2016 DT Proxy Ch. 10 “A Dozen Qualifiers”

(Tommy Tjet) Welcome Back Race Fans! Earlier today we saw the first five qualifiers make it into the big dance, but we aren’t through yet. We still have some incredible machines coming up! Let’s check in with Smokey down where the action is, Smokey…

ch101(Smokey) Thanks Tommy. Yes we’ve seen some good driving already today and we are not even a third of the way through the field. Franz Girlieman has set the bar pretty high with his 7.522 lap time in the #31 Ghia. Next up is another Karmann Ghia from South Shore Racing in Highman, MA.

(Tommy) Some of you may recognize “Jolene” the white with orange stripe VW Ghia from the first Dragon’s Tail Road Rally. Team Owner Paul Ryer has tweaked and retuned the little car with hopes to improve upon last year’s 5th place finish.

(Smokey) And How! wow, did you see that?! Driver Max Creek must have stomped that pedal through the floor. It has plenty of power. It flew from the start line! How’s it look from above Aurora?

(Aurora) Yes, the South Shore Ghia has way more speed this time around but some handling prowess has suffered. Max is doing all he can but that Ghia hops every time he shifts.  He will have a decent time and hopefully over the course of the race he’ll be able to handle that feisty girl.

ch10vib(Tommy) Whoa! I can hear that all the way up here in the tower. Smokey…

(Smokey) Yes Tommy that growl you hear is some serious American metal. King Racing from Latrobe, PA has put everything they got into this fuchsia 69 Dodge Dart. Team Owner Jeff King has been pretty quiet about the power plant behind this thing. 440 V8? who knows… I do know it’s vibrating my insides. There it goes. It’s plenty fast!

(Tommy) Fast is not always first on the Dragon’s Tail.

(Smokey) True. very true.

ch103(Tommy) Next up we have a sleek mid engine machine from Scuderia Ferrari Racing Team.   This 67 Ferrari 330 P4 beauty is from Owner Tom Bowman stables in Virginia Beach, VA. There was a little trouble with the car. Smokey do you have the story?

(Smokey) Yes Tommy, during free practice the car was performing poorly or unpredictably. It seemed that the Ferrari was too low to the ground and would drag here and there. The Team’s crew pumped a little more air into the tires and it was just enough to raise it.

(Aurora) There it goes. Driver Roberto Asconi is making it look real easy!

(Smokey) We have a new Fastest Lap!!! and The crowd is going wild down here. Simply Amazing.

(Tommy) That was an amazing run. The other teams are going to be looking for ways to let the air out of those tires. Rolling up to the line is a gorgeous specimen from Rocket City Racing centered out of Madison, Alabama.

ch104(Smokey) This 1963 Cobra is fresh off a win at Riverside and great things are expected from it today. Instead of Dave MacDonald, Rocket City has placed Dan Turnkey behind the wheel. There it goes.

(Aurora) The blue and white cobra seems to be handling pretty well but the sun is lower in the sky and the shadow and light play seems to be giving the driver some trouble when he comes out of the over pass.

(Smokey) Ah, here’s a first at the Dragon’s Tail… The second car from Rocket City Racing seems to be driving itself!

ch105(Tommy) Come again Smokey. Did I hear you correctly???

(Smokey) That’s right Tommy. This charming little 63 VW Bug just took off without a driver.

(Aurora) I don’t know how that is possible, but from up here it looks like that #53 VW bug is making some good time, with or without a driver.

ch106(Tommy) At the line we have a 65 Candy Apple Red Ford Mustang 2+2. Cornhusker Racing transported 2 cars to the Dragon’s Tail, but one was found to be in violation of the rules and was DQ’d. So Team Owner Mark Boesen has had to put all his eggs into one basket. Let’s hope driver McLoving can deliver.

(Smokey) Nice Run Tommy! There were times when that car was air born, Reminiscent of last year’s winner. It will be interesting to see where he is on the board.

ch107(Tommy) We are getting down to the last couple of teams for qualifying. Next up is Strummer Racing. A relative newcomer, Team Owner Harlan Welch-Scarboro had a hard time acquiring sponsorship. He had to nickel and dime his way here selling advertising rights to every inch of his cars’ surface.

