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SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS
NEWSLETTER 203 - May 13, 2011
Editor: Richard Parks [email protected]
President's Corner: By Jim Miller (1-818-846-5139)
Photographic Editor of the Society: Roger Rohrdanz, [email protected]
Northern California Reporter: Spencer Simon

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Some Names To Look For In This Newsletter:
 President's Corner, Editorials, Special newsflash: Hila Sweet called Beverly and in turn she called me, I am sad to report that Emily Forberg wife of Carl Forberg died this morning Tuesday May 3rd, We lost Joe Devine (The Alternate magazine) this morning around 8:30 here in Pennsylvania, I received this note from Wester Potter this am, Thought you might like to know that Ed Connors of Medford passed away suddenly on April 22, The Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) the Museum That Takes You for a Ride is now accepting applications for the 2011 edition of the Auto & Aircraft Expo that will to be held at their facility in El Segundo California on June 26 2011, I finally got some computer consulting help, Tom Fritz does incredible car artwork, The 9th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA June 16-18 2011 at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green Kentucky, The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday May 7 2011 in Santiago Park, The Friends of El Mirage Presents A SPRING cleanup At El Mirage Cooperative Management Area Saturday May 7 2011, Hi Everyone can Club Presidents and reps please give the follow information to your clubs and have the patrols and other duties ready for the below start times, This month’s Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online, Time for some French action as we pack up the three wheeled toys and head off to the Vintage Revival Montlhery this weekend, I found a book Proving Ground which has a lot of photos of 1960's Bonneville racers, JUNKYARD BLUES By LeRoi Tex Smith, Dan Smith Pebble Beach California May 5 2011, One year Carol and I were on vacation and stopped at Pea Soup Andersons for lunch and ran into Jack Mendenhall, Fun was had by all Ed Isky Ed Clancy (he ran a '38 Ford at the SA drags) Otto Ryssman (first over 200mph at El Mirage joined the Bonneville 200mph club in '54, Bummer!  Remembered this get together that evening, Would you please send a copy of the names from the picnic, The Timers car club was a high school car club between 1957 and about 1964 at Whittier High School California, Proving Ground: A History of Dodge Chrysler and Plymouth Racing Written by Jim Schild.  Reviewed by Gregg Leary, Editor's notes: The following was sent to us by hot rod artist Tom Fritz, I just realized that I have an inventory listing of the racing books in my library, 3rd Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown, Editor’s Notes: Here is an interview list by Sam Hawley for his book Speed Duel, MISCELLANEOUS: LSR FILMS & RECORDINGS.

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President's Corner:  
A little info for you on the Amilcar photo.  The Tourest Trophy at Autodrome De Linas-Montlhery, just South of Paris, was run in March 1927 over an eight day period. The track had eight layouts ranging from 1.6 miles to 7.8 miles and references don't state what length was used so we've hit a dead end here. The winner covered a distance of 3,192 miles at close to a 40 mph average so it only took around 80 hours at the car's snail pace to cover that distance. An Amilcar won driven by a gent called Devaud and this shot of an Amilcar shows a laurel’s wreath behind it so this may be the winner's car. Happy putting land speeders!

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Editorial:   
   I missed last week’s deadline due to illness and the fact that Jim Miller and I were in the field conducting research and interviews. Roger Rohrdanz is on vacation and when he is gone I feel the loss, since I have to figure out how to process the photos and do the captions, which for me is an onerous job. I will be eternally grateful when Roger returns. Good photography and excellent captioning make a so-so newsletter into a fantastic one. Visual history imprints knowledge upon the mind that the written word can never do. We have a lot of talented photographers who send us photographs and I want you all to know how important they are to our continued efforts to save our history. Make an effort to go to your photo albums and caption all your photographs while you still can. Buy peel-off, acid-free labels and PRINT on the back of the label the “who, what, where and when” and then place the label on the back of the photos. Make it a family or friends affair, a CAPTION PARTY, and laugh at the old days as you prepare your photographs for the next generation. If you don’t caption your photographs then the next generation will not know who’s in the photos. Also, credit the person who took the photograph. Ownership is important in photography.
   The following letter was sent to the Fabulous ‘50’s Newsletter.  The Fab 50’s is an organization that prides itself on being UN-organized. Not in a messy way. These men and women of road racing are highly professional and very talented. Some of them were professional racers of the highest caliber and others were non-professionals who simply liked to pit their car handling skills against the road, racers and the elements. The Fab 50’s is not a club, but a group of individuals who come together to relive and to enjoy the fabulous decade of the 1950’s when road racing exploded all over America. Road racing still exists today, but it is more subdued than that tumultuous decade of the fabulous 1950’s. Members are called UN-members, because there are no dues or entry forms to fill out. There is only one requirement and that is that you have to be nominated by someone who is already an UN-member. The Fab 50’s has UN-leaders who work as hard as any other club directors in motorsports today. They attend UN-events where they show off those beautiful cars from the past and even take a few victory laps. If you want to join in on their events then you need to have been a road racing driver, owner, crewman or spectator at those long ago events. They also take in UN-members who are the children or family members of people who participated in road racing. If you want to be around and listen to some of the greatest racers of the last century, contact Art Evans and tell them how you qualify to be a “not a member” member of the Fabulous ‘50’s. Or send me an email and I will route it to them.
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To Bill Pollack, Art Evans, Ginny and John Dixon, Cy Yedor, Norma and Davey Jordan, and Alice Hanks
    The last newsletter was excellent.  I learned how to edit newsletters by copying Art Evans and how to run a reunion from Hila Sweet.  My current newsletter is called the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter and it is published at www.landspeedracing.com.  Jim Miller, myself and others founded this group about four years ago and the only purpose is to save as much history as we can.  There are four projects that we stress; Biographies, Photo Captioning, Stories and saving Memorabilia from loss.  We have completed or assisted on the compilation of 80 some biographies and numerous stories.  This project began when I lost my father, Wally Parks, in 2007, at the age of 94.  He had promised thousands of people that he would write his memoirs, but put it off with the statement that he was still young and "would get to it soon."  My brother and I have his papers, but we can never tell the story of his life as he could have done.  The loss of my father, Ak Miller, and numerous other outstanding men and women in racing jarred us into action.  We began this project to save as much history as possible. 
     Biographies are usually short, somewhere around 2000 words and tell us who you are, where you came from and what you did.  Every one of us should write our bios and leave them to our family and to the racing community.  Bios are not necessarily obituaries, though that is how I often write bios on people; from the newspapers and note taking at funerals.  If that is how we have to get bios, then we are all cheating the next generation.  Some people are fortunate to have books written on them; Carroll Shelby, Art Chrisman, the Foyt’s and Unser’s.  Some racers write their bios and self publish.  A few bios appear in excellent books written by well-known writers; Art Evans being such a writer.  But the vast majority of you have yet to write your biography.  You do not have to be famous to write your bio.  It isn't meant for bragging, but to leave a record behind of what you did.
     Stories on the other hand can tell a single event, a race, a group event or whatever you want to tell us.  Stories get away from cold facts and dates and delve into the happy, sad, ironic, unforgettable things that we saw or participated in.  Sometimes stories are part truth and part fantasy.
     Captioning of our photographs is critical.  An uncaptioned photograph is a nearly worthless picture.  It takes historians hours to make sense of an uncaptioned photo.  Your children, grandchildren and farther descendants will eventually throw away uncaptioned photographs as being undecipherable.  We advise buying acid free, peel off labels to use.  Print clearly the “who, when, where and what” on the back of the label and then attach the label on the back of the photograph. Also accredit the owner of the photograph.
     Saving memorabilia is the last project. As with a photograph, make an inventory list and a provenance or history of the object; where it came from, who owned it, whom is to receive it and the value.  Museums are full to the brim and have little space.  If you donate to a museum be forewarned that they might have to sell your gift to raise money to operate or to free up space for some other object.  Even if you gift the collectible and include a monetary donation, your collection may be sold; or not.  If the object had value to you, don't just toss it away, but seek to find a secure and long-term home for your memorabilia.  There are people who will buy it and cherish what you have.  I've seen too much lost and tossed away to feel safe about the safekeeping of historical objects. Jim and I say that we only have another 10 million bios left to get and we hope yours will be one of them. 

