DT Proxy 2018 Ch 14    The Slaying of a Dragon

(Tommy) Welcome back to your flag to flag coverage of the 3rd Dragon’s Tail Road Rally.  After a thrilling and tense mêlée the cars are now heading for home.

(Smokey) Tommy during the break I heard Grand Sport Racing owner, Greg Carpenter express concerns about his car releasing those flames out of the hood scoop when the big Weber downdraft carbs aren’t kept throttled up.  At this late stage in the game he cannot afford any mishaps and after this stellar performance by his driver Earl Essex, it would be a shame to blow it now.  Some of the other owners are already congratulating him as if this thing is already in the bag, but he’s still not so sure.

(Tommy) Especially now that he is being challenge by Clutch McCoy in the Ghia for Piston Slap Racing.  Both cars are running shoulder to shoulder and each driver keeps looking back to the other and smiling.  They seem to be enjoying this …

And just when you think it’s going to come  down to the wire, Earl Essex looked over at Clutch McCoy, waved bye bye, and with a burst of flame, he smashed the throttle and was gone!

essexcheckers(Aurora) Grand Sport Racing Slays the Dragon!

(Smokey) Momentarily stunned, Clutch McCoy shakes it off and crosses the line claiming the second spot on the podium.

(Aurora) Mean while it remains a 3 way tie for 3rd between The “Red Fish” for Strummer Racing, Jake the Snake in the Rocket City Cobra and Team Powell’s smooth running Ford GT.

123amigosJeremy Clarkson in the Strummer Racing Ford MklV  releases some extra weight, (his co pilot Richard Hammond) by the road side without slowing down, and manages to cross the line first.  Followed closely by Team Powell and then Rocket City’s Cobra, rounding out the top 5.

2ferr(Tommy) Roberto Asconi in the Red Ferrari ran a clean consistent race, poured it on at the end and claims 6th for Team owner Tom Bowman.

(Smokey) Spud Boy managed to climb back into the race and follows in the yellow Ferrari for Nonesuch Racing.

vairspeedThe Junkabilly Racing Corvair ran a good chase proving that it could be safe at any speed.

homecomingBubba comes home for Team Purple.  He had plenty of speed,  but couldn’t find the rhythm to gain any ground.

Following closely is Skabby in the Mako Shark for Cornhusker Racing filling out the top 10.

(Tommy) On Skabby’s heals comes Noah Vale for Pappy and the Kid Team A in the 1950 Olds and then ushering in Team B in the 1953 Mercedes 300s.

gtoinBud Henry wore himself out in the previous leg of the race, but manages to bring the GTO in for Next Century Technologies.

hippydogLance Ross the lll for Outlaw Hippy Racing eager to get this race over and extinguish his craving,  bounds from a still rolling VW (no parking brake!) and rushes to the Burger Joint noticing the largest hot dog he has ever seen!

stangtoyBoth Palliden Spencer in the Mustang for J.L.M. Racing and Harry Gumala in the Toyota for Normal Racing had smooth running cars, but just couldn’t conquer the esses.

(Smokey) Everyone has rushed on to the track to congratulate Earl Essex of Grand Sport Racing.  He truly conquered the course from start to finish.

What an amazing performance!

top123(Aurora) I’d have to say across the board, the competition was fierce!  Each team really brought their A game and raised the bar!

(Tommy) Indeed!

above3Well on behalf of Smokey and Aurora we’d like to thank our Sponsors for their continued support of the Dragon’s Tail Road Rally.  And remember, when you are in need of something to get your motor running, consider supporting one of these fine folks and tell them you heard about them from the Dragon’s Tail!

Congratulations to all of our competitors for a fun and exciting race.  Your particapation and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated!

And Finally, Thanks to all of you that have followed the 3rd Dragon’s Tail Road Rally.  We hope that you have enjoyed it as much as we have!

Until next time!

