Prior to the start of the parade
it is a tradition to read the name of those who have left us
since the 2013 CHRR. Each year the list seems to get longer and
this was no exception. It is a sobering reminder of why we have
these reunions in the first place.
Leading off the parade
were the Honorees starting with Dennis Varni.
Grand Marshall, Mike
The "Glass Slipper"
Spotlight Award winners,
Bay Area Roadsters
Bill Bones Carroll
Mad Dog Don Cook
Dave Honkycat Freeman
Fran Rooks Johnson
Jon Lundberg, Jr.
Phyllis P.J. Partridge
Jim Fireball Shores
Speedy Bill Smith
Karl Von Hofgaarden
Jack Williams (Canada Syndicate Scuderia)
After the honorees parade was
completed, but before the cackle car parade
started, the fans were treated to a look at the recently restored
that Tommy Ivo originally built in 1966. This was the first glass
trailer ever, but more followed it, some built by Ivo, some built
Ivo had heard years ago that what was left of the trailer still
central coastal California and was able to assist Ron Johnson
in buying what
was left of the trailer. Ron got the hulk back to his shop in
May and with
assistance of friends in his local area was able to piece it
again. It was completed hours before it was time to head out
names of the "drivers" were taken off the pre-entry
list and may not be totally correct at game time. Send corrections
Leading off the push start cars
was Eily Stafford in Ray Lake's Cook & Bedwell reproduction.
Next out was original
driver Roger Garten in the Tocco-Harper-Garten AA/FA.
Gary Cochran in the seat of the restored ''Mr. C" A/MR.
Original driver Gerry "The
Hunter" Glenn in the restored Schultz & Glenn 1971 World
Championship Tuttle car. The wheelbase and engine placement made
this car very unique. Restored and owned by Gerber Racing.
Bill Crosby was back
in his Bobby Langley "Scorpion V" recreation.
The beautiful Marvin Schwartz
"Anaconda" AA/FD with owner Bob Hirsch in the seat.
Dave Uyehara in the Herbert,
Raynor & Bishop AA/FD.
Cacklefest staple Jesse
Schrank was back in the Shrank Bros. BB/FD
A welcome addition to the cacklecar
ranks is the real deal, "Gentleman Joe" Schubeck who
restored his 1964 fueler and trust me, he's having a ball. Keep
your eyes out for some new products coming out of Schubeck's
machine shop geared exclusively for cacklecars.
Back for its 2nd year was the
Atlas Oil Tool Spec. (business coupe edition) of Keith Brednich
who was in the seat.
Talk about staples, original
Smokers member Wayne King was back to his home strip with the
restored Doss, Clayton & King AA/FD.
Roger Lee was back in
his highly touted Masters & Richter tribute car.
Wilton & Doss
Donnie Johansen debuted the running
version of the restored Howard Cams "Twin Bear" that
was campaigned in the early 60's by the late great Jack Chrisman.
Bartlett Bros. &
Moore AA/GD with Gary Ritter in the seat.
Lon Bonnett in the "Pavement
Original owner/driver Don Ewald
was back in the seat of the Ewald Bros. "BankAmericar".
Back Story: The Hey Chad (of
bangshift.com) message was the product of a plan by announcer,
Mike English. The deal was to attract Chad's attention and flash
the plate. Seems Chad didn't get the memo and was climbing up
to his camera tower as I pushed by. Great timing for a piss.
No ID on the driver of the Fuller
& Dunlap Woody car that was raced in the 60's then brought
out of retirement to run in the fledgling Nostalgia Top Fuel
class in the early 90's where it won a championship.
Maxed Out Racing's crew chief,
Mario Garcia got the set in John Ewald's Mastercar.
No ID in the slick Cracklin'
Rose Jr. Fuel car.
Out next was one of the Original
Nine cars to participate in Cacklefest. Carl Olson in the
Mike Kuhl 1970 Woody car.
Jim Wearanga in his "Varmit"
was back for its second year.
Original driver Jerry
King in the Cross, Mann & King Jr. Fuel car.
Bobby Hansen in his "Wynn's
Making its CHRR debut was the
Jenkins, T-Bar & Cortines late model powered AA/FD owned
and driven by Bob Gibson.
