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SOCIETY OF LAND SPEED RACING HISTORIANS
NEWSLETTER 234 - February 28, 2012
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, Just received word from Diane that Art Bagnall had "Crossed the Finish Line" last evening; ADM Auto and Aviation History Expo is now officially scheduled to happen on 4 March 2012; Dick Elliott sent in word of several videos available on Vimeo about the Flower of Scotland and the Speed Demon; Gene Winfield one of my heroes is 84 years young and still doing it! His new DVD should get an academy award; Bob Falcon writes in that there have been several newspaper articles that Irwindale Speedway, in Irwindale, California, (both the oval track and the drag strip) may be closed down; At this point some things are still under the auspices of the courts (CREDITOR'S HEARING: MARCH 20); My name is Anna Marco. I am feature editor of Ol Skool Rodz & Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine and a member of the Gear Grinders SCTA CC; Advertising in the Speed Week Program; I am 68 and my first car was a Studebaker; The Sonic Wind LSRV project will be on the Discovery channel Canada tonight on the Daily Planet show at 7PM and 11PM; The Road Runners scheduled trip to the Nethercutt Museum is this coming Saturday, Feb 18; For more information on the Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Racers Hall of Fame go to www.oilstick.com; Some old school drag footage; This is the link to the February 2012 ACAG Update giving you the latest news about the restoration and the next installment of the Allard Chrysler’s racing history – plus lots of extra news since the January issue of the on-line turn-page version; all with layout by Jayne McWatt and on-line version by Nigel Holland of Drag Racing Confidential; Speed Freaks Panel Discussion Moderated by Gale Banks; Readers: The following was sent to me by Dick Elliott; I believe that Studebaker broke the record in B sports division but I can't even find present day info that this division even exists today; Autobooks in Burbank, California (2900 W. Magnolia Blvd) will be hosting a book signing by Bob Schilling on Saturday, February 25 from 10 AM to 2 PM; I received a link directing me to a site that involved the old Vaca Valley Drag Strip (1956-1972); Jammin' at the Sacramento Autorama; Prof. Mike McCarthy at UCI has developed an on-track competition bringing together high-school and university student teams to design, build and compete with energy conservation vehicles (race cars); Deuce of Spades has already established itself as a worldwide cult classic in its genre, the next American Graffiti, filling a 38 year void on the market; Blacktop magazine; Rules Committee Approves Washington State Pro-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill; Moves Next to Senate Floor; Gone Racin’… Roy Richter; Striving for Excellence, by Art Bagnall; I'm sure you both are very aware of this project and probably have seen this website; Attached is release and jpg pics about the 2012 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame presentations held in Solihull on February 11th

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President's Corner:  
   For the last couple of months we've been so busy running around and collecting lost stories and photos that it hasn't left much time for us to put anything down on paper (or in this case, on the computer). Things like the S.C.T.A. Banquet, Car Club meetings, trips to "Wally's" NHRA Museum, road trips, completing a Drag Race History DVD and answering tons of questions on new land speed car builds are just a few of the things. That doesn't take into account hundreds of old race car photos needing to be scanned and identified. Talking about old photos, while attending a S.CT.A. Board Meeting a while back I was handed an envelope with about 300 color prints in it. Ninety percent were shot at Bonneville and a rough guess on the time period ranges between '85 and '95. The best thing of all was that these shots were originally headed for El Trashcano but some alert friends out there saved the day and after a couple forward laterals they are now safe and waiting to be scanned for future generations to look at.
   Here are a couple of quickie scans to show you just some of the treasures saved. The fanned out shots are topped by George Fields' Class A Blown Fuel Comp Coupe from the mid nineties. Underneath are a dozen or so shots waiting to be identified. Looks like Dave Casteel is doing some adjustments before the valve covers go on again. We also know that George hangs with some heavy hitters in the Chrysler tune up department like Freddy Dannenfelzer and Tony Waters. It also helps to be at the salt and know the guys that run the cars.
   Our second scan shows four shots of some cars you might know and some you might not. At the top is the Steen entered four-engined Streamliner backed by Bonneville Legend Chet Herbert. It was photographed back in '92. This thing was a nightmare to work on. To change plugs you first had to hoist the engine half way out of the car and remove the exhaust pipes to even see the plug wires. Center stage we see Bill and Joy Summer's 122" Pontiac powered Lakester run by Wade Zimmerman and his boys and girls from JAZ Products back in '89. To its left (our right) is Seth Hammond’s no-longer-with-us lakester in Orange. It was powered by a 258" Chevy. Next is a cool little Honda Powered red Streamliner called Touch of Glass and was shot in '89. A bunch of digging will be required to find out more about this one. The bottom shot features the Larsen-Cummins Mooneyes ride back in '92. It ran over 300 mph with a little 180" Chevy for power. The coolest thing about this one is that the engine in the liner now rests in Chico's Modified Mooneyes Roadster and will be at Speedweek this year after finishing its rest at the NHRA Museum.
   The coolest part is that these pix are just snapshots that happened to capture cars, people (some that one even knows) and a moment in time that few will even remember let alone see in a magazine. Bottom line, if you're in a tossing mode, toss ‘em our way so the next fool can see what they missed in the good old days of hot rodding.

