2009 has been inducted into the FS hall of fame at Buffalo recently. The Foar(friends of auto racing) Score club is one of the longest running racing clubs in the nation and has his his racing history. Ford Easton Harold grew up on the farm and always loved mechanical things. He was tearing engines apart to see how they operated at 6 years old. As luck would have it Erving "Whitey" Warning lived very near the Sager farm down the road and was known to build the fastest sprint and midget Ford "60" powered cars on the east coast of the US in the 30s and 40s. He became Harolds mentor and Harold started building his own midgets at age 21. He started building stock cars in 1949 as they were proving to be the fan favorites both locally and around the US and in Canada. Harold fielded stock cars with many drivers including Bill Bender,Gene Blair, Eddie Lenz, Bill Rafter and Ronnie Lux to name a few. The Sager cars raced at many tracks on the east coast and in Canada in during 1949 and the early to mid 50s. Local tracks included Akron, Civic Stadium, Lancaster, Wellsville, Cuba Lake, Stateline and numerous asphalt tracks in Ontario. He even built a Crosley stock car that he raced inside during the winters in the Masten Street Armory in Buffalo to keep his hand in racing all year round. Harold took a break from racing from 1956-60 to do more with his family. In 1961 he returned to racing building a super modified that was campaigned at Oswego, Lancaster, Spencer and Shangri-La. During the 65 racing season Harold built a rear engine sprint car that was driven by Ronnie Lux and raced at many tracks on the east coast. During the winter of 65-66 Ronnie Lux formed a deal with Jim Hurtubise to drive one of Jim's roadsters during 66 and run the 500 with that car. Harold was the chief mechanic on this car and they ran it at 6 tracks. Ronnie qualified the car at Indy but the powers to be wouldn't give him a license to drive in the 500 saying he didn't have enough experience on the longer tracks. Several months after the 500 his friend and great race car driver Ronnie Lux was killed in a racing accident at Tulsa, OK. Although the car Ronnie was killed in wasn't owned by Harold, it pretty much ended Harolds involvement in racing. Sager cars were always the ones to beat both locally and around the US and Canada over several decades of racing from our history.
12/14/2010 Cuba Lake Raceway South 7th annual Florida luncheon/reunion, January 26th 2011 at Brandon, FL
Cuba Lake Raceway South, Florida luncheon/reunion for all stock car, midget and sprint drivers, mechanics, car owners, track personnel and fans that were involved in and enjoyed racing in WNY, Ontario and NWPA during the 40s, 5Os and 60s and their companion(s). A special invite is also open to any 40s, 50s and 60s racing drivers and fans from around the Country or Province that will be on vacation or are full time or part time residents here in Florida too. Any guests that would enjoy our event are also welcome to attend with you. The Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association(DAARA) group will be bring two restored 50s stockers and a restored sprinter with them for your viewing pleasure. Note: CLR north luncheon/reunion, the big one(200 plus), is held at Moonwinks in Cuba, NY each July. This year on July 27th 2011.
When: January 26th 2011 (wed)
Where: Golden Corral restaurant, Brandon FL, exit 257off I-75 at SR 60. Go east on SR 60 after exiting I-75 from the north or south about 1/2 mile and make right turn(south) on S. Lakewood. It is well marked with overhead sign at light. Go south on Lakewood for three lights then watch for Golden Corral on left between Applebees and Carrabbas. Actual address is 815 Providence Rd. Plenty of parking room. Best to follow these instructions as new roads in area will mess up GPS devices.
Time: Registration starts at 11:15am with lunch starting about noon or whenever everyone is registered and seated for the great buffet luncheon in our private room. Golden Corral restaurants are noted for their great buffets, if you haven't been at one, I guarantee no one will leave hungry. Luncheon will be "Dutch treat" for all attending and a RSVP is required along with a payment of $10.00 for each person attending (covers everything, food, drink, tax and tip). I must receive your RSVP and payment by January 24th 2011 at the latest as no day of luncheon payments will be allowed. When you arrive at restaurant go through line directly to our private room. Tell cashier you are with the Cuba Lake Raceway group(don't pay any money) and you will be directed to the left and will see our room on the far end to the rear. Our own attendent will serve you a drink of your choice(soda, tea or coffee) when you arrive. We will all hit the chow lines after everyone has arrived.
Program: This year as in the past several years we will to be entertained with stories by those attending, mainly drivers and others involved with racing during those great years of racing so bring your stories and questions with you for a really good time again this year. We will end luncheon/reunion about 3pm so everyone can return home during daylight hours. This e-mail is an invitation via your computer or a copy in the usps mail. The banquet room we will be using can only handle 50 people. I suggest you send your names and money as soon as you get this notice as this annual event is gaining in popularity and very well may sell out this year. Dress code is casual.
RSVP: Send payment, $10.00 per person, along with your name and each companion(s) name to: Ford Easton, 5200 28th St. N. # 651, St. Petersburg, FL 33714. Make check or M. O. payable to: Ford Easton. If you wish to contact me phone is 727-522-4042 and e-mail is email@example.com. Tickets will not be sent to you as your name and those attending with you must be on the master list at registration to gain entry to the luncheon in our private room at the restaurant. The $10.00 per person includes the great buffet, coffee, hot tea, iced tea and pop, free refills, tax and gratuity. Remember deadline for me to receive your RSVP and payment in the mail is January 24th 2011.
I look forward to seeing all the drivers from CLR now living or visiting in Florida along with other drivers from the North East that drove in the 40s, 50s and 60s and your companions. I also look forward to seeing all the great fans from these years too. Going to be a great day of friendship among old and new friends from our racing world. Ford Easton, St. Petersburg, FL
12/7/2010 Jeff. I forgot to send you the obit of Ted Gano. I used to run into Ted on occasion at Rowe's Auto Parts in Oneonta, and his brother John runs a body shop and is also a parts vendor at most swap meets. This may be before your time, but I was talking to someone at Van's Machine in Oneonta the other day and brought up the time when the The Rebel Speed Shop in Oneonta (Used to be on Oneida Street where a Maribito Convenience Store is now) brought a Chevy Overhead powered 37 or 38 Coupe to Morris before Overheads were legal. He ran a matched race with Moose and Moose blew his door off. I was in the stands at the time. I don't remember what year it was. If you don't remember this ask your dad. Phil Wagner
12/18/2010 Phil - thanks for the information, my father didn't remember it but was pleased to hear it. Jeff
11/25/2010 News from Ford Easton: Ed Serwacki, Lancaster Promtoer Passes: Ed Serwacki - passed yesterday morning, 24Nov10. Ed along with several friends and brothers were the driving force that built and operated Lancaster Speedway in the late 50s. Ed was a promoter that was away ahead of his time back in those years and made many very impressive moves with racing in NYS and around the nation. I talked with Ed several years ago at his home in AZ and I was in awe of things he did in racing and how much he helped the sport. Without the promoters like Ed the sport we all enjoy so much wouldn't have been what it became.
