After the somber reading of the
family members we lost since the 2009 CHRR, Cacklefest kicked
off with the presentation on the Honorees.
Dave McClelland was once again
recognized for his contributions to the sport.
This year Jon "Thunder Lungs"
Lundberg was coaxed out of hiding to help Mike English introduce
the cars/drivers in the pre-Cacklefest parade.
All CHRRs are full of special
recognitions and tributes. With the passing of the legendary
Joaquin Arnett just weeks ago, the entire Bean Bandit clan came
to honor one of the true pioneers of drag racing.
Thankfully Steve Gibbs was not
laid up this year and was doing his job as cat hearder. And he
did it well.
Out first was Norm Weekley in
the Frantic 4 (Weekly-Rivero-Fox-Holding) machine. Norm is traditionally
the first car out for the parade and first car down the push
road to fire.
This car may not have a racing
history but its Cacklefest driver sure does. Paul "The Kid"
Sutherland was back in the "The Old Timers". It's a
car Sutherland, Don Prieto and Pete Ogden built in the 60's but
never ran. Sutherland had his signature pointy-nose face mask
remade for these events.
Burkholder in the Burkholder Bros. AA/FA
Tom McIntyre in his Weiss
& Larkin AA/GD.
Before he was "240 Gordie"
a young Bonin got his start in the seat of this Canadian Jr.
Kirby in Bob DeBurn's Paradise Alley.
Pete Eastwood debuted his spot
on restoration of the Old Master car. Although the car would
go on to have a full body, several drivers and eventually become
Bruce Wheeler's "Wheeler Dealer", Eastwood chose to
go with the original configuration driven by Mike Snively.
Another car making its Cacklefest
debut was the restored Waterman and Hampshire car with Ronnie
Hampshire in the seat.
Pure Heaven AA/FA with
Jeff Bennett up.
Jessie Schrank - Schrank
First timer Shawn Fink
Wayne Parick in his John
Wiebe 1969 car.
Bob Hirsch's tribute reproduction
of the Marvin Schwartz "Anaconda". Another stunning
piece of craftsmanship and grace.
Dave Uyehara in the Raynor
& Herbert car.
was in his Ratican-Jackson-Stearns A/FA.
Tommy "The Watchdog"
Allen in his Woody Trick Car.
Sam Chastain at the wheel
of his "Iron Horse".
Don Prieto in the full
body version of his Hustler VI.
Jay Carpenter was in
Ken Blackmore's Poison Ivy AA/FD.
Original driver Tom Toler
in the Addict.
Roger Lee in his Brissette
car in its upright Hilborn configuation.