Of Rods and Rock & Roll … and Things

Well, happy summer, GearHeads. As the world gradually comes alive again, bit by bit. Speaking of alive, it sure was that way coming up on press time, out at PIR. The Beaches Cruise In fired back up on the first Wednesday of July. And the hot rodders… they did come. They packed that raceway to capacity. And not forgetting the bikes, does anybody know the final count?

The barbecue pits and the food trucks were up and running. Fancy drinks were flowing from the cabanas and rock & roll was wafting through the air,  from the stage. It was cool that they started all this with the hottest rock band in the area, Hit Machine. I’ll say, it is dang hard to get even a single Hot Rodder around here to dance a step. Must be their credo or something. Any band that can, like this band can, gets kudos from this writer.

So now, we will all sashay on  over to this next subject. National Collector Car Day done come and gone second Friday in July. How did you all celebrate it? You know, that is our big national holiday that celebrates our heritage. Holidays are great but sometimes it’s time to get serious. I am happy to report that SEMA has been making some good progress with the RPM bill up on Capitol Hill.

There have been over 100 meetings in June and July covering numerous related issues. Over 60 SEMA member companies have joined in.

PRI has launched a membership program that will be tackling these issues. The Performance Racing Industry is just as it sounds. They are a powerhouse in the trade show and publishing arenas. We look forward to reporting on what they will be doing.

We are happy to report on some good news coming out of the US Circuit Court of Appeals. It is always good when common sense prevails over EPA idiots. They pushed a rule to keep E15 gasoline being sold year-round. Our guys pushed back and we prevailed. E15 will not be sold during the summer. Something that actually makes a lot of sense.

Would also like to mention that Hot Rod Magazine has combined with Motor Trend.com. We can only hope that this new partnership will lay an even more solid foundation for all of us.

Now, how about we take ourselves a little trip fantastic down to the bottoms of the deepest of seas. Someone has found that there is a whole bunch of big old rocks lying about in some of these areas. These rocks are prehistoric and through the centuries they have become coated with layers of rare earth metals. Just the same kinds that they need to make all of these batteries for all of these EV cars. Just the same kind of metals that are being mined in China. So there you have it. They say they will be using some kind of giant vacuum to simply suck them right up off the bottom!

How about some news from farther out? Perhaps we can call this quasi news. And when I say farther out, I really mean it. And we must have patience because it does take a while for telepathy to travel these distances. So we have established the SRL in the July issue. (You can find the older issues by going to the website and clicking on archive). We are expecting this new Space Racing League to be the most innovative as perhaps …  forever. And, for sure it will be the fastest of all time!

So we are finding quite a few species of aliens out there. Or races, if you will. Was trying to do a little play on words there … I know, it didn’t work. Yes, there is quite a variety out there. So word has it, er thoughts has it that there might be quite a few of them in the further out galaxies that are like, exhibitionists. So that is what I heard, uh … From a thought, so to speak.

So anyway, that might be good for us racers, right? I mean it sounds like they are more interested in exhibition racing as opposed to straight up competition. I mean who wants to straight up race a Tic Tic anyway? Anywho, we will be sure to keep you informed of any further messages coming in from farther out.

Shall We Jump Right Into Summer?

It’s summertime and the fish are jumpin’ your daddy’s rich and your mama’s good lookin’….
Uh sorry, I may have gotten carried away with a melody there. Indeed summer should be in full swing by the time you guys are reading this. Lots is happening from here to there.

Hopefully things will ease up on Ed the editor who had to jump in to much of the distribution of this publication due to all the pandemic lockdowns. Speaking of distribution, I would like to give a shout out to a few of the newer outlets up on the side of the mountain: Zigzag inn, Barlow Trail, Brightwood Tavern, Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, Mount Hood Tire and Mount Hood RV Resort.
With any luck, some of you may be reading this while kicking back nearby a cabana at the Beaches Cruise In at PIR, the first Wednesday in July. There is one caveat however. At press time, they are short on help. We will have to see how all of that shakes out. We are seeing other events starting to pop off. However, it has been difficult for those of us who plan events, due to this covid trap. Maybe now would be a good time to say a few things about our illustrious leaders. Naw, I am still a bit too hot under the collar.

