Loose Ends and Fan Mail
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gang, things have finally settled down a bit and I’m
getting around to tying up those loose ends that I kept
you all hanging from for the last column or so.
First off, Pete Starrett dropped us a note to let me know
that at last count Steve Gibbs has a list of 84 Cacklefest
cars running or close to it, with as many as 100 ready by
years end. All I can say is “Wow!” Will this
mean that future CHRR’s will be an invite or first-come-first-served
only type thing to participate?
Speaking of Cacklefest cars, I got the lowdown on Bobby
Hansen’s in-process Jim Davis car. I know I said a
couple of columns back that Hansen was restoring this 1963
AA/FD to participate in future Cacklefests, but that’s
about all I got right. Yep, I reported everything wrong
that I possibly could on this one. The car was called the
“Wynns Spoiler” and obviously was sponsored
by Wynns oil out of Azusa, California. The car owner was
Al Gram, Hansen’s father-in-law, and was mostly driven
by brother-in-law Ronnie Gram. The engine builder and tuner
was Ted Lemonds, who was president of the UDRA inland empire
The car is, as mentioned above, a Jim Davis car built in
1963, with a wheelbase of 160”; pretty long for that
era. Of course, it used a 392 Chrysler for power. Their
best ET was a 6.82 clocked at Carlsbad on November 20th
1966 and stood as the quickest ET for the year. Their best
mile-an-hour was 217. On the aforementioned 6.82, Forrest
Bond wrote a column on the ET and attributed the twilight
zone timeslip to the 3.63 gear that was in the car for that
As luck would have it the very next run saw the boys shell
the rearend so no backup was to be had. Hansen was hoping
to make this year’s CHRR but after not one, but two
crankshafts checked out as junk, he is still searching for
a crank. Any help you readers could dish out would be appreciated.
up is the progress report on the 15 oz. Coupe. As I write
this, the coupe is residing in our shop awaiting the final
to-do list from the guys wishing to finish up Mike Demarest’s
pet project. Les Hawkins, Terry Lee Minks, Mike Bartlett,
Bill Schultz, Gary Read, Don Wilson and a cast of many are
pitchin’ in to make this happen. I can’t think
of a better way to honor my friend Mike Demarest than to
help the coupe see the track again. Stay tuned folks!
I’m sure most of you have heard about Rick Hough’s
crash in the Nanook fuel altered at Boise a few weeks ago.
Online reports were not encouraging early on about his condition.
Welcome to the Internet, folks! At last word (8/28), Rick
is currently in a hospital in Henderson, Nevada and will
be there for several more days. He will be transferred to
a rehab facility after this and will wear a neck brace for
a while. Dave Hough, Rick’s father, has already talked
to a chassis builder about the next Nanook. Again, stay
Next up is that Nitro Thunder guy Jack Harris and his new
nostalgia Funny Car. Now, anytime Jack does something, you
know it’s going to look bitchin’ and it will
most likely be red. Oh yeah, it will also haul ass.