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Honoring the great Drag Racers of the day from 1900 to 1973

HARRY HAPPENINGS.................click here

 
DRHOF.com and Muscle Express Daytona Turkey Rod Run 2014

Harry Laplatte from the DRHOF.com along with Danny Giustino of Muscle Express in Jupiter, FL have teamed up and will co-host a booth display at the upcoming Daytona Turkey Rod Run, November 27-30, 2014. The event entering its 41st running is held at the famous Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Gates open daily at 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM with an abbreviated schedule on Sunday from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The event is a really big show as they say, so why not stop by and chat with Harry and Danny. Of course Danny will have a couple of the tricked out restored Musclecar that he is so well known for doing!

 

Scott Weney in memoriam

Scott a longtime drag racer and President of S&W Race Cars passed away on Wednesday (11/19) after suffering a heart attack at Bradenton Motorsports Park, in Fl. Scott took over S&W Race cars from his Dad Walt, after his retirement, and continued building the business into one of the premier chassis fabrication shops in the country. Our condolences go to his family and friends

This statement was released by S&W spokesperson, Jill Canuso: “Scott Weney is now racing through the pearly gates and doing it at full throttle. Scott is survived by wife Candi, sons Rory and Dillon, brothers Michael and Gary, sister Terri, parents Walter and Vonda. The entire Weney family wants to express their gratitude to everyone who has prayed and offered support during these difficult days. They also wanted to clearly state that Scott spent his last moments at a place that he considered ‘home,’ which is the drag strip. His accomplishments are many and too numerous to list, but his most impressive include winning the 2000 IHRA Funny Car World Championship, becoming the President of S&W Race Cars, and his latest achievement of becoming a race series promoter, forming S&S Race Promotions with Scotty Richardson and launching the ‘Fun in the Sun’ Race Series. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers. We will post additional details as soon as they become available.”

Ford legend PHIL BONNER passes..............

Longtime Ford Drag Racing legend, Phil Bonner, passed away this week. Phil who ran a series of Ford powered race cars through the 1960/70's under the "Daddy Warbucks" moniker was a legend in the early match-race days. Phil ran his cars out of the Al Means Ford dealership in Georgia, Phil's homestate. As we receive additional information on Phil's passing we will post it here. (November 11, 2014)

 

More......Island Dragway news!

Needless to say, the 50th anniversary event of Don Garlits' momentous 200 mph run at Island Dragway in 1964 was a great success! The event this past weekend, August 1,2 & 3, saw DRHOF.com's Harry Laplatte and George Case in attendance along with Don Garlits and then on Sunday Bruce Larson. For those who don't recall 1989 Winston Funny Car Champion, Bruce Larson, drove Garlits' dragster for a few years, in the early 1990's, after Don was forced to step out of the cockpit due to medical conditions, detached retinas.

Also, Jim Klim brought his exquisite early 60's restored Lynwood Chassis Fiat, which was part of the display and really drew many people to the booth.  Over the three days many racers young and old stopped by to chat and do what we do best...BENCH RACE!

We are already working on a list of inductees for 2015, so if you like make recommendations. Send information to DRHOF.com at Inductees 2015.

 

Darwin Doll announces dates for 2015 14th annual Musclecar Madness...

The dates have been set for the 50th anniversary of the "Woodstock of Drag Racing" reunion, which will take part at the long running Musclecar Madness and York U.S. 30 Reunion. The dates are July 11-12, 2015. For those of us in attendance back in 1965 can only flashback to the great racing and super large crowd of people that attended. For me, it was like nirvana! All the cars and race drivers that I had read about in Super Stock and Drag Illustrated were there in person! REGISTRATION - SHOW INFO 2015

For those who are lovers of NHRA Jr. Stockers the second annual gathering will be part of the event.

Darwin Doll puts on a great event each season and the 2015 show should be one of his best. Needless to say, DRHOF.com will be there and hope to see you there as well.