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Editorial:   
   It is with a great deal of sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Art Bagnall, the author of the book Roy Richter; Striving for Excellence. This book, which I interviewed for www.hotrodhotline.com is one of the keystone books for the serious hot rod fan. Bagnall spared no details in examining the Bell Auto Parts, George Wight, Roy Richter and a rich cast of early land speed, drag and oval track racers. But it was Richter that brought all these characters together in a six decade story. So many famous hot rodders worked at or literally lived at this famous little speed shop in Bell, California that Richter and the shop become iconic as the hot rodders view of heaven. My uncle Kenny Parks worked there and my father knew Richter as a good friend and one of the co-founders of SEMA. Thatcher Darwin was a business partner of Roy’s and the treasures of Bagnall’s book keeps on giving us great gifts of knowledge. 
   Art Bagnall was also a close and personal friend of the Parks Brothers; Kenny and Wally. Their hi-jinks and pranks ran on endlessly and provided amusement for two generations of hot rodders. Art never went anywhere without his “bottle of water,” which everyone knew was filled with Vodka. To this day the term “Bagnall’s bottle of water” means an alcoholic libation. Art created a small newsletter which he mailed out to a group of friends and only to his friends. In it he editorialized and lambasted the high and mighty and especially uncle Kenny and his circle track friends and my father and the drag racing community. Art loved to poke fun at the foibles and hubris of the high and mighty and they struck back with letters filled with delicious sarcasm. Art would write in his editorials that the “rich” of the sport were always the cheapskates for failing to pay their “nickel” for the news. Dad and uncle Kenny would tape a nickel to their letters and reply that Art’s newsletter was only good for wrapping fish; and spoiled fish at that. These three friends never ceased to play practical jokes and to poke fun at each other. They were traditional hot rodders from a nearly forgotten age and now that they are gone, we only have a few of those deliciously funny newsletters to remind us of their talents for dry wit and uproarious humor.
   I asked Art for his story on many occasions, but he didn’t think he was worthy of having his story told. That’s exactly the way that all those original hot rodders of the Great Depression and World War II generation thought of themselves. They were equals; even the greatest of them. They never felt superior and they never felt inferior to any other man on the face of the earth. Should one rise above another the poisoned pen dripped with irony, sarcasm and wit. I will try and get a story on Art Bagnall to go with his brother Bill’s story; but once a man is gone, so much of his life’s story is also gone. The time to write one’s bio or obituary is while we are alive and can tell our own story; sad, funny or both, it doesn’t matter. Kenny, Art and Wally are now gone; Art making mischief of the “Indian look” of the Parks brothers in their Indian feathers and floppy Western hats that looked more like Minnie Pearl’s bee bonnet. In return we will miss the punch lines and comic retorts by Kenny and Wally about Art’s famous water bottles and puzzlement over how Art could write at all after all that “water.” That was great stuff; I wish I could write as “punnily and humorously” as the three amigos.

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Just received word from Diane that Art Bagnall had "Crossed the Finish Line" last evening. He was an old Indy 500 racing friend of mine but I know he has been in ill health for quite a long time. Both of us were Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers Club member for over twenty years. Art was the author of the Roy Richter book that is an excellent chronicle of Roy's life and the history of Bell Auto Parts. If it is not on your library shelf and you have an interest in older SoCal racing it should be there. The Bagnall's relocated to Kernville several years ago. At the present time arrangements are pending and we will pass them on to this newsletter once they are known.  Bob Falcon
   Bob: The book, Roy Richter, Striving for Excellence has been reviewed in this newsletter and at
www.hotrodhotline.com, book review section. I believe Jack Stewart of the Los Angeles Roadster Club has copies for sale. This is a book that you build a library around; it is that good.

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ADM Auto and Aviation History Expo is now officially scheduled to happen on 4 March 2012.  This is the only calendar date that issues a command on a yearly basis..."March, Forth!"   The application and flyer are posted on the ADM web site at www.theADM.org.  The reservation deadline is 24 February, but if anyone should miss the booking deadline have them contact me directly and we can make something happen.  But I would suggest that any booking now should be handled directly through Jodee's E-mail as listed on the flyer.   Also, if you have knowledge of any authors who would be available to sit in our "Authors Corner," ADM will waive any vendors fee but they can offer their publications for sale.   Any further questions, let me know.   Bob Falcon
     Bob: My policy is for event coordinator to notify me as far in advance as possible, because the
Society of Land Speed Racing Historians Newsletter is not a daily publication.  I am fortunate when I can get the newsletter out weekly and sometimes two or three weeks pass between issues.  At best I will publish close to the due date on the application deadline and then it takes the website a day or two to process at their end.  How far should promoters notify me?  A year in advance is great, then monthly until the third month before an event.  From there the promoter should send in updates every other week.  The last month I am hoping for one release a week.  One can never promote an event too much.

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Dick Elliott sent in word of several videos available on Vimeo about the Flower of Scotland and the Speed Demon. You will have to Google the names to find them.

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Gene Winfield one of my heroes is 84 years young and still doing it! His new DVD should get an academy award. Those interested in ordering a copy of the new Kings of Kustoms DVD featuring Gene Winfield. Ron Main
   Readers: Google Kings of Kustoms and Gene Winfield for the appropriate videos.

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Bob Falcon writes in that there have been several newspaper articles that Irwindale Speedway, in Irwindale, California, (both the oval track and the drag strip) may be closed down. As we hear more we will bring this news to you. It may be pending a future sale or simply a reorganization of the track activities, so the editor asks that you wait patiently for any further news.

