The first actual Cacklefest event took place Friday
at the host hotel, the Airport Marriott.
The evening's entertainment included
an Honoree Awards ceremony hosted by Dave McClelland, following
which Ron Johnson's "TV Tommy" Ivo "Barnstormer"
was fired up up under the canopy on a healthy load of nitro.
As any of you that have been following the cacklefest.com report
on the building of the car will understand, it was a real thrash
to get it there.
The Barnstormer was trucked from
the track to town late Friday afternoon and displayed out front
along with the AA/GS car owned by Fred Hurst and for those that
didn't go into the convention hall for the awards ceremony, provided
something to look at as the evening unfolded. They joined another
Ivo car, the 1973 RED restored by Bruce Larson that was displayed
in the hotel lobby.
Honorees celebrate at a free
public reception on Friday evening at the Holley NHRA National
Hot Rod Reunion, presented by SoffSeal. (L-R) Honoree Fred Hurst,
Grand Marshal Jeg Coughlin Sr., Honorees Gary Rupp, Ted Harbit,
Don Cain, Pat Dakin and John Abbott.
Michael F. Hollander photo
Tony Thacker, executive director
of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, congratulates Eileen
Daniels on her and her husband's Lifetime Achievement "Wally"
Award. Daniels and her husband Bob, who was not able to attend
the event due to illness, were surprised by the award, presented
for their service to the sport. They are among the first employees
of the National Hot Rod Association. Eileen is flanked by Cacklefest
spearhead, Steve Gibbs.
Michael F. Hollander photo.
Tom Ivo revisits the cockpit
of his 1973 car - the one that crashed so spectacularly at the
NHRA Winternationals. Bruce Larson got what was left of the car
and did this incredible restoration.
While the ceremony inside was
winding down, Ron Johnson went outside and saw Jerry Baltes.
Johnson had told Baltes he could try the new Ivo chassis on for
size to see how it compared with the Baltes car. Rod Peppmuller,
the original builder of the Barnstormer also built Baltes' recreation
car chassis. Ivo provided Johnson with drawings done by Rod for
Johnson's chassis with dimensions etc. but Johnson had Alex Mikkelson
build the Barnstormer chassis rather than Peppmuller. Johnson
fudged a little to make the car more roomy without changing actual
width. It's a lot easier for a "mature" guy to be comfortable
in and Baltes said if he ever has a chance, he'll make the same
changes to his car.
After the wrap-up of the awards
ceremony, the majority of attendees came outside and Ivo hopped
into the seat .
With a little ado, they
fired that 85% bad boy up.
Kol and Ron Johnson standing
next to Ivo in the car making sure he's comfortable. Keep in
mind, Mr. Ivo is no longer a child star.
Ivo has said that he normally
ran 25% when match racing and in a Winternationals type setting
he would go as high as 50%. They had 85% in the tank and Ivo
was quite amused by the din!
Although they had the barrel
valve a little on the lean side there was a nice flame pattern.
After the fire-up, they spent
a little time getting things wrapped up and the car went back
onto the ramp truck owned by the track and was returned to the