2018 Dragon’s Tail Road Rally

Standings after Heat 5 of 5 

Driver/Car Team/Owner Heat 1

Laps

Heat 2

Laps

Heat 3

Laps

Heat 4

Laps

Heat 5

Laps/sect

Total

Lap/sect

Movement this heat Position at

Start of Race

1 Earl Essex

1965 Shelby Cobra  white w/blk

Grand Sport Racing

owner Greg Carpenter

15 15 17 15 17.13 79.13 1
2 Clutch McCoy

1964 Karmann Ghia white w/ yellow

Piston Slap Racing

owner Tom Hobgood

15 15 16 16 15.15 77.15 8
3 Jeremy Clarkson

Ford MklV  red w/white

Strummer Racing

owner Harlan Welch-Scarboro

15 14 15 15 16.5 75.5 +1 9
4 Will Speed

1966 Ford GT light blue w/orange

Team Powell

owner Bill Powell

14 15 15 15 15.27 74.27 +1 7
5 Jake Snake

1966 Cobra 427  Blue w/ white

Rocket City Racing

owner Dave Parker

15 14 15 15 14.27 73.27 -2 4
6 Roberto Asconi

Maroon ’64 Ferrari 330 P4 red

Scuderia Ferrari

owner Tom Bowman

14 14 14 15 15.23 72.23 6
7 Spud Boy

1962 Ferrari GTO 250 yellow w/orange

Nonesuch Racing

owner Dan Cocke

13 14 14 15 15.24 71.24 +2 2
8 Carl Scarborough, Jr

1963 Corvair  beige w/ blue

Junkabilly Racing

owner Scott Scarboro

14 13 15 14 15.1 71.1 11
9 Bubba

1969 Chevy Camaro Purple

Team Purple

owner William Milholen

14 14 14 14 14.12 70.12 -2 3
10 Skabby

1965 Chevy proto Mako Shark

Cornhusker Racing

owner Mark Boesen

14 13 15 13 15.7 70.7 +1 5
11 Noah Vale

1950 Oldsmobile

White/green w/ flames

Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team A owner Jeff King 13 14 14 15 14.5 70.5 -1 13
12 Otto Glide

1953 Mercedes 300s

Gray w/ white stripe

Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team B owner Eric Shuck 13 14 14 12 13.6 66.6 14
13 Bud Henry

1969 GTO

orange

Next Century Technologies

owner  Joel Hardin

13 13 13 14 12.7 65.7 15
14 Lance Ross III

1964 VW Beetle

Yellow w/ flowers

Outlaw Hippy Racing

owner Sal Matthews

13 12 13 12 13.15 63.15 16
15 Palliden Spencer

1966 Ford Mustang GT 347 blue w/ white

J.L.M. Racing

owner  Yobear Jones

12 13 12 13 12.24 62.24 10
16 Harry Gumala

1966 Toyota 2000 GT  maroon w/ blk

Normal Racing

owner Brian Bueschel

12 12 12 11 12.29 59.29 12

Note: Track has 31 sections

DT Proxy 2018 Ch 13        Do You Want Fries with that?!

(Tommy)  We are in the home stretch of the 3rd DT Road Rally and there is still plenty of fight left in these cars!

(Smokey) Earl Essex for Grand Sport Racing is working on a Grand Chelem earning the qualifying pole position, setting the fastest lap and has lead every leg of the race and now working towards the win…

1stspotfight(Aurora) Ahh, Guys…  From up here it looks like Clutch McCoy In the Texas Pete Hot Sauce Ghia for Piston Slap Racing is not ready to let that happen.  He has pulled up next to the Cobra and they are traveling side by side!

(Tommy) And the fight continues!

3way(Smokey) Speaking of fights, we have a real hot dog of a fight going on!  We better find some cheese and onions because there is a 3 way going on for third!  Rocket City Racing, Strummer Racing and Team Powell continue to clash!

bubbaeat

(Aurora) Bubba in the Purple Camaro must be thinking about cheese coneys for  lunch because Roberto Asconi just zipped by him in the red Ferrari!

 

outodrySkabby in the Mako Shark for Cornhusker Racing was drafting Bubba  and pulled out to pass, but then was left hung out to dry.  The Junkabilly Racing Corvair and Spud Boy in the yellow Nonesuch Racing Ferrari GTO continue the freight train and blew by Skabby.

Noah Vale in the 1950 Olds also saw the open door and moved on.  For the first time of this race, he leaves behind his satellite team member, Otto Glide in the 1953 Mercedes of Pappy and the Kid Racing who seems to be suffering with tire issues.

kidgtoBud Henry in the orange GTO for New Century Technologies Racing gives it his all and turns in his best effort of the day so far.

hipdogsLance Ross lll in the Flower Punch VW for Outlaw Hippy Racing has a serious case of the munchies and considers hitting the hot dog stand in the park as Palliden Spencer in the ’66 Mustang for J.L.M. Racing catches up to him.

normnotesHarry Gumala  in the ’66 Toyota 2000 GT for Normal Racing is enjoying the challenge and taking notes for the next time on the Dragon’s Tail.

Before we break for a word from our sponsors, let’s take a look at the board.

