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SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS
NEWSLETTER 186 - December 27, 2010
Editor: Richard Parks RnParks1@juno.com
President's Corner: By Jim Miller (1-818-846-5139)
Photographic Editor of the Society: Roger Rohrdanz, beachtruck@juno.com
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 President's Corner, Editorials, Art Chrisman is in the USC medical center, Bay area metal shaper and master craftsman Jack Hagemann of Alamo California passed away Monday December 6 2010, DEUCE of SPADES - A period hot rod film by Faith Granger, The Wally Bell Show Produced by the Zeus Radio Network for Racers Reunion Radio, Sm Auxier Jr Radio Show; Monday Dec 13th 7-9PM EST, The Meeting Notes for the December Road Runners meeting are now posted on our website, It would be appreciated if you could make it clear that VelocePress owns the rights to ALL of the pre-1970 Clymer publications, Gordon Eliot White has produced another one of his fine books, An interesting and eclectic newspaper that many of the members of the SLSRH subscribe to, 2011 International 36 hp Land Speed Challenge Coming Events Schedule, I did not know much about other resources connecting to Jack Haggeman Senior other than the families of Bob Allinger and Danny Foster, The Sam Auxier Jr Radio Show, Mondays at 7PM EST, I sell lots of books I have done seven books about my life and all are available here at the Museum, Editor’s comments: A reader asked if I received permission to publish a biography that was done commercially and is in a magazine, I can offer my radio show down here in San Diego for call in (responders) to promote the Car Show, Great Lions (Dragstrip) video especially if you know French, Lenny Schaeffer has a hot rod and custom newsletter called Chop Shop, Last time I spoke to you was at my mother's funeral There wasn't much time to get acquainted, So-Cal Speed Shop Founder and Hot Rod Icon Alex Xydias has been named Chairman of the Board of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California effective today, I have been selling prints since 1991, The Petersen Automotive Museum January through March 2011 Exhibitions & Events at a Glance, I really appreciate all you do Your father was a very special man, and he would be proud of how you are carrying on the love of Hot Rodding, Thanks for all that you do to help the hot rodding community, The Sam Auxier Jr Show will air in January on the all new Automotive Radio Network, 1951 Indy 500 135 MPH Club Photo with Walt Faulkner, Water colour studies of early dry lake racers

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President's Corner:  
   I just prepped a Toyota V6 engine for a TV commercial and was I blown away with the design. To me this is a race engine in disguised as a daily driver motor. To start with it has four valves per cylinder which isn't a big deal these days. The DOHV cams have roller rockers. When you pop these the race part begins. This engine comes with lash caps and the valves have a step in them near the head and the underside looks like it coated. The pistons are also coated and made by Mahle. The block is die-cast and smooth as a baby's butt inside. It also features oilers for the bottom of the pistons. But what really got me was the 6-bolt main caps. That's right, six. There were four down and two through the side of the block. The lower end of this thing is bulletproof. It wouldn't take much to turn this one into a screamer on the track.
   The engine was prepped to take apart during the shoot so everything was hand tight. We rolled it on stage on the engine stand and it was shot after messing with the lighting. They swapped lenses and did the up close stuff as if it was the USS Enterprise from Star Trek. Really cool stuff. That's when things got a little confusing. The story board indicated that they wanted to shoot the head so the cameraman walks up and asks, “What's a head.” My mouth almost dropped to the floor. After this there were more up-close shots of the engine. We rotated the block so they could shoot the exhaust ports with a snorkel lens for more cool shots. Then it was time to shoot the valve covers and they asked us to rotate the block again. This time the angle they picked to shoot the cover would mean that the engine would have to be able to run upside down. With a little explaining that this wasn't the right way to view an engine they agreed.
   After the beauty shots we took the engine back to our trailer and pulled it apart so they could shoot individual parts. We brought the parts back in boxes and the director casually asked, “What is a piston.” Then they asked, “What's a connecting rod, et cetera,” as that's what the story board called out to shoot. The point to all this is fifty years ago any guy in his teens or twenties would have known these things. Where have all the car guys gone and what's the future of our favorite sport? These days we kind of joke that the S.C.T.A. stands for Senior Citizens Timing Association but in reality it's partly true. Thank goodness in the last few years some younger blood has started to show up. But as we all know going down to a junkyard, if you can even find one, and getting a car or parts to build your dream racer is getting harder and harder to do every day. When you factor in the zillions of bucks and time it takes to create a lakes car these days one is surprised that anyone even shows up to race anymore.
   But guess what; they do show up. Our sport has been growing during the last decade or so, thanks to the ruination of all the other forms of motor sports. This is due in part to the kit car mentality and a thing called corporate sponsorship of cars and drivers. Let’s hope we continue to stay amateurs and propagate that special something that made us hot rodders to begin with. Merry Christmas from us at the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians to you.

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Editorial:   
   Jim Miller and I did some traveling last week. We went over to Huntington Beach and visited with Erik Hansson of Scandinavian Street Rods. Erik is from Sweden originally, but has been in the States for many years and has built some very fine cars. He promised to give Roger Rohrdanz and myself an interview for the newsletter. Hansson is a member of the Rod Riders and is working on his vintage belly tank for next season. Then we went over to see Stuart Van Dyne at his shop. He is a member of the Gear Grinders and helps a lot of guys with their projects. Stuart owns the Offy engine molds and a great many plans. We have written about him and the articles are posted at www.hotrodhotline.com and in the newsletter published on www.landspeedracing.com. Every shop that we go to is like a mini-museum and normally the shop owners will take a bit of their busy time and talk to visitors. They’re racers as well as businessmen and spending time with the public is important to them. Then we went over to see Yoder at his shop. Yoder is just Yoder; we understand that he has a real name like everyone else, but Yoder is all that we’ve ever known him by. He’s a sign painter by trade and his specialty is on glass, some of which is slightly chipped or sandblasted for effect. I own several of his pieces and am fortunate to have his artwork. 
   Yoder showed us around his shop which was crammed with wonderful pieces of his work. He was getting ready to go to Phil Whetstone’s pin stripers party and had prepared a piece of painted glasswork. About 40 people are invited to this yearly Christmas party and they each bring something unique that they have made. Then Phil passes the hat around and each person picks a name and that’s the artwork that you take home. In the past Yoder has selected works by Wild Bill, Styles and other artists. If Yoder takes a liking to you he will keep you at his shop for hours and his stories are fascinating. We left and went over to see Steve Davis’ shop, because we were told that the Mickey Thompson streamliner was there. We missed seeing Steve and the shop was closed, but we peered through the window and there in the back was the streamliner. That one glimpse was worth all the effort to break away from the computer and go “prospecting” for the news. That’s sort of the topic for this editorial this week; “prospecting.” Everywhere we go there are shops and garages that house the most interesting artifacts, filled with history and lore. Our entire culture can be found in these places and they are all around us, waiting to be discovered.
   What it takes to find these treasure troves of our historical culture is simply the desire to look. Of course it helps to have good friends like Dave Marquez, Jack Mendenhall, Jim Miller, Roger Rohrdanz, Jack Underwood and others to go with you. Sometimes you find grumpy and grouchy old guys who close the doors and tell you to get lost. They tell me that Ed Winfield was like that. And it might be true, but I’ve found that many more hot rodders will welcome you in and spend time with you. Hot rodders love to bench race and they love to tell you what they did in their youth. Miller and I are really mellow; we can get chewed out one day and come back the next and the garage owner will treat us like royalty. You’ve just have to be really patient. Marquez and Mendenhall have passed away and I’ll miss our road trips together. Mendenhall helped a man invent an “open and closed” sign and for his efforts, was given a big discount on the cost of the signs. Jack would load up his Suburban and head out on the road. He preferred the “roads less traveled” and the small towns of America, where people seemed to be friendlier and more accepting. His rugged good looks and blue twinkling eyes made his friendly smile and charisma all that more irresistible. He could talk to anyone and his goal in life was to make everyone his friend.
   As we drove to and from Bonneville along roads not usually traveled by land speed racers, Jack would point out landmarks and people and events from his past. Like other hot rodders, he sometimes embellished the stories and thus it was hard to distinguish between reality and what he told me. Still, it is the stories that have life, not the bean counter’s plusses and minuses. There is always enough truth in every story to have value; but what we are also after is the spirit of the age and the people. To find out what people are like the historian has to go beyond dates of birth and death and places and people. True, we get the facts, but we also write down the stories that tell us what the people and times were like. Jack would point out a farmhouse and a lovely young lady who he once met and fell in love briefly with. Over there, he would point out, was a barn that held a sign that is now in his museum. He told me about the time a friend of his died and he went out to the desert to talk to the widow and ask if she was willing to sell a particularly valuable gasoline sign. She was more than willing, but the payment wasn’t in money, but in the companionship that she could no longer expect from her departed husband. I learned a lot from Jack Mendenhall; about history, people, events and feelings. The culture of hot rodding is as rich and plentiful as any other culture. It is a history that is dying to be told; the problem is that people find it hard to write it down. That’s where you come in as members of the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians.
   Jim Miller, Roger Rohrdanz, myself and others just cannot reach every racer, hot rodder, garage and shop out there in this country and beyond. There are simply too many stories and too many histories to collect and archive. We need your help to find and keep alive the memories of people who are worth keeping alive. We have tried to do so, in the three short years that we have been together. We have given you as much as we know and we keep trying to find out more, but we are few in numbers and the resources are so vast. We lose old racers and hot rodders every day; men and women that we wanted to contact, but just couldn’t find the time to do so. If we had a thousand interviewers and historians helping us we would still be grossly understaffed to do the job. What I can promise you is that every moment you spend searching out the large and small towns for clues to our past will be moments of profound discovery. These men and women who have taken me into their hearts and lives and shown me their past have enriched my life immeasurably. Their experiences and stories have given me great joy. I have really been blessed to have met them and to have learned from them. Now it is your turn. Go out there and meet people and find those old timers and their garages and shops. Learn from them and record and save their stories and lives. I guarantee that you will be glad that you did.

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Art Chrisman is in the USC medical center. As I understand he is not doing well. As I hear more I will keep you posted. He is a hot rod pioneer for sure.  Glen Barrett
   Glen: I checked with my brother David, who recently returned from an SCTA Board meeting and Art’s health was mentioned, but as to his condition, we aren’t sure. Our best wishes go to Art for a speedy and full recovery.

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Bay area metal shaper and master craftsman Jack Hagemann of Alamo, California passed away Monday, December 6, 2010. He was 94. A popular fixture in the bay area speed circles, Hagemann first burst on the scene in the 1930s when he hand-built a midget race car; chassis, body and all. A highly skilled, self taught metal shaping master and body designer, Hagemann was northern California’s “go to” metal man for decades.  Over the years he shaped and designed literally thousands of parts, pieces, hoods, fenders and panels for the who’s who of motorsport as well as complete chassis and whatever else he could think up. During the many years he spent bending and forming aluminum into automotive works of art, his magic touched many different types of racing: Midgets, Sprint Cars, Indy Cars, Bonneville Streamliners, Hot Rods, and Sports Cars – all receiving the Hagemann touch
   Hot rodders like Dick Magoo, Bill Burnham, Tommy Walsh, Street Rodder editor Brian Brennan and hundreds of others turned to Hagemann to shape their rod’s hoods and fenders. But before the street rod surge of the 70s and 80s, Hagemann was a fixture at sports car and oval track events. Famed Indy Car mechanic George Bignotti recruited Hagemann to work on Indy roadsters at the Brickyard. Among his many accomplishments were some beautiful sports car bodies for racecars of the 1950s and 1960s which included the Leson Simca, the David MG, the Gillespie MG, the Barneson-Hagemann Chrysler as well as beautiful polished-aluminum bodies for the Webster team of the United States Road Racing Championship circuit. There were countless other projects.
   Hagemann’s favorite of all the cars he ever built was a handcrafted RSK-Type Porsche Spyder roadster with a tube frame, aluminum body, and Porsche running gear. He frequently brought that car to the early Goodguys events in Pleasanton.  One of Hagemann’s favorite past times was driving fast. Really, really fast! One day many decades ago the California Highway Patrol blocked off both ends of Crow Canyon Rd (a windy stretch between Castro Valley and San Ramon in Northern California) in an attempt to catch and arrest him for driving at dangerous speeds. Just a few years back at age 90, he was stopped by the Highway Patrol near the border of Oregon and California doing 130mph in his Turbo 911 Porsche. In recent years, he had been slowing down but was still tinkering on a coupe to match his Spyder roadster.
   Steve Moal of Moal Coachbuilders in Oakland became a close confidante of Hagemann’s back in the 1960s. “As a guy who wanted to do metal work as a youngster, Jack Hagemann was THE guy I wanted to emulate” Moal said. “You couldn’t help but look up to Jack and what he did. He must have punched over 2 million louvers for California hot rodders. We became close over the years. Fortunately, some of us were able to take Jack to Andy Brizio’s Holiday Dinner in San Francisco recently. I’m really glad we did. It turns out it was the last time we got to spend time with our friend.” Ron Covell of Covell Creative Metalworking echoed Moal’s sentiments. “Jack brought an extremely high level of craftsmanship to everything he did, and his designs were quite elegant,” he said. “Jack was the premiere metal shaper in the Bay Area for many, many years. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held in the Bay Area next spring.  From the Goodguys newsletter

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DEUCE of SPADES - A period hot rod film by Faith Granger. Runtime: 128 minutes. genre: Drama. PG13.  Available on DVD - all region - 24 progressive - widescreen.  Stereo and 5.1 Surround sound mix.
INTRODUCTION: To begin with my review of the film, "The Deuce of Spades," I would like to point out that the film was entirely done by one hot rod lady who produced, directed, filmed, did the lighting, acted, composed the score, and much more. This woman's name is Faith Granger
THE DETAILS: The overall creation of this film speaks for itself. The shooting of the film was done very professionally. The lighting and cinematography were just perfect. Camera moves and angles were compelling. The soundtrack blended and flowed very well with all the scenes. It is just as good as it should be.   
THE FILM: I would like to say that the setting of the film World Premiere in Fillmore, California was fantastic.  The film plot starts out with a bit of puzzling mystery with a modern day Hot Rod girl named Faith stumbles upon a barn find: A 1932 deuce roadster sporting a mysterious spade emblem on its steering wheel horn button. While working to restore the car, she finds a 50 plus year old secret.  Reflecting shadows much like the classic detective movie "Marlowe." Faith proves to be a great finder of lost hearts. Main actors Timothy Luke and Alexandra Holder (who played Johnny Callaway with girlfriend Bettie Thompson), have spiced up the film flawlessly. This film is seasoned with dry lake racing, drag racing, street racing, jealously, rage, passion, love and honor. In the film Johnny Callaway is a top mechanic and an unbeatable drag racer who is led down a dangerous and troubled path by his love for speed. As tragedy strikes, his life and love are shattered. Johnny's struggles are retraced by the hot rod girl, in her attempt to uncover her deuce's dark past. Ultimately the message is one of Hope, Providence and Redemption.  With another legendary hot rodder, Gene Winfield, Faith Granger makes the ending scene unforgettable, proving once again that "the Truth shall set you free."  You all have to see this great film. The actors perform with superbness. For all the actors that play the roles and all who have supported it; I congratulate them for a great true Hot Rod classic of the 1950's.  Cheers to you Faith Granger.  To get this great film you will have to purchase the DVD at
www.deuceofspades.com. Reviewed by Spencer Simon #1932-Inliners International. 
   Spencer: Thank you for the fine review and if you see any more hot rod and car racing movies, please send us your review.

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The Wally Bell Show. Produced by the Zeus Radio Network for Racers Reunion Radio. Wednesday 12/15 at 7:00 pm eastern time. "A Tribute to Dave Strickler" and Racer/Journalist Greg Zyla at www.dragracersreunion.ning.com. Click on radio banner or www.racersreunionradio.com. Call in number 877-500-9387. Tune in Wednesday Evenings or send me an e-mail. Call 704-906-2986 or email wallycbell@yahoo.comwww.wallybell.com.

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Sam Auxier Jr Radio Show; Monday Dec 13th 7-9PM EST. Presenting Bruce Larson, Darwin Doll, Ken Montgomery, and Drag Racers Notebook Jim Amos.  zeusradio.com/station/RacersReunionRadio/. Call In 1-877-500-9387xSam 3. Archived Shows http://racersreunionradio.com.

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The Meeting Notes for the December Road Runners meeting are now posted on our website: http://www.ussarcherfish.com/roadrunners/news.htm.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Joyous Holiday Season! Jerry Cornelison, Secretary - Road Runners.   
   Road Runner Meeting Notes - Tuesday, December 14th, 7pm at Ed Martin Garage - Top Points for 2010 season was Bill Anderson (837). Top Speed for the season was Helen Winters driving Reese Adam’s B/GC Camaro (182.364). Congratulations. The recent SCTA Safety Seminar was excellent. All clubs will be getting a DVD copy of the seminar very soon. Very good information. Suggest all racing members and crews watch the video. The Banquet Committee has suggested historic Flabob Airport, in Rubidoux, as the site of our annual banquet. The full restaurant will be available for our event. They will serve a buffet with chicken, ribs and more. The Club will supply the beer and wine. Fee is $10 for Road Runner Club members and one guest. The fee is $15 per person for all other guests. Fee includes all food, drink and server tip. Date is March 5, 2011. A final head count and payment is due by our February 8, 20011 meeting. There will be lots of great raffle prizes thanks to ongoing work by Dale and Bridget Wester. There is also plenty of room to display hotrods, racecars and motorcycles. Thanks to Reese Adams for suggesting Flabob Airport Restaurant as the venue for this event. Great idea! Road Runners and SCTA dues are now due and payable. The SCTA-BNI will once again subsidize SCTA memberships. Also, the annual SCTA fee has been reduced by $10. Dues as follows: Road Runners $30. SCTA $45. Total $75. All dues must be paid by January 31st or you will be dropped from the membership. Associate Members dues remain at $30. SCTA Life Members pay only Road Runners dues. You can mail your dues check to Treasurer Bill Harris, drop your check off at Ed Martin Garage or bring it to our January Club meeting. Willie Martin remained everyone of the annual Ed Martin Garage Christmas Party on Friday, December 17th, 6pm. Come on out for brats, beer and fun – rain or shine! Jerry Cornelison suggested a possible Club event at Pole Position Indoor Kart Track. There was significant interest by members present. He will check into rates for a group activity. If you would like a copy of the complete meeting minutes, just drop me a request: Secretary-Road Runners. Next Road Runners meeting is January 11, 2011, 7PM at the Ed Martin Garage, Riverside, California. (posted December 15, 2010)

