July 18, 2009
In 2008 Chet Herbert had to move from the Manchester Avenue
location where he had his speed shop and manufacturing facility,
all under one roof. The decision was made to split the operation
and move the manufacturing facility some miles East to Chino.
The Speed Shop was relocated to Santa Ana, which was much closer
to Chet's home. After Chet's untimely death in the Spring of
2009, his drag racer son Doug Herbert added the responsibility
of operating the family business to his other business interests.
Doug closed the Santa Ana location and moved the Speed Shop to
Chino where it now occupies the front part of the manufacturing
facility. Many of the original staff came along, so the phones
are still answered by familiar voices. Doug decided to celebrate
the completion of the relocation job with a 1st Annual Doug Herbert
car Show. It took place on the 18th of July and while the temperature
exceeded 110 degrees, the show was a success. Doug took the opportunity
to raise money for the charity (B.R.A.K.E.S.) he created after
his two sons were killed in an auto accident. Doug was joined
by his new wife Ginger and his daughter Josie. For more info
on the Doug's program aimed at saving teen drivers visit their
website at Doug Herbert's B.R.A.K.E.S.
This is the front of the building
which faces inward to a parking lot shared by the numerous buildings
in the complex. Down the right side you can just see an open
garage door, which is the entrance to the manufacturing facility.
This area contains a substantial amount of machinery and equipment
for making speed parts.
Ron Johnson brought his Shubert/Herbert
dragster which is reputed to be Chet's favorite car out of all
the dragsters he had over the years. Chet's partner and driver
Zane Shubert came to the event with his family, including wife
Valerie, son Kevin and grandson Brian.
The Bob Hirsch owned
restored Marvin Schwartz "Anaconda" was next in line.
The Dean Engineering "Blue
Streak Special" owned by Jake McCloud was also in attendance.
McCloud is standing behind the car.
The Maxed-Out Racing
Team of John Ewald brought both cars, above the Mastercar.
Next was the venerable "Magicar"
restored and owned by Bill Pitts, father of the Cacklefest "Static
Start" which has become so popular at events from coast
The BankAmericar originally driven
by Don Ewald, is the other Maxed-Out Racing Team entry and rounds
out the Top Fuel cars.
Mousie Marcellus brought the
famous "Winged Express" AA/FA, originally piloted by
Wild Willy Borsch and now driven by Mike Boyd. This car is quite
new and makes exhibition full track runs quite frequently.
Johnson suggested to Doug Herbert
that he might like to take the seat when "Shoobies"
turn to fire-up took place. Doug was dubious about fitting into
the car, but he gave it a test and found it to be okay.
Ron and Son Kol prepare
to fire up Shoobie with Doug in the seat.
The Blue Ez-up was "Show
Central" where Ginger and Josie Herbert handled entry forms
and the other show host duties.
We don't believe Doug has ever
driven a front motor top fueler, so this may well have been the
first time he ever sat behind a running Nitro motor. He
John Ewald gave his old
friend Doug Herbert a hand with the announcing duties.
Ginger Herbert on the right,
Valerie Shubert on the left with grandson Brian to her right
(our left). There were a number of door prizes on display, which
were handed out intermittently up until the show ended.
Bob Hirsch, owner of the Anaconda,
sits waiting as Jake McCloud prepares to fire the Anaconda.
Pick a pair of happy
Pitts strikes a pose before suiting up and getting into the Magicar
for it's fire-up. Not too many girls have as much seat time in
a top fuel car before getting a drivers license.
Zane and Valerie Shubert's grandson,
Brian had an extra special birthday treat, getting a fire-up
in Grandpa's old race car! Not so many grandsons get to add this
kind of experience to their memory banks!
After the fun was over
for the day, the last thing was a group photo.
Left to right, Valerie, Brian, Kevin, Zane and Doug.
Linda and Doug
back for more event coverage as they happen.
Two seasoned pro's saying Hello
for the umpteenth time over the years, Linda Vaughn and Mousie.