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!