Roger Gates in Denny
Fenstermaker's "Pipedream Racing" AA/FD.
Due to a very drawn out
round one of Top Fuel, the Cacklefest didn't officially kick
off until 9:00 p.m. with an exhibition race between Ron Hope
in the Rat Trap and Randy Bradford.
After the alterds ran,
MC Dave McClellan and Steve Gibbs coordinated the sequence of
events before the Cacklefest Parade.
First out was the funny
cars and gassers who were parked on the push road side of the
tower lane guardrail. Larry Reyes would fire the Hawaiian.
Ron Stearns in the Ratican-Jackson-Stearns
George Bolthoff in his
Jack Jones in Bucky Austin's
"Northwest Hitter" AA/GD.
Tommy Larking in the
Weiss & Larking Top Gas dragster.
Don Westhaver in the
"Flying Fenn" A/FD - the oldest car in the program.
Red Greth in the Speed
Sport I (aka "Ol' Noisy").
Speed Sport II with Kenton
Greth in the seat.
Jim Adolph in the Pure
Trevor Larking in the
'Lil Tommy Larking Chevy powered A/FD.
Chuck Bayuk was among
the newbies this year with his restored AA/C from 1963..
Bill Alexander was back
after a two year absence in the Ernie's Camera "Shudder
Terry Maestrejuan in
his newly Dyda Eng. restored Woody car dubbed "Thunder Chief".
Terry ran Top Fuel in the 60's but was unable to find any of
his old cars to restore so he found a 1967 Woody car without
a history and made it his own... and what a beauty it is.
The Old Timers AA/FD.
Jay Carpenter in newly
restored "The Syndicate" AA/FD owned by Ken Blackmore.
Weekly in the Frantic-4 A/FD.
Jon Barrett in Prentis
Cunningham's 1968 AA/FD.
Rod Hynes in "The
Wayne King in his Doss-Clayton-King
Ivo in the Ewald Bros. BankAmericar AA/FD.
John Ewald in his Mastercar
Al Bergler in his gorgeous
"More Aggravation" AA/MFC.
Mendy Fry was in the
seat of Ron Johnson's "Shubert & Herbert" A/FD.
Pete Eastwood in his
classic "Samurai" AA/FD.
2006 CHRR Honoree Don
Hampton got the seat in Bucky Austin's unique "Eagle Electric"
A car that needs no introduction
- Tom Hanna.
Original driver, Walt
Stevens in the seat of "The Poachers" AA/FD.
Don Prieto's "Hustler
Ronnie Hampshire visits
with Linda Vaughan just before being towed out in Dennis Prater's
"Stellings & Hampshire" Red Stamp Spec AA/FD.
Jerry Ruth in his 1969
Don Long car that was perfectly restored by Bucky Austin.
1980 NHRA Top Fuel World
Champion Rob Bruins got the set in Herm Petersen's "Peterson
& Fitz" AA/FD.
One of its original drivers,
Al Pehrson got the seat in the newly restored "Iron Horse"
One of the featured new
restorations was the John Wiebe 1971 "Violin Car" which
was first run, with no success, as the "Creitz & Donovan"
fueler and then given to Wiebe to test the very first aluminum
Donovan 417 engine. Incredibly, this restoration has the original
Donovan block, #002 between the frame rails. The block was found
in Canada and purchased by the current owners of the car, Don
Love and Lynn Bruch. Herm Petersen assembled the finished product
and it does pound the ground. John Wiebe gave the car his blessings
and was in the seat for Cacklefest VI.
Carl Olson in his customary
seat in Mike Kuhl's AA/FD.
It was Jessica Anderson's
turn to fire the Anderson Family "Vagabond" AA/FD.
Next down were the original
nine cacklecars. It is with a heavy heart that we lead off with
the Steinegger & Eshenbaugh 1965 car with Scott Eshenbaugh
in the seat. Our drag racing family suffered a huge loss with
the passing of Larry Steinegger on October 20, 2006. His legacy
will not only live on with this car but also in volumes of history
and more friends than most people will ever have in ten lifetimes.
We love and will miss you big guy - RIP.
Arguably the most traveled
cacklecar is the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum based "Howard
Cams Rattler". Jimmy Scott in the seat.
Kenny Safford in the
After last years announcement
that the Greer-Black-Prudhomme car was going into retirement,
it was a big surprise to see Steve Davis back in the seat for
CF VI. This car is on most of us old dogs Top Ten list and hopefully
it will never be taken out of commission.
Definitely a fan favorite
- Dave West and his incredible "Beebe & Mulligan"
recreation. To my knowledge no one other than Dave has ever been
in the seat of this car and 2006 was no exception.
Another Cacklefest staple
is the Chrisman Bros & Cannon "Hustler II" with
Art Chrisman pushing the pedals.
The quintessential cacklecar
- Bill Pitts' "Magicar" with original driver Jeep Hampshire
at the controls.
Next to the last car
down was Don Garlits in the Swamp Rat III recreation of Sonny
Massner. This car was done with Big's blessings as the original
Swamp Rat III was not saved for posterity.
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Last but certainly not
least was Chris "The Greek" Karamesines in his 1959
ChiZer that was restored and toured in 2006 by Ron Johnson. This
may - or may not - be the cars final Cacklefest appearance. Only
time will tell.
Check back for more
event coverage as they happen.