(Smokey) First off is a tan hot rod coup. It runs pretty decent through the course but has some handling issues. Followed by a VW Bug. Yep just checking. This one has a driver.ch108

(Tommy) Driver indeed! Rick Von Wolfenstein is really taking that beetle on a trip.

Last team up is Junkabilly Racing. Carl Scarborough is behind the wheel of a 65 Meyers Manx.

ch109(Smokey) Using the same chassis of his former 3rd place winning custom Ghia, Team Owner Scott Scarboro has replaced the body with this fiberglass dune buggy. We shall see if it’s a mistake.

(Tommy) Junkabilly Racing has some friends in the local VW/Buggy club and many of them have come out to show their support.

ch1010(Smokey) Tommy, I’m down here with the last driver of the day, Crafty Dick Kraft who’s about to go out in a chopped up beetle that he’s calling a Rat Rod. Why is that Dick?

(Crafty Dick Craft) Well when we dug the body up at the junkyard, all these rats ran out of the rotten seat cushions. So why not? Any ways before I take off in this bucket of rust I just wanted to say thanks to everybody for tuning in. It’s been a good day of racing and the fans and sponsors have been so supportive.   Ok, I’m off!

(Tommy) I couldn’t have said it better myself! But before we sign off, let’s look at the leader board.

(X moves forward)

1 Team Name – Karmann Ghia Racing Owner – Tom Hobgood Stedman , NC
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Hans Girlieman 65 Karmann Ghia 11 Lt Blue/white qual
8.813
Car #2 Franz Girlieman 64 Karmann Ghia 31 Lt Blue qual
7.522 X

 

2 Team Name – Outlaw Hippy Racing Owner – Sal Matthews High Point, NC
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1

Jagarri

Guido Da Britt Jagarri GT250KE Pink qual
9.588 X
Car #2

Chappy Red

Joe “The Roller” Bonez Chappanel MKII Red qual
10.412

 

3 Team Name – Nonesuch Racing Owner – Dan Cocke Nonesuch, KY
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Dano owner/driver 1968 AMC Javelin 68 Lt Blue qual
8.314 X
Car #2 Shorty Kowalski 1967 Pontiac Firebird 7 White/black qual
8.426

 

4 Team Name – Grand Sport Racing Owner – Greg Carpenter Lexington, KY
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Jerry Titus 1964 Chevy Cheetah 2 Dk Purple qual
8.040 X

 

 

 

5 Team Name – Team Purple Owner – William Milholen Carrollton, VA
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Bubba 69 Camaro 6 Purple qual
8.225 X

 

6 Team Name – South Shore Racing Owner – Paul Ryer Highham, MA
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1

Jolene

Max Creek 1965 VW Karmann Ghia 56 white qual
8.513 X

 

7 Team Name – King Racing Owner – Jeff King Latrobe, PA
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1

Grape Duece

Ted E. Baer 1969 Dodge Dart 2 lavender qual
8.539 X

 

8 Team Name – Scuderia Ferrari Owner – Tom Bowman Virginia Beach, VA
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Roberto Asconi 67 Ferrari 330 P4 21 maroon qual
7.383 X

 

9 Team Name – Rocket City Racing Owner – Dave Parker Madison, AL
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Dan Turnkey 1963 Cobra 289 98 Dark blue qual
8.595
Car #2 Herbie 1963 VW Bug 53 white qual
8.233 X

 

 

10 Team Name – Cornhusker Racing Owner – Mark Boesen Machesney, IL
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #2 McLovin 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 3 Candy apple red qual
7.555 X

 

11 Team Name – Owner – Harlan Welch-Scarboro New Albany, IN
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Hot Rod 7 tan qual
8.806
Car #2 VW bug 75 white qual
8.120 X

 

12 Team Name – Junkabilly Racing Owner – Scott Scarboro New Albany, IN
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Carl Scarborough, Jr Meyers Manx 1965 Gun metal blue qual
8.299 X
Car #2 Crafty Dick Kraft Squash bug Primer gray qual
8.658

 

