Racin' and Rockin'..."JB's Take"

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Re: Racin' and Rockin'..."JB's Take"

Postby WildcatOne » Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:19 pm

My pick for Racer of the Week is David Strine, from Westminster, Maryland. I met David on Facebook a while back when he contacted me to recommend one of his racing buddies to be a Racer of the Week. His 1972 Chevy Malibu, which he named “Frankinstrine” is a fantastic classic hot rod. He runs with the No Prep group and has been very successful with it.

“Frankie” was built in 2012 by the late Jim Robinson from Baltimore Md. for David. It's a 3/4 tube chassis. with a 396” small block Chevy, nitrous assisted, with a power glide trans, a fabricated 9" rear housing with a 4.71 gear, and it runs on 32×14×15 Hoosier tires. The gloss black paint was applied by Mark Hobbs of Hobbs Auto.

"Frankie" has been to the winners circle 2 times and has earned several runner up spots, most recently at US 13 at Delmar Delaware. David said they are looking for great things to happen in 2020.

David thanks his wife Sherry for her love and support, and his friend Jeff Doster from South Mountain Raceway for his help and friendship.

David is a very down-to-earth guy. He’s a great drag racer, but what I saw as his true greatness is his selfless attitude about not just racing, but about life. He first made contact with me to recommend one of his racing buddies to be a Racer of the Week. I looked his friend up and sure enough, he’s qualified and he’s on the schedule now…but I also looked up David’s page and the Frankinstrine Racing page, and I was blown away to see this extremely high-quality hot rod and pictures of David’s friends and family all giving him great respect and love. David thinks of other people first, not himself. That is a rare quality, and since we first made contact about featuring Ken, we have become great friends and he has recommended 6 more racers for this, all of whom I contacted and they all accepted the invite. The happiest of all of them is David Strine himself, who is made happy by making other people happy.

God Bless you, David. We wish you good luck, safe racing and the best of times in the future!
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Re: Racin' and Rockin'..."JB's Take"

Postby WildcatOne » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:44 pm

My pick for Racer of the Week is Paul Dale, from Basingstoke, United Kingdom. Paul was recommended to me by our friend and former Racer of the Week, Simon Boot. Thanks, Simon! Paul’s story is a classic Drag Racing saga, which in my opinion would make a great movie. He speaks straight from the heart, and I have enjoyed my chats with him over the last few weeks.

Paul’s life in racing started when he was about 18. His Dad built a Fiat Topolino Altered from scratch. It had a 383” Chrysler lump in it. They used to take turns driving, and they ran in a group called The Wild Bunch for many years and did really well. Paul also had several hot rods, including a Zephyr with a Rover v8, a ’68 Camaro which they Pro-Streeted. It had 15 x 15 Centerlines on the back and 3.5 Centerlines on the front, running a small block Chevy. Paul used this on the street and for racing at Avon park. He then got into girls and got out of racing until about 6 years ago when a little 105e Anglia came up for sale. It used to be a very well known car that Tim Adams ran in Super Gas. He bought the car in a bare chassis state and rebuilt it quite quickly to get back out racing again. They started with a pretty stock small block Chevy and ran 11s and eventually got into the tens. They then joined a group called the Supercharged Outlaws and decided to have an engine built with a supercharger by Pater knight. This was the start of serious racing for them as a family, Paul’s mum Pam, Dad Steve, and daughter Somer are at the track at Santa Pod most weekends during the race season.

The “Acute Angle” is getting quicker every year and has run into the 8s. At the end of this season Paul decided to get greedy with the boost and unfortunately, blew the engine to bits. This was a great disappointment, but it has now pushed Paul into building the engine to run on methanol with an injected hat! The new small block Chevy should make about 1200 hp, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t run into the 7s, which could mean it will be the fastest 105e in England, but time will tell!!

The car is a handful at the best of times and Paul told me he’s had many a scary moments in it! It’s only a 100inch wheelbase and it’s very narrow, so it doesn’t take much for the car to decide to go one way or another on its own without any warning!

I would like to thank his Mum and Dad, Somer and Lou, his other other half for all their support in his racing efforts!

Paul would also like to thank Andy Fadster and all the Supercharged Outlaws for making him and his team so welcome,
And he also thanks DragList LIVE for doing this and he said he feels very honored to be featured as a Racer of the Week.

Great car and a great story, Paul! We wish you good luck, safe racing and the best of times in the future!
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Re: Racin' and Rockin'..."JB's Take"

Postby WildcatOne » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:27 pm

My pick for Racers of the Week are Bobby, Charity and Harley Frizzell, from Starr, South Carolina. Charity got in touch with me a few months back and recommended Bobby to me, and I found that the whole family is involved in their hot rod. They sent great info on the car and the time they’ve spent working on it.

