|Gone Racin' Newsletter by Richard Parks #96 Nov 9, 2005|
Doug Stokes relates that the Los Angeles Times has removed Shav Glick's Friday articles on
auto racing and relegated it to the electronic news service. For those of you who love Shav's
Friday column as much as I do, please contact the Times and tell them that we cannot lose this
great news source for automotive racing fans.
*John Force's Holiday Car Show 10am-4pm, Yorba Linda, CA, Dec. 11, benefiting California
Highway Patrol's "CHiP's for Kids" toy drive. Spectator admission is a new $10 unwrapped
toy. Host club is the Classic Cruisers of North Orange County. Tour the John Force Race
Shop and Museum. Meet top NHRA drivers & crew chiefs in person, plus LEGEND Carroll
Shelby. See hundreds of street rods, muscle cars, antiques, classics, motorcycles, trucks, race
cars, and specialty vehicles on display. Entertainment & celebrities. Special 50th Anniversary
display of the Ford Thunderbird, '55 Chevrolet, and Chevy Corvair's 40th Anniversary. Major
TV & print media coverage. Vendors. Fun for the entire family. Pre-Entry only. A FREE
souvenir event T-Shirt, FREE In & Out Burger Lunch and a John Force hat pin with every
entry. Entry fee $40 per vehicle, prior to Nov 15. After Nov 15, registration fee is $45. Open
to all street rods, muscle cars, classics, antiques, trucks and sports cars. Take the 91 Freeway
(in Yorba Linda), exit at Weir Canyon North, right on Savi Ranch, right on Mirage and follow the
signs for parking. John Force RaceStation, 22722 Old Canal Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92887.
For entry registration call 714-921-1651 or www.JohnForceRacing.com (Craig Hoelzel)
*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.
*Media Associations contact points for writers, journalists, photographers, etc:
Automotive Press Association, Detroit - firstname.lastname@example.org,
Detroit Press Club Foundation www.icnpr.net
International Automotive Media Awards - email@example.com,
International Motor Press Association, NYC - www.impa.org,
Midwest Automotive Media Association, Chicago - www.mamaonline.org,
Motor Press Guild, Los Angeles - www.motorpressguild.org,
New England Motor Press Association, Boston - www.nempa.org,
Northwest Automotive Press Association, Port Orchard, WA- www.nwapa.org,
Phoenix Automotive Press Association, Phoenix- firstname.lastname@example.org,
Rocky Mountain Automotive Press, Denver - email@example.com,
Society of Automotive Historians - www.autohistory.org,
Southeast Automotive Media Organization, Charlotte, NC www.southeastautomedia.org,
Texas Auto Writers Association, Red Oak TX - http://www.TexasAutoWriters.org,
Truck Writers of North America, www.twna.org
Washington Automotive Press Association, D.C. - www.washautopress.org,
Western Automotive Journalists, San Francisco - www.waj.org,
*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 registrat-
ion, 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.
Nov 11, Nov 18. (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*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 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):
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.
*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:
*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 13, Phoenix International Raceway
Nov 20, Homestead-Miami Speedway
*Jan 11-14, 20th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla-
homa. Some of the drivers will be Tony Stewart, Jason Leffler, Sammy Swindell, Kevin
Swindell, and World of Outlaw Late Model Series Rookie of the Year Josh ‘Kid Rocket’
Richards. (Doc Lehman)
*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 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 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.
*The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway special event dates for 2006 drag racing season.
Jan 20-22, 2006, Fifth annual Nitro Blast-Off Pre-season Professional Test Session.
Jan 27-29, 2006, Third annual Las Vegas Bracket Championship Kick-Off.
Feb 3-5, 2006, Second annual Last-chance Professional Pre-season Test Session.
Feb 18-19, 2006, Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA) Pro Street Winter Nationals.
Mar 24-26, 2006, Fourth annual Mopars At The Strip.
Apr 6-9, 2006, 7th NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals, NHRA POWERade Series.
Apr 22-23, 2006, PSCA Pro Street Spring Sizzler.
June 10, 2006, Night of Destruction II -- Drag racing and Monster Truck thrill show.
June 23-24, 2006, PSCA Pro Street Summer Nationals.
Sep 2-3, 2006, PSCA Pro Street Labor Day Classic.
Sep 8-9, 2006, Fourth annual NHRA SONY Xplod Sport Compact Las Vegas Nationals.
Oct 1, 2006, Bug-In – All-Volkswagen drags.
Oct 14, 2006, Third annual Rockabilly Rod Reunion. (Morning/afternoon)
Oct 14, 2006, Super Tuner Saturday. (Evening)
Oct 26-29, 2006, 6th NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, NHRA POWERade Series.
Nov 3-5, 2006, NHRA Division 7 Finals -- Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Nov 11-12, 2006, All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) World Finals.
Nov 17-19, 2006, Street Car Super Nationals.
Nov 23-26, 2006, Fifth annual Las Vegas Bracket Nationals.