11/27/2010 Our condolences to the Serwacki Family.- Jeff
11/9/2010 For Immediate Release Contact: Ron Hedger 518-885-7481 or 352-350-6332 DIVERSE GROUP ELECTED TO NYSSCA HALL OF FAME Clifton Park, NY The Hall of Fame committee of the New York State Stock Car Association has voted a diverse and talented group of racers into the Hall, with induction set for the weekend of January 22 and 23 in Albany and Saratoga Springs, NY. The new Hall of Fame members include retired drivers Dickie Larkin and Jack Cottrell, longtime car owner and sponsor Paul Emerick and the husband and wife officiating and track management team of Marty and Hertha Beberwyck. Larkin’s name is generally associated with the Lebanon Valley Speedway, where he stands fifth on the all-time modified win list with 35 and claimed the 1990 and ’94 track championships. Larkin was also very successful in the Valley’s small block division, notching 29 wins to rank fifth on that list as well, making him the only driver in the top five for both divisions. He also has the distinction of being the only driver to claim big block and small block features on the same night in four different decades, notching doubleheader wins in 1976, ’81, ‘’91 and 2001. The Massachusetts resident was also very successful on the road, claiming numerous small block wins with his famed “Yellow Bird” Falcon bodied #39 early in his career and winning the 1982 State Fair championship on the Syracuse mile, where he was the first driver to break the 30 second barrier. He also has the distinction of claiming five wins in the prestigious Race of Kings at Lebanon Valley. Cottrell was successful at Lebanon Valley and Fonda with his big block car and on the CVRA big and small block circuits but he will also be the answer to a popular racing trivia question forever. The question, of course, is “Who won the first DIRT asphalt modified series event, run at Canada’s Cayuga Speedway, in 1988?” But well before that triumph, Cottrell had an outstanding record in the Late Model class, claiming three Albany-Saratoga Speedway championships along with 11 wins and a track title at the Fonda Speedway, where he was also the 1999 358 modified champion. He then became a modified winner at all three Capital District speedways, with many of his wins coming in “big” races, including a Big Block/Small Block Challenge at Albany-Saratoga, the Super Shootout at the Devils Bowl Speedway and the Cayuga DIRT classic. Cottrell’s “box score” shows three Fonda modified wins, five at Albany-Saratoga and eight at Lebanon Valley, where he lost the 1991 title to Kenny Tremont Jr by the slimmest of margins. Like Larkin, he was always a crowd favorite. Emerick’s career began as the owner of Johnny Neet’s Street Stock at Albany-Saratoga in 1970 but he soon achieved prominence as the owner and sponsor of the NASCAR asphalt modified wheeled by popular Canadian Denis Giroux. They won at Albany-Saratoga, the Devil’s Bowl, where they claimed the 1971 title, and Stafford Springs, including the Connecticut Speedways annual 200-lap classic while competing at all the NASCAR venues from New York to Virginia before Giroux suffered career-ending injuries. Emerick then became involved with Jack Cottrell for many years before moving his sponsorship to the team of Kenny Tremont Jr. Together they won some 52 big block races, including the Eckerd 200 at Syracuse, a pair of 200’s at Rolling Wheels, the McDonald’s National 200 at Fonda, a Volusia County Speedweeks event in Florida, the 1999 Super DIRT Series big block championship and three titles at Lebanon Valley, where they swept the Lebanon Valley 200 and the Mr. Dirt Track USA events in 1998 and’99. Emerick also sponsored a number of other drivers through this period, among them Jack Johnson, Johnny Flach and Don Ronca. The Beberwycks have been involved with auto racing for over 50 years, starting with Marty’s driving at Lebanon Valley and the Pine Bowl Speedway at age 17. He then turned to the officiating side, lining up cars at Lebanon Valley before moving to the position of backstretch flagger and then replacing Teddy Ryan as starter when he retired after the 1971 season. Marty worked for the CVRA at Albany-Saratoga, was the starter at Super DIRT Week when it first began and flagged at Rolling Wheels as well until becoming chief steward at Lebanon Valley. Beberwyck was chief steward at both Lebanon Valley and Syracuse before moving to the Fonda Speedway as General Manager when Ric Lucia assumed the promotional duties at the venerable fairgrounds speedway some 14 years ago. Hertha also became a big part of auto racing in the region after starting at Lebanon Valley writing race reports for promoter Howie Commander. She soon became a full-time employee, handling the office, sponsorship programs, victory lane ceremonies, media relations and all the unseen activities that make weekly speedways successful. When she retired from Lebanon Valley, Hertha’s designated title was General Manager but she was known and respected as much for her caring for her drivers and racing people in general as for her official duties. Winner of the Gater Racing News Women in Racing award in 2002, Hertha continues to be involved by “manning” the pit booth weekly at Fonda and greeting her countless friends with a smile as they sign in. The new Hall of Fame members will be officially inducted at the NYSSCA awards banquet at the Polish Community Center in Albany on Saturday, January 22 with the traditional “meet the fans” event set for 11 am the following morning at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. The museum’s Racing in New York gallery is the home of NYSSCA’s permanent Hall of Fame exhibit and the event will feature remarks by the four presenters and new Hall of Fame members along with a question and answer session involving the audience. The Polish Community center is located on Washington Avenue Extension in Albany while the Saratoga Automobile Museum is on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park, just off Exit 13N of the Adirondack Northway.
10/21/2010 Hello, I wonder if you guys have the cylinder head to engine chevrolet wayne 6 cilindros - 261 or know somewhere I could get. Thank you. Att. Gilberto Mejolaro Bento Gonçalves - RS - Brasil
10/24/2010 Gilberto - try Inliners International - and let us know if you find any! Thanks - Jeff
10/20/2010 I have been advised that Jackie Soper passed this past Sunday here in Florida at his home near Ocala. Jackie had been in failing health for sometime and in an out of the hospital. As Jackie shared with me many times over the last 8 years those years of smoking have made my life a living hell with lung and heart problems. He requested upon his demise that I share his request to inform anyone that smokes to quit and to those that never have started not to. There Jackie I have passed on your request. What a great driver Jackie was in the 48 car in 58 and then the 7car in 59 at many tracks in NY and PA. Jackie out of Elmira trucked up to Lancaster Speedway on their opening race and showed many hot shoes of the time how it was done and held the track record for many years. He won many track championships in his racing career not only in stock cars but sprints and big car too. He attended all the Cuba Lake Raceway reunion/luncheons, except the one this past July, in Cuba NY and here in Florida. One thing I will always remember about Jackie was his memory. He was like an elephant and could remember every detail of every race he ever ran in. He shared many stories with me and I will be sharing a number of them in the book I am writing on stock car racing in the 50s. I will leave you with the pictures below that best depict how Jackie would like most to be remembered by. Ford
10/24/2010 Thank you for letting us know Ford, and I'm sorry for your and Jackie's family loss. From all heard and read about Jackie, he was a great one. He's shown above in 1958, at Angelica in 1959 and in the winners circle respectively. Looking forward to your book Ford - thanks - Jeff
10/18/2010 Hello, my name is Paula Benson and I happened to be googling my family last name of Anderjack when I happened across your article on Joe Donahue. My jaw hit the floor!My father Arthur raced at most of those tracks in the same era and I recognized alot of the names that were listed in the article..Some of the pics may very well have been taken by my Uncle Michael Anderjack..also known as Ace. He did a lot of photography there of the winners of the races. I even have a pic of my father and mother with one of my fathers race cars on my facebook page under the photos tab. You are welcome to post it on your site. I was almost born at 5 Mile Point as my mother went into labor but would not leave the track until my father ran his race. He won the race and then rushed my mother to the hospital. That was back in 1960 and I still love racing to this day. Now I live in Pensacola, Fl and frequent 5 Flags SpeedWay and the Snowball Derby since we moved here in '89. I even got to run in some of the powder puff races during the early 90's. Unfortunately one of my friends flipped her car going down the frontstrech and that put an end to our powder puff races..She was alright but she was driving the point leaders car. At least I was able to carry on the tradition..my mother and aunt also ran powder puff at 5MilePoint. My cousin has promised to send me some of those pics as well so as soon as I get them I will post them on my FaceBook page. Well,I just wanted to say Hi from a former Binghamtonian and thank you for jogging some precious memories. Thanks Paula Anderjack Benson
10/24/2010 Thank you Paula for a very interesting and entertaining e-mail. If you look on our Five Mile Point page (go to Odds & Ends - 5 Mile Point) and then look under Tom Schwarz, you'll see many of your uncles pictures. Take it easy. - Jeff
10/15/2010 Remember George Church from Newark. I’m his son Kevin, and I remember going to Waterloo and watching Dad race. Wee Willy Allen was my favorite driver. I must have been only 11 or 12 years old at the time. Looking at the pictures of the old cars brings back a lot of memories…the roar of the cars, the smell of oil and exhaust. What a blast back then! Kevin G. Church
10/2/2010 What a fun web page. My 5 year old son and I enjoyed finding pictures of his great great uncle, Jim Luke, on your site. As he gets older, I am sure we will endeavor to learn more about the interesting history of stock car racing in New York. Thanks for the fun! Leigh Zimmerman
10/24/2010 Here's another one Leigh - it's Jim with Pop Wilcox and crew in New Berlin with the new 1936 Chevy built by Fred DeCarr in probably 1961. Take it easy - Jeff
9/28/2010 Thanks for a great website! Such memories- my father Andy Burns was one of the original Penn Can owners with Number 7, a 36 Ford which later became 79 at Five Mile Point - . My brother in law Bob Page was the driver and my dear friend Seward Rice was originally part owner -Dad passed 8 years ago, "Ricey" 2 years ago - Bob is alive & well & I still have the car- although she is not too alive I still love looking at her & remembering those happy times . Thanks again for all the pictures & info. Sherri Silvestre
10/24/2010 Hi Sherri, thanks for the compliments, I'm glad you enjoy the site. I've seen the car as a friend (the late Dana Pope) showed it to me probably 5 years ago and I took this picture of it. We talked at that time - it would be nice to see that car back on the track again but I understand your wanting to keep it on the farm, take it easy. - Jeff
9/24/2010 Hello my name is Larry Mickelsen and I live in PENN YAN, N.Y. I took a lot of pictures at langhorne the last two years they ran there, almost all are pit shots. I would like to share them, if you are interested please let me know.
