LINE OF FIRE STAGING
or HERDING CATS
Cat herders Cindy and Steve Gibbs.
Geno and Ewald on the
Cindy gettin's ready
to do her thing!
Moving to Their Spots Video
Light the First Pair
- LINE OF FIRE 2022
The format this year was the
same as last, meant to accommodate the fans and photogs alike.
It was simple and it worked. Photographers had difficulty in
keeping up with the pace of the fire-ups, so some Line of Fire
participants did not receive proper coverage. We apologize.
Here are the best of useable
shots submitted and as usual, the moths (in this case photographers)
are drawn to the flame. Enjoy, our beloved fans.
First car to fire was
Mikio Yoshiokas Stone T with Keith Cheng in
Then it was Bob Higginsons
" Skinner, Crosser & Jobe" AA/FD driven by Katie
No blower, no problem. The Hooligan
A/FD owned by Calvin Smith, of Glasgow, Kentucky. Driver is son
Stephan Smith. This was Carl Olson's first car.
Dougs Headers Corvair AA/FC
owned by Paul Brown who came out from Illinois. He had Jack Beckman
in the seat.
Next in line was the beautiful
Pat Foster creation of Flamin Frank Pedregon - AA/FCoupe
owned by Mike Elsberry & Tom Clark (Arizona) and Mitch Elsberry
in the seat.
Moving on it was the Custom Body
Enterprises AA/FC owned by Ross Howard from Oklahoma, tuned by
Larry "Okie Smoker Brown, and driven by Marvin "Who"
Graham. This beauty has appeared at all 5 Nitro Revivals.
Another regular is the Newhouse
Special AA/MFR owned by Joel Gruzen and his son David at the
controls. This beauty is for sale.
Mike Kuhl's epic AA/FD (Kuhl
& Olson) owned by Lynn Rose Kuhl with Eddie Woods in the
seat. This is also a 5 time vet of NR.
Moving up the row it was The
Mustache Gang AA/FD owned and driven by Neil O'Kane.
This is the long wheelbase Leibundgut
Spl. AA/FD owned and driven by Tom Leibundgut.
Next was the 1971 Kansas John
Wiebe AA/FD owned and driven by Wayne Patrick.
Arguably the most beautiful player
in the field was the Tom Hoover "Fishbowl Car" owned
by Greg Barta, of Warsaw, Minnesota, who put the legendary Bob
"Floyd" Muravez in the cockpit.
Safford, Gaide & Ratican
Olds powered A/FD owned and driven by Denton Tosdevin.
Meyer Special AA/FD owned
by John Landry with M.J. Landry in the seat.
Another AA/FA in the field was
Tocco, Harper & Garten. Owner Mike Tocco put Dale Lewis in
Next was the restored "Hell
Fire" Corvette owned by its original owner Jim Shue. Tuned
by Steve Montrelli, Jim put Frank Pedregon in the seat.
A sequential real deal Jr. Fuel
dragster is the Cracklin' Rose owned by Neil O'Kane who put his wife Melissa in the seat.
Yet another famous early funny
car is the Russ Davis Ford Mustang of Gas Ronda. This classic
is owned by Brent Hajek with Deric Staggs in the seat.
Moving up it was the "Gold
Digger" owned by John & Joan Mueller who put John Lenko
in the cockpit.
The beautiful Billy Lynch
fueler, owned by John Lipori. Steven Arias in the cockpit.
Another NR staple is the Yeakel
Plymouth Special, owned by Baney & Rossi with driver Paul
Rossi supplying the flames.
Following its later brother was
the Baney, Rapp, Lisa & Rossi car owned by Frank Baney with
son Tyler Baney in the seat.
Another world class car was the
real deal "Creitz & Donovan" AA/FD owned by Oklahoman
John Neas who has the finest personal collection of vintage FEDs
in the country. And, how about the legendary Richard Tharp in
Always in the hunt for best header
flames is the Woody tribute car "Thunder Chief", owned
and driven byTerry Maestrejuan.
Another flame master is the Burkholder
Bros. AA/FA ownd by Harry Burkholder with Robert Reel in the
A crowd favorite from the very
beginning, the Winkel, Trapp & Fuller Magicar AA/FD. Bill
Pitts, owner and godfather of cacklecars, had John Strom in the
The Waterman & Hampshire
legs under AA/FD owned and driven by Ron Hampshire.
The car with the WOW factor was
the Caspary, Stokey & Hampshire AA/FD owned by John Phillips
who put everybody's favorite Aussie, Ross Preen in the seat.
You don't see too many gold blowers
but here you go. This is the Blaylock & Johnson AA/FD restored,
owned, and driven by the talented Brant Inglis, from Calgary,
Nearing the end was the "Beaver
Hunter II" owned by Nolan Pritchard & Sons with Jeff
Pritchard in the seat.
Gotta love the Groundshaker,
Jr AA/FA owned by Glenn Way who put Dale Kraskey in charge
of the throttle.
Down from Denver was the Spickler
Automotive - AA/FD owned and driven by Kenny Schell.
Jerry Bivens' "Bivens
& Fisher Checkmate" with Julie Bivens in the seat.
Closing the show was the "Imposter
AA/FD. built, owned and driven by Andi Humenik. Using a tune
up based on the BankAmercar he was one of the stars of the show.
Six minutes of FLAMES.
With the Imposter still
belching flames the firework show lit up the Irwindale sky.
And just like that, it was over.
The sweet smell of nitro lingered in the air and the teams were
visiting before the exit stage right act began.
I'm a very happy girl.
Great job Cinder.
2021 EVENT COVERAGE