|Gone Racin' Newsletter by Richard Parks #95 05/11/02|
*Still seeing LOTs of standing water. Its really too early to say One way or the other. Cool
days & cold night are not helping our cause. Pete Prentice was up last weekend flying out
over the lake, he'll be back this coming weekend to do more flying. I will ask him to check
& see if our lake is getting any smaller & how much water is still out there. "GRUMPY"
aka The Mayor. Editor's notes: Grumpy aka The Mayor is George Callaway, and he lives
out at El Mirage Dry Lake in Southern California where the SCTA conducts their car land speed
trials. Water on the dry lake helps to keep the surface smooth, but the rains came early this year
and the October meet had to be cancelled. The two day November meet is also in jeopardy of
being cancelled unless the weather changes and we get some hot, sunny, windy California days.
*Gong Show began on October 24 did you see it? Discovery Channel :: Roush Racing:
Driver X (Patty Frost)
*Love your newsletter. It keeps me up to speed. This is an update regarding "Industry Hills
Speedway" Speedway Motorcycles on Wednesday nights. The season is now over. It was
terrific. I had the pleasure of announcing some 17 dates. Charlie Venegas won more main
events than anyone else. Expect the same fun next year with an April opening. Thanks,
*Thought you might enjoy my November column in, Vintage Racecar. Fab 50's members
get a huge discount, on subscriptions: write firstname.lastname@example.org. Art Evans, The
Fabulous Fifties Association, Redondo Beach, CA, www.fabulous-fifties.com Editor's
notes: To join a great group of Sports Car and Road racing people, you have to be nominated
by a member of the Fabulous 50's. It is one of the best groups around for keeping the heritage
and history of the sport of road and sports car racing alive.
*Pete Millar's Hot Rod and Drag Racing CarToons have been kept alive by his family. To see
more of the wit and humor of Pete Millar, see WWW.LAFFYERASPHALT.COM. Pete Millar,
1929-2003, was a great drag racer, brilliant cartoonist and a best of friends to those who knew
him. We lost Pete on February 28, 2003 but his work lives on. His loving wife Orah Mae and
daughter, Robin will continue to offer the works available on this site and more "neat stuff" Pete
did that was previously unavailable. (Robin Millar)
*Author Mark Christensen to appear at Autobooks/Aerobooks in Burbank on Saturday, Nov
12, to autograph his new book, SO-CAL SPEED SHOP. Also appearing are Alex Xydias,
Tony Thacker and Pete Chapouris. (Doug Stokes)
*...Its overcast & gloooomy looking this morning, almost looks like rain. Still have standing
water out in the center/middle. We are having the wrong kind of weather to have the lake
surface dry out. George Callaway Editor's notes: George is referring to El Mirage Dry Lake
where the SCTA Landspeeders are attempting to hold their 2 day time trials.
*NOVEMBER 2005 SAN CLUB EVENTS
Nov 19-22, Scottsdale, AZ, 8th Southwest Nationals www.good-guys.com
Nov 18-20, Mountain View, AK, 2005 Super Cruise 870/669-0196
Nov 12-13, Pleasanton, CA, 16th Autumn Get-Together www.good-guys.com
Nov 27, Orangevale, CA, Christmas at the Lake Toy Run 916/369-6376
Nov 12, Sanford, FLA, 22nd Annual Car Show 407/323-8844
Nov 13, Sarasota, FLA, 22nd Annual Fall Packard Meet email@example.com
Nov 19, Vero Beach, FLA, 9th Annual Fall Charity Car Show 772/581-7496
Nov 19-20, Lafayette, LA, 5th Annual Bayou Bug Bash www.cajunvw.net
Nov 12, Truth or Consequences, NM, T or C Veterans Car Show 505/894-6900
Dec 2-4, Timonium, MD, East Coast Indoor Nationals www.eastcoastindoornats.com
*Michigan SB 786: Increases fines for violation of materials or objects obstructing the vision
of the driver in a motor vehicle, including window tint. Vehicles must be certified by a law
enforcement agency before fines can be paid.
*New Hampshire LSR 2120: Requires vehicles to be equipped with a useable spare tire.
*New Hampshire LSR 2121: Prohibits the use of hand held mobile telephones by drivers.
*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)
Nov 11, Nov 18.
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule:
*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)
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:
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):
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:
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
*2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.
