Gone Racin'  Newsletter by Richard Parks #99 Nov 30, 2005


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*Ray Nichels (1922-2005) passed away.  One of the preeminent race car mechanics and car
  builders of the 1950s and 1960s, passed away on Friday, November 26, 2005. Arrangements
  are being finalized later today by his wife Eleanor.  More information will be mailed to you early
  tomorrow morning.  At present tentative plans are to have Visitation Monday, November 28th, 
  afternoon and early evening at: Lincoln Ridge Funeral Home, 7607 W. Lincoln Hwy (US Route
  30), Schererville, IND  46375 Phone #219-322-6616.  Mr. Nichels funeral is planned for early
  morning Tuesday, November 29th at: Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 8303 Taft
  Street, Merrillville, IND  46410  219-769-1755 See www.olcweb.org    (William LaDow)
*Jonathan Thompson, former Road & Track writer/editor, and aurthor of several great aviation
  books as well, died several weeks ago. (Dr David Scully)
*Jim McQueen passed away this morning, November 28, 2005, at his home in Indianapolis,
  Indiana.  For a full biography go to www.oilstick.com for details of his life.  (Pattie Frost)
*Bob Falcon continues to get lots of recognition for his safety contributions to racing.  He will be
  in Indianapolis this week for another award from AARWBA.  (Dr David Scully)
*Dirt Track racing news at http://www.DirtAmericaOnline.comJosh "Kid Rocket" Richards,
  2005 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Rookie of the Year, will be managed by Cary
  Agajanian’s Motorsports Management International.  See www.motorsportsmanagement.com 
  and www.joshrichards.com  (Doc Lehman)
*Jan 11-14, 2006, 20th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, OK.   (Doc Lehman)
*Former Angel second-baseman Bobby Grich, former Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey,
  double Olympic Gold Medal winner and Super Bowl star Willie Gault and television/film stars
  Joe Mantegna, Dennis Haysbert, James B. Sikking, Bruce McGill, Ron Masak and Fred "The
  Hammer" Williamson are among the celebrities scheduled to play in the 7th Annual Jim Murray
  SilverRock Alumni Challenge which will be played at the luxurious Arnold Palmer Classic
  Course, SilverRock Resort, La Quinta, California, on December 11-13.  Call 760-771-8972
  or go to www.jimmurrayfoundation.com  or  (Linda McCoy-Murray)
*Gear Grinder Neil Thompson just had a double heart bypass this past week. (Glen Barrett)
*George Callaway is recovering from knee replacement surgery.  He reports that he is doing well
  and trying to work through the pain in order to do his therapy and walking exercises.
*Jim Davis has moved to Gilbert, Arizona.  He is our hot rodder who wrote the children's book
  Roger and the Racecar.  Jim has also taken to creating works of art, and sent a photo of his
  rendition of the Rapp/Rossi/Maldonaldo TFD, in copper plate.  You can reach Jim at his email
  james.davis1@cox.net and be sure to ask him to send you his price schedule.  What better gift
  for a hot rodders children and grandchildren than their own children's book.
  Nov. 23 - More than 170 persons attended a special exhibit, luncheon and panel discussion
  sponosred by Performance Racing Industry and Irwindale Speedway Wednesday at noon. The
  topic was CRA track roadsters as the road to the Indianapolis 500 following World War II. The
  Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum at the Pomona Fairplex hosted the event. Parks,
  92 year old founder of the NHRA drag racing sanctioning body, welcomed guests as did museum
  director Sam Jackson and curator Greg Sharp. The exhibit will be open to visitors until January
  2006.  Respected television broadcaster Bob Jenkins served as master of ceremonies for the
  panel discussion.  He revealed that 73 CRA roadster drivers made the Indy 500 starting lineup
  through the 1950s. Panelists included Indy 500 winners Jim Rathmann and Parnelli Jones,
  long-time CRA president and roadster driver Walt James, plus drag racer Art Chrisman. They
  answered questions posed by Jenkins and reminisced about their roadster racing days and exper-
  iences on national circuits.  The special exhibit featured a display with two CRA roadsters posed
  on dirt in side-by-side simulated racing action.  The lifelike display came complete with manequin
  drivers in racing garb of the era and old-time helmets.  A painting of the famous Gilmore Stadium
  scoreboard towered over the two cars.  Other roadsters from the era, videos and memorabilia
  were displayed in the museum.  Attendees received copies of a color drawing by renowned artist
  Joe Henning that is suitable for framing.  It showed five actual CRA roadsters from the late
  1940s in action on a dirt track.  Present were former drivers Chuck Hulse Sr and Jr, Rosie
  Roussel, Dick McClung, Howard Gardner, Louie Senter, Joe Graffino, Jimmy Oskie,
  Duke Cook and 2005 USAC National Sprint Car champion Levi Jones.  USAC vice presi-
  dent, of communications Dick Jordan also attended and posed a question to the well-received
  panelists.  Invited guest Andy Granatelli was unable to attend because of a back problem. 
