A great part of the Cacklefest
show is the pre-fire up parade where the fans get to see the
cars and crews up close and personal while getting a verbal history
of the car from Dave McClelland. This is also a fun deal for
the folks participating in the event. Unlike the CHRR in October,
this event does not draw over 100 cacklecars but the ones who
do attend are quality pieces.
We present them to you in the
order they were presented to the fans.
The first push start car to go
down was also the oldest car in the show - the Bronson Special
built in the late 40s or early 50s (the actual date is unknown).
Original owners grandson, Bill Bronson restored the car and was
in it here.
All agree the the Stevens Family
"Little Puffer" owned by Rex Stevens
was the second oldest car - also 50s. No ID on driver.
The Hilton Family "Hombre"
Bobby Langley, the oldest
driver in this Cacklefest, in his recreated Scorpion 1B.
"Cox & Amos" AA/FD
restored as last raced in 1975. This would have been one of the
very last front engine TF cars and the only one that tried to
qualify at the 1975 U.S. Nationals.
The Logghe Stamping Co car -
an Al Bergler restoration. John Logghe, son of Gene (who was
also present at the event and even sat in the car for a fire
up). John runs the Logghe business now with his cousin.
Another car out of the Bergler
camp was the Gang Green entry of the late Larry Payne. Ron Bergler
was in the seat.
Yet another Bergler restoration
is the beautiful "Probe" owned by Ed Golden.
Al Bergler himself, who has become
a Cacklefest staple, in the seat of his "More Aggravation"
Brian Perrenot was back for his
second NHRR in the restored Perrenot Family "The Gizzle
Hopper" Lincoln powered AA/C. Third generation Perrenot
(Fred's granddaughter) Gretchen was in the seat.
Original driver, Larry Dixon
Sr. was once again in the seat of the Smirnoff fueler owned by
Joe Joe Passalaqua.
2009 NHRR Honoree Jerry
Baltes in his Croshier-Baltes-Lavato AA/FD.
Wale & Candies 1963 AA/FD
that was restored by the late Pat Foster and owned by Paul "Tugboat"
Candies with Bob Fulton (Reb) in the seat.
Jim & Alison Lee "Great
Expectations" owned by Brain Beattie and driven by ex-TF
shoe Art Marshall.
Bennie "The Wizard"
Osborn was in his restored championship car.
Reunion staples are the Barnes
& Gladstone "Michigander" AA/FD owned by Bud Barnes
and Bob Gladstone. Original and Cacklefest Driver: Bud Barnes.
With Ivo sitting this
event out, TF pilot Howard Haight got the seat for Cacklefest.
The Greek was having too much
fun in the pits so the seat of the ChiZler V went to 2009 CHRR
Honoree, Walt Stevens.
Bob Bilbow in his 1961
Lyndwood Welding Special.
Honorees Leffler Bros.
& Loukas AA/FMC with Neil Leffler in the seat.
Don Garlits was on hand with
his retro hemi car and was the last push start car to go down.
The self start cars were
led off by this Dick Harrell Camaro.
The K.S. Pittman AA/GS
car of Rocky Pirrone.
S& S Parts C/G Willis.
Barb Hamilton - a legend
in this area of the country - in her record holding gasser.
Raymond Godman's "Tennessee
Bo-Weevil" with Steve Gurley in the seat.
Raymond Godman's "Tennessee
Bo-Weevil" funny car being towed by its original driver,
Preston Davis. No ID on who was in the car for the fire-up.
Stone Woods Cook Corvette
Flip Flop & Fly altered.
Roland Leong's Hawaiian
with Larry Reyes in the seat.
Dom Paris in the Paris twin engine
car. Formally a Top Gas car, and most currently raced at the
early NHRRs in the now defunct Open Top Fuel class.
The Chevy powered Cupit &
Cunnningham fueler with Glenn Cupit's 45 yr old son, Conrad in
the seat. Conrad had never seen his Dad's car until that Friday.
Green Monster 5
He and Glenn's grandson, Jordan, 12, drove in from Charlotte.
He was born June 15, 1965 when Glen was racing this very car.