10/24/2010 I was interested and spent a day with Larry scanning his pictures, which will be displayed on the Langhorne page as time permits. Thank you Larry, they're great! - Jeff
9/14/2010 Tee-shirts are still available (for the 15th annual CNYHoF event) if anyone would like one- mostly sold out at the show- re-orders are being taken. Please e-mail me or call with your order. firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-753-0740 after 7pm $16 will get you a M - LG or XLG $18 will get you a 2XLor 3XLG ----prices includes the shipping. Orders must be in by 5pm - Monday, Sept 20 Also any one wishing to pick up a DVD can obtain them from Race Report Productions - order at 1-866-722-3680 or www.theracereport.tv
Thanks to all Jim Chase CNYSCHoF
9/2/2010 Just finished looking at all the pictures from Midstate, or Morris Speedway as we called it in the old days. Do you know when the track opened and the final race? I grew up watching these people race. I believe my uncle Fred Hoag and some of his family raced a few times. The car I remember best was 777jr. Again thank you all for the great pictures and hope to see more. R Martin
9/13/2010 I'm going to say Stock Car racing started at the Otsego County Fairgrounds in approximately 1949 with the Consolidated club or one of their contemporaries. It continued through the 1972 season with Dick Hansen taking the final Modified sportsman championship. There were however 'big car' races held during the 1940's and even possibly before WWII. - Jeff
8/18/2010 I was reading your article on Flathead Cams and your references to Harvey Crane’s cams. I tried to Email him at the address shown in that article but did not get any where. I ran an HCW23 that Harvey ground for Harold Wilcox in the mid 50s down in South Florida . For the last several years I’ve been trying to get specs for that cam with no luck. I’m presently building a 59A block (yes 73 years old and still at it). Can you give me any help? Is Harvey still living? Harold Wilcox was one of the best circle track Flathead engine builders in Miami at the time. He built a 3 3/8 X 4, 59AB engine that I acquired and ran. Darn strong engine and I’d like to duplicate it for my bucket list engine. I hope you can help. Thanks, Carl Larkins
9/13/2010 Carl - I think you may have tried to e-mail his website, that's all I had in my article and that was only on his letter head. Try this:
Here is the contact information from that website:
Telephone 386-760-4418 MORNINGS ONLY! (DO NOT DIAL THIS NUMBER IF YOU REALLY WANT TO CALL MY EX FIRM IN DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA). FAX 386-761-2361 Postal address 2531 Tail Spin Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32128-6743 Electronic mail WebMaster: email@example.com Please include a daytime phone number AND a regular postal address in your emails. Mr. Crane will respond faster with this information.
I would try to call him first at 386-760-4481 (in the morning) - if no luck then try to e- mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of luck Carl. Let us know how you make out and tell Harvey I said hello. Thanks - Jeff
8/16/2010 Hi to all across our land and Canada, What a great luncheon/reunion we had again this year again at Moonwinks. With near 180 attending we had almost a full house and Steve said that is about max. without moving some folks to the small room on the side and I don't want that to happen. Those of you that attended know how good the food was as always and the speakers were so entertaining and informative. Our great mc Larry Dye always makes the day enjoyable with his stories and keeping everything running along just as it should be. Everyone left at the end of the day saying what a good time they had. That is the goal we the staff have each year. Below I have included a number of pictures of the CLR drivers that attended and other shots of the folks and informative shots. This year we had a reporter from the Cuba Patroit in attendance and her article on our event will be in this weeks addition of the Patroit. I am sure it will include some good pictures too. Pick up a copy if you live in Allegany County. Have a great rest of the summer and hope to see you at the CLR Florida luncheon in late January 2011 or next summer for the northern luncheon/reunion the last Wed. of July. July 27th 2011 to be exact. Ford Easton
8/13/2010 Good evening, I am writing to you in hope that you can help me find video of my Fathers racing. It's from 1960-62. The places are Montgomery Race track which was an airport in upstate New York, changed to a race track then closed. He also raced in Langhorn PA. One of his cars was a 1960 Corvette which was painted black. His name is John / Johnny Beccaria or Johnny The Drifter. The Drifters were a club he belonged to in South Beach – Staten Island, New York. He also 1 time raced a rod & wone. Thank you, in advance for your assistance. Sincerely, Mrs. JoAnn Christie
9/13/2010 If anyone knows of any film of these drag races, let us know and we'll forward the info to JoAnn. thanks - Jeff
8/9/2010 Please note the following correction. Whit-Lock should be Whit-Loch. The name comes from Sam White and John (Ray) Stalloch. I'm pleased to say that Ray Stalloch at this point in time is 91 years old and in good physical and mental shape. Tim Stalloch
9/13/2010 Glad to hear your Dad is doing well Tim, the article has been corrected, thanks -Jeff
8/6/2010 Enjoyed your web site and I see info on the Literio cam for a street motor , No dealer or source is mentioned however, would you know of a source? Just as a sidenote I bought a Fish M-1 carb and am running it on my 59 A eng 34 Rdstr .. and it is slick! Thanks Gordon Sheppard down in Ga.
9/13/2010 Gordon - You want Cam Techniques, ask for Dave Generous, he bought out Literio in Connecticut and moved it to Sarasota, FLA.
Contact: Sales and technical assistance is available from 9:00am to 5:00pm EST, Monday to Friday. Cam Techniques 6791-E Whitfield Industrial Avenue Sarasota, FL 34243-5414 Phone: 941.727.5552 Fax: 941.727.7037 e-mail: email@example.com
My understanding is that they'll do a regrind of your core - it used to be $100, probably more now. He re-surfaced some radius lifters for me once and did a nice job, good guy. I'd like to try a Fish myself, gave my Dad a M-3 - that one worked real slick as well. Glad to hear they work well, best of luck with the cam, I'll add your post and this onfo to our guestbook next update. - Jeff
8/4/2010 I was teaching a P.E. class in Kissimmee, FL back in the 1980's and while I was reading the roll on the first day of school I came across the name of James Theobald. I brought the young man up after roll call and asked him if he ever lived "Up North" , he replied, yes,and I said "Jack Theobald" and he said, "that is my Grandfather". I then told him that I watched him race for years at Five Mile Point. Jimmy became our basketball team stat man, what a great kid. We also discussed the Kneisel Pacer which his dad raced . As they say, "It's a Small World" !!! Mal Harpell
8/3/2010 Thank YOU for all you do, website etc.. great place to keep in touch. sincerely, Jack Theobald
7/25/10 Wonderful site. I'm the son of Clyde Hewitt. Thank you, Steven Hewitt
8/2/10 Thank you Steve, glad you enjoy it, tell Clyde we said hello. Jeff
7/20/2010 Jack Theobald - Hi ALL yup still here.. Spoke to Gordon Shiner today, sure glad he found me. GREAT to see photos and hear from old friends. Thanks Jeff.
8/2/10 - Hi Jack - glad to hear Gordy found you, take it easy. - Jeff
7/12/2010 Epilog, Harold Pielow, friend and CLR alumni driver, passed Sat. July 10th: Harold and I had many enjoyable conversations over the years and he was planning on attending the CLR luncheon again in a few weeks. I last talked with Harold several weeks ago. He lived in Penn Yan and had for many many years and was involved with Dutch Hoag's stockers for years and also worked for a time in Dutch's truck business in Bath. Harold will best be remembered by myself and many others for his running of the "splash 7" cars. When he was in a race with you you knew that you had better be doing your very best and have good equipment or you had better get out of the way if you started ahead of him in a race. He won many races in WNY and especially in the Finger Lakes area. I first saw him when he ran at Cuba Lake Raceway in the mid 50s. Harold will be missed by many including myself as he was a neat person and enjoyed talking with everyone. Drive on Harold drive on!!! Ford Easton
7/6/2010 Dear Friends I Am restoring a race car of 50"s that had mounted in a 6 cilinders 261 chevrolet engine I am interested on buying an complete Cylinder Head Wayne inclusing - cylinder head complete - Inlet manifold - Exaust manifold - Camshaft I Know that two years ago this equipment was manufactured by www.waynemfgco.com , but I can't contact them anymore IF you can help me, telling me the address of some one I could buy this equipment Thanks Gilberto Mlejolaro B.Gonçalves-RS-BRASIL
7/8/2010 Gilberto - the place to check for that is Inliners International - http://inliners.org/- Hopefully they can help you out, best of luck. - Jeff
7/5/2010 Hi Jeff, I'm catching up on old emails today, I apologize for the delay. Yes the Potvin grind seemed to do much better than the previous Winfield. The Norden I ran a little was a different firing order and was definitely the weakest of the three. As to Dick Blaine's question you are probably right that it is a Winfield. I was visiting with Ed Iskenderian last fall at the Bakersfield hot rod reunion and he mentioned that after looking at an Offenhauser engine's radius cam setup he thought it was a pretty good idea and then developed the 404A radius deal. Your 128 at Syracuse is really impressive to me!! I never did see any flatheads on a big track like that, would love to see it. I remember going to the Little 500 at Anderson the year Parnelli Jones came on the scene back here, there was a flathead there that got runner-up if I remember correctly, the winner was a GMC powered sprinter out of Milwaukee. James Garner was the Grand Marshall that night. If you've never seen that show it's 33 sprinters going 500 laps on a very high bank quarter mile asphalt track. My former lady friends uncle was Tom Cherry, I think he won that race three times. Tom had an aluminum flathead block in his shop once, I never did know what he did with it or whose it was. I tried to open that movie you attached but a pop up said I wasn't set up for that. I'm not very computer savvy so I'll save that until I can get some help to open it. Later, Phil.