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Special newsflash:
       Hila Sweet called Beverly and in turn she called me.  The California Racers reunion has been postponed until October 15, 2011.  They felt the June date was too soon to allow everyone to make their plans.  I hope you will still help on this event.  Thanks, Norma Jordan
  
Norma: You can count on the members of the SLSRH to help out.

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I am sad to report that Emily Forberg, wife of Carl Forberg, died this morning, Tuesday, May 3rd.  Funeral services are pending. Emily is the mother of Carla Carter, wife of Pancho Carter.  Condolences may be sent to them at 4177 Forest Drive, Brownsburg, Indiana 46112.  Emily's bio should be in the newspaper in the next day or so and I will forward it to you.  Carl was a big midget and sprint car owner and mechanic and that is how Carla met Pancho, who now is a spotter for John Barnes' team.  Pancho too has a very impressive win record in midgets, sprints and Indy cars.  I haven't even thought of my obit.  Guess at my age I should be thinking on those things. It's interesting; while I was married to Jim Packard only two years and was a part of this active racing fraternity, I somehow have managed to keep my foot in the door. Being team manager for the Mecom Racing Team for three years certainly helped.  But that was in the 1960s and here it is 2011 and I am going back in two weeks with a published directory of the Ladies 500 for about the 30th time and helping to run our ladies luncheon.  Amazing!  Betty Packard
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Emily Amelia Forberg 96, of Brownsburg, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. She was born May 28, 1914 in Massachusetts. Emily is survived by her daughter, Carla (Pancho) Carter; two grandsons, Dane (Susan) Carter and Cole Carter and brother, Tony (Darlene) Morris. Emily was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years Carl Forberg. Memorial services to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 9, 2011 at St Ann Catholic Church, officiated by Father Glenn O'Connor. The family will greet friends after the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St Ann Catholic Church, 6350 S. Mooresville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46221 or to Seeds of Hope, 1425 S. Mickley Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46241. Arrangements are in the care of Family Funeral Care.

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We lost Joe Devine (The Alternate magazine) this morning around 8:30 here in Pennsylvania.  He has been very bad over the past few days so it was seeming inevitable.  He had quite a few struggles over the past months.   Zach Suhr and Bob Falcon
     Zach: I'm very sorry to hear the sad news.  Do you have a bio or an obituary that you can share on Joe Devine? 
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I am working on a real obituary now for Joe Devine.  I typed a small bit on my "blog" at http://gowout.blogspot.com, but I will send along a legitimate one when I get it finished.  We're working to have donations in Joe's name sent to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing towards getting a block in the wall with Joe and Phyllis Devine’s name on it.   Zach Suhr
    
Zach: Thank you for keeping us up to date.  We are very sorry to lose both Phyllis and now Joe.  They meant a lot to the racing world.

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I received this note from Wester Potter this am. Glen Barrett
“Jim Zupan passed away on 6 May 2011. He was a member of the USFRA and for years built the salt drags used on the salt.”
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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?n=james-zupan&pid=150819662&eid=sp_shareobit. James Brent Zupan "Jimmie" 1944 ~ 2011. James (Jim) Brent Zupan, beloved husband, father, brother and uncle passed away at his home May 2, 2011 from his long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Born in Murray, Utah on November 4, 1944 to Jack and Lucille Malstrom Zupan. He attended Jordan High School and Hillcrest High School and graduated in 1963. After graduating he was in the Army Reserves and then attended Snow College. Married the love of his life Sharon Tripp Zupan on May 10, 1968. Owner and operator of K&Z Steel for over 35 years. He had played the bass guitar in several bands and loved every minute of it. He was captivated by hot rods since he was a young boy. One of his passions was racing on the Salt Flats with his son. He enjoyed the time he spent with the Salt Flat racing community. He also took pleasure in hunting, fishing, and travel. He is survived by his wife Sharon Tripp Zupan, his son Chad (Kae) Brent Zupan, his brother Jack (Diane) Zupan, Sandy, Utah and his sister Sharon (Gary) Lancaster, Monroe, Washington. He was preceded in death by his father and mother Jack and Lucille Zupan. Thanks to all the doctors that helped and cared for Jim. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the University of Utah Neurology Department, or MDA Utah ALS division at (801)-278-6200. Any of your written memories of Jim would be appreciated by his family and a basket will be provided at the funeral home or can be emailed to [email protected]. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Redwood Memorial Mortuary, 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan. A viewing will be held two hours prior to services on Saturday. Interment Redwood Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences www.memorialutah.com

