Is it Spring yet???????????????????????? Man oh man I’m ready for some nice sunny 80 degree days and some dragstrip action and noise. Between the weather, 2 bouts of the latest form of the flu, and the winter of ’17/’18 in general, the past few months have been horrible. I’m SOOOO glad I don’t live
in the northeast…..those poor folks have been blasted.
There is, some good news for all of us.
First, Hagerty Insurance is back on board with us to continue their sponsorship and support for the group. This is a very important part of what we do. Since nothing in this world is free, their support keeps us moving ahead. And as a user of their Motorsports Insurance Program, I’m proof of the fact that an incident or accident can happen to any of us. And the rebuild is gonna cost is
probably going to be a tough nut to crack without help…..enter Hagerty. It works, no muss, no fuss, and no hassles. My claim was settled in 29 days. It took longer to repair the car.
Returning are our 3 favorites……NHRA’s Midwest Reunion at Bowling Green in June, Summit Motorsports Park’s Blue Suede Cruise in July, and Dragway 42’s Rock ‘N Race in August is going to give you plenty of opportunity to come out and say hello. Summit Motorsports Park is going to have an all new all CONCRETE track surface, and Dragway 42 is about to begin grinding and profiling of their race surface. Both of these projects should make for great racing.
Lastly, several new members will be thrown into the mix for ’18. These guys, along with a couple of returnees, and the long timers are sure to keep things
Returning for ’18 after a year away is Jimmy Roberts from Brandon MS and his ’40 Willys coupe. After a transmission change, it should be waaayyy more dependable and for sure, a bit cheaper to operate.
New to the group is Chad Willetts from Henderson KY with his ’41 Willys. It’s the result of an 18 month effort with friends and family, and for sure, it’s a go’er with a 383 SBC, ‘glide and 4.86 rear.
Late in the ’17 season, we also we were fortunate to have added a couple
of Tri 5 guys, both running the ever popular ’57 Chevy.
Robert Walker from Chattanooga TN will be returning with his small block car.
Last but not least Larry Bagwell from Hanceville AL has used the off season to make some repairs to his ’57 that he calls “The Beast.” It was, in ’17 a blown big block Chevy. A couple of engine gremlins attacked him late in the year, providing something for him to do in the off season, and a place to spend his spare cash.
In the “Under Construction” class comes another Willys coupe from Greg Burge’s shop in MS. This is a former racer from the midwest that is needing a bunch of TLC, not to mention cash. I’ve seen and worked on the car and if it turns out anywhere near what his plans call for, it’s gonna be a runner as well as a looker. It probably won’t be out this year, lots to do. Check out the picture.
Finally, for all you dog lovers with a soft spot for the “special” ones. Late in the summer after we lost our beloved Sophie, we decided the house was too quiet, so we adopted another rescue kid. Our new girl is Sheba, from a local German Shepard Rescue group. She’s black, about 4 years old, and full of herself. The rescue folks told us she spent (along with litter mate) her first 3+ years CHAINED to a tree in southern MO, minimal shelter, even less interaction with people and other animals. The chained portion of this story makes it especially significant…….the chain had to be surgically removed from her neck. Yes as she grew, the chain became embedded in her skin. She’s making great progress with her social skills and is just what we needed to fill the void around here.
Keep checking back for updates. I purposely waited a bit on posting this in order to finalize our schedule, and to keep up with the changes to cars and membership.