2018 Dragon’s Tail Road Rally

Standings after Heat 4 of 5 

Driver/Car Team/Owner Heat 1

Laps

Heat 2

Laps

Heat 3

Laps

Heat 4

Laps

Total Movement

This Heat

Position at

Start of Race

1 Earl Essex

1965 Shelby Cobra  white w/blk

Grand Sport Racing

owner Greg Carpenter

15 15 17 15 62 1
2 Clutch McCoy

1964 Karmann Ghia white w/ yellow

Piston Slap Racing

owner Tom Hobgood

15 15 16 16 62 8
3 Jake Snake

1966 Cobra 427  Blue w/ white

Rocket City Racing

owner Dave Parker

15 14 15 15 59 4
4 Jeremy Clarkson

Ford MklV  red w/white

Strummer Racing

owner Harlan Welch-Scarboro

15 14 15 15 59 9
5 Will Speed

1966 Ford GT light blue w/orange

Team Powell

owner Bill Powell

14 15 15 15 59 7
6 Roberto Asconi

’64 Ferrari 330 P4 red

Scuderia Ferrari

owner Tom Bowman

14 14 14 15 57 +1 6
7 Bubba

1969 Chevy Camaro Purple

Team Purple

owner William Milholen

14 14 14 14 56 -1 3
8 Carl Scarborough, Jr

1963 Corvair  beige w/ blue

Junkabilly Racing

owner Scott Scarboro

14 13 15 14 56 +1 11
9 Spud Boy

1962 Ferrari GTO 250 yellow w/orange

Nonesuch Racing

owner Dan Cocke

13 14 14 15 56 +1 2
10 Noah Vale

1950 Oldsmobile

White/green w/ flames

Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team A owner Jeff King 13 14 14 15 56 +1 13
11 Skabby

1965 Chevy proto Mako Shark

Cornhusker Racing

owner Mark Boesen

14 13 15 13 55 -3 5
12 Otto Glide

1953 Mercedes 300s

Gray w/ white stripe

Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team B owner Eric Shuck 13 14 14 12 53 14
13 Bud Henry

1969 GTO

orange

Next Century Technologies

owner  Joel Hardin

13 13 13 14 53 15
14 Lance Ross III

1964 VW Beetle

Yellow w/ flowers

Outlaw Hippy Racing

owner Sal Matthews

13 12 13 12 50 16
15 Palliden Spencer

1966 Ford Mustang GT 347 blue w/ white

J.L.M. Racing

owner  Yobear Jones

12 13 12 13 50 10
16 Harry Gumala

1966 Toyota 2000 GT  maroon w/ blk

Normal Racing

owner Brian Bueschel

12 12 12 11 47 12

 

 

 

DT Proxy 2018 Ch 12 After the Smoke Clears

(Tommy)  Welcome to the 3rd Dragon’s Tail Road Rally!  We are back after an extended break in the action as the race was halted due to a yellow flag.

What seems to be the problem, Smokey?

(Smokey) Well Tommy, Race Officials thought they saw smoke coming from the Outlaw Hippy VW so fearing the worst, they waved the yellow flag and asked the cars to pull over where they were until this was sorted out.  But now after the smoke has cleared,  the emergency crew cannot find the source.

hippysniff(Tommy) It looks like Security’s K-9 Unit is showing some interest in the situation.

(Smokey) Yes,  he’s been sniffing around the Beetle ever since the smoke dispersed.  Here’s driver, Lance Ross III.  Let’s see if I can get his attention…

Lance, do you have a moment?

(Lance Ross III) Hey man, Let’s get this party back on the road, what’s with all the hassle?!  I was just listening to some killer tunes and getting my groove on.  I didn’t see any fire… maybe an errant spark from my “cigarette”…  Total buzz kill…   Nice doggy…

(Smokey) Well, as Lance walks away…  it looks like the Officials are preparing to wave the green flag and “Get this Party back on the road”…  Here they go!

essexsurge(Aurora) At the front of the pack a real battle is taking place! Just when Clutch McCoy in the ’64 Ghia for Piston Slap Racing tried to make a move on Earl Essex for Grand Sport Racing, the Cobra seems to have found another gear and pulls away!

3for3rd(Tommy) There are some real smooth running cars in the second group as they fight for that 3rd place spot. Rocket City Racing, Strummer Racing and Team Powell are really clawing it out!

4for5(Smokey) Bubba for Team Purple just flew by followed closely by a red Ferrari, a Cornhusker Shark and a Corvair, all trying to see who will round out the top five.

spudholding(Aurora) Spud Boy for Nonesuch Racing is trying to hold off the Pappy and Kid A and B teams as they distance themselves from the GTO.

(Smokey) The smoke has cleared for the time being for Outlaw Hippy Racing’s VW bug.  Did Lance just slip the K-9 unit a brownie?  I thought chocolate was harmful to dogs.

(Tommy) I’d be worried more about the other ingredients in that brownie.

(Smokey) Well, he’s back on the road and so is the party.

notacamaro(Tommy) It hasn’t been much of a party for J.L.M. and Normal Racing as they continue to struggle on the twists.

