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An Undocumented Disease, A Life Shortened: Shelby's Way Continues to Spread It's Message of Hope

Words: R. A. Jetter Photos: Mark Cain, Shelby’s Way Foundation Last year, HotRodHotline.com brought you the story of Mark Cain, and his family’s tribute to the loss of son Shelby.  Roger Jetter has a follow up to the efforts of Mark and Pam Cain, and the Shelby’s Way Foundation. What’s a father to do when he’s lost his Number One son? At worst,...... read more...

Kent Fuller is Kickstarting a Last Ride Across the Salt

Photos by Evelyn Fuller It’s a family affair ten (well really 60) years in the making.  Legendary dragster builder Kent Fuller is pouring all of his building experience into a final Streamliner, destined to run this summer across the Bonneville Salt Flats, and he’s enlisted friends, family and the racing audience into being part of the adventure...... read more...

A Tribute to Dave Cammack

Reader Chuck Shotwell recently wrote into HotRodHotline.com to acknowledge the passing of Dave Cammack, world-renowned enthusiast and collector of the Tucker automobile and it's memorabilia. He had a small museum dedicated to his collection in Alexandria, VA and Chuck wrote fondly about the experience of going to the museum, and meeting Mr....... read more...

Celebration of Life for Bill Garness (Little Bill).

We lost a true man’s, man, Major Bill Garness, United States Air Force, to our LORD, April, 9, 2013   A celebration of life to be held at: 2 PM Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Round Table Pizza 9500 Greenback Lane Citrus heights, CA The Ace Hardware Shopping Center   Bill’s knowledge exceeded his years, he was a true jack of all trades, it was...... read more...

A Tribute to Art Malone by Don Garlits

We're sad to report that drag racing and motorsports legend, Art Malone, passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.  His good friend Don Garlits, wrote the following triubte, and has allowed us to post it. Dear Friends, My long life buddy, partner and friend, Art Malone, died at home this morning at 6 AM. This was...... read more...

A Rare Picture of a Few Heroes of our Industry who Changed the World of Hot Rods

Once in a lifetime shot. Three of the greats--------Geroge Barris, Blackie Gejeian, and Art Himsl Picture taken at the 64th Grand national Roadster Show sent to us by Larry MartinelliL to R - George Barris Pioneer in the field of automotive customizing. , Blackie Gejeian roving ambassador of American Car Shows and Art Himsl legendary artist ... read more...

Burke LeSage Celebration of Life

  Burke LeSage Celebration of LifeStory by Richard Parks, Photographs by Roger Rohrdanz 01-20-12 On January 20, 2012 Roger and I attended the Burke LeSage Memorial and Celebration of Life held at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.  The services were conducted by Lou Gerhardt and the Celebration of Life was hosted by Anne Lindsley and the...... read more...

Land Speed Record Holder Harold Johansen Jr Still Active in his 80’s!

  Land Speed Record Holder Harold Johansen Jr Still Active in his 80’s! One of the real treats at SEMA this year, was the chance to meet and talk with Harold Johansen and see his new car which was unveiled at SEMA. Harold is a legend in Landspeed Racing, being one of the longest continuing racers in landspeed history. Harold ran his first race in...... read more...

Jungle Jim Liberman 1969 Nova Funny Car

“JUNGLE JIM” LIBERMAN 1969 NOVA FUNNY CARJune 4th, 2010 On the Track at Atco Raceway ATCO, NJPictures By: Al Liebmann I had the Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to see what I call the Holy Grail of Funny Cars, “Jungle Jim” Liberman’s Nova. It has been totally restored back to the way it was in 1969 when the One and Only..Clare Sanders, aka: JUNGLE...... read more...

The Winged Express

The Winged Express CELEBRATING TWO 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES IN POMONA In the opening season of 2010 NHRA Drag Racing Series and as we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Winternationals in Pomona, another legend also celebrated 50 years -- the famed AA/FA Winged Express. On Thursday, February 11, two honorary crew members of the Winged Express,...... read more...

