The Sunday static starts were
somewhat anticlimactic as this was the smallest turnout ever...
just five cars.
As told by Bob Brown: The 1964 Goodnight/Keith/Williamson
- Dos Palmas Machine car. They didn't push start the car but
they did a push-down and back with Ray Evernham (owner) at the
wheel on Saturday. It is the ORIGINAL car that went to England
with the 64 U.S.Drag Racing Tour. Sold while in England,
then lost for almost 50 years until a couple of years ago when
it turned up in a warehouse in a Southern U.S. state in rough
Ray Evernham of NASCAR fame bought
it, not knowing what he had. After its history was discovered,
Evernham decided it would be best to send it out west and he
hired original owner and engine builder Arnold Chaves to restore
it at his shop in San Jose. Arnold built the replacement SBC
as part of the job. Original Ivo Chassis, Hageman body, wheels,
even the 1960s M/T slicks. The car was finished just days
prior to the CHRR.
Evernham was beside himself with
the finished restoration that he'd funded. They filmed a series
for his AmeriCarna TV show while Chaves and others were restoring
it, and capped it off with pit interviews at the CHRR for the
final episode of the TV show. For me, this car was THE inside
story of the entire CHRR. I saw it run at Fremont in 63
when it was new. Here's a pic (courtesy of Gil Rothweiler) copied
from Chavess shop wall, taken in England, 1964:
1964 U.S. Drag Team Original
Car in the Grove
The Goodnight Keith & Williamson
- Dos Palmas Machine SBC AA/GD that went to England in 1964 as
part of the U.S. Drag Team has been found and restored. The car
was finished just in time for the CHRR and was placed in the
Grove for display. This is the real deal folks, original wheels,
Ivo chassis, Hageman body, even sticker M/T slicks from the 60s.
Although a new engine had to be put together, it was constructed
by Arnold Chaves, builder of the car's original SBC back in the
More of the story linked below
Ray Evernham conducts an interview
with a British fellow in a black shirt (large microphone above
his head). As a young man, this gent witnessed the 1964 U.S.
Drag Team when they brought their show to England and he remembered
the car. Rays crew picked up on his story and it became
part of the footage for his AmeriCarna TV episode they were videotaping.
Arnold Chaves and Ray
Steve Goodnight, Arnold Chaves,
Ray Evernham, Chris Goodnight, Gil Rothweiler. The Goodnights
are the brothers of Gary Goodnight, a principal on the team in
Tim Love, Terre Rothweiler, Steve
Cancilla (Chavess asst), Randy Rothweiler, Gil Rothweiler,
Arnold Chaves, Chris Goodnight, Steve Goodnight & Greg Goodnight.
Click below for the PDF article
by Ray Evernham (current owner of the Dos Palmas AA/GD). Its
a brief one page magazine article that Evernham wrote. From the
filename, it appears that it might have been published in a Hagerty
company publication. It gives some description of how Ray found
the car and its eventual trip to the west coast for restoration.
article by Ray Evernham
Some of the very cool memorabilia
that went to new homes after the 2015 Nitro Alumni Auction to
benefit the Wally Parks Motorsports Museum. Cindy Gibbs and her
crew did a great job pulling this off. Over $25,000 was raised.
Some random pits shots. You'll
see several cars that did not participate in Cacklefest for whatever
reasons as they have in the past.
Gary Cochrans Ford
Huff & Allen Soapy
Shirley Muldowney's Championship
Gary Cochran's RED.
Kuhl & Olson AA/FD
John Wiebe AA/FD
Adams & Enriquez
Schrank Bros. DeSoto
Jack Giletts Mailliard
Ewell, Bell, Stecker
Southwind III AA/FD
The Rini Bros. digger
brought out from Florida
Jerry Ruth's Don Long business
coupe, one of the very few cars he had without a nose.
Many of the push cars
were staged near the staging lanes.
Tony Nancy Sizzler AA/FD
Tommy Allen Woody Trickcar
Cracklin Rose Jr. Fuel
Robert Morris (yellow shirt)
making the debut of his recently finished Beebe Bros., Vinson
& Sixt restoration. Though he tried, the car wasn't ready
to push start.
The AA/FA cars hung together.
From the Bucky Austin camp, the
Dailey & Johnson AA/FD and the Grassi Fuel Cuda
Newhouse Spec. AA/FA
- one of the cars that didn't make it to the Cacklefest.
Schultz & Glenn AA/FD
John Dearmore AA/FD
Joe Schubeck AA/FD
The famous Cook and Bedwell "Isky-Ufab"
Special from 1957 recreated by Dode Martin and owned by Ray Lake".
Yeakel Plymouth Spec.
Just in time for the CHRR the
Dunn & Reath "Rainow Car" restoration. Pete Eastwood
and Derek Bower did a perfect job on this beauty.
The Old Master AA/FD
- it too missed the Cacklefest
Waterman & Hampshire
Roger Lees impeccable Masters
& Richter dragster. Note the LF wheel off for a tire repair.
Raynor, Bishop &
a Cacklefest staple, didn't do the push start this year.
Photog Dan Kaplan got
a fire-up in Wayne King's fueler.
Oldest dragster on the premises-
the Mike Hegerty owned Silhouette, an original car
from 1954 that has been restored with a Rich Guasco built flathead
Making the debut of Rod Hodges's
"Royal Canadian" AA/FD got even better when chassis
builder Don Long (did restoration as well) graced the rearend
housing with his official Don Long Chassis sticker.