Grand Marshall Tom Hanna
Tom Ivo, Evelyn and Kent
Fuller with "Jet Car Bob" Smith.
Before and after the presentations
there was a ton of visiting. Jerry Ruth, meet Linda Vaughan.
Marie and Gary Cochran, Bob Muravez
and Willie Stone. Unfortunately
Marie slipped going back to their room later that night and broke
her hip. She is healing back in Arizona.
Floyd, Mousie, Mr. C,
The Greek and TV.
Don Ewald, Darrell Conrad
and Pam Schavrien.
Ivo, Ruth LV and Hanna
Gary Cochran played wine
steward toTom & Kay Hanna .
Its blond out! Project 1320 founder, Traci Hrudka and the
Willie and the gang.
and Eshenbaugh table.
There were some very
cool aucton items with the receipts going to the museum.
Monique Valadez, Manager of Education
and Public Relations for the NHRA Museum, Rose Pohorely better
known as Rosebud of the Museum, Linda Vaughan and Graciela Sanchez
The Greek and his "look".
Track and museum sponsor
AAA was represented by Rick Lalor.
MC Dave McClelland opened by
announcing the release of the first two issues of Drag Sport Illustrated a dual CD set.
The first auction item was an
original Pete Millar cartoon framed and signed donated by Orah
Mae and Robin Millar.
There were several bottles of
fine wine on the block with the lovely Sharon Muravez winning
Steve Gibbs caught everybody
by surprise, including Dave McClelland, when he gave Big Mac
a Wally for his decades of service to drag racing in general
and the NHRA in particular. It was a very popular gesture.
Gordon Browning received
the Golden Age Award.
Ed Justice Jr. and Tom Ivo presented
Jim Funny Car Team and "Jungle Pam" Hardy with the
2010 Justice Bros. Car Care Products Spotlight Award for their
contribution to the early days of drag racing and their continued
dedication to the sport in the memory of Jungle Jim
The next item up for bid was
a replica Greer-Black-Prudhomme scoop mounted on a set of real
Hilborn upright injectors. Steve Davis built this magnificant
piece with Junior Conway doing the paint.
(right) with the winner who paid in excess of $5000.00.
The first Honoree was
SS and Pro Stock star Bill Bagshaw.
The next honoree
was Don Long who also donated this garden variety welders mask.
The rib was it was signed by Don Long, Woody Gilmore, Kent Fuller,
Steve Davis, Pete Eastwood and Tom Hanna.
The inside joke was that Long
was wearing a Kent Fuller T-shirt while Fuller, sitting at the
Long table, was wearing one of his.
Before the auction proper Rose
Pohorely better known as Rosebud of the Museum awarded Long his
shocker... it sold for $5500.00!
Fuller, center, couldn't
Boyd helped Mousie with his Wally... or maybe he kept it.
Honoree Tom Prufer
and Eshenbaugh were the last of the Honorees.
Enough cannot be said about the
talents and class of the 2010 Grand Marshall, Tom Hanna.
His acceptance speech, which
he composed on his laptop, was eloquent, funny and right on point.
The Greek and Sandy found parts
very amusing. They were at Hanna's table and the rest of the
story is that Chris invited Tom to be part of his crew at the
NHRA Finals and Hanna had a ball doing it.
Your 2010 CHRR Honorees
Kent Fuller, Roland Leong,
Don Prudhomme and Evelyn Fuller.
Kenny Youngblood and
Jungle Pam after the awards.
40 years later.
The Fuller Clan
Moving outside to the cacklecars
Isky and Aussie Ross Preen were hard to miss.
Ron Johnson with The
Greek before the noise started.
To start off, Claire
Sanders fired up the Jungle Jim car.
Pete Eastwood in the
debut of his "Old Master" (Ed Pink) restoration.
George Hutcheson in the
newly restored Stoneage Man.
had the seat in Ron Johnson's ChiZler V.
Grand Marshall Tom Hanna
capping a very memorable night.
With interest in early drag racing
on the upswing, Cacklefest.com and the owner of the Grand National
Roadster Show (GNRS) are coordinating an effort to display a
collection of restored and recreated cars never before seen together
by the public. Perhaps the best example of the era of the early
60's was Lions Drag Strip in Long Beach and the legendary cars
that ran there year round. The 1963, 1964 and 1965 years were
typified by 392 hemi powered cars like Greer, Black and Prudhomme,
the Yeakel Plymouth, the Frantic Four, Brissette and Sutherland,
Tommy Ivo's Barnstormer, Chris Karamesines Chizler V, the Roland
Leong Hawaiian, the always contending Olds powered Safford, Gaide
and Ratican and the highly successful Shubert and Herbert Chevy.
All of these cars and more have been invited to be part of a
12-16 car display of Lions racers at the GNRS, which takes place
at the Pomona Fairground on January 28-30. Over 500 more hot
rods, custom cars, motorcycles and other show vehicles will be
on display at the show. For more info contact: Ron