With the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports
Museum within walking distance of the fabled Pomona quarter mile,
its only logical that the NHRA Winternationals and Finals would
feature a great assortment of historic cacklecars. In spite of
really lousy weather which resulted in a two day delay of the
event, the vintage fuelers, funnies, gassers and Altereds hung
in there and were a huge part of the overall show.
Photos by: Bob Brown, Robbie
Robertson and John Ewald
Due to the number of manufacturers
who chose to sit this event out, there was lots of extra space
that needed to be filled... and they filled them with CACKLE
CARS! Including Al Bergler's traveling road show John Ewald's
two car set up, some NHRA Museum cars and several other ambassadors
of our family.
Steve Gibbs was herding the cats.
car made its first appearance under new ownership and was accompanied
by the beautiful Marvin Schwartz 'Anaconda', the Wynns Spoiler,
the McCloud Bros., the Yeakel Plymouth Spec., the Winged Express,
Mooneyes, Pisano & Matsubara, and Ash Marshall's Australia
The first fire-up of
the wet weekend was Brian Darcy in the Mastercar.
Next a fan jumped (and paid)
at the chance to cackle the BankAmericar. Although fire-ups were
less than normal due to the weather, at $100.00 a pop Ewald raised
$800.00 for the Cacklecar Care Fund.
The Bob Danly tuneup
on the BankAmericar brought the fans running.
Next fire up found little Al
Pratt in the seat of the BankAmericar.
Al is the son of John's old racing partner Bill Pratt.
Both looking for a 2009 ride,
Big Show flopper pilots Melanie Troxel and Tommy Johnson Jr.
had a relaxing weekend and spent quite a bit of time with the
Sunday AM Bob Brown found
the Ewald camp under wraps.
Another paying fan getting
the thrill of a lifetime.
The Ash Marshall car
packing it in, heading for their trailer.
With absolutely nothing happening
in the Pro pits on Sunday, the fans gravitated to the sound of
nitro and at times were 10 deep to see/hear a fire-up. As it
turned out - they were the show.
Crew member Mario Garcia
brings up the RPM's to the thrill of the driver and crowd.
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Yes, in the middle of this huge
crowd is the Maxed Out Racing team's Mastercar... the fans just
could not get enough!
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