(Smokey) By the way… which one of you referred to J.L.M.’s entry as a Camaro?

(Aurora) Not me

(Tommy) Not me

(Smokey) Well, Team Owner Yobear Jones came up to me during the break and wanted to point out that it’s a Mustang, not a Camaro for crying out loud. That kind of mistake could start a fight, so let’s be more careful.

Here’s how things stand after this leg of the race…

2018 Dragon’s Tail Road Rally

Standings after Heat 3 of 5 

 
Driver/Car Team/Owner Heat 1

Laps

Heat 2

Laps

Heat 3

Laps

Total Movement

This Heat

Position at

Start of Race

1 Earl Essex

1965 Shelby Cobra  white w/blk

Grand Sport Racing

owner Greg Carpenter

15 15 17 47 1
2 Clutch McCoy

1964 Karmann Ghia white w/ yellow

Piston Slap Racing

owner Tom Hobgood

15 15 16 46 8
3 Jake Snake

1966 Cobra 427  Blue w/ white

Rocket City Racing

owner Dave Parker

15 14 15 44 4
4 Jeremy Clarkson

Ford MklV  red w/white

Strummer Racing

owner Harlan Welch-Scarboro

15 14 15 44 9
5 Will Speed

1966 Ford GT light blue w/orange

Team Powell

owner Bill Powell

14 15 15 44 7
6 Bubba

1969 Chevy Camaro Purple

Team Purple

owner William Milholen

14 14 14 42 3
7 Roberto Asconi

Maroon ’64 Ferrari 330 P4 red

Scuderia Ferrari

owner Tom Bowman

14 14 14 42 6
8 Skabby

1965 Chevy proto Mako Shark

Cornhusker Racing

owner Mark Boesen

14 13 15 42 5
9 Carl Scarborough, Jr

1963 Corvair  beige w/ blue

Junkabilly Racing

owner Scott Scarboro

14 13 15 42 11
10 Spud Boy

1962 Ferrari GTO 250 yellow w/orange

Nonesuch Racing

owner Dan Cocke

13 14 14 41 2
11 Noah Vale

1950 Oldsmobile

White/green w/ flames

Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team A owner Jeff King 13 14 14 41 13
12 Otto Glide

1953 Mercedes 300s

Gray w/ white stripe

Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team B owner Eric Shuck 13 14 14 41 14
13 Bud Henry

1969 GTO

orange

Next Century Technologies

owner  Joel Hardin

13 13 13 39 15
14 Lance Ross III

1964 VW Beetle

Yellow w/ flowers

Outlaw Hippy Racing

owner Sal Matthews

13 12 13 38 16
15 Palliden Spencer

1966 Ford Mustang GT 347 blue w/ white

J.L.M. Racing

owner  Yobear Jones

12 13 12 37 10
16 Harry Gumala

1966 Toyota 2000 GT  maroon w/ blk

Normal Racing

owner Brian Bueschel

12 12 12 36 12

 

DT Proxy 2018    Ch 11 Hot Times!

(Smokey)  The afternoon sun is starting to heat up the day and the action is starting to heat up on the track!

(Tommy) Earl Essex in the Grand Sport  Racing Cobra puts it in gear, belches out more flame and manages to shake off the Rocket City Cobra for the time being, but something tells me Earl hasn’t seen the last of Jake the Snake.

(Aurora) Earl’s got other things to worry about.  I think he might be hearing some pistons slapping behind him as Clutch McCoy is on the move in the Texas Pete Ghia!  I’m sure Earl is feeling the heat!

(Tommy) Jake is feeling a hassle of his own from the Strummer Racing red Ford Mk lV.  Fans are calling it the “Red Fish” because of the way it whips around the curves.

Rocket and Fish

(Aurora) And Bam, just like that! Out of nowhere, Will Speed for Team Powell in another strong running Ford finds a hole and surges past Skabby in the Mako, Asconi in the Ferrari and Bubba in the purple Camaro!

powellhole(Smokey) The Junkabilly Racing Corvair seems to be slowing a little.  I wonder if the heat is having an effect on that air cooled engine.

(Aurora) Spud Boy is starting to come alive as he gains more confidence in the fine tuned Ferrari for Nonesuch Racing!

spud alive(Tommy) Noah Vale and Otto Glide of Pappy and the Kid Racing continue to work together and box out Bud Henry in the GTO.

pappykidbox(Aurora) There seems to be some trouble with the Outlaw Hippie Racing Beetle…  Is that smoke coming out of the cockpit?

hippiesmoke(Smokey) Sure enough.  Someone lit a fire under Lance Ross III in that first part of the race, but now there might be literally a fire inside the VW.

(Tommy) Palliden Spencer in the J.L.M. Mustang and Harry Gumala in the Normal Racing Toyota try to get by as race officials wave the yellow flag.