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Thought you might like to know that Ed Connors of Medford passed away suddenly on April 22. I can send obituary info if you like. He was a member of Ty-Rods, worked on the 99 Team and was an associate of Joe Salami. He also was the step-father of my wife, Diane (Walsh) Young. He was 69. Mike Young
   Mike: Please send me an obituary on Ed, or if he has written his biography, send that to me to put into the newsletter. I always hope the hot rodders will compile their life's story rather than be eulogized by someone else. We lose so much in an obituary. 
Deadlines for the week fall on Wednesday's, so if I receive it after that time it won't get into this week's issue.
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Edward Joseph Connors: Edward J. “Gizzy” Connors, 69, passed away suddenly on April 20th, 2011 with his family by his side. He was born in Boston on January 22nd, 1942 to his parents Charles and Frances (Renaghan) Connors.  Edward was raised and educated in Medford and is a graduate of Medford Vocational High School.  For many years he worked as a Diesel Mechanic for Rosev Dairy.  Gizzy was an avid race car driver and fan. He was a member of the 99 Drag Racing Team and in 2004 was inducted into the TY-Rods New England Hot Rod Hall of Fame.  He was also a member of the Elks Lodge #915 in Medford for many years.  He is survived by his wife Ruth (Mulvihill) Connors; by his children; Diane Young and her husband Michael of Saugus, John Walsh and his wife Karen of Billerica, Janice Lavoie and her husband Fred of Burlington and Michelle Connors of Canton; by his grandchildren; Christopher Young of Wakefield, Amy and Laura Lavoie of Burlington and James and Cara Walsh of Billerica; by his sister Mary Connors of Medford; and by his brother Thomas Connors of Waltham. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Edward was predeceased by his brothers Robert and Charles Connors and by his aunt Gertrude Connors. Relatives & friends are invited to attend his funeral service at the Breslin Funeral Home, 610 Pleasant St., Malden on Saturday April 23rd at 10 AM. Services will conclude with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday April 22nd from 4-8 PM.   From Mike Young
    
Mike: Do you have more on Ed's racing and the 99 Drag Racing Team?

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The Automobile Driving Museum, (ADM) the Museum That Takes You for a Ride, is now accepting applications for the 2011 edition of the Auto & Aircraft Expo that will to be held at their facility in El Segundo, California on June 26, 2011.  The event this year promises to be bigger, and better than ever before, since the museum has completed a huge expansion into the adjoining buildings.  Complete details including Applications for Vendor Spaces, and payment forms, are available on the ADM Website at www.theADM.org, navigate to the specific page by clicking on the “Events” button.  For those who do not have computer access the applications can be obtained by contacting [email protected].  Jodee will also provide answers to specific questions.  Costs for Vendor Spaces are $40.00 for each 10 x 20-foot outdoor unit or for limited quantities of 10 x 10-foot indoor units.  Eight-foot tables are available at $10 each while chair rentals are $5 each.  ADM accepts Visa, MasterCard and Amex in addition to cash and check payments.  As always this event is restricted to sales of auto and aviation literature, collectibles and art only.  No vehicle or parts sales are permitted.  The facility is located very close to Los Angeles International Airport, two blocks south of the I-105 Freeway, one block East of Sepulveda Blvd. at the intersection of Mariposa and Lairport streets.  Driving Directions and maps are available on the website.  There is free admission for shoppers but a donation of $5 is requested for viewing the nearly 100 vehicles restored to showroom condition.  Museum visitors are eligible to request a ride in one of the restored vehicles selected for ride-along on the day of the Expo.  BBQ food services will be available throughout the running of the event and passage from the South Vendor area to the North areas passes through the ADM Restoration Shop that will be staffed.  This year marks the encore of the Expo staged in 2010 that proved to be a success and warranted a continuation as an annual event.  For Additional Information Contact: Jodee Hulsebus 310-909-1593 or [email protected], or Bob Falcon at [email protected].
     Bob: Thank you for the news.  Be sure to send us updates on the event.  Will the SAH also have a Literature Faire this year?

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I finally got some computer consulting help.  Attached is inventory listing of the books in my racing library.   Look it over and if you see anything that you like make a note and contact me.   Walt Jorgensen
     Walt: What your friend did was to scan everything on a photographic Jpg format.  I have no way to copy and paste the material and put it in my newsletter, which is a simple email format.  There is only one way that I could use it and that would be to copy it by hand, word for word and after that retype it, which would take me days to accomplish.  While jpg formats are a snap for professionals to use, for a very simple newsletter like mine it is technology way beyond my capacity.  Don't you have this already written down on a simple WORD format?  If it's in WORD then all that I have to do is "copy" and "paste" it, which would take about 20 minutes for me to do.  Sometimes I can handle an Adobe format, but not always.  Please see if you have it on Word and then send it to me.  I go to press on Wednesday's. 

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Tom Fritz does incredible car artwork. I first met him at a Dry Lakes Hall of Fame party (one of the first ones staged) and have liked his work very much. He used to sell note cards of his works and I used them as "Guy Type" Thank You notes. Most people I sent them to posted them on bulletin boards and refrigerator doors. He sent me a couple of his new card size illustrations and signed them in gold ink. Needless to say, they are now framed and hung on my wall. Note that one of the new illustrations is of the Pankratz (aided by Wayne West) modified Big Car that was owned by Emmitt Malloy and driven by Troy in the early 1950’s. Bob Falcon

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The 9th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA, June 16-18, 2011 at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is a 3-day festival of speed, hot rods and American automotive enthusiasm.  The event is produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.  The Reunion is part of the museum’s “living history” philosophy, which works to bring to life the sights, sounds and people who made history in the early days of drag racing, land speed racing and the golden age of American car culture.  From www.HotRodHotLine.com.  

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The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Santiago Park.  The event will start at 10 AM and end around 3 PM.  The park is located on the border of Santa Ana and the City of Orange.  Directions: From Main Street, go east on East Memory Lane for two street lights, or about 1000 feet.  At the second light, turn to your right and go down into the paved parking lot at the bottom of the creek.  The reunion is next to the parking lot in plain sight.  The reunion and parking are free.  This reunion celebrates the early drag racers and hot rodders who raced at the Santa Ana Airport drag strip in the 1950's.  Photographs and scrapbooks will be available to look at.  From Leslie Long