CLICK HERE photos 2014 Musclecar Madness and York U.S. 30 Reunion. Photos by Bob Wenzleburger (July 11-12, 2014)

PHOTOS Beaver Springs Dragway York 30 Nostalgia Nationals (July 12-13, 2014)


2014 Inductee Ceremonies at Island Dragway....

Island Dragway, located in Great Meadows, NJ, the site of the first officially recognized 200 mph run by the NHRA and recorded by Don Garlits back in August 1964 saw the return of Garlits to the hallowed site, plus the 2014 induction ceremonies for the Drag Race Hall of Fame. Albert Bambace, along with his daughter Isabel accepted for his dad/her grandfather, Joseph Bambace, posthumously. Joe Bambace campaigned a 1964 Plymouth Hemi called the "11th Commandment," back in the day prior to moving up to a 1965 Hemi. The 65' car later was modified into an altered wheelbase A/FX'er. (August 2, 2014)

 

 

 

2014 DRHoF.com Inductees named....

The class of 2014 nominated five inductees. Leading off the pack is Joseph Bambace followed by photographer and graphic designer, Steve Bell, custom car painter Bob Gerdes, racer Bob Lee and the last, the deceased Paul Linderman. Linderman's name may not be familiar as he passed away in 1964 while racing a Super Stock Dodge in Canada, Linderman also owned a Dodge dealership. The accident occurred at the completion of his pass and while attempting to push the neutral button he hit the reverse pushbutton by mistake. The car went into reverse and flipped violently when the seatbelt attachments ripped out of the floor. Unfortunate happenings such as this is how many of the safety measures were introduced into drag racing. (2/5/2014)

 

 

 

Happy 50th 426 HEMI engine...

The 426 cubic inch Hemi was available in February 1964 strictly sold as a race engine. The first Hemis made their way into NASCAR with Richard Petty taking his famous #43 to several wins before NASCAR disallowed the venerable engine in competition. The 1964 Plymouths' and Dodges' instantly became the ultimate race cars of the era in NHRA drag racing circles and still today racers covet owning one of these treasures. Originally built for Super Stock the basic engine has become the standard for Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars as well as the SS/AH Hemi Barracudas and Darts (1968/69). In 1966, Chrysler came out with a milder detuned version called the Street Hemi, which made it accessible to the general public. Prior to the Street Hemi powered cars only a select few of proven racers were able to obtain one of these jewels.

Our own Harry Laplatte's Dad, Harold, purchased a 1964 Hemi Plymouth and campaigned it in the mid-60's. The car, called the "Satellite" ran on the East Coast. Fortunately, the car is now in the care of Wade Laplatte (Harry's brother) in its original form. Take note of the seven inch rear slicks! (2/7/2014)

Who raced the earliest 1964 Mustang?

Here's what we do know; In late 1964, Ford contracted Holman & Moody to prepare ten 427-powered Mustangs' to contest the National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) A/Factory Experimental class in the 1965 drag racing season. Five of these special Mustangs qualified for competition debuting at the 1965 NHRA Winternationals, where they competed in the Factory Stock Eliminator class. The car driven by Bill Lawton won the A/FX class and his connection with TASCA Ford is now legendary in drag racing history. Several other notable driver's including Len Ritcher, "Gas" Ronda, Dick Brannan, Les Ritchey, Al Joniec, Terry Harvey, Clester Andrews, Paul Norris, Phil Bonner to name a few participated. The Mustangs were a replacement for the infamous 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, which were outfitted with the tried and true 427 FE side-oiler sporting dual Holley four barrel carburetors. The 427 cubic inch "Cammers" were originally designed for NASCAR to battle against the 426 Plymouth and Dodge Hemis of the era, but both the Cammer and Hemi were outlawed and transitioned into the drag racing, hence the A/FX Mustangs.

Mike Matune did track down the list and article provided by Charles Morris of the ten A/FX Mustangs built for competition; Car Tech Auto Books article HERE

  •     5F09K380230, Dick Brannan
  •     5F09K380231, Show car   
  •     5F09K380232, Tasca Ford (Bill Lawton)
  •     5F09K380233, Performance Associates (Les Ritchey)
  •     5F09K380234, Wickersham Ford (Clester Andrews)
  •     5F09K380235, Al Swenson Ford (Al Joniec)
  •     5F09K380236, Holman & Moody (Paul Norris)
  •     5F09K380237, Paul Harvey/Bob Ford (Len Richter)
  •     5F09K380238, Phil Bonner
  •     5F09K380239, Russ Davis Ford (Gas Ronda)

UPDATE - From what Mike has been able to ascertain, Ron Pellegrini campaigned a 1964 Mustang notch-back with a 427 FE motor in 1964. The drive-train came from the Hawkison 1964 Ford Thunderbolt. More information on the car in the Car Tech article Ford’s 1965 Factory Experimental Mustangs (2/14/2014)

 

 

 

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