Bobby races a 1963.5 Ford Galaxie 500. What makes the car special is he bought it from the original owner who also raced the car when it was new. The car was in a garage untouched for 25 years. Bobby pulled it out of the garage and brought it back to life and today races with the Southeast Gassers Association in the super stock class. The class doesn't get a lot of attention but Bobby is keeping the car alive and retaining the original owner's legacy while building and racing it now. The car is named Legacy because of this.

Bobby owns and manages the 78 Speed Shop in Anderson, South Carolina.

The history of the Legacy is as cool as the car is. Bobby purchased the it from the original owner, who ordered it new from Ford. He was in the military at the time and wanted a car he could drive on the street and race on the weekends. He raced the car at weekend races all the way thru the 70’s. Then he started street driving it till 1993, when he parked it in his garage.

Time passed and the car sat there till Bobby found it in early 2018. He purchased the car and began bringing it back to what it was. He rebuilt the original 390 and installed a Hightower 4 speed manual transmission. The Southeast Gassers Association started a super Stock class and that’s just the fit that Bobby was looking for.

Bobby told me he’s one of the brokest guys you’ll ever meet. When he started this Journey he had a guy tell him that he was wasting his time. People as poor as Bobby had no place in racing. He was fueled by that statement and was determined to build this car and race it.

He said he won’t lie; he couldn’t have done it without people like Daniel Powell at Powell’s cams and Powell’s Machine Shop. Daniel put a lot of his knowledge and his time into this car along with a killer custom cam. Bobby’s wife has put time in on the build and their 17 year old daughter Harley is his crew chief and has worked many hours on the car.

Bobby also wants to thank Quain Stott for giving him the chance along with the countless other drivers that gave him their old parts. That’s right, the car is built out of a lot of used parts. In my book, that makes it a genuine hot rod! Bobby said he wants to inspire other guys to the fact that it doesn’t matter what your financial status is, you can build a race car and you can have fun. He said he named the car Legacy because a legacy is something you live, and he’s trying to live his legacy and carry on with the cars.

Right now the car runs in the 8’s, but they are getting faster at each race so who knows where it will be at the end of the season? This is what Bobby does know…For a guy that was told he could not afford to be competitive…that he wasn’t good enough…that a 4000 pound car couldn’t be competitive. He’s sitting 6th in the points and the guys in SEGA have been nothing but great to him. They really are one big family. Bobby told me: “Hopefully my story can inspire guys to get out and build something cool. Never let people stop you from your dreams.”

They drag that old Galaxie all over the place on an open trailer behind a 30-year-old truck. Bobby’s got nothing to hide. He ain’t scared. He said they know they could have never made it without the great people that have helped them.

Hopefully they can pick up a couple more sponsors from it and make a real run at the championship this year. Sponsors looking for the Frizzell’s, check out:

The 78 Speed Shop, LLC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/78speedshop/

The Frizzell Racing video on YouTube. It’s great! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVt6UWUZo94

https://www.facebook.com/bobby.frizzell.10

Bobby, Charity and Harley, we wish you good luck, safe racing and the best of times in the future!
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Postby WildcatOne » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:38 pm

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Re: Racin' and Rockin'..."JB's Take"

Postby WildcatOne » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:39 pm

My pick for Racers of the Week are Leo and Tina Georgis, from Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory. Leo was recommended to me by our friend and world-class graphic artist Colin Hardy. Thanks, Colin!

Leo’s hot rod, “The Flying Carrot”, is instantly recognizable as one of Australia’s classic drag race cars, and I’ve had a great time chatting with Leo about his racing history as well as the history of this awesome race car.

Leo’s story starts off like this: when he was around 7-8 years of age, a family friend of theirs was involved in drag racing. Leo’s brother and he would travel along with him and his children to various meetings, and they were hooked at a young age. As the years went on and they finally had their own (street) cars, the brothers used to attend their local track and race there a few times while it was operational, until it was closed down in the late 80s and it still remains closed. Now there is no track where the capital city of Australia is. Leo said “work that one out?” So his current home track is around 320kms away (Sydney Dragway). A lot of traveling is involved, and occasionally he makes the 1200km one-way trip to Willowbank Dragway for the Winternationals every June, but Leo said it’s worth it.

After competing for about 10 years in Street class driving his Holden Torana, the decision was made to purchase the Escort from Leo’s son-in-law’s father and step up into the Super Sedan/Top Sportsman bracket in 2017. The Torana still remains in the family with Leo’s son taking the reins; as for the Escort, she’s an awesome little car, like a go-cart on steroids.

After a successful 2018/19 season, Leo became the National Champion in Super Sedan…something that racers dream of but he didn’t expect this would have happen to them, as we were running in fifth place going into the final meeting. There where a few drivers chasing the title as well. Let’s just say Lady Luck or someone was looking out for him and they came away with the title and a lot of new mates!

