Newsletter 228 - December 29, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Memorial/Celebration of Life for Burke LeSage; My brother-in-law, George Ausburn, was a Roadrunner from 1938, and has passed away; Regarding the Ascot Legion story; Bud Meyer went there with his dad Eddie Meyer, who by the way won the first race at Legion Ascot as recorded it John Lucero’s book; 2012 NATIONAL 36hp LANDSPEED CHALLENGE. 36hp ENGINE/CAR Guidelines (also called 30hp outside of U.S.) by Burly Burlile; 2012 Schedule Press Release INTERNATIONAL 36 hp LAND SPEED CHALLENGE Coming Events Schedule;
Newsletter 227 - December 22, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, A memorial and celebration of life for Burke LeSage has been scheduled; Steve Stapp 71, former California sprint car driver, and son of legend Babe Stapp, was critically hurt yesterday in Brownsburg when stopped in traffic on a railway crossing and his motorhome was struck by a train; Amateur 8mm footage shot at an SCTA meet at Harper Lake, definitely prewar but chock full of iconic hot rods; Editor: Here are three websites sent in by Garry Baker from Australia that may interest the readers; The December issue of ACAG Update is now available by following this link; Below are the race dates missing from the 36hp Challenge schedule posted in the December 12 edition as promised; The Grand National Roadster Show will be held at the Los Angeles County Fairplex, in Pomona, California on January 27 through the 29, 2012; Rod Hadfield is the secretary of the DLRA and their website is at http://www.dlra.org.au/; I’ve signed up to receive the newsletter Please feel free to add a link to the Harper Lake video; Motorcycle racer and team owner Valerie Thompson has been named the co-recipient of the 2011 American Woman Riders Community Hero Award by the American Woman Riders Association; The 1932 Ford (also known as the Deuce) is a significant part of automotive culture because it was the first V-8 powered vehicle available at a price affordable to the common man; Editor’s notes: The following was submitted by Burly Burlile and I have tried to make it conform to my newsletter
Newsletter 226 - December 12, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I have many memories of Jim Rathmann; A fine historical obituary was written on Margie Petersen (1935-2011); The latest Outrider Club Picnic pictures are now posted; Hi from Italy, I am Fabrizio. I am interested to buy this book, Run to Glory; Editor: The following letter is in response to an email to www.hotrodhotline.com; "The Road Runners will celebrate our 75th Anniversary in 2012. Our Club, founded by Wally Parks, Ak Miller and others still uses the original Road Runner logo designed by Wally; There were 420 people for lunch in San Francisco for Andy Brizio's car guys; Gil Coraine and Bob Parker sent in this video on the Speed Demon; I am grateful beyond words to have found your newsletter which has given me renewed confidence and leads toward finding my brother Michael and a wonderful resource for racing memories in general; Tim Kennedy, a very respected journalist and contributor as a Guest Columnist at www.hotrodhotline.com wrote this article on Jessica Clark; The magazine began in June 1960 as On The Grid and was known as “America’s Motor Sports Magazine; PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS ELEGANCE ANNOUNCES FEATURES AND CLASSES FOR 2012; November 16th 2011 marked another key date in the restoration of Europe’s first dragster; Please find attached above and copied below the schedule for all of the Volkswagen land speed racing events for 2012; Editor: Look for All Time Artist, Tom Fritz, at these Car show locations; Editor: The Justice Brothers have a free newsletter that is very interesting; I just came across a reference to my father in a 2009 newsletter that resides on your website; I was just reading the latest newsletter and saw the inquiry from Doreen Engle; Editor’s notes: The following was sent in by Don Tubbs and Rick Chew
Newsletter 225 - December 1, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, This just in from Dennis Johansen Bad news for all of Jimbo's friends; Road Runners, November El Mirage Results, End of Year El Mirage Results and 2012 Start Positions are now posted on our website; The Year the Speed Demon Rewrote History; I happened upon your excellent newsletter of October 2011; To get on the mailing list for Blacktop magazine send an email to the editor of the magazine; Tonight there will be a special interest news story about me at 10:00 PM on the Channel 9 News; Wondering if you have any knowledge of where Kent Carlis may be today; Glen Beck puts Speed Demon on his website; The following report was sent in by Scrub Hansen; Make sure you take a few minutes and enjoy Duncan Charlton's video journey to this year’s World of Speed with Greg Silkenson and his Ghia; Europe’s newest British Top Fuel dragster team (the Formula One of drag racing) has become the biggest benefactor of the project to restore Europe’s first dragster; This is an interesting story and photographic profile on Jim McLennan who was involved in the San Francisco Bay Area racing scene from the 1950's; Yesterday, Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at noon there were 420 people for lunch in San Francisco for Andy Brizio's car guys; The second Falcon Tool Sale of the year will be held in the driveway of my home at 8601 Zerelda Street in Rosemead, California; Six-time NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein has turned the final page and closed the book on his career as a competitor and NHRA racing team owner; The following articles are by Tex LeRoi Smith and can be found at the website www.hotrodhotline.com; PERSONAL BEST. By LeRoi Tex Smit; Legendary racer Tom “Mongoose” McEwen hosts Lions last drag race reunion at the Museum on December 3
Newsletter 224 - November 16, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I am Burke LeSage's daughter Belinda. I am not sure about the best way to share this news, but here goes. Burke passed away on Monday, November 7th from a sudden and very serious stroke; Dorothy Farrell and Dave Selway have just finished a 2600 word bio on Ed Farrell, a Laker car club member; In case you have not yet heard, Henry Subia passed away today after a long battle with cancer; It's been some five years that our Racer, from Lawrence, Kansas, Tim Baxter, has been battling cancer; This month's Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online; That is why I rely a lot on old newspaper articles; The Sam Auxier Jr Show Live Mondays from 7-9PM EST; My name is Tom Sarda, John Beckett and I founded ECTA; The ESPN2 Cook Shootout coverage will be on SATURDAY, November 5th at noon, part of the NASCAR nationwide pre-race show; Here's what I know about Maxton; Mike Cook’s 2011 Bonneville Shootout video on ESPN; Friends of the Challenge, Important changes are being made for next year’s World of Speed; Ron Main sent in this link that shows photos of the recent SEMA auto show in Las Vegas; www.Hotrodhotline.com has added “Employment” to its Classified Ad Section; Johnny Beauchamp was born March 23, 1923 in Harlan, Iowa and passed away on April 17, 1981; You may use the attached Fuel For Thought article on the ECTA with my blessing and of course full credit lines are expected; To some of my friends who have been waiting for this thing to run again as it once did; Impound Insights – 2011 Season Wrap-up; John Force Holiday Car Show - Billboard Cars; The Vesco Liner at the SEMA show in the "Save The Salt" booth; The restored So.Cal Speed Shop streamliner at the show
