Thursday Kickoff Party
all the names, we'll try to ID the folks we're sure of.
Spearheading the Tucson Dragway
Reunion was Paula Roth along with Vic Moneymaker.
Paul Smith is one of the workers
for the reunion. He is the parking guru and greets everyone at
the gate to show them their pit space. He also doubled as kitchen
worker for the BBQ on Thursday night. The chief cook who did
the burgers on the grill was Bruce Mabry the announcer. It was
HOT. The grill was in the direct sunlight and he stood there
flipping for hours. Paula went over and she swears it was 175
degrees where he was standing. Not a complaint from him.
Old body in picture is the original
Speed Sport Old Noisy car found in pieces scattered around Red
Greths yard! Talk is of redoing that car also.
Connie Brawn, Paula,
Yvonne and Peter Broadribb.
Jerry Bivens, Jon Lundberg
and the Check Mate AA/FD crew.
Top Fuel and Bonneville driver
Al Eshenbaugh and old time photographer J.R. Bloom.
Owen McKinney and Jon Lundberg.
Owen is a veteran local PA track announcer. He has worked at
Tucson , Firebird and does specialty stuff at Albuquerque. Of
course, Jon is a legend in the tower.
Don Irvin and Dan Kaplan
Tommy Allen, Mike Clancy
and Don Irvin.
Jay Carpenter and Bob
Ted Brine brought his
134 Fuel Coupe all the way from Pennsylvania.
The first guy no ID but the middle
guy is Tom Hunt with the Hunt Family Farms AA/FA and the lady
is his wife.
Richard Vasquez from
Ron Johnson's team.
As Steve put it, "It
was getting a size 10 driver into a size 8 car".
Steve, Gordy and Cindy
A prelude to Steve Gibbs being
formally annouced as the Grand Marshall he got a fire-up in the
original Speed Sport AMR aka "Ol Noise".
Dan Owens, Walter Nash, Matt
Deyoung (track manager), Cindy Gibbs, Paula Roth, Red Greth,
Steve and Gordy and Vic Moneymaker.
The gathering also included several
static fire-ups starting with the Check Mate fueler of Jerry
The 134 Coupe was next.
Troy Glenn fired up the
Schultz & Glenn fueler.
Paula Roth was in the
S&E tribute car that belongs to Paul Henderson.
Mark Robinson, budding phototographer
in the Banshee with Ross tending to the engine.
Don Ewald got the fire-up
in Ron Johnson's "ChiZler".
Pesek Loukas car of James Burgess
with Larry Brown, former AAFD, TF, FC driver from Oklahoma in
PRACTICE PUSH STARTS & BURNOUTS
Paula in her Lil-Darlin
4: Parade and Nitro Bash