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It would be appreciated if you could make it clear that VelocePress owns the rights to ALL of the pre-1970 Clymer publications. Veloce Press, who own the rights to all of the pre-1970 Floyd Clymer titles, re-issued Veda’s work in 2010.  It’s almost a daily battle for us to make people understand that we do own those rights and we also have to ethically acknowledge that we do NOT own the post-1970 rights. Therefore, whenever anything is published referencing the Floyd Clymer/VelocePress association I ask that it specifically refers to the pre-1970 publications.  Dave McClure
   Dave: I understand your position and agree with it completely. Most people do not understand this issue because they are not familiar with it and therefore they are bound to err in how they discuss this topic. This is the reason why I try to be so careful before something goes to print. Also, I accept all of these suggestions and post them in the newsletter so that our members can learn and be more competent in discussing these copyright issues. I encourage owners of property rights to fully express themselves in the pages of the newsletter. The more they do so the more likely that all of us will begin to speak more accurately on a subject as complicated as copyrights and property rights. Most hot rodders are confused about this subject and the more that we discuss it the better we are prepared. We often misuse terms like ownership, copyrights, trademarks, brands, patents, property rights and other terms and this makes our research work suspect. Using and understanding these terms is important if we are to tell the story correctly.
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Definition of COPYRIGHT ; the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work) See copyright defined for English-language learners. Examples of COPYRIGHT; 1) His family still holds the copyright to his songs.  2) The book is under copyright. First known usage of COPYRIGHT was in 1735.
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Definition of OWNERSHIP; 1) the state, relation, or fact of being an owner. 2) a group or organization of owners.  Examples of OWNERSHIP: 1) The company is under private ownership. First known usage of OWNERSHIP was in 1583.
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Definition of TRADEMARK; 1) a device (as a word) pointing distinctly to the origin or ownership of merchandise to which it is applied and legally reserved to the exclusive use of the owner as maker or seller. 2) a distinguishing characteristic or feature firmly associated with a person or thing; wearing his trademark bow tie and derby hat. Examples of TRADEMARK; 1) “Kleenex” is a registered trademark.  2) Outspokenness has always been his trademark.  3) Courtesy is the company's trademark. First known usage of TRADEMARK was in 1838. Related to TRADEMARK as a synonym is the word brand.
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Definition of BRAND; a trademark. A class of goods identified by name as the product of a single firm or manufacturer. A characteristic or distinctive kind; a lively brand of theater or a brand name. Examples of BRAND ; 1) What brand are those jeans you are wearing?  2) The store sells a variety of shoe brands.  Origin of BRAND is Middle English; i.e. torch, sword, from Old English. Akin to Old English bærnan to burn. First known usage was before 12th century.  Synonym: trademark.
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Definition of PATENT; 1) An official document conferring a right or privilege such as letters patent. 2) A writing securing for a term of years the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention. 3) The monopoly or right so granted. 4) A patented invention, privilege or license. 5) An instrument making a conveyance of public lands; also the land so conveyed. Examples of PATENT; The product is protected by patent. First known usage of the word PATENT was in the 14th century.
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Definition of PROPERTY RIGHT; A legal right or interest in or against specific property. First known use of PROPERTY RIGHT was in 1848.

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Gordon Eliot White has produced another one of his fine books, Leader Card Racers; A Dynasty of SpeedYou can reach Gordon by writing to; PO Box 129, Hardyville, Virginia 23070. His telephone number is 804-776-7947. Or you can also email White at gewhite@crosslink.com. Other books by White include; Ab and Marvin Jenkins; The Studebaker Connection and the Mormon MeteorsAb and his son Marvin promoted the salt flats at Bonneville to several generations of land speed racers. A book that should interest the historian of old race tracks is Lost Race Tracks; Treasures of Automobile RacingFor fans of open wheel racing there is this book that you will cherish titled Kurtis-Kraft; Masterworks of Speed & Style. If you love the Offy then you will love the man behind it in the book The Marvelous Mechanical Designs Of Harry A. Miller. Here is another interesting book for you Frank Kurtis fans called Indianapolis Racing; Cars of Frank Kurtis 1941-1963.

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An interesting and eclectic newspaper that many of the members of the SLSRH subscribe to is The Alternate; A Chronicle of 20th Century Motor Racing HistoryThis was the newspaper founded by the late Phyllis Devine and was a gem of a historical newsletter. Zach Suhr, Joe Devine and Heidi Helman brought this newspaper back to life just the way Phyllis would have wanted it. We truly miss Phyllis; she was a true historian of auto racing. While her roots were mainly in oval track racing, she would publish anything that I wrote on drag and land speed racing. Write to The Alternate at PO Box 239, Grantville, Pennsylvania 17028 for prices and to order back copies. You can also place ads in the newspaper. The stories and photographs are worth the subscription rate. Subscribers also participate in writing about their exploits. Bob Falcon, one of the founders of the SLSRH writes frequently for The Alternate. You won’t find these types of articles, photographs, stories and bios anywhere else. The Alternate is a small publication, but the history of auto racing is utterly superb.

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2011 INTERNATIONAL 36 hp LAND SPEED CHALLENGE: Coming Events Schedule 
March 21-25, 2011; Speedweek Australia (36hp Challenge). Lake Gairdner, Australia. Annual rodders land speed event (no facilities-very isolated). Volkswagen racers and spectators welcome. For information, visit http://www.volksculture.com/profile/36hpChallengeNews, or http://www.dlra.org.au/. For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com
March 25-27, 2011; The TEXAS MILE (36hp Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Goliad AFB, Goliad, Texas. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.info@nasatx.com. For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com
April 2-3, 2011; East Coast Timing Association (36hp Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Maxton AFB, Maxton, North Carolina. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.ecta-lsr.com . For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com
April 10, 2011;
The Mojave Mile (36hp Challenge). Mojave, California. This will be their second event for the Southern California/Nevada area. Volkswagen racers welcome. For information, visit http://www.mojavemile.com. For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.  
May 14-15, 2011; East Coast Timing Association (36hp Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Maxton AFB, Maxton, North Carolina. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.ecta-lsr.com. For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.
June 25-26, 2011; East Coast Timing Association (36hp Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Maxton AFB, Maxton, North Carolina. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.ecta-lsr.com. For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com
July 15-17, 2011; Loring Timing Association (36hp Challenge).  One and one half mile standing start time trial, Loring AFB, Limestone, Maine.  All VW racers and spectators welcome.  For information visit www.lta-lsr.com.  For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.
September 14-17, 2011;
World of Speed (130 MPH Club and 36hp Challenge). One mile standing start time trial (along with unlimited top speed streamliners and hot rods on the long eight mile course) at the world famous Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, Utah. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.saltflats.com. For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com. Pit set-up and tech inspection begins September 14, 2011. 
September 24-25, 2011; East Coast Timing Association (36hp Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Maxton AFB, Maxton, North Carolina. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.ecta-lsr.com. For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com
October 8-9, 2011; The Mojave Mile (36hp Challenge). Mojave, California. This will be their second event for the Southern California/Nevada area. Volkswagen racers welcome. For information, visit http://www.mojavemile.com. For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com
October, 2011; TBA, The TEXAS MILE (36hp Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Goliad AFB, Goliad, Texas. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.info@nasatx.com.  For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com
October 29-30, 2011; East Coast Timing Association (36hp Challenge). One mile standing start time trial, Maxton AFB, Maxton, North Carolina. All VW racers and spectators welcome. For information visit www.ecta-lsr.com. For 36hp Challenge guideline information visit www.burlyb.com.  QUESTIONS? Please contact Burly Burlile at burlybug@comcast.net or call: 435-752 4359 or 435-890 8832 MST.

