Prior to the start of the parade
it is a tradition to read the names of those who have left us
since the 2015 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. They were read with respect
by Dave McClelland to a hushed crowd.
Hank "The Crank" Bechtloff
Jimmie Duffy III
Ray "Junior" Kurtz
"Coney Island Ralph" Landolfi
Harold "Chub" Lorah
Jim "Superman" Nicoll
Following the In Memoriam reading
there was a static start tribute to Art Chrisman who dedicated
his entire life to drag racing and other motorsports. Mike Chrisman
was in the seat.
Big Mac recognized Don Irvin
for his tireless service to drag racing, especially his role
as the leader of the safety teams that are so good at not only
nostalgia NHRA events, but other major races like the March Meet.
Executive Director of the NHRA
Motorsports Museum Larry Fisher with volunteer Carolyn Alm who
can be found at the souvenir tent.
Steve Gibbs got a surprise when
daughter Cindy presented him with a 25th anniversary mural signed
by literally hundreds of us thanking Steve for all he's done
for the CHRR since day one.
Here are the cars chosen by
staff to participate in the cacklefest push-start program. As
you have seen in the practice push-start section, there were
a number of other worthy cars on the grounds as well.
Pete Eastwood in his
Ed Pink Old Master AA/FD led off.
Bill Crosby in his Bobby
Langley "Scorpion V" recreation.
Herm Petersen was back in the
seat of the Petersen & Fitz AA/FD that is now owned by the
of Speed museum located in Wilsonville, OR.
Dave Uyehara was in the
Herbert, Raynor & Bishop AA/FD.
Bucky Austin was in his
restored Top Gas car.
Mr.C A/MR no driver ID.
Dan Rini in the Rini
Bros. "Canadian" AA/FD
Roger Lee in his Masters
& Richter AA/FD recreation.
Paul Broughton in his
Dave Grassi in the Grassi
& Austin Top Gas car.
Bill Tidwell in the 1971
John Wiebe AA/FD owned by Wayne Patrick.
Joe Schubeck in his AA/FD
Original driver, Gerry
Glenn in the Schultz & Glenn championship AA/FD.
Connie Kalitta "Bounty
Hunter" AA/FD with Allen Bridges driving.
Original driver Walt
Stevens in the Poacher owned by Paul Schavrien.
Abbott & Spickler
with John Abbott Jr. in the seat.
Paul Rossi in the Yeakel
Plymouth Spec. AA/FD.
Beckman in the Howard Cams "Twin Bear".
Original driver Don Enriquez
Adams & Enriquez A/FD.
Dailey & Johnson
AA/FD with Hank Johnson driving.
Dave West in his fan
favorite Beebe & Mulligan AA/FD.
Jon Rowley in the Allison
powered Green Monster A/D.
No ID on the driver in
the Waterman & Hampshire AA/FD.
All the way from Australia was
the Banshee AA/FD of Ross & Jude Preen who was in the seat
for the parade, Ross took over for the push start.
Hairy Burkholder in the
Burkholder Bros. AA/FA
Original driver Wayne
King in the Doss-Clayton-King AA/FD.
Tony Nancy Sizzler owned
by John Neas and driven by Harry Hibler.
Glen Way in the Groundshaker
John Peters "Freight
Train" AA/GD - no ID on driver.
Jerry Ruth in his 1969
Don Long car.
Tommy Ivo was back in
the seat of Ron Johnson's Tommy Ivo Barnstormer AA/FD.
Ron Stearns in the Ratican-Jackson-Sterns
A/FD that was driven by the late Kenny Safford.
Bob Muravez in Steve
Anderson's Tom Hoover "Fishbowl" AA/FD.
Allen & Huff "Woody
Trick Car" AA/FD now owned and driven by John Hertzig.
Rice & Williams AA/FD owned
by Bill & Danny Rice with Dan Rice doing the driving.
Back for its fourth CHRR appearance
was the gold plated 1971 Peebles & Williams TF car with original
driver Chip Woodall in the seat.
The Hustler, being one of the
original cars from 2000 that left the remaining five cars
to do push starts. First was the Vagabond AA/FD with Jessyka
Anderson doing the driving.
The second of the original nine
was Ted Cyr's "The Lincoln" with Jimmy Scott doing
the driving duties.
The third of the original cars
was the Steinegger and Eshenbaugh AA/FD with original driver
Al Eshenbaugh in the seat.
The fourth of the 2000
cars was original driver Carl Olson in the Mike Kuhl AA/FD.
The fifth original was the Howard
Cams Rattler with original driver Larry Dixon back in the seat.
The car is owned by the NHRA Motorsports Museum.
Finally it was the Belle of the
Ball, the debut of the newly restored Shelby's Super Snake owned
and driven by Don Prudhomme.