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At this point some things are still under the auspices of the courts (CREDITOR'S HEARING: MARCH 20). The facility tenant, Irwindale Speedway LLC filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy on November 13 and vacated the premises. The people who own the property (NuWay Industries) are very interested working with a new operator and/or selling the facility outright. I'm helping them out as an auxiliary spokesperson when and where I can. I'm also helping Jim Cohan who owns and operates the LA Racing Experience driving school at the Speedway. The school people have continued to offer classes and have been helpful with keeping an eye on the property during the recent turmoil. The track owners have been very pleased by all of the offers of support that have come in from every corner of the racing world. I'm confident that many of the forms of motorsports and events will start returning, one-by-one, to the Speedway very soon. But I also know that fans need to show their support (here and at all motorsports events) by their regular LIVE attendance. As Cary Agajanian said the other day:"Stay Tuned."  THANKS!  Doug Stokes
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STATEMENT FROM NU-WAY INDUSTRIES, INC. There have been numerous rumors regarding Irwindale Speedway. Please permit this statement to provide clarification: 
1) THE PERMANENT TRACK GRANDSTANDS ARE NOT (NOR ARE THEY IN ANY DANGER OF) BEING TORN DOWN. There was a report that the portable, temporary bleachers outside the first turn were being dismantled. That is correct. Those temporary stands were rented and the company that owned them was simply removing their property. 
2) THE TRACK WAS NOT BUILT OVER A POTENTIAL MINING SITE, IT WAS A SAND AND GRAVEL MINING SITE, AND AFTER MATERIALS EXTRACTION, BECAME A MINING RECLAMATION PROJECT. THE SITE CANNOT BE MINED. There are a set of very strict rules about the use and development of this sort of property, which are being carefully followed. In 1993, the City of Irwindale approved the site to be used as a Swap Meet, and in 1997, approved its use as Irwindale Speedway. 
3) NU-WAY INDUSTRIES, INC. OWNS THE LAND, THE RACE TRACK, AND THE EQUIPMENT TO OPERATE THE TRACK. An entity called Irwindale Speedway, LLC. leased the facility from Nu-Way Industries, Inc. On February 13, 2012, Irwindale Speedway, LLC filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code. 
4) BECAUSE OF THE CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY FILING BY IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY LLC, THE COURT IS IN CONTROL OF THE PROPERTY AT THIS POINT. HOWEVER, NU-WAY INDUSTRIES, INC. IS ACTIVELY SEEKING A POTENTIAL BUYER FOR THE COMPLETE FACILITY. 
A hearing will be held soon in order to return the facility to Nu-Way Industries, Inc. control. From Doug Stokes and Jim Miller

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My name is Anna Marco. I am feature editor of Ol Skool Rodz & Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine and a member of the Gear Grinders SCTA CC.  I am hoping you can help me locate some info on a drag car called the "Termite"-1964 Ford Falcon.  I am doing a feature on it and have found little history on the car other than the Original Owner/Driver/Builder was Johnny Hawkins and this car was sponsored by: DREW FORD in La Mesa, California and raced at Orange County International Raceway.  It was the  AHRA Winter National Record Holder 1969, the AHRA Divisional Point Record Holder 1969, and a National Record Holder 1973.  The current owner is "Weechie" in Arizona and he knows nothing more than that.  Any leads would be appreciated.  Thanks for all you do to support hot rodding.  Anna Marco
      Anna: I have a few people you can contact.  Try these first and let me know if you need more names.  AHRA is hard to find info on, since we don't know who kept their records or if they tossed them when the group folded.  Also google the Standard 1320 Club, and send them a request.  They're one of the more active clubs.  Also try this site;
www.wediditforlove.com.  That's John Ewald's site.  The H.A.M.B. is another good site. 

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Advertising in the Speed Week Program. I brought this flyer home from a recent SCTA board meeting. Thought I'd pass it along to the rest of the club to see if anyone is interested in advertising in this year’s Speed Week program. Nathan Stewart
   Nathan: That is a good idea. The Speed Week Program needs the support of the land speed racing community, so all those out there with business that advertise, please consider this program.

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I am 68 and my first car was a Studebaker.  Consequently, I have been interested in Studebaker history.  I know that an Avanti broke the (I believe) B Sports class record of 200+ mph.  I have searched the internet to find out if and when that record was broken again, to no avail.  Can you assist?  Thank you for your consideration.  Barry Server, [email protected]  
     Barry: Records are almost impossible to find.  For some reasons old records just seem to disappear as do many of the sanctioning and timing associations that recorded them.  In the SCTA, BNI, NHRA, NASCAR and other organizations, they simply do not seem to have kept such records.  Often when a secretary leaves that person takes the outdated records with them.  I've seen new secretaries come in and make space by clearing out "dead files."  This isn't true in every instance, but I've seen my share of such cases.  Our President of the Society, Jim Miller tells me that he re-establishes the old records by finding old programs, magazines, newspapers, timing tags, etc with times written on them.  That's a poor way to record history, but Jim will tell me that it is sometimes the ONLY way we know what has happened in the past.  What I can do for you is to publish your request with your email address in the next issue of the newsletter and maybe one of our members might be able to help you.  Another thing that you can do is to contact the historians and curators at various museums and see what they might know.  The museum curators that I know are Skip Marketti (Nethercutt collection), Leslie Kendall (Petersen Automotive Museum) and Greg Sharp (Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum).  You might also try the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM).  Also, google Studebaker, Avanti and "clubs" and "historical groups" for that marque.  When Studebaker closed in the mid-1960's due to falling sales, many companies bought parts of the old Studebaker Company and sold and resold the assets.  What happened to the records of the company may be hard to find. 

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The Sonic Wind LSRV project will be on the Discovery channel Canada tonight on the Daily Planet show at 7PM and 11PM. If your carriers don't have that channel. You can see it tomorrow after 12 noon at http://watch.discoverychannel.ca on the internet. I haven't seen the footage but it should be interesting. There is also more TV in the works to come soon and I will tell you about that as it happens.  Waldo Stakes
   Waldo and the readers: I’m unable to react fast enough to get out news of events that happen suddenly. But I will post what I receive even if it is past the deadline so that we at least have an official record of that event. Also, it may be possible to find the program on the internet or YouTube even after the event has passed.

