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SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS
NEWSLETTER 216 - August 18, 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,   Someone may have contacted you already but in case they have not, Tommy Auger passed away on Monday, July 11, 2011; Please find most recent press release. Thank you (name withheld by editor); Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum; In reference to Kenny Bigelow - newsletter # 215, Kenny was one of the first to show the potential of the GMC six cylinder engine; Thank you for helping me with this; It is also a pleasure to finally meet you and may I say thank you for all the work your Dad and your family has done to bring our sport to where it is today; The following except comes from an article by Art Evans for the website Sports Car Digest, which is a free website; I'm an automotive historian working on the history of the 1948 Tucker Automobile; Valerie Thompson has a new co-sponsorship agreement with Troon Enterprises to help her set multiple land speed records with a BMW 1000 Superbike for the 8th Annual BUB Speed Trials; The Wally Bell Show produced and broadcast by the Zeus Radio Network for  Racers Reunion Radio, Wednesdays 8 to 9 pm Eastern Time; I know that Isky used to grind a (Kenny) "Bigelow" grind for a Chevy 6 that was a pretty hot cam in its day, I would think the two are likely connected; The Petersen Automotive Museum August 2011 Through March 2012 Exhibitions & Events at a Glance. Please join us in congratulating Director, Curt Wallin, Executive Producers, Ambassador John Price and Geralyn Dreyfous, Producers, John Greene and Jennifer Jordan for the opening of BOYS OF BONNEVILLE in Larry H. Miller theaters on August 26, 2011

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President's Corner:  
Jim Miller is at Bonneville and will continue his column upon his return.

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Editorial:   
I received the following email from the wife of a former member of the Society who has since passed away.
   “(He) sure could tell a tale couldn't he. No wonder when I run into people who knew him they tell me how they miss his stories. I heard the same ones many times with some minor changes and oh, how he would laugh till tears rolled down his cheeks. When (my husband) laughed his whole body laughed with his beautiful deep voice resonating out of that big chest of his.  Not only did he tell a good tale of racing, he also told a good WWII adventure story which he wrote a good bit of while we were on vacation in Maine not far from Roosevelt's summer home Campobello.  The two main characters were Reggie and Colin who had grown up together, sons of the well to do in the south of England. And guess what---they each loved driving and racing their Morgans---imagine that. (He) had me act as his proof reader.  Let me tell you I couldn't wait to see what (he) would have those two up to next and how he was going to get them out of the latest mess he had put them into.  When I asked how he was going to do that he would answer, ‘I don't know yet.’  It was great fun. The manuscript is sitting on his desk never published.  It's a shame and a waste.  (He) had such a grasp of language and the use of it.  Thank you so very much for your interest in (his) writings. I really miss that guy but whenever I take his bright yellow lowered Chevy S10 pickup truck out for a spin or his 79 burgundy Jag---he is right there with me making sure I don't hurt his toys!  It's a hoot.  Whenever (he) drove it was a white knuckle ride all the way, he was always on the race track in his mind.” 
   This presents a problem for us at the newsletter. We want to get you to write stories and biographies, but they are different. A biography is factual to a fault and we cannot tolerate misinformation in them. To do so misleads the future generations and our goal is to honestly and accurately record history; not fibs, white lies and creative fiction as fact. On the other hand we also accept “stories” which are not the same thing as biographies. Stories represent the essence of racing and hot rodding experiences. Stories do not have to reach the standards of biography. They can include fiction if it helps tell the story of the tale. But please, be honest. Tell us if it is fiction or fact. I know that you like to pull our leg and send in news and reports that are April fool’s jokes, but if they are believed and passed down they mislead the very people we care about, our children. Lies eventually are found out and when they are it taints your reputations. No one will take you seriously after that. Some people don’t care; they are mean and vicious and if they can harm someone alive or when they are dead, they enjoy that. We call such people psychopathic and they’re not funny; they’re sick. Jim, Roger and I keep the newsletter going and spend our time to leave behind a record that benefits future generations. We ask the same of you. Be factual with biographical material and as fancy free as you wish with stories; just tell us which is which.