Newsletter 223 - November 3, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, On October 13, 2011 Tom Medley had a mishap that destroyed his garage and '40 Ford Coupe; Monday October 17, 2011: Three time AMA Grand National champion, two-time USAC Indy Car Champion Joe Leonard suffered a devastating double stroke at his home; Dave Thomas, 57 years old, of Acton, California, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2011; According to Jack Underwood we have lost some very fine LSR people, among them are: Ed Mabry, Bubba Scott, Manuel Flores, Ed Farrell and Doug King; Saturday, October 22, 2011, is the El Mirage Fall Clean-up day; Lenny Schaeffer at firstname.lastname@example.org has a free newsletter that he sends out with news of hot rodding and custom car building in the New England area; The Smith Collection Museum of American Speed was recently honored with the 2011 Tourism Development Award from the Lincoln, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce; Kim Rudy and I, Glenn Rudy, Don’s son and daughter, would like to reach out to all of you, Dad’s friends and extended family, for a few reasons; Impound Insights. By Dan Warner (Editor-reprinted by permission of the author); Edward A. Winfield was my first engine and camshaft mentor; I have just written a book about J. Beauchamp; The early registration deadline is fast approaching for the 14th annual John Force Holiday Car Show which will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 10am-4pm; The Cluster Busters Hot Rod Club presented Justice Brothers President & CEO, Ed Justice Jr, with some very special items this month at the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion; 26 October 2011; Report From the Racers Reunion 2011. By Bob Falcon; Www.Hotrodhotline has added “Employment” to its Classified Ad Section; Three Kings, by Tom Condran. Republished by permission of the author; Editor's note: The following letter is edited from the original.; Editor’s notes: A fine sportswriter who gets little recognition is Tim Kennedy; I just received an email from Karin Spurgin and it was her father that was part of the legendary SCTA Record Breaking Spurgin/Giovanine Roadster that the guys brought back from sitting in a backyard in Apple Valley for 40 years; The Wally Bell Show is broadcast each and every Wednesday, live with Gordy Foust, Greg Zyla, George Nye, Wally Bell and our invited guests; The last passes! We stood the tower! On to Ohio! Joe Timney, East Coast Timing Association; Speed Demon Hellfire Engine Getting Ready For SEMA
Newsletter 222 - October 19, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, My name is Michelle and I am Joe Lema's daughter; www.Hotrodhotline.com has added “Employment” to its Classified Ad Section; Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; I used to receive a boat racers newsletter [the last one I received was 2006] I was wondering who was doing it now?; Mickey Thompson Tire Press Release; The Petersen Automotive Museum, with The Phil Hill Family and The Checkered Flag 200, will present a very special Tribute to Phil Hill on Hill’s 50th Anniversary of his Formula One World Driver’s Championship that he won in 1961, the first American to become a Formula One World Champion; Maxx2Racing Mojave Mile results for October 8-9, 2011; ACAG October News Update; See http://www.jetblack.co.nz/home The new land speed car being designed by New Zealand's Jet Black team provides an informative contrast to Bloodhound SSC in designing a combination jet/rocket land speed car; A New Zealand LSR team will mount a challenge the World Landspeed Record for the first time and unveiled a full-scale model of their speed-machine; Dave McCain reports that a fire destroyed the garage and '40 Ford Coupe belonging to Tom Medley, but that Medley is okay despite being knocked to the ground by the explosion and fire; 18th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show 2011 Report; The 2012 Grand National Roadster Show presents the "Spirit of Rett".
Newsletter 221 - October 5, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I'm very sorry to inform you that Dad passed away last Thanksgiving; Douglas Morrill King, born on 6 May 1937, passed away on 16 September 2011, after a brief illness; George Santos passed away on Sunday morning, 2 October 2011; There wasn't much that I could go to on; It is with great sadness that I let you of the passing of Jerry Pickel of Pendleton Indiana, he was the owner and driver of the 1988 Olds Cutlass wearing the number 819; I'm the acquisitions editor at the University of Utah Press; Speed Demon press release; Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; My neighbor has decided to have a yard sale this week end so Robb and I decided to hitch on to his star; We plan on having a big party tomorrow to celebrate the Early Rodders 10th anniversary; I ran at the Santa Ana Airport drag strip from 1951 (while still in High School, and got out in '52) until 1957 when I got drafted; The latest item sent by the person is a hand written form by the late Earl Flanders indicating a record; You noted a request from Elaine Kazakoff for info about Russ Palmer; Blacktop Magazine is an edgy, retro style hot rodding publication that is very interesting to read; This month’s Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online; A free on-line newsletter from Justice Brothers is available; I would love to send some more pictures and info on my husband's land speed racer to you; American Bobby Cleveland takes his lawnmower up to 96 mph to set a new world record; I promise I will do this but it won't be until at least November or so; How could the Riverside Museum schedule this 'reunion' event when most of the folks interested in the history of drag racing will be at Bakersfield for the California Hot Rod Reunion; See how history gets all confused; Lenny Schaeffer who owns Chop Shop Customs in Massachusetts has a website and newsletter that has a lot of interesting things, especially for those in the northeast; The Petersen Automotive Museum, the Phil Hill Family and the Checkered Flag 200 Club present a very special tribute to Phil Hill in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of America’s first Formula One World Championship winner on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm; Vintage Formula Vee on sale. I had enough fun building this and rubbing on it; TIPS ON DOING THE SALT. By LeRoi Tex Smith; When Kitty O'Neil broke the women's land-speed record; Silent Victory; The Kitty O'Neill Story (1979) is a 1hr 36minute movie starring Edward Albert, Stockard Channing, and Brian Dennehy; Please add this link to the museum list; September 14, 2011, by Eric Studer; Richard Elliott sent in a website that has the photography of Ray Gordon at Bonneville, called Hot Rods in Space; Fast Five with Steve “Big Hook” Gibbs. Longtime NHRA Official Steve Gibbs Named Grand Marshal of 20th NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California; 1933 Ford B/A Coupe Roland Raffanti - Owner from 1957 – 2004. John Raffanti – Driver; Contact: Chris Brown, Information and Marketing Manager; Green Monster #27 1990 - Waldo Stakes Photos; Green Monster #27 1990 at World's Finals, Bonneville Salt Flats. Franklin Ratliff Photos; Valerie Thompson tops 200 MPH with BMW at BUB speed trials in Bonneville; The Midwest Motorsport Legend - Meadowdale Raceways
Newsletter 220 - September 28, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Please have Anita Price contact me regarding her collection of Midget Racing stuff; Leslie Long is organizing another Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip and Main Malt Shop Reunion on October 1, 2011 at the same place along Santiago Park Creek on the border of the City of Orange and Santa Ana, California; Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; Debbie Baker is doing a great service to these men; I just received a call from Charlie Tachdjian (American Classic Cars) telling me that his brother Matt died the other day from a massive heart attack; Matt Tachdjian funeral was held on Friday, September 16, 2011; My father, Russell Palmer would have been racing in the early to mid-1950's; Below are the top speeds achieved by each of the racers at World of Speed; The disaster at Reno is not the first time that racing officials have had to consider whether keeping a motorsport on its present course is a path to extinction; A couple of days ago, I picked up my son from school and I was taking him to his martial arts school; To Ernie Schorb; On August 20, 1974, Vern Anderson driving the second Pollution Packer rocket dragster set an FIA record of 203.536 mph (5.492 seconds) for the standing half kilometer (AVERAGE not peak speed); Kitty O'Neil is the only female driver to have run over 400 mph and 500 mph; January 17, 1977 Sports Illustrated, A Rocket Ride To Glory And Gloom, by Coles Phinizy; Gone Racin’…ZOOM! ZOOM! Norm Rapp Racing Equipment! (Part 1) Story by Spencer Simon, photographs by Norm Rapp and Skip Govia, editing by Richard Parks, photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz; 300 MPH Volkswagen-Breaking News!!!!
