Show - Huge Hit
event at Gainesville went off without a hitch and was very popular
with the "Big Show" fans. The participants were Barbara
Hamilton and her Willys Gasser, Frank Spittle and the dual Harley
Freight Train motorcycle, Pure Heaven AA/FA, Barnes and Gladstone
"Michigander", Jerry Baltes AA/FD, Kenny Safford A/FD,
Sy Sidebotham's "King and Marshall" AA/FD, Denny Fenstermaker's
Roger Gates Chevy AA/FD, The Howard Cam "Rattler" AA/FD
and The Rat Trap AA/FA. Cacklefest.com was on hand to capture
the action and events surrounding Cacklefest South.
Photos by: Marvin Smith and Ron
Traditionally the Drag
Racing Hall of Fame ceremonies are held at the Garlits Museum
on Thursday night during the Gatornationals. This year was no
different. This shot is a classic taken during the event. L to
R: Don Garlits and his daughter Donna, Steves daughter Stephanie,
2006 Inductee Steve Gibbs, daughter Cindy, Chris Karamesines
and his daughter, Paula.
producer Ron "Big Yohns" Johnson pictured with Paula
Karamesines-Baldwin, Gary Flanagan and Karamesines lady friend
Sandy Shields in front of the Chizler in the Garlits Museum.
Ron and John Loukas are working together to prepare the Chizler
for a series of appearances at Cacklecar events. The appearances
will be sponsored by Cacklefest.com. The first is scheduled to
be in the Standard 1320 display at the Goodguys Del Mar car show
the end of April.
The Chizler was removed
from the Garlits Museum Friday morning.
Left to right, Rex Rexroat,
Bob Muravez, Dusty McWilliams and John Loukas prepare to load
the car into Rex's trailer for the trip to the Gainesville Drag
The Chizler (aka The
204 Car) had been removed from the Garlits Drag Racing Museum
just shortly before Steve Gibbs, Bob Muravez and Rex Rexroat
move it along side the trailer. After Gainsville the car was
taken to the West Coast where it will be fitted with a "live"
engine and begin its new life as a "cacklecar".
Watch for a new page
on the Cacklefest.com as we follow the progress of rejuvinating
The Chizler and preparing it for it's debut under the canopy
of the host hotel at the National Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling
Green June 15th, 2006.
All the cars were on
display in the Gainesville pits and drew a constant interest
from the fans. On one side of the tent, the gorgeous Baltes-Croshier-Lavato
1964 Top Fueler sits in front of the Howard Cam Rattler and the
"Freight Train" twin Harley motorcycle brought by Frank
On the other side of
the tent sits the Don Garlits Swamp Rat VI alongside the original,
one and only "204 Car", the Chizler. Garlits was absent
as he fulfilled an obligation to appear at the rescheduled Goodguys
Steve Gibbs stands on
the left as the appreciative crowd enjoys Dusty McWilliams and
Bob Muravez cackling the Rattler in the pits (below).
The Fenstermaker crew
for the weekend was dad Denny, Dale Smith (making sure they didn't
blow themselves up), son Cody and two of his friends from GA
tech. Below is their car getting ready to push over to the fire
Prior to the Sunday afternoon
Cacklefest Steve Gibbs goes over the procedures and timing with
the group. Jerry Baltes, Frank Spittle, Sy Sidebottom, Greg Bovio
(NHRA Museum crew), Dale Smith, and Bob Muravez pay attention.
Barb Hamilton gets comfortable
in her Willys BB/Gasser. Barb was the first lady that NHRA licensed
to drive a supercharged car long before Melanie, Shelley, Lori,
and even Shirley. She was the first car in the Cacklefest and
had just been sent to the starting line by Steve Gibbs. The car
was started once it was in position.
The "Freight Train"
twin-engined Nitro fueled Harley bike headed for the starting
line next with Frank Spittle aboard.
The Pure Heaven AA/FA
driven by Jim Adolph was pushed by the very tasty Chevrolet powered
'53 Ford F-100 owned and driven by Carl Litzkow.
Barnes and Gladstones
"Michigander" AA/FD begins its push start down the
return road and then makes the turn toward its spot.
Cody Fenstermacker in
the "Roger Gates" Chev AA/FD heads being pushed by
dad Denny in his own '57 Chev Coupe that he has owned for over
Cody Fenstermaker makes
the turns up track in the potent "Pipedream Racing"
Kenny Safford in his
Safford-Gaide-Ratican A/FD. Safford came all the way from California
to sit in his car for Gainesville. The Olds powered AA/FD was
pushed by "The Other" James Warren, former Top Fuel
owner/driver in his Green Pontiac powered Ford F-100 which is
for sale for $16,000.
Jerry Baltes in his beautiful
Tom Hanna recreation (Rod Pepmueller chassis) of the Croshier-Baltes-Lavato
Bob Muravez aka Floyd
Lippencott Jr. at the controls of the "Howard Cam Rattler"
was pushed by Fred Bear's lovely 56 Chev Nomad.
Ron Hope in the Rat Trap
AA/FA on the way to the starting line after being fired up by
an electric starter.
This was a fitting appearance
for the King & Marshall as it took the 1970 Gatornationals
Top Fuel crown with Jimmy King in the seat. King beat Eddie Carrecia
in the final. At this event the car was handled by Tom "Tuna"
Pure Heaven gets a barrel
valve adjustment mid cackle.
Barnes and Gladstone
The Roger Gates Special
with Dale Smith tending the motor.
Kenny Safford at his
spot under the warm Florida sun. The only downside to a daytime
Cacklefest is the lack of visible header flames.
Jerry Baltes on all eight.
The Rattler in place
under the watchful eye of its keeper, Dusty McWilliams
Sy Sidebottom doing a
couple of moves next to his King and Marshall car. The sticky
track surface won out over Sy's "Flip-flops" and they
just wouldn't stay on.
Cacklefest lineup from
the roof of the tower.
Bob Muravez and "Bear"
ready to celebrate another successful Cacklefest.
The ageless Kenny Safford
acknowledges the cheers from the crowd.
Ron Hope enjoys the moment.
Dale Smith and Cody Fenstermaker,
got it done together.
The Barnes and Gladstone
team were more than pleased with their showing at Gainesville.
Check back for more
event coverage as they happen.