Line of Fire the Set-Up
Presenting, in segments, what
will go down as possibly the most epic event in nostalgia/historical
is challenging to say the least. As media director I issued an
unprecedented 32 credential requests, 30 of which showed up,
cameras in hand.
With that fact in mind we
feel obliged to offer just the beginning of an extensive review
of Nitro Revival 4 starting with images submitted to nitrorevival.com
as requested and not to Face book which is one and done.
THE SET UP - Presenting and
staging an eighth mile of nitro consuming race cars took 20 some
minutes. We open the coverage with some candid shots of the early
cars as the line moved up track.
Light the First Pair - LINE OF
The format this year was changed
to accommodate the fans and photogs as well. It was simple and
it worked. All crew were behind the cars and most cooperated.
The media stayed behind the guardwall and the cars were fired
at Gibbs' command, two at a time. Fans could see, photos could
catch more cars and the show lasted nearly 20 minutes. EPIC
This is the first installment
of shots submitted and as usual, the moths (in this case photographers)
are drawn to the flame. Thus the more header fire, the more photos.
First out, first fired. The
show led off with Keith Cheng in Mikio Yoshioka's "Stone-T"
AA/FA and Bob Muravez in Greg Barta's Tom Hoover "Fishbowl
The Johnson Family's Shubert
& Herbert SBC fueler had Christine Griffin in the seat.
No cackle would be complete
without Tommy Ivo in the Johnson Family 'Barnstormer"
New owners Mike Elsberry &
Tom Clark had the recreated "Flamin Frank" Pedregon
AA/MFC out. Mitch Elsberry was in the seat.
Tyler Baney took the
seat of the 1963 Baney, Rapp. Lisa & Rossi AA/FD,
Don Cooper was in
Mike Tocco's "Tocco, Harper & Garten" AA/FA
A cackle staple the Baney
& Rossi "Yeakel Plymouth Spec." had Paul Rossi
behind the mask.
"The Surfers" Skinner,
Crosser & Jobe car of Bob Higginson had the bubbly Liz Leggett
enjoying one of the biggest noise cars in the line up.
BBC powered Freeman
& Sons AA/FD had owner Danny Larson in the seat.
Nobody replicates cars better
than Roger Lee and for NR4 he brought out his "M&R Special"
and put Paul Butler in the cockpit.
Jerry Bivens put his daughter
Julie in the seat of his "Checkmate" AA/FD restoration.
Don Prieto took the
seat of his "Hustler VI" AA/FD
The Don Hampton SPE
car was all Hampton, driver and owner.
Ron Penington lit
up the Penington Family "Smog Rat" AA/FA.
No shortage of header flames
from the Burkholder Brothers AA/FD with Robert Reel behind the
Another cackle regular is
Ron Stearns in his "Ratican, Jackson & Stearns"
The AA/FA class was well represented
including Glenn Way's "Groundshaker Jr" with Dale Krasky
in the seat.
More yellow in Bob Pritchard's
"Beaver Hunter II" that featured brother Jeff driving.
John Lipori's beautiful
"Billy Lynch" fueler had the HOF Al Segrini up.
The legendary "Safford,
Gaide & Ratican" Olds powered AA/FD was presented and
driven by owner Denton Tosdevin.
The cackle funny cars are
few and far between but we had two of the best, one being Jim'
Shue's restored 1967 "Hell Fire" Corvette. For this
event Shue put Frank Pedregon in the seat.
The Anderson Family are very
selective as to which events they bring their restored "Vagabond"
AA/FD. Third generation Kalli Anderson is more than comfortable
in the car.
is a great name for a tribute car surrounded by a bunch of old
dogs. Neil O'Kane put Mike Smith in the car for NR4.
There is little dispute that
THE "big flame" cacklecar is Bill Pitts' restored 1963
Kent Fuller "Magicar". Along with the Vagabond this
was one of the ground breaking cacklecars in 1999. Of late the
seat has been occupied by John Strom.
NHRA champ Rob Bruins was
in the John Wiebe "Violin Car" owned by Don Love &
Lynn Bruch. This was the first of two Wiebe cars.
Terry Mastrejuan was
firing on all 8 in his "Thunderchief" AA/FD
A car that got a lot of attention
over the weekend was the Mike Kuhl car owned by Lynn Rose Kuhl
and driven by Eddie Woods, the son of the late Daryl Woods.
Fan favorite "Freight
Train" Top Gas car of John Peter's had son Brad in the seat.
The second Kansas
John Wiebe car is owned and driven by Wayne Patrick.
David Culp's real-deal "Warren,
Coburn & Miller AA/FD with Tom Bristow doing the honors.
In what seemed like a never
ending roar of nitro next up was the "Wilton & Doss"
AA/FD driven by Deyon Young and owned by Bubby Wilton.
Schubeck " AA/FD presented by the Petersen Museum.
Another magnificent restoration
is the "Tony Nancy Sizzler" car owned by John Neas
who put the legendary Harry Hibler in the seat.
Tulsa based John Neas owns
several of the nicest top fuel restorations in the world. The
newest horse in his stable, and making its debut here was the
"K&G Speed Associates" AA/FD with original driver
Ron Rivero taking the seat.
John Dearmore brought his beautiful
AA/FD out from Texas. Allen Webb got the seat time. If
you want to jump right into the A list of cacklecars, this race
ready car is for sale.
Nobody has supported Nitro
Revival more than Oklahoma's Ross Howard. Every year, first entered...
always there to do a promo. His Prock approved "Custom Body"
Challenger is a fan favorite and along with his Okie crew chief,
Larry "Okie Smoker" Brown he has his Okie friend Marvin
"Who" Graham in the seat. Nice guys all.
With the end in sight, the
patriotic "Dean Engineering" AA/FD had Jim Christensen
in the seat for the McCloud Family.
The next to last car was the
"M/T Pockets" car of John Landry made its noise with
M.J. Landry in the seat.
The final car was the "Pesek
& Lucas" had issues and did not fire. But owner Jim
Burgess and driver Larry "Okie Smoker" Brown were right
there to catch the awe of an amazing fireworks show.
2021 EVENT COVERAGE
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We'll close with a few post
LOF shots. Looking forward to receiving a second batch of event
photos from the many media who were in attendance.
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