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The Friends of El Mirage Presents A SPRING cleanup At El Mirage Cooperative Management Area Saturday, May 7, 2011 Come share in a day of work, play, and fun! Saturday – Work Projects Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. sharp at the Visitor Center located on Mt. View Road. Work projects begin at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Free BBQ lunch at 12:30 p.m. at Visitor Center Raffle drawings and 50/50 drawing at 1:00 p.m. Pre-Registered Volunteers Receive: - Full breakfast ($3.00 donation) - Free raffle ticket - Free BBQ lunch - Free goody bag Friends of El Mirage, 75 Colusa Rd, El Mirage, CA 92301 Information: 760-388-4411.  Directions from San Bernardino Highway 15 North to Highway 395 North Highway 395 to Rancho Rd. in Adelanto Turn LEFT on Rancho Rd. At stop sign turn RIGHT on Koala Rd. Koala Rd makes sharp curve to left which is El Mirage Rd. El Mirage Rd. to Mountain View Rd. Turn RIGHT on Mountain View Rd. - El Mirage Rec. Area Directions from Los Angeles Highway 5 North to Highway 14 to Pearblossom exit Highway 138 East to Victorville Highway 138 to Highway 18 to Victorville Turn LEFT on Sheep Creek Rd. Turn RIGHT on El Mirage Rd. Turn LEFT on Mountain View Rd. – El Mirage Rec. Area Participants include members of: Southern California Timing Association - Wind Wizards Land Sailing Club - El Mirage Chamber of Commerce - California Off Road Vehicle Assoc. - American Motorcyclist Assoc. District 37 - Inland Empire Film Commission.  Sent in by Ron Main

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Hi Everyone, can Club Presidents and reps please give the follow information to your clubs and have the patrols and other duties ready for the below start times.  The agenda for the May meet is:
May 13, Friday, Inspection noon to 4:00pm. 4pm Rookie Orientation – meet at Registration Trailer 5pm. Course Walk.  
May 14, Saturday, Inspection 8:00am to 4:00pm.    At the Start Line: 7:00am.  Patrol Meeting 7:15am  Driver's Meeting 7:30am  Start Running.  
May 15, Sunday, Inspection 7:00am to 10:00am    At the Start Line: 7:00am  Patrol Meeting  7:15am.  Driver's Meeting 7:30am.  Start Running. 
On another note – The El Mirage May Clean-up is this Saturday – May 7. We REALLY need to have a good showing. Please highly encourage club members to attend. The flier is attached.  Kind regards, Miriam Macmillan Secretary SCTA, [email protected].

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This month’s Aussie Invader 5R newsletter is now available to read online.  http://www.aussieinvader.com/newsletters/aussieinvader_may11.pdf, (470k - may take a few seconds to load)   To view more information about the project, please visit our website www.aussieinvader.com.  Best wishes Rosco McGlashan

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Time for some French action as we pack up the three wheeled toys and head off to the Vintage Revival Montlhery this weekend!  http://vintage.revival.free.fr/  As well as driving round the track and having a look at the plethora of bikes and cars in attendance, myself and the amazing Jean-Marie Guivarch (http://www.lecyclecaristebelge.com/guivarch/index.htm) will be running a display of our artwork in the of the Morgan Three Wheeler Club and The French Tricycle Club Marquee. I will also be running a painting demonstration throughout the weekend and going around doing some sketching. If you are attending I look forward to seeing you there.  Martin Squires

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I found a book, Proving Ground, which has a lot of photos of 1960's Bonneville racers. It has color photo of Norm Thatcher's 1963 Plymouth, B/W photographs of Andy Granatelli, 1960 300 at Daytona. Some of the text is good as to what records set and  some engine combinations. The February 1965 Hot Rod magazine would have a story about Thatcher going over 200 in 1964 Plymouth, but I can't find the magazine yet. I am in Erie, PA so not likely that I can make it to cruises in Pomona, CA that you mentioned. Mike Goggin
     Mike: At most big car shows and at the Holley East Coast Drag Racing Reunion there are booths with vendors selling the issue of Hot Rod magazine that you are looking for.  Vendors are keen to find issues if they know someone is looking, so ask all the vendors as they sometimes leave some of their inventory at home or know how to get additional issues.  Would you like to do a book review on
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JUNKYARD BLUES; By LeRoi Tex Smith.    

   I love car junkyards; or dismantlers, or used parts purveyors, or recycling centers, ad nauseum. For me, they were junkyards back in the Thirties, and they are junkyards in the new millennium. To be precise, however, I must admit that a junkyard in l939 might be filled with as much corrugated sheet metal and wood trash as with old cars and trucks. However, then as now, it didn’t take long for a junkyard owner to figure out that an old car was worth heaps more than heaps of broken up 2 x 4s. Still, it is a matter of perspective. Back then, a l932 Ford with a smashed front end (often the result of crappie out-of-adjustment mechanical brakes) might sell for no more than $25. A body only could be as low as $5. In fact, I was once looking through some old pre WWII SCTA club minutes and in reply to the question of letting closed cars run at the lakes, someone quipped, “Hell no! They can buy a roadster body for $5 at any junkyard.” That seemed to settle the question.  
   For me, an automotive junkyard is a kind of place for mechanical reverie, where I can just wander at will (hopefully) and muse about the abstractions of mechanical interchangeability (or malleability). There can be long stretches of time without distractions, when I can wander about using this or that device for any imaginable project. I am lost in my head in a land of infinite possibilities. In a way, a junkyard is a kind of assembled hardware parts department. Those of you blessed with truly remarkable female companions understand the bliss of marriage to a woman who loves to cruise the aisle of the modern hardware emporium. They are absolutely keepers.   Wally Parks was the same way about good wrecking yards, and oft times he would cruise by my house on a weekend to see if I was free to go play; which usually meant a trip north to the San Joaquin Valley, festooned with old car graveyards up that Highway 99 life artery.
   In the late Fifties and well into the Seventies, it was still possible to stumble across a yard that dated to the Thirties, even back into the Nineteen Twenties. The old stuff we were interested in would be “out back”, with the front acreage reserved for the faster moving inventory of late model metal. Sometimes a yard easily accessible to the old main highway would be picked over, but get off into the myriad farm communities and treasures could be had. Goodguys head guy Gary will agree, since he comes from such environs. There was a time in the late Seventies when you could actually discover an old disheveled hot rod forlorn and dying in these yards, and more often than not hosting a flat motor of doubtful condition.  
   When I moved into the mountain west communities of the Northern Rockies, it was like discovering a ‘Lost Nation Of Non Rust.’ By then, of course, I was long past any interest in early Ford engines and power trains. I needed only bodies and chassis; which I found behind practically every old shed and barn. Years later, I began to chronicle these treasure troves in magazine articles, most often heralded as Vintage Tin. Interestingly enough, when I retrace some obscure non-interstate in the American and Canadian west, I find much of this rust still around. And, in the arid west (which includes the snow country) the resultant rust is hardly even a skim coat. More destructive to western metal is the alkali pans.  Some of those original junkyards still exist, but most have been picked clean. Then, there are some “new” yards full of old cars, yards that have been created specifically to cater for the modern car crowds. Gallatin Gateway, which is west of Bozeman, Montana has such a yard, and it is way fun to wander through. Used to be one in Salmon, Idaho and several over in the Dakotas. There are a dozen or so in Arizona and New Mexico, but only a couple of them advertise their wares in hobby publications.
   You wanna find ‘em, you gotta get off your ass and go looking! The modern “Hobby” yards are in plain view alongside major highways, but if you are willing to bounce over old and decaying roads throughout the west, you will still find interesting original; sometimes with original owners. During the heyday of restored Model T and A Fords, some of these old yards got an extra decade or so of life from the restorers. But, with the demise of the early Ford restorers, yeah, I know there are still some out there, but let’s face facts here, Bucko, the early Ford rebuilding era is on the wan, along with the advent of a good New Steel industry, vintage tin ain’t so in.  So, I now find myself wandering aimlessly through the modern car bone yard just looking to see what late model parts might be redirected to live on in contemporary hot rodding. Mostly brackets and wiring and fluid tubing, etc., but it matters little because I am still caught up in the unyielding dream of what “Might work”.  
   I especially like to tape measure engines, musing just how a little four banger might be used in a T roadster (some of ‘em are putting out huge chunks of horsepower you know), or what about a modern V6? And some of the modern independent front suspensions (there are still plenty of offshore rear wheel drive designs) look interesting; as well as a whole spate of independent rears.  Far and away the most tantalizing are all the electronic engine controls now dime a dozen in bone yards. That, in reality, is the magic of junkyards. 

