Before the rains came on Friday
afternoon, game plan one was to put NTF driver Rick White in
the Barnstormer for the first chute shot pass. He fit just fine
and was excited to have the chance. Here he's getting "acquainted".
But with the first session of Top Fuel getting washed out, White
would be tied up the remainder of the weekend with his primary
ride. One driver down, two to go.
Meanwhile, the Poacher
and Yeakle Plymouth camps took shape.
Although not a cacklecar per
se, the Lamrose & Iaconao roadster was part of the mix and
most definitely a "history car".
The midway coming together
before the rains came Friday.
By Saturday morning there was
no more signs of bad weather and things kicked into gear from
the track to the pits. There were BS sessions everywhere including
this one with Walt Stevens and Jim Rossi
and Famoso track manager, Blake Bowser.
The first of many cacklecar
fire-ups was Stevens in The Poachers.
Next to make some noise was Marc
McCormick in the Shubert & Herbert car. Although not planned
coming in, Marc would end up getting a ton of seat time by Sunday
The first push start of the weekend
was McCormick in the S&H car. Ron and Kol Johnson prepared
on the top end.
Another very cool aspect of this
event was the fact they had all the cars that ran return to the
pits in front of the stands so the spectators got a closer look
Back in the pits, Robin Millar
gave a sneak preview of the Drag CarTOONs "Cackle Thunder"
award that will be given to the loudest cacklecar at the 2009
CHRR. I'm told it will become an annual deal. Start planning
your "tune-up" now!
With Rick White unavailable,
Marc McCormick got his second call in less than 2 hours to take
a ride down the Famoso push road.... this time in the Barnstormer.
Walt Stevens would be in the Poachers.
With Steve Gibbs and Bob Brown
joining the mix while Stevens and McCormick got suited up with
Walt doing it in comfort.
First down was the Ivo
If you don't look toooo hard
in the far background, doesn't this take you right back to the
This was a planned chute shot
op so McCormick gave the red car some juice to make sure he would
have enough speed at the other end to open the giant ribbon package.
The rip cord was pulled
and the pilot chute did its job.
The fans loved it.
Next down was Stevens
who, for this first shot, didn't even plan a burnout.
Everything went perfect
and the car idled down the track.
Saturday afternoon Ron Johnson
finally took advantage of the opportunity to do his first push
start and trip down the quarter mile in his Shubert & Herbert
Once again, Marc McCormick
was in the Barnstormer.
Both cars staged and
Johnson was out first by a bunch. Maybe Marc was being nice to
the boss? <grin>
Right behind the red cars was
Walt Stevens for his burnout chance in The Poachers.
Rolling through the water
box, Stevens started his burnout.
And a nice burnout it
As Stevens came to a stop, Paul
Rossi came down in the potent Yeakel Plymouth Special.
To put reality into the show,
Stevens, who is on the crew of the High Speed Motorsports Top
Fuel car had some team members, including driver Troy Green,
come out to push him back. This is how we did it from 1967 to
Paul took the rear and
Ellen Fisher served as backup girl.
About this time the High Speed
guys are thinking what a great idea reversers were... and are!
Joining Green (far side)
was Todd Shappie and Pete Palumbo.
Rossi, choosing not to
be a burnout, made his turn and rolled to the line.
Shappie moved Walt into