We formerly announced the crash of the Sick  Seconds 2.0 ’69 Camaro at an NHRA meet. Now we are getting word of Tom Bailey’s newest ride. He plans to introduce a ’55 Nomad at Drag Week. This comes as news of his chief competitor, Jeff Lutz wrecking his ’57 Chevy while filming for Discovery Channel. Bailey’s Sick Seconds 1.0 Camaro sits ready to go, however. Then he allowed Cletus McFarland of YouTube fame to take it down track for a full pass!

Also, kudos to Cletus for covering the RPM Act on his YouTube channel where he has jillions of followers. Coverage like that is absolutely needed and here is why: PFI Speed is a small shop with a YouTube channel. They are involved in such things as power adders and dyno tuning along with an online sales department. They just put out a video asking for help. They are the latest to be singled out by the federal gangsters who masquerade as DES enforcers. They sold a few power adder devices online that work with the ECU on certain cars. The feds tracked them down and laid a big fine on them. They have been given 30 days to figure out how to deal with this penalty which could add up to $18K. They are asking for any legal help or any industry knowledge that can help. By the time you read this, their time will be about up!

One Way we can all help is by getting over to SEMA.com and quickly fill out that form for the RPM Act. We are hearing that it has been doing well.  There are factions within the Fed that would destroy our industry. This is no different from many other programs that have grown so big such as the DUI mega industry, where they have completely lost track of the original goal of safety and caved in to big money, big power, corruption and propaganda. I have said it before and I will say it again – this is one of the many things we will have to stand up for to keep them from eventually enslaving us all!

Like the proprietors at PFI speed said, “This feels like a mob shakedown.”

Now, let’s get on with more sordid news. We are all aware of the effect this covid conspiracy has had on our industry as well as everywhere around the world. Notice I am not using the cliche ‘conspiracy theory.’  This is no theory. I want to relay some facts.
There is a lot of good scientific information out there that is being shut out by our great white saviors with their relentless censorship and propaganda. There are a lot of ways we all have been done bad wrong. Sooner or later, the word has to get out there. It has to. They lay these life saving vaccines on us. Vaccines that, by the way are enriching there big pharma partners beyond any of our wildest dreams. Isn’t it odd how the rich get richer and richer through every disaster as the rest of us get hurt more and more?

Their lips move and out come all the lies. Oh sure, these vaccines are perfectly safe. Let’s start up some gambling lotteries or pot smoking, like Jabs for Joints. All things we could have been arrested for before. Let’s hold out some mythical number that we must all achieve before we can go back to whatever normal might have once been. Lets allow all kinds of establishments across the Nation to make up their own covid rules and check passports and IDs. Who needs cops when we can get businesses all across America to enforce covid rules for free!

Meanwhile news continues to come out about the vaccine deaths. The Nanny Narrative continues to play it down. They tell us to don’t worry, our vaccines are perfectly safe. The deaths are negligible. But as the real numbers continue to be crunched, some are coming up with drastically different results. Results that are leading to the halt of vaccines in some areas. Record numbers could be coming. In the end, who will be the ones to step up and apologize for all the needless deaths and destruction? Who will be the ones to be prosecuted?

There is a drug out there called Ivermectin. Have you heard of it? Results have already come in from several countries about the incredible efficacy of this drug. This drug was developed a long time ago for other medical purposes. It has been proven to be clear of most side effects for many years. The patents have run out. Ivermectin is readily available to all of us cheap. Do you have any idea of the final cost of every current vaccination? It is way, way up there!

The last clinical trial showed Ivermectin to be 100% effective. It is highly effective in the prevention as well as the treatment of the covid! How many lives could have been and still could be saved by this drug? And no covid passport needed. And yet our illustrious overlords completely block out any mention of this in the mainstream media. What this drug would do to their big pharma buddies! All those profits….

The doctors and scientists who are speaking out about this are being intimidated, defamed, de-monetized, de- platformed online. They are being blocked in every way possible. They are being ridiculed. Some put their careers at risk just by speaking out.
Sorry but this needs to be said. This government does not represent us — It rules us …. or it wants to. Are we going to let it?
Now, we move on to the UAPs. In the last column, we opened up that can of worms. We were informed about the Pentagon report that  will be forthcoming. One would expect that by the time you are reading this, the report should be out there, if we can count on them to stand by their word? It should be June 25th. How much truth will we get after decades of lies?