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I did not know much about other resources connecting to Jack Haggeman Senior, other than the families of Bob Allinger and Danny Foster. Sixteen years ago Chet Carter helped find the nose that was fabricated by the late master metal crafter Bob Allinger, I was trying to buy a nose for my car Lightning Bolt from one of the past owner’s, Robert Coulsten, who kept it when he sold the car. Coulsten did not want to sell the nose at that time, instead we had agreed to have one duplicated. We picked out only the best metal crafter in probably the world; Jack Haggeman Sr. I was fortunate to have his help. Suddenly out of the blue the nose owner decided to change his mind to sell it to me. It hit me back then and even now, Jack Haggeman was the man.  Spencer Simon

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The Sam Auxier Jr Radio Show, Mondays at 7PM EST. Pro Stock Racer Bill Stiles, East Coast Drag News editor Dave Bishop and Drag Racers Notebook Jim Amos. http://zeusradio.com/station/RacersReunionRadio/. Interviewing the Greatest Names In Racing. Call In 1-877-500-9387xSam 3. Archived Shows at http://racersreunionradio.com.

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I sell lots of books here, I have done seven books about my life and all are available here at the Museum. Big Daddy, the biography of my life from the beginning to 1990, $20.00, plus handling and postage.  Close Calls, the story of all my close calls from childhood, $20.00, plus handling and postage.  The three volume pictorial set, Big Daddy, The Career Pictorial, $30.00 for the set plus handling and postage. Tales from the Dragstrip, all the funny stories that never got printed, $20.00, plus handling and postage.  Then my newest book, just out; Don Garlits and His CarsThis Hardback covers all the important passenger cars and all the race cars with lots of funny stories. $20.00, autographed, plus handling and postage. Call 877-271-3278, toll free to order. Thanks, Don Garlits
     Don: Please send me updates on the activities that you hold at your drag racing museum.  Jim Miller and I try and give lots of publicity to museums and car collections.  These are our nation's cultural heritage when it comes to the automobile.  We encourage every facility to send us updates on what they are doing.  Tell us not only what you have in your gift shop, but what kinds of displays that you have and directions to your museum.  We want the racing and automotive fan to go to our many museums featuring the automobile and racing culture.  The more that people frequent the museums the stronger the ties to the past that we build.  So whatever you send us we will publish.
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These books make wonderful gifts for holidays and birthdays.  Build up a library on racing that you can be proud of and also don't forget the collectibles and paintings by our modelers and artists.  We support them and they create more works of art for the racing and hot rodding culture. I asked not only Don, but those at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and other fine institutions to send me update of their events and what they sell in their gift shops. Support them as much as you can.

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Editor’s comments: A reader asked if I received permission to publish a biography that was done commercially and is in a magazine. Here is my response.
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   I believe I copied and pasted the article and placed it in a past newsletter. Large, commercial newspapers and magazines won't publish until they get permission, but I am small and my publication is free and raises no money, so if they don't respond I will sometimes publish anyway, especially a biography or obituary. Sometimes I simply summarize what was written. If at a later date the author asks me to remove it I will readily do so. If they ask for a royalty I have to turn down the offer. But if you have biographical material that you would like me to run, I will do so. Just copy and paste the material onto a regular email and send it to me. The only purpose for the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians (SLSRH) Newsletter to exist at all is to find, research, save and archive every bit of history that we can on straight-line racing and hot rodding. In 185 issues of the newsletter I have only had a handful of retractions. I know that the work of others is protected and that the author or photographer is due credit and payment and therefore I make a reasonable effort to contact the author and ask them to release the content to me as a favor, since I can’t pay them. I explain that we work for free and that we raise no revenue at all. I explain our purposes and goals and that we are a volunteer historical group. In all the years that I've been doing this I have only had ONE person tell me that he wouldn't release his work to me and would insist on payment. Since I had no payment to give him I could not in good faith run his articles. I haven't heard back from the author of the article that was referred to me, the company that employed him, or anyone in an official capacity and therefore I took his silence to mean that it was okay to run the article. If it proves that I was wrong, I will retract the story immediately. I try to get racers and hot rodders to write their own bios and share them, but sometimes I have no choice but to copy internet articles, especially obituaries. I hope that this helps. By the way, there is no end to what a reader or interested party may print in the SLSRH Newsletter. The biggest article was 39,771 words.

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I can offer my radio show down here in San Diego for call in (responders) to promote the Car Show. Interested just email me back and we can set it up. Dave Stall
   Dave: I'm sure that John Buck would love to have additional publicity for his show. We are two different groups. I am the editor of the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter and the SLSRH was founded by Jim Miller and myself, Richard Parks, while we were sitting on the Barbara Parks bench outside of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, located in Pomona, California. We were quickly joined by Roger Rohrdanz, Bob Falcon and many others to form the group. There are no dues, duties or offices, except for President (Jim Miller) and Editor. Our goal is to research, find, publish and archive every possible fact about straight-line racing and hot rodding. Straight-line racing includes; All land speed racing and the first decade of organized drag racing (1950-1959). We encourage people to work on their biographies and to caption all their photographs, before it is too late and that knowledge is lost to us. Our website is www.landspeedracing.com, which is part of the www.hotrodhotline.com group of websites, owned by Jack and Mary Ann Lawford of Boise, Idaho. Although we are all separate entities, we share common goals and thus the Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS), which started in Oakland and is now located at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, works with us to achieve our goals. And we work with them to achieve their goals. The SLSRH supports the GNRS, the L. A. Roadster Show, Cruisin' For A Cure and other groups involved in hot rodding and auto racing. They also have a historical outlook in their shows and various groups use these shows to come together to exhibit their unique hobbies; such as the pinstripers, traditional hot rodders, customs, motorcycle, land speed, car, drags and boat racers. The SLSRH also publishes shows such as yours in our newsletter as our primary goal is to obtain as much knowledge as we can and disseminate it to as many people as possible. We would like to receive updates on your show so that we can add that information to our newsletter. John Buck is the owner of the GNRS and since he purchased the show has improved and upgraded it so that it fits the needs of many in the car culture. There are huge buildings dedicated to the custom cars, bikes, land speed and other auto racing types, pinstripers reunion, traditional hot rodders and a popular cruise. The specialty of the GNRS is the AMBR Awards, for America's Most Beautiful Roadster.
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Contact number: 760-715-5507
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KUSI TV CH. 51 7:40 am Saturday's
Car Reviews in the East County Gazette
Bumper To Bumper San Diego Suburban News
Driven 2 Dare-Military Safety Training
Maynard's Garage-Sign On San Diego Radio
Miramar College-Board of Directors
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KCBQ 1170 "You Auto Know" Sunday 6-7 pm
KCBQ 1170 "So. Cal Off Road Radio" Sunday 7 to 8 pm
KCBQ 1170 "On Air Aviation Radio" Sunday 8 to 9 pm
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Great Lions (Dragstrip) video, especially if you know French. You will recognize a lot of the guys. You will need someone to interpret the French narrator though.
www.ina.fr/media/entretiens/video/CPF04008049/les-dragsters.fr.html.  John Ewald   
   John: There are a lot of videos on the internet that pertain to drag and land speed racing. 