  (Tim Kennedy and Doug Stokes)
*Street Legal Drag Strip racing at The PAS will start this Friday night.  Gates will open at 5PM
  for competitors and spectators.  The cost is $10 for spectators and $20 to race.  Bring a current
  drivers license, registration and a helmet to compete.  The PAS is located near the 215 freeway
  close to the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Southern California Fair, approximately one
  hour east of Los Angeles.  Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east
  two and a half miles to the fairgrounds.  Call (951) 940-0134 or email racesatthepas@aol.com
  (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*Earl Pearson Jr is the 2005 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion.  Don O'Neal was
  2nd, Donnie Moran was 3rd, Matt Miller 4th, Scott James 5th, Freddy Smith 6th, Tim
  Dohm 7th, Darren Miller 8th, Brian Birkhofer 9th, and Brady Smith 10th.  Brady Smith
  was the "Rookie of the Year."  See www.RaceTalkLive.com   The final celebration of the 2005
  season for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take place on Dec 1, 2005, as the Series
  will present its Awards Banquet in Orlando, Florida, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort during the
  annual PRI show.  (James Essex)
*Porsche 911: Perfection by Design, written by Randy Leffingwell and photographer David
  Newhardt will be at Autobooks on Sunday, December 4, at Noon to 3 pm to talk about their
  book and sign autographs for their fans.  Autobooks/Aerobooks is located at 3524 W. Magnolia
  Blvd, Burbank, California.  Phone 818-845-0707.  (Doug Stokes)
Racing schedules:
*7TH ANNUAL CRUISIN' FOR A CURE, Sept 23, 2006, Orange County Fair and Expo
  Center, Costa Mesa, CA.  All proceeds go to Prostate Cancer Research at the Jonnson Cancer
  Center Foundation at UCLA Medical Center. Free PSA testing for men. Food, entertainment,
  sponsor's booth, drawings, celebrities, 3000+ hot rods, antiques, sportscars, classic and muscle
  cars on display. For more info call Debbie Baker at 949-752-5115x10 or dbaker52@aol.com
*ASA SPEED TRUCK CHALLENGE 2005 racing/television schedule:
  2005 Season Review to air Dec 10 and 17 at 8PM     
*AUTO ZONE Super Chevy Show Tour XXV (AutoStar Productions) 2005 SCHEDULE
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*CALIFORNIA DRAGWAY 2005 schedule. Located at the dragstrip, on the grounds of the
  California Speedway, Fontana, CA.  For more info Contact Dave Danish at 909-429-5060
  or go online at www.Californiaspeedway.com.  All dates and times are subject to change:
  Dec 3, 8am, Street legals
*CROWN ROYAL IROC Series 2005 schedule:  SEASON OVER FOR 2005  
*DIRT RACERS Radio airs every Sunday evening on WQKT 104.5 FM from 6-8PM. The
  show is hosted by Doc Lehman & Ryan Pearson, and can also be heard at: www.wqkt.com 
  MACS Late Model series racers will be invited on the show. (Doc Lehman/Ryan Pearson)
*GOODGUYS 2005 Schedule of Events.  See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
*GRAND AM CUP 2006 Racing Schedule:
  Jan 4-7, Daytona Test Days, Daytona International Speedway
  Jan 26-27, 150 Miles/2 Hours, Daytona International Speedway
  (Nate Siebens and Linda K. Mansfield)
*GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX Sports Car Series 2005 schedule (Linda K. Mansfield)
  Dec 2-4 Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 400 Km-1000 Km
*GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX 2006 Series Schedule: 
  Jan 4-7, Daytona Test Days, Daytona International Speedway
  Jan 26-29, 24 Hours, Daytona International Speedway
  (Nate Siebens and Linda K. Mansfield)
  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 sideways31@aol.com.
*IRWINDALE DRAGWAY, Located at Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CA.  NHRA
  Street Legal sanctioned drag racing every Thursday night from January to November.  Pros
  and street legal racing welcome.  See www.Irwindalespeedway.com for Summit schedule and
  Junior Dragster program.  1/8 mile track.  Entrance fee $20. Spectators are $10.  See Dragstrip
  track manager Bob Klein 626-358-1100 x 211.  (Doug Stokes)
*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 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.
*JOHN FORCE Cruise Night is held on the last Wednesday of each month from 5-8 P.M.
  at the shop in Yorba Linda, CA 92887.  Contact Craig Hoelzel for details about vendor space,
  how to show your car, or for directions.  Craig is at craig@johnforceracing.com  While you
  are there, check out the Force Racestation gift shop next door.  It is a fascinating store filled
  with all sorts of collectibles, including broken parts from John's Funny Cars, autographed by
  the 13 time NHRA Funny Car Champion himself.  You'll find artwork, paintings, photographs,
  hats, jackets, apparel, pins, die cast cars, souvenirs and just about anything that you could want. 