Now to the car. This little beast has been on the racing circuit since 1974 and Leo’s pretty sure it would one of the longest-running and still active racing cars in Australia. It’s a very popular vehicle, with old and new supporters that know the history of this car, either at race meets or car shows.

It’s a Mk1 1972 Australian Ford Escort Panel Van. The whole car has been chopped by 100mm right around as advised by the original owner, it’s an all steel body, with a new full chassis built a few years ago. The car weighs in at around 2200 pounds.

The power plant is a 400 cubic inch Small Block Chevy. It has a Dart Block, AFR Heads, a Victory Junior manifold, a 950 APD carb and it runs on VP MS109 fuel. The engine makes around 680hp.

It uses MSD ignition, the transmission is a 2-speed Power Glide. It has a 5000 Hi-Stall converter. The power goes to a Ford 9” differential with 4.11 gears.

It has Weld wheels, 15 x 10 & 15 x 4 Alumastars, Mickey Thompson tyres: 32 x 15 x 12 rears and 24 x 15 x 4.5 fronts.

Leo’s best ET to date is 8.92 at 152mph.

There a few people and sponsors that he’d like to mention for there assistance:

Bradbury Panel & Restorations (Leo’s son-in-law) for an awesome paint job and ongoing help, Aksenov Constructions, ACT Motor Traders, and their present new sponsor, Lamatina Carrot Growers. They’re actually a Top Fuel Race Team over there that are helping them out for the 2020 season. This is a major deal for the Flying Carrot team that will hopefully defend their Aussie title!

Leo also thanks his crew and family with all their help when they’re not racing means a lot to him so thanks to Benny, Robert, Simon, Ray, Martin, Budda, many thanks guys!

Thanks to Colin Hardy for the awesome Flying Carrot graphics,
and lastly to Leo’s wife, Tina, who has supported him over these years. Thank You.

Leo, this is without question one of the coolest and most unique hot rods I’ve ever featured. We wish you good luck, safe racing and the best of times in the future!
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Re: Racin' and Rockin'..."JB's Take"

Postby WildcatOne » Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:44 pm

My pick for Racer of the Week is Stephen (Steven) Hawes (Halls) who resides out of Hillsborough, New Jersey. Stephen was recommended to me by our producer, Barb Santucci, who recently met Stephen and saw him race. He came highly recommended. Thanks, Barb!

Stephen grew up in Northern Virginia and his father would take him to Maryland International Raceway as a kid and that’s where he got the bug for racing. However he started out taking photographs of drag racing at tracks such as MIR, 75-80 Dragway, and Old Dominion Speedway. Since his first car was a 1966 VW Beetle, he toured around the VW Drag Racing Scene for years until meeting up with Bryan Epps and Chris Simmons. From there he was traveling the country, photographing events for the NHRA, IHRA and even the television show PINKS.

After 10 years of taking photos of the race cars he was ready to get behind the wheel himself. He bought his first drag car which was a 1974 VW Beetle with a chop top and had a 2160cc engine that would run 7.50 seconds at 90mph. His first ever race he finished in the semifinals and at his second ever race he ended up in the winner circle. After a few years of running in the bracket class he had the opportunity to step into a VW Pro Mod.

He purchased a 1956 Oval Body Turbo Charged on Methanol Chassis Car from Alan Fore out of Lyman, SC. This car, like many underwent many changes throughout its lifetime. It was originally built in 1998 by Ron Lummus Racing from Anaheim, CA. It was built for a VW Pro Stock Class and was campaigned in all motor trim until 2012 when it was converted into a full-blown Pro Mod.

Since then it’s wreaked havoc on the VW Community on the east coast dubbing the name THE BEAST. It’s best pass to date is a 5.27 @ 135mph in the 1/8th.

Its current configuration is a Pauter Big Block 2500cc engine, with Custom CNC Heads, Billet Atomizer Injectors, Garrett 79mm turbo, and a Mendeola 2d Transmission built by Black Mamba Racing, putting down close to 1,000hp to the track. If you want to see more of Stephen or his fellow VW Racers, you can find them online at http://www.vwheritageseries.com/

Stephen is the president and manager of HoleShot Productions, providing services with Audience Response Systems
Webinars, Live Webcasting, Audio Visual Production, Live Capturing & Recording, PowerPoint Services, Video Production, Project Consultation & Management, Set Design & Lighting,
Advisory Board Meetings, Speaker Training Meetings, and
Audience Response Systems among the many facets of his company’s capabilities. HoleShot Productions can be found online here: http://www.hspav.com/index.php

Stephen is a popular and respected competitor in his region, and I am proud to have him with us as one of the last Racers of the Week for 2019.

Stephen, we wish you good luck, safe racing and the best of times in the future!
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