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Lenny Schaeffer has a hot rod and custom newsletter called Chop Shop. See it at chop-shopcustoms.com.

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Last time I spoke to you was at my mother's funeral. There wasn't much time to get acquainted (It wasn't a very happy time!) But since then I have been turning my attentions from custom Harleys to Hot Rods and Kustoms. Was hoping to have a car ready for GNRS 2010, but I’ve fallen short of time on chrome and paint. The car is a radical custom 1949 Chevy Fleetline. I'm now retired and my business OnWheels Fabricators has evolved to an all consuming hobby. Working on my own now, I'm managing to keep four car projects progressing at a steady pace. My Fleetline, a 1950 Ford Tudor, '55 ford F-100,'71 Mach1 Convertible. The car and bike hobby has been a passion for me since I built my first car in 1964, A 1955 Chevy 392 Hemi Gasser and first triumph Bonneville chopper in '69. I feel like I'm reliving the sixties in my sixties!
   I'm a member of KKOA and the Kustom Kings Car Club, Denison, Texas chapter. A couple of us will be coming to Pomona in January for the "Customs Then and Now" event at GNRS, hope to see you there. I speak for myself as well as my club and everyone in the industry when I tell you how much respect and admiration we have for your father's and your contributions in the development of hot rodding and drag racing. My memories of meeting Wally and receiving his autographed book in my youth are memories I cherish, and our mothers close friendship is also greatly imprinted in my memory. I know you're undoubtedly a very busy guy but I wanted to take the time to express these thoughts in hopes of further communication with you in an endeavor to keep this tremendous addiction we have thriving. Happy Motoring, "Buck" Duane Heath
   Buck: It is good to hear from you. My regular email address is Rnparks1@juno.com and that's why I haven't responded to you before now. I need to check the old email address more often. I'll be at the Grand National Roadster Show on Friday and Saturday. You can usually find me at the www.hotrodhotline.com booth in building 4 or at the pinstripers reunion. Leave word with Jack and Mary Ann Lawford and they can track me down. We get a good contingent of hot rod guys from Texas during the GNRS and the L. A. Roadster's Show in June. The website above and another one at www.landspeedracing.com is where I post my newsletter. Please write and tell us more about the cars that you are building and the history on the cars. I was just reading about the car club division in the early NHRA, in some of the private records that my father left to my brother David and myself. Keep the car club tradition alive and well in Texas and we will see you in January at Pomona.

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So-Cal Speed Shop Founder and Hot Rod Icon Alex Xydias has been named Chairman of the Board of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, effective today.  He previously served as a board member since the Museum opened in 1998.  “We are very excited and pleased to announce Alex’s appointment as our Chairman,” said Tony Thacker, executive director of the Museum.  “His knowledge, expertise and history with the Museum will be a great asset to our organization and we’re certain Wally would be proud.”  In 1946, Xydias opened the So-Cal Speed Shop, the first hot rod parts store in Burbank, California and established the So-Cal Speed Shop Racing Team.  The Team received countless accolades but perhaps none greater than for The So-Cal Special Streamliner, one of the first hot rods to go over 200 mph and featured on the cover of Hot Rod magazine in January, 1949.  “It's a great honor to be elected as Chairman,” said Xydias.  “My longtime dear friend Wally Parks had tremendous vision and passion for the sport.  As Chairman, together with the other board members, I’ll strive to continue Wally’s legacy to develop a museum that is vital to the motorsports community.”  In the early 1960s, as the industry shifted, Xydias joined Petersen Publishing and served as editor of Car Craft magazine and then Publisher of Petersen’s trade magazine Hot Rod Industry News. He also served as director of the Petersen Trade Show known today as the SEMA Show.  He is also credited with organizing the SCORE off-road equipment trade show with his then business partner the late Mickey Thompson.  In 1982, Alex was inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame and in 2008, received the notable Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 1997, Xydias and celebrity hot rod builder Pete Chapouris partnered to revive the SO-CAL Speed Shop name and continue its legacy.  Xydias and board members Thomas K. McKernan, Dave McClelland, Peter Clifford, Gary Darcy, Wayne McMurtry and Steve Gibbs will oversee all Museum activities including the planning and growth of Museum exhibits, fundraising and the popular NHRA Hot Rod Reunions.  They will guide, support and advocate for the mission and vision of NHRA Motorsports Museum.  In June, the Museum added Automobile Club of Southern California CEO Thomas K. McKernan and legendary NHRA Announcer Dave McClelland to its board.                    
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The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, long a dream of NHRA founder Wally Parks, opened to the public April 4, 1998. Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Museum's mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture. We collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent our affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. We are the place to view and learn about hot rods, customs, racecars and speed records, and the West Coast's role as the historic center for their past and present development. The Museum features an impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles along with photographs, trophies, helmets and driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings, and other memorabilia chronicling more than 60 years of American motorsports. A gift shop offers a wide variety of souvenir items including jackets, hats, pins, and more. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., PST. Current NHRA members are admitted free. Admission for non-members is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 60 and older, $6 for juniors 6 through 15, and free for children under the age of 5. The Museum is also available for special group tours. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona. For information on special exhibits, museum events or directions, call 909/622-2133 or visit http://museum.nhra.com.

