First off, let me say that it was hot! I know its summer and it’s supposed to be, but the east coast just went through a heatwave and this weekend was supposed to break it. Mid 80s and low humidity they said. Well, “they” miscalculated by a country mile. Mid 90s was more like it. It was pretty brutal out there for us photographers but I can’t imagine how it must have been strapped into a funny car in a full fire suit. Kudos to the racers that day! It is however way better than rain, something this track has seen enough of.
That said, it was a great day! Carl and Melissa Milano along with help from Chris Massarella put together a first rate event. It was highly anticipated on the internet for weeks in advance. One of the year’s best nostalgia events, there were 18 funny cars on the premises. Injected alky cars included; Krista Massarella’s Temporary Insanity Monza, Frank Barnard’s Poison Arrow, Bob Daly’s War Horse Mustang II, and Kevin Johnson’s Glory Daze 68 Camaro, a car that has been in mothballs for the past 6 years.
“Burnout Bobby” Daly in the War Horse Mustang II smokes em.
Kevin Johnson lifts em in his Glory Daze Camaro during its first outing in 6 years!
Blown alky cars included; Chris Massarella’s Total Insanity Monza, John Cerchio’s War Path Buick Somerset, Drew Sweetman in the 1975 Frantic Ford Mustang II, Joe Morrison wheeling Rocky Pironne’s Frantic Ford 1970 Mach 1, Rocky his own self driving his Super Camaro, Bobby Toth in Rocky Roxlau’s Time Bomb Vega, Steve George’s Nightmare Arrow, Jon Wall’s Fireball Monza, Bob Rosetty’s Funny Farmer Pinto driven by Mike Hall, and Jami Russell’s Iron Outlaw Mustang II.
John Cerchio sends up a smoke signal during War Path’s first round burnout.
Drew Sweetman gets out of the groove right off the line during his round 2 matchup.
Steve George lays down a picture perfect first round burnout. Team made a Herculean effort just to get to the event.
The show was rounded out with a match race between Keith Davidson’s Bits & Pieces Trans Am and Chuck Exton’s Mustang. Both cars sporting big block Chevys on healthy doses of nitro. Also on hand was Bill Dee’s nitro guzzling Nor’easter Mustang II driven by James Gifford and tuned by Billy and Mike Smith making a few exhibition passes.
Chuck Exton puts his nitro Chevy powered Stang through its burnout paces.
Nitro cackling always draws an appreciative crowd as Keith Davidson warms up the T/A.
Bill Dee’s Nor’easter Mustang II on nitro starts an exhibition pass.
Racing was Chicago Style with the two low E Ts from round 1 meeting up during the second round’s matches. Bobby Toth in the Time Bomb Vega put a 6.71 on the scoreboard to garner a spot in the final followed by Rocky Pirrone in the Super Camaro who recorded a 6.66. The final was set. After a few healthy burnouts and dry hops, they both left even but at half track the Super Camaro started puking parts and the Bomb sprinted to the win with a 6.78/191mph.
Time Bomb Vega heads for the Promised Land and event win!
Super Camaro dumps some parts mid track on the way to the runner up spot.
On the injected side, Frank Barnard’s Poison Arrow and Bob Daly’s War Horse Mustang II squared off in the final with Frank taking the win with a 8.22 over a 7.97 red lighting War Horse.
Keith Davidson took both of his matches against Chuck Exton with a best run of 6.71.
Keith Davidson sweeps Chuck Exton 2 straight!
The most anticipated part of the event was the burnout contest. open to all cars. There were awards for the winner of each of the two rounds. It should be noted that the awards were put together by Steve Musser from the Time Bomb Vega team. The first round was taken by Jon Wall in the tire frying Fireball Monza and second round winner was Joe Morrison in the 70 Mach 1 Frantic Ford. Under strict instructions from Rocky Pirrone, Joe legged it out to the 1000’ mark both rounds. In case you are wondering, judging was done by the photographers and after we made our decisions, the runs were video checked and verified. Some of the choices merited the old “let’s go to the videotape” scrutiny. Joe and Jon went home with a gift certificate from DJ Safety for $300, a gift certificate from M&H Tires, and 2 cases of Penn Grade oil. S&W gave out a Best Reaction Time award that was taken by Frank Barnard for cutting down the tree with a .003 light! S&W also gave an award to The Time Bomb for being the event winner, an award to the Super Camaro for being runner up as well as a Top Speed award for a 207mph blast.
The event also featured full ladders from the East Coast Gassers, N E T O Comp and Nostalgia as well as a full slate of MANDRA cars.
The original 1968 (you read that right) Rat Pack 1 Camaro now races in N E T O.
With another great nostalgia event in the books, we headed home looking forward to next year’s event and hoping for cooler weather.