Editorial Part II

   Now here is another problem to be aware of. This is my letter in response to one of our members who offered us a biography to run that was on another website. “Xxxxx, your efforts to save and keep our history alive is amazing.  However, we have to think carefully about copying and pasting articles from other websites.  Each site exists because they can charge for ads on their sites that allow them to pay the bills.  To be fair to their advertisers they have to provide content that is unique to their websites and thus they have an exclusive right to run the material that is on their site and to exclude anyone else from taking it from them.  In other words they own the material.  Now there are other ‘owners’ as well, such as the author, writer and photographer.  But my policy is not to duplicate that which has already been written.  We are not perfect; I have run articles taken from other websites and other sites have run some of my work.  Usually I try and get permission first and especially from the owners of the website.  The owners of the websites spend a lot of time and money to keep their websites healthy, growing and profitable.  I understand that we are not profiting financially by copying their content, but it dilutes their ability to prosper.”
   Having said that, there is more that we have to do.  “If the website operator tells me it is okay to ‘borrow’ their material then I will do it, but without the owner’s permission I can't use the biography on his website.  What I can do is run a sentence or two of the biography and then put in a mention for our readers to go to xxxxxxxx.com and finish the story.  That way our readers can choose to go to another site if they wish to finish the story and since I am basically advertising the other website and the content is so small, the website owner may see that as helping and not hindering his efforts.  What we need to do is to concentrate on the thousands of racers who have never received any notoriety or who have not done their biographies and encourage them to do it and post it to our website.  Those stories and biographies now belong to www.landspeedracing.com and to the writers and photographers who composed them.  My policy is to share ALL of my work as long as I have the permission of Jack and Mary Ann Lawford, who have generously supported us and who have also given permission many times to have the stories on their websites shared with others.  In most cases there is no problem between website owners in sharing material, but we always have to ask first and get permission to do so.”  Now we have clarified our position and if we receive a positive response from the other website owner then we can publish.
   Well, in asking the parties involved I got back this very nice response from the writers of the biography, as follows.  “
Since we were the ones who originally supplied the text to the other website in a Word.doc, would it be easier if I just sent the Word.doc to you directly?  Xxxxx Xxxxxx.”  My response is as follows. “Yes, if you did not enter into an agreement with Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxxxx for him to be the sole agent to distribute the Xxxxxxx autobiography.  Xxxx will always own the rights to his work, whether it is the equipment that he patented or his life story.  I have to be a little careful because Xxxxxx at the other website and other website owners and operators are my friends.  In our zeal to tell the history of the past we sometimes forget the proprietary interests of other people and so I remind those in the SLSRH to always tread lightly and not to take without permission.  Thank you very much for offering Xxxx's story to us.” Admittedly we make mistakes, but we try and correct them. It is so easy to pick up a photograph and scan and put it on the internet, failing to give proper credit to the owner of the picture. It is also easy to copy and paste a story and then put it in our website and fail to get permission or to credit the writer or author. I understand that it takes more time and effort to get authorization from the creative person behind the photograph or text. In many cases the photographer or writer doesn’t care and is glad that someone wants to pick up his or her work and distribute it. But the proper way is to ask first and that is something we are reminding ourselves to do and to make it a habit.
   Now finally, the last word on the subject in another email from the family. “
No we did not enter into an exclusive agreement at all with (the other website). I will get the Word.doc to you next week. Be forewarned, it is a long autobiography with chapters on his childhood, military years & racing years, so you can pick and choose the chapters that interest your readers. Xxxxx Xxxxxx.” Now that we have established that we are not taking somebody’s work without permission, I am able to accept the work and publish it in full faith that we have followed the right procedure. Here then is my final response. “Xxxxx: Thank you very much for the biography and we will be glad to publish it in the SLSRH. I have multiple bios that exceed 30,000 words, with the longest at 77,000. What we do here at the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians is to compile as much information as possible and archive it so that other historians can use the material to do further research for their books and projects. When people ask me if they should cut the material down to be of more interest to the public I tell them that entertaining the public is not the reason that we exist as an organization or what we are attempting to accomplish. So we would put the whole record on file, even if that meant that I would have to make a special Newsletter issue just for Xxxx, which I am glad to do. Thank you so much for sharing your father's story with us. Also, have you or others in your company and family started on your bios? Everyone has a story to tell.” When we follow procedures we can tell the story knowing that we have permission to do so.

