Bob Creitz has been involved
in drag racing for over four decades and has owned some of the
prettiest and best performing dragsters in history. After a tragic
accident destroyed his 1967-68 car Creitz and the late Ed Greer
(partner in previous car) teamed up with the late Ed Donovan
to field the first of two Don Long cars Creitz would own. It
was most recently owned by T.C. Lemmons until 2004 when Garlits
bought it, restored it (sort of) and it now resides in the Garlits
The second Don Long car "Creitz
and Donovan" (Ed Greer was not involved), which turned out
to be the last front engine configuration he would have, is the
one Hanna restored and the current cackle car.
This page is
dedicated to the memory of Steve Carbone who passed away at the
age 61 in December of 2005. Although this car was driven on occasion
by Richard Tharp and Bill Tidwell, Carbone is the only driver
people remember. Before his untimely death, Steve got to be part
of the restoration and was in the seat for the cars first two
Cacklefest events (Bowling Green and Bakersfield). He is deeply
missed by all who knew him. Carbone is pictured here at the wheel
of the Creitz & Donovan fueler in 1969.
won more than its share of races.
won more than its share of races.
Bill Tidwell drove the
car for a couple of races in 1971.
this near blowover at Tulsa in 1971 the car was repaired and
carried on to finish out its career.
Bob Creitz and
Ed Donovan put the finishing touches on the new Creitz &
Donovan fueler in early 1969. The location is Donovan Eng. in
Fortunately Creitz never lost
track of the 1969 car and that, in 2000, he decided to restore
for the then new Cacklefest events. The car was delivered to
Tom Hanna's shop and the restoration got under way in fine form
with Pat Foster doing the necessary chassis repairs and Tom Hanna
repairing/replacing battle worn body panels. Then Hanna and Creitz
got involved in Tom's car and the C&D project was put on
the back burner.
For several reasons the restoration
layed basically dormant until March of 2005 when Creitz, Hanna
and Carbone got back on it with the 2005 NHRR as the debut target
First step was to strip
the chassis and paint it Creitz blue.
Once painted, the Hanna
massaged parts were installed.
Hanna machined some really
trick parts for the car including torsion bars and steering arms.
The body gets its base
color paint as did the 392 long block.
Fuel system and hand
formed hard lines set up on dummy block.
Body fitted prior to
the final lettering. Engine parts all polished and laid out on
a work table.
All the signage is hand
painted - no stickers.
Engine in showing more
Hanna special touches to the controls.
Creitz's target date
was met and the car debuted at the 2005 NHRR in Bowling Green,
Stunning details right
down to the Don Long steering wheel and brake handle.
Steve Carbone in the
car for its maiden warm up in Kentucky.
Bob Creitz, Steve Carbone
and Tom Hanna
The cars Cacklefest debut
was Saturday night with Carbone in the seat.
Tom Hanna's Kansas shop in August
of 2000. In the foreground is the "Creitz & Donovan"
AA/FD restoration and in the background is the "Beebe &
Mulligan" AA/FD reproduction. The former was brought to
Hanna's for a body and while it was there Foster did some "corrections"
on the chassis.
Carbone's last view of a fuel
burning hemi - who would have guessed. Creitz's immediate plans
for the car are not known. He and Steve were very close friends
and the loss struck Creitz hard. We would guess it will continue
to attend Cacklefest events if, for no other reason, the memory