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Throttle Whacks – Who's Whacking Who?

By Pat Foster

All this push starting, turn around stuff reminded me of a really funny story. Jimmy Albert, Rocky Childs' partner in the Addict car, always held Dave Zuechel in high regard and emulated him in all respects, except for girth. We're at Lions one night and Davey does one of his patented throttle whacks with Ed Pink in the other lane. Dave would stand beside the motor with his hand on the injector shaft and when he was sure Pink or Black or whoever was looking, he'd grab a handful of throttle and just smile over at ‘em.

One of the few times we made it to the final round, Jimmy tries the deal against Waterman, I think. He whacks that bitch, backfires the blower -- OFF the manifold. The concussion knocks him over backwards and the stand-off tube that holds the no-longer-existing oil pressure gauge is pissing a steady stream of 70 weight on his head. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. While I was deciding, I left the mag switch on and just let her die a slow death. What a pitiful sight -- he NEVER whacked her again. Left that to the real tuners.

Foster

 

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