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The first session of exhibition runs was led off by Eily Stafford in the Killer Crower A/FD. She set low ET for the 1/8 mile clicking it a 500 feet. Elly and her team were on hand to not only thrill the fans, but to honor the great Bruce Crower who was an Inductee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The burnout award went to Stormy Byrd in his Revelation" Modified Fuel Roadster. His support has been exceptional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

50+ year veteran of the nitro wars Rodney Flournoy in the Doty & Flournoy "Godzilla" AA/FA gained some fans with a stout hit.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Up next was the BBC powered "High Heaven" AA/FA of Hughie Callen.

 

 

 

 


 

Dave Hix & Todd Miller brought their bitchin Fiat down from Medford, OR to put on a great show both in exhibition and the Line of Fire. Dave Hix at the wheel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

One of the fan favorites was the San Diego based Nostalgia Top Fuel car of Neal & White with Rick White in the seat. The team which was a major player in the Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Top Fuel class chose to sit out the 2017 season. Hopefully they will return in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Ed Philipp came from Arizona with his Li'l Ol' Whinemaker rear engine AA/FC. Ed Pauling's burnouts were noteworthy.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Capping the first session of exhibition runs was Jason Rupert in his Rupert & Little field championship Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car. Jason and his family are staunch supporters of today nostalgia movement and our history. This was more than confirmed later in the day when he gave his father Frank the restored 1966 Eagle Electric AA/FD that he drove in the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Here's three vets of the photo wars, Tim Marshall, Dave Wallace Jr. and Jon Asher.

 

Pam Conrad and Lou Hart were among the gaggle of photogs who covered the event.

 


 

Don Ewald, Steve Gibbs, Ron Johnson with his daughter Connie.

 


 

Marilyn and Rick Kohler where on hand to support Nitro Revival. They are also rabid NHRA Big Show fans.

 


 

Time for open field for the cacklecars.

 

Zany Shubert chose to do a burnout in Ron Johnson's SBC powered Shubert & Herbert light weight fueler.

 

 


 

Following the exhibition runs. the track was open for more push starts.  Several cars took advantage leading off with Bill Pitts' "MagiCar" with ??? in the seat.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Here Joe Schubeck is mated to Steve Gibbs '50 Ford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The awesome Howard Cams Twin Bear AA/D owned by the Johansen Bros.

 

 


 

Sonny Messner rolls in his Don Garlits Swamp Rat III AA/FD with his period correct push car. Class act all the way. Messner crewed for Big on this car in the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Tocco, Harper & Garten AA/FA which is always a great tribute to the late Roger Garten. Don Cooper is in the seat.

 

 

 

 


 

Steve Easton in the Australian heavy hitter, the Ash Marshall "Scorcher" AA/FD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Blake Crosby in the Scorpion V AA/FD. Blake doing his late Dad Bill proud by keeping this beauty in the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Another cacklecar staple is the Burkholder Brothers AA/FA with Robert Reel in the seat. These guys truly put their car where their mouth is. Great job always.

 

 

 


 

The Anderson Family "Vagabond" with Jessyka Anderson in the seat.

 

 


 

Tommy Allen in his beautifully restored Huff & Allen Soapy Sales AA/FD. The paint/lettering on this car is one of the very best. The restoration is spot on.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Original driver Larry Dixon Sr. in the very popular Smirnoff AA/FD restored and owned by Joe Passalaqua.

 

 

 

 


 

The legendary Syndicate Scuderia A/D. Anybody who knows drag racing will agree this car was way ahead of its time in the late 50's. Its body knocked the sport on its ears. Wendy Williams did the driving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Terry Maestrejuan fires his Thunder Chief AA/FD. This baby thumps.

 

 


 

Harley getting a little play time between assignments.

 


 

And yes, you will see several photos of the First Lady of Racing, Linda Vaughan who survived a life threatening medical issue over the last several months. She was a welcome sight to say the least. Here she and sister Sheila are being urberd by Donny Couch.

 


 

Don Ewald, Steve Gibbs and Bob McClurg.

 


 

Several of the High Speed Motorsports team came down to support and enjoy the event. Here is driver, Mendy Fry. Don Anderson aka Donnie Ho and Angela Reeves.

 


 

 

Who can I bark at next?

 


 

Ross Howard came from Oklahoma with his beautiful Custom Body Enterprises AA/FC which brought out the original driver, Tom Prock to make a rare appearance.

 


 

Kuhl & Olson AA/FD

 

 


 

 

There are very few who represent the cacklecar cause thanks Troy Glenn who is the gate keeper to the 1971 Top Fuel Championship car of Schultz & Glenn. For years this has been a headliner at all kinds of racing and charity events. Troy and his wife Cheryl seem to make time to appear at most events that requests their presents. In the last few years original Driver Gerry "The Hunter" Glenn and tuner Bill Schultz have come on board to partake in many of the cars outings. Glenn is always willing to jump into the cockpit he once kicked butt in. If there are several photos of the car its because the deserve it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Glenn Way's Groundshaker, Jr. was one of several quality AA/FA on the property.

 

 

 


 

David Gruzen warming up the hemi in the Newhouse Special AA/MFR.

 


 

Another bad ass altered on hand was the Burkholder Bros.

 


 

One of the cars you will see featured on our event coverage is the Kent Fuller "MagiCar" restored and owned by Bill Pitts. This is considered by most as the Genesis of the cacklecars, a movement that put serious dents in many a bank account over the last 17 years.  In spite of unimaginable family tragedies, Bill has come back to claim his rightful spot as the "Godfather of Cacklecars" . For the complete history of this historic car go to: MagiCar on Cacklefest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most will not understand the profound meaning of this and that's OK. This is a sticker on the tail piece of Joe Passalaqua's Smirnoff AA/FD. It is an very fitting tribute to the Pitts family.

 

 


 

Next door to Pitts the Anderson Family's "Vagabond" barked back. For this weekend it was granddaughter Challis in the seat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Pete Eastwood in his Ed Pink Old Master.

 

 

 


 

Red Greth's "Speed Sport" A/FMR with Kenton Greth in the seat shared its unique sound with the fans.

 

 


 

Master dragster restorer Bruce Dyda obtained this rare real deal R&B (John Buttera) car and decided to make it his contribution to the movement he's been such a part of. Powered by an Oldsmobile its a tribute to the master craftsman who restored the Bivens & Fisher CheckMate, BankAmericr, Poachers, Thunder Chief and several other Top Fuel cars.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

If you attended most any nostalgia drag racing event on the west you've seen Super Fan Kevin Hoffsmith with his Dad Brian. Kevin is confined to a wheelchair and has limited communication skills but he loves nitro.

Rich Howell and John Hale came together and decided to build Kevin a wheelchair, Jim Maroney sourced the trailer. Rich knew that Ray had previously been in the RV industry for a decade so we got involved and we built the trailer. Kevin Stith got involved and made the logo and the tshirts. Eddie Buck did the hero cards and Dennis Taylor upholstered the seat and supplied the seat belts. There are more I'm sure that contributed monetarily, but I don't know off hand. The back of the hero card has the list. I will send you a photo of it. I'm not sure of the spelling of everyone's names. Whole project took about three months. (we had the trailer for that amount of time anyway while Rich built the wheelchair)

The presentation was MC'ed and videoed by Donny Couch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sonny Diaz, Walt Stevens, Spider Razon and Gerry Glenn. There were drag racing greats everywhere.

 


 

Hall of Farmers Jon Asher and Roland Leong.

 


 

Ed "The Ace" McCulloch was on hand to sign autographs in Tom McEwen's area.

 

 


 

Donny Johansen and Nick Arias III

 


 

There are very few who represent the cacklecar cause that Troy Glenn who is the gate keeper to the 1971 Top Fuel Championship car of Schultz & Glenn. For years this has been a headliner at all kinds of racing and charity events. Troy and his wife Cheryl seem to make time to make most requests for their presents. In the last few years original Driver Gerry "The Hunter" Glenn and tuner Bill Schultz have come on board to partake on many of the cars outings. Glenn is always willing to jump into the cockpit he once kicked butt in. If there are several photos of the car its because they deserve it.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Geno and Cindy

 


 

Ed "The Ace" McCulloch was on hand to sign autographs in Tom McEwen's area.

 

Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen and Richard "The King" Tharp. Oh the stories.

 


 

Donny Johansen and Nick Arias III

 


 

 

Tom West & Bob McClurg

 

Tim Marshall, Jamie Shores-Fraijo and Lou Hart

 


 

Keith Hudak, Dave Kommel and Randy Anderson showing off the fashionable vests given to media only. It proved to be a very good idea. They protected the people who belonged there with room to shoot from security.

 

 


 

Terry Maestrejuan getting ready to do a check out the track in his Thunder Chief AA/FD.

 

 

 


 

 


 

Don Ewald, Steve Gibbs, Alan Miller and Don Irvin.

 


 

Roger Lee's second fire-up with his Brissette & Sutherland AA/FD.

 

 


 

The subtile orange shirts with buttons said we were like part of the team. Here Joe Rode transports Geno & Harley, Don Irvin and Alan Miller around the pits.

We would venture to say that Harley was one of the most photographed stars on the property. He brought Geno with him.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

The late exhibition session was led off by Rodney Flournoy in the "Godzilla" AA/FA.

 

 

 

 


 

Following Rodney was Dave Hix in the "Wild Fire" AA/FA.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Out for their second fan dazzling show was the "High Heaven" AA/FA.

 

 

 


 

Ed Philips' Li'l Ol' Whinemaker rear-engine AA/FC with Ed Pauling in the seat.

 

 

 


 

Chuck Neal and Rick White once again rocked the Barona air with NTF nitro.

 

 

 


 

Jason Rupert in his Little field & Rupert championship Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car came back to thrill the fans one more time.

 

 


 

Darrell Conrad, Bob Brown and Doug Adams

 


 

Two of the oldest running cars ever (although repops) squared off with the Cook & Bedwell A/FD and the Bean Bandits tribute car.

 

 

 

 

 


 

More push starts with Larry Dixon Sr. was reunited with his original ride in the "Smirnoff Spec'" AA/FD owned and restored by Joe Passalaqua. Historians, including myself, would put this can on the Top Ten of the slickest FED's ever built. Check out its history at: Smirnoff Spec. on Cacklefest.

 

 


 

Terry Maestrejuan ready to roll in his Thunder Chief AA/FD.

 

 


 

Don Ewald, Bobby Bennett and ace Videographer Les Mayhew prior to the main show.

 


 

 


 

 

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