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   Someone may have contacted you already but in case they have not, Tommy Auger passed away on Monday, July 11, 2011. He was one of the pioneers back in the early 1950's who raced a Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle. He raced from the early ‘50's and into the ‘60's. He and my Dad knew each other as teenagers, they both went to Fremont High School in Los Angeles.  After his racing days, Tommy was a softball pitching instructor for many years. He also enjoyed photography. In 2006, he was the recipient of the California Hot Rod Reunion Golden Age Award. That same evening his beloved Vincent Black Lightning, which had just been fully restored by John Hanson, was unveiled to Tommy with his family and friends and all of the CHRR crowd applauding. It was truly a memorable evening for him. Tommy was also a very good writer, he wrote a riveting story about a race between his Vincent and Lloyd Krant's "The Giant Killer." (http://www.mindspring.com/~bigsid/author1.html). There will be a graveside service for Tommy at 11am Monday, July 18, at the Crystal Cathedral Memorial Park, 12141 Lewis Street, Garden Grove, California.   Susan Foshee (Pat Berardini's daughter)
   Susan: Your message came to another email address and that’s why it is showing up late in the SLSRH Newsletter.

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“Please find most recent press release. Thank you (name withheld by editor)”
   To the Members of the Society by your editor: The website has somewhere around 800 people who read it occasionally.  We are non-profit, taking no ads and no revenue.  As such every person who contributes to www.landspeedracing.com and the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians (SLSRH) Newsletter is a volunteer.  We put together the newsletter as quickly and expediently as we can, hoping that we become as professional in our approach as is possibly.  I run "news items" in the newsletter that I believe people may be interested in.  I rewrite PR, Media and professional reports and cloak them as news.  I also take ads from people and rewrite them as "updates" in order to help them along in their professions.  But it is time consuming at best and labor intensive at worst and so I ask people who send me non-historical research to help us out wherever they can.  One thing that nearly always gets cut is extensive use of adjectives and adverbs.  PR reports are full of them; "stupendous, great, legendary, amazingly, fantastic, herculean, monstrous, horrific, titanic, wondrous, etc."  In some cases the words are justified, but in other cases they are just puffery.  Land speed racers know that what they do is above and beyond what other people in society are capable of and excessive wordage is just a waste of time.  In fact, it is rather insulting to them. In some cases I simply delete the messages due to the amount of time it takes to edit or rewrite them. So if you want to increase your chances that your ad or PR release is seen in the SLSRH Newsletter, please send me just a simple message. If there are graphics and photographs these go to Roger Rohrdanz and the two of us decide whether to add it to the Newsletter. Roger has the final say on all graphics and photographs, so to increase your chances of publication make sure the photo is the right pixel size and is fully captioned.

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Editor's notes: The California Racers Reunion is back and will be held on October 22, 2011 at the Riverside International Automotive Museum.  You can't miss this reunion; it is worth making the effort to attend.

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In reference to Kenny Bigelow - newsletter # 215, Kenny was one of the first to show the potential of the GMC six cylinder engine.  His fast 1937 Chevy coupe hit 133 mph at a 1951 Russetta lakes meet in the very competitive B Coupe class.  He was a member of the ARCs club.  His "jimmy" powered Chevy was one of the first cars to show the performances of Chet Herbert's roller cams.  Unfortunately Kenny lost his life on El Mirage dry lake when his coupe crashed.  In 1952 a large memorial trophy was named in his honor. I believe that Nick Arias won it several times and was the last winner of the trophy. Nick knew Kenny well and would be the guy to contact for information about Kenny.      Don Montgomery 
     Don: Thank you for the additional information.  Do you have any further information on Bigelow?  Do you recall if he passed away at a Russetta or an SCTA meet?  I remember my father and Ak Miller talking about him.  Do you know if he was also a member of the SCTA, Bell Timing Association or any other group?  Did ARC stand for a longer name and are there any members of that club still alive?  It's strange that names like Bigelow, Weber, Shinn, etal are so very familiar to us, but we know very little about them.  Hopefully enough people will respond to Marilyn's request for more information on her brother so that we can get a biography written on Kenny. 