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Dan Smith, Pebble Beach, California, May 5, 2011. 
   Ferraris are revered the world over for being among the finest, fastest and most exotic sports cars ever conceived, and the Ferrari 250 GTO is considered by many to be the greatest Ferrari ever manufactured. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of this model, more than twenty of these exclusive sports racing cars will take to the show field of the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 21.  Only thirty-six 250 GTOs were originally produced, as well as two 330 GTOs with larger capacity engines. All of these exclusive cars have been invited to the Concours and more than half have already accepted the invitation. Some of these GTOs have sold for as much as $30 million in recent years.  “The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the great sports racing cars of all time,” said Ed Gilbertson, Chief Judge of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. “The GTO beat everything in the world for about three years running, which is quite an accomplishment when you consider the marques that were racing at that time.” 
   In its racing debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1962, American Phil Hill and Belgian Olivier Gendebien placed second overall in the 250 GTO, with only a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sports racing car ahead of them. This was the beginning of the 250 GTO’s racing success, which included winning the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile’s (FIA) International Championship for GT Manufacturers three consecutive years, from 1962 to 1964. Other 250 GTO wins included the Tour de France in 1963 and 1964; the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood in 1962 and 1963; the Nürburgring 1000 km in 1963 and 1964; class wins in the Targa Florio in 1962, 1963 and 1964; and category wins at Le Mans in 1962 and 1963.  Based on the Ferrari 250 GT SWB chassis, the 250 GTO evolved from an experimental test car, the 1961 250 GT Sperimentale, which was raced by Stirling Moss to a GT win and fourth overall at Daytona. Production of the 250 GTO began later that year. The Sperimentale and many examples of both the Series I and Series II 250 GTOs will be exhibited at Pebble Beach. 
   Gilbertson says just one of these limited production cars remains in its original condition, although it was repaired in period due to extensive race damage. It too will be on the famed 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links.  Enzo Ferrari put engineer Giotto Bizzarrini in charge of developing a car outside the normal Ferrari circles, wanting the car built in complete secrecy. Bizzarrini started with the 250 SWB, lightened and reinforced the chassis, then moved the engine behind the front axle for improved weight distribution. But in the fall of 1961 Bizzarrini and a number of others left the company. Subsequently, Enzo Ferrari assigned engineer Mauro Forghieri and coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti to complete the 250 GTO.  The team enhanced the 2953 cc V-12 engine, fitting Testa Rossa heads, larger valves and six double-barrel Weber carburetors, increasing the horsepower to 300 hp and replacing the SWB's four-speed transmission with a five-speed, all syncromesh gearbox.  The 250 GTO also featured many familiar Ferrari technologies of the era, including a hand-welded tube frame, A-arm front suspension, live-axle rear end, disc brakes and wire wheels. The interior was extremely basic, to keep the weight of the car as light as possible, with no soundproofing and no speedometer in the instrument panel.

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One year Carol and I were on vacation and stopped at Pea Soup Andersons for lunch and ran into Jack Mendenhall. He invited us over to his house to show us his collection of stuff. This was 20 years ago. Jack was just starting to set up the museum and 90% of everything was stored in the many garages. What blew me away was the something over 200 gas pump globes. The 100s of signs were next.  As the first Gas Up was a Gold Coast club function the next year we did not go. The next year it would become the First Dry Lakes racing hall of fame and a turnout of over 700 people. It has been a must do every year and the greatest gathering of LSR people from all around the country and a great display of race cars, bikes and street rods.  The many great places to eat and plenty of hotels and a camp ground across the street makes for even more partying. This is the one function even the girls enjoy.  To say it's a must do should be on your bucket list and don't forget the camera.  Glen Barrett
     Glen: Thank you for the story.  Please write in and give us more stories about your racing experiences.  A story differs from a biography in that it tells about an event, more than a person. 

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Fun was had by all, Ed Isky, Ed Clancy (he ran a '38 Ford at the SA drags), Otto Ryssman (first over 200mph at El Mirage, joined the Bonneville 200mph club in '54! He's the tall one in the blue shirt), Phil Grisotti (his Dad ran a car at Santa Ana, in fact we have his 'pole vault' at the finish line to thank for the driveline strap requirement!) and more. Richard Parks took names, now if we can only match the names to the faces! Jim Snyder
   Jim: My article should be out today and I will send you a copy. I’ll post it to www.hotrodhotline.com and www.landspeedracing.com.

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Bummer!  Remembered this get together that evening.  Only a couple of people would remember my fuel car from those days anyway.  Ed Farrell
     Ed: This time we had some young people attend and they were fascinated about what happened in the 1950's, so you missed a good opportunity to help inform the next generation of racers and car people.  Leslie Long mentioned that he might try to do another reunion sometime later this year.