What can we expect the war mongers to say about their threat scenario? Here’s what I think needs to be done. These ETS have been playing around with us for who knows how long. They haven’t blown us up yet. I think they are mischievous and like to have fun. I mean look at the goings on at Skinwalkers Ranch!

It could very well be that they might be competitive. I say let’s not compete with them with bombs and rockets as some might have us do. Nope, this is a Time for the rodders and racers to step up to the plate. Let’s introduce the ETs to ets. Yep, I’m talking quarter mile. Let’s get some of these Tic Tacs onto an autocross track. They don’t seem to make much smoke. Maybe we can take them in a burnout contest? Could be fun.

So at this time, I am officially forming the SRL (Space Racing League). Yes, to hell with all of those stuffed shirts. We can do this. We all will need to think hard on this. It is a consciousness sort of a thing. If we think to them hard enough, they will come.
Furthermore, I think Danica Patrick would make a good president of the league. Danica has a YouTube channel now and based on one of her recent interviews on the subject of extraterrestrials, I think she would make a great spokesman for us. I also learned that she is not real big on narcissists. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could clean all of them out of their hidey holes. There certainly would not be much left of Congress or big business! Oh well, I guess that would be another story.Be good GearHeads.

Made for Hollywood

Perhaps the next great auto racing picture will be based on Neal Bascom’s novel “Faster.” Published in 2020, “Faster” tells a true story about grand prix racing in pre-WWII Europe—It was a story I had never heard before.

I have a couple of amazing friends in Loy and Nancy Kirksey. Both are remarkable in their own way and both share a passion for books. Loy found “Faster” on a trip over to the coast. He has no love for auto racing per se (although he never misses the Indy 500 broadcast) but, Loy is a bonafide history buff.

Our story takes place in the late 1930’s. Lucy Schell is an American Heiress and rally racer. Not your common hobbyist but co-driving along with her husband Lawrence (Laury), a capable racer. Her driving career is winding down but her thirst for competition has not been quenched. Meanwhile Adolf Hitler is gaining momentum in his pursuit of world domination. His influence is already far reaching in fact, the Nazi party is subsidizing both Germany based Formula One teams; Auto Union and Mercedes.

Rene Dreyfus is an accomplished French driver, black-balled due to his Jewish heritage. He is no longer sought after by the German and Italian teams and to Lucy, he seems like a logical prospect. Now all they need is a worthy steed and here, the Schells make a dubious choice-they select the French coach manufacturer Delahaye. They are an established builder of high-end luxury vehicles, struggling in the current economy and irrelevant on the racing scene. Delahaye needs the contract and insists they are up to the task. What they produce in the end are a short run of mongrels that fortunately, perform much better than they look.
By 1938, a Mercedes W25 is a state-of-the-art Formula One machine. Sleek and aerodynamic, it is dubbed the “Silver Arrow”. By contrast the Delahaye 145 has no waistline, it was thick throughout and had a bulbous nose like Karl Malden. Some guessed that its appearance was inspired by Lucy’s pet bulldogs. Dreyfus himself thought it was the most awful-looking car he’d ever seen. In short, the Delahaye was no match for the Mercedes aesthetically but it had its merits. Its V-12 engine pulled hard, it had excellent brakes and handled well. Dreyfus reasoned that he could defeat the Mercedes if he devised the proper race strategy. He would get his opportunity in a non-championship contest in Pau, France in front of his fellow countrymen. It would prove to be one of the last chances the French had to thumb their nose at the Nazis who would soon invade their country.

I would love to tell you how it all shakes out but author Bascomb certainly tells his tale better than I can. This book has a better storyline than most of the racing movies I‘ve seen- And it’s all TRUE! I simply cannot recommend “Faster” highly enough. (Note: This novel was published under the title: “The Racers” as well. It is the same story, just confirm that it was written by Neal Bascomb. Accept no substitutes!)

