By this point of the evening
the HSMS team were well plied and having more fun than most laws
allow. No denying, well deserved.
Jason Rupert took the
Funny Car crown with a dominating string of low ET times.
Brian Hope and team Rich
Guasco took the AA/FA trophy with the legendary Pure Hell.
Drew Austin was one of
5 double-ups taking the A/F championship and CHRR win.
Drew and proud granddad
John Marottek had a banner Jr.
Fuel season winning the championship and the race. Twofer Club.
The 7.0 Pro trophy went to Steve
Faller who survived five rounds of racing to beat Brad Denney
in the final.
Bernie Plourd took the
win light 5 times to capture the NE-1 gold.
Robert Johnson got the
twofer in NE-2 season and race.
The 16 car NE-3 field
was won by Lindsey Lister.
Scott White got the best
of Gary Reinero in the AA/GS final.
Brian Rogers took a very
close win over Frank Merenda to take the trophy in A/Gas.
Val Miller scored another
one for the girls taking B/Gas trophy.
Bill Becker took the
hotly contested C/Gas trophy in his very bitchin '33 Willys.
Bill Norton took the
holeshot win over Larry Cook for the D/Gas title.
Hot Rod class winner
was Alex George who survived 6 grueling rounds of racing.
Jack Goodrich took the
A/FX gold with his period correct altered wheelbase Hemi.
Roger Holder took the
ProMod trophy who was a Winners Circle no show.
PITS N' PEOPLE
these are limited but its all I got.
This may well be my most favorite
photo of the entire weekend. Top Fuel runner-up Rick McGee on
his pit mat with his granddaughters new puppy.
On Saturday night Joe Walla and
Da Kingz aka The Racers Band put on one hell of a rock-n-roll
show in the pits. Racers and fans rocked and indulged until adult
Thursday night at the Doubletree.
Don Ewald, Peter Broadribb, Paul Hutchins, Vic Moneymaker, Paula
Roth, Dan Kaplan and Yvonne Broadribb. This was the annual 1320
Group "Ma Green" dinner that once filled the entire
room. That was then, this is now. Time marches on.
Debra Lynn and Bob Brown,
the beauty and the beast. You make the call.
Super Fan Nitro Kevin.
Its not an event without him.
Randy Anderson came west
as a freelance, normally shooting for National Dragster.
David Beitler from Frankfurt,
Germany. Really nice guy and very keen on shooting nostalgia
drag racing here in the U.S. and Europe.
Wayne Lederer trying out his
new Nikon D500 with the 200-500mm lens. He's been a quality Canon
shooter for many years but it appears he's smitten with this
new combo from the dark side.
Paul Hutchins with his
eyes on his next shot.
Got Video? Les Mayhew.
Like the Thursday dinner, the
annual 1320 Group photo continues to dwindle. Life's attrition
rate has taken its toll over the last 20 years. Once 60 now 25.
The Cacklecar credentials
booth was a busy place Thursday and Friday.
Two of the driving forces
behind Nostalgia Top Fuel, Tom Shelar and Bob McLennan.
Left is an English photog- cant
place his name at the moment. Middle is Andy Willsheer, consummate
British gentleman who is a longtime regular shooter at Bakersfield
and the NHRA Big Show. Right is David Beitler from Germany.
If you were into SoCal drag racing
in the day you know the names Mike Clancy, Larry Sutton and Jay
If you know Troy Glenn,
this will make perfect sense.
Kol Johnson, Zane Shubert
and Connie Johnson Braun.
No intro needed. The
champ admiring Dan Kaplan's vintage Honda.
Pete Millars Drag Cartoon's is
alive and well with daughter Robin and widow Orah Mae keeping
the legacy alive.
No clue about the pair to the
left. Gal in orange vest is Big Show shooter Annie Proffit and
the fellow on the right is the legendary Bob McClurg.
My favorite Brits. Ingrid
and Martin Chesworth.
After 50+ years of Top Fuel racing
with husband, Jim, Alison Lee is still in the game with grandson
Three of the greats;
Kelly Brown, Bill Schultz and Gerry Glenn.
Two true champions. Sean Bellemeur
who dominated the Big Show Alcohol Funny Car season suiting up
his dear friend Mendy Fry who did the same in Nostalgia Top Fuel.
Blake Bowser, Don Irvin
and Larry Fisher going over the game plan.
The view from my golf
cart during another clean up.
Don Ewald armed and dangerous.
Pure Hell - Rich Guasco
The backbone of Famoso
Raceway. Blake and John Bowser.
Donna Crowther, Dave
Wallace Jr. and Greg Sharp.
The irrepressible George
"The Bushmaster" Schreiber
Pam Conrad thinks blonds
have more fun. Dan Kaplan agrees.
Don Ewald, Connie Braun,
Tommy Ivo and Zane Shubert. at the Doubletree.
Who gets those overhead shots
you ask? For E1 it was Paul Sadler, Mark Gewertz, Dan Kaplan
and Dave Kommel.
The obligatory cacklefest "drivers"
meeting was held on Thursday by Div. 6 director who has no clue
what an event coordinator does, Don Irvin who is one of the best
safety supervisors in the game, Larry Fisher and Greg Sharp from
the NHRA Motorsports Museum. As always, even with instructions
several participants still got it wrong.
Those in attendence were
having all kinds of fun.
J.R - WTF
All kidding aside, there were
some real heavy hitters in the bunch and for the most part they
all put on a great Cacklefest show winch will receive extensive
coverage on Cacklefest.com. coming soon.
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