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The Road Runners scheduled trip to the Nethercutt Museum is this coming Saturday, Feb 18. Meet in the parking lot at the Museum between 1 and 1:15pm. Our free tour begins at 1:30pm. Address is: 15151 Bledsoe St, Sylmar, CA. Jack Masson has organized this trip and reports that the Museum is definitely worth the visit. Here is the link about the Nethercutt Museum to give you an idea of what there is to see: http://www.nethercuttcollection.org/Home.aspx. Jerry Cornelison
   Jerry and the readers: Again I apologize for not being able to publish this sooner. The event has lapsed, but if any of our members have not visited the Nethercutt Collection and Museum then you need to make it a priority. See my article on the Nethercutt at www.hotrodhotline.com.

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For more information on the Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Racers Hall of Fame go to www.oilstick.com.  This information can also be found on the www.solvangCA.com website. The event is scheduled for April 28, 2012. Evelyn Roth

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Some old school drag footage at; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnAhxlLYuRY. Dema Elgin

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www.drceurope.co.uk/acag/feb2012.  This is the link to the February 2012 ACAG Update giving you the latest news about the restoration and the next installment of the Allard Chrysler’s racing history – plus lots of extra news since the January issue of the on-line turn-page version; all with layout by Jayne McWatt and on-line version by Nigel Holland of Drag Racing Confidential. This link is also posted on www.allardchrysler.org under Latest News, along with the pdf file for those of you without Flash Player. A jpg of the front cover is attached. Those of you on Social Media sites please share this link with your friends.  Not all of the website and e-mail links are working on the on-line version but most are. The important links are www.allardchrysler.org for the ACAG website; www.MediaAngelus.com, for Jayne McWatt; [email protected] for Nigel, [email protected] for me and [email protected] for Bob Roberts who is managing the restoration work. This last e-mail address is important because this coming Sunday February 26th is the next Work-In day on the car at Andy Robinson Race Cars near Basingstoke. If you can give us a couple of hours on Sunday please let Bob know. The next issue of ACAG Update should be in April sometime. Unfortunately Jayne McWatt might not be able to donate her DTP skills due to work commitments so unless anyone else can offer their services you will have to put up with my Stone Age version of layout – still in the on-line turn page version but not quite so jazzy. If you do not want to receive further issues let me know at the e-mail address below. Brian Taylor Chairman Allard Chrysler Action Group [email protected] Tel 01395 579733

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Speed Freaks Panel Discussion Moderated by Gale Banks. Featuring Ack Attack and Speed Demon, Two of the Fastest Wheel-Driven Vehicles in the World.
   POMONA, Calif. –The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California will host a Speed Freaks Panel Discussion about what it’s like to plan and drive some of the world’s fastest vehicles on Saturday, Feb 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Open to all with paid Museum admission. Panel discussion will be held before the annual Southern California Timing Association (S.C.T.A.) Sidewinders Award Banquet.  “Land speed racing is an important part of American hot rodding that continues to this day with a world-wide audience. This panel discussion will demonstrate the drive, ingenuity and spirit of these speed chasers. It’s going to be one not to miss,” said Museum Executive Director Tony Thacker. Banks Power President and Founder Gale Banks (www.bankspower.com) will moderate the panel discussion, as well as share his 50 years of engineering milestones including his personal land speed racing achievements.
   Guests can also see some of Banks’ pioneering innovations, systems and record-setting vehicles on display in the Museum’s Banks Power Exhibit. Speed Freak panelists include: Al Teague (http://www.bluebird-electric.net/al_teague.htm), owner/driver of the World’s first single-engine 432 mph streamliner; George Poteet, co-owner/driver of Speed Demon (http://speeddemon.us/) the World’s fastest turbo-charged car at 462 mph; Ron Main, Sidewinders Club President and co-owner of Speed Demon; Mike Akatiff, owner/driver of Ack Attack the World’s fastest motorcycle at 375 mph; Kenny Duttweiler, World famous turbo-charged engine builder; Mike Cook, record-setting land speed racing veteran and organizer of the Top 1 Oil World Land Shootout.
   Just Added on Panel Discussion; Lee Kennedy Technical chair SCTA, Dan Warner Record Certification, and Joe Hansen of DJ SAFETY. Together, they will share their stories of speed including the challenges, new developments, upcoming projects as well as take questions from the audience. Ack Attack and Speed Demon, two of World’s fastest vehicles will be on display in the Museum. Check out these incredible videos of Ack Attack and Speed Demon in action: http://youtu.be/bDMIlsk03zI and http://youtu.be/Le6aCV_CRvQ. "To be able to tell our stories as land speed racers and owners from its joys to challenges is very exciting, and to host it here at the NHRA Museum makes it much more appealing,” said Ron Main. This panel discussion is open to the public and admission is free with paid Museum admission. The panel discussion will take place in the NHRA Motorsports Museum, Hall of Champions. Complimentary parking and light refreshments will be served.
   The Sidewinders Awards Banquet will follow the discussion 4 p.m.-10 p.m., reservations required. Cost is $55 per person includes dinner, awards ceremony, raffle prizes and entertainment. For more details on the Sidewinders Banquet, please contact Sidewinders Club President Ron Main at 818-998-7848. For more information visit Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum web site at http://museum.nhra.com or call 909.622.2133. 
   Speed Freaks Panel Discussion.  Just Added on Panel Discussion; Bruce Meyer He’s been inducted into the Dry Lakes Hall of Fame and the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame. He’s driven in the Mille Miglia, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and on the Bonneville Salt Flats. He serves on the boards of the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Mullin Automotive Museum, the Nethercutt Collection, and the LeMay Museum. He’s widely credited as being one of the leading forces in legitimizing hot rods among car collectors. And he has a collection that would make any car enthusiast weak in the knees. So it’s no wonder the organizers of the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance have chosen to honor Bruce Meyer by naming him their Automotive Icon for 2012.   From Monique Valadez, http://museum.nhra.com, and Ron Main 
   Ron, Monica and the readers: I’m not able to respond with events that are so close to my submission date to the websites. I need at least a month’s prior notice in order to report the event in a timely manner. I’m sure that many of our readers would have loved to have known about these events and to participate.