Newsletter 219 - September 14, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, David Loring Wallace, Sr (1927-2011), pulled the 'chute last Friday night in Westlake Village, California; A very worthy cause is the 2011 Cruisin' for a Cure car show supporting the City of Hope's prostate cancer program; Leslie Long is organizing another Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip and Main Malt Shop Reunion on October 1, 2011 at the same place along Santiago Park Creek on the border of the City of Orange and Santa Ana, California; The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; I live in Oregon and our neighbor used to race years ago at the Santa Ana Drags; Here are some additional museums that were listed in the Autobooks/Aerobooks on-line website for their ACE Magazine; Sports Car Scan accomplished the monumental task of scanning the magazine “Sports Car” (SCCA publication) from 1944 through 1970; I just found a treasure trove of midget auto racing paraphernalia; For pictures of Valerie Thompson at the 2011 BUB Speed Trials-Bonneville Salt Flats; I need help locating my father’s old drag racing trophies; The Rod Show's Official 2012 theme is Futurama; Attached please find a release and logo for the upcoming 2nd annual Long Beach Motorama; Editor’s notes: The Lawford family of Boise, Idaho, owns www.hotrodhotline.com, www.landspeedracing.com and www.BikerHotline.com, as well as many more domain names; Pomona Half Mile National Finals 2011 (www.FlatTrackFinals.com); I’m back at school, and we’re approaching the final stretch of the racing season; This is the 20th anniversary of Veloce Publishing this September, and for the entire month we are offering a huge discount; Posted on September 2, 2011 by Sports Car Digest; Book review at www.classicvintagemotorsports.com by Ronald Nelson at Prairie Street Art;
Newsletter 218 - September 2, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, My Mother, Carol Ryssman, passed on the 19 August 2011; The following email came in from the family of the late Danny Oakes; Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; Forecasts all agree that we're in for a soaking this Sunday; I am inquiring about a motorcycle racer who rode at Bonneville between 1955 and 1970 named Steve Macais; To John (Edmund): I went through the years 1955 to '70 and found this; I saw in the July 14th issue of the HOT ROD HOTLINE that Bob Falcon wrote; Thank you for posting info about our upcoming Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance, Sunday, September 18, 2011; Please pass this on to the guy researching Preston Tucker; We will soon be doing an on-line pod cast series which will feature live interviews with famous and/or committed racers from the quarter mile or dry lakes; A list of auto museums was compiled by the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, California and released to us as a courtesy; Being a writer myself I do appreciate what you are saying; I finally got my cell phone operating again and found a message from you about the size of the Oakland Midget Track; Motorsports and Memories Car Show, presented by Meadowdale International Raceways Preservation Association (MIRPA), on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 10 AM until 3 PM; Master custom builder Gene Winfield's video; This month’s Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online; I've been culling through hundreds of hours of footage and 1000's of photos, slowly making some progress; Justice Brothers Company Newsletter - August 2011 is now available; According to the title of the picture (at Legion Ascot Speedway) this was shot in the year I was born; The limited edition 1/43rd model of Donald Campbell's E-Type is available from Speed Record Models and Memorabilia; Craig Breedlove to be Honored at Simeone Museum.; I plan to leave on September 25th for Southern California and will certainly try to visit the Santa Ana Drag Strip bit; Bob Jaques called to tell us that Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip T-shirts can be purchased at Prestige Hobby; The salt gremlins got to us at Bonneville; Bonneville Speed Week 2011 Speed Demon's Record Run & Video
Newsletter 217 - August 26, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, That was very nice of Don Montgomery to take the picture and sent it and the history as he recalls it; I will be sending you some research on Tucker and his car in the next day or two; Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; Recent postings on the Road Runners News/Special Events webpage: (posted Aug 18, 2011); In 1950 Kenny Bigelow's 1937 Chevy, with 298 cu. in. GMC power - bored out 270" - was gaining a reputation in the southern Los Angeles area as a very fast car; The following email came in from the family of the late Danny Oakes; Some More About Engines. By LeRoi Tex Smith; Bench-Racing has been enjoying the foggy weather at Monterey "Car Week" for the last couple of days and as we move into the big weekend I thought I would invite those of you that are not here to enjoy some of the images that make this huge event the amazing car event that it is; This is the "Don't Miss" car of the year...we will have both dragsters and both Indy cars on display at the Firestone Complete Auto Care booth next to the main stage; I am interested in the Santa Ana Drags reunion breakfast that seems to be held in October; Here is a link they can go to and I just added some drag racing stuff on the IRL page; 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The world’s rarest and most beautiful automobiles will be at Pebble Beach Golf Links this Sunday, August 21, 2011; I wanted to let you know that I have finished my new Custom Cars Annual; Taylor & Tori Thompson will be performing on Center Stage at this year's Cruzin' for Life; Bonneville Speed Week 2011 Speed Demon's Record Run & Video.
Newsletter 216 - August 18, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Someone may have contacted you already but in case they have not, Tommy Auger passed away on Monday, July 11, 2011; Please find most recent press release. Thank you (name withheld by editor); Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; In reference to Kenny Bigelow - newsletter # 215, Kenny was one of the first to show the potential of the GMC six cylinder engine; Thank you for helping me with this; It is also a pleasure to finally meet you and may I say thank you for all the work your Dad and your family has done to bring our sport to where it is today; The following except comes from an article by Art Evans for the website Sports Car Digest, which is a free website; I'm an automotive historian working on the history of the 1948 Tucker Automobile; Valerie Thompson has a new co-sponsorship agreement with Troon Enterprises to help her set multiple land speed records with a BMW 1000 Superbike for the 8th Annual BUB Speed Trials; The Wally Bell Show produced and broadcast by the Zeus Radio Network for Racers Reunion Radio, Wednesdays 8 to 9 pm Eastern Time; I know that Isky used to grind a (Kenny) "Bigelow" grind for a Chevy 6 that was a pretty hot cam in its day, I would think the two are likely connected; The Petersen Automotive Museum August 2011 Through March 2012 Exhibitions & Events at a Glance. Please join us in congratulating Director, Curt Wallin, Executive Producers, Ambassador John Price and Geralyn Dreyfous, Producers, John Greene and Jennifer Jordan for the opening of BOYS OF BONNEVILLE in Larry H. Miller theaters on August 26, 2011
Newsletter 215 - August 3, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I am the son of Hillary Govia. My Dad passed away about 10 years ago however I would like to be in contact with Bob Sweikert's family if they would be willing to speak to me; My name is Wes White, I own Four Aces Cycle Supply, and we specialize in British Motorcycles; "You know what I have sent you are discussions I'm having with members of DRAG RACERS INC; The Head Hunters meeting was at Doug King's House; I thought you might like to see who I have been working with during the last few months; I recently discovered that Kenneth Bigelow is my half-brother; This month is twice the cars and twice the fun with two Prolong Twilight Cruises on Wednesday, August 3 and August 24. On August 3, Customs will be the theme car and on Aug. 24, Rat Rods will be the theme car; Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; 3rd Biennial Indian Day West celebrating 110th Anniversary of Indian Motorcycles; I went to Skip Govia's place today and was amazed to know about Dorie Sweikert’s visit about 13 years ago; Steve Gibbs Named Grand Marshal Of The 20th California Hot Rod Reunion Presented By Automobile Club Of Southern California; The Sam Auxier Jr Show Live every Monday; Chris Rudy in California suggested this on-line magazine for both Auto and Motorcycles; Hi all This is the news update sent out to supporters of the Allard Chrysler Action Group that is restoring Europe’s first dragster
Newsletter 214 - August 3, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Richard "Dick" Fish died in a motorcycle accident in Glacier National Park while participating in The Good, The Bad & The Ugly rally; I would like to tell you that there is a great biography done by Stuart Hilborn that I finished reading last night; G'Day; I received this email today. You may have also received a copy; G'Day Roger, Richard and Bruce; Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; A very interesting motorcycle video taken at El Mirage dry lake in 2011; Ed Justice Jr and Justice Brothers Car Care Products has a new emailed newsletter and you can get on it by going to Justice Brothers; Scottsdale, Arizona, July 28, 2011; CBS Sports Spectacular and Lucas Oil present: 1st Annual Diamond Nationals Drag Boat Races from Lake Lucas at the LUCAS Oil Speedway in Wheatland MO; In keeping with the Hot Rod Hangout theme in the newsletter, last Friday night I visited a new venue that is held at the ADM and supported by Source Interlink, the publishers of the Petersen magazines; This month’s Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online; Western Reserve Historical Society marks turnaround with updates; Editor: the following are some letters received from Spencer Simon who is doing a story on the Head Hunters car club that formed in the late 1940’s; My father was the starter at the Bonneville Salt Flats back in 1960-1975; SpeedDemon WICKED HP; Pre War Prescott Report
Newsletter 213 - July 28, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I had the chance to see this movie at its debut at the Newport beach film festival and it's fantastic; 400 mph MOTORCYCLE is next; We are thrashing to get Fred Lobello's Tank to the salt this year; Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; I've seen your name attached to a number of book reviews on www.HotRodHotline. How does one go about having their book considered for a review on the site?; "Deuce of Spades" is a period hot rod film by Faith Granger; In the issue draft received yesterday you covered a source for Dry Lakes Car Club plaques that is located in Massachusetts; Lenny Schaeffer from Massachusetts has a nice newsletter; Leonard Abbott was my uncle; I recently came across your website and was wondering if someone might be able to help me; URGENT SEMA ACTION NETWORK ALERT; Dear Coalition Members; Riding Alfresco, Motorcyclist Sets Record With 311.94 M.P.H. Run; This is the world’s fastest motorcycle; Andy Granatelli sent us the following website links to view the Goodwood event where his cars were displayed; The Sam Auxier Jr Show; In your photos of the roadster show, you asked if anyone knew who owned the exquisite roadster...it's for sale in the www.hotrodhotline.com ads under the 1932 Ford; Drag Boat Races and Stock Cars; One month from today, on August 21, the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links will be filled with beautiful cars during the 61st annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance; The Boys Of Bonneville at Speedweek.
