INSANE Drag Racing WHEELSTANDS
Insane Drag Racing Wheelstands from various Drag Strips across the US,
including Byron Dragway, Huntsville Dragway, Ozark Raceway Park, South
Georgia Motorsports Park and Orlando Speed World. This is a fresh edit of
some old school goodness from the Urban Hillbilly Vault. Includes footage
from the Carnage Fest Vol. 1, 2, and 3, DVDs. DVDs now available at
Time Lapse of Hand Lettering Pinstriping Gold Leaf Airbrush Vega Funny Car Nostalgia Drag Racing
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Documentary Short Subject: Support Your Local Sign Painter
Interview and time lapse of Dan DeLaney, aka Dan the Sign Man, hand
lettering and performing airbrush detailed layout on the Feelin' Groovy
1972 Chevrolet Vega funny car owned by AA/GS racer Steve Crook of Blew By
You fame. Includes variegated gold leaf application and pinstripe finish.
Project time lapse shot over the course of seven days from start to finish.
Old School, Steve Kafka Kwill
Time lapse recorded with Drift HD POV camera at an interval of 5 seconds
per shot. 2014 SNN #1
Support Your Local Sign Painter
Words, Photos, and Video by Dawn Mazi-Hovsepian
A little over a month ago, I received a text message stating that several
mutual friends were going to collaborate on a paint scheme for a 1972 Vega
nostalgia funny car. Steve Crook and Mark Stipich, co-owners of S & M Auto
Body (http://www.sandmautobody.us) in Eastlake, Ohio, were going to apply
the paint, and longtime family friend Dan DeLaney, aka Dan the Sign Man
(http://www.dansignman.com) of Tonawanda, New York, was going to handle the
layout and hand lettering for the team. Crook, Stipich and Brian Korelec
presented Dan with a concept of what they wanted done, as well as their
color choice for the car. DeLaney roughed out a 'napkin sketch' of his
interpretation and received instant approval to roll with it.
I was so thoroughly impressed with Dan's sketch and respect for the car's
era, that I sent a text message back to him saying, "Having a crazy idea of
doing a time lapse video of you doing your thing. Other than wraps on
stock cars and the like, no one has done this before." Within minutes of
that initial message, I had pitched the idea to Lohnes and began making
plans with Dan to spend a week at his shop. My only request for Dan was to
not tell anyone on the team that I was going to be there to record the
entire process, and that no photo progress updates were to be shared with
them until the guys picked up the body. I planned on having cameras set up
in the shop to capture their initial reactions to the finished piece. This
was going to be uber-fun.
DeLaney went the extra mile and made a day trip to Eastlake in mid-April to
help layout the design on the body. Crook and Stipich took it from there
and had the body painted and delivered to Dan's shop by May 2nd. From then
on, Dan graciously allowed me to shadow him with video cameras rolling for
eight days, following every methodical and detailed brush stroke from start
to finish. While DeLaney worked his magic, we reminisced over the days
when we looked forward to getting magazines that featured the newest
rolling works of art by the hands of rock star sign painters like Tom
Stratton, Kenny Youngblood, Glen Weisgerber, and Nat Quick to name a few.
Each individual's unique style fueled DeLaney's passion and appreciation
for the industry that he's been able to make a living at for nearly 40
years. Believe it or not, for all the cars that DeLaney has lettered in
that time, this was his first Vega funny car body to hand letter and it was
deeply personal to him to get it right. It was a throwback to his teen
years when he dreamed of owning a paint shop like Don Kirby's in
Bellflower, CA, a time when funny car bodies would be lined up on 55 gallon
drums outside awaiting their own pair of magic hands.
With the exception of pinstripe details, which were expertly handled by
Terry Buczak, DeLaney knocked out a stunning hand lettered tribute to an
era of drag racing that is burned into the memory banks of purists far and
wide. It's more than right, Dan. It's hitting on all eight.
Fast Corvairs Drag Racing 1/8 Mile
From the 2013 Corvair Olympics . My car is a 3.1 liter with Weber carbs .
The red car has an ex NASCAR small block in the back seat . The black car
is Billy Bruce's drag car that runs high 11s or low 12s in the Qtr. I
broke a U-joint on the first run but my LeVair upper link kit kept it
together for several runs . I was running low/mid 9s at about 75.