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Notes scribbled on my napkin from Daddy Ray’s burger joint in O’Fallon, MO, home of the best bacon-wrapped, deep-fried hot dog in the St. Louis area.

I forgot for a while that the Street Outlaws drag racing “reality show” on cable TV -- supposedly chronicling real drag racing and real street racing -- is about as accurate as the old McHale’s Navy sitcom represented the reality of serving in the U.S. Navy during the second World War. The Street Outlaws show is in reality a scripted TV sitcom and nothing more! Suspending the NHRA licenses of the actors on that show would be like the comissioner of baseball suspending some pro baseball player for being in a movie like Bull Durham. The thing is that in recent weeks more than one speed shop owner, track operator, and speed equipment manufacturer has told me that they believe that show has improved their sales, attendance, and bottom line. The fact is that many of the participants and their cars are being booked in by tracks all over the Midwest and Southwest because the track operators believe their fans will pay to see them and watch them race. So, no matter how much the Street Outlaws show glorifies “street racing” and portrays the police as incompetent rubes, as long as it keeps drawing a 2-2.5 Nielsen rating, it will contine to be part of the drag racing landscape. But for those of you who hate the show, rest assured that just like Pinks, Pinks All Out, Fast Time, and other “drag racing” shows that have come and gone, eventually Street Outlaws will go too.

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I turned 70 years old last Saturday and as birthdays go it was one of my all-time favorites. I spent my birthday in Indianapolis at Russ Flagle’s 20th Annual Indy Cylinder Heads trade show and swap meet at the old Indiana State Fairgrounds. While cruising the show looking for swap meet bargains and bench racing with the many racers at the show was fun, the highlight (and I do mean highlight!) of the show was a Saturday night private party featuring a half-dozen members of the original and legendary Ramchargers Car Club including the Godfather of the Hemi race engine, Mr. Tom Hoover. On the dias were John Worley, Tom Hoover, Dave Rockwell, Tom Collins, Mike Buckholtz and Englishman Dick Jones with group spokesman Herb McCandless.

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