Newsletter 212 - July 21, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Glenford Vincent Dennee Jr born April 9 1936 and passed away on July 11 2011; I'm the Class Manager of the HOT ROD LEGENDS CLASS; Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; Thanks for the kind comments and we are hoping our crew can take the Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster to the Palos Verdes Concours; Car night gatherings; I always enjoy reading the SLSRH's Newsletter, but my interest was really peaked by the photos of the Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster and its team in the July 14, 2011 issue; The Sam Auxier Jr Show. Best In Live Radio Monday, July 18, 2011, 7-9PM EST; 18 July 2011 Hot Rod Hangouts, How and When Did They Start; The Unlimited News Journal has been distributed via snail mail in hard copy since 1973; The first picture is a birthday card that your Dad sent to a friend in 1968; The Nefarious Bunch By LeRoi Tex Smith; Ed Winfield finally gets the nod by the Motorsports Hall of Fame 7 Jan, 2011; The Wally Bell Show, Zeus Radio Network, Wednesdays 8 to 9 pm Eastern Time; Bill Warner just rode into the History books; The premier of “ACK Attack-The Fastest Bike in the World” will air July 21, 2011, at 6:00 and 9:00 PM pacific time and on July 22, 2011 at 9:00 and 12:00 PM on Discovery HD Theater; I am looking for information on Doug Boyd who was (is?) a historian on Legion Ascot Raceway; The Sam Auxier Jr Show
Newsletter 211 - July 14, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, David Kennamer longtime Sidewinder and BNI member passed away peacefully early on Saturday morning June11th after suffering a massive stroke, It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of my brother Gary Partridge, I visited Dema Elgin to see how things are going with his Biography about him and Ed Winfield, If you are on Facebook please go to the new film page and you can see my tour progress and miscellaneous tour related pictures, This month’s Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online, Editor’s notes: Faith Granger sent this to me some time ago and I am not sure if I ran this in the newsletter so here it is again, Hi 36hp Challenge and big block VW racers pit crew members and spectators, I just received this from Miriam Macmillan SCTA Secretary, UK Roadster & Pickup Nationals at Twinwood Airbase (report), Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum, STP 1000 MPH Bloodhound, Hyfire on the HAMB needs info: Barnfind - Bonneville Record Car, I did a Bob DeFazio interview at the LUCAS Oil BBQ and posted it on YouTube, Editor’s notes: Recently I received an email asking for advice on what are the best car shows to attend to sell or promote one’s products, Editor’s notes: The following email comes from a young high school student who is becoming a great oval track racer, Allard Owners Club Vice President Mike Knapman said “We are really pleased that the National Motor Museum Beaulieu is backing the restoration of Sydney Allard’s unique dragster and we thank them for allowing us to include it in our display, Just a quick note to let you east coasters know the Loring Maine (LTA's) land speed event is this coming weekend, Back in the 1940's around SoCal there were many automobiles painted the same gray color with a logotype on the doors that read Technocracy, Fuel For Thought by LandSpeed Louise Ann Noeth, SO-CAL Speed Shop Burbank CA circa 1946 author unknown, The Petersen Automotive Museum July Through December 2011 Exhibitions & Events At A Glance, Thanks for the kind comments and we are hoping our crew can take the Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster to the Palos Verdes Concours, On Sunday (3rd July) Twinwood airbase played host to the UK Roadster and Pickup Nationals hosted by Dave Lesley and Paul Brown at Clapham Classics, VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory Park
Newsletter 210 - July 1, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, My Dad died last Sunday, below is a notice about the service and a little remembrance of his life, A very special Hot Rod class is being assembled for the 2011 Concours at the Trump International Golf Course in Palos Verdes California on September 17-18 2011, We were pleased to learn last week that our friend Nate Shelton was elected as SEMA Chair Elect, Movie Wheels of Fire You may have already seen this If not you need to, We really didn’t get introduced at the ADM (Automotive Driving Museum), British LSR Bloodhound SSC video, I am sending out a note to inform you of the results of my survey of the vendor participants at the Auto & Aviation Expo 2011 event sponsored by the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) in El Segundo California on January 26 2011, I am not too familiar with your publication, I could prepare a lengthy response but I will just give you a simple “AMEN!”, I went to the Head Hunters club; had an interesting time and met several people there that I knew, You may know me from working on the movie Deuce of Spades where I was the Production Assistant and about a hundred other positions, I left California in early April to tour the USA until the end of the year in support of my film, Size Doesn't Always Matter, PaintingS by Alan Ameel, Cruziin For Life, Bentley Drivers Club Concours D'Elegance
Newsletter 209 - June 24, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Drag race photographer Alan Earman is hospitalized with a number of maladies and Bob McClurg reports Earman, A memorial gathering for Land Speed racing great Bill Summers is planned for Friday June 24 2011 at 5:30 pm, I have been reading your stories and reviews and they have been great you do a very good job, I expected to see you at the LA Roadster Show yesterday, The Sam Auxier Jr Show Best in Live Radio, In order to test a new automatic turbocharger altitude compensation control strategy we are doing the above project, My name is Dwayne Vance and I have loved to draw since an early age Very similar to most artist and designers in the world, It's been awhile so I thought I'd put something out there in regard to updates on the 11th Annual Rat Fink Party and Kustom Kulture Extravaganza, This video was a walking tour of this past weekend's National Hot Rod Reunion, Recession wipes out Nevada town, Fred Lobello's belly tank race car at the dry lakes, Can anyone find any info on the clocks, Brooklands Double 12 report
Newsletter 208 - June 17, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, My friend and mentor of twenty five years Bill Summers past away this morning Friday the 13th of May 2011, Jack Dolan is still in the hospital, Thank you! I have a passion for nostalgia drag racing salt flats etc, Sam Auxier Jr 10 June 2011 "Your Automotive Radio Super Station", Impound Insights By Dan Warner, The annual Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) Auto & Aero Historical Expo, I just wanted to let you know that a fine article written by Preston Lerner and edited by Pat Trenner came out in the July issue of the prestigious Smithsonian's Air and Space magazine, I found your name googling an item that I bought at local garage sale (very south Louisiana), While searching around my shop yesterday juggling stuff around to make some extra floor space way under a bench I discovered a Halibrand Bonneville cast magnesium alloy wheel, The following report comes from Brian Taylor in England, Well June to July is pretty packed with 5 upcoming events on 5 consecutive weekends so I thought I'd deal with them all in one post so here goes, THE START OF IT ALL (well, duh, it hasn’t always been this way!) By LeRoi Tex Smith, Hi Spencer Thanks for all of the photos, The Cummins Diesel picture is from Jimmy Correia The Federal with Agabashian picture and the other one is from Norm Rapp.
