California Hot Rod Reunion results
Oct. 4, 2004 The Funny Car Nationals from Gateway International Raceway (St. Louis is here.
August 3, 2004
Loafers photo gallery is here
The Langley Loafers second event of the year held at Mission Raceway Park was a great success with 175 show n shine cars and close to 200 race cars. The featured exhibition cars were the "AA/GS" from the west coast. They included Canadian Brent Harris, and California and Oregon racers Gary Reinero (left), Bill Fitting, Howard Anderson, Tom Thompson, Jim Taylor, Bob White and 'Mad' Mike Molea (below). In qualifying Gary Reinero was the class of the field with a 6.95 in round one of qualifying. Howard Anderson went 7.01 and Jim Taylor and Brent Harris were next with 7.18 and 7.21 respectively. In the second session Reinero improved to a track record 6.88 @200mph. Anderson improved to a 6.99 and the rest of the field stayed where they were at. The final session in the heat of the day Reinero was on another great lap but kicked the rods out making his day extra long as they thrashed until past midnight installing their second bullet. Anderson did not improve nor did any of the other competitors except for Tom Thompson who ran a 7.64
Here is the field after final qualifying.
In Elimination's, Gary Reinero (left) faced Tom Thompson, Howard Anderson was up against Bob White, Jim Taylor was to battle Bill Fitting (who was broke, giving Taylor a single) and Brent Harris was supposed to race Mike Molea (who also was broke). Reinero ran his career best in round one with the new bullet btween the frame rails, a 6.83/200 to easily defeat Tom Thompson's 7.54/185. Anderson defeated Bob White 7.01 - 7.94, Brent HArris just staged the car as he had a singel and Jim Taylor ran a 7.26 in his single run. The semi finals saw Reinero run his second 6.88 in defeat of Jim Taylor who gave it a game 7.22. He also left on Reinero by a tenth but still fell over 2/10ths short. Anderson won his semi final race against Harris with a 7.04 to a 7.32. The final round was all Reinero as well as he stayed in the 6.80's with a 6.87/199.60. Anderson had a tenth of a second at the tree but his 7.10 was .13 short of a victiry. This was the third race in the series for the Gassers and Reinero has won all three event so far. Anderson has three runner-ups.
The other exhibition cars were a Pro Mods, two of which competed in round two of "Chevy Wars 2004", which pitted Trevor Lowe and Duane Grosart (here in the staging lanes). Trevor ran very well in his three matchups, as he ran 6.70, 5.57 and 6.65 to win the best of three 3-0. Duane ran a best of 6.84/204. His other runs were 7,.17 and an early shut off 8 something. Keith Korecki (below) was also making laps in his Shelby Pro Mod and he hit a best of 6.89/204. One other was a 7.0 and then he got more aggressive and shook the tires hard on his final runs. He did match race Don Murray in a couple laps and Don ran a best of 7.48. Don clicked it early in his second pass and never returned for Sunday.
