Home  Drag Lists  Forum  Blog  Links  Stories  Pictures  RacingJunk  Goyda Collectibles  Movies  Store  Help  More  RSS

 

Back
Home
Up
Next

Drag Racing Story of the Day!

More Memories of John Wenderski

By Dave Wallace

I'm really enjoying your ever-growing site. Nice job!

Was surprised and pleased to see Pat Foster's too-brief mention of a day with the late John Wenderski. Perhaps "Sidney" could be persuaded to provide more insight about his former roommate?

Wenderski was a local hero in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Los Angeles proper. Long John went from a dominating, 409-powered '62 Impala A/Stocker directly to Top Fuel -- unheard of, in those days when dragster drivers actually had to be DRIVERS (long before the Frank Hawley Graduate Era). For some reason, Wenderski's track-record speed at San Fernando Raceway is still etched in my mind: 193.12 m.p.h. Perhaps it's because I was about 13 years old at the time, and John was the first person I ever knew who died. Another thing I'll never forget is the phone call late one Sunday night from photographer Tim Marshall, informing my dad and me of the crash.

I believe that John still held Fernando's track record the day he drove off the side of Ramona Raceway, near San Diego, under power, and into a pole in the pit area, if I recall correctly. Reasons given for the freak accident ranged from stuck throttle to suicide.

Drag Racing Online magazine recently ran a wonderful old photo of Wenderski, riding back down the return road of The Frog Pond, being pushed by partner Ron Winkel's matching-black-and-silver 1960 El Camino. The photo accompanied the My First Time feature written by Chris Martin. Your readers might want to check DRO's archives for a story and photo well worth viewing.

--DAVE WALLACE

Click HERE to see the Drag Racing Online article Dave mentioned. bp

 

Free Homepage Translation



Home  Drag Lists  Forum  Blog  Links  Stories  Pictures  Racing Junk  Goyda Collectibles  Movies  Store  Help  More  RSS

Drag Photos  Drag Blog  Facebook  Twitter  60s Funny Cars  70s Funny Cars  80s Funny Cars  Gasser Madness  Project 1320  Drag Times

Google

 
Web draglist.com

Copyright 1996-2014 by Bilden Enterprises. All rights reserved.