We’ll take a short break while this gets sorted out.  In the mean time, here’s how this leg of the race shook out.

2018 Dragon’s Tail Road Rally

Standings after Heat 2 of 5 

Driver/Car Team/Owner Heat 1

Laps

Heat 2

Laps

Total Movement

This Heat

Position at

Start of Race

1 Earl Essex

1965 Shelby Cobra  white w/blk

Grand Sport Racing

owner Greg Carpenter

15 15 30 1
2 Clutch McCoy

1964 Karmann Ghia white w/ yellow

Piston Slap Racing

owner Tom Hobgood

15 15 30 +1 8
3 Jake Snake

1966 Cobra 427  Blue w/ white

Rocket City Racing

owner Dave Parker

15 14 29 -1 4
4 Jeremy Clarkson

Ford MklV  red w/white

Strummer Racing

owner Harlan Welch-Scarboro

15 14 29 9
5 Will Speed

1966 Ford GT light blue w/orange

Team Powell

owner Bill Powell

14 15 29 +3 7
6 Bubba

1969 Chevy Camaro Purple

Team Purple

owner William Milholen

14 14 28 -1 3
7 Roberto Asconi

Maroon ’64 Ferrari 330 P4 red

Scuderia Ferrari

owner Tom Bowman

14 14 28 -1 6
8 Skabby

1965 Chevy proto Mako Shark

Cornhusker Racing

owner Mark Boesen

14 13 27 -1 5
9 Carl Scarborough, Jr

1963 Corvair  beige w/ blue

Junkabilly Racing

owner Scott Scarboro

14 13 27 11
10 Spud Boy

1962 Ferrari GTO 250 yellow w/orange

Nonesuch Racing

owner Dan Cocke

13 14 27 2
11 Noah Vale

1950 Oldsmobile

White/green w/ flames

Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team A owner Jeff King 13 14 27 13
12 Otto Glide

1953 Mercedes 300s

Gray w/ white stripe

Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team B owner Eric Shuck 13 14 27 14
13 Bud Henry

1969 GTO

orange

Next Century Technologies

owner  Joel Hardin

13 13 26 15
14 Lance Ross III

1964 VW Beetle

Yellow w/ flowers

Outlaw Hippy Racing

owner Sal Matthews

13 12 25 16
15 Palliden Spencer

1966 Ford Mustang GT 347 blue w/ white

J.L.M. Racing

owner  Yobear Jones

12 13 25 10
16 Harry Gumala

1966 Toyota 2000 GT  maroon w/ blk

Normal Racing

owner Brian Bueschel

12 12 24 12

 

DT Proxy 2018 Ch 10 Snake Fight

(Tommy)  Are You Ready to Rumble!?!  Greetings Race Fans!  It’s time to get this race rolling.

(Smokey)  That’s right, Tommy.  After some startling fast qualifying times,  many are wondering how this year’s Dragon Tail Road Rally will shake out.

(Tommy) What’s the word on the street?

(Smokey) The fans are being really quiet about their pick for a winner.  I think they were truly stunned by how close the qualifying times were.

grid(Aurora)  Gentlemen,  It looks like the grid is in place and we are ready to go.

(Tommy) Race officials will be sending drivers out according to their pole positions.  First on the line and out of the gate is “Live Wire” aka “Ollie the Dragon” for Grand Sport Racing!

(Smokey) With a belch of flame as he shifts, Earl Essex takes the Shelby Cobra out of the first turn and up the hill.

(Tommy) Spud Boy for Nonesuch Racing is quick to follow in the yellow Ferrari.  Since the times were so close,  we expect plenty of cars battling door to door…

(Aurora) Bubba’s on his way for Team Purple in the sparkling Camaro.

(Smokey) Jake the Snake blasts off the line for Rocket City Racing in the Blue with white stripe Cobra 424.

(Tommy) The Cornhusker’s Mako Shark and Tom Bowman’s  Scud Missile are off!

(Smokey) Team Powell’s light blue Ford GT glides away followed closely by Clutch McCoy in the Texas Pete Ghia for Piston Slap Racing.

(Tommy) The red Ford for Strummer Racing leaps off of the line and next the blue Mustang for J.L.M. Racing.

(Smokey) The Junkabilly Racing Corvair and Normal Racing’s Toyota, are out in quick secession.  Pappy and the Kid Racing Team A and B take off practically side by side.   Then the Orange GTO for Next Century Tech and last but certainly not least is “Flower Punch” the VW Beetle for Outlaw Hippie Racing.

(Tommy) All the cars are out on the course for the third DT Road Rally!  Aurora, how’s it looking out there?

