Here we are, almost to the mid point of summer, and I’m (as usual) way behind.
Mother nature hasn’t been at all cooperative, not only for all of us, but for a bunch of track operators as well. Lightning strikes, wet grounds and facilities, and flat out rain outs have put a large damper on things in general.
Our recent outing at the NHRA’s Hot Rod Reunion at Bowling Green was no exception. Our on track activities were severely restricted, limiting us to one pass on Thursday, (instead of the scheduled 3) and one on Friday (supposed to have had 2). Spotty showers throughout both days kept pushing things back further and further, finally calling a halt to things by late afternoon, both days. So, the Geezers in their usual “make the best of it” mind set, got an early start with the annual group feed and hospitality hour.
The Addington crew had the grille well stocked with pork chops and smoked chicken, and the other racers all contributed a community dish to share………The Mississippi Bunch and their “road kill” beans and the smoked sausage and kraut were gone in a flash. Macaroni salad, deserts, appetizers, all were gobbled up. AND, topping it all off, the Geezer’s favorite bartender……”Big Al” Chernick of the ACME Racing stable….was on hand to mix up everyone’s favorite adult beverage. GREAT to have him on hand…..lights, music, and his laid back way of being a great person.
So, if Mother Nature is the fickle female she’s always blamed with being, her evil ways have rubbed off on the National Weather Service. Starting Friday afternoon, local broadcasts were “predicting” (guessing?) and warning of high winds, torrential rainfall (2-3 inches locally) and flash flooding. If you’ve ever been to Beech Bend, you know how a 10 minute shower can turn a ditch in our pit area into a raging river. So, us being the astute individuals that we are, decided to move our equipment while it was dry, and reestablish on the pavement. We move, with minimal problems, and all is good. Problem resolved, right? …….THE WEATHER GUESSERS WERE WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOTALLY. Instead of the second coming of Noah and the animals 2 by 2 into the arc, we had at worst, intermittent showers. Not bad you say, what’s the problem……..the problem was, several of the Geezers opted to leave and not have to brave the elements. Of course, this had an effect on our eliminations run off. Coupled with the breakage of a couple of cars, we were down to 12.
The eliminations were run, and finished without a hitch. Congrats to Gary and Debby Raber for the win, and BIG time kudos to Charlie and Donna Long for the runner up spot. After a frustrating couple of years of breakage and tuning issues, Charlie’s car was flawless, right on the number. Had he not had a “Geezer Moment” (brain fart) and attempted to launch the car in 2nd gear instead of low, it would have been a perfect ending.
MANY thanks to all who were in attendance, dodged the weather, and made it a great event. New members, new cars, old faces, and repeat performances were all well received by both the spectators and the NHRA.
Next up, Humbolt County Raceway in Humbolt Iowa for their first ever nostalgia program on July 11……..weather permitting.
The following weekend finds us (courtesy of Hagerty Racer Insurance) at Norwalk, OH for the Bader Family Blue Suede Cruise at Summit Raceway Park.)
The Geezers who “broke their toys”…….Addington with a spun bearing, Tod Barker and a lean/seized engine, Greg Burge who ventilated the 6 cylinder block in the ’38, and Leonard Wren chasing injector issues, are all thrashing big time. Obviously, this will keep them all off the streets and out of the saloons………..