B. J. Kelley (1929 - 2009)

B. J. Kelley (1929 - 2009)   B. J. Kelley (1929 - 2009)   Born on Halloween in 1929, Kelley passed away at his home on April 7, 2009 at the age of 79. Kelley was a well known avid Sacramento area rodder who knew everyone around involved with street rods and old cars. He started his hot rodding adventures way back in the late 40's racing around...... read more...

A "Sad Day In Oregon"

  A "SAD DAY IN OREGON" A service with full firefighter honors for former Damascus Mayor, Firechief, & Auto Icon, Dee Wescott, was held Saturday, February 7, 2009 Photos by Roger Brinkley Dee Wescott bought his first car in 1939, when he was twelve years old. It was a Model T Ford pickup which, he said, he soon began to modify, rebuilding...... read more...

Memories of a Friend

  Memories of a Friend By Joseph Stephan Car enthusiast and artist David Deal, best known for creating a line of model cars in the 1970s called "Deals Wheels" and then later for work on the movie, Cars, died after a battle with cancer Oct. 14 at his home in Vista, Ca     Needless to say, I'm devastated by the death of Dave Deal who was my long-...... read more...

Tribute - Elden Titus 1948 - 2008

  Another Great Custom Car Builder Has Passed Away. His Talent and Creativity will be dearly missed.Our condolences go out to Tammy and his family.   One of our photographers, Dick “Fuzzy” Fuerholzer, a good friend of Elden, has sent us a tribute to Elden’s Creativity with pictures of some of his Custom Builds.   ... read more...

Racing Scene Column – NECROLOGY

  RACING SCENE Column – NECROLOGY By Tim Kennedy Los Angeles, CA. - NECROLOGY is a noun according to Webster's Dictionary. Necrologies is the plural and unfortunately that word applies in motor racing during September 2008. The definition of the word is 1. a list of people who have died within a certain period as that in a newspaper (obituaries);...... read more...

Fast Five with Georgia “Mama” Seipel

      Fast Five with Georgia “Mama” Seipel, Honoree of the California Hot Rod Reunion, Oct. 10-12   BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – (Sept. 18, 2008) – “They’re all my kids and I want the best and safest tracks for them,” said Georgia Seipel, Infineon Raceway track manager. Aptly nicknamed “Mama” by drag racers,...... read more...

Fast Five with Junior Thompson

  Fast Five with Junior Thompson,Grand Marshal of the California Hot Rod Reunion,Oct. 10-12, 2008 Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, Calif.   BAKERSFIELD, Calif. ­ (Sept. 8, 2008) ­ The year 19 1958 brought Americans the Hula Hoop and NASA. But one moment that stands out among the drag racing community is Junior Thompson’s Little...... read more...

A Visit with Ken Walkey

  A Visit with Ken Walkey Biography and photographs by Ken Walkey 07-31-08 Story by Richard Parks and Photographs by Roger Rohrdanz Ken Walkey designed, built and raced one of land speed racing's most beautifully aerodynamic cars, which he called Grandpa's Toy. Here is his story. "My father, Jake Walkey, came from Denver, Colorado with his...... read more...

A Tribute to Richard “Dick Dean” Sawitskas

  A Tribute to Richard “Dick Dean” Sawitskas 1933 - 2008 If you're a "Rodder" or Custom Car Fan….. You know Dick Deans Cars ! Much of the work Dick had done over his years in the business had been done in the shops of, or in collaboration with, other builders such as George Barris, Dean Jefferies, and the like. Thus, Dicks nickname...... read more...

Wally Parks Inducted into the Los Angeles County Fair Association’s Hall of Fame

  Wally Parks Inducted into the Los Angeles County Fair Association’s  Hall of FamePomona, CA 04-23-08 Story by Richard Parks, photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz   The Los Angeles County Fair Association invited the families of Sarah Ludwick, Millard Sheets and Wally Parks to the Los Angeles County Fair Association's annual meeting and...... read more...