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Thank you for helping me with this.  I will be driving to the LA area to meet the husband of Kenny's sister (my half-sister) the exact time hasn't been determined because he wants his nephew from Wisconsin there as well so we have to get out time off synchronized.  I am looking forward to any pictures and stories they have to share!  Marilyn Walcher
     Marilyn: One of the most important objective that you can do when compiling a history of a person or event is to create a time line.  That's how I do some of the longer biographies that I help people with.  Concerning Kenny you would start with pre-1924, and then each year from 1924 to the year of his death in 1951 becomes a chapter.  The last chapter is post 1951.  At first all the chapters or years will have little information in them, but it doesn't take long to add more facts as you come across new data.  Fill in the year/chapters with any and all information that you possess and show it to whoever might have known him.  The value of such a chart is that it tends to trigger memories among Bigelow's friends and family.  The more information on the time line the more memories that come to mind.  If you want me to edit the material into a workable biography and post it in our series of biographies I will be glad to do that for you.  Besides Kenny's life story, you should also consider starting on journals or bios for everyone in your family.  Be sure to find and scan all the photos in your family as well and create captions; Who, what, when, where and the owner of the photograph.  Biographies with captioned photographs can be created in a loose binder style.  They aren't expensive and they will have a huge impact on family members and friends.

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It is also a pleasure to finally meet you and may I say thank you for all the work your Dad and your family has done to bring our sport to where it is today. Just for your information our family has also been involved in power boat racing and I today still build some Cracker box engines. I regret not attending the boat racers reunion a couple of years ago at the NHRA museum however my good friend Bobby Silva was there and gave me a full report. Bob has a Hydro that his Dad raced and I am restoring a Hallett 5 liter hydro that was run by the Silva Family with a Dodge engine built and maintained by my Dad but all that will be for another chapter. Thank you again, Skip Govia 
   Skip: Greetings. Bob Silva is a good friend and excellent research for boat racing. I love the articles that he writes for the APBA Pilot magazine. Those old Boat Racers Reunions were huge and the famous and infamous boat racers, owners and fans that attended are some of my favorite memories. We averaged 350 attendees and twenty boats for five years. The Boat Racers Reunion Newsletter was published for about eight years until I discontinued it after the new group took over and changed the format from a National reunion to a Southern California reunion. I edited about one newsletter a week for all those years and the amount of information that came in from the readership was amazing. All that information was turned over to the new group. The Crackerbox Club in Southern California still meets and races. I used to see more of them than I do. The Hallett Boat Company is still in business in Irwindale, California right off the 605 Freeway and Nick and Shirley Barron are still the owners. I haven’t seen them or Jim “Bones” Noteboom for some time. What a great group of boat racers they were (and may still be).
   I hope that you will start on a biography and a group of stories about your father, Hillary Govia and his racing history. Hillary and Bob Sweikert formed a team for awhile before Sweikert went back to win the Indy 500 in one of the most famous, tragic and celebrated races every held there. That was the year that Manny Ayulo and Billy Vukovich died in tragic accidents and Sweikert won a most thrilling race. The next year Bob died in a heat race at the high-banked track in Salem, Indiana. Bob was also associated with Karl and Veda Orr and drove Karl’s KO Special. We hope you will add more of Hillary’s story to what we know of Sweikert and the Orr’s. After you do that we would ask you to start on your own story and biography so that we don’t lose what you have done in racing. It is so important for every one of us to write our biographies and publish them or give them to our families. Then we must caption our photographs, because uncaptioned photos become worthless over time as memories of who, what, where and when fade from our minds. Also, we all need to do an inventory of what we own that has historical significance so that our heirs understand the true meaning and value of our possessions and memorabilia.

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The following except comes from an article by Art Evans for the website Sports Car Digest, which is a free website. Just google the name to take you to the website to read the rest of the article.
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History of Sports Cars Speed Records at Daytona Beach, By Art Evans. 
   “When younger motor racing enthusiasts think of Daytona, images of stock cars on the International Speedway come to mind. But older folks remember that Daytona Beach was a site for setting early land-speed records. The history of racing at the beach extends almost to the turn of the last century when cars themselves were in their infancy. Famous automobile personalities of yore participated including Barney Oldfield, Ralph De Palma, Ransom Olds, Henry Ford and the Stanley Brothers. In 1970, I was sent on a photo shoot to Florida; the assignment included going to the Daytona 500. Because I had not obtained credentials in advance, I was ushered into the office of Bill France, Sr. Since I had previously raced sports cars, we had a short and interesting chat. I found him most affable and I was given a pass to go almost anywhere. Bill told me that oval races at Daytona Beach were as old as record attempts and that the Speedweek predated the Indy 500…Starting in 1903, land-speed record attempts, as well as ....”
   The rest of the article is located online at Sport Car Digest. The editor