2016 Dragon’s Tail Road Rally qualifiers

7.383    Scuderia Ferrari                 Ferrari 330 P4    Tom Bowman

7.522     Karman Ghia Racing        #31 Ghia              Tom Hobgood

7.555     Cornhusker Racing          Mustang              Mark Boesen

8.040     Grand Sport Racing         Cheetah               Greg Carpenter

8.120     Strummer Racing             VW Beetle          Harlan Welch-Scarboro

8.225     Team Purple                      Camaro              William Milholen

8.233     Rocket City Racing           Herbie VW          Dave Parker

8.299     Junkabilly Racing              Manx Buggy       Scott Scarboro

8.314     Nonesuch Racing             AMC Javelin       Dan Cocke

8.513     South Shore Racing         VW Ghia              Paul Ryer

8.539     King Racing                         Dodge Dart         Jeff King

9.588     Outlaw Hippy Racing       Jagarri                   Sal Matthews

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2016 DT Proxy ch. 9 “Wheels are turning!!!”

qual(Tommy T-jet) Greetings Race Fans, Tommy T-jet here! Aurora is up in the air and Smokey is down on the ground. We’ll be taking over coverage of the 2nd Annual Dragon’s Tail Road Rally. Smokey, earlier this morning a drivers meeting was held. Any idea what that was about?

(Smokey) Well Tommy, another news source claimed that there was some trash talk going on between Rocket City Racing and Grand Sport Racing. Something about the graphic work on the Grand Sport Cheetah. So we thought that maybe this meeting was to calm everyone down, but these guys seem to be nothing but professional. This meeting was just simply to get everyone together to go over the rules for clarification.

qual2(Tommy)While the road crew does one more pass over the course, Smokey tell us what was touched on at the meeting.

(Smokey) Due to the extreme cold temperatures up here in the hills, each car will be allowed 2 minutes to warm up instead of the original 1 minute that was stated in the official rule book. After that, each car has time to adjust tire pressure, check gauges and tweak anything before their qualifying run.

All cars will make a 2 minute qualifying run. The car with the fastest lap from each team will move forward to the race. One car teams automatically qualify but will still have to make a qualifying run. During the race the cars will be sent out in the order of their qualifying times.

qual3(Tommy) Thanks Smokey. Looks like the track is ready and officials are calling for the first car. Up first, a pair of beauties from Karmann Ghia Racing stationed out of Stedman, NC. Hans Girlieman is behind the wheel of the two tone lt. blue and white #11. This team is new to the DT Road Rally.

(Smokey) Tommy, the air cooled cars are going to love this weather and the rear engine over the wheels should help with extra grip and handling…

And he’s off!!!

(Tommy)From up here in the tower it looks like that is an even running machine. Handling well and moving smoothly through the twists. Girlieman seems to be a little cautious. Maybe he’s not quite awake yet, but he should be pleased with this run.

(Smokey)Looks like we will have a little brotherly competition going on here folks! Next out of the gate is Franz Girlieman in the #31 VW Ghia.

(Tommy) Wow! Franz is not holding back! Like a hot knife through butter he’s making it look too easy.

(Smokey)Did you see that?!? He just thumbed his nose at his brother as he passed the pit area! The crowd is going wild down here. What a show!

(Tommy) Next up is another first timer to the Dragon’s Tail, team Outlaw Hippy Racing, also from NC?

qual4(Smokey) That’s right Tommy. Highpoint, NC. Guido DaBritt will be driving an unusual European hybrid, a Jagarri. Similar to Clemente Biondetti’s F1 car a few years back, looks like owner Sal Matthews combined the best bits of a Jaguar and Ferrari…   ooops.

(Tommy) What happened down there Smokey?!

(Smokey) Seems that first time driver DaBritt got a little nervous. or was it too much oil and garlic pasta with his tea and crumpets? either way he slipped the car into reverse and took out the head race marshal.

That was close. The marshal seems to be ok. Well Guido gets the green, grinds it into gear and gets off.

(Tommy) The Jagarri seems to be struggling a bit. Guido must have been shaken by the accident and is stressed to find the gears.

(Smokey) At the line is team mate Joe “the Roller” Bonez in a bright red Chaparral MKll. Not much is known about him but some of the drivers mentioned his questionable morals. Did something happen at the ceremonial dinner banquet last night? Aurora? you’ve been quiet today…qual5

(Aurora) Ah, no comment… But I have a good view of Mr. Bonez as he approaches the Backbone. Let’s just hope he performs better today than he did last night… looks like it’s about the same. The Chappy seems to be lacking any power.

(Tommy) Owner Dan “Dano” Cocke returns to the Dragon’s Tail after taking 2nd place last year. He has a new racing team, Nonesuch Racing and he is looking to take the top spot this year. Dano will be driving a ’68 Javelin and team mate Shorty Kowalski will pilot a ’67 Pontiac Firebird.