7/8/2010 Going back even a little further... according to the 'Offenhauser' book, when Fred bought all of the tooling from Miller, he went to Ed Winfield to talk about the cams. Ed's advice was to 'make everything bigger' - in other words, use a mushroom tappet. Fred couldn't afford that so they came up with the radius tappet. A little more... Chuck Potvin's 425 Eliminator, I have been told and read as well, was based on Winfields' SU-1A cam - both timing out around 280 and 284 duration - big cams! Just further evidence that Winfield was truly the go to guy when it came to camshafts... 128 was with a worn out engine too, wonder what a fresh Red Shredder would have done... 33 Spint cars on 1/4 mile high banked oval sounds like a lot of fun to watch, no surprise that the GMC beat the flathead, that's the engine. Tom Cherry was a Speed Shop owner from Muncie, Indiana and a darn good sprint car driver to boot, winning at Langhorne as well. My flathead guru Bob Hayslett talked of him often, relating conversing with him about flathead speed secrets... one set of piston I have came from Tom's shop - and work very well. Thanks for the always interesting e- mail Phil. - Jeff
6/30/2010 Jeff, Just want to let you and your dad know that what you folks did for my dad the other night was wonderful Mom, Mike, Pat, and I can not thank you guys enough. Dad really enjoyed your dads company and I can remember dad saying to me that the club is in good hands as long as Dick and Jeff are involved in it. Dad always enjoyed the races and he sure did have a gift to stop and talk with everyone he knew at the races My brother and I still recall the time that we all went up to Fonda for the big race at the end of the year last fall Dad said and I remember it just like he was still here he said “ I will be back in a while” well to make a long story short he never did come back and sit with us so I went and found him and sure enough he was b.s with somebody I am not even sure if he knew this person. So in closing Thank you and your dad for what you both have done for my father he would have been very proud of what you guys are doing.
Thanks, Russ Carpenter
7/8/2010 Russ - It was our pleasure to honor Carl, there will never be another one like him, take care. - Jeff
6/25/2010 Dear Jeff: Just a brief note to let you know my dad Jack Bentley passed away on June 24th, 2010. When I could get him to use the computer he loved showing the pictures to his friends. His racing career was from the late forties until 1964. I can only remember from 1959 until 1964. He wrenched on a late model in 1970 aand 1971. His racing motto was "be ready to race at the track....not fix your car there. It's been a blast over the last several years digging up the history about his cars with the ultimate goal of finding one somewhere but chances are slim this will happen. Thanks again Jeff. Bill Bentley
7/8/2010 Bill - Please accept our condolences on the loss of your father, I am sorry to hear this news. I'm pleased to hear he enjoyed looking at the site, and only wish I had the chance to meet him. Take care Bill. Jeff
6/23/2010 Contact: Ron Hedger at 518-885-7481
“LOST SPEEDWAYS 2010” LINE-UP SET
Saratoga Springs, NY For racers and fans throughout the Northeast, Thanksgiving means two things: a big meal with the family and that Lost Speedways at the Saratoga Automobile Museum is only two days away.
The event, which takes a look at speedways and speedway surfaces no longer with us as well as great racers of the past, always packs both floors of the museum with enthusiasts sharing their racing memorabilia and enjoying a wide variety of presentations. This year’s edition, set for Saturday, November 27th, will continue the tradition with talks on motorcycle racing, road course action and a variety of stock car related topics on tap.
Motorcycle enthusiast Mark Supley will return with photos and stories about old-time board track racing while highly respected sports car owner Rob Dyson and Greg Rickes, the voice of Lime Rock Park, will team for “Lost Horizons,” a comprehensive look at the old Riverside, CA road course and street racing with the Camel GT Series.
The Albany-Saratoga Charger division, from the speedway’s first asphalt period, produced a number of successful modified drivers and three graduates, Brian Ross, Nick Ronca and Jack Halloran, will recall those days using photos supplied by ace photographer John Grady.
“The Early Days of Airborne Park” will be this year’s topic for popular north-country racing historian Bill Ladabouche while another great story teller, longtime announcer Jim King, will recall the NASCAR-era heroes of the nearby Fonda Speedway.
The final presentation, “Albany-Saratoga Dirt Track Memories,” will use photos from the archives of former CVRA photographer Dick Britain to recall the early dirt track years. Event organizer Ron Hedger will be joined by “color commentator” Kenny Tremont Jr, who stands third on the A-S win list and leads all racers with 11 track championships at the recently repaved Malta oval.
Program changes for 2010 include a scheduled intermission halfway through the presentations and a longer period of memorabilia display before the presentations, which should allow visitors to enjoy the picture books and other racing memorabilia downstairs as well as presentations of their choice in the second floor Racing in New York gallery.
Specific times and related details will be announced as the event nears but for now, be sure to mark the date, November 27, on your calendar.
6/18/2010 Good Friday evening to all across our land and Canada, As I have said before this is one part of the job that I have taken on myself that is very unpleasent. As most of you know I am 70 so I go back to the running years at Cuba Lake Raceway, 54-mid 58. I grew up on the Cuba road just west of Friendship, NY. There was a gas station and a convenient store right across the road from our home and loving cars and mechanical things I could be found over there whenever I could. Seeing that 99% of the stockers that raced back in the early 50s "flat towed", this station was the last good place for all those coming from the east to race at CLR to be able to pull off for gas and use restrooms and get some food. I can remember 3 or 4 stockers lined up at the pumps many times. You can just about envision what all this meant to me. I got to know just about all of them and anyone that helped or was in their family that was in the tow car or truck. About an hour after the parade of stocker had left for the track I was out there with my thumb up for a ride to CLR and never had a problem getting a ride. One of the "stocker" was the Duane "Curly" Wilson family from Painted Post, NY near Corning. They stopped every week going and later that Sunday evening. Getting to know Curly I always cheered for his "4 bits" coupes at CLR. He also had a good looking teenage daughter that was nice too and the most beautiful 55 Mercury Montclair 4dr. HT that was green and white and the tow car. I was a real Mercury fan as my Dad had one and Dean Layfield raced one. Curly won many races at CLR over the years that he raced there and we all were on a first name basis. Believe it or not but Curly was his own wrench as he was alone most of the time in the pits with his 4 bits car. I went my way and they went theirs over time and our paths never crossed again until about 4 years ago when I set out to try and make contact again. Knowing he was from the Corning area and ran sponsorship for an Electic Co back in the 50s the search started. Well the Electric Co. had been out of business for years and all the owners were long gone. I did the white page search of all the Wilsons in the greater Corning/Elmira without any success. I then contacted all the drivers, owners, pit folks and fans that I knew in the area without any luck. I had about given up when one day I got a call telling me to contact the historian for the Watkins Glen racing museum as he was very good at finding people. I contacted Bill Green and he said he would give it a try for me as he could tell I was out of gas on it and down in the dumps. Well about a month later I got a call from Bill that Curly was in Tennessee. Bill had found a relative of Curlys in Corning that supplied the info. Well let me tell you I have had some great conversations with Curly over the past few years and he has sent me items and I have sent him things from those days of racing. He was always so thankful every time I called him and I was so thankful that he enjoyed talking with me about those years "the 50s". Like I said this is the hard part of what I do in the racing world as evidenced when I received a call from Curly's wife this afternoon that he had passed and she knew Curly would want me know. Great Driver, family man, and in later years a true friend. Drive on Curly drive on!! Ford Easton
6/16/2010 Any update on the #99 car? I have been checking Odds & Ends for any progess. Ken Paulsen
6/22/10 Ken - the #99 runs good, stops and steers OK. We're not going to paint it at this time and may have it out at shows later this summer. Thanks for asking - Jeff
6/3/2010 CUBA LAKE RACEWAY 8th annual 40s 50s and 60s stock car racing luncheon July 28th 2010 This is your invitation to attend the 8th annual CLR luncheon for all those that remember or have a love of stock car racing from those wonderful years of the 40s 50s and 60s. Drivers, car owners, mechanics, track personnel and track owner/builders from the tracks of WNY, Ontario and NWPA during that time will be attending. A large contingent of drivers, track owners, track personnel and fans from the Jamestown, Buffalo, Rochester and Elmira area attend each year. Last year drivers and others that were involved with the racing came from 7 States and Ontario to attend the luncheon. By receiving this invitation, you and your family and friends are invited to attend this years event (bring your wife/husband or companion as they have a great time too). The past CLR luncheons have become very popular with the whole stock car racing world it seems and I suggest you get your reservations in as soon as possible before it is completely sold out. This is your chance to be with and talk with these greats from that era of racing. A number of the young lyons that are the stock car champions currently, also attend to meet the drivers they have only heard about. Moonwinks can handle 200 people max. and still have room for all of us to move around for visiting with friends, old and new, fans and lovers of 40s 50s and 60s stock car racing that will be there for the luncheon.