  If Force is in town and not on the race car circuit, he will be glad to sign your collectible.  See
  hundreds of hot rods and vintage cars, rock to the music of the '50's, purchase some delicious
  food, and meet your fellow hot rodders.  Celebrity racers and hot rodders are known to show
  up for this one of a kind hot rod cruise night at the legendary John Force Racestation.
*KING of INDIANA Sprint Series 2005 Schedule: For info call Mike OLeary 812-825-9614 
*LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY 2005 Schedule at The Strip  
    Nov 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, jbisci@lvms.com)
*MATTEL Children's Hospital 2nd Annual Car Show and Easter Egg Hunt, April 15,
  2006, 9am-3pm, at the John Force RaceStation, 22722 Old Canal Road, Yorba Linda, CA 
  92887.  Open to all street rods, muscle cars, classics, trucks, antiques, exotics and sports cars. 
  Food, awards, entertainment and sponsor's booths onsite.  All proceeds go to cancer research. 
  For more info call Debbie Baker at 949-752-5115x10 or dbaker52@aol.com
*MEDIA ASSOCIATIONS contact points for writers, journalists, photographers, etc:
  Automotive Press Association, Detroit - jdgilbert@cbs.com,
  Detroit Press Club Foundation   www.icnpr.net
  International Automotive Media Awards - whaessner@earthlink.net,
  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- ledsall@cox.net,
  Rocky Mountain Automotive Press, Denver - vince@theweekenddrive.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,
*MID-ATLANTIC Championship Series (MACS) 2005 racing schedule: SEASON OVER
  FOR 2005    See macs1@verizon.net and  http://www.macsracing.com  (Andy Geesey)  
*NEXTEL (NASCAR) Cup Series 2005 schedule:   SEASON OVER FOR 2005   
*NHRA POWERade Drag Racing 2006 Series schedule. 
  Feb 9-12, Pomona, CA.           Feb 24-26, Phoenix, AZ
  Mar 16-19, Gainesville, FL.      Mar 31-Apr 2, Houston, TX
  Apr 6-9, Las Vegas, NV          Apr 28-30, Bristol, TN
  May 4-7, Atlanta, GA               May 18-21, Columbus, OH        May 25-28, Topeka, KN
  June 8-11, Chicago, ILL           June 15-18, Englishtown, NJ       June 23-25, Madison, ILL
  July 14-16, Denver, CO            July 21-23, Seattle, WA             July 28-30, Sonoma, CA
  Aug 10-13, Brainerd, MN        Aug 18-20, Memphis, TN       Aug 30-Sep 4, Indianapolis, IN
  Sep 14-17, Reading, PA           Sep 21-24, Dallas, TX
  Oct 6-8, Richmond, VA            Oct 26-29, Las Vegas, NV
  Nov 9-12, Pomona, CA
*PERRIS AUTO DRAGWAY, Street Legal Drag Strip at The PAS (Perris Auto Speedway)
  will open on Friday, January 6, 2006.  Drag racing will continue on every Friday thereafter. 
  The course is a 1/8 mile dragstrip 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. Spectators $10, competitors $20.  The
  Perris Auto Speedway is on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the
  Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds. For more information
  call 951-940-0134, or email them at racesatthepas@aol.com   (Scott Daloisio/Kim Donner)
*PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY, 2006 Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars schedule at Lake
  Perris, CA: Feb 4 (daytime), Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 25, Apr 15, Apr 29, May 13, May 27, June
  10, June 24, July 1, July 22, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sept  2, Sept 16, Sept 30, Oct 21, Nov 2-4 for
  the 11th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, Nov 18-10th Annual Jack Kindoll Classic
  (Kim Donner/Scott Daloisio, call 951-940-0134, or email them at racesatthepas@aol.com)
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule: 
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005    
*SEMA Club Newsletter (SAN Club Events) is at www.semasan.com  (Jason Tolleson)
  Nov 27, Orangevale, CA, Christmas at the Lake Toy Run  916/369-6376
  Dec 2-4, Timonium, MD, East Coast Indoor Nationals www.eastcoastindoornats.com
  Dec 2-4, Birch Run, MICH, Birch Run World of Wheels www.birchrunexpos.com
  Dec 3, Orangevale, CA, Les Schwab Tires Toy Run  916/988-6376
  Dec 3, Ft Lauderdale, FLA, Holiday on the Avenue, by AACA  merklur@msn.com
  Dec 3, Delray Beach, FLA, S.F.J.C. Concours, S. Florida Jaguar Club  561-865-8415
  Dec 4, Middleburg, FLA, 6th Car Show, Jacksonville Rods and Customs  904-291-8315
  Dec 4, Stockton, CA, 2nd Winter Auto Swap Meet, Car and Truck  209-948-5307
  Dec 4, Virginia Beach, VA, Joy Fund Car Show at Auto Zone  757-340-0627
  Dec 4, Sacramento, CA, Florin Fat Fenders Christmas Toy Run  916-386-2658
  Dec 4, Pomona, CA, G. Cross/Sons’ Pomona Swap Meet  www.pomonaswapmeet.com
