VOLUME XIII,  ISSUE  - JAN - FEB,  2018

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Dick Landy’s Dodge goes to auction

The 1965 Dodge Hemi Coronet A/FX driven by the legendary Dick Landy will be one of the cars at the Mecum Auction held Jan. 5-14 at Kissimmee, FL.

 

Landy won 39 out of 40 match races with this 426 c.i. Hemi automatic powered car. Later driven by Jim Wetton and campaigned by Studio Dodge. It was restored by “Hemi Eddie” Strzelcecki in 2010.

 

This factory-designed race car is one of the most original cars remaining from the altered-wheelbase program that began the “funny car” name.

 

This car, Lot F124 goes to auction on Friday, Jan. 12, and is expected to sell for $750,000 to $1,000,000. Wow!    [01/28/18]

Allen Johnson honored by Bristol Dragway

Allen Johnson (left) laughs as Jerry Caldwell shows him what his golf bag will look like.

 

Former NHRA Pro Stock star Allen Johnson was honored by Bristol Dragway employees and family with a special champagne toast celebration on Dec. 14.

 

Bristol Dragway GM Jerry Caldwell also presented Johnson with a customized Thunder Valley golf bag to honor Johnson’s career and support for the track and the region in Tennessee. Johnson, driver of a Dodge Dart, retired from the NHRA circuit at the end of last season.

 

“Coming here and seeing this means so much to my family and team,” the Greeneville, TN, native said. “We’ve always had great camaraderie all through the years. It’s nice to go out and see the sights [on the NHRA circuit], but it’s always awesome coming home and seeing the mountains and Bristol.”   [01/28/18]

HROT helps train the next generation

Introduced in February 2017 at the Race & Performance Expo, the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge showed the racing world how to get the youngsters involved in the future of the racing industry at the PRI Show last month.

 

Developed for kids between the ages of 5 and 18 years old, it’s design is to “get wrenches in their hands and grease under their finger nails” by taking apart and rebuilding Briggs & Stratton 5 Horsepower single-cylinder engines.

 

A team consists of two members; one teammate must be 5-18 years of age. Each team will have to completely disassemble and reassemble the engine so it is functional and in running condition. Basic hand tools and equipment must be utilized to complete this task. The contest will help develop the youngsters problem-solving, and communication skills, as well as increase self-esteem and the understanding of a working internal combustion engine.

 

Due to the popularity of the junior engine challenges, and the importance of getting these youngsters interested in the racing industry, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow will be holding a minimum of 18 events in 2018. Starting in February at the Race & Performance Expo and ending at the PRI Show next December. They will be participating at all the Midwest Junior Super Series events and most of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine challenge events during the year.

 

For more information about the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow program or how you can help, please contact Greg Parker at gparker@hotroddersoftomorrow.org or phone 574-315-1938.   [01/28/18]

‘Classic’ Funny Car class added to March Meet

The final judge for inclusion into the Classic Funny Car Class is Lou Hart's Drag Racing Funny Cars book.

 

The Classic Nitro Funny Car class at the 2018 Good Vibrations March Meet is for classic-looking funny cars with all necessary NHRA Heritage rules enforced for safety and no long front overhang. It will be a 5.90 Index class, not a B-field. Racers must pick the class to race in prior to entering Auto Club Famoso Raceway and, ultimately will be subject to re-assignment if the management so decides. Points mag or MSD 12 amp.

 

The event payout is $5,000 to win the 8-car field and Stith Printing/Legends of Nitro will pay $500 to the #1 qualifier.

 

The Good Vibrations March Meet is scheduled for March 1-5 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA.[01/28/18]

Pentastar eHybrid makes Ward’s ‘10 Best Engines’ for second year

Editors at WardsAuto have named the 3.6-liter Pentastar eHybrid one of Wards 10 Best Engines for 2018.

 

The achievement marks the second time the powertrain has been so-honored. The 3.6-liter Pentastar eHybrid was named to the prestigious annual list last year, when it debuted in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

 

The plug-in hybrid propulsion system makes the Pacifica Hybrid the most efficient minivan ever, based on its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) – a measure that accounts for a plug-in hybrid vehicle’s blended use of electricity and gasoline, in combined city- and highway-cycle testing.

 

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid also excels on two other efficiency fronts, with EPA driving-range ratings of 33 miles in electric-only mode, and 570 total miles.   [01/28/18]

Laguna Seca to host ‘Nitro Revival’ during May Spring Classic event

The distinct cackle of Nitro Revival will be coming to the Monterey Peninsula during the second annual Spring Classic on May 18-20. The gathering of vintage and restored nitromethane-powered drag cars and legendary drag racing personalities will take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the iconic facility's vintage racing event with feature activity occurring on Saturday, May 19. The Spring Classic celebrates motorsports eras from the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s.

 

"Nitro Revival is a unique car show with unique vehicles that celebrate drag racing," said Steve Gibbs, Nitro Revival producer. "Laguna Seca is an iconic place with a facility that can accommodate the growth of Nitro Revival, and we are able to add a historical drag race element to their event. There is a lot of drag racing history on the Central Coast and Bay Area. Monterey also has a lot to offer as a destination."

 

Nitro Revival will enhance the paddock experience of the three-day vintage race held May 18-20. The 11 run groups of approximately 200 historically-correct sports and race cars that will race on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course during the Spring Classic range from 1966-74 Can-Am to 1974-94 Stock Cars to Historic Motorcycle exhibitions.   [01/28/18]

Vintage racing events set for Indy, Sonoma and Watkins Glen

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be one of three tracks to host a new racing exhibition series featuring cars that first hit the road during World War I or earlier, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports.

 

The races will be sanctioned by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, which has held an event at IMS each summer since 2014.

 

SVRA owner Tony Parella said the group's event in Indianapolis has grown each year since its start. Last year, 30,000 “ticket-buying” fans attended the fourth annual Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational and Parella predicts the new exhibition race will see even bigger attendance.

 

Next year's event is scheduled for mid-June, with qualifying on June 15, a charity pro-am race on June 16 and the race itself on June 17.

 

The new "Pre-1920" series also will feature events at Sonoma Raceway in California (May 31-June 3) and Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York (Sept. 7-9). See the entire race schedule at www.svra.com.

 

The races will feature fields of 15 to 20 vintage cars, and the race team crew members will dress in period attire and use the tools and equipment of those times.    [01/28/18]

FCA Foundation will ‘Power Up’ High School Robotics Teams

Ahead of the Jan. 6 kickoff of the 2018 robotics season, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, announced $223,750 in grants to 51 Michigan-based FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams. The grants ($4,475 per team) will help offset the costs i.e. registration fees, parts and materials and team apparel associated with participating in the 2018 FIRST® POWER UP challenge. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), is an international, K-12 not-for-profit organization founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

 

“We are proud to partner with an organization that is committed to inspiring the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals,” said Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development, FCA – North America. “The experience that students gain through their participation in FIRST programs is invaluable in preparing them for STEM-based careers.”

 

This year alone, the FCA Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 to student robotics programs, including grants for Michigan-based FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League teams, First in Michigan and 2018 FIRST Championship – Detroit (April 25-28).

 

Additionally, more than 80 FCA US employees will guide FRC teams through the competition season as volunteer team mentors and coaches.  [01/28/18]

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