This was the first event of its
kind, a massive tribute to the Spirit of Lions (Drag Strip) that
came from the vision of Rick Lorenzen who has done well in business
and has an intense love of drag racing and a personal connection
with Lions. In just a year Lorenzen turned one of his huge warehouses
into memory lane.
The saying, "You build it
and they will come." could not be more appropriate than
here. The attendence was beyond expectations and it turned out
to be one of those who's who of drag racing deals.
Aside from the mind boggling
indoor displays of vintage cars and sets, the 20+ fuel cacklecars
outside was the big show. There were some cars that never ran
at Lions and they were not part of the push fire-ups. Only cars
that actually graced the 1/4 mile at "The Beach" were
featured. The cool part was the air was full of nitro, the only
downside was it was in bright daylight.
All this said, this event is
best shared in photos and now that I have the time to embed them
here they are. The first page are shots taken by Don Ewald, The
second page is shots from Dave Kommel who has been shooting the
sport for decades.
entered, this was your view to the left.
This was to your right.
The following shots are
in main concourse.
She's real fine my 409.
Then you turn the corner
Moving on.... the model
The Music Store
Then there was the movie
Note the movies on the marquee.
In front of the Granada were all the cars featured in these movies.
It is not clear which ones are the real deal or just perfect
Moving on to another
Ron Johnson's Chizler
The Allen Family "Stinger"
Jr. Fuel car. A staple at Lions.
We then move into the
"room" for dining and gathering.
Darrell & Pam Conrad's restored
Veney's Vega was on display in the loading dock.
As we head outside to the Big
Show, the Veney's Vega restoration of Darrell and Pam Conrad
is the last thing you see.
Sunglasses on, here we
This marked the debut of the
restored Walton Cerny & Moody RED from 1972. The principles
were Darielle Moody and Hal Sanguinetti. This is the real deal
car per Don Long, who built it.
At the right end on the line
where cars than never raced at Lions. They would be static start
only which they did prior to the Lions cars.
Jay Carpenter with his
Ed McCulloch was on hand
to support Nitro
Ivo and Joel Gruzen making the rounds.
Shade was the order of
Nitro Revival T-shirts were a popular item.
The Lions cars were all
staged in a row.
As it should be, the
main show was opened with our National Anthem.
First to fire was the
Boyd Penington AA/FR
Next out was Ron Sterns
in the Reath Automotive A/FA
This also marked the return of
the Godfather of cacklecars, Bill Pitts with his Magicar. As
it should be, original driver Jeep Hampshire was in the seat.
The Pitts family had a very rough 2016 and it was great to see
them back in the fold.
David Gruzen pushing
out in the Gruzen Racing Newhouse Roadster.
Next out was Jack Gillett
in his Sidewinder A/D
Down the line Ron Johnson was
waiting for the cue to fire the Barnstormer with Tommy Ivo in
As usual, Steve Gibbs was the
one who turned the dogs loose one at a time.
Sonny Messner was on
hand with his Don Garlits Swamp Rat III.
Pete Eastwood in his
Ed Pink Old Master recreation.
Next across the lot was the Waterman
& Hampshire Clearspark car with Ronnie Hampshire in the seat.
Ron Johnson's Shubert & Herbert
aka Shooby powered by a small block Chevy on nitro. Original
driver Zane Shubert in the seat.
Paul Rossi in the seat
of the Yeakle Plymouth Spec.
Harry Burkholder in the
Burkholder Bros. AA/FA.
Tocco, Harper & Garten
Bivens was in his restored "Checkmate" AA/FD.
John Wiebe AA/FD owned
by Wayne Patrick.
The next rumble came from Gerry
Glenn in the Schultz & Glenn championship car.
Tommy Allen in his restored
Soapy Sales AA/FD
Cherie Glenn in the Warren-Coburn-Miller
restoration owned by Mike Aaby & Alan Workman.
The last nitro car was
Carl Olson in the Kuhl & Olson TF car.
John Peters fabled "Freight
Train" Top Gas twin was the last car to fire.
When the Freight Train shut off
it was back social time aka bench racing.
Zane Shubert, Ron Johnson
and Sid Waterman
All the cars were left in place
for the second fire-up that took place a couple of hours later.
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