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The following videos are by Mark Brazeau, a dedicated land speed photographer who records and keeps the history of the dry lakes and Bonneville alive for us. Sent in by Ron Main
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Bonneville Speedweek 2010 Part 1 
El Mirage June 2010 DVD 
El Mirage May 2010 DVD  
El Mirage November 2009 
El Mirage October 2009 
El Mirage September 2009 
Bonneville Speedweek 2009 Part 1 & 2 (2 DVD set)
El Mirage, July 2009 DVD
El Mirage, June 2009 DVD
El Mirage, May 2009 DVD 
Bonneville Speedweek 2008 Three Disc Set        
Cooks Land Speed Shootout, September 2008 Bonneville FIA/FIM meet World's Fastest mx "Ack Attack" 
   - World Record 1 mile Wheel Driven Car "Burkland" World Record 4 cylinder "Speed Demon" - World
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Off-Road Championships DVD Riverside California 1985-1988 Heavy Metal & Mini Metal 93 minutes
Bonus - Also get Parker 1985 40 min DVD Free 
"Spin Club" 108 min DVD showing spins from El Mirage and Bonneville Single DVD
El Mirage May 2008 2 disc set     
El Mirage June 2008   
El Mirage Sept 2008     
El Mirage Oct 2008    
El Mirage Nov 2008        
El Mirage September 2007   
2007 Hall of Fame Induction    
2007 Bonneville World Finals 2 Disc Set  
September 2006 Bonneville or Bust 2 Disc Set Featuring Poteet, Nish, Burkland & Fossett   
Speedweek 2007 2 Disc Set     
Good Old Days 2 Disc Set World Finals 2004   
Speedweek 2005   
Speedweek 2006 2 Disc Set  
World Finals 2003    
Speedweek 2004   
Muroc 2000      
Mark Brazeau, 34462 Via Gomez, Capistrano Beach, California, CA 92624.  E-mail: mark@landspeedracingvideo.com

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I have been selling prints since 1991. When I started back then, I was using an airbrush and paints to create my boats. There was a restaurant called the Race Rock Diner where my prints were displayed (Click To View Race Rock, Click to View Hydro Art Prints 2010) and I created a poster for them showing all the vehicles in the building. It was an exciting start.  Every time I start a new boat now, that excitement is still there. Knowing there are people around the country who enjoy my work, makes it very rewarding. So thank you again for supporting an artist and his passion. I have two grandsons who are 7 and 5. One is into coin collecting and the other loves motorcycles and cars. My wife and I have taken them to the art museum, car shows, air shows, sporting events, etc. Who knows what they will eventually enjoy, but the exposure is the important thing. If my two older brothers had not taken me to the 1957 St Clair International Trophy race when I was little, I might not have had that passion for the boats that I do today. So take the opportunity to "Create a Spark" in a child. Who knows where it will lead. Alan Ameel

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THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM, JANUARY THROUGH MARCH 2011
 EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS AT A GLANCE
(see below for more detailed information)
January 11        Professional Perspectives on Automotive Collecting
February 5               Discovery Day: Car Calendars
February 1               Curator’s Tour – NHRA: Sixty Years of Thunder
February 22             Panel - Pioneers of Southern California Drags                        
March 5                   Discovery Day: Auto-mobiles
March 5                  Supercars: When Too Much Is Almost Enough
March 22                 Panel Discussion- Safety at 300 M.P.H.
Through Jan            Automotivated: Streamlined Fashion and Automobiles
Through Feb 13       Margie and Robert E. Petersen: Driven to Collect
Through May 29      NHRA: Sixty Years of Thunder
NEW EXHIBITS
SUPERCARS: WHEN TOO MUCH IS ALMOST ENOUGH; Opens March 5, 2011,
Grand Salon.

Like supercomputers, supermarkets, and supermodels, supercars represent an extreme.  More than mere transportation, they offer a bold and extroverted means of self expression.  Supercars have existed since the first decade of the twentieth century and while their mechanical and design specifications have evolved from era to era, they have always had in common immensely powerful engines, minimal passenger carrying capacity, adventurous mechanical specifications, and a commanding presence. Supercars from all eras of the automobile will be on display in this high-performance exhibit.
NEW EVENTS
Driven to Collect - Professional Perspectives on Automotive Collecting
Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Grand Salon Gallery.
Explore the mindset behind the passion to collect automobiles and what resources a collector needs to research, acquire and maintain their collection.  Each of our guest panelists brings decades of experience and influence in the automobile-collecting community to this discussion: McKeel Hagerty: chief executive officer of Hagerty Insurance Agency Inc. David Gooding: president and founder of the Gooding & Company auction house. Mike Malamut: private collector.
DISCOVERY DAY
Car Activities & L.A. BookPALS; First Saturday of every month, 1-4pm

Join us on the first Saturday of each month for arts and crafts, and at 2:30pm, actors from L.A. BookPALS read stories. The program is included in Museum general admission. Call 323-964-6308 for more information. Future topics include:
February 5, 2011, Car Calendars
; Welcome the New Year by making your own unique car calendar.
March 5, 2011, Auto-Mobiles; Create an exciting car-themed mobile to hang in your room.
CURATOR’S TOUR – NHRA: SIXTY YEARS OF THUNDER. Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Gordon R. Howard Gallery
Join Petersen Automotive Museum Curator Leslie Kendall and guest-researcher Tony Thacker, Executive Director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, as they guide you through NHRA: Sixty Years of Thunder to explore the history of the vehicles and individuals that have made the NHRA the world-class automotive association it is today. Reservations recommended for all programs.  Call 323-964-6347, email cdrescher@petersen.org, or go to www.petersen.org for more information.
PANEL DISCUSSION- PIONEERS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DRAG RACING
Tuesday, February 22, 2011. 7:30 p.m. Racing Corridor
Spend an evening at the Petersen Automotive Museum hearing the first-hand accounts of the early decades of the NHRA’s 60-year history from the legends of Southern California drag racing. Special Guests:
  Jerry Darien- Current Crew Chief to John Force’s youngest daughters Courtney and Brittney. His experience in drag racing and teaching has led him to be a mentor to many of the current stars of drag racing including four-time NHRA champion Gary Scelzi, Ashley Force Hood, Morgan Lucas, Brandon Bernstein, Frank Pedregon, Melanie Troxel and Steve Faria.
  Bob Muravez, drove the famous “Freight Train” twin-engine gas dragster to many wins under both his true name and the now-legendary “Floyd J. Lippencotte, Jr.” alias.
  Panel moderator Jack Beckman, NHRA National Champion, currently drives the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger for Don Schumacher Racing. 9 career Funny Car wins and Funny Car speed record holder at 333.66 mph (on quarter-mile).
Reservations recommended for all programs.  Call 323-964-6347, email cdrescher@petersen.org, or go to www.petersen.org for more information or to RSVP.
PANEL DISCUSSION- SAFETY AT 300 M.P.H. Tuesday, March 22, 2011
, 7:30 p.m. Racing Corridor
The NHRA was founded to provide a safe and controlled environment in which hot rod enthusiasts could compete.  After sixty years of sanctioned racing, cars now regularly reach speeds of over 300 miles per hour in less than a quarter-mile.  To operate at those extreme levels, track preparation and safety technology must be the highest priority for any racer and track manager.  Panelist Steve Gibbs has been involved in drag racing since the 1960s, has managed race tracks and numerous drag racing events, and was the NHRA Director of Competition until the late 1990s when he became Vice President of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.  Steve will share his decades of experience in track set up, racing regulations, and what it takes to keep competition safe at such extreme speeds.  Joining Steve on the panel will be front-line safety workers from the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Current Funny Car driver for Don Schumacher Racing Jack Beckman will moderate the discussion and share his 300 m.p.h. experiences behind the wheel of a top-level drag racer.
ONGOING EXHIBITIONS
AUTOMOTIVATED: STREAMLINED FASHION AND AUTOMOBILES. Through January 23, 2011. Bruce Meyer Gallery