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I'm an automotive historian working on the history of the 1948 Tucker Automobile.  For the last 60 years there has been a story about a 1948 Tucker making three runs at Bonneville at 131 MPH.  I've spent well over 100 hours over the past couple years chasing this story but have never been able to confirm it.  I'd like to ask your help in figuring out if this happened or is it an urban legend.  From everything I've gathered, the story goes back to 1950.  The first mention I've found of it was in a hand written letter from a Tucker owner in Illinois to a potential buyer in California.  The story always mentions a particular Tucker, serial #1010.  The car was supposedly owned by a Robert Kelly of Colton, California and was clocked three times at 131 MPH.  Some accounts even say it was 131.64 MPH.  This supposedly was a record for a stock sedan at the time.  The writer of the letter was not known to "invent" stories so how would someone in a small town in Illinois learn of an event like this?  My first thought is some sort of magazine or news article.    
     The problem I've found is that I can find no record of this happening.  In my contacts with the SCTA, it seems unlikely it was with them as I understand they did not sanction stock car timing at Bonneville in 1950.  The Tucker had been such big news in the late 1940s, the trial of Preston Tucker concluded in January 1950, and the auction of the cars and equipment took place in late October 1950.  Surely one of Preston Tucker's cars timed at this speed would have been big news.  I've searched many automotive magazines from the period and found nothing. I was recently in Southern California and even stopped in Colton. I searched through records there and found nothing. There was some glimmer of hope that I did discover. I found that Bill Boyle Motors of Colton did own a 1948 Tucker in 1950. I have been unable to establish which number car it was at this time. I also found that just two doors down from Bill Boyle motors was R.J. Kelley Liquors. It was owned by Robert J. Kelley.
     Unfortunately I can find no other evidence of a Robert Kelley or Kelly existing in Colton. I also find nothing that connects Kelley to a Tucker.  It occurred to me that it may have been possible that this Tucker was timed at El Mirage and not Bonneville.  El Mirage is just 40 miles from Colton.  It also seems more likely that the timing might have been done by Russetta Timing Association rather than the SCTA.  I happened across your organization and it seems like the Society of Land Speed Racing Historians should know if this ever happened or if it is just urban legend. This particular Tucker was sold at auction earlier this year for $800,000 and was highly advertised as the Tucker that ran at Bonneville.   Please let me know if you think you might be able to help. I'd be happy to supply any additional information. Thanks for your time.   Sincerely, M. Schutta Automotive Historian
     Mr Schutta: Our president of the society is Jim Miller, but he is at Bonneville right now for SpeedWeek.  I have forwarded this message to him in case he knows something.  I don't have any information at my disposal that can help you, but I can suggest some possible things that you can do.  It's my understanding that there were around 50 Tuckers built, or at least a low number.  This does not preclude that a Tucker or multiple Tuckers were not raced for speed, for that was a major reason for selling cars back in that time frame.  Preston Tucker was a remarkable man and his exploits extend to aircraft, experience with armored cars in WWII and friendship with men like Harry Miller.  Preston was persecuted unjustly and he would have availed himself of every possible means to justify his car, including a land speed trial run.  All the companies did that and my father was a test driver for General Motors.  The dry lakes would seem like a better place than Bonneville though it is highly likely that a Tucker did time trials there.  Besides the SCTA, Russetta there is the AAA, which was timing and sanctioning races.  In the mid-1950's it would have been USAC.  Also, there were sports car clubs that had timing equipment and could have timed a special meet for a price.  There were also individuals who created their own timing equipment and leased them out to timing associations or for private meets.
     The list of possibilities are many.  After my father left as General Manager of the SCTA the history of the late 1940's and '50's becomes murky.  We do have some records, but they are slight compared to the 1940's.  A further problem is that there are no "official" records of every run at the dry lakes, Daytona Beach, Bonneville or other land speed racing sites.  It seems that only "records" were kept, and they were kept only until the record was broken and then the old record was lost.  Jim Miller is the expert on SCTA (Southern California Timing Association) history.  Bruce Geisler is the leading expert on Russetta Timing Association (RTA) history, having served as president of the group until it merged with the SCTA.  Most of the men and women who raced at that time are gone.  There are very few left.  As hot rodders they would have discussed the Tucker if it had been timed on a land speed racing course.  Every unique or odd entry would have tweaked their curiosity, especially the Tucker.  Julian Doty, Ed Iskenderian and Louie Senter are part of this time period.  For the Colton area you should speak to Bud Evans, who is mainly a drag racer, but his family goes way back into Colton history. 
     It is also possible that the Tucker was drag raced.  However, 1950 had few drag strips; Santa Ana Airport being the chief one.  Leslie Long is the expert on Santa Ana.  Don Montgomery is a prolific writer with 8 books on hot rodding in that era and he might know something.  While drag strips might have been sparse in 1950, airport runways and support roads were in abundance everywhere and served as impromptu places for kids to drag race on.  Jim Miller has an extensive personal collection of magazines of the era and he may have come across some mention of the Tucker.  Also, look for advertising and PR media brochures.  I will run your request in the SLSRH Newsletter, but it has been my experience that our readers are younger than the era you are researching and thus a phone campaign might be a better way for you to go.  You can also send us reports of your research.  The more we know about what you have discovered, the more it triggers our memories.  I have a saying, "Nouns beget more nouns."  I also think that Preston Tucker may have had friends in the area, but I wouldn't know that.  If we know whom Preston knew, we could see if they are in our area, or if they are still alive.  It is interesting how many people the old time hot rodders knew.  Whatever request you would like me to publish in the SLSRH I will be glad to do that for you.