(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)
*Petersen Automotive Museum and Checkered Flag 200 presents: An Evening with Andy
Granatelli, on Thursday, November 10, 2005, 6:30 p.m. Join us for a supercharged evening
with the legendary Andy Granatelli, “Mister 500.” No words can describe the dynamic life of
Granatelli, a racer, designer, automotive expert, businessman and promotional genius. Best
known for his technically innovative entries into the Indianapolis 500, including the banned
turbine-powered cars of the late '60s, Granatelli made countless contributions to motorsports
and to the automotive industry during his long and illustrious career. Granatelli is known for
making “STP” a household name and has been inducted into 21 Halls of Fame in twelve
different categories including automotive, business and philanthropic entities. In addition, he is
recognized as a generous philanthropist and raises millions of dollars each year for various local
and national charities. The tribute evening will include a buffet dinner and film program. Plus,
Dave McClelland, noted motorsports announcer, will conduct on-stage interviews with Granatelli
and some of his fellow drivers and crew. Special guests include George Follmer, Vince Granatelli,
Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Joe Leonard, Art Malone, Paula Murphy, and Danny Sullivan. You
will be captivated by stories of Granatelli’s daring speed attempts and the racing innovations that
he has brought to the world. Great racing cars will also be on display. Reservations are $100
per person for Museum members (members may purchase up to two tickets at this price); $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 Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605. Credit card payments may be faxed to 323-930-
6642. Tickets will not be mailed—your reservations will be held at the door. Don’t miss this
historic event—Make your reservations today! An Evening with Andy Granatelli is generously
sponsored by Ford Motor Company. For additional information, call 323-964-6359 or visit the
Museum’s website www.petersen.org</ (Dick Messer)
*Upcoming events at The American Hot Rod Foundation. Steve Coonan and the Rodders
Journal have done a 14 page article on the foundation and its activities. The issue should be ship-
ped next week. Jim Miller and I have been busy developing the photo gallery for our web site.
This will be launched on November 5th. It has roughly 1000 photos, all of which have been cat-
alogued with full descriptions. The gallery has an "Advanced Search" option that allows you to do
combination searches, e.g. belly tanks, El Mirage, 1947, Bill Burke, etc. We now have over
20,000 photos and plan to keep adding 300 or so every month. Because of Jim's meticulous
research and degree of knowledge, this gallery will become an essential tool for journalists, hot
rod historians and hot rod enthusiasts in general. And the great thing is that most of these photos
have never been seen before as they are from private albums and collections. So many of you
have let us scan your photos and for that we are truly grateful. Now we can not only preserve
them but also allow hot rodders the world over to enjoy them and learn more about this great
sport. If you have photos of interest that you would like us to scan please let me know. Again,
the deal is: we scan them and return the originals to you along with a CD of the photos. Third,
we will be replacing our "Ask Pioneers" section with "Ask The Expert." We figured that as we
have over 150 hot rod pioneers in our address book who have thousands of hours of expertise
and knowledge to dispense, it would be a great way to let you all have the chance to ask any of
them a question....about anything. Whether you are building a hot rod and need advice or have
a question about an historical event, this is the place to get it answered. Henry Astor, The
American Hot Rod Foundation, 325 Lafayette Street, #4, New York, NY 10012. Telephone:
212-219-2559 See the website at: WWW.AHRF.COM
*President Mike Cook visited El Mirage lake yesterday and determined that it will be too wet to
run this weekend. The Nov 12-13 meet is cancelled. The SCTA is making arrangements to
reschedule our event for the weekend of Nov 19-20. However, there are numerous issues with
doing so; EG permits, insurance, conflicting lakebed scheduled events, emergency equipment,
toilet availability, catering, rules meeting, reps meeting, predicted rain and ability of clubs to
provide patrol personnel for a 2 day event on the beginning of Thanksgiving week. Lots of folks
have other plans. Please be courteous and patient. Your most accurate and prompt source of
information is here on our website. (Roy Creel, Mike Cook, Bob Falcon and George Callaway)
*Nov 12, PASSCAR Finals at Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, CA. Competition fees only
$20. Call 951-940-0134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Perris Auto Speedway points
standings are: MC BUILDERS SUPER STOCKS-Terry Hershberger 887, Brian Pannone 795,
Mike Hixson 752, Ed Perry 726, Ron Meyer 681, Ken Searcy 674, John Caley 652, Dennis
Woldridge 569, Carla Laney 503, Henry Wesoloski Sr 452. RAMONA TIRE STREET
STOCKS-Kevin Busher 703, Richard Barr 687, Jeremy Queener 659, Curtis Dietzsch 650, Kyle
Gomez 628, Joe Falduto 612, Joe Shaugis 552, Dave Vreatt 546, Hap Wertich 508, Jim Coates
475. RWD EXTREME TRUCKS AND SUV’S-Art Peterson 659, Jeff Dunham 608, Kenny
Mann 598, Mike Hixson 569, Bill Bartels 535, Russ Wernimont 522, Virgil Haney 505, Ray
Hocking 480, Doug Aldridge 351, Mark Anderson 302. HORNETS-Tony Thompson 1019,
Mark Howison 773, Bobby Hogerhuis 750, John Denver 734, Dave Yungen 702, Tom Hess
650, Aaron Knox 625, Dave Rhodes 624, Ken McWilliams 552, Kris Stauffacher 464. PICK-
A-PART CRUISERS-Talkington/Lewis 652, Allen/Ramsey 546, Bundy/Holdrige 519, Martin/
Hunsaker 514, Fengler/Heaton 510, Gillum/Gillum 472, Garnica/Lynn 463, Urquardt/Hill 446,
Henderson/Schaer 434, Brown/Bates 373. (Kim Donner and Scott Daloisio)