so-called media experts at NHRA refuse to recognize WDIFL as
a legitimate NHRA friendly drag racing site (thus no photo access)
we still like to get a jab in every once in a while and share
some Big Show happenings with our visitors. Here is some of the
action - on and off track - you won't see anywhere else. If you
are a WDIFL purist all we can say is there's coverage of The
Greek and his 81st Birthday along with some cackles so its not
all Big Show.
We'll start off
with some shots of the ageless Chris Karamesines who, at 81,
is the fastest old guy on the planet and an inspiration to all
of us collecting Social Security.
As The Greek
contemplated his current ride you have to wonder if he can ever
relate to his car of 50 years ago. This guy truly has seen and
done it all.
in the cockpit is worth more than the entire '59 car.
Years ago John
Ewald acquired a cowl of one of Greeks late 60's cars and then
he gave John the fuel tank out of the "204" car when
we restored it to a cackle car. He figured the best way to cherish
them was to have the Greek autograph them.
Greek and John.
Hard to believe Chris is over 20 years older... and obviously
family photo...daughter Paula Baldwin, Greek and granddaughter
Buttera Capps, Lil John Lombardo and Paula....at least the girls
The Wally Parks
Motorsports Museum was given a large hunk of real estate behind
the grandstands to feature some cacklecars and promote the upcoming
50th NHRA Winternationals and 2010 March Meet.
Gibbs & Denny Fosberg enjoyed some California sun.
Budweiser Clydesdales making their final appearance at an NHRA
drag race. Bummer.
and friend Karen Kennedy had never been to a drag race. At the
Finals she got the whole tour including a cackle in the BankAmericar.
Not a bad first trip to the digs.
Racing crew chief Bob Danly whacking the throttle to the crowds
delight....not to mention Karen in the seat.
prepping Katie Capps (Leigh Buttera Capp's daughter) for a cackle.
Out" crew member Mario Garcia checks the head temp while
Katie just enjoys.
Leigh Capps who
is now the Patriarch of the Buttera family explains that these
cars just go straight to her daughter...well, that's what it
looks like she is doing.
The Troy Green
driven High Speed Motorsports Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster was
one of four invited to do a couple of exhibition runs but after
two of the four Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars oiled the track they
were canceled due to lack of time.
Steve Gibbs put daughter Cindy's boys to work on his 50 Ford.
First class all
the way, Robert Height raised his first championship trophy as
seen on the giant screen. Great guy and certainly a fan favorite.
vs. Massey - Semis
John and Ashley
on their way to the top end to congratulate Robert on his championship.
All around good
guy and great racer Gary Densham...low buck team that can run
with the big boys. Would love to see what he could do with some
good sponsor money behind him.
Just won't seem
right no seeing the Budweiser name on the side of a race car
some cool top end shots, check out the chassis flex and tire
This time Leigh
Capps got in the Mastercar for a cackle, she said it was OK for
a Buttera to sit in a Jim Davis car..as long as it was nitro
burning. Husband and fueler tuner Ronnie observed from the rear
of the car.
Crowds love the
up close noise and smell they get from the cackle cars...just
lite one and the will come.
Alcohol funny car got some oil under his right rear tire at the
hit and instantly collected the right guardwall. There were some
very lucky photogs on this deal as it almost "climbed"
was on hand to be recognized as the 2009 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage
Racing Series Top Fuel Champion.
One of the nicest
and prettiest ladies in drag racing Gwen Mc Williams gives a
big smile for a night time cackle in the BankAmericar.
High Speed Motorsports
NTF crew member Pete Palumbo got the seat in the Mastercar. This
was Pete's first fire-up.
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