When: July 28th 2010 (Wed)
Where: Moonwinks, just north of Cuba, NY ( 3 miles ) on rt. 305 and 1/2 mile from the CLR track. Watch your speed on I-86 and in the Cuba area as tickets are given out for any speeding infraction.
Invitation deadline: I must receive your reservation and payment by July 17th 2010
Time, luncheon info. and Cost: registration starts at 10:30 am with lunch starting at approx. 12:15. We have use of the restaurant until 4:00 pm so there will be plenty of time for our speakers, mc and all of us to visit with friends, new and old, and field those questions from the fans and get driver autographs and pictures. This year by working with the great folks at Moonwinks, the luncheon cost is the same as last year, $14.00. It has always been my goal from the 2003 banquet forward to have the cost as low as possible so anyone that wants to attend can afford to do so. Our sit down served luncheon will begin with a special for us only "racing salad", rolls & butter, beverage( choice of coffee, tea, iced tea or lemonade). Mixed drinks, wine or beer may be ordered, but are at an additional cost. This year you and your companions will have the choice of one of the following two entrees: Scampi style haddock or Roast Turkey with stuffing & gravy. You must let me know how many of each with your RSVP. The entree you choose will come with potato and vegetable. Our luncheon will then conclude with a very nice dessert. Steve, the manager of Moonwinks, is also a lover of 40s,50s and 60s stock car racing and those of you that have attended past banquets will remember the great feed he puts on for us. Steve will go out of his way this year also to see that we are treated as Queens and Kings. Our luncheon will be "dutch treat" for all attending and the price of $14.00 per person includes everything food wise, beverage (except noted above), tax and gratuity. Remember I must receive your RSVP and payment by: July 17th 2010 at the latest as no day of the luncheon payments will be allowed. Because of the guarantee required by Moonwinks, no refunds can be made. I will not be sending you tickets back. We will have your name and your companions on a master list that will be marked at registration on the 28th. Your only job the day of the luncheon is to register, sit back, visit, eat, enjoy our guest speakers and mc and relax. Dress code is casual.
Program: This year we will have a double feature, with feature one being an overview of the new innovative programs that are now available at Alfred State College for the students and things that will effect all of us in the years to come by Dr. John Anderson the President of Alfred State College. Alfred State is one of the most innovative and progressive schools in NYS and highly respected. That respect is further enhanced by Tom Taber, the division head of the Motorsports Technology program at the school who will give us an overview of the various courses that make up the program he heads. Many of you know Tom as one of the very best drivers to have raced modifieds, latemodels and sprints from the late 60s until as recently as the 2000s in the northeast US and Canada. The Motorsports Technology program at Alfred is known worldwide as one of the best training centers for obtaining employees that know the business from the get go. Every major NASCAR team in business today has Alfred Motorsports grads. on their staff. I am sure you will find this presentation to be most interesting and educational. The second half of our double header program is a fellow driver and friend to many that raced in the 50s in NYand PA. Leon Reed is an alumni of Cuba Lake Raceway and many other tracks. Leon lived in Sweden Valley, PA during his school years, then was in the U. S. Army for a couple of years before being employed for 39 years by Blackstone Corp., (now Valeo Corp.) of Jamestown, NY. He is currently the president, Potter Co. Historical Society in PA. He raced in the 1950's, Jalopy and Sportsman classes, in NWPA and SWNY. His home tracks were: Roulette and Smethport, PA. Leon says these were dirt tracks and he won some trophies, but very few $$$. Much fun, lots of work and won some, lost many, but enjoyed every minute. He will share with us stories of his favorite drivers, starters, announcers and historians along with his comments on the many tracks that he ran on. With Leons love of history, his talk will enlighten all of us from those great years of racing. Our Master of Ceremonies this year is the well known and never a dull moment when around him, Larry Dye. Larry was a driver at CLR in its early years, but learned his real expertise and interest laid in announcing and he did that for many years at many tracks in WNY and NWPA, mixed in with college time and his business. Those of you that haven't heard or been around Larry will really appreciate how good he is at this mc slot when you hear him and his stories. This year Larry will update all of us on the current things going on in NASCAR.
RSVP: Send payment, $14.00 per person, along with your name and the name of any companions attending with you and the entree choice for each of you to: Ford Easton, 5200 28th St. N. # 651, St. Petersburg, FL 33714. Make your check or mo payable to: Ford Easton. Should you need to contact me, phone 727-522-4042 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember I must receive your reservation and payment by July 17th 2010. If you or any of your companions were or are a race car driver please indicate that to me when you send your reservation and money. Those of you that I know personally that drove, don't need to indicate it. I just don't want a driver to slip by me without me knowing they drove.
5/26/2010 Hello, Just as an introduction, I'm a writer with 35 years in motorsports, much of it in the Northeast. Though I've lived in Indianapolis since 1997, as a Connecticut native I spent 20 years bouncing from track to track in New England and New York, as well as making annual trips to Daytona, Martinsville, Trenton, Pocono, etc.
I'm currently working with Lew Boyd and his Coastal 181 publishing group on a book marking the 50th anniversary of the Utica-Rome Speedway, which will be celebrated in 2011. While the track and various area historians have kept excellent records, I am anxious to back up their facts with colorful memories, eyewitness quotes, and so on. I'd love to speak with anyone who regularly attended Utica-Rome in the 1960s, especially in any sort of "working" capacity, meaning driver, car owner, mechanic, journalist, etc.
If there's any way you can help point me in the right direction on this, it would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached either by email at email@example.com or by phone at 317-446-6627.
Thanks, Bones Bourcier
6/22/2010 Must say it's quite flattering that Bones would reach out to us for info, his books on Eddie Flemke, Richie Evans and Bugs Stevens should be required reading for aspiring racers. And his articles in Stock Car Racing magazine were always interesting as well. So here you go fans, your chance to be famous, drop Bones a line or give him a call and make this book as good as it can be. - Jeff
5/19/2010 What is the best way to submit pictures. I have some pictures of my dad,Joe Winterstein. He would've loved your website, but passed away in 2006. Julie Dobish
5/23/2010 Julie, the best way is to scan the pictures and then attach the scan to an e- mail and send to the site, I can then work with them. If you want to do the cuttting, cropping and saving as a file and then send - that's great too. Either way works. If you don't have a scanner and want your pictures displayed here, then I can scan them for you and then return them. You have to understand though, that once they are on the web, they are available to everyone. People can and will post them on other sites. I have attempted to protect them but my html language is not foolproof. I've asked people not to download pictures but they end up on other sites anyway - so long as they aren't selling them on Ebay I'm Ok with it but I now tell everyone this beforehand so they know. - Jeff
5/19/2010 Hi Race fans , In the 50s I was very close to George Knight. Jack Theobald came to the area from Spokane Washington where he was in the service . We all became close friends and both George and Jack were in our wedding . George died two years ago and I would sure like to see Jack again before its too late. He always called me MALL DIGGER . If you see him , tell him Gordie wants to contact him. Phone 607-754-2078 Thanks, Gordie Shiner
5/23/2010 If anyone knows of Jack's whereabouts, please let Gordie know. Thanks - Jeff
