After the somber reading of the
family members we lost since the 2009 CHRR by Dave McClelland,
Cacklefest kicked off with the presentation on the Honorees.
Leading off was the introduction
of the 2011 Honorees led by Harry Hibler.
Local favorite, Wayne
Dwight Salisbury in Bill
Holland's beautiful roadster.
Representing the recently deceased
George Santos were two members of his family.
From Freight Train fame,
Last out was the Grand
Marshall, Steve Gibbs and his wife Gordy.
The Warren, Coburn & Miller
car was rolled out onto the track for a final tribute to the
late Ridge Route Terrors. James' helmet poised on top of the
roll bar. Gary Ritter handled the starter.
With the engine lit in the driverless
car the only sound was nitro. The WCM team truly are legends,
especially here in their hometown.
Leading off the push start cars
was "Stormin Norman" Weekly in the Frantic 4 car of
Weekly, Rivero, Fox & Holding.
Roger Lee in his recreation
of the Brissette & Sutherland AA/FD.
The slick Jr. Fuel car
of Neil O'Kane.
Jesse Schrank in the
Shrank Bros. BB/FD
Beckman got the seat in Geri Tarvin's brand new piece.
Another car making its CHRR debut
was the Hundley & Boggs AA/FD with chassis builder J. Ed
Horton in the seat.
Sam Chastain was back
with his slick Iron Horse AA/FD.
Terry Maestrejuan was one of
the few drivers who suited up in the staging lanes. That's too
much mask time for most of us.
The Egbert Bros. - Seaman - Cooper
'Outcast 1' out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with Vern Scholz
Another newby is the Blackmore,
Carpenter and Cardoza fueler with Dominic Cardoza at the controls.
Honoree Harry Hibler
had the honor of firing the Waterman & Hampshire car.
Tommy "The Watchdog"
Allen in his Woody Trick Car.
Original driver Jeep Hampshire
in the car that started all of this, Bill Pitts' "Magicar".
Arguably the most photographed
car over the weekend was the Preen family's "Banshee".
The car was restored in Australia, shipped to the U.S. and prepped
by Rick MacDonald in San Diego. The family flew in and hit the
ground running. They also won the "we're having the most
One of the original drivers,
Morrie Carlton was in the car for the parade but owner, Ross
Preen did the push start.
No fun at all....
Yet another car making its debut
was the Rice & Williams AA/FD with Mark Williams driving.
Making its ninth CHRR appearance
was the BankAmericar with original driver Don Ewald in the seat.
Roger Garten was back
with the Tocco-Harper-Garten AA/FA.
The second new car in the Mark
Williams camp was the newly restored Alan Bockla car owned and
driven by Ken Gupton.
Dressed in its "Big
Hook" tribute cowl was John Ewald's Mastercar.
Weiss & Larkin Top Gas car
with Tom Mcintyre in the seat. Sadly we lost "Lil Tommy"
Larkin just days before the CHRR.
Kenton Greth in the Speed Sport
I (aka "Ol' Noisy") that was campaigned by his father,
Back with his behemoth Allison
powered Green Monster A/D with owner Jon Rowley in the seat.
They added dual slicks on each side this year to make it more
accurate as it was in the day.
Pete Eastwood in his restored
Ed Pink "Old Master". This car had more than one life.
Pink sold it to Bruce Wheeler and it became the "Wheeler
Dealer". Eastwood chose the original, business coupe version
driven by Mike Snively.
Herm Petersen in his
Washington based Petersen & Fitz AA/FD.
Dave Uyehara in the Herbert,
Raynor & Bishop AA/FD.
Larry Dixon was in the Bucky Austin restored Fireside Inn.
Cross, Mann & King
J/F with Jerry King back in the seat.
The Yeakel Plymouth Spl. AA/FD
of Baney-Rossi-Goebel piloted by Paul Rossi.
The world famous Kenny Youngblood
got his first Cacklefest ride in Ron Johnson's "ChiZler".
Honoree Wayne King in
his Doss-Clayton-King car.
The only Chevy powered car on
hand was a stout one. Dennis Fenstermaker 's "Pipedream
Racing" AA/FD with original owner/driver Roger Gates up.
Tommy Ivo was back in
Ron Johnson owned "Barnstormer".
The Hustler VI of Don Prieto.
The car used a front end dolly then so Don has one now.
Ratican, Jackson &
Stearns A/FA with Ron Stearns in his old seat.
Next out was the beautifully
restored Tom McEwen Tirend Spec. No ID on the driver here but
it was Bill Tidwell for the push start.
Bobby Hansen and his
Wynn's Spoiler are now a Cacklefest regular.
Jerry "The King"
Ruth in his Bucky Austin restored 1970 Don Long car.
No info on this other than it
has Bowman & Olson on the cowl. The six point cage, kidney
bars and blower straps really hurt its "look".
It was good to see George
Bolthoff back with his AA/GD.
The last of three Bucky Austin
restos on hand was Hank Johnson in the Dailey & Johnson late
model powered Don Long car.
Carl Olson in the Kuhl &
Olson fueler which is one of the nine cars that participated
in the first Cacklefest.
Always on the best looking
car list, the Anaconda AA/FD of Bob Hirsch.
Regular driver Walt Stevens was
injured and could not comfortably get in and out of The Poachers
on his own. Therefore Cameron Ferre stepped in at the last moment
and did the Cacklefest. Cameron is a successful Supercomp racer
working his way up in Top Fuel.
Another Cacklefest staple is
the 1969 Beebe & Mulligan car owned and driven by Dave West.
Burkholder Bros. AA/FA
with Harry Burkholder in the cockpit.
Bob DeBurn's Paradise
The third Honoree to
do the Cacklefest was Dwight Salisbury in the Addict.
The Safford, Gaide & Ratican
AA/FD with what looks like Safford's grandson as his son, Kenny
Safford, Jr. did the actual Cacklefest.
Back for his second Cacklefest
Shawn Fink in his SPE car.
John Peters had one of
his original drivers, Sam Davis, in the Freight Train.
Bob Muravez got the seat
in the Howard Cams Rattler.
The final car to go up
was Sonny Messner in his Swamp Rat 3 AA/FD.