There is a yellow JR/D in some of the photos. Looking at it reminded me of El Lenarth's sidewinder dragster (T/F) that he ran a couple of times then crashed. Thanks to everyone for the photos. Really cool to see people there. Was kinda surprised to see Big there. He is my all time hero. Glad Jack was there too. BTW, that photo of the mountain looks a lot like Flagstaff (except Flag mountain is way taller).
The yellow Jr. Dragster is one of the ones I still have that we built. We ran 5 to 6 of them with mostly neighborhood kids that would never have had a chance to know about drag racing back when we were running them. Brought it to let kids sit in and start up. The "Swamp Rat 3" belongs to Sonny Messner now. It is the only Swamp Rat that Don ever let go of. Sonny is a very close friend and does a lot for Garlits out here on the west coast. Don was not here. Jack was a Great MC for the event. Not sure how tall Flag mountain is, but Walker Pass is 5000 feet and the shop (LTR) is at 3000 feet. Some of the peaks here are in the 6000/6500 ft. range. That boat that I tune belongs to Ed Miller and his wife Barbara. We just pulled it off the Dyno Monday and it is a 540" BB Chevy. Made 1200 HP on Gasoline. It is a River Racer class boat that Ed is learning on. He also has a Picklefork that he is building and we are doing an Alcohol motor for it. He probably will have his son in it.
We would like to thank everyone who made this party such a huge success. From all the friends - helpers - Gibbs and the Cackle cars - Jack - People who attended + and prize Sponsers who decided to brave the heat and come anyway it was a huge thing for Ed. Today at noon Isky was still holding Court and going strong for those who stayed overnight. It is most likely the last hoorah after 12 years. Lanny is in "Stage 4" Cancer and it is a big undertaking, but if we can find someone to host - Ed seems to have another 10/15 good years in him . This guy makes the Energizer Bunny look like a Slacker. My son made a 10 foot banner and it is pretty much full of signatures - it will be hung in the lobby at Isky's.
Well I won't say for certain whether it is or isn't him, but based upon a recent video I saw with him in it at his museum I'm pretty certain it was him. If I'm wrong, I apologize and will make a correction.
The goatee, the wire frame glasses and the Rebel helmet (I dug a picture I have of him wearing it) all add up to maybe it is him. The facial expression I've never seen before threw me off.
You gotta admit, that guy in the car could be his long lost twin!
Well it just dawned on me who is sitting in the car. That's Don "The Wavemaker" Prieto who owns the Ivo car. Don also hosts The Taco Nationals luncheon usually a week after the March Meet at his shop in Torrance; another gathering of the geezers. Sorry for the confusion, we'll call it my first senior moment ever.
That's Tommy Thompson a fabricator and mechanical guru in his own right leaning over the car.
Don “The Wavemaker” Prieto is unique to the sport in that he is a racer (owner and driver), a journalist, a historian, and a catalyst between the sport and some of the OEM companies. Don started his journey into the world of cars in 1953 when he bought a 1933 Ford Cabriolet which he promptly
Ivo was NOT at the party and I am more than sure that you would not see Garlits sitting in Ivo's car. Snake was going to be there but his wife called and said that they needed to stay home because Roland was staying with them and since he ws not doing well they didn't want to leave him alone. Didn't ask for particulars but we hope he is going to be alright.
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Some of the photos I took today. Pretty easy going and was able to have time to chat with everyone longer than a few minutes. First shot is of Roland Leong, my dad Larry, one of the announcers for the NHRA Reunion Bob Beck and the new Executive Director of the NHRA Museum Martin Betz.
The other photos are of people you'll recognize or I don't know.