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Would you please send a copy of the names from the picnic, so I make sure I have all of their names. Then I can get my pictures to Roger Rohrdanz. Shari and I had a great time! Thank you. Jim “Grumpy” Donoho

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The Timers car club was a high school car club between 1957 and about 1964 at Whittier High School, California. The boys made their own plaques in machine shop and crafts class. That’s all I have so far.     Jim “Grumpy” Donoho

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Proving Ground: A History of Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth Racing. Written by Jim Schild.  Reviewed by Gregg Leary. Sent to us by Dennis Goggin.
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     Chrysler's colorful racing history is the focus of
Proving Ground.  The cover photograph of Jim Schild’s book, Proving Ground: A History of Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth Racing, immediately grabbed my attention.  Kurt Busch’s “winged” Car of Today lines up next to a trio of original Chrysler “winged cars” of yesteryear on the high banks of Daytona. My mind contemplated …“If only”… and “Wouldn’t it be cool if that could happen in real life?  Which ‘winged warrior’ would win?”  The back jacket copy proclaims: “A Heritage of Excellence; A Heritage of Speed. From its very beginning in 1925, Chrysler Corporation has based its reputation on engineering excellence and backed up that reputation on the proving grounds of competition.  From the dirt tracks and superspeedways of NASCAR to the quarter-mile drag strips of the NHRA, from the salt flats of Bonneville to the high-speed European racing venues of Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps, Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth cars and engines have dominated their rivals on their way to rewriting the record books.
     This is the story of the all-conquering Hemi engine, of ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits, the greatest drag racer of all time, of Richard Petty, the King of Stock Car Racing, and many others. 
Proving Ground: A History of Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth Racing is the first full history of Chrysler’s racing efforts. This is the book that fans of Mopar racing have been waiting for.”  Eight Chapters, illustrated with scores of excellent photographs, tell the Mopar story in 192 pages. 
1: The Birth of a Heritage: 1924-1941. 
2: The Dawn of an Era: 1949-1958. 
3: NASCAR: The Factory Battles: 1959-1970. 
4: Drag Racing’s Super Stock Era: 1960-1969. 
5: Racing in Other Fields and Waters: 1959-1980. 
6: NASCAR Circuit Racing: 1971-Present. 
7: Road Racing, Rally and Land Speed Record: 1981-Present. 
8: Drag Racing’s Pro Stock Era: 1970-Present. 
    
Proving Ground provided many fascinating tidbits of trivia that filled in my knowledge gaps: Chrysler Corp. was founded in 1925 by Walter P. Chrysler.  The 1924 Chrysler Model 70, was named for its 70 mph top speed.  “The first-recorded major Chrysler racing entry was not on U.S. soil and not accomplished by American drivers.” It was in the 1925 24 Hours of Le Mans, when Henri Stoffel and Lucien Desvaux drove a Chrysler Model 70 roadster in the French race.  Malcolm Campbell drove a Model 70 to victory at Brooklands in 1925 at an average speed of 99.61 mph.  A Chrysler Imperial E-80 paced the 1926 Indianapolis 500. It was driven by Louis Chevrolet.  The first Chrysler-powered car to compete in the Indy 500 was the “Slade Special” driven by Roland Free in 1930.  A 1934 Chrysler Airflow was driven to 72 AAA speed records at Daytona Beach then did a cross-country economy run from Los Angeles to New York averaging 18.1 mpg.  Jimmy Thompson finished 10th in a 1946 Chrysler in the first NASCAR Strictly Stock race at Charlotte on June 19, 1949.  Lee Petty won Chrysler’s first NASCAR Strictly Stock race at Heidelberg Speedway near Pittsburg, Pa., in a 1949 Plymouth on October 2, 1949.  Carl Kiekhaefer’s Chrysler team dominated NASCAR Cup racing from 1955-56. They won the title both years and an astonishing 52 of 101 races.  In 1967, Richard Petty’s Plymouth Belvedere won an amazing 27 NASCAR Cup races … including 10 in a row.  The 426 Hemi engine first ran under its own power on December 6, 1963. It would soon become legendary. 
     When Chrysler boycotted NASCAR in 1965 when the Hemi was banned, Richard Petty and David Pearson went drag racing.  Petty drove the #43 Jr. Plymouth Barracuda and Pearson drove a Dodge Dart wagon called “Cotton Picker.”  The winged 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona made its debut at the inaugural race at Talladega.  It took pole at 199.466 mph and won the race.  Charlie Glotzbach had earlier run a lap at 243 mph on the five-mile Chrysler Chelsea Proving Grounds track.  Don Garlits’ Swamp Rat VI was the first dragster to break 200 mph on August 1, 1964 at Great Meadows, NJ.  These are just a few of the Chrysler highlights documented in
Proving Ground.  The book also contains photographs of famous people, places and cars in the Chrysler legacy including:  Sam Posey in the 1970 Dodge Challenger Trans Am machine.  Buck Baker in the 1956 Chrysler 300B.  The 1956 DeSoto Fire Flite Indy Pace Car.  Dan Gurney’s 1970 Plymouth Superbird.  Dick Landy’s 1964 Hemi Dodge, the first Funny Car.  Woody Walcher’s 1965 Hemi Plymouth Pikes Peak hill climber.  Goldenrod.  Miss Chrysler.  Bob Tullius’ Group 44 Dodge Dart.  Woodhouse Performance Viper.  Al Teague’s Streamliner.  Joey Saldana’s World of Outlaws sprint car.  Sox & Martin’s Hemi Barracuda.  The Motown Missile.  Gary Scelzi’s Mopar Funny Car.  And many, many more.  Proving Ground rates four out of five lug nuts and may be purchased at the SPEED Book Store.

