Archive for May, 2011

Jim Hughes Businessman/Racer

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Nice Guys DON’T Finish Last

I attended several races this season to do research for a story on Jim Hughes’ S/G ‘Vette.  Even though his racer is an impressive piece of machinery, I came away more impressed with Jim than with his ride. (more…)

M/T Assault

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The Course Was Rough and Daylight Often Could be Seen Under all Four Wheels

Most people think of museums as dried-up, dusty old places with no relevance to what’s happening in the world around them. Well, it’s not like that here at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. For example, we recently received a call from an auctioneer who had sold an auto parts store back east. Leftover was an old trophy from the Pomona Drags in 1953. The name on the trophy was M. Serar, and the guy asked if I knew anybody by that name. I said I did. So I called my friend Rudy, and sure enough, his mom had won that trophy in 1953. What a great feeling is was to reunite Rudy with his mom’s long lost trophy. (more…)

A Strong Work Ethic Pays Dividends for This Racer

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Cameron Monefeldt is a hardcore drag racer and a stalwart Mopar guy; any more so and he’d have an image of Dick Landy tattooed on his chest and Walter P. Chrysler on his back. (more…)

The NHRA Auto Club Finals

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The final race of the season, fittingly held not far from the movie capital of the world, had all of the elements of a great Hollywood script.

Set up:  All four of the Pro plus Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Cars and a couple of the Sportsman categories had yet to be decided prior to this race. (more…)

Inspirational Drag Racing Feature ‘Snake And Mongoose’ Moves Forward

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Story of legendary racing rivals adds Wayne Holloway to direct; Casting underway

Rhino Films and newly formed shingle, Storywise Productions, have acquired life-story rights from legendary drag racing rivals, Don “ The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “ The Mongoose” McEwen and partnered with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to produce a motion picture about their years revolutionizing one of the world’s most thrilling sports on and off the track. (more…)

The Beastly Yellow Corvette

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

The ‘77 English Leather Corvette, featuring its new and improved air dam-added rear spoiler.

I’d been wheeling Mopar-bodied Funny Cars since I got into that line of racing work. It all started with the infamous “Flying Fish,” the Southern California Plymouth Dealers’ rear-engine Barracuda.  In quick succession came the ex-Candies & Hughes Barracuda then on to the Dusters from Hot Wheels through Beechnut, finally ending with the Navy/English Leather rides. Those Dusters were aerodynamic bricks, especially compared with all of the swoopy body styles the GM and Ford guys were sporting. Plus, Chrysler wasn’t digging deep into its corporate pockets to keep me on board. So, come 1977, it was time to move on. (more…)