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Valerie Thompson has a new co-sponsorship agreement with Troon Enterprises to help her set multiple land speed records with a BMW 1000 Superbike for the 8th Annual BUB Speed Trials. The team is working to achieve status as the world’s fastest 1000cc production motorcycle piloted by Thompson. A secondary team goal is to gain membership in the prestigious 200 MPH Club. Formed in 1953, the “200 MPH Club” today has 678 official members, only 15 of whom are females.   Ray Garcia, CEO of Troon is supporting Valerie’s accomplishments on and off the track, land speed records, working with children’s charities, or being a spokeswoman for Barrett-Jackson Auto Auctions.  The BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials will be held August 27 through September 1, 2011 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Utah.  The event is sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), which verifies all US national records. All world records are verified and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motoclisme (FIM).   Troon Enterprises was founded in 2001 by Ray Garcia, and is a development and construction company.  Thompson set two Land Speed Records at Bonneville piloting a panhead Harley-Davidson provided by Keith Ball of Bikernet.com.  She was a competitor in the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) series.  Valerie was also a team owner/licensed competitor in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Motorcycle Series.  She serves as a spokeswoman and motorcycle presenter for the world’s largest auto auction company, Barrett-Jackson.  She is also a spokeswoman for “Val’s Pals” Children charities, most notably, HopeKids.  Sent in by Eric Studer at www.ValerieThompsonRacing.com.

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The Wally Bell Show produced and broadcast by the Zeus Radio Network for  Racers Reunion Radio, Wednesdays 8 to 9 pm Eastern Time. www.dragracersreunion.ning.com  click Radio.  Bobby Unser talks racing (summer break).  Also appearing are Murf McKinney, Gordy Foust, Gred Zyla, George Nye.  www.dragracersreunion.ning.com click on radio banner or www.racersreunionradio.com.  Call in number 877-500-9387.  Away from your Computer; call to Listen # 1-347-884-9756.  [email protected]

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I know that Isky used to grind a (Kenny) "Bigelow" grind for a Chevy 6 that was a pretty hot cam in its day; I would think the two are likely connected. You might check with Isky; you know that his memory is still very good he may have some info for you. Gary Vail

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THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM AUGUST 2011 THROUGH MARCH 2012
 EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS AT A GLANCE (see below for more detailed information). Contact: Chris Brown Information and Marketing Manager
(323) 964-6320, [email protected].