Illinois Valley Miniature Rod & Kustom Hall of fame

  Illinois Valley Miniature Rod & Kustom Hall of famePictures By Dick “Fuzzy” Fuerholzer These are the tribute to George Barris 2008   ... read more...

Joe Gurran - 1937 - 2008

  Joe Gurran 1937 - 2008Charter Member ( 1955 ) of the Road Knights Auto Club - Peekskill, NY Joe Gurran died on April 3rd, 2008. Those of you who knew him will always remember him as a gentleman. He was a quiet man always ready to help a fellow hot rodder. He was the co-founder of the "Road Knights" a club that is still in existence after almost...... read more...

Say goodbye to Boyd Coddington

Say goodbye to Boyd Coddington LaHabra, CA Mar 5, ‘08 Story by Richard Parks, photographs by Roger Rohrdanz  Everyone seems to know the name Boyd Coddington, but fewer people actually know who he really was. I visited Boyd’s old shop in Stanton once, but he wasn’t there. Since he was younger than me, I figured that there would be more...... read more...

In Remembrance of Boyd Coddington By The Westchester Street Rod Association

  In Remembrance of Boyd Coddington By The Westchester Street Rod Association     The car is being built at the Boyd Coddington Shop In California. The body is a Brookville 32 that is being mated to a Pete and Jakes chassis and Boyd stretched it 3 inches, Boyd also made the custom drilled I beam axle with Wilwood brakes. The motor is an...... read more...

Celebration for Wally Parks

  Celebration for Wally ParksAt the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, CAStory by Richard Parks and photographs by Roger Rohrdanz A Celebration of Life was held for Wally Parks, who passed away on September 28, 2007 at the age of 94.  His full name was Wallace Gordon Parks, but he always went by Wally...... read more...

Newsletters from The Society of Land Speed Racing

  We are very happy to be able to bring you information and newsletters from The Society of Land Speed Racing Historians group by Richard Parks. Just Click On the link for The Newsletters You Would Like To View. Richard will be continually adding to it. Click it on now ... read more...

Remembering Connie Swingle

Remembering Connie SwingleSept. 24, 1935 to Sept. 29, 2007 Oklahoma City, OK Oct 22, ‘07 Story by Don Garlits and photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz   Connie Swingle, 72, one of the true pioneers of drag Racing, passed away Saturday evening, peacefully in his home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the city of his birth. Connie had health problems...... read more...

"Fast Six" with Kuhl & Olson

  "Fast Six" with Kuhl & Olson Legendary Team to be honored at the Automobile Club of Southern California Hot Rod Reunion, Oct. 12-14 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. ­ (Sept. 20, 2007) ­ Teammates, friends, champions: that describes Mike Kuhl and Carl Olson. Together they formed the famous and formidable drag racing team of Kuhl & Olson in the '60s...... read more...

Say Goodby to Jack McAfee 1922 - 2007 Story by Richard Parks, consultants Rex McAfee and Roger Rohrdanz

  Say Goodby to Jack McAfee1922 - 2007Story by Richard Parks, consultants Rex McAfee and Roger Rohrdanz Jack McAfee passed away recently and a Celebration of Life was held for him at the Petersen Automotive Museum on May 3, 2007. Jack was a big man with a big heart and those that had the chance to know him, whether on the dry lakes of Southern...... read more...

"Fast Five" with NHRR Honoree, Pat Dakin

  "Fast Five" with NHRR Honoree, Pat DakinNational Trail Raceway Columbus, Ohio June 15-17, 2007 The NHRA's National Hot Rod Reunion heads to Columbus, Ohio at National Trail Raceway on June 15. Pat Dakin, one of the honoree's for this year's reunion, answered our fast five questions and gave us his insight to the event.Pat Dakin, driver for the...... read more...

Say Goodbye to Joe MacPherson

  Say Goodbye to Joe MacPherson Tustin, California November 5, 1928 - March 30, 2007Story by Richard Parks and Photographs by Roger Rohrdanz   Joe Dwight MacPherson was born on November 5, 1928 and passed away on March 30, 2007, just a week after the death of Robert E. Petersen. Both men had a huge impact on American car culture and hot rodding...... read more...

Robert E. Petersen’s Celebration of Life

  Robert E. Petersen’s Celebration of LifePetersen Museum Mar 29, ‘07 Story by Richard Parks, photographs by Roger Rohrdanz Robert E. Petersen passed away on March 23, 2007, at the age of 80. On Thursday, March 29, a Mass was held, followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial party at Petersen’s beloved Petersen Automotive Museum on Fairfax and...... read more...

Gone Racin’…to see the Meadors

Gone Racin’…to see the MeadorsStory by Richard Parks and Photographs Courtesy of Goodguys A highlight of last year’s Goodguys Rod & Custom Association 6th Del Mar Nationals Show ‘N Shine event held on March 31-April 2, 2006, was the chance to meet the Meadors family. Gary and Marilyn Meadors turned out to be regular hot rodders just like the...... read more...

"Fast Five" With Jeg Coughlin

"Fast Five" With Jeg Coughlin  Honoree of The 5th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion National Trail Raceway Columbus, OH June 15-17, 2007 Local performance parts businessman and former drag racer 'humbled' at being named Grand Marshal of the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion COLUMBUS, Ohio ­ (Mar. 1, 2007) ­ Jeg Coughlin, a...... read more...

Wally Parks 94th Birthday Banquet at Wally Parks NHRA Museum

  Wally Parks 94th Birthday Banquet at Wally Parks NHRA MuseumPomona, CA Feb 8, ’07 Story by Richard Parks and photographs by Roger Rohrdanz    The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, located on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, California held a banquet honoring Wally Parks on his 94th birthday. A second guest of honor...... read more...

Remembering Danny Oakes

Remembering Danny OakesJuly 18, 1911 - January 13, 2007Story by Richard Parks and Photographs by Roger Rohrdanz   Danny Oakes was born on July 18, 1911, in Santa Barbara, California, and passed away on January 13, 2007. In his 95 years of living, Danny made a lot of friends, and out lived 5 wives, and it was a much younger crowd that met to pay...... read more...

Honoree of The 5th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion

"Fast Five" With Ted Harbit Honoree of The 5th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion National Trail Raceway Columbus, OH June 15-17, 2007 Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion Honoree built and raced cars for a half-century   COLUMBUS, Ohio ­ (Feb. 5, 2007) ­ Teacher. Coach. Builder. Racer. Winner. Studebaker lover. That's Ted Harbit,...... read more...

15th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion (The Honorees)

  15th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion SCAC Famoso Raceway Bakersfield, Calif. 15th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion (The Honorees)Story by Richard Parks and Photographs by Roger Rohrdanz It’s hard to believe, but the 15th Annual NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, took place on October 6-...... read more...

Ron Roseberry

  Ron RoseberryJune 5, 1936 - December 9, 2006 Story by Richard Parks & Photos by Roger Rohrdanz Ron Roseberry pased away Dec. 9, 2006. Richard Parks and Roger Rohrdanz did a story on him in September and we thought our readers would like to read it.   Ron Roseberry is a native Californian and long time hot rodder. His father, Lester...... read more...

Alvin "Mousie" Marcellus of the famous "Winged Express" fuel altered Celebrates his 75th

  Alvin "Mousie" Marcellus of the famous "Winged Express" fuel altered Celebrates his 75thStory by Richard Parks & Photos by Roger Rohrdanz     On June 1, 2006, family and friends of Alvin “Mousie” Marcellus gathered at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California,  tocelebrate the 75th...... read more...