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:
See firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.macsracing.com (Andy Geesey)
*2005 Crown Royal IROC Series schedule:
*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):
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
*2005 Schedule for the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Nov 4, PSCA Street Car Supernationals 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)
*NSRA Southwest Street Rod Nationals April 7-9, 2006, Oklahoma City. April 28-30, 2006
NSRA Western Nationals, Bakersfield, CA. NSRA Streetrod Nationals, Louisville, KY,
Aug 3-6. DICK DEAN'S Retirement Party, Nov 19, 4Pm. Grand Opening of South End
Kustom by Keith Dean, 1433 Mesa View, Hemet, CA. Call 951-634-3763. From the dirt
tracks of yesteryear to the hallowed asphalt at Indy, the history of track roadsters is coming to
the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum as a new exhibit. "Track Roadsters: The
Road to Indy," Oct 22-Jan. 15, 2006, in the Museum's special exhibit hall and will feature sev-
eral authentic track roadsters set on a dirt-track diorama, as well as rare period photos, memo-
rabilia and film footage. The exhibit is presented by Irwindale Speedway. Performance Racing
Industry is a supporting sponsor. Www.Hotrodhotline.com (Jack Lawford)
*Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Wed, Nov 2 Twilight Cruise Night from 4-8pm,
free admission to the Museum. The final Cruise Night of 2005 will take place on Wed, Dec 7
and will feature the annual Toy Drive and a special presentation to NHRA founder Wally Parks,
a reproduced version of his original '29 Ford Model A on '32 Ford rails roadster. Friday, Nov
4, Night of Champions; The semi-annual event honors drag racing champions, both current and
former, and lets out of town fans enjoy the Parks Museum during extended hours. Admission is
free, and the event runs from 5-10pm. Oct. 22, 2005 - Jan. 15, 2006: Track Roadster Exhibit,
Museum patrons can enjoy the recently opened Museum track exhibit, "Track Roadsters: The
Road to Indy," which details the history of the dirt track racing-era which spanned four decades
from the 1920s through the 1960s. The exhibit runs through Jan. 15, 2006, in the Museum's
special exhibit hall and features several historic track roadsters, a dirt-track diorama, street road-
sters based on track roadster styling, as well as rare period photos, artifacts and film footage. The
exhibit is presented by Irwindale Speedway. Performance Racing Industry is a supporting spon-
sor. Sunday, Nov 6: Hot Rod Parade-Winners from this year's past Twilight Cruise Nights and
five cars that captured top honors at the final Cruise Night in 2004 will return for a victory lap at
Pomona Raceway. Approximately 45 cars will cruise the strip at 8:30 a.m. before the Finals get
underway. Special Museum Hours:
Wednesday, Nov. 3-9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 4 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 5 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 8 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley
Avenue, Pomona, CA. Call 909/622-2133 or see www.museum.nhra.com. (Mike Hollander)
*Speed Channel, SpeedFreaks interview 3-time ProStock Motorcycle Champ Angelle Sampey;
NHRA Pro Stock Pilot Richie Stevens; Motorcycle champion, AMA Superbiker Josh Hayes;
and U.S. Marine / F-18 pilot from Miramar Marine Corps Air Base Mike Pagano. See this
*By MIKE GRIFFITH, Californian staff writer e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sportsman
drag racer Ray Moore of Santa Paula was critically injured Saturday during the Goodguys Fuel
and Gas Championships at Auto Club Famoso Raceway Saturday. He later died from his injuries
at 10:46 p.m. at Kern Medical Center, according to a Sheriff's Department release. Moore, 76,
according to the release, was making a qualifying run in his 1967 Camaro in C/Gas competition
in the left lane when his car suddenly veered to the right just past the 330-foot mark. The car
plowed into the right concrete retaining wall at a sharp angle, bounced off and spun down the
track, coming to rest at about the 800-foot mark. The accident happened right behind Ray
Padgett, who was just ahead of Moore at the 330-foot mark. The accident happened shortly
after 4 p.m. and paramedics worked on Moore while the track safety crew cut apart the car.
