In front of the tower on Saturday
the Standard 1320 Group had their annual CHRR group photos.
For only the second time there
were cackleboats on board. Don Edwards and Barry McCown were
on hand with their vintage drag boat fuel hydros and took part
in the Sunday static start Cacklefest.
One of the cars making its debut
this year was this 1967 SPE car owned by Shawn Fink.
The Bucky Austin camp
was a bit sparse this year with only 3 cars.
Whatta ya mean I can't
steal this tire?
It's a trick.
Brian Perrenot was back for another
CHRR in the restored Perrenot Family "The Gizzle Hopper"
Lincoln powered AA/C.
The Ron Johnson camp featured
his Barnstromer and ChiZler V with visits from the Magicar and
Don Prieto with his Hustler
On Thursday Steve Gibbs and Greg
Sharp called a mandatory meeting of all the Cacklefest owners/drivers/crew
to lay out how and why things were being done different this
year and that failure to adhere had penalties. With only rare
exceptions everyone got the message.
After a few years absence, the
beautiful Tony Nancy car now owned by John Neas made a welcome
Cacklefest staple, the
Mike Kuhl Woody car.
The Northwest Terror
Hi, I'm Tom and I dabble
in tin work.
Filling the very trick
primer bottle that sits under the scoop.
Check out the size of
that fuel tank. He could drive this sucker into town.
The Yeakel guys had this classic
life size reproduction of the Lions sign that was the face of
the tower side stands. Very cool.
Jess Tyree's new ride....
Glen Cupit and the New Orleans
gang had some great Cajun food going all weekend.
I swear, this is good
The legendary John "Mr.
Flathead" Bradley made an appearance after a several year
Warren Walther and Mad Max Romero
staked out their spot at the top of the stands early.
Benny Osborn and Tom
The ageless Gene Adams
When Dale Pulde wasn't
running his funny car he was out delivering nitro.
If you've been to Famoso you've
seen they guy who can do it all, Bill McNatt.
Bob Muravez and John
It would be a CHRR without
Geno and Harley.
The Museum folks sold
out of Cacklefest T-shirts before Sunday - again!
By the end of the weekend most
of us never wanted to hear another helicopter - ever. All day
everyday there were two of this suckers taking people for 10
minute rides for $25.00. Not a bad deal but they did get on your
The CHRR marked the debut of
the Drag Sport Illustreated CD set and they were well received
to say the least. DSI Online
Glenn Cupit, Tom Hanna,
Dan Broussard and Don Prieto.
Fill 'em up.
Norm Weekly put his daughter
Kelley in the Frantic 4 on Friday.
Rod McCarrell and Byron
Stack who owns GasserMadness.com
The new Frantic Ford
Orah Mae Millar at her
and daughter Robin's DRAGcartoons booth.
Pat "Ma" Green
and Bob "Floyd" Muravez
The Frantic 4 store was
back in its usual spot in The Grove.
Ma Green's sidekick Teresa Caster
in the BankAmericar. This was her first CHRR and she's coming
back next year.
It was great to see the Western
Mfg. Special back after an 8 year absense. It is a lasting tribute
to the guy who restored it, the late Pete Starrett.
Friday afternoon the ChiZler
V was loaded onto a flatbed trailer for its trip to the DoubleTree
hotel for the Honorees Cacklefest that night.
Ross Howard from Oaklahoma City
was randomly selected from the Famoso select seating section
for a fire up in John Ewald's Mastercar.
Tony Thacker, Executive Director
of the NHRA museum, the lucky guy and John Ewald.
PS. Thanks to Curtis Cook (Bennie
Osborn), I got to see my pics on your site this morning, to cool!
I am that "lucky guy" listed for getting to cackle
your fueler! ha, & man alive, was I ever lucky! My name is
Ross Howard & I had driven out for the event, from Okc. Getting
to cackle the car was just icing on the cake for this event.
The mileage I have gotten from these pics & the tale of
getting to cackle your car, has been priceless. Tony & crew
from the NHRA were awesome host the whole weekend, as were you
guys for allowing me in your car. I even ran into Tony again
the following week @ the NHRA Museum. Look forward to seeing
everyone again in March (it was 24 degrees this morning) &
thank you guys once again ~ Ross
Eddie Buck from Eureka Missouri
who owns a genuine original 1970 Jungle Jim Camaro. and Joe "Da
Jersy Cop" Welsh who is a certified drag race fan and class
A party animal.
How's this for an odd
scene in the staging lanes at Famoso?
Just another good lookin'
lady in the BankAmericar.
Tom Hanna in the Ivo
Barnstormer while Rick McDonald adjusted the barrel valve.
Harry Hibler and Ed Pink
Dan Kaplan in a ride
he can't hurt himself in... maybe.
Art Chrisman and Herm
The Magicar lit up the
pits on Thursday.
What, us worry?
Joe Mondello and Darrell
And the party is where?
Anita Smith, Cynthia Carpenter and Pat Green.
The Speed Sport group
doing what they do best.
And what would a major event
be without the lovely Linda Vaughan who was signing autographs
at the Project
Lions and Irwindale starter
Larry Sutton and Aussie Ross Preen.
Two true pioneers...
Chris Karamesines and Red Greth.
Robert Hight was on hand
with track and museum sponsor AAA.
Steve Gibbs was on a
helmet signing mission.
Kent & Evelyn Fuller
Roger Lee on the memorial bench
the Standard 1320 Group commissioned for his beloved wife Julie.
Speaking of the 1320 Group, an
annual tradition with this bunch is a Thursday dinner at the
DoubleTree loosely organized by Pat "Ma" Green. Great
story's for sure.
Media Day on Thursday was low
key compaired to years past. It was short with no fire ups. Nonetheless,
Tony Thacker did a fine job as MC and the cookies were pretty
good. Here he is with last years TF champ Rick McGee.
Tom Shelar... not sure
why he was there.
Tony with Bakersfield
Convention and Visitors Bureau Manager Don Cohen.
Monique Valadez set up
camp right there to start issuing Media credentials.
If anyone ever tried to figure
out how John Ewald tows 2 dragsters in a 28' box trailer here
it is. Mario Garcia and Bob Danly have it down to a science.
The reason the event
See ya next year!