Vancouver Gas Swap Meet Aug 2020

For a second year, the PNW was luckily enough to have a gas bash thrown at the Toedtli Ranch, here in Vancouver Washington called the Vancouver Gas Swap meet.

I can hear some of you right now.  Gas Swap Meet?  Like swapping gas?

C’Mon man, we are talking about oil cans, signs, maps and other memoribilia!  The mastermind behind this was none other than
Tyler Toedtli hisself.  As a young ‘un he is well educated in the hobby and because of his Dad, Todd, well, has had a very good teacher.

Last year there were 30 different vendors and over 200 attendees!!

Well, with a successful second year, there will be a third this year!!

The third annual Vancouver Gas will be August 20-21 of this year. We were happy to host over 30 vendors last year, and look forward to another great event. Additional area will be opened to provide even more room for vendors.
Vendor setup begins on Friday, August 20. Early bird entry will also be available this day. General entry begins at 8 AM on Saturday, August 21.

For some of the vendors, and a select few early birds of the Friday before the show is a pre swap meet!!
Vendor spaces are available and so is onsite camping for a select few.

This show takes place at the Toedtli Ranch, located at 6010 NE 241st Court, Vancouver WA.
Contact Tyler Toedtli for show details. Reachable at (360) 619-2055 or TylerToedtli@gmail.com.
$20 for unlimited vendor space or an early bird pass. $8 public admission. I will see you there!!!

Ridge Motorsports Park

Ridge Motorsports Park is located near Shelton Washington about 25 northwest of Olympia Washington. It offers a road course, a skid pad, kart racing and there is an off-road park.

On June 11-13th the “Trans-am series event was held at the park. One of my former co-workers, Steve Ingersoll, being a racer and a car guy went to the track for that weekend. The weather didn’t look like it was going to cooperate, but Saturday turned out to be great… Sunday, not so much.

Steve managed to take a few pics and told me a little about the event which I have transcribed here for you. The facilities look good and sounds good. They even offer catering and meeting rooms for retreats or business meetings or corporate training classes. Sounds like a cool place.

This weekends race was a joint race weekend. The SVRA, Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, and Trans Am. Trans Am races often include several classes made up of faster and slower cars on the track at the same time. Such was the case at the park for this weekend.

Also present was rain. The rain put a damper on the turn out as you might well expect, but those that stayed were rewarded with some exciting racing. Steve said it was something to see “800 hp Trans-am cars putting up huge rooster tails as they tried to negotiate the 2.47-mile road course.”

Steve and his friend, Andy Collins made a weekend of it, brave. But it turns out they had help. Apparently, Saturday night, with their camp/pit set up they held a race meeting with a Mr. Hennessey and a fellow, Jim Beam was his name to help warm the night. It sounds like it was successful.

The Lux Performance Dodge Vipers finished one-two in the SGT class in their first appearance in trans-am this season. Cindi Lux scored her fifth win when she crossed the finish line in fourth overall and first in SGT class driving the number 5 Lux Performance/Black Coffee Dodge Viper.

Carl Rydquist drove from the back to the front to claim victory in the TA2 class driving his number 47 Ford Mustang. Even though the track was rain soaked he managed to pass everyone to take the lead and finish more than 12 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

The series returns to Portland Oregon’s PIR for the Portland SpeedTour July 23-25th.

FUNCTION 4 JUNCTION 2021: 4 the schools, 4 the community, 4 the children

The Function 4 Junction Show and Shine Car Show was on. It was my first car show in about a year and a half. The show was the largest one that I have gone to in a long time.

The show was in the downtown area of Junction City. The show was at one time held at the high school football field. When I say large I mean large! Let’s just say 6 blocks long and 2 blocks wide with cars parked on both sides of the streets, in the parking lots, and down the alleyways. There were also vendors in about every other parking lot.

I talked to Corrie Lucas, the president of Function 4 Junction. Corrie said this was one of the biggest Show and Shines ever, with over 600 cars.

When I enter a show I like to know, “where does the money go?” Corrie had no problem in answering that question. The entry payment goes to the community of Junction City to help with projects, for scholarships for students and also a donation to all the volunteers for whatever good causes they have. It’s good to know where the money goes. The downtown businesses are 100% on board for the show. Corrie said 2019 was the best year for the show. Then the Covid “Crap” hit and 2020 was canceled. I mean, not only the show, but everything was canceled.