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Readers: The following was sent to me by Dick Elliott. I don’t know the seller and the reason that I am mentioning this to all of you is that these old cars with a provenance and history are hard to find. When you find such cars or have one to sell, let me know and I will give you free Ad space here in the newsletter. We want to keep track of where these old cars are.
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E-Bay Auction; SLINGSHOT DRAGSTER, FED, DIGGER, FLATHEAD, NOSTALGIA, ANTIQUE.   Chassis Research modified K88, circa 1958-1961. Powered by a 1939 Mercury with a 1939 2-3 top box transmission, and 1941 Ford 3:78 rear end built by Chassis Research with rare Chassis Research safety hubs. The engine has been balanced and has a lightened flywheel. It was relieved and ported by Jocko Johnson (unverified) Jocko died a couple of years before I got the car. Dode Martin (Dragmaster co-founder) went through the engine and freshened it up last year. He said that it was definitely an early racing engine built a long time ago (he could tell by the mods) by someone that knew what they were doing. Dode milled the scarce EVANS heads and domed them to accommodate the cam. The three Stromberg 48 carbs have been completely rebuilt, including the shafts. The car had been run on alcohol and a lot of parts were needed to get carbs back to run on gasoline. Julio ’Lefty’ Hernandez and the Bean Bandits located a lot of the parts that were needed to get the car back up and running. Some of those parts came from the collection of the legendary Joaquin Arnett. The carbs are mounted to an EVANS intake manifold that has also been ported. The linkage components are original EELCO. 
   The timing cover is an aluminum Mercury cover with a lower bushing boss. The Joe HUNT magneto is locked in place by double locking set screws. The fuel tank is an original MOON two gallon ten pound (pressure) tank. It feeds the carbs through an electric fuel pump as the old hand pumps are no longer allowed. The original Eelco hand pump is mounted in the cockpit and still works though it is not plumbed but it easily could be. The Sun fuel pressure gauge is for the hand pumped pressure; it still works but goes through the hand pumped pressure system so it isn’t in use. There is an in line pressure regulator with a fuel pressure gauge in the electric fuel pimp line. The car has an original 6 volt starter that has been rebuilt since push starting is no longer allowed either. The car has a 12 volt gel battery mounted under a floor board with charging lugs on the back of the chassis.  There are two top (drivers cockpit) hood covers. (Both bodies and hoods go with the car.) One is for use when the car is run as dragster. The other is used when the car is run as a modified roadster.
   The transformation between dragster and modified roadster takes about five minutes.  The pie crust slicks are Hurst and are less than two years old. The rear rims are 15x6
1953 (+/-) Chrysler rims. The front rims are 16 1940 Ford rims. The number 3409 on the right rear tire is its current NHRA number.  There is a mount for a parachute and a push bar on the rear of the car. The parachute is in an early 60’s Deist. Deist recently went through the mid-sixties equipment and replaced the chute with a period correct model and repacked it into the original pack. The chute release is an old military seat back chute handle and cable similar to a ‘D’ ring but easier to pull. The Autopower safety harness and arm restraints are less than two years old. The old harness is available if wanted. The hand brake is a new CNC. The old Chevrolet master cylinder hand brake is available if wanted but it leaks and isn’t worth rebuilding.     The photos were taken at various times and the car hadn’t been completed when some of the photos were taken. 
   The entire car is painted, there is no powder coating. All the graphics are hand painted with a brush; nothing is vinyl or air brushed, with the exception of the parts manufacturer’s decals.  I highly recommend that serious bidders examine or have the car examined before they bid as the car is to be ‘sold as is’ with no warranties or refunds.  The car is being offered locally, for sale or trade, and may be pulled from the auction if a deal is reached prior to the end of the auction.  A ten percent (of sale price) non refundable deposit is required within three working days of the auction’s end.  Full payment must be paid within ten working days of the auction’s end. Car must be picked up from seller as NO SHIPPING will be provided. I will work with the buyer/buyer’s shipper to help facilitate a shipment. The car must be picked up and paid for in full within fourteen days of the end of the auction. NO STORAGE will be provided. Please contact seller for acceptable payment arrangements. 
   This is a rare opportunity as there aren’t many of the old flathead dragsters still racing. This car is a compilation of 30s through 60’s equipment. The wide stance rear end it had gave way to the narrowed Chassis Research rear end that was originally built for, and intended, to go in the K88s and TE440s. The chassis then became a slingshot as it was intended to be. It was also modified to handle a bigger motor but ended up with this flathead. I was going to replace it with a hemi but decided to leave it as it was. Fenn’s K-88s, once they became available to the home builders, ended up in all sorts of configurations which angered Fenn to no end. The Chassis Research narrowed rear end with its safety hubs and direct drive (transmission to rear end) components are extremely scarce. Most were destroyed by the bigger engines or junked for quick change rear ends. This car’s modifications also accommodate a 6’2’’ 250 pound driver.  Though this car still races today it must be understood that it is only allowed at special events that have exemptions to the current NHRA rules. It could be brought up to current NHRA specs but I refuse to destroy its historical value as a link to yesterday and the trip down memory lane. Some of the hands that have touched this car are legends in drag racing. 

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I believe that Studebaker broke the record in B sports division but I can't even find present day info that this division even exists today. Have they discontinued this?  Thanks again for your help! Barry Server, [email protected]
     Barry: I am including Jim Miller and Dan Warner in this email.  They are two men that I respect in the SCTA and I hope that they will respond to both of us with what they know.  The problem is that old records are often lost.  Now notice that I didn't say "trashed or thrown away," but in effect, one way or another record keeping has always been a crap shoot.  Even the FIA/MIA in Paris has missing records.  Sometimes that is due to faulty record keeping or no record keeping at all.  Or the timing organization goes out of business.  Or there is a changeover in recorders and the information goes missing for whatever reason.  I'm assuming that the B Sports Division record you are mentioning belongs in the SCTA/BNI, but that's an assumption.  It could have been a USFRA, FIA or other recording timing association.  One effort by Jim Miller is the discovery of old records and then the saving of those records to discs for future historians to use.  Another man, Bob Frey, is trying to do the same thing with drag racing records.  We have few historians available who are going out looking for and recording the statistics and history of racing, drag strips, tracks and professional organizations.  We have fewer historians than that who are actively helping others to record individual biographies.  But don't stop looking, because you have two alternatives; either the records have been lost forever, or they are in some boxes in somebody's garage sitting unnoticed and unwanted.  It is the second scenario that we are hoping for and each new find makes it just that much easier to record and understand the past.  Keep your eyes out for our future newsletters at www.landspeedracing.com in case one of our readers has information that may help you. 

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Autobooks in Burbank, California (2900 W. Magnolia Blvd) will be hosting a book signing by Bob Schilling on Saturday, February 25 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The book, Pole Position, Rex Mays, represents many years of hard work by Bob. Also present for the signing will be Rex Mays Jr along with the Bowes Seal Fast Car. For further information you can go to the website: www.autobooks-aerobooks.com, or contact Tina Van Curen at 818-845-0707 ([email protected]).  "Legends of Riverside IV" will be honoring Bobby Unser at their March31-April 1 event at the Riverside International Automotive Museum at 815 Marlborough Avenue, #200, Riverside, California 92507. For more information call Norma Jordan at 951-369-6966. All ticket holders will be invited to a "Meet and Greet" on Friday evening, March 30. 
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Bobby Unser compiled one of the most impressive lists of accomplishments in American racing history. He won the Indianapolis 500 three times and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb 13 times in a variety of cars. He was the first driver to average more than 190 MPH at the Indy 500. Bobby was USAC Indy Car Champion in 1968, 1974 and the 1975 IROC Champion. His honors include induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994.  Along with Bobby, past honorees Dan Gurney, Carroll Shelby and Parnelli Jones will attend. Max Papis, Hershel McGriff, Jim Adams, Bill Pollack, Art Evans and up to 50 more veteran drivers will also be in attendance.  The event will include special awards presented to those who contributed so much to our racing heritage, a silent auction of assorted racing memorabilia, an autograph signing by drivers and VIP's (for ticket holders only) continental breakfasts, lunches, cocktail party, dinner, a live auction, and interview by Ed Justice Jr with Bobby Unser. Only 150 tickets are available to the public and all net proceeds will go to the Tony Stewart Foundation.  For complete information, including an updated list of special attendees, ticket information, available accommodations and a complete schedule of events, visit our website: www.legendsofriverside.com."

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I received a link directing me to a site that involved the old Vaca Valley Drag Strip (1956-1972). For those who ever raced there or attended any races, this may stir up a few memories for all of us. Feel free to register and post your comments. I am sure that each of you has your own story big or small that others would like to read. See; http://olskoolrodz.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22174.  Jim McCombe
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When our club "Aces and Eights" had the timing clocks we worked at Half Moon Bay, Fremont, Vacaville, Cotati and sometimes at the Kingdon drag strip outside of Lodi.  Later on I went to sports car driving school at Vacaville and Cotati to earn my SCCA drivers license.  Dimitri "Dema" Elgin   
     Jim and Dema: If you write your experiences down and send them to me I will publish your memories of the Vaca Valley drag strip at
www.landspeedracing.com.  We have a lot of biographies on racers, but few on the tracks.  We would like to see more histories written on these old and venerable drag strips that have ceased operations.

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Jammin' at the Sacramento Autorama. Come to the B Mezzanine at the Cal Expo for the 6th Annual Pinstriper's Event and Charity Auction. The best pinstripers in the nation will be striping all weekend to raise money for the UC Davis Children's Hospital. Their efforts will add to the $60,000 they have already raised and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the hospital. See live pinstriping demos by a number of world class artists, including Mike Clines, Pete Finlan "Hot Dog," Pee Wee, Jim Bradley, Jim Moser, Robert "Moon" Mullins, TJ Pagano, and Jerry Barlow. Bring your cell phones, laptops, or any other items you would like striped and attend the auctions on Saturday and Sunday.    Auction Times; Saturday 4pm, Sunday 2pm. John Buck at [email protected].

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Prof. Mike McCarthy at UCI has developed an on-track competition bringing together high-school and university student teams to design, build and compete with energy conservation vehicles (race cars).  Auto manufacturers, shade-tree mechanics, inventors, entrepreneurs are actively involved. Industry mentors and sponsors provide technical and other means of support. In its third year, it will be run at the Adams track in Riverside this year.  What would you folks think of encouraging a couple of distinctive hot-rods to attend—either on track or on display? Let’s discuss it before taking any steps. I’m not sure what Mike’s entry list looks like at this time, but having a little showing from local hot-rodders could be fun for all and inspirational to the students.  Attached are PDF files describing the competitions. Below are links to competition websites.  Please let me know what you think. 
Kenneth L. (Ken) Berg
The Motorsports Education Foundation, Co-chair MSWG of INCOSE, Member, UCI Performance Engineering Competitions, (949) 830-6888. Download PDF for Motor Sports Accelerates SySTEM Learning, http://smittyandtheprofessor.com/, http://mechanicaldesign101

