Ah, the coming of fall with the days getting cooler and more comfortable with highs near 80 and low humidity. Bliss, just pure bliss. And then I woke up! I get to ATCO Dragway and it’s another scorcher of a day with 90% humidity. One thing about ATCO, there’s no shade anywhere. Oh well, let’s get to it.
GLNFCC’s Denny Salzwimmer (l) and Jerry Streb kept the day’s proceedings on an even keel.
ATCO’s Nostalgia Day featured the Funny Car Frenzy put on by Denny Salzwimmer and Jerry Streb of the GLNFCC. Fourteen funny cars were in attendance with 12 being members of the GLNFCC. In attendance were; John Cerchio’s War Path Somerset, Steve George’s Nightmare Arrow, Robin Stambaugh-Shoeman’s Generation-X Corvette, Paul Zona’s Boston Challenger, Chris Massarella’s Total Insanity Monza, George Reidnauer’s Excalibur Corvette, Bob Rosetty’s Funny Farmer 71 Pinto, The Sweetman’s Frantic Ford Mustang II, Jami Russell’s Iron Outlaw Mustang II, Rocky Roxlau & Steve Musser’s Time Bomb Vega, Rocky Pironne’s Super Camaro, Bob & Jon Wall’s Fireball Monza and rounding out the field with Dave Sano’s seldom seen (twice this year) Screaming Insanity Challenger.
Chris Massarella starts to fill the interior of his stout Monza with smoke. 1000” burnouts,
backing up at 70 mph and Krista chasing him back is a show within a show!
Champ of the day would be decided by a derivation of Chicago Style eliminations. There would be 2 rounds of racing with the 2 low E Ts from the first round squaring off during the second round’s racing for the trophy. Since there was no index to be concerned about, internet chatter had the heavy hitters predicting record times with lots of smack talk (good natured of course). Very low 6s or even high 5s were suggested. Until of course they got to the track and unloaded their cars to the heat and humidity. Predictions quickly dropped to mid-6 second passes at best. Except for 2 entrants.
Robin feeds the Generation-X Corvette.
GLNFCC’s Denny Salzwimmer (l) and Jerry Streb kept the day’s proceedings on an even keel.First round saw some high 6 second passes with the Gen-X Vette and the Frantic Ford both posting 6.88 sec passes but Robin’s was a bit lower so on to the final she would go. The Excalibur Corvette tuned by Bill Hodgson and driven by George Reidnauer knocked out a wicked 6.41/195mph pass for the second spot in the final. George took the win with a stout 6.26/224mph blast.
Winnah! Excalibur scorched the competition with a stout 6.26/244 mph final round pass.
Left to right- Bill Hodgson, Jungle Pam Hardy, George Reidnauer, and Tom Lynch.
Bill Hodgson wrenched the Excalibur Corvette to an event winning 6.26/224 mph blast.
A couple of side notes if I may. The Time Bomb Vega with Bobby Toth at the butterflies ran a respectable 6.71/211 mph shot but in the second round. The shot of the day however, came from the seldom seen Screaming Insanity Challenger owned and driven by custom car painter Dave Sano. Not only did he paint his own car but the Funny Farmer, Iron Outlaw, and Fireball Monza to name a few. In the first round he ran a less than steller 8 second pass but in the second round he shocked everyone with a 6.16/226 mph pass. A lot of minds were blown on that pass. Bravo, Dave!
Dave Sano in his Screaming Insanity Challenger dropped everyone’s jaw with a low E T of the meet 6.16 second blast.
Also on hand were the Hot Rods from Hell featuring the New York Earthshaker Dodge AA/FA, the Instigator Fiat driven by Rick Berasconi and Mike Geroni’s Fiat AA/FAs. The Earthshaker posted a best time of 6.39/217 mph for the win.
Spotted at the end of one row of trailers was an N/FC Arrow sporting the Shady Glenn paint job. That’s because it’s a new effort in the nitro nostalgia funny car ranks. This new Shady Glenn is owned by New Jersey resident Jim Glenn. Jim had Jim Adolph there to shake down the car for eventual driver Cole Foster who was also in attendance along with Jeff “The Surfer” Diehl helping with the tuning. A very pleasant surprise indeed!
The new Shady Glenn nitro Arrow gets staged with owner Jim Glenn looking on at the left
and Jeff “The Surfer” Diehl positioning Jim Adolph at the wheel.
Jim (Shady) Glenn signs John Cerchio’s Shady Glenn themed helmet.
Legendary F/C and AA/FA pilot Jim Adolph (l) and Jeff “The Surfer” Diehl prep the Shady Glenn nitro Arrow.
Other groups in attendance were the East Coast Gassers, East Coast Stock/Super Stocks, MANDRA, NETO, Back Seat Drivers (front engine dragsters), the V W Heritage series and ATCO Nostalgia. There was definitely something for everyone with no major incidents during the whole day thanks to Len Capone and the ATCO Dragway staff. Hopefully, next year’s edition’s weather won’t be just a dream.