Well, back to the showl My neighbor, Keith, asked if I would like to go to the show with him. Keith had pre-registered and was ready to go. Now this was a first for me, riding in a 1963 Cadillac Series 75! You know, the kind of car the mob would use back in the ‘60s. It was 20 feet of cruising smoothness, the nicest ride I have ever been in.

Getting to the show is half the fun. There was a wonderful variety of vehicles. You name it, it was probably there-show cars, rat rods, daily drivers, drag cars, modern muscle cars, pick-ups, as well as traditional hot rods, vintage original cars and trucks, sports cars and many more. Speaking of sports cars, another first for me was a mid-engine Corvette. It was beautiful. There was even a three foot statue of “Rat Fink”. Next to Rat Fink there was a go-kart sized red Radio Flyer Wagon. On the other side of Rat Fink was a gas powered, go-kart sized 1953 Lusse Autoskooter Bumper Car.

Down one of the side streets in one of the parking lots was what I call Mopar Corner where at least 12 of the most beautiful modern muscle mopars. Then there was Mr. and Mrs. Chevelle, Jeff and Debra McLaughlin. Mr. Chevelle, Jeff, had a ‘68 coupe. Mrs. Chevelle, Debra, had a ‘68 convertible. Both had big block engines, yellow paint with black trim; so cool. An award winning 1970 red Mustang fastback was there to see. It had a V8 engine with fuel injection and was owned by Dave and Traci Smith of Springfield. Tucked back in one of the alleys was one of the coolest engines I have ever seen. It was a 1965 Chevelle drag car with a full roll cage, huge slicks and a V8 engine with twin turbos and exhaust coming up and out of the engine compartment.

I always go for the unique cars. How about a ‘30s Rat Rod pick up with a beautiful Hemi engine. On the other end of the spectrum was a unique vintage three wheel Morgan, engine and two wheels in the front and one wheel in the rear with front wheel drive.

With a lot of different cars and trucks there were quite a few drag race cars. One race car, not a drag car, caught my eye. It was a 2001 Subaru 2.5 RS Impreza Rally Car that was street legal, but it had a full roll cage, and custom suspension. It could race on dirt and pavement, up the roads and through the forests. The rally car is owned and raced by Richard and Laura Nile. Richard is the driver and Laura is the navigator who directs him through a headset communication system. She tells him to go left, right or straight. They race on the Oregon Trail Rally at PIR and up the Columbia Gorge.

To be honest with you, I was overwhelmed by all the neat cars there. Besides the cars, one thing I noticed was all the different car shirts, car hats and club jackets. Also in abundance were the families, folks that brought their children to this event. Very family focused all around.

The show and shine was over at about 4:00 that afternoon. Later Saturday evening was the big cruise through the streets of downtown Junction City. Corrie Lucas said they expected 800-1000 cars for the cruise!

So, after a year of no shows or cruises because of Covid “Crap” it was great to see and hear the Function 4 Junction was back again. Can’t wait for next year!

It’s a Swap Meet!

This is a funny story. As the economy begins to open back up and the pandemic begins to wane, events are happening all over the place, thank goodness. We sincerely hope you all made it through this hell.

With events “starting” to happen. we old car guys are getting excited. One of my friends says I have Rust in my veins and that may be true. A swap meet was scheduled at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehallis Washington in early June and I wanted to go. I didn’t have anything that I needed, mind you, but I had been cowering in the corner for long enough.

I have several friends that like swap meets and one particularly demented friend said he wanted to go too. So, we planned to start out early, like O Dark Thirty, so we could get there early and not miss the bargain of a lifetime… you know, that deal. Our plan included a stop for breakfast along the way and we both figured that we’d be able to “dine in” since the China Virus restrictions were being lifted. At the first breakfast stop we made; we were surprised to learn that they didn’t have any indoor dining service. Off to the next choice. They had limited seating but indoor availability, so we indulged.

We were back on the road again shortly and the rain was spotty. Up ahead of us looked very ominous with huge dark clouds looming, but with our lust for rust spurring us on we used our intermittent wipers extensively and persevered.

Using todays amazing technology, Google maps, on my phone, we had fore warning of the exit and made it to the destination just as a small sun ray peeked through the clouds. The place was small, compact actually, but it was bustling. The parking lot was very full, but we managed to arrive just as someone loaded with treasures was leaving. We parked and headed for the Popup that looked like the way in.

The folks were friendly and open to my putting a stack of papers on the table for folks to take and we excitedly entered the first swap meet we were able to attend in a long time.

I have to pause here to say that neither one of us had much that we had gone looking for but, it was a swap meet! The first in over a year. And we both knew that there were things here that we needed, despite the fact that we didn’t really need anything. Another pause, we both have issues with our legs being old and worn out. Jim was using a cane and I’m just slow, hips and knees, don’t work quite right and are painful, but we were going to see everything there was to see and we weren’t going to be denied.

It wasn’t long before first I found something then Jim. Negotiations were hard fought, but deals were made, and money changed hands, treasures were bought. I realized that Jim had a real method in his bringing his cane. He couldn’t carry much because he was using the cane. So, the old cripple that wobbles got to carry this stuff back to the car.

Perhaps foolishly, perhaps not, I bought something that was too big to carry so when I went back to the car, I simply drove back to pick up the big stuff. Pretty clever don’t’ ya think?

Now, after nine years as a “professional” publisher/photo/journalist etc. etc. it’s going to be hard for you to believe, but understandable with all the anticipation and excitement, we didn’t take one picture! So much for professionalism. It probably doesn’t really matter though. There were just a bunch of rusty/dirty, bent and some broken, old car parts. If you’ve seen one you’ve seen ‘em all, right? But I’ll bet you’d go anyway!

Ford versus Chevy, AMC, Mopar, Pontiac, etc.

After winning the 1969 Trans-Am Championship for Chevrolet, Roger Penske sent shockwaves through the racing world by signing a lucrative deal with fledgling AMC. If anyone could make a winner out of their boxy Javelin they reasoned, it was “The Captain” and his talented chauffer Mark Donohue.

Introduced in 1967, team Javelin participated in the series under the direction of Chicago based racer Ronnie Kaplan. “A” list drivers including Peter Revson and George Follmer had piloted the patriotically painted beasts and though they were competitive, they hadn’t won any races. By the dawn of the 1970 season, AMC brass was ready to see that change. Defending series champion Donohue would drive the primary car and Revson would return (after a stint with Ford) to wheel a sister car.

Chaparral creator Jim Hall took over the Chevrolet effort. He planned to make his return to the driver’s seat after a debilitating crash in his Can-Am car two years prior. Trans-Am veteran Ed Leslie was his second.

The strongest threat to capture the title however was expected to be fielded by Ford. In ’69 there were two factory supported Mustang teams; Bud Moore’s and Carroll Shelby’s. When the season ended, Moore’s team received the nod. Three school bus yellow Boss 302’s appeared at the Laguna Seca Opener; one for legendary team leader Parnelli Jones, another for the capable Follmer and a third as a backup.

But wait, there’s more! 1970 was the year that all the manufacturers decided to come out to play! Dan Gurney brought a pair of nasty Hemi Cudas- One for him and one for his protégé Swede Savage. Sam Posey appeared with a lime green Dodge Challenger and even Pontiac was represented by Jerry Titus and his all new Firebird. If you were a muscle car guy and you liked road racing, this season was unprecedented. The entry list looked promising and the paddock was abuzz with enthusiasts that were pulling for one marque or another.

After the dust settled from qualifying, “PJ” was awarded the pole but Donohue would start alongside in the new Javelin. They were followed by Follmer (Mustang) and Gurney (Hemi Cuda) in row two. Row three: Posey (Challenger) and Leslie (Camaro). Row four: Titus (Firebird) and Savage (Hemi Cuda). Rounding out the top ten were local driver Milt Minter in the Ex-Penske Camaro (Now fielded by Roy Woods) and Hall in the new Camaro. Revson (Javelin) would tag the field after experiencing mechanical issues in qualifying.

