Okay, this is the second time for this! I don't know what happened to the first one. Still learning this electric machine. I just changed batteries in my human memory-cells.
First, Hubert Platt has had open heart surgery Thursday. Send him a card & a prayer to: St. Joseph Hospital of Atlanta, 565 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342 or even call; (404) 851-4350. Don't send any empty "Mason" jars! For those in the know! Right, Dave Bishop?
Yes RH, the entire S & S Parts Group along with me with my (JA) Decals will be at Old Dominion Dragstrip on August 17th for an old reunion with the Yankey Bros and Lee Edwards.
Barb, how did a lady from Alex., Va. meet D.A. from PA? By the way after racing on Rt. 295 Raceway, we would go up to Craig Hennige's shop in Oxon Hill and party. "Whoopee Craig" is a radio announcer on an "Oldies" radio in Waldorf, Md. and is a party "DJ". You can get him at www.CraigHennigiepromotions.com
Now for some new members of the (JA) JAck Approved Decal Club: Kathy Swagler (thanks for the Git-Go T) Nancy Jo Zapata (The Embroidery Factory) Forrest Bond, the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, DMLMarra.blogspot.com, Eddie Stegena, CompetitionPlus.com, Ro Mcgonegal, Paul Hutchins, Standard 1320 Club, Tom Chastang, Draglist.com, GATOR again, Classic Gassers, Julian Frazier, Metro Auto Racing Fan Club, Vargo Drag Strip Reunion, Bill Ott, My Queen Pat, Sarah Redd, Bradley & Daniel Dornes.
If you are heading South on Rt. 301 on the way to MIR, stop at Johnny's Rib Shack on the left just South of LaPlata. You will not regret it! Also, while traveling South on Rt. 5 as you enter Clinton,Md., on the right you will see a big red brick building complex that has under a big clock, SDS.
They stand for Sonny DeCeraris & Sons, former owner of Cecil County Dragway. Across the street on old Rt. 5 highway is the Fish Market Resturant owned by Rick & Sherry Giovannoni. His father was the famous "Cam Grinder" Ray Giovannoni of Daytona Beach and sponsored Don Garlits. Stop in the resturant. The food is good and on weekends
Rick's band will have you dancing. Ray was the first speed shop owner in Wash., D.C. before moving to Fla. He moved back to Va. and opened resturants in Md. & Va. Courtney Scott and his cousin then operated the Custom Speed Shop on Maine St., (where I got my first go-kart-That is a story coming). Courtney then moved to Georgetown in D.c where Bill Barrett, now with Roy Hill, had a machine shop while working with "Bunny" Burkett. Scott won an eliminator at the NHRA Nationals in B/SR.
Now today while Suffolk Raceway has their Reunion (which will moved next year to Dinwiddie) here is another bit of interest. By the way, Hank Hankins was one of few to paid me appearance money and treated me and my family to a fine dinner afterwards.. This Memorial Day weekend, it
was 51 years ago that Aquasco opened. Yes, it was in the woods BP & JTL.
Al & Rose Procopio, Julio & Betty Marra, Sonny & Ebby Procopio and Anthony & Sonny DeCeraris (Al's brother in-law) were the management group. And, the Headers of Oxon Hill & Strokers of Camp Springs Md. (I co-started the Strokers) Hot Rod Clubs ran the show. I miss opening day because of an Army enlistment. Ebby & Sonny P. along with Sonny D. later opened Cecil County Dragway. Later after my Army days, I became a flagman (before Lew Bond, the manager of Capitol Dragway invented the Christmas Tree), then starter, announcer and strip reporter. By the way, "Thunderlung" didn't you announce the '63 AHRA Springnationals there for Jim Tice? I won E/SA in my Ford 500 and was Third (3) that year in the '63 AHRA National Points Champioship along Don Elliott, Dickie Harell, Charlie Therwanger and David Yocum, the top five. (more this later) God Bless Al & Rose, they were a gift.
Next time I will tell you about winning my first trophy and my first go-kart race. I have hundreds of stories. I hope you all enjoy them.
Well, it time to get off and go the Zapata's (hey, the ZAP Decals will return-you greyheads remember them?) for party with Julio & Rosa Marra, Joel (the announcer) Thomas, Bob "Moneybags" Wilberger, Jeff (photographer) Tinsley, and Bill & Boots Juenette (help build Old Dominion Dragstrip) to name a few.
If you have two ducks in front of two ducks and two ducks behind two ducks and two ducks in the middle, how many ducks do you have? 10-8-6-4 or only two?
If Maryland had no clothes, what would Delaware? A New Jersey!
GOD BLESS YOU & the USA! Remember our troops in PRAY! JA