Newsletter 207 - June 10, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Services for Bill Summers will be held on June 18 2011 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints starting around Noon, I went to the memorial service for Mike Kitchen yesterday at the Corona Del Mar California Senior center, Drake-Landers Eve Louise April 7 1911 - May 28 2011 Born Eva Louise Roark in Mountain Park Oklahoma she passed from this world on Saturday afternoon at her home in Laguna Hills California. Daniel Lee Laycock 50 Plainfield Indiana passed away Friday June 3 2011, I thought your readers might like to know about a $12 million gift made by the Crawford estate in support of the Crawford Auto and Aviation Collection at the Western Reserve Historical Society, Thought you might enjoy seeing this, The California racers reunion will be in October and run by the Riverside Automobile Museum, Thank you very much for getting back to me, Don Edwards is having a special book signing for his book Drag Boats of the 1960s; Photo Archive, Was just going through some of my books and discovered one that has been in my library for some time, Founded in 1944 the Sports Car Club of America Inc, Sonic Wind LSRV is a Land Speed Rocket Car attempting to break the Absolute Land Speed Record of 763 mph and trying to be the First Car to go 1000 MPH, hope you can access the YouTube video at the bottom of this message, I am having trouble meeting the 100 stories I said I could put up, It may have been raining ‘cats and dogs’ outside during finals day at the Main Event held at Santa Pod Raceway on May 30, I saw your website last night and I have a question about your business, Mickey Thompson; The Fast Life And Tragic Death Of A Racing Legend By Erik Arneson, Gone Racin' ...Karl and Veda Orr. Story by Richard Parks with contributions by Bob Falcon Carole Sweikert Ron Ceridono, The following story comes from Bob Falcon with editorial comments in parenthesis from Carole Sweiker, UPCOMING MUSEUM BENEFIT AUCTION, The Charles Jarrott Commemoration Run (Sunday 5th June)
Newsletter 206 - June 3, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I just read your very comprehensive and interesting review of the movie Boys of Bonneville in the www.HotRodHotLine.com Online e-zine, This month’s Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online, The 2010 All American Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) Contest winners were announced at the annual breakfast held in the shadow of the famed racetrack’s turn two, Route 66 Rendezvous and 2011 Cruisin’ Hall of Fame courtesy of Karen Blanco, Veloce Publishing Ltd has a good selection of auto racing books, The owner of the Sinclair Truck Stop in Wendover Utah is interested in an immediate sale, Crawford estate gives Western Reserve Historical Society $12 million by Margaret Bernstein The Plain Dealer Cleveland Ohio, Pebble Beach Automotive Week takes place the third week in August, and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance wants to help make the most of your time on the Monterey Peninsula, The annual Rockabilly Rod Reunion and NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series will take place this weekend (May 27-29) at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Gone Racin'...Autobiography of Doug King.
Newsletter 205 - May 26, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, We lost James Warren - a sad day, A memorial service for David E Davis Jr convened luminaries from within and without the auto industry to celebrate his iconic presence in their lives, The Automobile Driving Museum (The Auto Museum That Takes You For A Ride) announces that several groups have agreed to become sponsors of the upcoming Automobile & Aviation History Expo that is planned for Sunday June 26 2011, Hot Rod enthusiasts of all ages will have the opportunity to meet talented hot rod builder Troy Ladd and model car designer Roger Harney during a box signing event at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles California Saturday May 28th, Playing Cars (and Marbles) By LeRoi Tex Smith, In 1966 three Halibrand Shrike cars were built for the Indianapolis 500, This is confidential I know it's a stupid question but I didn't see (name withheld) biography yet in the newsletter except for the pictures, I spoke with Jacob Bagnell last night, I have an extensive library of negatives that I'm currently in the process of scanning and adding to my digital library, Band schedule for Rockabilly Rod Reunion & NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series, The SLSRH thanks www.Autowriters.com for the use of this article (edited from the original), Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation receives gift of $100,000,000 from Margie Petersen and the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation Los Angeles (April 26, 2011), The Petersen Automotive Museum May Through July 2011, Green Monster: Bill Woodall email, Please find attached pdf file of latest press release about an important day in the restoration of Europe’s first dragster, VSCC SeeRed at Donnington This Weekend (tickets anyone?), VSCC SeeRed at Donnington Park 2011 Report
Newsletter 204 - May 20, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, This is Don Rudy's son Glenn composing this email from my father's work email, Bill Summers passed away early this morning Thursday 5/12/11, Please check up on Ed Mabry, I talked to Del Reath this week she tells me Joe is not doing all the great & to top it off she had a fall, This was posted in April to the SCTA website, This was posted in March to the SCTA website, For those of you who don't know Ron Lachman had his other knee replacement surgery this afternoon and he came through it just fine, I noticed your name in the Drive Magazine masthead under contributing writers, Construction is already underway on a 4 Lane Wide 1/4 Mile Drag Strip plus a 2-1/2 Mile Race Course, (Here is the) the information as noted for the ‘Bad Bird’ running at the Mojave Mile with David Haas driving, I see that you are selling copies of the book Roy Richter; Striving for Excellence, Thought you might be able to help me, Impound Insights By Dan Warner, After over forty years in the military aircraft business I’ve left the hangar, I used to know Norm Rapp, I have met with Norm Rapp, Please find attached pdf file of latest press release about an important day in the restoration of Europe’s first dragster, 18 May 2011 ADM Announces Sponsors for Auto/Aero History Expo by Bob Falcon, These pictures came through a family link, Boys of Bonneville A movie review by LandSpeed Louise Ann Noeth, All American Racers is proud of the contribution their drivers team and Eagle racing cars have made to the world's most famous race and the part they played in the history of the 500 in the 1960's and 1970's, Maytag Children’s Race Cars History, Hi Richard and Roger Hope you can quickly help me round up a photo that we can use in our show "Pedal to the Metal" a History of Oregon Motorsports, Here is an interview list by Sam Hawley for his book Speed Duel, Sports Illustrated writer Jack Olsen made a series of audio recordings in 1965 that I found extremely useful in writing the later chapters of Speed Duel, I am adding 2 boats from the "Budweiser Dynasty" to the East Coast, This last weekend was the first S.C.T.A. meet of the 2001 Season and everyone was all hyped up after being rained out at the end of last year, Vintage Revival Montlhery 2011
Newsletter 203 - May 13, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Special newsflash: Hila Sweet called Beverly and in turn she called me, I am sad to report that Emily Forberg wife of Carl Forberg died this morning Tuesday May 3rd, We lost Joe Devine (The Alternate magazine) this morning around 8:30 here in Pennsylvania, I received this note from Wester Potter this am, Thought you might like to know that Ed Connors of Medford passed away suddenly on April 22, The Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) the Museum That Takes You for a Ride is now accepting applications for the 2011 edition of the Auto & Aircraft Expo that will to be held at their facility in El Segundo California on June 26 2011, I finally got some computer consulting help, Tom Fritz does incredible car artwork, The 9th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA June 16-18 2011 at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green Kentucky, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday May 7 2011 in Santiago Park, The Friends of El Mirage Presents A SPRING cleanup At El Mirage Cooperative Management Area Saturday May 7 2011, Hi Everyone can Club Presidents and reps please give the follow information to your clubs and have the patrols and other duties ready for the below start times, This month’s Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online, Time for some French action as we pack up the three wheeled toys and head off to the Vintage Revival Montlhery this weekend, I found a book Proving Ground which has a lot of photos of 1960's Bonneville racers, JUNKYARD BLUES By LeRoi Tex Smith, Dan Smith Pebble Beach California May 5 2011, One year Carol and I were on vacation and stopped at Pea Soup Andersons for lunch and ran into Jack Mendenhall, Fun was had by all Ed Isky Ed Clancy (he ran a '38 Ford at the SA drags) Otto Ryssman (first over 200mph at El Mirage joined the Bonneville 200mph club in '54, Bummer! Remembered this get together that evening, Would you please send a copy of the names from the picnic, The Timers car club was a high school car club between 1957 and about 1964 at Whittier High School California, Proving Ground: A History of Dodge Chrysler and Plymouth Racing Written by Jim Schild. Reviewed by Gregg Leary, Editor's notes: The following was sent to us by hot rod artist Tom Fritz, I just realized that I have an inventory listing of the racing books in my library, 3rd Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown, Editor’s Notes: Here is an interview list by Sam Hawley for his book Speed Duel, MISCELLANEOUS: LSR FILMS & RECORDINGS.