September 3             Discovery Day- Race Car Design
September 3             Bruce Meyer Gallery- Phil Hill: A Life In Cars
September 20          Gallery Talk- Mods and Rockers
October 1                  Discovery Day- Halloween Special! AutoBingo and Treats
October 29                Automotive Authors Book Fair at the Petersen
November 5              Discovery Day- Turkey Crafts
November 10           Tribute Night- Phil Hill
November 12            Art Wall- The CARtoons of Pete Millar
December 3              Petersen Garage Sale and Swap Meet
December 3             CARnival Family Fun Day
January 4                  Curator's Tour- Scooters: Size Doesn't Always Matter
February 29              Bruce Meyer Gallery- 1932 Ford
Feb 29-Mar 3            Deuce Week
Through Feb 5, 2012       Supercars: When Too Much Is Almost Enough
Through May 28, 2012    Scooters: Size Doesn't Always Matter
NEW EXHIBITS
NEW CAR SHOWROOM: 1941 CADILLAC

August 6, 2011 through March 4, 2012
Streetscape
Beginning August 6, the Petersen Automotive Museum’s prewar new car showroom exhibit will feature the 1941 Cadillac.  A pivotal year for the prestige car manufacturer, 1941 was the year that Cadillac introduced luxury features such as the fully automatic transmission and air conditioning.  It was also the year that Cadillac introduced its now famous egg-crate grille design, a styling feature still in use today.
PHIL HILL: A LIFE IN CARS September 3 through November 27, 2011
Bruce Meyer Gallery
Few motorsports icons command greater respect than Phil Hill, but his accomplishments did not stop with winning auto races. In addition to being the world’s first and only American-born Formula 1 champion, he was a student of automobile history, an accomplished mechanic, a classic car restorer, a skilled photographer, and a family man. Created in collaboration with Phil’s son Derek, the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Phil Hill tribute exhibition will take a revealing look into the life and work of this racing legend interpreted through artifacts ranging from the vehicles he raced to the clothes he wore. 
THE ARTWORK OF PETE MILLAR Opens November 12, 2011 Art Wall
This exhibition will feature original illustrations of satirical cartoonist Pete Millar, best known for his hot rod and drag racing comics of the 1950s and 1960s.  Originally an engineer before changing careers, Millar created Rod and Custom’s famous cartoon mascot, Arin Cee, and oversaw the creation and development of CARtoons Magazine and Drag Cartoons, publications that are now highly collectible.
HOT RODDING ICON: 1932 FORD Bruce Meyer Gallery
February 29 through March 25, 2012
As part of Deuce Week and to celebrate 80 years of the 1932 Ford, the Petersen Automotive Museum will also display several iconic Deuces in the Bruce Meyer Gallery. Vehicles on display will include winners of America's Most Beautiful Roadster, 1932 ford race cars, vintage hot rods, and modern high-tech street rods.
NEW EVENTS
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:
August 6, 2011 On Your Marks…
Get set, GO! Make automotive bookmarks and be ready for school!
September 3, 2011 Race Car Designs
Show off your wacky personality by drawing on a mini race car!
October 1, 2011 Halloween Special! AutoBingo & Treats
Join us for some fiendish fun as we play Automotive Bingo!
November 5, 2011 Turkey Crafts
Thanksgiving will be turkey-ful with these turkey crafts!
December 3, 2011 CARnival
Join us for many fun activities in our 5th annual CARnival Family Fun Day!
GALLERY TALK: MODS & ROCKERS
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Gordon R. Howard Gallery
The "Mod" youth movement thrived in England in the early 1960s and was characterized by an appreciation of modern music, flashy continental style, and scooters. "Rockers" of that era rode motorcycles, wore denim and leather, and loved rock 'n' roll. The two groups famously came into conflict with one another in the cult film Quadrophenia. Join special guests Tom Ingram, a British rocker and founder of the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly festival, and Michael Burns, long-time fixture of the California Mod scene, for a discussion of the history and influence of Mods and Rockers and how the cultures are still thriving today. Call 323-964-6347, email [email protected]  for more information or to RSVP.
AUTOMOTIVE AUTHORS BOOK FAIR AT THE PETERSEN
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Grand Salon
Join us for a fun and informative day with your favorite automotive authors! Over a dozen top automotive authors will be on hand to present their latest books and speak about their experiences creating their work. The presentations will be followed by an autograph session. This event is included with General Admission ticket.
TRIBUTE NIGHT