Class eliminations on Sunday. Here are the final rounds:
Street Rod "A" (W) Ron Yaroshuk (left) , 40 Austin .030 rt. 8.280/161.49 (8.25 di) def. Chad Demler, 37 Chevy .006 rt 9.001 146.91 (9.02 di)
Street Rod "B" (W) Bill Clifford, 27 Ford .044rt. 11. 452 (11.44 di) def. Chris Mitchell 48 Chevy (.214 rt 12.578 (12.60 di)
Street Rod "C" (W) Garry Baron 38 Pontiac .023 rt 15.707 (15.65 di) def. Walt Pearce 32 Chevy .082 rt 14.290 (14.30 di)
Street Classic "A" (W) Steve Pyburn 57 Ford -.008 rt 10.073 (10.04 di) def. Bill Dunn 55 Chevy -.062(red light) 10.144 (10.04 di)Street Classic "B" Wayne Kauk,.053 r/t 12.691 100.86 (d/i;12.64) def. Dave Supocz, 51Chev. .221rt. 12.735 103.36 (d/i;12.65)
Street Machine "A" (W) Dan Parsons 70 Duster .026rt 11.229 (11.22 di) def. Warren Jacobson 67 Chevy II .037 rt 11.148 (11.14 di)
Street Machine "B" (W) Ray Bollinger 69 Nova def. Eric Harper 70 Duster
Street Machine "C" (W) Tom Tourand 69 Dodge .083 rt 14.368 (14.32 di) def. Dale Nagy 67 Ford .242 rt 13.655 (13.62 di)
Outlaw (W) Terry Langdon-Davis 41 Willy's .026 rt 9.017 (8.94 di) def. Grant Howell 37 Chevy .-181 (red light) 8.411 (8.37 di)
Electronics (W) Bill Grover 69 Camaro .017 rt 10.137 (10.10 di) def. Irene Kokotailo 67 Nova .042 rt 10.896 (10.81di)
Like something out of the Munsters
A Mission Raceway Loafers photo gallery is here
June 15, 2004
Langley Loafers Good Time Drags..............The Eagle Motorplex
(All photos courtesy Joel Gelfand Drag Race USA)
March 16, 2004 Sunday final elimination's looked like alot like last year in Top Fuel as Jim Murphy and Jack Harris faced off again. Last year they battled all season long, with Murphy taking the series championship. This year they faced off in the final again, with Murphy running low et for the weekend in getting the win. He won with a (0.505rt) 5.882 247.38 to Harris' (0.496rt) 5.926 241.22. The most excitement in Top Fuel actually happened on Saturday when Butch Blair's Top Fuel team (left) was disqualified from the event when officials found they had a counterfeit credentials. The team pleaded innocence but being this was the third different team to be caught with bogus credentials, the GG's felt is was time to address this problem. Of course the "Fugowie Team" with Howard Haight driving was none to happy. They were well qualified in the field after running a 5.96 in round one.
Here are all the final round results. Pictures will be up later today or tomorrow.
Fuel "A": Jim Murphy, Right lane, (0.505) 5.882 247.38
def. Jack Harris, (0.496) 5.926 241.22
Murphy saved his best for the final round against Harris. Not a surprise. These two teams bring out the best of each other.
The "Sheriff" Jack Harris was the bride's maid to Murphy again.
Top Fuel "B": Lee Jennings, Right lane, (0.519) 6.121 215.77 def. Rick McGee, (0.506) 6.717 203.48
Lil Nate ran low 6's
Ed Moss, Left lane, (0.474) 6.720 205.80 def. Jim Taylor, (0.493)
Moss dominated. He was over a tenth on the field at every race it seems.
A/Fuel: Bill Wayne, Right lane, (0.456) 6.362 219.94 def.
Ron Attebury, (0.496) 6.583 212.91
competitor Larry Ofrio
B/GS: James Schwartz, Left lane, (0.503) 8.631 0.031, def.
Robert Overholser, (0.514) 8.586 -0.014
The Legendary Winged Express.
Fred Farndon Struggled in qualifying as witnessed
here. He was first alternate.
March 13, 2004 Friday qualifying results: 21 cars made the first round at the fabled "March Meet" at Bakersfield. Bill Dunlap leads and is the only five second FED so far. Two more rounds go today.
Top Fuel :1 716 Bill Dunlap,
Capitola CA, Uyehara Donovan 5.937 221.72 221.72
Funny Car is in competition for the first time and there looks to be a full field of eight cars. Six made laps on Friday, and it is lead by Dan Horan.
Funny Car: 1 736 Dan Horan Jr,
Simi CA, '66 Mustang 6.397 198.80 198.80
The gassers had a field of 11 at the "patch", Howard Anderson and Gary Reinero are the only two six second cars in the first session.
AA/GS: 1 707 Howard Anderson,
Applegate CA, '38 Chevy 6.880 197.80 197.80
A/Fuel saw 14 cars go in round one. Bill Wayne leads after Friday.