Newsletter 202 - April 29, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Memorial Services for Dana Wilson will be held this Thursday April 28, A new film is out called The Boys of Bonneville and will be shown at the Newport Beach Movie Festival on May 4 2011 at 6pm in Costa Mesa California, The following obituary was sent in by Glen Barrett, I just received word from Dana's daughter that at 3:25 pm today Dana Wilson passed away, I will be at the Santa Ana Drags reunion and will bring Larry Deutsch with me, I will be in Bakersfield for the NSRA Street Rod event, THANK YOU for informing all of us regarding the Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion coming up on Saturday May 7th and I am hoping to be able to attend, Here is a guy I met through my work, Spencer: If you want to write your biography I will help you edit it, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday May 7 2011 in Santiago Park, Richard and Spencer: That is a lot more complicated than what I thought, Jim Calzia is a Research Geologist (now Emeritus) with the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park CA, Did you see that we have added Tex Smith as a bi-monthly contributor in the guest columnist section, LeRoi Tex Smith has been involved with the hot rod hobby since the age of 8 when family in-laws were outlaws running whiskey into Oklahoma, The following is a book review courtesy of www.hotrodhotline.com - 1320 Maybe not what you think, The NHRA has reviewed the Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (WMDRA) Rulebook and finds that safety criteria follows that of the NHRA, The following site was sent in by Ron Main, Norman "Norm" Thatcher or “Grampa Norm” supposedly a Dodge dealer from Van Nuys California, Greetings from Texas I have moved here permanently since the 1st of April and have been working hard to get all my belongings unpacked and put away, Sounds like a great event... not sure I'll be able to rearrange my schedule to make it, Some of my Bonneville buddies here in Colorado Springs informed me that you were looking for some short stories about Willie Buchta, It is the travel that is the stopper I always look forward to messages from all racing venues, Groups form coalition in effort to replenish the Bonneville Salt Flats By MICHELLE KOUEITER on 4/25/2011, I am from Whittier California and found this in my pictures, Editor’s notes: The following was sent to us by Charles Rollins, A new film "The Boys of Bonneville - Racing on a Ribbon of Salt" is being screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Wednesday May 4 2011 at 6:00 PM, Editor: The following was sent in by Ron Main and pertains to the cast and crew of the new movie Boys of Bonneville, Editor’s Notes: Here is a continuation of the interviews conducted by Sam Hawley for his book - Speed Duel, Doug King Pictures Sent in by Spencer Simon
Newsletter 201 - April 22, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Just heard that Richard Spencer past president of USFRA and a Bonneville racer passed away yesterday, Richard Spencer passed away today at his home in Garland Utah, The 10th Annual Hall of Fame and Henderson Car Cruise will be held on October 14-16 2011, Thanks for the contact I have forwarded some information onto Jack at biker hotline but have not heard anything back as of yet, We do not take Safety for granted, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday May 7 2011 in Santiago Park, I attended (Santa Ana Drags reunion) last year for the first time, The following stories were sent to us, Return of Land Speed Racing, Bentley Sets World Speed Record on Ice, Lightning Benz Fastest on Earth 100 Years Ago, Bernd Rosemeyer 100th Birthday Celebration, Editor: The following was sent in by Ron Main, I agree BTW did you count the number of pages in the rulebook dedicated to the sidecar, I feel a little bit the same way, Based on this evaluation only it does seem a bit silly to have all of these classes that have no real participation and make classes only to have classes, I am looking for photos of N Thatcher's 1959 Dodge up through 1964 Plymouth, Scrub Hansen (Outrider's interviews), Hello this is Carlo Berardini son of the Berardini Race team founder Tony Berardini, Rockabilly Rod Reunion & NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series May 27-29 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Editor’s notes: The following email was received from Jeff Grubert at Circle King Productions, I am working on a great story on Mor Drop Axles that is about to close its doors, I can't thank you enough for your kindness and time spent on following up on my Grandpa Royal's work, The Roadsters and the Lotus painting, Editor’s Notes: Here is a continuation of the interviews conducted by Sam Hawley for his book Speed Duel, Spencer two pictures of my car and one picture of me with Norbert Singer are embedded in my bio, Gas Stations of the 1920's
Newsletter 200 - April 15, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Joe Mondello Born August 6 1936 Passed away on April 6 2011, Joe Mondello passed away on April 5 2011 following complications from surgery, Paul Vanderley a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club passed away yesterday, The following was received from Mark Brown, I received a phone call from Virginia "Rusty" Harkey's daughter Robyn on March 26th at 11:30am from her and Virginia's Tampa Florida home to let me know that Virginia had lost her five year battle with cancer, I believe most of those racing fuels were formulated by the European racing teams before and after WWll, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Centennial Moment, New Bike Works and Prescott Bike Festival 2011, The 2011 March Meet photo and video highlights are now up, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday May 7 2011 in Santiago Park, All land speed racing Volkswagen's and racers both past and present are invited to be part of a Bonneville Volkswagen display to be held during Bug-In 36 on May 1st at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California, I am going to meet up with a BUNGHOLER next week and hope that brings more information about the club, Was there ever a racing club or team by the name of Timers, The car club was known as the T-Timers, The T-Timers had many chapters throughout California in the 50's, The "T Timers" was a club on the west coast, Click on the link below to see more info on the 'T timers' car club plaques, I was recently contacted by Bill Woodall, I am referring to this portion of your article on Hotrodhotline, Road Runner Meeting Notes, I received this email and it does have some connection to racing, Editor’s Notes: Here is a continuation of the interviews conducted by Sam Hawley for his book, New Bike Works and Prescott Bike Festival 2011
Newsletter 199 - April 7, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I just received the following from Pat McSwain, I have good news about my search for Veda Orr's CT NEWS with the Jeraulds Muffler advertisement, Hello Road Runners Meeting reminder for our April meeting, I will be doing an article on the 10th Anniversary Henderson Event for Nancy Wilson including comments about my being nominated for the Wally Parks award this year, Dear friends crew supporters sponsors and land speed record enthusiasts, Sorry about the wrong date for start up of MTA, I had to comment on the item in your last Land Speed newsletter from Bob Falcon, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday May 7 2011 in Santiago Park, Editor’s notes: Evelyn Roth sent a warning that is important for all of us who have cell phones and use chargers to recharge the batteries on our cell phones, We got an email from SEMA today and it was an April fool’s joke gone bad, Hot Rod Artist Kenny Youngblood will be attending the 2011 SEMA Show for his ‘BLOOD DID IT 45th ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR, THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM, APRIL THROUGH JULY 2011 EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS AT A GLANCE, I have just posted 2 new boats, Meadowvale International Raceways Preservation Association and Bob McKee will host an Open House on April 16 2011 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at his shop located at 805 Oakwood Road #H Lake Zurich, EDITOR’S NOTES: Here is a continuation of the interviews conducted by Sam Hawley for his book Speed Duel, Rich Fox 03-30-11 Photographs