5/11/2010 Hi Jeff, Thanks much for your response, really enjoyed the story about Chesbro and Kotary. Here's the old story about the old crossfire. Bill Holland was barred from AAA for running an outlaw show somewhere. I talked to Donald Davidson about this and he verified that part of the story. He also added some more to the story. Holland was banned for one season, when he went to the reinstatement hearing Donald said he mouthed off about something so AAA barred him for an additional year. Anyhow the story goes that he had Walt Straber (Walt was the engine builder for Ralph Potter Sr. at Ralph's speed shop on Massachucetts Ave. in Indianapolis) build the 180 engine for him which he ran various tracks with. He sold it to a guy from Ft. Wayne IN. who ran it in some kind of stock car on a high bank paved half mile there. It was then acqiured by Jim Riddle in Kokomo IN. He had it in a 47 Ford coupe on the street, Jim is a friend of mine, was always bragging about making bucks in street races with it. My dad had a '53 Olds 3 speed stick which would show just shy of 120 on the speedo. I asked Jim just how fast that coupe was, he said "I'll start behind you, when you're wide open I'll try to pass you" and he did! Naturally I had to have that engine so I made a deal and bought it. It had a Winfield radius cam in it, 1 5/8 valves in &out and a single Ford back draft carb on some kind of open plenum manifold. (probably track rules deal) I went to Ralphs speed shop and bought an Evans 4 carb and used 4 '48s on it. It had a W&H Ducoil ignition on it and always missed at high RPM. I found a Barker V-drive with two Wico's on it, (75 bucks), that solved the problem. I first ran it in a 120 inch wheelbase '24T bucket deal on methanol. It ran about 120 on the quarter mile. I got runner-up with it at the 1957 NHRA nationals in Oklahoma City. Raymond Godman's car won it. It developed a miss and when I opened it up found that it had knocked the bottom out of a lifter. Luckily the sides of the lifter were riding between the lobes and didn't damage the cam. I had cracked several lifters in the past so I called Chuck Potvin and asked about putting a 425 profile on it. He agreed, I had a spare Norden cam so I sent it out, he called and advised the Norden was cast and probably wouldn't live so I sent the Winfield billet to him. Next car was a homemade dragster on "T" rails, gas pipe roll cage, '38 Harley front spoker's, flathead 3 speed, 60% in the tank, ran 145. Lucky it didn't crash!! I sold that car, trailer and all, for $600. That's when I hooked up with Kenny Hirata and drove until we retired in 1974. I found later that the engine ran on some dirt tracks here in Indiana and is currently in a narrowed Crosley bodied dirt car owned by Paul Fergason who lives just south of me. It's been retired and resting in storage at his place, probably hasn't been run for thirty years or more. I've tried to buy it NO DEAL!! This is getting too long! Keep in touch,great memories. Later, Phil Hobbs
5/23/2010 Never too long Phil, I can listen to stories like that all day but then I'm probably not normal.. Sounds like a fast engine - Thanks for sharing the info. - Jeff
5/7/2010 NASCAR IN NEW YORK EXHIBIT OPENS AT AUTO MUSEUM Saratoga Springs, NY. NASCAR racing is by far the most popular form of motorsports in the nation. And while many associate NASCAR history with the southeast, New York has an amazingly rich history with the sanctioning body. At the same time that NASCAR is opening its new Hall of Fame and Museum in Charlotte, NC, the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s Racing in New York gallery has added a comprehensive NASCAR IN NEW YORK exhibit that uses numerous text and photo panels and four vintage race cars to bring this history to life. Ten NASCAR National Champions – Bill Rexford, Bill Wimble, Dick Nephew, Jim Reed, Richie Evans, Jerry Cook, Mike McLaughlin, Wayne Anderson, Steve Park and Donny Lia – were residents of the Empire State while New Englanders Rene Charland, Pete Hamilton, Ernie Gahan, Bugsy Stevens and Freddy DeSarro and Pennsylvania drivers Tony Hirschman and Jimmy Spencer used New York speedways as the foundation of their championship runs. These drivers and more are highlighted in the new exhibit. Short track racers on display include the Bridge midget, used by Capital District owner Joe Sukup in his NASCAR Midget Division championship season, and three stock cars. The 1937 Ford Sportsman driven by Don Rounds, on loan from Mel Ogden, is a prime example of the 1960’s, while Bruce Dostal’s Chevy coupe illustrates the technical advances seen on the big block Modifieds of the 1970’s. The third stock car is Ray Hedger’s Volkswagon bodied asphalt modified, driven by Dick Clark, that shows the progression in the 1980’s. The exhibit also features a variety of memorabilia associated with NASCAR’s history in New York, much of it obtained from the collection of Rene Charland. A rare trophy awarded to Gahan’s ace mechanic, Jack Blackwood, is also included along with the racing gallery’s popular “jacket wall.” The Saratoga Automobile Museum, located on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park, is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. More information is available online at www. saratogaautomuseum.org.
4/20/2010 Hello, My brother was Eddie Tobin, photographed with his car #105 at the end. As you may or may not know, Eddie was killed at Shangrila in June of 1964. I don't have that photograph and it would mean a great deal to me if I could get a good copy of it. Please let me know if I could purchase a copy and if there are any more pictures of my brother. Thank You for your time, Lee Stephens 710 George Edward Via Christiansburg, VA. 24073. firstname.lastname@example.org
4/24/2010 Lee, photo sent. My friend Joe Buchak related Ed was as nice of a guy as you could ever want to meet. If I come across any other pictures of him I'll send them along. - Jeff
4/24/2010 Thank you once again George, your video's are amazing. I've added your Thompson video's to the links page as well. - Jeff
4/14/2010 Jeff, I finally decided to disassemble my crossfire to find out what it had inside. The attachments with this email cover the cam and lifters. The cam is a very nice steel billet with 408 to 410 lift. It has no name on it but if you look closely at the front you can see it is marked OFY4 180o. The lifters are radius but also no name on them. two additional Emails I am sending will show the crankshaft and pistons. Dick Blaine.
4/24/2010 Dick, that's some wild cam and crankshaft... As we've discussed, the Offy 4 was a Ed Winfield grind, Ed Iskendarians' 404 was based on it according to Harvey Crane, wouldn't be surprised if that cam is one of Ed's. Thanks for sharing and keep us updated. Jeff
4/12/2010 Hi. I am looking for 2 Winfield SR-D downdraft carbs, If you happen to know of anyone who might be able to help me acquire them for my project car, it would be greatly appreciated. I am also interested in parts to make a pair of carbs, so any parts would be helpful as well. Thanks alot. Beecher Hickox
4/24/2010 Beecher can be reached at: email@example.com - Best of luck. - Jeff
4/6/2010 Hey Jeff, Steve Post here, hope all is well with you. Love the Midstate Antique site and all the photos….My hero growing up was Pete Cordes, if you know of anyone who has photos of him I would love that….I just want some of them as I enjoy trips down memory lane. Regards, Steve Post
4/24/2010 Here's a couple Steve.. many more on the site. - Jeff
4/6/10 Hello I was wondering if there was any way to contact Larry Witter, who has written at least one article on converting splash oiled chevys to full pressure. I was wondering if the early (pre '53 ) 235 cranks had a different arrangement as far as the holes in the rod pins as compared to the 216. I can't seem to find a crank that can be drilled due to the holes in the crank pins being in the way...I just have a lot of questions. Also I am currently undertaking a project that everyone thinks I am absolutely insane for doing, which is fine, I AM rather nuts. I am trying to convert a 216 to full pressure oiling. Any info would be appreciated. James Harmon
4/17/2010 Larry responded: James, Below is a quote from my "Stovebolt" article in the Midstate web site. The rifle drilling and grooving of the 216 crankshaft is a rather expensive machining operation and should be done by an experienced machinist. If you have specific questions about the full pressure conversion feel free to e-mail me and I will answer them if I can. Larry Witter If you are building a full race engine and using a pre - 1953 block it is advised that you make some modifications to the lube system. The first step is to replace the "splash" system with full pressure to the rods. To do this the crankshaft must be "rifle" drilled from the main journals to the rod end journals and the main journals must be grooved. Remove the dipper plumbing from pan, the dippers from the rods and plug the dipper holes in the rod caps. Remove the pressure regulator from the left side of the block and make appropriate connections to bring full oil pump pressure into the main oil galley. It is recommended that a GMC 228 oil pump be used for its greater volume and built in 60 lb. regulator. Replace the pressed in soft plugs at the ends of the main oil galley with 3/8" pipe plugs. (The soft plugs won't stand the pressure). The best solution to this problem, of course, is to start with a 1953 or later engine if the rules allow. You get the full pressure lube system, full insert bearings (rods and mains) and better availability of parts. With this in mind this writing will be based on these later model engines.
3/29/2010 Hi Jeff, Thanks for your quick response. I acquired a Crane R425-2 cam and radius lifters from Dirk Chesbro. His wife, Melody wrote me a note regarding the cam. She thought it came from an engine that was built by her father-in-law and won numerous dirt track events back in the '60s in upstate NY. She's pretty sure that cam won the NY State Fair Championship race in the early '60s 2 or 3 years in a row. Do you have any info that relates to this? I'm just curious, it is interesting if possibly factual. I also received a second cam from them which has had the I.D. ground off except for the word "Track". She thought this also came from another engine built by Mr. Chesbro. I would appreciate any info you may have regarding this story. I've thouroughly enjoyed all the articles and info in your website. I ran a 180 degree flathead in my early drag vehicles in the fifties, real interesting "rumored" background on that engine. Thanks again, Phil Hobbs.
4/24/2010 This is too good to attempt to cover here in the guestbook - please refer to FlatTech Camshafts for the answer. - Jeff
3/29/2010 Hello, My name is Tom Herbert - Jeeps nephew, I was recently enjoying your web site and came across Otto Grahams contributions. I know Otto was good friends with my Uncle and Father (Clay Herbert). On Otto's page it lists my Father (Clay) as the son of Jeep. To clear things up they were brothers, Jeep the eldest of 4. There is no need to apologize I am not offended. I appreciate your site and wish you much luck in keeping alive the memories of the pioneers who started this sport. Your Friend, Tom Herbert.