Phil Hill: An American Champion Thursday, November 10, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the exciting life and successful career of race car driver and restorer Phil Hill. Have dinner and cocktails with other racing legends as they speak about their interactions with Phil both on and off the track. See a short film of vintage racing footage. Bid on priceless racing memorabilia, and preview the vehicles in Bonhams and Butterfields California Classic Auction Saturday, November 12. Go to www.petersen.org for additional details.
PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM GARAGE SALE AND SWAP MEET
Saturday, December 3, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Petersen Parking Structure
Now is your chance to buy some of the vehicles, props, parts, store products and duplicate literature that is no longer needed here at the Museum. Museum members will also have booths set up to sell items and vehicles from their personal collections as well. Find that missing part for your exotic, classic, or muscle car or motorcycle, buy a Christmas gift for the auto enthusiast in your life, or purchase a restoration project, or drive home in the car of your dreams! While you are here, learn how to properly detail your car at the Griot's Garage car care seminars going on all day! Griot's garage is the Official Car Care Product Provider of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
CURATOR’S TOUR – SCOOTERS: SIZE DOESN'T ALWAYS MATTER
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
7:30 p.m. Gordon R. Howard Gallery
Join Petersen Automotive Museum Curator Leslie Kendall as he guides you through Scooters to explore the unique two-wheeled vehicles that have spawned cult-like followings in some countries and mobilized others. Reservations recommended for all programs. Call 323-964-6347, email [email protected], or go to www.petersen.org for more information. 
DEUCE WEEK
Wednesday, February 29 Saturday, March 3, 2012
The streets of Los Angeles' Miracle Mile will once again resonate with the sounds of finely tuned V-8s when the Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates the 80th Anniversary of hot rodding's most popular car, the 1932 Ford, during Deuce Week in March 2012. Exciting events each day of Deuce Week include tours to other automotive museums, private collections, and hot rod shops, a round table discussion and dinner with hot rodding's biggest heroes, a silent auction, book signings, and a concert with legendary rock musicians. The event ends with the Deuce Day car show on Saturday, March 3 when 500 Deuces from all over the world will be on display in the Petersen Parking Structure. Each event is priced separately. Registration opens September 1. Go to www.DeuceWeek.org for details and to register.
ONGOING EXHIBITIONS THE ARTWORK OF TOM FRITZ
Through November 6, 2011
Art Wall
Born and raised in San Fernando, California, Tom Fritz's vivid childhood recollections of the motorcycle and automotive cultures that were prevalent in Southern California during the 60's and 70's are a part of the power that shaped the artist he would become. Tom was a designer and illustrator for major corporations including Northrop Grumman and Petersen Publishing. Today, he paints out of his studio in Ventura County, California.  As a member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society, Tom has been honored with the coveted Peter Helck Award (Best of Show) at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance as well as being the recipient of several Awards of Excellence at the Meadow Brook Concours.  On view May 7, 2011 through November 6, 2011.
SUPERCARS: WHEN TOO MUCH IS ALMOST ENOUGH
Open through October 16, 2011
Grand Salon
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.  Like supermarkets, supermodels, and supercomputers, supercars represent an extreme.  More than mere transportation, they offer a bold and extroverted means to express oneself.
SCOOTERS: SIZE DOESN'T ALWAYS MATTER
Open through May 28, 2012 Gordon R. Howard Gallery “
With today's high fuel prices, growing traffic congestion, and environmental consciousness, people are looking for easier, cheaper and cleaner ways to get where they are going. The diminutive scooter has been popular for generations in other countries, yet until recently has remained but a footnote in American transportation culture. This exhibit will explore different types of scooters from around the world, how and why they differ, and the culture that surrounds them.
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.
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 FEATURES AT THE PETERSEN
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 [email protected].
MUSEUM STORE – Excellent souvenirs and gifts for auto enthusiasts (323) 964-6328.

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Please join us in congratulating Director, Curt Wallin, Executive Producers, Ambassador John Price and Geralyn Dreyfous, Producers, John Greene and Jennifer Jordan for the opening of BOYS OF BONNEVILLE in Larry H. Miller theaters on August 26, 2011. We hope you can join us at the movies!
Sincerely,
Geralyn White Drejous

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