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Editor's notes: The following was sent to us by hot rod artist Tom Fritz at www.fritzart.com
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Man, oh man. There's nothing like dropping the brush at the end of a session where I was doing all the hard stuff - you know, working like hell at everything, pushing and shoving and using all my energy to see what I could come up with - then suddenly realizing the last time I let you know what I was up to was the last geologic period.  Well, I finally found a place where I can stop and show you some new stuff and fill you in on what I've been up to.  SOLO ART EXHIBITION at the PETERSEN MUSEUM.  I'm extremely proud to announce that the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California will be hosting a one-man retrospective of thirteen of my original paintings. The six-month exhibition will run from May 7 until November 6.   "Some of Fritz's finest inspired visual and emotive investigations will comprise this solo exhibition. The six-month long retrospective is a stunning survey of the breadth of the artist's technical fluency, his composition, and his light and color sensibilities. This show promises an opportunity to observe the universal connections Fritz finds in painting the underlying energy in several aspects of motorsport." - O'Ciep Cimota               
     NEW PAINTINGS and PRINT EDITIONS. 
"Ears'r Gonna Be Ringing," Original Available Oil on panel · 20" x 16"         
"Chirping Off Into The Night"  Original and NEW Print Edition Available  Oil on panel · 24" x 13" Painted as a live demonstration at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 2011.  Limited edition giclée-on-canvas prints with low edition numbers are still available.  Open edition paper prints are also available. Click on image or contact the studio for sizing and pricing.          
"Squaring An Oval."  Original Available  Oil on panel · 21" x 10.5"  The Malloy Special.  Painted as a live demonstration at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 2011.          
"Doing It By Ear."  NEW Print Edition Available Limited edition giclée on canvas in three sizes · Click on image or contact the studio for sizing, pricing, and availability.        
"Gnawing At The Restraints."  Original Available Oil on panel · 21" x 10.5"   Painted as a live demonstration at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 2011.      
"Somethin' To Slobber Over"  Sold Oil on panel · 12" x 24"    
     Upcoming Shows and Events:     
L.A. Roadster Show   June 18 & 19, Pomona CA    
AFAS Premier Exhibition  Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, August 20 & 21, Pebble Beach CA             
     Presentation Proofs now in My eBay Store!     Be sure to check out my artist-embellished Presentation Proofs in my eBay Store.  These are the last few proofs from the color-correction process in each of my print editions. In other words, they're extremely rare and when they're gone, they're gone. Printed on the same canvas, but slightly smaller than my "small size" prints. Each is hand-signed, carries the "PR" nomenclature (Presentation Proof), and embellished by hand-working strokes of color and a protective texture coat mimicking the brushwork. Individually framed in museum-quality frames.                           Commissions; Many folks have asked if I would consider creating a work of art especially for them. I'm always honored to have this opportunity. In doing so, we are furthering a great artistic tradition; that of creating a work of art that will be treasured for generations through the collaboration of a patron and an artist. Let's start a discussion if you're interested!  I have a wide selection of posters, over 60 different limited-edition prints in different sizes, embellished presentation proofs, and original artworks.  Remember: with my art, you don't need peripherals, additional gigabytes, virtual memory, or be concerned about launching someone you love into "update hell."  And of course, batteries are not required. Place your order now to receive it in time.       
     That is all for now. If someone you know would also like to be late for work, please forward this email on to them. If you'd like to watch production really drop, forward this email on to everyone in the department.  Again, thank you for your continued interest in my work and for all of your support. It makes all the long hours worth it.  Peace. Tom Fritz  www.fritzart.com

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I just realized that I have an inventory listing of the racing books in my library.  As I believe I have mentioned earlier; the listing basically shows the author, title, and year published.  I do not have prices on the books.  I can send you a hard copy of the 16 page list or if you prefer...perhaps I can e-mail you a listing in a little different format.  If you happen to see a book that might be of interest, then you might contact me and I will attempt to give you a more thorough description of the book and its condition.  It may appear to be a bit cumbersome however if you see a book that peaks you interest...just click on the title and you may get access to a little more detail.  If you have any further interest or questions about a particular book...just send me an e-mail inquiry and I will do my best to give you a more thorough description of the book and its condition and any other details that I might have.  Walt Jorgensen, Sun City West, Arizona
     Walt: I edit the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter and many of our members always like to add to their libraries.  As it is too time consuming for me to retype from a hard bound copy, I request that all correspondence be in an email format so that I can simply "copy and paste."  I will be glad to post your books for sale.  We don't charge anything and the communications would be from an interested party directly to you, so please post a contact address (preferably email as that is less intrusive).

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3rd Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown. Kutty Noteboom knows how to throw a party! Photos are by Bart Mitchell.  Sponsored by Biltwell, the bash drew a sizable crowd to the Wild West Arena for the day. Several bands rocked throughout the day and attendees got to see Kutty's distinctive custom builds as well as a number of other builders that were there. The bike show featured one-off trophies created by Kutty Noteboom, Bones Noteboom, Matt and Dean from Dice, Adrian Lopez, Chopper Dave, Sara Ray, Pete "HOT DOG" Finlan, Keith Dean, Dan Collins, Duane Ballard, Freddy Hernandez, Dalton Walker, Paul Cavallo, and Travis Sanchez. The lucky individuals that won these took home something distinctive and special making the honor of winning all that more impressive. There were also plenty of vendors on site offering accessories of all sorts and a number of t-shirts were donated by the likes of LA Speed Shop and Born Loser as giveaways each time a new band set up. This definitely brought folks front and center to the bandstand to score one of these cool tops. Reporter Bart Mitchell was on the scene and his photos captured the event in all its fun facets. Jack Lawford Jr
   Editor’s notes: Kutty and Bones Noteboom are master car and bike builders and boat racers too. Bones served with me on the Boat Racers Reunion Committee. Bart Mitchell is one of my favorite “bike” photographers. Roger Rohrdanz is my favorite “car and drags” photographer.

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Editor’s Notes: Here is an interview list by Sam Hawley for his book, Speed Duel. Sam’s website is at www.samuelhawley.com. I am doing it this way because Hawley’s website is worth visiting. For you history buffs who love more than cars you should see what Sam has written on. He has a very sharp and incisive mind and he is one of the best interviewers that I have read.
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MISCELLANEOUS: SPEED DUEL INTERVIEW LIST
In order to save space, the publisher did not include the complete list of interviews in the bibliography for Speed Duel. Here it is.

