Racing photographer Art Flores was found dead of an apparent heart attack in his Alameda, CA home on March 8. He mostly covered the Champ Car World Series and the IRL. He was Executive Vice-President of the Motor Sports Press Association and was Photo Steward for the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association.

A celebration of his life will take place March 14 from 2-4 p.m.at the Starry Plough, an Irish pub in Berkley, CA. The Agent will raise a pint in his honor. [3-9-2004]


Agent 1320 heard that the NHRA tech department disallowed a couple of new engines for cars running in the T/AFC and T/AD classes at the just completed NHRA Winternationals. Walt Austin brought his new alky funny motor, which is based on the Boss 429 semi-hemi. NHRA rules specifically address all new engine
combinations. Loosely defined that means that for instance they won't allow a five-inch bore center GM wedge block to be used in Pro Stock or the alcohol classes.

The Agent hears that Austin's "Boss 429" had the bore centers changed, among other things, and based upon that the Agent guesses it won't be allowed. The committee also bounced Mark Niver's billet block based on the venerable 392 Chrysler. Since all Niver's mods did was strengthen the bottom end, it had a least a chance of being allowed.

It's just a guess, but the Agent figures that after the screw blower fiasco which ended up causing the class to lose racers due to the cost of converting from a Roots to a screw-type, NHRA won't allow a radical part back in. [2-4-2004]


The NHRA announced that they are going to make the MSD 7530T ignition mandatory for use on all Pro Stockers effective at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL March 18-21.

Now before you start hollering about NHRA giving MSD a monopoly by making this unit mandatory for Pro Stockers, understand that the 7530T is a replacement for their 7530 unit and that they no longer make the 7530. So if you want a new MSD Pro Stock style ignition all they now offer is the 7530T. Are we clear on this?


Brandon is back in the seat of the Budweiser Top Fuel dragster, but that seat is a little softer than when he had his rookie-year accident. He worked with Innovative Safety Products, a South Carolina NASCAR supplier, to create a form-fitting safety barrier to protect his injury. Brandon added, "It's a better piece, I didn't really have any protection in the crash, just a thin 1/8 inch piece of carbon fiber, then you are right up against the tubing." A few other NHRA drivers are now utilizing this unit to protect them in the event of a mishap. [2-4-2004]


Ed Burgenholtz brought out his new Mazda 6 to make some low 8 second exhibition passes to remind the SoCal crowd of the upcoming Sport Compact race at California Dragway in Fontana on March 13 & 14.

Ed was torn this weekend since just down the road at Irwindale Speedway was the D1 Grand Prix where thousands watched the newest imported phenomena; Drifting. "We'll see how long it lasts, but itıs a good compliment to the drag racing scene. It looks like a lot of fun, it's not about time, it's about getting judged and no motorsport has gone that route before and I think it's really exciting." Burgenholtz hopes to complete his own drifter to compete this year, overflow spectators have greeted most of the Drift-only events held on the US West Coast since the sport had become stale in Japan. According to reports the Irwindale crowd jeered off-road racer Rhys Millen and X-gamer Travis Pestrana drifting new GTOs. [2-4-2004]

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