(Aurora) Tommy,  Smokey… You weren’t kidding about there be plenty of door to door racing.  These cars were sent out so quickly that they are really bunched up in a coil.  Who’s going to strike first?

(Tommy) What’s going on near the front of the herd?

nonsuchcurve(Aurora) Well it seems that despite what Spud Boy was told;  to drive the car like he stole it…  He is still a little hesitant to open up that yellow Ferrari.  He is very cautious in the turns,  and looks like he might be dropping back.

(Tommy) How is the Grand Sport Cobra holding up?

cobra fight(Aurora) So far so good, but Rocket City has managed to get around Spud Boy and Bubba.  We have a real Snake fight going on… Cobra against Cobra.

(Tommy) Rocket City was not too happy about the performance of their Cobra in the last DTRR so team owner Dave Parker sent it back to the lab for some retunage.

(Smokey)  Well he must be pleased with its performance so far today.  I thought that Dave Parker was feeling confident when I saw the oversized shipping container he sent alongside his entries. He must be expecting some treasure this year!

(Aurora) Wow! The Piston Slap Ghia and the Strummer Racing Ford MklV squeezed past Powell Racing, the Scuderia Ferrari, Cornhusker Shark and Team Purple!  These cars are so clustered up, it’s anybody’s race!

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(Tommy) How are the rookies performing?

(Aurora) The new drivers are finding the Dragon a bit of a challenge.  Their narrow car set ups seem to be a disadvantage in the turns.  Junkabilly Racing’s Corvair manages to get around J.L.M.’s Mustang.  Interesting seeing these two very different machines side by side.

stagvairpair

Pappy and the Kid Team A and B seem to be working in tandem and move up.

Bud Henry at the wheel for Next Century Tech.  has a fight all of his own as he tries to keep the GTO on course but ends up putting some space between him and the tail end of the pack.

pappykidThe “Punch Power” Beetle for Outlaw Hippie Racing manages to gain some ground despite Lance Ross III swerving all over the road.

(Tommy) Thanks Aurora.  Before we take a commercial break, Let’s look at the board for this leg of the race.

2018 Dragon’s Tail Road Rally

Standings after Heat 1 of 5 

Driver/Car Team/Owner Heat 1

Laps

Movement

This Heat

Position at

Start of Race

1 Earl Essex

1965 Shelby Cobra  white w/blk

Grand Sport Racing

owner Greg Carpenter

15 1
2 Jake Snake

1966 Cobra 427  Blue w/ white

Rocket City Racing

owner Dave Parker

15 +2 4
3 Clutch McCoy

1964 Karmann Ghia white w/ yellow

Piston Slap Racing

owner Tom Hobgood

15 +5 8
4 Jeremy Clarkson

Ford MklV  red w/white

Strummer Racing

owner Harlan Welch-Scarboro

15 +5 9
5 Bubba

1969 Chevy Camaro Purple

Team Purple

owner William Milholen

14 -2 3
6 Skabby

1965 Chevy proto Mako Shark

Cornhusker Racing

owner Mark Boesen

14 -1 5
7 Roberto Asconi

Maroon ’64 Ferrari 330 P4 red

Scuderia Ferrari

owner Tom Bowman

14 -1 6
8 Will Speed

1966 Ford GT light blue w/orange

Team Powell

owner Bill Powell

14 -1 7
9 Carl Scarborough, Jr

1963 Corvair  beige w/ blue

Junkabilly Racing

owner Scott Scarboro

14 +2 11
10 Spud Boy

1962 Ferrari GTO 250 yellow w/orange

Nonesuch Racing

owner Dan Cocke

13 -8 2
11 Noah Vale

1950 Oldsmobile

White/green w/ flames

Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team A owner Jeff King 13 +2 13
12 Otto Glide

1953 Mercedes 300s

Gray w/ white stripe

Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team B owner Eric Shuck 13 +2 14
13 Bud Henry

1969 GTO

orange

Next Century Technologies

owner  Joel Hardin

13 +2 15
14 Lance Ross III

1964 VW Beetle

Yellow w/ flowers

Outlaw Hippie Racing

owner Sal Matthews

13 +2 16
15 Palliden Spencer

1966 Ford Mustang GT 347 blue w/ white

J.L.M. Racing

owner  Yobear Jones

12 -5 10
16 Harry Gumala

1966 Toyota 2000 GT  maroon w/ blk

Normal Racing

owner Brian Bueschel

12 -4 12

 

DT Proxy 2018   Ch 9     Pick of the Litter 

(Smokey) Before we go to battle and trade paint, we’ll take some time to appreciate the craftsmanship that went into building these fine machines.  I think the qualifying runs have proven that not only do these cars look great, but they move well too.

(Tommy) After careful consideration from our judges, these 3 cars were picked as our finalists of this year’s The Dragon’s Tail Concours d’elegance!