Moore was placed inside a paramedic unit, stabilized, then flown by helicopter to Kern Medical
Center. Cars in the C/Gas class are designed to run though the quarter mile in 9.60 seconds with
top speeds in the 135-145 mph range. The last major accident at the track came in March, 2003
when Top Fuel driver Gerry Steiner was seriously injured. Staff writer Erin Waldner contrib-
uted to this report. (Cole Coonce)
*Gear Grinders Club news: 2005 Awards Banquet 3/11/06, Joe's Garage, Tustin, CA. The Fire
Danger at the Lake is downgraded to stage 1, fires are permitted in containers. There is a new
BLM ranger to replace Gina, named Larry Blaine. The El Mirage Christmas party will be held
at the Community Center on December 18th. They'd welcome new, unwrapped toys to help
provide gifts for the local kids. They can be dropped off at the ranger station anytime before Dec
18. The SCTA mobile home is ready to be moved. The total projected cost of the project is
$256,000 which is a total figure including the well, gas, etc. There was a problem in the Sept
meet. During the second round Mike Ferguson who uses a battery pack in the back of his truck
to start his car. After the car was started and had left, the next car in line pushed up next to the
truck still in line. When the truck left the line it hit the car beside it. This had happened to Doug
Robinson with a car on the street, and he said that the car that is moving is the one at fault. After
some discussion, it was agreed to let the clubs know about the incident, as a reminder to follow
the starting orders, and to be courteous in line. There was further discussion about the HANS
devices. Some cars and drivers are not able to use them. Mike Cook has both a HANS and a
HUTCHES Device if anyone would like to try the fit in their cars. Dan Warner reminded the
committee that the open period for rule changes ends Oct 15. He also mentioned that anyone
can make proposals to the committee all race season long. The form is available on the website,
or by calling the SCTA office to request one. Robert Nichols showed a T-Shirt with the Burt
Munroe's 1921 Indian that went 197mph on it, and has them for $15 for anyone who would
like to have one. Les Leggett is working on a photo documentary project, and he welcomes
any assistance: especially if anyone can help identify vintage Bonneville vehicles. Jack
Underwood brought up the Lindsley Trophy, and a committee was formed of Richard, Jack,
and Bob Webb, who will meet separately to set the design. A new design for T-shirts was
discussed, and also a vote was taken to see how many members are interested in a new GG
Jacket. Judy Sights is heading up the Rule Book Advertising again; please contact her if you
are interested in placing an advertisement in the 2006 Rule/Record Book. The cost will be the
same as last year. (Becca Livingston)
*Final 2005 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Points Standings: Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville,
FL) 6035, Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN) 5970, Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH) 5795, Matt Miller
(Waterville, OH) 5530, Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 5055, Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)
4590, Tim Dohm (Cross Lanes, WV) 4445, Darren Miller (Chadwick, IL) 2900, Brian Birkhofer
(Muscatine, IA) 2895, Brady Smith (Solon Springs, WI) 2880. (From James Essex)
*Final 2005 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year Standings: Scott James
(Lawrenceburg, IN) 5055, Tim Dohm (Cross Lanes, WV) 4445, Brady Smith (Solon Springs,
WI) 2880. (From James Essex)
*North American Eagle Land Speed Attempt Car has just returned home from being on
display at Edwards AFB’s Open House and four days of testing systems and a run on
Rogers Dry Lake. Despite some difficulties with the new hydraulic system (we were dealing
with air in the lines and having to bleed them) and burning up some wiring and replacing
them, along with a last day of uncooperative weather, we managed to meet all of our
objectives even if we got only one run in of about 250 MPH before the wind got too strong
to be safe. While it may seem like this project is taking a long time to get to the point of
going for the record, it’s important to realize that this is a completely volunteer team of
men and women, as well as donations of both equipment and materials, and in-kind
services that have gotten this project where it is today. When we land a financial backer,
things will change dramatically to accelerate our shot at the record. (Jon M. Higley
*TURKEY NIGHT TO SETTLE WESTERN MIDGET TITLE; KUHN TAKES TUCSON;
FLOCK'S LEAD DOWN TO 7! The battle for the 2005 USAC Western Midget Car Series
Championship will come down to the Turkey Night Grand Prix finale Nov 24. Four-time
champion Robby Flock holds a slim seven-point lead over 2004 series runner-up Jerome
Rodela following Saturday night's penultimate race in Tucson, Ariz. Rodela finished third and
Flock ninth at Tucson, setting up the showdown at Irwindale (Calif) Speedway on Thanks-
giving. Brad Kuhn of Avon, Ind. won the 30-lap feature at USA Race Park in Tucson. Kuhn
trailed Ron Gregory for 17 laps, then led the last 13 in his Westin Homes/Magnum Axle
Company Stealth/Stanton Mopar. Fast qualifier Jerry Coons Jr. finished second, while Rodela
was third, Gregory fourth and Chad Boat fifth. The victory was the first in USAC's Western
Series for Kuhn, who enjoys a wide margin in the independently-conducted "National Midget
Driver of the Year" poll. 66 points are available at the "Turkey Night" finale at Irwindale Speed-
way, Irwindale, CA.
*USAC WESTERN MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS: Robby Flock
767, Jerome Rodela 760, Tyler Brown 650, Ryan Kaplan 556, Scott Pierovich 475, Stephen
Graves 469, Garrett Hansen 459, Brad Galedrige 432, Dallen McKenney 428, Shannon
McQueen 387. (Doug Stokes)