Just one of the cool parts of
the Cacklefest show is the pre-fire up parade where the fans
get to see the cars, drivers and crews up close and personal
while getting some verbal history of the cars. This is also a
fun deal for the folks participating in the event.
Like the CHRR at Bakersfield
in October, this event draws more quality cacklecars each year.
Not nearly as many as the CHRR, but a lot of really nice iron
nonetheless. This year was no exception.
First out are the push start
cars as they go to the top end of the track. Following them are
the static start cars that are positioned on the guardwall in
the starting line area. Meet the 2017 NHRR Cacklefest participants.
We present them to you in the
order they were presented to the fans. One reason Cacklefest.com
is here is to recognize in a small way those who come to this
and other events from all over the country. This is where they
can see the fruits of their labor.
Prior to the parade, Preston
Davis presented to Bob Frey a clock that Raymond Godman got for
setting top speed in his class (A/MR) at the 1958 nationals.
Raymond and Bob used to kid around a lot about it and two weeks
before he passed away he told Preston to give it to him at Bowling
Green. It was a very special gift for Bob.
First out was Keith Redfern
in John Dearmore's beautiful SPE car.
David Pace in Roland Leong's
1967 "Hawaiian". A Don Long car in its early hemi configuration.
The restoration was overseen by John Dearmore for owner Frank
The Hundley & Boggs team
brought their 1969 car. Unlike the 1967 car this sports a full
body and wild paint scheme. The car is owned and driven by Richie
JD Strawn II got the
ride in Jim Burgess "Pesek & Lucas" AA/FD.
Don Moore got the seat
in Tom Hunt's "Hunt Family Farms" fueler.
NHRR regular, the Gladstone
& Barnes "Michigander" AA/FD, Damon Gladstone driving.
Hoyh Family "Swamp
Fox" AA/FD Driver: David Hoyh.
Dave Huber's Dragmaster
"Huber Standard Oil Special".
Original driver Jim Walther
was in the "Special Edition" AA/FD owned by Penny Flammia.
NHRR staple the Cox &
Amos AA/FD, Driver: Ronnie Nichols.
Dunn & Reath Rainbow
AA/FD owned by John Neas and driven by Bob Muravez.
Art Marshall in Brian
Beattie's "Great Expectations", once campaigned by
Jim & Alison Lee.
Paul Broughton in his
"Richie Broughton - Comanche"
The push start parade
was capped by none other than Big Daddy.
STATIC START CARS
The cars that couldn't or didn't
want to push start rolled out to take their place on the right
lane guardwall. They were led off by "Collecting Collett"
AA/D with Gordon Colletts son Terry in Gordon's 1965 car
The Mafia II AA/FD owned
by Edwin Laiche who put Raymond Laiche in the seat.
Bruce Larson was back
with his 1970 USA-1 Camaro funny car.
The Cupit & Cunniham A/FD
was back in honor of the late Glen Cupit now owned by Conrad
Cupit with Jordan Cupit in the seat.
Castronovo Bros. Custom Body
1971 Dodge Challenger funny car owned by Ross Howard who also
did the fire up.
"Coleman's Super Ford"
owned by original owner/driver Larry Coleman who put his son
Nick behind the wheel.
Over the weekend, as stated in
Cacklefest rules, the test push starts were enforced for any
new driver or a driver in a new car. Then there were many vets
who just got out to make sure everything was good to go for Saturday
night. They were done mostly during the several breaks in the
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