Newsletter 198 - April 1, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, David E Davis journalist author magazine founder advertising executive raconteur and friend passed away Sunday March 27 2011, David E Davis Jr By STEVEN COLE SMITH on 3/28/2011, The March 24 2010 Newsletter stated that the year the Mojave Timing Association (MTA) started was 1946, Here are a couple of items that were cued by issue #197 on Jim Millers remarks concerning exotic fuels, I met Rich Fox about 16 years ago through California Bill Fisher and Twelve Port News of Inliners International, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday May 7 2011 in Santiago Park, To all writers and photographers from last year, Look at all the parts that come with it, READERS: This is an email that I received and my reply, The City Council of Banning California has upheld its revocation of a developer’s permit to build a drag strip near the local airport, Family Tradition by Scott Daloisio (Perris, CA, March 28, 2011) Sent in by Pattie Frost, ACAG WORKING PARTY SET OUT REMAINING RESTORATION TASKS, I would like to comment on the President's Corner article in the recent Newsletter #194, Tex Smith has a new book about to be released, Here is a continuation of the interviews conducted by Sam Hawley for his book "Speed Duel", The Choppers Hot Rod Association of Cleveland Ohio was started by a group of teenage hot rodders back in 1956, San Diego Steel Products CHENOWTH Indy Roadster, Rod Riders Annual banquet and awards party story
Newsletter 197 - March 24, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Your editorial 03-18-2011 says Mojave Timing Association (MTA) was pre-war MTA was started in 1946, On 09-28-08 in your www.hotrodhotline.com article on Karl & Veda Orr you mentioned CT NEWS (California Timing News) - Do you know anyone that has copies of this publication?, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday May 7 2011 in Santiago Park, Chenowth / Shoemaker Dragster, The Lou Bingham’s land speed record car, HARRISBURG, N.C. -- All good things come to an end and so is the case for America's Motorsports Authority National Speed Sport News, Art Evans has a new book out on Carroll Shelby called The Shelby American Story, The Choppers Hot Rod Association of Cleveland Ohio was started by a group of teenage hot rodders back in 1956, The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011, Editor’s Notes: Here is a continuation of the interviews conducted by Sam Hawley for his book, Speed Duel.
Newsletter 196 - March 18, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I wanted to give you an update on Charlie Gilmore, Editor’s notes: I have received new information on Karl and Veda Orr, I have E-mailed several people to hopefully get some biographies, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday May 7 2011 in Santiago Park, Am I still on your list I don't get much from you anymore, I was talking to Bill Summers yesterday, Hello Spencer: We do have some interesting LSR stuff, There is news regarding the DSS36 dual carburetor class participants running in the 36hp Challenge at the World of Speed event on the Bonneville Salt Flats this coming September, I am working on an article (and eventual book) about the first Palm Springs race held in April 1950, I just thought this might be of interest to you, I would like to introduce you to a great woman when it comes to land speed on a bike, 11x14 print of the first lap photograph of the start of the 1961 Grand Prix at Watkins Glen is available, Editor’s Notes: Here is a continuation of the interviews conducted by Sam Hawley for his book - Speed Duel, Karl & Veda Orr photos
Newsletter 195 - March 10, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Santiago Park, I found this biography below on Bob Sweikert, We'll send pictures and a short write-up (concerning the Mojave Mile LSR) after the event, The Sam Auxier Jr Show Monday, March 7 2011, I'm Tommy Smith the just-turned-19 year old that was laying prone on the 650cc Triumph in my bathing suit Clymer helmet and tennis shoes, The following biography and story comes from Tom Smith who raced his motorcycle at Bonneville back in the 1950’s, Road Runner Meeting Notes, I have been holding up this tribute to Greg Falconer in order to receive more information, Here is a continuation of the interviews conducted by Sam Hawley for his book.
Newsletter 194 - March 4, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I just read your review and it is simply fabulous, Classic car judge collector and restorer Tom Sparks of North Hollywood passed on 2/17, The following website has some biographical information on Tommy Sparks, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday May 7 2011 in Santiago Park, The Gold Coast Roadster & Racing Club announces the 18th Annual Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame and ‘GAS-UP’ Party will be held in Buellton, California on Saturday April 30 2011, I have had the pleasure of meeting Mauri Rose back at The Speedway (Indy 500) and right now cannot recall the surroundings or the event but it may have been in the former Old-timers Club gathering trailer, I have had many of my friends burned in racing accidents and it is not pretty, I did not make myself very clear on the Ray McDowell piece, The MAXX2RACING (M2) Team will be competing at our first 2011 event The Mojave Mile in conjunction with the Unique Ford GT event on Saturday April 9th followed by the Mojave Mile on Sunday April 10 2011, What a voice he had Nice obit in the New York Times, Thank you for your marvelous review of the DOS movie, We had noticed an email you sent some time ago as to providing information to you on our car, The Sam Auxier Jr Show Mondays, Ron Main sent in the following link to a video, Thank you for the nice warm welcome for being northern California's reporter of The Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletters, John Ewald sent in a video on YouTube about the 2010 Bakersfield March Meet, Here is a continuation of the interviews conducted by Sam Hawley for his book, This month’s Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online, As a fan of Deuce of Spades, thank you for the nice review on the film, The Wally Bell Show on the Zeus Radio Network for Racers Reunion Radio, The following information was presented to us by the staff at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona California, Karl & Veda Orr photos
Newsletter 193 - February 25, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Petersen Automotive Museum Panel Discussion: Past Present and Future of Drag Racing, Sure Richard no problem Use what you like Sam Hawley, I read your review of the movie Deuce of Spades, This YouTube video is of exceptional interest featuring Don Ferguson Jr and Alex Xydias, The Gold Coast Roadster & Racing Club announces the 18th Annual Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame and ‘GAS-UP’ Party will be held in Buellton California on Saturday April 30 2011, Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame (updated January 2010) Oilstick Home by Evelyn Roth, I visited with Fred Chapparo figuring he might have a clue and it turns out that I was correct with my assumption, I just read your review of Faith Granger's "Deuce of Spades", Automotive Radio Network presents the Sam Auxier Junior Show, Editor’s notes: A member of the SLSRH is looking for people who knew Mauri Rose, I can send you a lot of written info about myself and Ed Winfield and some about Clifford H. Collins, About Mauri Rose he passed away on January 1 1981, A while back there was an e-mail sent I think from Ed Justice Jr about ID'ing a land speed looking car, Editor’s notes: We have been trying to find out as much information as we can on Ed Adams and Arthur C Tilton, I have been following with interest the stories about restoring Europe's first dragster, Steve Gibbs -- NHRA Director of Competition – Gentleman by Don Prieto (1998), Green Monster: Lee Pendleton interview by Samuel Hawley, The Petersen Automotive Museum February Through July 2011 Exhibitions & Events, Petersen Automotive Museum to Celebrate "Deuce Week" Honoring The 80th Anniversary Of The 1932 Ford, Revised 2011 schedule for The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway sent in by John Bisci, Left to right; Veda Orr, Bob Sweikert, Marion Sweikert and Karl Orr
