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Pits 'n Whatever
all the cool things the Goodguys had planned for the weekend
was the unveiling of the March Meet Champions board. Fortunately
they were able to pull this one off and had 9 of the drivers
pose for photos on Friday.
R: Art Chrisman (1959), Don Garlits (1965, 1971, 1979, 1986 &
1987), Gary Beck (1984 & 1985), Butch Blair (1988), Pete
Kaiser (1995), Bill Dunlap (1994 & 1997), Jim Murphy (1998,
1999, 2003 & 2004), Jack Harris (2001 & 2002), Howard
Drummond with Art Chrisman and Don Garlits
time winner Gary Beck
time winner Jim Murphy
time winner Jack Harris
time winner, Bill Dunlap.
winner Pete "Fritz" Kaiser
winner Howard Haight
night featured the annual Goodguys VRA Awards Banquet. Here are
some representative shots from the event. Goodguys Media Director,
John Drummond served as the master of ceremonies.
White won the championship in a tight Top Fuel battle.
the third year in a row Scott Parks was the Jr. Fuel Champion.
Claude LaVoie captured the A/Fuel crown.
Car champ Larry Pettit
Champion Ed Carey
III Champion Craig Wallace
II Champion Robert Lander
Champion Bob Patten
Champion Chris Abbey
Champion Steve Galileo
Champion Steve Castelli
Joe" Furiani was a popular winner in the Hot Rod class.
the non champions in attendance were Don Ewald, Kenny Youngblood,
Kin Bates, Terri Youngblood and ?.
cheap to pay the $7.00 cover charge at the Double Tree bar, a
few of us went across the street to the Black Angus. Youngblood
pulled out the tools of his trade and started doing a sketch
for "Jet Car" Bob Smith.
whipped out this for Jim Sorensen - full of inside jokes.
of Jack Williams 'Blood whipped out an unofficial MM poster featuring
the Crossley-Williams-Swann 1963 AA/FD.
Cheetah III team setting up came in less than ideal weather conditions.
hero - Gene Adams
in no hurry, on Friday Tom Shelar prepared a spare bullet for
the High Speed Motorsports Top Fuel car.
or shine Garlits had an endless line of fans for autographs.
Sorokin tries to keep his chute dry while packing it on Friday.
Bob Brown asked if Rich Raymond could get his NE1 car on WDIFL
- ask and you shall receive.
Goodguys and racers were not the only ones nailed by Mother Nature.
There were dozens of vendors who also bit the big one including
sweetheart Orah Mae Millar.
Weekly and his class act Frantic Four Racing set up didn't do
& Mousie man the Full Throttle News camp.
Davis debuted his very cool Racecars in Copper line.
The cold weather gave
all the Standard 1320 members a great chance to wear their heavy
of the best old time photogs at wait -- Jim Phillipson and Tim
John Drummond was still smiling. Not so Sunday afternoon.
Don Ewald were using Bobby Rahal's old IRL headsets to communicate
from both ends of the track. This allowed the top end shooter
to know who was in what lane. Worked great.
Bob Brown Photos
Garlits had his Swamp
Rat III on hand and ready to run but like so many other things,
it didn't happen.
thing was for sure, bench race sessions (second liar didn't have
a chance) were ramped all weekend.
Parker Ave. in Pomona, the Famoso track is now - you can read.
Friday and Saturday the hard working Famoso track crew tried
several times to dry the track. This was their last effort on
Saturday that led to the TF qualifying session.
Harris knows how to get coverage on WDIFL.com
Saturday night a Memorial
for Jack Williams took place at the Double Tree. However, I would
call it a Celebration of Life as there were more laughs than
tears. Jack was a funny guy!
Drummond kicked things off with his memories of Jack - some serious,
CEO Gary Meadors had some fond memories of his years with Jack.
Blake Bowser was Jack's
right-hand-man at Famoso and continues to oversee daily operations
at the track with his dad Bill.
At this point the current
voice of drag racing, Dave McClelland worked the large room of
Jack's friends. He started with the legendary and ageless Art
Carolyn Williams Wailin
had the scoop on Jack - she was married to him twice.
Sue Brizio, wife of racer
Andy and mom to Roy. And good friends of Carolyn's and Jack's.
I believe this lady was
involved in one of Jack's five marriages.
Gastelum is the grease that makes the wheels turn in the pits
for all Goodguy race events. He worked with Jack a lot.
I don't know this guys
name but if you've ever raced at Bakersfield you've seen him
at the starting line. He's a full time employee at The Patch
and one hard worker.
Ann Crossley, Aunt Sue
(Crossley) Berry - (Bill Crossley's sister). Beth Crossley (daughter
of Bill) for whom Jack Williams drove for in the '60's. The non
girl is Dan Kaplan.
sure who these folks are but they have the rainbow behind the
new Jack A. Williams Way sign photo given to the family by John
Henry Walther and Bob
McLennan with ?.
resident and long time track event worker Gary Edwards with Jack's
daughter, Lori Saller.
Garlits was in a great
mood all weekend and we had a chance to share some war stories
- obviously funny one.
the second night in a row Terri Youngblood was up on the tires
and keeping everybody amused. It was suggested she should get
a gig as a stand-up comedian. Her audience at this moment, in
part, is Blake and John Bowser (3rd and 4th from left) who are
responsible for operations at Famoso.
Big and John Ewald
Peckerhead Group (Clay Smith Cams) were out in force.
WDIFL photog Bob Brown
got out from the camera long enough to get a shot with Big.
You can order prints from Bob at: BB
The room was packed and
unfortunately we didn't get a lot of the guests names.
McClennan and Carolyn on left.
Car" Bob Smith, Cynthia Carpenter and John Ewald.
Don Garlits and George "The Bushmaster" Schreiber.
What a trio this is.
Thomson was all smiles after his first round 5.86 win.
Ellis is another excellent photographer who's work is featured
on WDIFL. Check out he website where you can look at his work
or buy some prints:
nothing else there was a lot of warm-ups in the pits. Here's
going through over 2500 photos and building 5 pages over the
last week I've had it. This is it for now. More photos will go
up when I have time. Hope you enjoyed the 2006 (abbreviated)
March Meet coverage on WDIFL.
enjoy our style of nostalgia coverage let me know because its
a lot of work. If nobody cares I'll be like everybody else and
just throw a bunch of random shots on a page and call it good.
March Meet - Saturday Qualifying #1
March Meet - Saturday Qualifying #2
March Meet - Sunday Eliminations #1
March Meet - Sunday Eliminations #2
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