Racers Do Their Part
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes
of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich
the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Drag Racers
are just some of special people who have helped the Foundation
succeed in granting the heartfelt wishes of children. The Make-A-Wish
Foundation ® is able to share the power of a wish ® thanks
to people like these.
These shots are from Fudruckers
in El Toro on October 16, 2004 and was part of the charity car
show for the Orange County Rescue Mission. There were about 30
kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in attendance. They got
hats, pens, t-shirts, name badges and good thoughts from both
the Standard 1320 Group and Nitrogeezers. Race cars included
The Winged Express with Mousie, Mike and Richard, Dennis Prater
and his Stellings & Hampshire AA/FD, John Ewald and Alex
Mikkelsen with the BankAmericar AA/FD, Ron & Kol Johnson
with their VRA Jr. Fuel Dragster and Shubert & Herbert A/FD.
Jim Davis was there to coordinate the whole deal and Chuck Goebel
and Motorcycle Mike were along for support. The kids really enjoyed
the fire-up (aka cackle) by the BankAmericar. All in all it was
a great day for a wonderful cause.
Drag race row included Big Yohn's
Racing (Jr. Fuel dragster and the newly reconstructed Shubert
& Herbert 1965 A/FD. Next to them was the beautiful Stellings
& Hampshire (Red Stamp) AA/FD, then the Ewald Bros. BankAmericar
and the the world famous Winged Express.
The special kids were treated
to some custom make-up by the volunteer clowns.
The kids and visitors
alike spent a lot of time around the race cars.
Ron "Big Yohns"
Johnson kicks back and enjoys the afternoon sun.
Jim Davis and Dennis
Prater with the Winged Express.
There was plenty of time to bench
race between visits by the kids and guests.
Stellings & Hampshire
One of three BankAmericar fire-ups
was for a Make-A-Wish Foundation kid - Ryan. By all accounts
it was the thrill of a lifetime for the young boy.
Dennis Prater (the biggest kid)
also got his turn in the seat. This was a real thrill for Dennis
because he is too big to get into his Red Stamp car (below) but
pretty blonds fit fine.
Dennis Prater with Pam Schanrien,
who's husband Paul purchased the 1969 "The Poacher"
AA/FD. The RCS fueler is currently being restored at Dyda Race
Eng. and will be participating in the 2005 Cacklefest at the
This little guy looks lost in
the seat of the Marcellis & Borsch AA/FA.
The guy who put the racers together
for the event, Jim Davis, got the third and last fire-up in the
BankAmericar. After nearly 5 minutes of 92% nitro cackle Jim
and the crowd went wild.
Racers Day 2003
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