What do you want for Christmas? It is a common question this time of year. I really could use a car hoist, but I suppose that is a little too much to ask from my lovely wife. So I tell her, “I can always use socks and handkerchiefs,” and that is what I will receive [...]
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“Better check your ‘tude, dude.” Well, that’s not an exact quote from my father, but the meaning is the same. Dad and Mom raised four sons on a dairy farm in south Tillamook County, near the Oregon Coast. It was a seven-day-a-week, 365 days-per-year job with no vacations. The cows needed to be milked morning [...]
Many of you know that I entered competition in the Sportsman Class at Woodburn Dragstrip during the 2013 Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series. I entered fourteen events driving my 2001 Hyundai. Winning a total of nine rounds during the season earned me an 11th place finish in the standings. I would have loved to have [...]
I Raced With the Best
I would like to begin this article with a quote from a November 1980 issue of National Dragster. A racer is recapping his season after having won the World Championship. This is his quote exactly as it was printed thirty-three years ago.
“The racing was tough at Ontario, but it is my [...]
IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES …….
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That quote is the beginning one of the most famous lines in English literature. Written by Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities” could be compared to the story of my life. Perhaps you can identify also. [...]
The sport of drag racing can truthfully boast of some rather flamboyant personalities. Some “left their mark” in drag racing history by their after-hours partying while others have let their driving be their mark of distinction. Some are remembered for their angry outbursts while others are the most calm, loving, caring individuals you could ever [...]
If you know anything about my love for cars at all, you will know I have a definite love for Mopars. From the first 1965 Plymouth Satellite which I picked up at the assembly line in Detroit, to the 1968 GTX, and down the line to the world famous 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, I have [...]
Some things in life are easy and some are more difficult. With a smile on his face, a young racer once told me, “Drag racing is easy. All you need to do is cut a light and run your number,” meaning of course the driver’s selected dial-in. The smile told me that he knew it [...]
Do You Remember 1978?
Here we are, boys and girls, in the year 2013. This year will see the 35th running of the NHRA Division 6 ET Finals which, with the championship of 2012, Woodburn Dragstrip’s valiant racers have earned top honors fourteen times. It all began back in 1978 at Seattle International Raceway [...]
Recently I heard a story which may or may not be true. Whether it is or whether it is not true, really does not matter, as the principle involved still applies to all racers and race fans. The story goes like this:
“Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor