CAMMERS IN THE CORNFIELD
HOOKED FOR LIFE
Thanks to ye old editor's taste in feature material, most
everyone here at Drag Racing Online gets the chance to explain how they
got "the disease" that is Nitro Drag Racing. So now, It's my turn!
As comic George Carlin says, "I started out as a kid."
A twelve year old kid, circa springtime 1966 to be specific. I was checking
out the magazine rack at the local grocery store you know, comic
books and whatever else twelve year olds were reading in 1966. But that
day I stumbled across something I hadn't seen before. It was a book
smaller than most on the stand, written by some guy named Mike Doherty.
Guess what it was about! That's right, it was all about drag racing.
Filled with trivia, class records, photos and insider tips from drivers
(K.S. Pittman says, "Ya gotta watch these gassers on the top end. They
try to turn left when ya get off the loud pedal,"), it got my full attention
Once safely home with my copy, I set about memorizing
everything in that book. I think it took me until dinner time! That
posed a dilemma for me -- what to do with all this new knowledge and
interest. Of course I had to experience drag racing live and in color!
So I got busy checking the newspaper and listening to the radio for
news of the NEXT BIG RACE.
And that word came just weeks later. "Steve Bovan vs.
Al Vanderwoude at the KCTA drag strip" blared the radio, and lil' Lenny
was in motion. Poor ol' Dad was coerced into attending, and even worse,
into making an advance scouting trip to find the place! We finally located
the "track" over in Kansas City's northeast industrial bottoms. It was
hard to find, since it had no stands, no timing tower and no regular
schedule of events. But the Leonard's are a tenacious lot, and we persevered.
So the day came, and lil' Lenny sprang from his night
of unrest, rushed to the window, and was greeted with the sort of rainstorm
the Bible said wouldn't be happening again, ever. Talk about a test
of faith! Well, it didn't stop raining that day, and the Bovan / Flying
Dutchman match race wasn't my first time at the drags.
No, I had to wait until later in the season. One of my
friends, similarly afflicted, clued me into an upcoming event at Mokan
Dragway. Jack Chrisman was slated to make some exhibition runs -- no
opponent, just Jack and his blown, topless Nitro burning Comet. I wasn't
much of a Ford man, but after the KCTA flood, I wasn't about to sweat
the details. I set about applying the needed amount of arm twisting,
and the road trip was booked.
Cutting to the chase, my dad and I made the trek to Mokan
and saw Chrisman lay down three smoky solo runs. Chrisman's nitro burning,
thunder pumping cammer roadster left me slack jawed and dazed on Mokan's
rickety bleachers that day. The woman of the house would probably say
I'm still in that condition, but that's another story. At any rate,
that's how it all started. I saw Jack Chrisman's Cammer Comet shake
the cornfield, and it hooked me for life!
Rohe is the 2 time defending NMCA EZ Street Champion
with a record time of 8.471 at 160 mph. His Mustang
is equipped with Mike's Fordglide transmission
available now for:
transmissions are designed with the Super Street,
Super Comp, Super Gas racers in mind.
of these transmissions are hand made, one at
a time, to exacting tolerances for your specific
application. These are brutally tough and deadly
release pro tree transbrake valve body
tuff input shaft with turbo spline
Machined direct and reverse pistons to hold
six clutches each
Heavy duty wide steel hub
low gear band
Special pump modifications for superior lubrication
Torrington roller bearings throughout
aluminum pan kit with filter extensions
Your choice 1.76 or 1.82 heavy duty planetary
Trimmed case for clearance
transmission is dyno tested and pressure checked.
6TH STREET EAST UNIT #11 LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA