Rick MacDonald in the
Shubert & Herbert Chevy fueler.
Saturday found the cacklecars
ready to rumble and the track full of fans. The weather had improved
to really nice - it would be a fun day.
Gary Ritter of the Blood-Sweat
& Nitro fame (left) did the tuning on the Warren Coburn &
Miller car now owned by Mike Aaby (right)... in the seat is the
one and only James Warren.
BankAmericar with original
driver Don Ewald on its way to the Cacklefest.
Before the third and final pro
qualifying session all the "live" cacklecars were arranged
along the guardwall and up the push road in front of the spectator
side stands. With racing continuing on the track the cars found
their ways to a spot.
Dennis Prater, Dan Kaplan
and Jay Carpenter with the Stellings & Hampshire car.
Kol Johnson, Marc McCormack,
Ron Johnson and Rick MacDonald
James Warren ready to
Bill Tidwell waiting
in the Poachers.
Sonny Messner in his
Swamp Rat III.
Don Ewald in the BankAmericar.
Mario Garcia got the
set in the Mastercar.
Paul Rossi ready to get
into the Yeakel Plymouth Spec.
Frank Baney, Jerry Bivens,
Jim Rossi and Paul Rossi.
Cindy Gibbs ready in
the Wynn's Spoiler.
Paula Roth in the Frantic
Camera shy Tommy Ivo
before climbing in the Barnstormer.
John Bowser armed and
Bob Hirsch in his "Anaconda".
The Yeakel car was one
of the first to fire.
We are not sure about some kind
of bribe going on between John Ewald and Sonny Messner...something
about not "rear ending" one of Ewald's cars maybe?
Dennis Prater gets ready
to fire the S&H car with Jay Carpenter in the seat.
First to fire.... then
the air was full of nitro.
Always two of the loudest cacklers
were Mario Garcia in the "Mastercar" and Don Ewald
in the "BankAmericar".
Tears of joy! i.e. eyes
full of nitro.
Art Chrisman ran the
tank dry to end the show.
James Warren and Suzy
Head 'em out...
John and Don Ewald and the "BankAmericar",
probably the most fired cackle car (over 600 nitro fire-ups to
date) in the country.
If there is a car ready to cackle...Cindy
Gibbs is always ready to jump in the seat... especially if it's
the famous Warren-Coburn & Miller car
Steve Gibbs, John "Tarzan"
Austin, James Warren, John Ewald, Tom West and Dan Kaplan lying
to each other waiting for Sunday breakfast.
Even JE got into the
act "cooking" English muffins for breakfast.
John Ewald's Maxed Out Racing
camp was a virtual 3 meal a day restaurant with his better half
Cynthia Carpenter and good bud John Jennings (who owns the motorhome)
making sure everyone got fed.
This March Meet marked the welcome
return of Bakersfield legend, Roger Coburn. Roger not only showed
great interest in the WCM cacklecar, he was also involved in
racing an NE-1 dragster. Following this fire-up he commented,
"It never sounded that good when we had it." I think
those of us who raced them in the day would disagree.
With Coburn looking on (below),
Gary Ritter lit up the WCM car to give Cindy Gibbs her unprecedented
fourth fire-up of of the weekend - her second in her new favorite
Following the second round of
Top Fuel on Sunday, to celebrate his 50th March Meet, Steve Gibbs
got his push start on the famous Famosa track thanks to John
Ewald and his Mastercar. Gibbs did a masterful job of lighting
on the fireup road, making the turn and idling all the way up
the track. Simply looked like an old pro.
Gibbs fires up the Hemi to the
applause of the thousands in attendance to show their appreciation
for all that Steve Gibbs has done for the sport of drag racing.
As the pits emptied,
the Aussies brought the Scorcher out for a late afternoon photo
the first time in his 50 years of being part of the March Meet
Steve Gibbs leaves the starting line in a top fuel dragster...the
racers and fans were thrilled...but probably not as much as Steve
Till next time - happy
The final cackle of the weekend
went to John Ewald's better half, Cynthia Carpenter in the BankAmericar.