3rd Place  – “Texas Pete” 1964 VW Karmann Ghia – Piston Slap Racing – owner, Tom Hobgood

2nd Place  – 1966 Toyota 2000 GT – Normal Racing – owner, Brian Bueschel

1st place  – 1950 Oldsmobile – Pappy and the Kid Team A – owner, Jeff King

Honorable mentions

1966 Cobra 427 – Rocket City Racing – owner, Dave Parker”Live Wire” 1965 Shelby Cobra – Grand Sport Racing – owner, Greg Carpenter

“Dirty Bird” 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona – Strummer Racing- owner, Harlan Welch-Scarboro

“Red Fish” 1965 Ford MklV – Strummer Racing – owner, Harlan Welch-Scarboro

“Bubba’s Joy” 1966 Mustang GT 347 – J.L.M. Racing – owner, Yobear Jones

1967 Ferrari 330 P4 – Scuderia Ferrari – owner, Tom Bowman

1969 Camaro – Team Purple – owner, William Milholen

Much thanks to this year’s  Judges;  Roger Corrie, Mike Vitale, Jeff Billingsley, Dave Smith

 

(Smokey) And “The People’s Choice Award” goes to

3rd Place  –  1966 Cobra 427 – Rocket City Racing – owner, Dave Parker

2nd Place  –  1962 Ferrari GTO 250 – Nonesuch Racing – owner, Dan Cocke

1st Place  –  1967 VW  Karmann Ghia – Normal Racing – owner, Brian Bueschel

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Thank you to all that cast a vote to help decide the winners!

(Aurora) Congratulations to everyone

and now…

LET’S RACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bubbadonat

Some of our winners will receive one of these fine bodies from our sponsor, Bubba’s Racecar Shells that just arrived on the scene!

DT Proxy 2018   Ch 8 Veterans’ Parade

(Smokey) The qualifying runs for the Dragon’s Tail Road Rally are about to wrap up.  We have one more cluster of cars waiting to determine their place in the race grid.  I am down on the track among the action and boy we have had some action today!

(Tommy) Absolutely!  These racers have come to race.  We knew before the cars arrived with all the pre-race chatter and mind games, that the teams were really going to bring it this year.  And bring it they have!  The qualifying times have improved.  The teams have amped up their competitiveness to the next level and the qualifiers are only separated by fractions of seconds.  We’ve seen a stunning track record take place only to be shattered moments later by a team mate.  After this last group of cars complete the day, the stage will be set for the best Dragon’s Tail Road Rally of all.

nonequal.jpg(Smokey) Well,  We are not finished yet…  It looks like the next team is in place and ready to go.  We’ve got a couple of real lookers here.

(Tommy) No stranger to the DT is Team Nonesuch Racing.  Team owner Dan Cocke and company have been front runners in both of the previous events and this time they plan to put Nonesuch on the map!

(Smokey) Where is Nonesuch anyway?

(Tommy) I don’t know… I think it’s a little place in central Kentucky, but I’m not sure.   Dano is behind the wheel of a striking red 1950 Ferrari 166MM.

(Aurora) From up here in the copter it looked like that little Barchetta just sailed through the course. Brilliant!

(Smokey) Team mate Spud Boy will be piloting another Ferrari.  This time a yellow with orange stripe GTO 250.  He gave me a nod and shot off into turn one.

(Tommy) Both of these cars are from a private collection whose owner wanted to remain anonymous. After some tune ups he told the boys, “No use letting these cars sit around.  I can’t take them with me, so drive ’em like you stole ’em!”

(Aurora) Well, He tried to steal that number one pole spot from Grand Sport Racing.  Spud Boy practically drove the rims off of that thing!

(Smokey) Wow he came close! Spud Boy and the GTO 250 gets the go ahead with the 3rd fastest time that we have seen today. Just behind the two from Grand Sport!

(Tommy) Another returning competitor, Team Powell is up next. This light blue Ford GT is all that is left after the squad was whittled down to a 1 car team due to a DQ.  This is the second time a car from this team has been eliminated during tech for the very same reason.  I believe somebody will be without a job come Monday.

powell.jpg(Aurora) Well Team owner Bill Powell better give the driver, Will Speed a raise because he made that look too easy.

(Smokey) Ready to go is an A and B team from Latrobe, PA.  Pappy and the Kid Racing owned by Jeff King and Eric Shuck.

(Tommy) King’s Team A features a 1950 Olds with Noah Vale at the reins.  Shuck’s Team B entry is a Mercedes 300s driven by Otto Glide. Jeff King is familiar with the DT, but Eric Shuck is the only newcomer in this final group.

pappykid.jpg(Aurora) Both cars handled the road nicely and I bet their times will be close.

