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The Burnout King Turns 40!

By Jay Mageau

Darrell Webb -- the Burned Out King -- receives his wheelchair at SIR upon his 40th birthday. Photo thanks to Jay Mageau
Darrell Webb -- the Burned Out King -- receives his wheelchair at SIR
upon his 40th birthday. Photo thanks to Jay Mageau

Now, you folks should know that Darrell Webb, AKA the "Burn Out King" and I have a good-natured rivalry going on. We are almost neighbors, and great friends, but if the opportunity exists to GET the other guy, it will be done.

At the spring car show in Edmonton this year, Darrell unveiled to the world his new speed secret, his "BYE JAY" license plate on the back of his Corvette Funny Car. I must have run against Darrell 20 times this year, and did my best to make him eat that plate, but it wasn't enough.

Well, the "Smoky One" turned 40 this summer. My crew and I planned a special birthday surprise for him. It took us about three weeks of clandestine planning to pull it off. We know how much Darrell likes to race, and considering his entry into the world of geezerism, we thought it would be appropriate to build him a new racer for his advanced age.

The annual funny car race in Saskatoon was a week before his birthday, so with the help of the IBAA gang in attendance, we got him BIG TIME!

I work in the medical equipment field, and we "acquired" an old beater wheelchair. This was Darrell's 40th birthday gift. We, being racers, felt that the chair need some upgrading, so we built a nice set of zoomie headers, a huge shifter, Goodyear slicks, SFI approved upholstery, wheelie bars, a line lock (for Darrell's big burn outs), SFI belts, and most importantly, an SFI approved ballistic diaper (Attends undergarments!)

At the Saskatoon race, the promoter invited all the funny car drivers to the start line for introductions to the fans, and to sing the anthems. Unknown to Darrell was the fact that the entire staff of the racetrack was in on this "GET." After the anthem was sung, the announcer informed all 5,000 fans that Mr. Webb was turning 40, and that we had a special gift for him. My crew ran out from under the tower with his new funny-chair. Darrell turned pale. The fans roared.

Darrell Webb's Corvette Funny Car sported this unique license plate for the event. Photo thanks to Jay Mageau
Darrell Webb's Corvette Funny Car sported this unique license plate for the event. Photo thanks to Jay Mageau

Darrell graciously rode his new machine back to the staging lanes, only to discover that we had swapped his evil "Bye Jay" license plate with one that more aptly proclaimed..."The BURNED OUT KING..."

He ran the plate at that event, but it was missing at the next event. I don't know why!

Racing isn't just about performance; it's about fun too. And boy, do we have fun!

My only concern now is, what is he going to do to get us back?

Later, Jay

Follow the adventures of The Prospector, Canada's only '57 Chev funny car, at Mageau Family Racing's web page... http://msnhomepages.talkcity.com/RallyRd/girltroubleracing

 

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