Fashion design and automobile design have been intertwined from the start. This exhibit features automotive derived fashion ensembles from the collection of the Phoenix Art Museum paired with their automobile counterparts of the Petersen Automotive Museum. Fashions include signaling gloves from the turn of the twentieth century through the elegant gowns of the Art Deco period.
MARGIE AND ROBERT E. PETERSEN: DRIVEN TO COLLECT. Through February 13, 2011, Grand Salon
During his lifetime, Robert E. Petersen, together with his wife Margie, acquired dozens of important automobiles. Today the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection contains one of the most diverse samplings of important vehicles ever assembled.  Each one offers a look into our rich motoring heritage and if they appear familiar, it is because you have likely seen them on television, in movies, or in displays at other museums and events around the world.
NHRA: SIXTY YEARS OF THUNDER; Through May 29, 2011, Gordon R. Howard Gallery
Explore the colorful and exciting history of one of America’s most popular motorsports. From the wild Gassers and Altereds, to nitro-burning top fuel dragsters and fabulous funny cars, the Petersen Automotive Museum will be filled with enough horsepower to change the Earth’s rotation.
IMAGINING THE FUTURE:
The Southern California Automotive Design Studio, Presented in Cooperation with Art Center College of Design Ongoing Exhibit.

Visitors will see a comparison of a 1930's studio with a modern-day studio with various examples of the creative process in 2-D and 3-D form from different points in California's rich automotive history. Design demonstrations by Art Center students will occur in the exhibit on the second and fourth Sunday of every month from approximately 10am-3pm. Check the calendar at www.petersen.org for dates.
HOT WHEELS® HALL OF FAME
The Hot Wheels Hall of Fame at the Petersen Automotive Museum, features Hot Wheels® full-size and die-cast cars, original models, wooden patterns, injection molds and drawings of original vehicle designs.
ALTERNATIVE POWER: LESSONS FROM THE PAST, INSPIRATION FOR THE FUTURE
. From the highly styled 1963 Chrysler Turbine to the General Motors EV1, automobiles equipped with innovative propulsion systems are presented to illustrate the growth of alternative vehicle technology.
MAY FAMILY DISCOVERY CENTER
Open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm. The May Family Discovery Center is an interactive learning center that teaches basic scientific principles using the fundamental elements of the car.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND FILMING; Please call 323-964-6348 or visit www.petersenevents.org to host your event or shoot film at one of LA's most exciting venues.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES; The Museum offers a wonderful venue for children’s birthday parties.  Party guests can enjoy all three floors of the museum including the May Family Discovery Center.  For more information or to book your party, call 323-964-6373.
SCHOOL TOURS; Taking a field trip to the Pete is an excellent way to teach your students about the history of Los Angeles and its intertwined relationship with the automobile. Students learn basic scientific principles and their applications as they explore hands-on activities in the Discovery Center. School Tours focus on history/social science, visual arts, and science & technology. Call 323-964-6358 for information and reservations.
GROUP TOURS; A docent-led tour is available to groups of ten or more. 323-964-6346.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES; Come and be a part of the Petersen’s “Pit Crew”.  For an application or more information call 323-964-6358, email volunteers@petersen.org, or visit www.petersen.org.
 MUSEUM STORE; Excellent souvenirs and gifts for auto enthusiasts 323-964-6328.

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I really appreciate all you do. Your father was a very special man, and he would be proud of how you are carrying on the love of Hot Rodding that so many of us enjoy.  Don Tubbs
   Don: My father, and also my uncle Kenny, did not write their biography or memoirs. Many people hounded them for years to do so and they put it off until they were both taken from us unexpectedly. If you haven't written your bio then please start now. We need bios; for our families and for the hot rodding community. The reason that we do this is to create a published culture that can be left to future generations. The internet and the use of websites and blogs has started a tsunami of interest in recording the past. We have more knowledge available to us today than ever before in human history. It has changed how we view the world. I used to hate doing book reports in school and I wasn't alone in dreading the moment the teacher held up a book and told us that we had to write one. They were simple, 500 word reports and every word was painful to write. Today I cherish the ability to receive a new book and sit down and spend 3 hours writing a 2000 word review. I learn so much by doing them. Just as we learn to appreciate Broccoli, we learn to love recording the history of that which we love. If you haven't written your bio or sat down with your children and wife and put captions on the back of your photographs, then do so today. Don't leave this world without a written record to tell your grandchildren and great-grandchildren what a fantastic era we lived in. Jim and I at www.landspeedracing.com will help you and we'll publish your memories and stories.

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Thanks for all that you do to help the hot rodding community. Merry Christmas, Rex Rogers from Loveland, Colorado. See www.realhotrods.com.
   Rex: I saw your website. You have some great projects that you're working on. Send us some history on your restoration projects and we will publish the reports.

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The Sam Auxier Jr Show will air in January on the all new Automotive Radio Network, a division of Bob Long Radio. Recipient of 32 International Automotive Media Awards including Best of Radio 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. Jim Amos will host and interview Sam Auxier Jr. Call in number is 1-877-500-9387. 

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1951 Indy 500 135 MPH Club Photo with Walt Faulkner (Record 136.872), Novi driver Chet Miller, 1951 Winner Lee Wallard, Fred Agabashian, Carl Scarborough and Novi driver Duke Nalon. From, Tom Skaggs (Click Here For Image)

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Water colour studies of early dry lake racers. Here are two quick watercolour studies based on photographs taken from the Don Montgomery book "Old Hot Rods Scrap Book". More info on Dons amazing books can be seen at his site: www.montgomeryhotrodbooks.com
Watercolour on Bristol Board. In 1938 Ernie McAfee (90 MPH Club) recorded the fastest speed at an SCTA meet at 137.41 mph. It had a Winifield flathead on a four cylinder Ford engine. (Click here For Image)
Watercolour on Bristol Board. Here is Charles Beck's (Centuries Streamliner..With Four-cylinder power the little streamliner took first place at the August 1942 SCTA meet with a 131.96 mph speed. Note the wheel covers from a World War I Jenny Airplane. (Click here For Image)

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