MOONEYES Christmas in July
Well the rain
came in December 2009 on the streets of Irwindale and washed
out the annual Mooneyes Xmas Show! So, as not to have that repeat
itself, Chico Kodama and Shige Suganuma, owners of the Mooneyes
stores here and in Japan, hosted their Christmas Party in July
at Irwindale Raceway. The event included drag racing, live music,
cacklecars and a hot rod/custom car show. Many of the attendees
arrived Friday afternoon to set up and that was a good plan,
because by 7:00 A. M. on Saturday there were already 3,000 cars
in the grounds. About half of them were car show participants
and the rest were spectator cars in the parking lot. By 8:30
no more entrants were being accepted for the days Cacklefest
activities. By 11:00 it took over 45 minutes to get through the
gates and get parked.
Irwindale Raceway, which although
only a few years old is historic in a way. It is located on the
I 605 freeway across that freeway from the area that was home
to San Gabriel dragstrip(s) and a couple of miles from the original
Irwindale Raceway, where a Miller Brewery now stands.
Looking over Jake McCloud's Dean
Engineering car and Bobby Hansen's "Wynns Spoiler"
to the display of John Ewald and Firestone Tire Company with
the Mastercar and BankAmericar.
Jake McCloud standing at the
engine, lending a hand on Bob Hirsch"s recreation of the
Marvin Schwartz "Anaconda".
A Pam Schavrien "ground
level" shot of the Mastercar engine.
One of the most ionic of all
drag racing cars, the AwfulAwful/FuelAltered "Winged Express"
owned by Mousie Marcellis. This is not a Cackle Car in the true
sense of the word because it is currently legal to race and has
run over 208 mph recently with Mike Boyd at the helm.
Steve Gibbs, retired head of
the NHRA Museum has been adding push starts in a Cackle Car to
his resume of interesting vocations and avocations. Here John
Ewald stands with Steve in the Mastercar.
A close up of the starter set-up
and Bob Danly's hand as he gets ready to fire up the BankAmericar.
Danly has been John Ewald's crew chief on the BankAmericar and
Mastercar for about 5 years. Here Bob is getting ready to start
The Howard Cams Rattler owned
by Danny Porsche, which now resides at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum.
Gibbs and Dusty McWilliams with
the Howard Cam Rattler. This car was originally driven by Larry
Dixon Senior and was at Bowling Green's NHRR on Fathers day this
year, with Larry in the car.
Later in the day John Ewald put
his long time crew man Mario Garcia into the BankAmericar for
his first ever push start.
Garcia did a fine job
and passed his driving test with flying colors.
Heading back to the pits. It
would turn out that they could not cool the engine down enough
to participate in the on track cackle that afternoon.
Bobby Hansen is in his Wynn's
Spoiler. It was originally owned by Bobby's father-in-law and
driven by Bobby's brother-in-law. Bobby found the Davis chassied
car a few years back and put it back like it was. Bobby has a
race car fabrication shop about two miles from the present-day
Bob Hirsch in his Anaconda
originally owned and driven by "Starvin" Marvin Schwartz.
In the afternoon, all the cars
that could be static started were brought out onto the track
for a mass fire-up. Here, the Hansen/Wynns car is in position
as the others take their positions.
Ron Stearns, co-owner of the
Ratican, Jackson, Stearns AA/FA Fiat poses with the local gal
who would sit in the Fiat for the on track cackle.
Ho Ho Ho - Merry Christmas