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Deuce of Spades has already established itself as a worldwide cult classic in its genre, the next American Graffiti, filling a 38 year void on the market. Critics have dubbed Deuce of Spades:
"A powerful, timeless cult classic" (OL' SKOOL RODZ)         
"Best hot rod film since American Graffiti" (HOT ROD MAGAZINE)       
"Worth the Wait! A quality, must see film!" (HOT ROD DELUXE)
"Exceptional! Best, newest hot rod film out there!" (ROD AND CUSTOM)   
"A slice of Americana artfully carved right out of the Fifties" (GoodGuys Gazette)       
"One of the greatest hot rod films ever!" (REV IT UP RADIO)
"Stunning! A stellar production!" (Legends of the Rod & Customs Hall of Fame)
"In a word, an AWESOME film" (ASH GROVE PRESS)
"Spectacular! Best period perfect hot rod film!" (STAR PHOENIX PRESS)
"Stunning! A must see, awesome film!" (THE ARIZONA EDGE PRESS)
"A favorite among car and hot rod enthusiasts!" (THE TIMES HERALD RECORD)    
"Best period correct hot rod film since American Graffiti!" (THE GAZETTE)    
"Best car movie I have ever seen. I was very impressed! Lots of great roadster shots, strong story and cinematography! I don't believe I've ever seen a car movie that was so authentic: I consider Deuce Of Spades an award winning movie!" (DICK SCRITCHFIELD - Founder of the famous historic Los Angeles Roadster Club)
"A perfect film! DEUCE OF SPADES is epic, a must see for both car enthusiasts and general public." (CHROME AND FLAMES)      
"A powerful movie, destined to become a cult classic: It is a bold canvas with photography and action that are simply beautiful. I rate it a 7 3/4 Sparkplugs out of a perfect 8." (HOT ROD HOTLINE)
"More hot rod than American Graffiti, more drama than World Fastest Indian and as much tragedy and romance as An Affair to Remember." (NITRO MADNESS)       
"DEUCE OF SPADES is sure to become a cult masterpiece with the hot rod world. I cannot say enough about this film!" (LINECHASER MAGAZINE)
"One of the best films in its genre! Five stars out of five!" (BADASS LIFESTYLE)          
"Riveting and unforgettable: the kind of film that becomes a cult favorite" (RICHARD PARKS, Gone Racin')      
"Faith Granger has created a landmark in independent cinema. Her cinematographic abilities are limitless!  A great story, wonderfully filmed, a colorful tapestry of rock n' roll, vintage America and fast cars. Deuce of Spades puts the established movie industry and their multi-million dollar budgets to shame!" (DIRTY MAGAZINE)
"A chance to relive the fifties, Golden Era of hot rodding! DEUCE OF SPADES has cult film written all over it" (KUSTOM MAGAZINE)       
"Beautifully shot, Deuce Of Spades is an emotional roller coaster, an engaging film, keeping the viewer captivated from start to finish" (VINTAGE LIFE MAGAZINE)    
Contact FAITH GRANGER (818) 681-8338 or email at
[email protected]

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Blacktop magazine is at www.blacktopmagazine.com. To get on the free mailing list email [email protected], and ask to be added to their list. This is a retro hot rodding on-line magazine, showing the culture of the 1940’s and ‘50’s.

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Rules Committee Approves Washington State Pro-Hobbyist Inoperable Vehicle Bill; Moves Next to Senate Floor. SEMA model legislation (S.B. 5586) to protect backyard hobbyist restoration and collection was approved by the Washington State Senate Rules Committee, clearing its way for a vote by all members on the Senate floor. The bill must be voted on before Wednesday, February 15 if it is to have any chance to be considered this year in the Washington House of Representatives! S.B. 5586 would prohibit cities or towns from enforcing an ordinance, development regulation, zoning regulation, or administrative practice that prevents automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby. Six or fewer junked, wrecked or inoperable vehicles, including parts cars, stored on private property would only require screening from public view if required by local law. We Urge You to Contact All Senate Members Immediately To Request Their Support for S.B. 5586. S.B. 5586 would permit the repair or modification of 6 or fewer motor vehicles on private property that are undergoing restoration. S.B. 5586 would permit the maintenance of parts cars as a source of parts for motor vehicles undergoing restoration. S.B. 5586 provides safeguards for hobbyists to work on collector vehicles on private property. S.B. 5586 establishes reasonable provisions that vehicles be located out of public view by means of suitable fencing, vegetation or other means.    S.B. 5586 demonstrates a real effort by legislators and hobbyists to enact reasonable and fair compromise legislation. DON’T DELAY! Please contact the Washington State Senate immediately to request their support for S.B. 5586. Thank you for your assistance. Please e-mail a copy of your letters to Steve McDonald at [email protected] Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Washington State Senate To e-mail all members of the Washington State Senate, copy and paste the email address block below: [email protected].  
Gil Coraine

