June 15, 2013 - Bowling Green,
KY: Every Fathers Day weekend for the past 11 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.
Racing and hot rods aside, for
Cacklefest.com the story started on Friday with the Honorees
Night at the Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention
Center, the Reunion host hotel.
The event featured legends of
drag racing with Grand Marshal Preston Davis who has long been
considered one of the Southeasts best fuel racers from
the 1960s and 70s. He won two Division Top Fuel Championships,
a Division Funny Car Championship and is a member of the Division
2 Hall of Fame.
The 2013 NHRR Honorees were Alan
Bockla, the original king of the Rockies who won back-to-back
West Central Division Top Fuel titles and was the first of the
so-called mile-high drivers to run 170, 180, 190 and 200 mph.
Lynwood Dupuy, retired NHRA Director
of Competition is one of those rare officials beloved by drag
racers coast to coast and before computer technology evolved,
Lynwoods attention to detail found him keeping official
records and figuring handicaps by hand.
Melvin Heath built his fuel dragster
in a shed on his Oklahoma watermelon farm and in 1956 he was
first to win two NHRA Regional championships in a single season.
Jon Lundberg, who at 16, stood
on an oil drum and announced his first drag race using a megaphone.
By 1962 he was announcing at three Michigan tracks. He expanded
to national events in 1963 including the legendary March Meet
in Bakersfield, Calif. Nicknamed the Voice of Drag Racing
and Thunderlungs, he appeared at more than 120 different
drag strips between 1964 and 1978.
Tom Prock has been involved in
drag racing since the early 60s. He began with gassers
and in the early 70s switched to Funny Cars. He retired
from driving in 1979 to became crew chief for Tom the Mongoose
Here are just a few shots to
get the flavor of the event then we'll move on to the meat and
potatoes of Cacklefest.com.
The featured Cacklefest cars
were Terry Capp's "Wheeler Dealer" and Jim Walther's
Here Carter Enroughty is making
the Jim Walther "Special Edition" all pretty. The car
was restored buy its current owner, Lawrence "Penny"
Terry Capp and Jim Walther
Dale Funk, Godman and
MC, Bob Frey
2013 HONOREES AWARDS CEREMONY
Moving inside, old friends Lynwood
Dupuy and Raymond Godman before the ceremonies began.
The show opened with MC Bob Fry
introducing Bob Bilbow, Pat Bilbows son speaking for the Lynwood
Welding folks who were the recipients of the "Prolong Reunion
Executive Director of the NHRA
Museum Larry Fisher with the Lynwood Welding group.
The first honoree was Alan Bockla.
Alan was unable to attend so Larry Parenteau from Denver accepted
the "Wally" for him.
Heath and Bob Frey
Jon Lundberg feeling
right at home with a mic in his hand.
The irrepressible Preston
The NHRR Class of 2013
Retired NHRA Director of Competition
Lynwood Dupuy and Bob Frey. And below with Steve Gibbs.
After the awards everyone migrates
to the hotel entrance for the traditional mini-Cacklefest.
Jimmy King, Lawrence
"Penny" Flammia, Jim Walther and Carter Enroughty.
Former NHRR Honoree Jack
Special Edition fired
Flammia and Enroughty
after the fire-up.
Capp fired and ran his
late model hemi way longer.
PRACTICE PUSH STARTS
Meanwhile back at the track,
one thing the fans saw over the weekend were practice push starts.
Some were mandatory for a new car or driver, some to make sure
the clutch and engine are fit and some to just knock the rust
off. Here are a few shots of this process.
Don Ross in Bobby Langley's
Pusch & Cain Top
J. Ed Horton in the Hundley
& Boggs fueler.
Lee in his Masters & Richter recreation.
Steve Gibbs makes sure the track
is clear before he sends off Bill Crosby in the Scorpion V.
New car, new driver.
Pusch & Cain AA/GD Mike Whitney driving.
- Light Up the Night