Newsletter 192 - February 18, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I am sad to say that my dad Ken Eichert passed away last night February 14, 2011, Editor’s notes: I received notice that Tom Carnegie has passed away, February 15 2011 Tim McKinney “The Night Before 500” USAC midget race has long been seen as a "must win" on most open wheel racers' personal scorecards, Bentley Continental hits 205 mph on ice By GREG MIGLIORE, I think that I already goofed up and canceled my subscription, Fans attending the 24th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals will have the unique opportunity to walk down Royal Purple Raceway with the "first lady of drag racing", A friend of mine from the Midwest is seeking information on McDowell who has dropped off the radar and this happened around the beginning of WW2, The Gold Coast Roadster & Racing Club announces the 18th Annual Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame and ‘GAS-UP’ Party will be held in Buellton California on Saturday April 30 2011, My name is Mike Hooper and I am in New Zealand I met and talked to Ernie Nagamatsu down here when he was racing Old Yeller (he also bought his Cobra out on this trip), Check out my cousin's (sidecar Mike Robilio's brother) place in Raton New Mexico, The Gold Coast Roadster and Racing Club wishes to take this opportunity to announce a change in the date of the annual Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame GAS UP, I was recently retained by Valerie Thompson to obtain sponsor funding for the 2011 NHRA racing season, Rockabilly Rod Reunion and NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series May 27-29 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, The following interview by Sam Hawley is being made available to us at the SLSRH as a courtesy by Sam, Martin paints some cool pictures, Moldy Marvin's 11th Annual Rat Fink.Party & Kustom Kulture Extravaganza! July 29th - 31st 2011
Newsletter 191 - February 11, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, My name is Tom Killian I retired from a 30 year career with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Willie Buchta came into Land Speed racing late in life, This is my favorite story to tell about Willie Buchta whom I considered one of my favorite people, I noticed that this little paragraph in the club history was missing, This now forces me to write a bio, Sidewinders car club was established 1934 and is the oldest Hot Rod Club in America, Restoring Europe's first dragster, Just a note to let you know that I've added a section to my website on the "Infinity" jet car in which Glenn Leasher was killed in 1962, I thought this might make an interesting addition to your "Remembering Connie Swingle" biography on www.HotrodHotline.com, Would you have a phone number or an Email for Mr. Jack Underwood, Road Runner Meeting Notes - Tuesday, February 8th 7pm at Ed Martin Garage, WHAT’S NEXT FOR SYDNEY ALLARD’S 1961 ALLARD CHRYSLER DRAGSTER, Moldy Marvin's 11th Annual Rat Fink Party & Kustom Kulture Extravaganza! July 29-31 2011, I was recently retained by Valerie Thompson to obtain sponsor funding for the 2011 NHRA racing season, The Gold Coast Roadster & Racing Club announces the 18th Annual Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame and ‘GAS-UP’ Party will be held in Buellton California on Saturday April 30 2011, I will be displaying work and running a painting demonstration this coming weekend Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th February 2011 at The Footman James 2nd Great Western Autojumble, The following interview was conducted by Sam Hawley for his book.
Newsletter 190 - February 4, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, In the last issue of the newsletter I gave you this website, This video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnI7L_l8Byc was posted on the HAMB and I thought this would be enjoyable for all to see on the Landspeed Racing page, I read in the recent issue of the newsletter a question from a gentleman asking for info regarding 200 MPH clubs, Bonneville 200 MPH Club History, I was recently reading an article you wrote in regards to the 2008 Grand National Roadster show, I have just been contacted by Rich Kimball from Hot VW's magazine and Periscope Productions regarding this year’s 36th Bug-In, This months Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online, To see more of Martin Squire’s work go to, The member list runs to 13 pages, 6 point font, The Gold Coast Roadster & Racing Club announces the 18th Annual Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame and ‘GAS-UP’ Party will be held in Buellton California on Saturday April 30 2011, Editor’s comments: The following interview comes from Sam Hawley’s website, Readers: Two weeks ago a letter from an attorney representing an unknown client was filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Newsletter 189 - January 25, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, On my website we had a "Willie's Builds" topic where he'd do some welding or assembly or whatever - and show how to do it with photos and narrative, Early Road Runner hot rod innovator auto industry engineer Fran (Francisco) Hernandez passes January 5 2011, Vince Davis passed away recently according to a phone call from David Parks, I came across your name at Autobooks/Aerobooks in Burbank and thought I should bring to your attention my book review website, To Matthew Taylor: I did a little digging on the Sunbeam Tiger, Just like to let you all know my new web site is up and running, The 2011 B'ville NW Banquet will be held February 19 2011, The Mount Washington Hill climb known as the Climb to the Clouds was first run in 1904 and is one of America’s oldest motorsports events, Annual Road Runners Banquet, I am assisting a race team owner with her sponsorship marketing and need to get some information about the 200 MPH Club
Newsletter 188 - January 20, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, Wednesday January 19 2011 We lost Willie Buchta this morning, Here is a TV interview of Barry and Ginny Lobeck on Episode 10021, Thank you so much for the nice review of the Custom Cars 2009 Annual on Hotrodhotline.com, I am researching a Sunbeam Tiger that ran at Bonneville in 1965, Road Runners - Minutes January Meeting, The 2011 B'ville NW Banquet will be held February 19 2011, The Sam Auxier Jr Show, Europe's first dragster is 50 years old, The Sam Auxier Jr Radio Show Mondays at 7PM EST, Attached are two pictures of the midget my dad owned in 1941, I'm writing to pass along some information you and the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians might find interesting, I checked out the website at www.samuelhawley.com and it is an excellent source of information on Bonneville land speed racing, Looking at a copy of "A Visit with Charlie Gilmore" dated 1/15/09 on your site Hotrodhotlin; I thought you and your readers who may know Charlie would like to know of his passing on Dec 26 2010, This was shared with me and it may help to save the life of someone suffering a heart attack, Recently I sent out a group emailer and some came back to me as "undeliverable" due to the content of the material, Even with exercise hours of screen time doubles risk of severe heart disease
Newsletter 187 - January 13, 2011 - President's Corner, Editorials, I am sad to have to report that my good friend and racing cohort Charlie Gilmore passed away on December 26 2010, We have lost Rocky Colegetti on Christmas morning around 9 am, You have probably heard this already from many but just in case you did not I am sad to report the passing of Barry Lobeck, A friend of mine from the Midwest is seeking information on McDowell who has dropped off the radar and this happened around the beginning of WW2, Friends of the 36hp Challenge, The Sam Auxier Jr Radio Show Mondays at 7PM EST, Just today I received my latest issue of Hot VW's Magazine (issue February 2011, volume 44, #2) and found something of interest inside, I have a long shot question about a car that was featured on the cover of the March 1961 Rodding and Re-Styling magazine, It wasn’t a Bonneville car but I found a reference to the owner and car on the LandSpeed site, Yes that was me in (your) Dad's stuff, I recently stumbled across the book review you did on my Mickey Thompson book, Heavily baked and lightly salted Danny Thompson leaves the Bonneville Salt at 264 MPH by Erik Arneson, Wally Bell Show is produced by Zeus Radio Network for Racers Reunion Radio, each Wednesday at 7 pm eastern time, I have no idea on any shows or dates or even locations it might have been shown, Watch for the new start date for the Sam Auxier Jr Show, Rosco McGlashan's Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now online, Have you ever seen a picture of the train test vehicle we designed and fabricated at Halibrand Engineering back in 1968 and 1969, The 2nd Annual Santa Maria High School Saints Drag race team BBQ and car show will be held on January 29 2011, I really appreciate the attention on this, Partial 2011 schedule for The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, In your Newsletter 184 from December 1 2010 you have the following quote, I will be posting my final two boats for 2010, The Petersen Automotive Museum December Through March 2011 Exhibitions & Events At A Glance.