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Gone Racin’… Roy Richter; Striving for Excellence, by Art Bagnall. Reviewed by Richard Parks, photographic consultant Roger Rohrdanz
   A book review is expected to explain the merits and demerits of a book and to let the reader decide if that book is worth adding to his library. This case is different. If you are a serious hot rodder who loves racing, then you must add this book to your collection. It is what we call a seminal reference, or a book that truly sets the new course and direction. Art Bagnall, the author, has simply researched and found the very roots of hot rodding in Southern California, and it centers around a place and a man that was pivotal to the hobby. If you want a reference book full of history then “Roy Richter; Striving for Excellence” must anchor your bookshelf. The book is quite impressive in size, scope, research and depth. It is a nice coffee table size at 9 by 11 inches with a hard cover, but lacking a book jacket. There are 15 chapters covering 379 pages, with a dedication and preface, followed by an acknowledgement to 117 people who helped Bagnall compile his masterpiece. Those acknowledged for their help and support comprise the very founders of the hot rodding movement in America. Wally Parks provided the introduction to the book. An epilogue, photo credits and list of employees who worked for Roy Richter is complete and informative. The book ends with an adequate four-page index and a history of the author. The index should have been twice the size in order to note everyone listed in the work, and is the only weakness in this book. Otherwise, Bagnall has created a masterpiece. There are 597 black and white photos representing the very earliest days of Bell Auto Parts and continuing into the modern era. There are no color photos, but the black and white photos do an exceptional job of telling the story of Roy Richter. In addition, there are 96 other presentations, such as posters, letters, drawings, and invoice orders to give further detail to the story. “Roy Richter; Striving for Excellence,” is published and written by Art Bagnall Publishing. Copies of the book are available from Jack Stewart, author of “The L.A. Roadsters, an Introspective.”
   The book concerns Roy Richter, who played a pivotal role in automotive racing and hot rodding in the Southern California area from the 1930’s on, until his death in 1983. Richter is the theme for the book and the central character, but Richter would have been the first to tell you that he was fortunate to have the best hot rodders and racers around him from the beginning. Roy Richter purchased Bell Auto Parts from George Wight in the 1940’s. Wight was already an icon among street racers and those craving the action from their souped up gows and hot rods as far back as the 1920’s. Wight’s Bell Auto Parts store was one of the first places in the country where speed equipment was available. Wight teamed up with George Riley of the Riley 4-port fame to devise land speed racing events at Muroc Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert. These dry lake races were posted on a bulletin board at the shop on 3633 E. Gage Avenue, in Bell, California. If any place in the world can be called the mythic heart of hot rodding, Bell Auto Parts is that sacred spot. Richter, Roscoe Turner, Kenny Parks and others would work for this fabled speed equipment shop and go on to successes of their own. Wight and Riley would give up their land speed business, which would be absorbed by the SCTA (Southern California Timing Association). Other speed equipment shops would open to challenge the supremacy of Bell Auto Parts, such as Blair’s, So-Cal, Ansen and a host of speed equipment manufacturers. Wight would pass away in 1943 and Richter would buy the business and add Cragar Industries and Bell Helmets as subsidiaries. 
   Richter became the center for much of the racing and hot rodding in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. He was instrumental in the foundation of SEMA (Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association), which later changed their name to Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association. The list of the early founders is impressive. Louie Senter joined with his Ansen Automotive. Ed “The Camfather” Iskenderian and Jim Deist from Deist Drag Chutes, were original members. Dean Moon, Vic Edelbrock, George Hurst, Chuck Potvin, Carroll Shelby, Harry Weber, Phil Weiand and many more of the early automotive greats were founding members of SEMA. But the center and heart of this prestigious group of men and women was Roy Richter. Richter would serve either as president or vice-president of the organization from 1963 until 1971. SEMA named him the Senior Board Advisor in 1972, a position specifically created for him by the other members to show their respect for the man who had worked so hard to bring professionalism and cooperation into a business that could best be described as cut-throat. The book details a long list of racers who owe their success to Roy Richter and Bell Auto Parts. Like Wight and Riley, Roy was at the center of the new and burgeoning sports that took wing in the early part of the 20th Century. Richter built his own midget racecars and they are quite sought after today. Richter built a miniaturized model rail track racecar in the late 1930’s. The Richter Streamliner was tethered to a pole and set the world mile record of 68.38mph in 1940. A later version of these model-racing cars was called the Richter Bullet and is a very valuable collectible among collectors today. 
  Richter was also a master promoter and public relations talent. He understood the need to promote the different racing sports and was one of the first to subsidize racers with speed equipment. His own business was booming and he opened a MG/Morris/Austin foreign car import business with Thatcher Darwin in 1952. Bell Helmets would follow in 1954, and would prove to be a great part of the success that Richter enjoyed in the ’50’s. The helmets would find a ready market and prove to be a great safety factor in all motorsports racing. Cragar wheels crowned Richter’s business acumen. After Ak Miller’s stirring victory at the 1965 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, sales boomed. It is impossible to calculate the impact that Roy Richter and his companies had on hot rodding and motorsports racing over the decades. Open wheel racing, drag racing, stock car, midget and short track oval racing, Bonneville and land speed racing all owe Richter their gratitude for the constant sponsorship and help he has provided over the years. Art Bagnall has captured Roy Richter and his co-workers and friends with excellent photos and text. As you read this book you will come to understand just how much this man meant to all of us. Hot rodding is a sport created by thousands of men and women like Roy Richter. This is a book that will be the centerpiece of your library and one that you will consult often.
Gone Racin’ is at [email protected]

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I'm sure you both are very aware of this project and probably have seen this website: http://bonneville2012.com/Home_Page.html
This link was just forwarded to my by Road Runners Associate Member, Roy Caruthers from Indianapolis. Roy is a good friend of Willie Davis.
Roy is the youngest son of early Road Runners member Doug Caruthers. Roy is currently doing his own build, a replica of the #6 C&C Special as it was when Doug raced at El Mirage in the 40's. The car later became the #25 Chrisman Dragster.
1946 - Doug Caruthers, S.C.T. A. (Photo Courtesy of Art Chrisman)
Jerry Cornelison
        [email protected]
      Road Runners - SCTA
          (est. 1937 )

http://www.ussarcherfish.com/roadrunners

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Attached is release and jpg pics about the 2012 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame presentations held in Solihull on February 11th. Two photos attached. One shows 2012 inductees Dave Lee Travis, Barry Sheavills, Carl Olson and Phil & Franck Brachtvogel. The second shows Carl Olson with his award along with the BDRHoF presentation team. 2012 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame PDF
 
Photos of all inductees are available in web or print format. Full citation details available in Word format and can be viewed on www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk.
 
Brian Taylor
Acting Press Officer
British Drag Racing Hall of Fame
Tel 01395 579733
[email protected]

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