parade wrapped up, the self start cars back to the starting line
and the drivers suiting up at the top end for push starts it
was time for the largest Cacklefest in history.
the air over Famoso for a long time that night. Below are most
all the photos we received of the actual Cacklefest and like
the parade, the order of the photos is not necessarily the order
the cars came down but its really close. Some cars couldn't fire,
like Smirnoff, some failed to fire like the Northwind and some
chose to not even try. Due to the number of cars and the fact
they were so spread out the coverage itself is not what we would
like but its as good as we got. Enjoy Cacklefest 2007.
Prieto in his Hustler V had some nice flames.
McCloud Bros. Blue Streak Special.
Rex in the seat of the Jungle Jim Camaro.
cars and the Proud Mary Blown Fuel Hydro went first. Mary's deal
sounded plenty stout with a Mike Kuhl 392 sitting in the Howard
brand new car (finished the previous Tuesday) Bill Turney chose
to static start his first time out. With Chuck Griffith in the
car the Ray Ferry prepared 392 did just fine.
also chose to static start his Warren-Coburn-Miller car for its
first outing. Like the Starlite III, this will push start next
push start was Ronnie Hampshire in the Stellings & Hampshire
car and it was not the kind of beginning we'd hoped for. After
he reached his spot on the track the car behind him, Tommy Larkin,
came up and missed his turn. The car owner stopped him before
he hit Ronnie but after sitting there for a moment Tommy gunned
the car and ran full tilt into the back of the red car. The tail
section on the S&H car resulting in minor damage that will
be hard to fix on tin.
Larkin fired prior to clipping the S&H car.
in The Syndicate running on all 16.
Larkin fired and driving to his spot up track.
Sutherland in the Old Timers AA/FD.
Maestrejuan in his Thunder Chief" AA/FD.
fired the Ernie's Camera Shudder Bug, made the turn and parked
on the track without incident.
Bobby Hansen in the Wynns Spoiler.
Scott Sr. looked quite comfortable in the Poison Ivy fueler.
A not too pleased
Ed McCulloch in the Northwind that failed to fire. Below he goes
to the left to exit back to the staging lanes.
in his Petersen & Fitz 1970 Woody car. Always looking for
a bigger bang, Herm put a 3/8" stroker engine in the car
for this weekend and did it sound stout.
in the only Ford cammer cacklecar, Jim Green's Assassin.
in the restored Iron Horse AA/FD.
King in the Doss-Clayton-King car.
in the Ol' Noisy Speed Sport roadster.
O'Kane in his restored Dale Lambrose 1929 Ford roadster.
Maas in Bob Creitz's "Creitz & Donovan" resto.
the Creitz car was Tom Hanna in his piece of art.
Crosby in his Scorpion V.
Graham in the Howard Cams Rattler.
Scott Jr. in "Paradise Alley".
Eishenbaugh in the Steinegger & Eishenbaugh AA/FD.
cars started to stack up Geno did his best to direct traffic.
Bolthoff in his very distinctive sounding AA/GD.
Anderson in The Vagabond.
Hampshire had another fun and successful outing in Bill Pitts'
in another of the nine cars from the first Cacklefest, the Olds
powered Safford-Gaide-Ratican car.
The first Bucky
Austin car down was Jerry King in the Cross-Mann-King real 98%
nitro Jr. Fuel car. Hopefully more of these cars will be showing
up in the future. It was one of the coolest classes ever in drag
Next down was
the unmistakable green car of Beebe & Mulligan with owner/driver
Dave West at the controls.
Team Bucky car - the Dead End Kids with Dave Jeffers in the seat.
Ruth in his 1970 Austin restored Don Long "business coupe"
The last car
out of the Austin stable was the unique Eagle Electric fueler
with Don Hampton driving. This car won the unofficial best header
flames award this year and because of that fact probably got
more photog attention than any other car.
Next down was
Don Ewald in the 1968 BankAmericar - the last front engine dragster
John Buttera ever built.
Ewald followed in his Mastercar - a 1969 Jim Davis chassis.
Shubert in Ron Johnson's Shubert & Herbert Chevy powered
seat for the Yeakel Plymouth Special debut was Jerry Bivens.
Sharp had the role of parking attendant.
was once again manned by its original driver, Walt Stevens.
Olson in his usual spot in Mike Kuhl's Woody car.
Ivo in Ron Johnson's "Barnstormer" recreation.
in his "Glass Slipper".
in his Swamp Rat VIII.
in his Hustler I.
trying to figure out how Roger Garten in the Tocco-Harper-Garten
AA/FA ended up as the last car down - a role earned by and traditionally
played by Art Chrisman.
ended Cacklefest VII
we said - up close and personal.
and Tom Ivo.
talks to a fan.
Mike English and Mary.
As is customary,
the fans were all invited out on the track to see the cars and
drivers up close and personal. Hundreds took advantage of the
50th Birthday Mike Boyd.
congratulations to the Rossi & Baney clan, Chuck Gobel, Tom
McEwen and friends for winning the "Cacklefest 2007 Outstanding
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