Don Garlits was on hand to sign
autographs and represent the Project
1320 and to attend his own "Rat Roast" Saturday
night. Project 1320 founder Traci Hrudka was at the booth as
Ron Johnson had his entire fleet
on the grounds. The Tommy Ivo "Barnstormer", the Karamesines
"ChiZler" and the Shubert and Herbert SBC car.
Howard Cams Rattler
Gruzens Newhouse/Cagle AA/FMC,
Ray Lake's "Cook & Bedwell", Red Greth's Speed
Sport roadster and Art Chrisman's Hustler I.
Mike Kuhl and Tommy Allen brought
their Tom McEwen "Tirend" car which is for sale.
McCloud Bros. Dean Engineering
Howard Cams Twin Bear.
Mousie and the Wing.
Don Edwards with Barry McCown
and Bob Silva were out with their vintage drag boats which almost
came into action on Saturday afternoon.
Ron Sterns had his Ratican-Jackson-Stearns
A/FA, the now painted Eric Bowman restored RCS Funny Digger and
out of the museum, the Howard Cams Rattler.
Doug Robinson's "Horsepower
Eng.", Warren, Coburn & Miller, Pete Eastwood's "Old
Master" and Paul Schavrien's "the Poachers".
The RCS Funny Digger
with Gwen McWilliams in the seat drew a crowd.
The first fire-up of
the Mastercar found Paula Karamesines-Baldwin in the seat.
The enduring Howard Cams
Rattler on Friday.
Dennis Taylor's NFC was
on hand to promote the 2012 March Meet.
Gwen McWilliams LOVES to do fireups
and this was one of many she got over the weekend. Bob Hansen's
Robin Millar got the
seat of Ron Sterns' fuel altered on Friday.
The Jr. Dragster display drew
a lot of fan interest. This is drag racing 101 where hopefully
many of our future stars will come from.
Gwen in the Gruzen family
Bill Schilling in the
McEwen Tirend car with
Mike Kuhl working the injector.
Ron Johnson gave Shasta Brock
something to cry about in the ChiZler.
Tim Finley, who was the Greeks
crew chief up until about a year ago got a seat in the Barnstormer.
The NHRA Motorsports Museum (just
a half mile away) was well represented by Graciela Sanchez, Monique
Valadez, Rose (Rosebud) Pohorley and Kat Lotz.
The only fire up after dark was
WDIFL photograper Ken Hughes in the BankAmericar. Ken was a cackle
virgin and wanted the whole deat, firesuit and flames.
Saturday found Gloria "Gordy"
Gibbs firing up the BankAmericar. Husband Steve, Bob Danly and
John get her in.
The McCloud Bros. did
more than one fireup over the weekend.
There was no shortage of old
racers in the 24/24 stands. Jerry Ruth, Sonny Messner, Don Ewald,
Don Garlits, Donny Couch, Bill Doner, Steve Gibbs, John Ewald
and Marvin Graham. This is the hang-out at the 800' mark for
the old dogs during pro quaifying.
and Lee Buttera- Capps in their usual spots.
About 3 PM Saturday afternoon
the cold clouds turned into driving rain.
Sunday everyone was back to 24/24
for the first round of nitro. Bob Danly, Gwen McWilliams, Alex
Brown and Gary Beck in the checker jacket.
Danny Porche, Jim Walther, Marvin
Graham, Jerry Ruth and Gary Beck to name a few.
Big was up in the stands for
every session. Says he now enjoys watching with his peers.
Danny and Amy Phee were at their
first drag race courtesy of Gordy and Steve Gibbs.
This could be the reactions
to Jack Beckman's little trip into Densham's lane.
Although WDIFL photographer Bob
Brown is a drag racing vet, this was his wife's (Christa) first
drag race ever. It was decided to break her in the right way....
with a fire up in the BankAmericar. Here Bob Danly and John Ewald
help her in.
Bob Hirsch fired his Marvin Schwartz
"Anaconda" over the weekend here with Gwin McWilliams
Christa's friend Gina Young,
who has been to other drag races got the Mastercar fire-up.
Mario Garcia gave her
plenty of "whops".
All in all it was an
unforgetable day for the two nurses.
All smiles on Sunday after a
very successful "Rat Roast" we have Don Garlits, Sonny
Messner and Project 1320 founder, Traci Hrudka.
Roy Steffy, Bill Pitts,
Christa Brown and Joel Gruzen.
Denny Foresberg, Sharon
& Roy Steffy
Sunday afternoon the cars started
to load up for home. Richard Vasquez steers the ChiZler back
to the trailer.
Jake McCloud and company
heading the Dean Engineering car out.
Bobby Hanson has his
Wynn's Jammer strapped down.
Pete Eastwood's "Ole
Master" ready to leave.
Jake Brown, a long time friend
of John Ewald, got the last fire-up in the Mastercar on Sunday.
Between the semis and final rounds
there was a mini cacklecar parade led by Lee Buttera Capps in
the last FED her dad built.
Mario Garcia in the Mastercar.
Sonny Messner pulled Don Garlits
past this stands in his Swamp Rat III to acknowledge Big's 80th