Drag Racing Story of the Day!
Fat Jack's Charm School
By Clare Sanders
Three Funny Car racers rented a shop (an old storefront)
that looked directly on to the main street of the little tourist community
of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, near Cleveland. Members were...
Paula Murphy - Her mechanic, Fat Jack Bynum, was
anything but charming, the paradox giving birth to his nickname (in
reality, a very nice guy, but don't blow his cover)
Super Chief - Brian Teal, Logghe 200-MPH Club member,
ran Nelson Carter's Dodge high-gear car. Now operates Teal's Automotive,
north of Austin, Texas. Cool guy, married to a girl named Rhonda. I have
a story on him
Huff-Sanders Camaro - Frank Huff owned big-block
Chevy-powered car. Fast, squirrelly, this rig could click off 200-mph
numbers, if you knew to run it 1st-direct-to-3rd gear so the flexy
chassis would stay hooked. Money making car, Huff just couldn't make the
move to the Hemi cars, but it was a fun ride while it lasted. Driver
(yours truly) got paid 35% off the top!
Fat Jack was a real character, known for putting on a gruff
front, so one day I made a sign saying "Fat Jack's Charm School"
and taped it to the front window of the shop, just for laughs. When the
Geneva-on-the-Lake Tour Bus would pass, you could hear the driver say "and on
our right is Fat Jack’s Charm School." We would roll with laughter!
We had a great time that summer (probably 1970), running the
UDRA circuit, racing in the Midwest, doing the Wednesday night US 30 Dragway
bit, booking through Ed Rachanski. Lots of parties. I even met my first wife