At the drop of the green flag, Jones shot into the lead with Donohue in hot pursuit. Follmer seemed content to follow in the second Mustang. Hall was the race’s first casualty, retiring with transmission woes after completing just three circuits. For the first forty laps, Donohue remained within striking distance but eventually Jones began to stretch his legs. Likewise Follmer was never able to challenge for the runner-up spot. The real excitement was watching Revson’s charge through the field. He advanced as far as fifth but was then punted into the guardrail by Posey. Gurney fell out one lap later also due to a balky transmission. Finally, Leslie completed fifty nine laps before busting an axle.
Following Jones, Donohue and Follmer across the finish line was Savage in the Mopar and Minter’s Camaro (Minter would win a race at Donnybrooke later in the season, shoving Follmer out of the lead along the way). Posey was three laps down in sixth, then Titus in the Firebird. Eighth place was claimed by an independent, Craig Murray driving a two year old Camaro. Portlander Joe Chamberlain was next piloting his own Chevy and John Silva Jr. rounded out the top ten in yet another ’68 Camaro.
To be honest, the race was a little anti-climactic after the build-up but it did serve as a preview of things to come. Jones would go on to win the ’70 Championship for Ford and Donohue/Penske/AMC would have to wait another year to claim their title. The Hall Camaros would prove under powered and Gurney’s Hemi Cuda was fast but unreliable. Posey’s Challenger was capable of going the distance but not winning. Tragically, Jerry Titus was killed when he crashed his Firebird practicing for the Trans-Am race at Road America (WI). His seventh place finish at the Opener would remain the team’s best effort.

Years later at a Tran-Am revival, Follmer was chastised for rubbing fenders with another competitor. He explained to the aghast car owner, “This is how we used to do it!”

Photos by John McCuskey


C-10 Club Cruise

The Northwest C-10 Club held a cruise in Enumclaw Washington back in April. A friend of mine who lives in Washington and is a C-10 fan attended the cruise and took some pics which he shared with me via email and we will share them with you here.

Steve Ingersoll tells me there were around 300 trucks on display. Some very cool Chevys and even a few Ford trucks too. Steve says there was a nice mix of very beautifully done trucks and lots of patinaed ones too. A great group of guys and some ladies too. The weather held off until about 2pm when it poured for about 30 minutes.
Kudos to Chris Fowler and his helpers. The cruise went off without a hitch.

Steve also shared that in his opinion the 1972 Chevy C-10 was the best pickup ever made. I know there a few of you out there that feel the same way. They are a good-looking truck.

The UAP Report 2021

Greetings Earthlings, uh, er … I mean GearHeads. Sorry, that slipped out. Been kind of preoccupied lately, I guess.

For all twelve of you who follow this column, you know I have spent a lot of time introducing the newfangled electrical vehicles (EVs) coming into our car world. But if that wasn’t enough, now we have … aliens!

For those of you who haven’t been hiding beneath a magic mushroom or something like that, you are well aware of the worldwide conversation that is about to be had. Perhaps the greatest conversation in the history of all of mankind. We are not alone. That’s heavy, man!

By now, most of us have heard the announcement. By the time you are reading this, perhaps the Pentagon will have released their files and the conversation will have begun. And what will that be? What will  we be saying about these UAPs (former UFO)? That stands for “Unofficial Auto Punishers” or something like that. That might not be quite accurate, I dunno. What shall we call these things, GearHeads?

I will tell you this, I am certainly not tripping all over myself to race one of these things with my Camaro! Now, we don’t exactly know what these things they call Tic Tacs, are. They are roughly in the shape of a slice of pie but they sure are damn fast. I think we can all agree on that.

And can they ever maneuver! I certainly wouldn’t mind having one of these on my team. I mean, might they actually be the penultimate, intergalactic hooners of all of  spacedom? Who knows. They seem pretty cool though, don’t they? Might be interesting to know who is in them. But then, perhaps that is what the conversation will be all about, eh? Can’t wait!

So, we figured what time is better than the present to get this convo started? All I know is these things are fast and I like fast and you like fast too, yes? What say you? And with that — ’nuff said.
Chuck Fasst #GearHeadsWorld