4/24/2010 Thanks for pointing that out Tom, and for the kind words. - Jeff
3/28/2010 Hey Jeff, I guess since the good days are just around the corner you fellas are prepping the cars and getting ready to hit the tracks. Wish you guys were still coming across the border as we dont get south much anymore so before you get really busy wanted to ask you a question. Back in 1972 Bud Schilling was piloting a great looking coupe, 37 Chevy and I believe it to be the last coupe to win a race at Spencer. I seem to believe that Jimmy Shampine bought that coupe and ran it and then sold it to Ronnie Wallace. The question I have is technical in nature. I believe that Schilling was running an inboard coilover cantilever suspension on it. I remember seeing the car a couple of times and thought it was a real innovation for that time frame. So the question to you, I am correct in my memory or I am just a little crazy !! I am thinking of maybe once I get my Denny Giroux coupe and Falcon done that I would try this one under the Shampine banner, so I was hoping to get the technical data right. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks again. Rick Beaubien
4/24/2010 Rick - I looked at pictures tht I have of the Schilling coupe the best I could, and contacted Benny Stephens as well to see if he could re-call. From our best guess we concluded you're correct about the in board cantilever suspsension. Take a look at this photo and see what you think. Best of Luck on your restorations. - Jeff
3/25/2010 I'm sorry to report that former driver and CNY Hall of Famer Bill Brunschmid passed on 3/16/2010 after a long illness. Bill was Willie Wust's first driver and a good one, we'd like to extend condolences to his family on their loss. - Jeff
3/15/2010 Hi guys, I love your FLAT TECH its a really good read, its the best I have found on the internet. I wanted to ask in the IGNITION section which type of flathead were you using 8a 1949-53 or 59ab 1942-48. If it was the 59ab how did you use a magneto with the front mounted ignition? I ask because I would love to install a magneto on my 59ab. Thank for your time Yours Sincerely James Roper-Caldbeck
3/25/2010 - James, thank you for the nice compliment. Onto your question; I've usually used an 8BA block but even when I used a 59A, I still used the 8BA ('49-'53) front timing cover when I ran a magneto - which is a 'side mount' arrangement. You can accomplish this by using the 8BA timing cover (if you're going to use an aluminum cover, look for a Mercury with the bottom shaft support boss..) and then adding an adapter to the front of the cam to drive the side mount mag or distributor. The adapter is available through Speedway I believe, or you can make one by cutting off the front of an 8BA cam. If you want a front mount magneto then it'll be more expensive as you'll need to purchase one of: 1.) A Wico style with either a Barker V- Drive or similar, 2.) A Harman-Collins/Scheiffer/Cirillo style with correct mount and Offy lead plate to tune, 3.) A Vertex with right angle drive. None of these options is cheap. Of course if you're creative, and know a machinist (or are one) you could make an adapter to mount a Vertex to a plate bolted to the 59A timing cover with an adapter to the cam (from a stock distributor) and eliminate the drive entirely. It's been done and would be a inexpensive and effecient means, if you have the room between the engine and radiator. Best of luck. - Jeff
3/7/2010 Hi Everyone, I just heard more news on Carol and Ally Amell. I worked for over 25 years with their Daughter in law Lynn's Mom (Donna Jarmac ) Donna and Ed Jarmac just got back from Florida and contacted me, since she knows Terry and I are friends of Carol and Ally. Terry and I thought it important that the club be informed of the situation with the Amell's. As a result of the car accident in Daytona on Feb 13th, Carol has 12 broken ribs, shoulder and a broken back. Carol has already had three surgeries and yesterday (Friday March 5th) they moved her to Brooks Rehabilitation Center. Lynn( their daughter in law) did not have a room number yet when I get one I will forward to you. Ally is going to be able to stay at the Rehab Center with Carol... but it looks like they may be there up to three months. I am sure they would appreciate mail and prayers, this has been a very difficult journey to be going thru so much, so far from home, family and friends. Carolann Turcott and Terry Fergerson The Amells can be reached at: Mrs. Carol Amell Brooks Rehab Center 3599 University Blvd Jacksonville Florida 32216
3/9/2010 Thanks to Carolann Turcott, Terry Fergerson and Mary Casti of the MVSCC for passing along this information, I'd like to offer our best wishes for complete recoveries for both Carol and Lynn. - Jeff
2/27/2010 Hi to all again, I hope you all enjoyed the interview video on Emory Mahan I sent you a week ago. Well here is another one I did with Leonard(Len) Briggs a few years back before his passing. Len and several others built Stateline Speedway near Jamestown, NY in 1955 and had the first race in July of 1956. Len became the leading force in leadership of the track and made it into a leading track in the 50s and 60s. The track is still in operation today. I can remember as a teenager hearing about this great track that had great races. We were awed with the stories we heard. It was all true from what Len shared with me in the interview. Really a neat man and I talked with him about 5 hr. that day I will always remember. Enjoy those times of yester years as they always said on the Lone Ranger programs. My friend Randy Anderson and his friend have done a really good job with this video. Ford Easton Leonard Briggs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mV4GpwL9o4
2/27/2010 Jeff, about a month ago you suggested I put "Blaster" in the crankcase of my flathead crossfire race car engine. It had compression readings of 100 to 115 and had been setting for a long time. I can't believe the results as all cylinders now read close to 150! Talk about snake oil! I really appreciate your advice. Dick Blaine.
2/28/2010 Blaster 'Trans/Valve Fix' is an excellent product, almost a mix of Mystery Oil and Bon Ami - that frees up rings and reseats valves. It'll also clear out Mosi-qee- toes for about a 1/2 mile radius... I'm glad it worked. Jeff
2/20/2010 Hi to all across our land in the US and Canada, Below are the links to tie into You Tube videos that a friend of mine Randy Anderson from Jamestown recently did. What a great man Emory was and we became friends over the last 5 years before his passing in the Fall last year. I loaned Randy my interview tapes and what he has done is really neat. I know you will enjoy listening to the stories in Emory's own words. I still miss Emory and think of him often. I was so glad that he was able to make it to the Cuba Lake Raceway luncheon last July and not knowing it would be the last time I got to shake his hand. These videos are a real tribute to Emory. Enjoy Here is an overview on Emory and his racing career from the late 40s to into the 80s on the tracks of the NE and Mid- West. That driver was Emory Mahan out of Warren PA.. Word has it that when Dean Layfield and Emory Mahan were in the same race it was always a toss up who was going to win the race providing they both were running at the end. I considered Dean Layfield one of the greatest race car dri'vers I ever saw race, so that means Emory Mahan must have been of the same caliber. From 1949 and for many racing seasons the black 8 ball and Emory Mahan became almost synonomous with automobile racing for race fans far and wide. In the early years Emory was the terror of Dicky-Ben Speedway in Warren in the green and black Buick coupe and continued that to other tracks including: Civic Stadium in Buffalo, Wellsville Fairgrounds, Clarion Park, Shippensville, Meadville, Sportman's Field in Erie and Butler Fairgrounds. When Late models became popular Emory switched to a 55 Chevy and was a spectacular success at Skyline Speedway winning most of the regular events and 50 lap contests. In 57 Emory built a fuel injected 57 Chevy and journeyed to the high banks of Dayton Ohio and finished 4th in the brand new car against the the finest mid west drivers of the time. He also traveled to tracks such as Toledo, Monroe County Fairgrounds at Rochester, Syracuse Mile and Canfield and locally ran events at Stateline and Skyline. In none of these races did he finish out of the top 10. During 58 Emory set a qualifying record for late model stock cars at the famed Williams Grove near Harrisburg. This qualifying record put him on the pole with the likes of Sam Hanks, Troy Ruttman, Johnny Parsons and Jerry Unser behind him for the race. Some company in that race wasn't it!! His engine let go on lap 67 while battling with Jerry Unser and he was forced to exit the race. - Ford Easton Emory Mahan (part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcGpr7SPqU4 Emory Mahan (part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRZOVNKBrEg
2/17/10 I'm sorry to report that Ally Amell's wife Carol and their grandaughter were in a car accident while in Daytona. Both are in Halifax Medical Center in Daytona and will be there a couple of weeks. Carol and Ally are true friends from our racing days and we wish her and her granddaughter a speedy recovery. Cards can be sent to: Halifax Medical Center 303 North Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach, Florida 32015
2/16/10 I had the great pleasure of meeting Wild Bill (Northrup) at this year’s running of the Daytona 500. He was there with his daughter. My home track growing up was Shangri- La motor speedway in Owego NY. I think he was as thrilled as we were to meet. Very nice guy and class act. It’s nice to see you all involved with the stockcar club and wish you well with it. Gary Inscho
2/10/10 I'm sorry to report that today we learned that former Midstate member Dave Yager of Oneonta passed away this previous Sunday the 7th. Dave was a good racer and very likeable, always friendly around the pits and fast on the track in his pretty #3 Chevy. We'd like to offer condolences to him family. Godspeed Dave. Calling hours are this Wednesday from 7 to 9 Pm and the funeral is this Thursday at 2 Pm at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St. Oneonta. - Jeff
2/2/10 OSWEGO SPEEDWAY OLD TIMERS "More than just memories" Hello Everyone, It has been a few months since our last newsletter and we apologize for the delay in updating you with information. This email will serve as a confirmation of our 2010 plans. A full newsletter will follow in the next few days!!! The 5th Annual Oswego Speedway Old Timers Reunion is scheduled for Saturday, July 10th from 10am to 4 pm. The speedway will be featuring the King of Wings Championship on that day. A complete race program will be presented on Friday evening as well. Two big racing shows in two days - and the always fun and entertaining Reunion as well. Complete details will be forthcoming. Also information on discount Reunion-Race tickets, Motel discounts, and so much more!!! Be watching for it!!! Hope this finds you and your family well. Have a great 2010!!!!
