June 16/18, 2011 - Bowling Green,
KY: Every Fathers Day weekend for the 10 years thousands of hot
rodders, nostalgia drag racing fans and cacklecar lovers have
made their way Beech Bend Raceway Park for the Holley NHRA National
Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA.
In spite of the hot and humid
weather (and obligatory rain showers) the historic dragstrip
was packed with hot rods, race cars and fans with SRO on Saturday.
The biggest disappointment for some was the top fuel show that
featured just four cars. On the other hand, those who love the
traditional Cacklefest were not let down.
By accounts the Cacklefest went
pretty much as planned with Steve Gibbs, Alan Miller, Gwen McWilliams
herding the cats
Nonetheless, like all Cacklefest's,
this one is better seen and just talked about so without further
ado - here is Bowling Green 2012 starting from the beginning.
Starting on Friday with the Honorees
Night at the Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention
Center, the Reunion host hotel. For whatever reasons I received
very few photos of the indoors part of the evening.
The class of 2012 Bennie the
Wizard Osborn, Bill Stibbins, Grand Marshall Tom Hoover
and Jack Ditmar. Honorees Jere Stahl and Jack Moss did not attend.
Grand Marshall Tom Hoover
gets his Wally from MC Dave McClelland.
Eileen Daniels, Co-Director of
the National Hot Rod Reunion, Jack Ditmar, Steve Gibbs and Rose
Dickinson, Manager of Marketing and Advertising at the NHRA Museum.
Gibbs and Big Mac
Bennie Osborn and Gibbs.
The Justice Bros. Spotlight Award
went to the Middletown Pacemakers Car Club of Ohio. The Pacemakers
have been around since the mid-50s and have helped to pioneer
drag racing at it's best. A few of the original members were
on hand to receive the award at the Holiday Inn.
The hard working Monique Valadez,
Manager of Education and Public Relations at the NHRA Museum.
Another tradition are fire-ups
outside the Convention Center. This year it was Bennie Osborn's
top fuel car and the Jungle Jim funny car.
Steve Gibbs and John Neas the
owner of the Benny Osborne Wizard car,
TF shoe David Pace and
a Tony Nancy car, and the Jimmy Nix restoration project that
purchased from Larry Anderson.
Ron Huegly from Oregon
was in the JJ car.
Osborn was in his car.
Here are some random pits shots
over the event...
Ray Godman's "Tennessee
Hundley & Boggs AA/FD
The debut of Bennie Osborn's
SBC twin recreation. The original car was the 1962 world champion.
The Hilton family's latest
Thomas Pritchard Harrison
Geri Tarvin's "Classic
Jim Davis" business coupe.
Brougton with his brand new Comanche AA/FD
Bob Malone Pontiac powered
The Croshier-Baltes-Lavato pit.
Jerry had an engine problem this year and didn't make the Cacklefest
Don Ross' Bobby Langley
Scorpion I B/D
Bill Crosby's Bobby Langley
Cupit & Cunningham
Norb Locke and his Grandpa's
"Fox & Hulls" car
owner Don Fox from Chicago had his son Ken Fox in the car for
a practice push start.
Brian Perrenot was back for his
third NHRR in the restored Perrenot Family "The Gizzle Hopper"
Lincoln powered AA/C with daughter Gretchen in the seat.
Benny Osborn camp keepin
Special". Car owner/driver Bob Bilbow has kept the car,
built by his father Pat Bilbow in 1961, in perfect original condition
for the Cacklefest.
Benny Osborn warming
his engine prior to Cacklefest.
Gene's son John Logghe
in the seat of the Logghe Stamping Spec. AA/FD
Joe Passalaqua had his beautiful
Smirnoff car in attendance but had to leave early (Friday) due
to a family medical situation.
Another debut was the 1971 English
Frakes & Funk AA/FD. This was their first venture into Top
Fuel and didn't last long as the rear engine cars were rapidly
coming on the scene so this car was parked.
Hundley & Boggs AA/FD
back for its second NHRR.
Cox & Amos AA/FD
was back again and sounding good.
Paul Hutchins put his camera
down long enough to try out the seat in the Tarvin Woody car.
Larry Dixon Sr.
Practice Push Starts
Art Marshall in the Jim &
Alison Lee "Great Expectations" owned by Brain Beattie.
John Mullins put the
new Bennie Osborn gas twin to the test, no problems.
"Fox & Hulls"
car owner Ken Fox.
Charles Faulkner in Scorpion
Bill Crosby in his Scorpion
Tyler Hilton in his first
Hot it was.
Parade and Fireups