  Dec 4-5, Timonium, MD, East Coast Indoor Nationals www.eastcoastindoornats.com
  Dec 10, Rome, GA, Christmas Car Show, Empty Pockets Car Club  706/292-0209
  Dec 11, Long Beach, CA, Hi-Performance Swap Meet/Car Show www.toppingevents.com
  Dec 11, Belton, TX, 22nd Texas Swap Meet Winter Nat'ls texasexports@webtv.net
  Dec 12, Fanning Springs, FLA, Festival of Lights Classic Car Show  352-463-9089
  Dec 17, Estero, FLA, Hoops, Hot Rods and Hogs  arish@nba.com
  Dec 17, Inverness, FLA, SMTS Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show monkey4x4@mfi.net
  Dec 17, Tucson, AZ, Toys for Tots Show at Little Anthony’s www.samctucson.org
  Dec 17, Honolulu, HI, Hot Import Nights showinfo@visionevent.com
  Jan 8, Countryside, ILL, 35th Super Swap Meet   Goofygirlblaha@aol.com
  Jan 6-8, Chattanooga, TN, Chattanooga World of Wheels  www.customautoshows.com
  CRA Reunion in January, hosted by Walt and Dottie James
  Car Racers Reunion in April, hosted by Hila Sweet and Parnelli Jones  
  Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Hall of Fame in September, hosted by Gold Coast Club
  Legends of Ascot Reunion in October, hosted by Don and Belita Weaver
*STACKER 2 World of Outlaws Late Model Series 2005 Schedule: (Doc Lehman)
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*WALLY PARKS NHRA Motorsports Museum 2005 schedule of events: 909-622-8562
  Dec 7, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Annual Holiday toy drive.  Reunions. 
*Arizona Emissions Exemption: Legislation to exempt qualified collectible vehicles from the
  state’s mandatory emissions inspection and maintenance program was signed into law by Gov-
  ernor Janet Napolitano. Under a SAN amendment, vehicles would have to be either at least 15-
  years old or of unique design, limited production and an object of curiosity. Owners would have
  to maintain appropriate collectible or classic automobile insurance and their vehicles would be
  primarily used for car club activities, exhibitions, parades, etc. and only infrequently for other
  purposes. The new law must now be adopted by the U.S. EPA as part of Arizona’s state plan
  for air quality.  (SEMA)
*Arkansas Nitrous: The SAN negotiated a compromise to legislation that originally threatened
  to prohibit public road use of all passenger cars or motorcycles equipped to supply the engine
  with nitrous oxide. The SAN modified the bill from its original form to protect manufacturers and
  hobbyists from a blanket ban. Under the new law, the mere presence of nitrous systems on pass-
  enger cars or motorcycles does not constitute a violation— nitrous systems must simply be dis-
  connected when a vehicle is being driven on a public road or the nitrous oxide containers must
  be removed. (SEMA)
*California Modified Vehicles: California state officials announced the first in a series of $5
  million state grants targeting illegal street racing. The grants would pay for training to enable police
  officers to recognize automobiles that have been illegally modified for street racing; provide funds
  for officer overtime in connection with joint enforcement operations; and to establish illegal street
  racing education presentations to high school and college students. Most vehicle modifications
  are legal under California law. SEMA has been meeting with state and local officials to caution
  against profiling drivers and targeting accessorized vehicles. The SEMA-sponsored Racers
  Against Street Racing program is designed to take illegal drag racing off the streets, without un-
  fairly targeting legally modified vehicles or harassing vehicle owners. (SEMA)
*California Scrappage: The South Coast Air Quality Management District plans to use remote
  sensors and video cameras to measure air pollution from 1 million vehicles as they enter freeways
  and navigate roads in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside. Own-
  ers of the dirtiest cars and trucks would receive letters informing them that the government would
  pay to fix or scrap their vehicles. Eligible motorists whose vehicles are detected can now volunta-
  rily scrap these vehicles and receive $1,000 based on funding increases. The South Coast district
  estimates that 10,000 to 20,000 of the dirtiest vehicles would be detected. Smog regulators lack
  the authority to order drivers to dump dirty cars, but they can offer incentives.  Smog regulators
  are expected to give formal approval to the program next month, and enough sensors to scan a
  million cars. SEMA is working with regulators to mitigate the potential adverse effects to collector
  cars and parts. (SEMA)