(Tommy) Another veteran team ready for takeoff is  Rocket City Racing.  Owner Dave Parker from Madison, Alabama has shipped two memorable cars back to the Dragon’s Tail.  First up is “Herbie”,  a 1963 VW Beetle.

(Smokey) After receiving some fame in the last DT Road Rally, “Herbie” has gone on to star in some major Hollywood movies.  “Herbie” will be driving himself today.

(Aurora) “Herbie” knows the track and performs well.

(Tommy) The second car for Rocket City is a blue with white stripe AC Cobra.  After it’s disappointing outing at the last DT, the “side oiler” Ford 427 engine was given a major overhaul.  Jake Snake is at the controls.

(Smokey) He blasts off!

(Aurora) A commanding performance!

rocketqual.jpg(Tommy)  It looks like the Cobra will edge out our movie star,  but “Herbie” will always be a fan favorite, especially among the kids.

(Smokey) cough, cough, cough… What is this rolling up to the line? Excuse me, I need to move away from this exhaust which is right at eye level.

(Tommy) Smokey are you ok?!  What we have here is the “Dirty Bird” of Strummer Racing.  Inspired by those fancy coned nose aero-cars,  Team owner Harlan Welch-Scarboro did not have enough cash for the real thing, so he made one out of spare parts.

dirtyqual.jpg(Smokey) Holy smokes… cough, cough, cough… is that thing diesel?

(Aurora) It may be made of parts, but driver James May is making it run like the real thing!

(Tommy) Apparently all the team’s finances were put into their final entry.  A candy apple red Ford MklV.  Driving will be Jeremy Clarkson along with his co-pilot Richard Hammond who is sporting a bum leg.

(Aurora) Despite the extra weight of an additional person, the Ford executes very well.

(Smokey) Well, our last team is up to the line and ready to go.  First out for Junkabilly Racing is Carl Scarborough Jr.  it’s unclear if he is any relation to team owner Scott Scarboro.  Carl will be driving a ’63 Corvair.  This car has been equipped with the Fitch Sprint mail-order kit including the trombone shape glass pack muffler and the 4 carburetor set up.  The corvair is on its way!

(Aurora)  The corvair had a decent run, but in this talent pool, decent won’t be good enough.

junkabillyqual.jpg(Tommy) Our last car out for Junkabilly Racing is a hot rod driven by Crafty Dick Kraft.  It’s a little slicker than his usual rat rods from past DT events.  Off he goes!

(Aurora) Speaking of slick, those fancy racing slicks are not helping him any.  He should have stuck with his mismatched tractor tires.

(Tommy) Well folks this concludes the qualifying runs for the Dragon’s Tail Road Rally!  Stay Tuned for the race.  With these amazing qualifying times, this year will be a real barn burner with plenty of door to door racing.  So far the veterans have proved themselves, but on the Dragon’s Tail, it’s anybody’s guess who will bring home the crown!

You can find the final  list of All Qualifying times here.

The list of pole positions for the race can be found here.

10 Team Name – Nonesuch Racing Owner – Dan Cocke Nonesuch, KY
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1

Mm 166

Dano owner/driver 1950 Ferrari/Barchetta 166 Red qual
7.879
Car #2 Spud Boy 1962 Ferrari GTO 250 22   qual
7.021

 

11 Team Name –  Team Powell Owner – Bill Powell Cumberland,  KY
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1

Flying Blue GT

Will Speed 1966 Ford GT 5 Blue qual
7.252

 

12 Team Name – Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team A Owner – Jeff King Latrobe, PA
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1

Pappy

Noah Vale 1950 Oldsmobile 50 White/green with flames qual
7.996

 

13 Team Name – Pappy and the Kid Racing  Team B Owner – Eric Shuck Latrobe, PA
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1

The Kid

Otto Glide 1953 Mercedes 300s  10 Gray with white stripe qual
8.073

 

14 Team Name –  Rocket City Racing Owner – Dave Parker Madison,  AL
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Jake Snake 1966 Cobra 427 98 Dark blue qual
7.110
Car #2

Herbie

Herbie 1963 VW Bug 53 white qual
7.956

 

15 Team Name – Strummer Racing Owner – Harlan Welch-Scarboro New Albany, IN
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1

Dirty Bird

James May 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 3 Lite blue with rust qual
7.592
Car #2

Red Fish

Jeremy Clarkson

Richard Hammond /shotgun

Ford MklV 3 Red qual
7.489

 

16 Team Name – Junkabilly Racing Owner – Scott Scarboro New Albany, IN
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Carl Scarborough, Jr 1963 Corvair 33 Tan qual
7.714
Car #2 Crafty Dick Kraft Hot rod 32 Tan qual
8.264