-6pm.
24, Las Vegas Bracket Nationals IV (Thanksgiving Day) 7am-9pm.
25, Las Vegas Bracket Nationals IV 7am-9pm.
26, Las Vegas Bracket Nationals IV 7am-9pm.
27, Las Vegas Bracket Nationals IV 7am-5pm.
Dec 2, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem 7pm-1am.
3, The Strip at LVMS annual awards banquet location TBA 7pm.
(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)
10/28-29 Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, Calvert City, KY
*Unofficial weather report, Woke up this morning to RAIN, puddles in my yard & water on the
lake as far as I can see. TOO EARLY TO REALLY SAY. If it rains any on Tuesday, I'd say
the October lake meet could be done deal. The sad thing is "The lake surface was the best I've
seen in a long time." Will keep you posted. (George Callaway) Editor's notes: George is refer-
ing to the SCTA October land speed time trials at El Mirage Dry Lake.
*Oct 15, Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, CA, race results: RAMONA TIRE STREET
STOCKS-Curtis Dietzsch, Don Zoll Sr, Hap Veritch, Joe Falduto, Kyle Gomez. PICK-A-PART
CRUISERS-Talkington/Lewis, Garnica/Lillie, Allen/Ramsey, Fengler/Caley, Martin/Hunsaker.
(Scott Dalosio and Kim Donner)
*6th Annual Cruisin' For A Cure, held 9/24/05, drew 3428 vehicles, 18,000 fans and raised
$241,000 for the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center, for prostate cancer research. Main sponsors
were MEGUIAR'S, N.A.D.A Guides, DODGE, Orange County/San Juan Capistrano Harley
Davidson, Richard Hibbard Chevrolet, MagnaFlow, FIRESTONE, American Racing Wheels,
Budnik Wheels, Edelbrock, Connell Chevrolet, Tustin Buick Ponitac GM & Nissan, Nabers
GMC Buick & Cadillac, AutoTrader, Uniscribe, DRIVE, Miss Information Automotive Calendar
of Events, Original Parts Group, D&D Golf Carts, John Force RaceStation, GoodGuys, Mattel
Hotwheels, George Barris Kustoms, Brian Thatcher and NIRVE Bicycles, and Steve Waldron
from Drivin' Styles Tshirts. We screened more than 843 men for prostate cancer. Next year will
be our 7th annual on September 23, 2006. Don't miss out on the first 1,500 pre-registered
Meguiar's Goody bags and Budnik wheel drawing. Orange County Harley has given us a brand
new 2007 motorcycle to give away next year. We only have 500 books of tickets at $100 for 15
tickets or 1000 tickets for $10 each which you can purchase at the Orange County Harley-
Davidson Irvine or San Juan Capistrano stores, or on line at www.cruisinforacure.com or by
calling me at 949-752-5115 x 10. (Debbie Baker)
*Southwest Street Rod Nationals, April 7-9, 2006, Oklahoma City, OK. April 28-30, 2006,
Western Street Rod Nationals, Bakersfield, CA. Louisville Street Rod Nationals, Louis-
ville, KY, Aug 3-6. Dick Deans Retirement Party and the Grand Opening of South End Kustom,
Nov 19, 4Pm. The new shop is a reincarnation of Dick's first shop. 1433 Mesa View, Hemet,
CA. Call 951-634-3763 or see Www.Hotrodhotline.com (Jack Lawford)
*25th Anniversary Dirt Track World Championship, KC Raceway, Chillicothe, Ohio, Oct
13-15, race results. 25th Anniversary DTWC-Scott Bloomquist, Brian Birkhofer, Bart
Hartman, Rick Eckert, Chub Frank, Wendell Wallace, Dan Schlieper, Darrell Lanigan, Billy
Moyer, Dale McDowell, Steve Shaver, Jimmy Mars, Darren Miller, Freddy Smith, Matt Miller,
Steve Francis, Rod Conley, Donnie Moran, Josh Richards, Jackie Boggs, Chad Hina, Davey
Johnson, Tim McCreadie, Shannon Babb, Paul Harris, Eric Jacobsen. B Main #1-Steve
Francis, Chub Frank, Alex Ferree, Chuckie May, Corey Conley, Brian Ruhlman, Josh McGuire,
Anthony Adams, Scott James, Mark Frazier, Ryan Markham, Rick Aukland, Greg Oliver, Eric
Myers, Doug Drown, Chad Wells, Sean Cosgrove, Bill Williams, Charlie Duncan, Steve Hilliard,
Keith Berner, Adam Colley. B Main #2-Billy Moyer, Eric Jacobsen, Brad Hall, John Blanken-
ship, Bob Close, Josh Bocock, DJ Miller, Terry Hicks, Jerry Bowersock, Cortney Clewell, Brian
Eitieman, Aaron Bapst, Jackie Boggs, Chad Smith, Mike Duvall, Brian Shirley, RJ Conley, Chris
Combs, Brad Neat, Jimmy Owens, Marshall Green, Skip Waterman, Shannon Thornsberry. B
Main # 3-Matt Miller, Darren Miller, Mike Balzano, Shannon Babb, John Mason, Aaron Scott,
Dave Hess, Justin Ratcliff, Delmas Conley, Audie Swartz, Jason Flory, Craig Gileson, Scott Hall,
DJ Wells, DJ Miller, Shane McLoughlin, Dennis Erb, John Gill, Jason Montgomery, Tim Hitt,
Brandon Kinzer, Nick Bocock, Kenny Christy. Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race-
Rick Aukland, Corey Conley, Dave Hess, Sean Cosgrove, Brad Hall, Bob Close, Alex Ferree,
Brian Shirley, Jordan Bland, Anthony White, Ryan Markham, Jerry Bowersock, Norm Aronholt,
Mike Duvall, Johnny Johnson, Andrew Reaume, Brian Ruhlman, Doug Drown, Skip Waterman,
Eric Myers, Anthony Adams, Nick Bocock, Mark Frazier, Mike Balzano, Kenny Christy, Aaron
Bapst. (Doc Lehman)
*Email received from the Jim Murphy racing team, "Sept 2-4 we made the long haul to Pacific
Raceway in Kent, Washington for the 1st Goodguys Northwest Nationals. In the semifinals
we lost a close one to the eventual winner, Brett Harris. Our next event was the Governors
Cup race at Sacramento Raceway...we did manage to share the win when the finals were
called off due to an accident and track curfew. Sept 30-Oct 2, California Hot Rod Reunion
at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield. This is one of the two biggest meets of the year and
we've won it in the past...we simply got to aggressive for the first round of eliminations and
smoked the tires very early in the run giving the win to our opponent. Now it's down to
one more event for the 2005 season. Oct 28-30 we'll be back at Bakersfield for the Good-
guys 7th Fuel & Gas Finals and we're hoping to rebound..." See http://ww2racing.com
short article on our trip this summer with Suddenly. (Charles Rollins) Editor's notes:
Charles Rollins is Ray Brock's son-in-law and he has a great website for hot rodders and
racers at www.bench-racing.com. Suddenly is the car that Ray Brock and Wally Parks ran
at Daytona Beach in 1957 to set a stock car land speed record a day before the Detroit auto-
makers were going to start a large media campaign by setting their own records. Suddenly was
known as the Hot Rod Magazine Special. It went 166mph on the sands at Daytona Beach,
and later at the Bonneville Salt Flats, in Utah, Ray Brock raced to a speed of 183mph. It is
now on display at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, in Pomona, CA.