Ready for the Holidays

With the year again slipping by at a record pace, here are some tid-bits which missed the ‘deadline chop’ during the year. Plus we want to congratulate two of our recent column subjects, who captured the Competition Eliminator Wally during the NHRA World Finals at Pomona-- Doug & Bob Lambeck!

NHRA World Finals, Pomona, Ca. 2012: Tim Marshall captured this great shot of Doug Lambeck during the final race in Competition Eliminator. The Lambecks met and defeated Bo Butner in the final round to capture their first national title since winning Stock Eliminator at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle back in June of 2009. The father and son duo’s previous Competition Eliminator win was the 2008 Jegs Sportsnationals.  Once again guys, CONGRATULATIONS!

The Chuckle:

Tri State Dragway, Kahoka, Mo. 1961: Entering the Dragway through the front gate off of US 136 is Kahoka speed merchant Kent Martin with his home-made Buick powered dragster. Kent finished the car at his mom & dad’s Buick dealership about a half mile from the track. Since he had no trailer yet, the young hot- rodder just drove to the digs on the highway. The fellow in the middle in the white t-shirt is Gary Trump, one of the raceway’s managers in 1967. (Photo from the Trump-Redding archive)

My first column last year was about some of the many dragsters, top fuel, etc., which ran at Kahoka during the seven seasons it was open. The photo above shows the ingenuity of Kahoka’s Kent Martin. Besides the dragster, Kent also built an inboard cruiser with Buick power for the Mississippi River. And in the mid-sixties he persuaded Buick to sponsor two Gran Sport coupes with 425 cu.in. motors. This writer was fortunate to drive the four-speed version at tracks in the mid-west.

The internet recently provided the photo below of the Guzler crew from Chicagoland. Bud Roche, the tallest in the photo, was the promoter of this operation which ran every track in the middle-west with flare and showmanship! Bobby Vodnik gained a superb driving reputation, guiding the Hirata & Hobbs gasoline powered (NHRA was gas only) dragster to the US Nationals win in 1963. These guys were $$$ every time we booked them into Tri State Dragway.