Ricky's Dragster Garage 38
More of the Ketchup Series of Ricky's Dragster Garages. So much video...so
Now that the cackle events are done for the year, I can ATTEMPT bring you
up to speed on Ricky's work.
Ricky's Dragster Garage 34
Krista Baldwin's drag racing adventure continues...
This clip had 52 initial hits before I saw that I had to correct some
And you can get ahold of Rick MacDonald, of "Pro-Air Motorsports", at (760)
That's it for now.
Ricky's Dragster Garage 23
No it's not racing, BUT......
Owning and operating a cackle car has its risks.
As little as we do with them, the average person might think that a cackle
car can be a "turn key" proposition. Well, after being on the cackle path
since 1992, I can tell you that it isn't without some very harry moments.
And you have to be on the lookout, ALL THE TIME, for potential failures.
How my drag racing heroes actual raced these things week in and week out,
becomes more astounding as the years go by. And it also makes these cars
even more of a curiosity to the average person on the street, which only
adds to their appeal, and value.
Almost nothing on these cars has back up. When something fails it can
instantly result in an accident. Take the two pieces shown here in this
A rocker arm stand and a steering rod end. Two piece that were set to
fully fail, but unfortunately didn't, prior to a performance.
Was it luck? Good fortune? The late great Pat Foster tapping us on the
I dunno. All I know is--as Patty told us over and over again--
And if you want to touch base with Ricky, his shop phone number is (760)
That's all for now.
More to come.
Ricky's Dragster Garage 28
Krista Baldwin heads for Barona Raceway. And the outing will hopefully
result in a "Competition License". Let's see how she does.
By the way...
Anybody looking to get ahold of Ricky--here's his number: 760-443-1439.
And after 201 initial hits and some minor corrections. Here is a new and
Ricky's Dragster Garage 24
It's been a while since I reported to you last on the "goings on" at
Ricky's Dragster Garage, but it was well worth the wait as Rick fires up
one of his project cars--a double "A" fuel Altered by the name of Nanook 3.
It's quite a piece and should be performing at a Cackle Car event or two
in the Southern California Area in the not too distant future.
Ricky's Dragster Garage 52
Sam Chastain is about to tell the story of the Mercedes Benz deal, and then
the final fire up for "Iron Horse" at Ricky's Dragster Garage. Enjoy.
Ricky's Dragster Garage 49
More of the function at the "Junction" at the NHRA Finals.
The Poacher's, Andy's ride, Waterman/Hampshire, and Southwind III....
Tirend Dragster 1
In 1968, Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen had a top fuel dragster built with the
help of a sponsor. That sponsor was "Tirend Activity Booster"--one of the first sport drinks.
McEwen ran the car in the Top Fuel Dragster class all over the country.
Here is the story of the "Tirend Activity Booster" Top Fuel Dragster.
When the stars line up in front of me, I just have to record it.
I have no choice.
And this was one of those moments.
I don't know if this will ever happen again. I certainly hope it will--and
in front of the grandstands at some selected NHRA events. For you see, you
just don't see this happening at all-- when you look back at how unlikely
it is that the car and the driver would still be around in 2012!
Take the driver, Don Prudhomme. How many times did he make full passes in
a top fuel dragster or funny car? And for how many years?
In short, it's a miracle that he is in one piece, after all that--and he
is! Thank goodness!
Then the car:
The Greer, Black, and Prudhomme dragster, built by Kent Fuller and raced
from 1962 through 1964, with the original partners, it ran up an incredible
record at southern California tracks of 81 wins and only 8 loses!
(According to Phil Burgess) Then lengthened--bought and raced as the
"Bonanza" for a while, eventually stripped of it's motor and left sitting
for years. Restored by Steve Davis, bought by Bruce Meyer--How likely is
it that it would be allowed to join up with "Snake" for this moment?
Pretty unlikely--except that it's owner Bruce Meyer, is a good friend of
Don's, and after hearing about Rick MacDonald, they gave him the nod to
bring the car to the track, and push start it to life. Now the driver
could have been someone else....but it wasn't.
That's what makes this fire up so significant.
And like I said: All we can do is hope that this mind blowing moment will
happen again at a track near you.
And if you hear they are coming, better "Make the Scene". For the chance
may not come again.
Like an old legendary cowboy on a white horse in your local parade. And
all you need to do is what you did when you were a kid: Sit on the curb
and watch him go by.