A/Fuel: 1 7777 Bill Wayne, Bullhead
City AZ, JP 6.538 211.46 211.46
Jr Fuel is running both an "A" and a "B" bracket. A Couple "A" caers are in the low sevens. Could we see a 6 second pass this year. Looks to be a very good possibility:
Jr. Fuel: 1 519 Scott Parks,
Burlingame KS, N&P-Chevy 7.046 189.55 189.55
The Rodeck and Cox Top Fuel car is ready for its debut this weekend. Is Beck the shoe. doubt it! The driver will be debuted on Saturday.
Goodguys March Meet Madness Slated for March 12-14 at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield
Alamo, CA-(February 20, 2004) The fabled Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield will roar to life with the K&N Filters/Goodguys 45th March Meet, March 12, 13 & 14. The March Meet, an annual Southern California racing tradition, is the cornerstone of the Goodguys Vintage drag racing program and offers the nostalgia racing fan the best-of-the best in quarter mile competition. Spectators will witness high-speed, quarter-mile duels in Top Fuel, Junior Fuel, AA/Gas, and many other classes. This nostalgia drag racing experience also showcases an outdoor show n' shine with hundreds and hundreds of vintage vehicles through 1972, manufacturer exhibits, a used auto parts swap meet and lots of fun for the entire family.
The event's grand marshal this year will be local legendary Top Fuel race team of Warren/Coburn/Miller, known as the "Ridge Route Terrors" who captured the Top Fuel title at the March Meet in 1975, 1976 and 1977. This is the chance of a lifetime to meet and talk with these nostalgia racing legends.
The event will open at 8 am each day. Time trials will be held on
Friday and Saturday and eliminations in all classes will be held on
Sunday. General admission is $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday and
Sunday. Kids (7-12) are $5 and kids 6 and under are FREE. A free pit
pass is included with each admission.
For more information on the K&N Filters/Goodguys 45th March Meet,
visit the Goodguys website at www.good-guys.com or call Goodguys Rod
& Custom Association at 925/838-9876. For local race information,
contact Famoso Raceway at 661/399-2210.
Keith Crain, Chairman of
Crain Communications, to be honored as Grand Marshal of K&N Filters/Goodguys
PPG Nationals presented by Advance Auto Parts
Throughout his publishing career, Keith Crain has always maintained his passion for the automobile. An avid collector, he has built up his own personal stable of vehicles, including a '32 flathead powered Ford roadster, a '34 Ford Coupe, a 400 horse '51 Ford Coupe, a '40 Ford Coupe, a blown Chrysler-powered '40 Willys Coupe, plus classics like a '40 Buick and a '41 Cadillac. Crain also uses his automotive knowledge and business background to further the automotive industry. Titles such as AutoWeek and Automotive News are staples for today's automotive enthusiasts.
Crain Communications, one of the country's leading trade, consumer and business publishing companies in the world today, began in 1916 as the publisher of four titles. Today under the leadership of Keith Crain as Chairman, Crain Communications publishes more than 30 titles and has offices in 19 cities worldwide. When Crain isn't heading up the Crain Communications empire, he can be spotted hanging out with his hot rod buddies at many of the Goodguys event around the country, such as the Hot Rod Nationals in Indianapolis, the Southeastern Nationals in Charlotte, and of course, the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH.
Keith Crain will be on-site during the three-day event on to sign autographs, talk to event attendees and take in the sights of the K&N Filters/Goodguys PPG Nationals, July 9-11.
March 9, 2004
I'm trying to get some info and pictures of an altered that I believe
was run in Edmonton in the early 70's. The car came to BC from Saskatoon
in 1996 and the person that had it told me that the car was connected
to Graham Light and the name "wheeler Dealer". The car ran
with a fiat body that stayed in Saskatoon on a new car, and the original
frame and suspension now has a T-bucket body.
Here are two pictures on a car I am trying to find out info on. The
23-T body is the one that was put on in the 90's when it was in Saskatchewan.
My original plan was to rebuild a chassis for this car and race it,
but I just completed a deal to buy the red fiat altered from "Paul
Villeneuve Racing" out of Edmonton. I bought it less motor and
my budget for this year is minimal, so I will at least get it out
to Port Alberni's "Thunder in the Valley" with a single
4bbl sbc. If the old altered chassis has any history to it, I may
try to restore it to an original look.