Dave Grassi in his Austin
& Grassi restored Top Gas car.
Back for its second CHRR appearance
was the gold plated 1971 Peebles & Williams TF car with original
driver Chip Woodall in the seat.
Bill Tidwell was in the
first of two John Wiebe cars, this his 1971 AA/FD.
Bob DeBurn in the
Debut of the Mailliard
Automotive Eng. sidewinder with Jack Gillett in the seat.
Brazil & Brower AA/GD that
belongs to Allen & Debbie Bridges, from Clarksville, Arkansas.
Allen is in charge of the Simpson Road Show display at National
Driven by veteran chassis builder J. Ed Horton. Body by Al Bergler.
Allen in his Allen & Huff "Woody Trick Car". This
car is for sale.
Mike Clancy was in the
seat of Jay Carpenters "Southwind III".
Thunder Chief AA/FD with
owner Terry Mastrejuan in the seat.
Danny Rice in the Rice and Williams
AA/FD out of Lakewood, Colorado. Owned by Danny Rice (son of
the late Bill Rice) and Mark Williams.
Red Greth in the legendary
Fisher & Greth Speed Sport A/MR aka "Ol Noisy".
John Wiebe's "Violin Car"
owned by Lynn Bruch and Don Love of Port Angeles, WA. had TF
champ Rob Bruins doing the driving.
Back for his third Cacklefest
was Dan Rini in his "Canadian" AA/FD.
Cacklefest vet Pete Eastwood
was back in his Ed Pink "Old Master" AA/FD.
Another Sophomore CHRR cacklecar
was the Groundshakers Jr. with owner and original driver Glenn
Way in the seat.
The legendary Harry Hibler was
chosen for the seat in the beautiful 1971 Tony Nancy Top Fuel
Don "The Wavemaker"
Prieto was back with his Hustler VI. And yes, this is how the
car was towed in the day.
Harry Burkholder would not miss
a CHRR, back again in the Burkholder Bros. AA/FA.
Another guy who lives for the
CHRR is Ron Stearns in his Ratican, Jackson & Stearns AA/A.
Australian based Ash
Marshall "Scorcher" AA/FD Steve Easton up.
In the seat of Don Bowman's fueler
was Nostalgia Top Fuel shoe and the guy who made the restoration
happen, Brendan Murry.
Original driver Walt Stevens
was back in the seat of Paul Schavrien's "The Poachers"
Birthday boy Paul Humenik
was in "The Impostor".
Gary "Mr C" Cochran's
restored RED. No ID on the laid back driver here, Gary was in
his restored roadster.
Out of Bucky Austin's cacklecar
stable, the Dailey & Johnson late model hemi powered fueler;
no ID on driver... its not Hank Johnson.
Long time Bill Pitts/Magicar
crewman, Vince Yamasaki in the seat of the car that started it
all. For the push start original driver Jeep Hampshire was at
The multi-tasking Mike Lewis
got the seat in Ron Johnson's "ChiZler". Aside from
being Don Schumacher's PR guy, Lewis was also driving the 'Nitro
Nick" Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car that experienced a dramatic
body launch during the first qualifying session on Friday.
This year marked the long awaited
debut of the Tom Hoover "Fish Bowl" Woody/Hanna car.
Steve Anderson lovingly recreated this classic piece and had
Hoover himself in the car for Cacklefest.
Jessica Anderson was back in
the seat of another of the original nine, "Vagabond".
This car only makes one appearance a year, this is it.
Ex-Top Fuel and Funny car pilot,
ESPN Color Commentator and now CHRR Grand Marshall, Mike Dunn
capped his "super" weekend with a Cacklefest ride in
the Waterman & Hampshire "legs under" RCS car.
I don't think anyone has more
fun at these deals than the legendary and irrepressable "TV
Tommy" Ivo who was back again in Ron Johnson's "Barnstormer"
The last car out was
Sonny Messner in his Don Garlit's "Swamp Rat III".
The Safford-Gaide-Ratican dragster
was brought up from the museum out of respect for Kenny Safford
who we lost this past year. His wife Carolyn was there with family.