Ed Schwartz in
Don Danhof's updated (and very period correct) 1970 SPE car.
By the looks here, one would never guess that this immaculate
slingshot was competing in the Nostalgia Top Fuel class at the
2009 CHRR four decades later! What an awesome living testimony
to the Golden Era of Drag Racing!
In most cases one would never
associate a set of Nostalgia Funny Car headers to the world of
art and beauty. I always tell everyone to look for the beauty
in life; it's all around youâ¦ and when you
find it, enjoy the magic! Josh Crawford's brand new set of headers
were proudly displaying a gun metal blue tint that is so distinctively
common with high temperatures.
Boise Bleach Box magic is all
around if you look close enough. Not only did my Nikon capture
the spinning motion of the tire spin and water spray, it recorded
rocks flying, a ground view looking down the track (under the
car), and the ever intimidating Christmas tree patiently awaiting
for yet another pair of cars to light up its bulbs!
Photographer perks at the "Patch"
can sometimes be as rewarding as a pot of gold at the end of
a rainbow. Famoso Speed Shop's Randy Winkle kicked off the 51st
Annual March Meet with an invitation only special event that
was extended to the hard working media personnel in an effort
to show his appreciation for all they do. Full throttle rides
in the passenger seat of his A/G gave the photographers a different
perspective of the cars they have shot many times over. Pam Schavrien
gives her thumbs-up approval of Randy's cool burnout!
One little, two little, three
little enginesâ¦ all lined up in a row at
the 2009 Escondido Nitro Night event! These blown, fuel injected
392's were dying of thirst as sat idle in the warm Southern California
sunshine. Within the hour each quenched their thirst at the Nitro
watering hole and filled the airwaves with header flames and
the sound of cackle music. For those who have never attended
this event, you may want to consider adding it to your "nitro
fix" bucket list this year.
patiently awaits his turn to put some stout numbers down on the
Famoso 1320 during the 2009 CHRR. Suited up and strapped into
a tin-can, the ambient temperature sometimes makes an uncomfortable
situation for the driver. Castelli's crew does what they can
to offer some comfort.
Ron Hope often tells me, any
run you can walk away from in a short wheel base AA/FA is a great
run! The legendary Rat Trap has left its mark in Drag Racing's
history books and continues to thrill fans world wide today.
In this shot, Hope is hard on the breaks with his chute in full
bloom, celebrating yet another successful wild ride at the 2009
To often our eyes naturally observe
a race car in its entirety, however if you slow down and look
at the way the light plays with each individual part the magic
simply pops out with a vengeance! That was the case here with
"King Kong" left rear rim. Its circular lines flow
with a sense of mystical ambiance that seemed to dwell within
a world all of its own.
Resting as quiet as a baby in
its mother's arms, this collection of aluminum, steel bolts,
ribbed rubber and the soft Autumn sunlight came together perfectly
in a calculated alliance between God, man, machine, and magic.
An hour later this baby was spinning faster than a speeding bullet,
violently shoving tons of air down the throat of mechanical monster
and making over 2,000 horse power!
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