2/6/10 Thanks to Alan Weaver for passing this along, the event has been added to our schedule. - Jeff
2/1/10 Lee Sherwood (Tioga Motorsports Park), Carl Nagel (Penn Can Speedway), Mike Buman (Champion Speedway) and Brian Weaver (Penn Can Speedway) are among the all- star list of track champions and celebrities who have already confirmed their participation in the 2010 Daytona 500 ACTION & AUCTION benefit for the Broome County Animal Care Council to be held on Sunday, February 14th at the Mosquito Lounge, 10 Glenwood Avenue, Binghamton. The first 250 persons to arrive will receive a tote bag courtesy of CVS Pharmacy. Three giant screens provided by Aarons will be among the eight televisions showing the WICZ Fox 40 broadcast of The Great American Race plus action from a variety of local speedways. Budweiser is the unanimous beverage of choice, and local distributor Rocco J Testani Inc is supporting the benefit with a variety of donations. Many area V.I.P.s and media personalities have also confirmed their plans to be Celebrity Auctioneers at the event, including Binghamton Senators V-P Tom Mitchell, WHWK THE HAWK D,J, Glenn Pitcher, and a special guest appearance by B-Sens mascot MAX. Details of the event, including a map to the location, are available at www.TheRaceReport. TV/bcacc. Tickets are available at: 07 Racing Collectibles, 3125 E Main St, Endwell; Doug’s Speed Shop, 498 Court St, Binghamton; French’s Auto Parts, 472 Court St, Binghamton; Grant Buck, 607-775-3706; Mosquito Lounge & Grill, Price Chopper Plaza, 10 Glenwood Ave, Binghamton; Trackside Products, 419 Airport Rd, Endicott. The Broome County Animal Care Council is a registered non-profit organization which receives no government funding and does not euthanize animals for population control. If you have any items you would like to donate to the auction, please contact:
Cyndi French – President – B.C.A.C.C. firstname.lastname@example.org 607-343-0508
Dr Gary “A.J.” George email@example.com 607-723-7548
Ron Hills RonHills@TheRaceReport.TV 1-866-RACE680
Please join us for the “unofficial” start to the 2010 racing season and enjoy a great day of racing, food, and fun for this worthwhile cause.
2/6/10 Thanks to Ron Hills for passing this along - there will be some original Fred Smith photos in a grab bag up for auction. See you there - Jeff
1/30/10 To Larry Witter, I hope you are doing well. I just wanted to say thank you very much for taking the time to transfer you knowledge about the 6 cyl inline to these pages. Send me a note back if you have the time. Thanks again, Bill Pogue
1/31/10 Bill - I'll forward the note to Larry - who I believe has escaped the cold cold North for Florida this winter, thanks for the nice note. - Jeff
1/27/10 Hello: I am in search of this car or the owner of this car. I understand it might be in NY or NJ. It once raced at Riverside Park in Agawam Ma. in the late 60's and early 70's. If you or someone in your club can help me please contact me at 1-413-623-5566 or 1-413-862-3382. Thank you, Brian Janik
1/31/10 - Brian - Buddy Krebs was big in New England, I would try the NEAR and Garden State Clubs, they may have knowledge of the car's whereabouts. Any one have a clue for Brian? Best of luck - Jeff
1/22/2010 Mike Van Patten is a business owner in Binghamton, an enthusiastic race fan, and is suffering from a rare and incurable form of cancer. And like millions of Americans, Mike does not have health insurance. Mike is in stage four of myxofibrosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Mike's daughter, Kristy Aiken-Smith is a nurse, and gives a concise description of Mike's condition in her interview. You can view her interview at http: //www.theracereport.tv/mike_vanpatten along with an interview with Mike and a tour of “The Dale Room”, Mike's shrine to Dale Earnhardt Sr & Jr. Mike's family and friends have organized two benefits this Sunday, January 24th. The first is from noon until 5:00 PM at Laurel Bowl, 139 Laurel Ave, Binghamton. It is a bowling party with pizza, soda, raffles, etc. The second benefit is from 5:00 – 9:00 PM at the American Legion, corner Grace & Clinton Sts in Binghamton. More information is available at www.theracereport.tv. Please help if you can. Thank you, Ron Hills Race Report Productions
1/6/2010 NYSSCA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION HIGHLIGHTS AUTO MUSEUM CALENDAR Saratoga Springs, NY The traditional first event of the year in the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s extremely popular “Racing in New York” gallery, the New York State Stock Car Association’s Hall of Fame induction, is always a highlight of the year. And the 2010 edition, honoring car owner Jerry Higbie and famed drivers Mike Romano, Charlie Rudolph and Jimmy Spencer, promises to burnish the tradition. Set for 11 am on Sunday, January 24th in front of the permanent NYSSCA display at the museum, the event will expand upon the induction program at Saturday night’s NYSSCA awards banquet in Albany. “At the banquet, we have to present an abbreviated program because of the time constraints imposed by the scores of special awards to be presented to area racers,” said Hall of Fame chairman and gallery coordinator Ron Hedger. “But Sunday, both the presenters and the inductees can speak as long as they want and I can even work in questions from the audience. “The event always attracts famous racers and previous Hall of Fame inductees and lets fans unable to attend the NYSSCA banquet meet and greet the new Hall of Fame members. I never know where the stories that come out are going to lead us but it is always a marvelous event. Will Cagle’s captivating tale of cheating with mislabeled tires last year is still bringing in comments from those who were in attendance.” Presenters for the event will include famed announcer Jim King, journalist Tom Boggie, writer and DIRT lawyer Andy Fusco and National Speed Sport News columnist Ron Hedger. The Hall of Fame ceremony will also mark the formal debut of the racing gallery’s colorful new “jacket wall” featuring vintage racing jackets that will spark memories of the heroes of the past. Those with jackets to donate or loan can drop them off prior to the event, ship them to the museum or bring them to the induction ceremony. The Saratoga Automobile Museum is on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Directions and other information can be found online at www.saratogaautomuseum. org.
12/15/09 FOAR SCORE CLUB 62ND ANNUAL AWARDS PARTY SET FOR JANUARY 30, 2010 by Mark Southcott Lancaster, NY: The FOAR SCORE Club 62nd Annual Awards Party will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Elks Club on Legion Pkwy. off of Broadway in Lancaster, NY (about 2 miles east of Transit Rd. on the right hand side just before Picasso's Pizza) from 6-11 p.m. A buffet will be served that includes beverages of pop, beer and wine. An awards ceremony will be a portion of the evening along with the newest inductees into the Hall of Fame: the late Indy car owner Norm Demler, Dunn Tire Raceway Park (Lancaster) multi-time track champion Sege Fidanza, racing pioneer Dick McCrossan, dirt veteran Brian Stevens and longtime racing supporters Don and Marilyn Toal. This will also officially bring the FOAR SCORE Club Hall of Fame class to 106 members at this ceremony. The Families in Racing Award will also induct the Western New York-based Newton and Southern Ontario, Canada-based Willard families. Proper dress is required meaning no jeans, sneakers, t-shirts or hats. Admission is $30 per person and $55 per couple with check, MasterCard and Visa accepted. Space is limited to 235 people and people are encouraged to make reservations early. The deadline date to order tickets is Monday, January 25, 2010. Contact Barb at (716) 684-2852 for tickets or information. Advertising is available for the party program with the following rates: full page advertisement - $100.00, half page advertisement with business card in the yearly FOAR SCORE Club newsletter - $75.00, half page advertisement - $50.00, and quarter page advertisement - $25.00. Contact Barb at the previous number for details. Door prizes would be greatly appreciated. Please bring a nonperishable canned good for donation to the local food pantry. Join us as everyone is welcome to attend on that evening!