"Fast Five" with Hershel “Junior” Conway

  "Fast Five" with Hershel “Junior” Conway CHRR Honoree California Hot Rod Reunion, Bakersfield, Ca Oct. 6-8, 2006 Color the Legendary Painter a California Hot Rod Reunion Honoree  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2006) When it comes to color, no one can touch "Junior. The famous auto painter (full name Hershel Conway), who is being honored at...... read more...

Ed Iskenderian

  Ed Iskenderian Gardena, CalifMay 25, 2006 Story by Richard Parks & Photos by Roger Rohrdanz Author Richard Parks (l) with Ed Iskenderian   Ed Iskenderian, the famous ‘Camfather’ to generations of hot rodders and racers, is known affectionately as just Isky to his friends. Ed is a charming and friendly man who inquisitiveness is well known...... read more...

"Fast Five" with Mike Spitzer

"Fast Five" with Mike Spitzer Honoree at the 4th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion Bowling Green, Ky. June 16-18, 2006   "Fast Five" with Mike Spitzer Chassis builder "humbled" at being named an honoree at National Hot Rod Reunion    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 16, 2006) One thing you can say about Mike Spitzer: he can build almost...... read more...

"Fast Five" with Wally Parks

"Fast Five" with Wally ParksLegendary founder of NHRA offers insight about hot rodding, drag racing and the museum that bears his name BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Apr. 24, 2006) When it comes to the history of American motorsports, names that immediately stand out include Bill France Sr., Tony Hulman and, of course, Wally Parks. One could argue that drag...... read more...

"Fast Five" with Bobby Langley Honoree at the 4th Annual Holley Reunion Bowling Green, Ky. June 16-18, 2006

  "Fast Five" with Bobby Langley  Honoree at the 4th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion Bowling Green, Ky. June 16-18, 2006            BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (April 3, 2006) Good ol' Bobby Langley of Everman, Texas, is one of the most colorful, popular and professional dragster racers to come out of the Lone Star state. His exploits and...... read more...

"Fast Five" with Barbara Hamilton Grand Marshall of the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion Bowling Green, Ky. June 16-18, 2006

"Fast Five" with Barbara Hamilton Grand Marshall of the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion talks about her racing experiences  BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Mar. 15, 2005) Barbara Hamilton was the first woman to receive a license to drive a supercharged car in NHRA Championship Drag Racing. She will be honored as Grand Marshall of the 4th annual Holley...... read more...

'Race Car Kenny' Howard

  "Race Car Kenny" Howard 01-09-06 Story by Richard Parks Pictures by Roger Rohrdanz     Donald Kenneth "Race Car Kenny" Howard passed away on December 15, 2005. Known by his family and friends as DK, Kenny, Howard and Race Car Kenny, this likable and friendly man participated in landspeed and drag car racing in the very early days of the sport...... read more...

Dick Dean Retirement Party 2005

  Dick Dean Retirement Party 2005 pictures by Jack Lawford      We had heard the story before.... Dick Dean is retiring .... “HA” we thought.... fat chance... and the first time we were right..... but this time is for real ... Dick is handing over the reigns of his shop to his son Keith, who has worked by his side for many years...... read more...

Dick Dean's Retirement Party

Dick Dean's Retirement Party November 19, 2005 Hemet, CA Pictures By Kurt Sawiskas   We just got in some more pictures from the Dick Dean retirement party. Dicks son Kurt was kind enough to share his pictures with us. Kurt got some great shots and we know you'll enjoy them.   Dick autographed anything...... read more...

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing Ocala, Fl. August 2005 Pictures By Jack Lawford After the Syracuse Nationals Jack Lawford hit the road with friend Wayne Clark and took the long way to Louisville.  First stop was Maine for a little scenery and then down the coast to OCala, Fl. to visit the Don Garlits Museum.  It was really great to see all of...... read more...

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