Drag 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 14th CHRR.



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.





Drag Racers Day 2003


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