Epping, NH: In
spite of two days of sporadic rain so common in the region this
time of year, the NHRA Motorsports Museums inaugural New England
Hot Rod Reunion was a huge hit. Although the fans did get a great
show from nitro to jets, most left with the feeling that it really
lived up to the reunion aspect that was the original intent.
The rain gave the folks a chance to visit old friends and make
On the Cacklefest side of the
the 100+ cacklecars that come out to the mecca of Cacklefest,
Bakersfield for the California Hot Rod Reunion, there simply
isn't that kind of car count on the East Coast. That said, the
cars that did make up this inaugural NEHRR Cacklefest were quality
and well representative of the breed.
This is a story
best told in photos. Enjoy.
2013 HONOREES AWARDS CEREMONY
On Friday, the
racing took a short break to honor some New England racing icons.
In a ceremony done with more pomp and circumstance at both Bakersfield
and Bowling Green, the Honoree presentations were held in a large
tent at the drag strip. Logistics had more to do with this than
anything else as there was no host hotel to stage the presentations.
On the upside, more people were able to attend that there were
The first Honoree was Darwin
Doll of Pennsylvania, a former NHRA Division Director and founder
of the Sportsters Roadster Association in 1957. Darwin had a
previous engagement so he received his Wally from Larry Fisher,
Executive Director of the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum
before the actual ceremony began.
Dave McClelland, Doll
and Steve Gibbs
As MC, McClelland once
again did a masterful job.
Rick Lalor was on hand
representing the AAA.
Honoree Tony Feil, NHRAs
Division 1 Sportsman of the Year, Sportsman Mechanic of the Year
and member of the East Coast Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
Honoree Don Roberts
who, in the day, drove just about anything with wheels: Top Fuel,
Top Gas, Funny Car. Member
of the East Coast Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
Shadinger out of New Jersey was the winner of a batch of NHRA
titles in the Competition Eliminator ranks between 1962 and '.65.
Shuman who, together with his late brother A.B., raced in the
New England area for many years. He is also a two time U.S. Nationals
New England drag racing legend
and Rhode Island native Jimmy King was the grand marshal of this
inaugural event. King and the late Don Marshall made up one of
the best NHRA Top Fuel drag racing teams in the East Coast during
the 1960s and 70s. The tandem visited many winners circles
but none more memorable than their 1971 win at the NHRA Gatornationals.
Today, King continues to relive
his glory days of drag racing as crew chief of the Helger Bros.
Racing team of Little Compton, Rhode Island.
and Roberts who drove for the K&M team in the early 70's.
were the Reunion Spotlight Award recipients, the Orientals Hot
Rod Club of Reading, Mass.
final race of the meet on Saturday, the ritual started beginning
with the parade. This is where the fans get to see the cars and
drivers, learns some history on both, prior to Cacklefest proper.
Opening up was
the push start cars that proceeded to the top end where they
were turned around and made ready.
First out was
John Loukas in the Loukas & Preising AF/MR. This is a real
deal car that has been in John's possession since it ran in the
early 60's. It was beautified (restored) in 2001.
AA/FA owned by Ed Pearson from Woburn, Massachusetts.
Don Trasin in his restored
Jade Grenade AA/FD.
Brady in the Brady & Mahan SBC powered coupe.
This car was restored and owned
by Bob Nulman of Lincoln,RI, and Jared Brouillette of Pawtucket,
RI. The car was built in 1956 by Tom Dunn of Wrentham, MA. Tom
raced the car from 1956 to 1960 with a 265 Chevy motor. Tom was
at the track on Saturday, and was enjoying all the attention
his old car received.
Brian Darcy from Newburgh,
NY. in his restored Pesek & Lucas AA/FD.
Gladstone "Michigander" AA/FD owned and driven by Bob
Horton in the Hundley & Boggs AA/FD owned by Marty Harrison.
in the Hunt Family AA/FD
Crosby in his Bobby Langley "Scorpion V" AA/FD
Jim Walther back in the seat
of his "Special Edition" that Lawrence "Penny"
Flammia restored and now owns. This is a real beauty.
in the beautiful Jim & Alison Lee "Great Expectations"
restoration owned by Brian Beattie.
The final push start car was
Grand Marshall Jimmy King back in the seat of the fabled King
& Marshall AA/FD.
Static Start Cars
At the CHRR the static start
cars are not part of the Saturday night show, they do their thing
on Sunday before first round of racing. Here they were featured
with the push start cars for two reasons. One, the short car
count and two, there was no Sunday racing.
Pacers AA/A with George
- Bobby Schlegel
Muffler Spl. (Warren-Coburn-Crowe) - Steve Rutkowski
'34 Ford Fuel Coupe -
Lynch AA/FD with Al Segrini in the seat. (Built by Pat Foster)
Once in place the static
start cars fired on a countdown from the fans.
Ed Pearsons AA/FA... The driver
was Pete Tropeano ( famed New England chassis builder ) he was
one of the original drivers of this car back the late sixties.
Two - People and Pits