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Interviews and Correspondence

  • Arfons, Art. Video interview with Tom Mayenschein, circa 1990.
  • Arfons, Gertrude. Interview with the author, July 2009. [Walt’s wife]
  • Arfons, Terry. Interview with the author, July 2009. [Walt’s son]
  • Arfons, Tim. Interview with the author, June and November 2009. [Art’s son]
  • Arfons, Walter. Interview and correspondence with the author, July-September, 2009.
  • Bowman, Cynthia. Interview with the author, June 2009. [Craig Breedlove’s half-sister]
  • Bowman, Portia. Interview with the author, June 2009. [Craig’s mother]
  • Bradshaw, Alan. Interview and correspondence with the author, May-June, 2009. [the only paid, full-time employee of the Flying Caduceus project]
  • Breedlove, Craig. Interviews with the author, July 2009 and February 2010.
  • Brock, Joann. Interviews with the author, June 2009. [Ray Brock’s widow]
  • Callaway, George. Interview with the author, June 2009. [Green Monster crew member]
  • Christensen, Ron. Correspondence with the author, December 2009-January 2010. [teenager in Wendover in 1960s; eyewitness to many of the LSR bids]
  • Creach, Judy. Interview with the author, July 2009. [Mickey Thompson’s first wife]
  • Davids, Bob. Interview and correspondence with the author, June-July 2009. [member of Spirit of America team]
  • Elischer, Victor. Interview and correspondence with the author, May-July 2009. [the only one of the four co-owners of the Infinity jet car still living; was the project’s technical expert]
  • Frank, Lee. Interview with the author, July 2009. [Craig Breedlove’s second wife]
  • Freebairn, Mike. Interview with the author, June 2009. [long-time friend of Craig Breedlove’s; associated with first Spirit]
  • Fukuya, Tom. Correspondence with the author, June-December 2009. [friend of Vic Elischer; an important volunteer on the Infinity project; Tom’s name was painted on the car’s chassis along with the four principals]
  • Goldstein, Stan. Interviews and correspondence with the author, May-June, 2009. [Craig Breedlove’s friend since junior high; manager of Spirit of America-Sonic I team; only person to serve on team for all of Craig’s LSR bids]
  • Graham, Butch. Interview with the author, September 2009. [Athol Graham’s son]
  • Graham, Loie. Correspondence with the author, September 2009. [Athol’s daughter]
  • Graham, Zeldine. Interview with the author, June 2009. [Athol’s widow]
  • Groff, Ted. Interviews with the author, July and September 2009. [son of Bud Groff, one of Art Arfons’ inner circle]
  • Hanna, Tom. Interview with the author, May 2009. [Glenn Leasher’s friend from back in Wichita; member of Breedlove’s Sonic 1 team]
  • Joswick, Tom. Interview and correspondence with the author, July 2009. [nephew of Art and Walt Arfons]
  • Kaska, Bill. Interview with the author, May 2009. [friend of Glenn Leasher’s; witness to the Infinity crash]
  • Klass, George. Interviews with the author, May and October 2009. [member of Sonic I team; employed later by Breedlove]
  • Koken, Bob. Interview with the author, May 2009. [J-79 specialist assigned by GE to Sonic 1 crew]
  • Mayenschein, Tom. Interview with the author, October 2009. [son of Art Arfons’ pal and Green Monster crew member Charlie Mayenschein]
  • Melville, Lamar. Interview with the author, November 2009. [Utah State Highway Patrol officer stationed at Wendover during the 1960s; witness to Art Arfons’ crash in 1966]
  • Merriam, Bob. Interview and correspondence with the author, June 2009. [volunteer on Flying Caduceus crew]
  • Metz, Rexford. Interview with the author, May 2009. [cinematographer for 1963 film Spirit of America; at Bonneville with Spirit crew in 1962 and '63]
  • Moore, Bill. Interviews with the author, July and November 2009. [Craig Breedlove’s friend since childhood; member of Spirit team; made first designs for the car]
  • Muhlbach, Harry. Interviews with the author, September 2009. [rebuilt Athol Graham’s City of Salt Lake racer and raced it as the Graham Special; married Zeldine Graham]
  • Pendleton, Lee. Interviews with the author, June and September 2009. [Art Arfons friend and Green Monster crew member]
  • Petrali, Dave. Correspondence with the author, September 2009. [son of USAC head timer Joe Petrali.]
  • Potter, E. J. Interview with the author, June 2009. [Art Arfons friend and Green Monster crew member]
  • Rock, June. Interview and correspondence with the author, June-July 2009. [sister of Athol Graham’s assistant Otto Anzjon]
  • Russell, Art. Interview with the author, June 2009. [friend since high school of Craig Breedlove; built project models for both Spirit and Sonic I]
  • Schapel, Rodney. Interviews with the author, June-July 2009. [co-designer of Spirit; sued Craig after first record]
  • Shapiro, Harvey. Interview with the author, November 2008. [LSR writer; witness to Art Arfons’ 1966 crash]
  • Snyder, Nadine. Interview with the author, July 2009. [widow of Ed Snyder, Art Arfons’ partner and closest friend]
  • Voigt, Fritz. Interview with the author, July 2009. [partner of and chief mechanic for Mickey Thompson]
  • Wheeler, Harold “Humpy.” Interview with the author, August 2009. [Firestone publicity man; company handler for Art Arfons]
  • Wolfe, Lou. Interviews with the author, July 2009. [sister of Art and Walt Arfons]

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MISCELLANEOUS: LSR FILMS & RECORDINGS:
Here is a list of the LSR films and recordings I compiled for "Speed Duel." It was not included in the book's bibliography for reasons of space.

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  • Arfons: The Man and His Monster. Documentary written and produced by Jon Boynton, filmed and directed by Dennis Goulden for the Montage series on Cleveland television station WKYC, 1966.
  • Behind the Headlights: The Spirit of America. Documentary, Speed Channel, 2004.
  • Breedlove 500+. Audio recording and commentary of Craig Breedlove’s 1964 LSR. Los Angeles: Capitol Records, LP, [1965].
  • Challenge. Documentary written and produced by Don Frankman and Betty Skelton, directed by Don Frankman, 1965.
  • Charlie Mayenschein’s Accomplishments and a Few Good Friends. Documentary by Tom Mayenschein. Privately made; for family use only.
  • Chase the Wind. Documentary produced and directed by Al Blanchard. Allend’or Production, [early 1970s].
  • 407.45: Craig Breedlove's Spirit of America World Land Speed Record, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, U.S.A. Audio recording and commentary of Craig Breedlove’s 1963 LSR. Lynn, Mass.: Fleetwood Records, LP, 1963.
  • In Search of Speed: The Battle of Bonneville. Documentary produced and directed by Iain Scollay. BBC, 2004.
  • Spirit of America. Documentary produced by Algernon G. Walker, directed by W. A. Blanchard, Spotlight News, 1963. (Re-released on DVD by the National Archives, Washington, DC)
  • The Green Monster. Documentary produced by David Hess, A. C. Weary and Robert Moses, directed by David Finn. Salt Flat Films, 1999.
  • The Bold Men. Documentary produced by David Wolper, directed by William Friedkin, for ABC television, 1965.
  • The Long Black Line. Documentary produced by Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, [1964].
  • The Racers: Craig and Lee Breedlove. Documentary special aired on ABC Television, June 8, 1968.
  • The Wildest Ride. Documentary produced by Spotlight Films for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, 1965.
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