(Smokey) Looking at these fine machines, it’s hard to believe that they were saved from the crusher at a scrap yard in Nonesuch Kentucky. Here they are now brought back to life. I have a feeling that they are going to run as well as they look.qual6

(Tommy) Dan-o noticed some trouble with oil pressure during warm up, but now he seems to be moving comfortably through the course. Look at him slide into that turn! Nice run!

(Smokey)Off goes Shorty. Yes both of these cars are good runners. Their times will be close.

qual7(Aurora)We’ve been having a little difficulty up here in the copter, but I managed to snap a couple of shots of the Firebird. He’s really having some fun out there!

(Tommy)Grand Sport Racing returns to the Dragon’s Tail following a 4th place finish last year. Some of you might recognize this Cheetah from the motion picture, “Spin Out” starring Elvis. Jerry Titus is behind the wheel. Let’s hope he does better than he did at Riverside where he crashed at the end of the 1st lap.

qual8(Smokey) The Purple Cheetah is off. It doesn’t seem to have a lot of speed, but handles like a champ.

(Tommy) Maybe it’s handling those turns so effortlessly that it looks slow. The clock will let us know.  Titus is discussing his time now with the head marshal.

qual9(Smokey) Next up, the returning champ, Bubba behind the wheel of another Purple Camaro. Team Purple owner, William Milholen from Carrollton VA built this new beast with hopes of enlisting Mark Martin to drive, but it looks like that plan didn’t work out. It shouldn’t be an issue as Bubba did a fine job last year. As long as he steers clear of the burger stand he should have a good run. Pictures won’t do this car justice, it sparkles in the morning sun.

There he goes!!! A purple blur. I think He has more but perhaps he’s holding back and saving it for the race!

(Tommy) Let’s take a look at the leaderboard…  (X moves forward)

1 Team Name – Karmann Ghia Racing Owner – Tom Hobgood Stedman , NC
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Hans Girlieman 65 Karmann Ghia 11 Lt Blue/white qual
8.813
Car #2 Franz Girlieman 64 Karmann Ghia 31 Lt Blue qual
7.522 X

 

2 Team Name – Outlaw Hippy Racing Owner – Sal Matthews High Point, NC
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1

Jagarri

Guido Da Britt Jagarri GT250KE Pink qual
9.588 X
Car #2

Chappy Red

Joe “The Roller” Bonez Chappanel MKII Red qual
10.412

 

3 Team Name – Nonesuch Racing Owner – Dan Cocke Nonesuch, KY
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Dano owner/driver 1968 AMC Javelin 68 Lt Blue qual
8.314 X
Car #2 Shorty Kowalski 1967 Pontiac Firebird 7 White/black qual
8.426

 

4 Team Name – Grand Sport Racing Owner – Greg Carpenter Lexington, KY
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Jerry Titus 1964 Chevy Cheetah 2 Dk Purple qual
8.040 X

 

5 Team Name – Team Purple Owner – William Milholen Carrollton, VA
Driver Year/Model # Color
Car #1 Bubba 69 Camaro 6 Purple qual
8.225 X

qual11(Tommy) It looks like these cars will move forward to the race. Girlieman has the top time!

Karman Ghia Racing #31 Ghia    7.522

Grand Sport Racing #2 Cheetah                 8.040

Team Purple #6 Camaro                                8.225

Nonesuch Racing #68 Javelin      8.314

Outlaw Hippy Racing Jagarri         9.588

qual12(Smokey) That’s some close times. Next on deck we have some veteran car builders but new to the Dragon’s Tail. Also a couple of returning teams looking for another chance to try and tame the Dragon.

(Tommy) And now a word from our Sponsors!

2016 DT Proxy Ch.8 – “Busy Day at the Track”

1checkinOnce the trailers and transporters rolled in, the cars were carefully unloaded and then led to the garage for tech.  Race officials went over this year’s entries with a fine tooth comb looking for any infractions.  There were plenty of creative interpretations of the gray areas of the car build rules but only one car was found to be a clear case for Disqualification.  The sleek Mako Shark of Cornhusker Racing tried to slip by inspection but was discovered to be equipped with illegal tires.

After all the registrations and assessments, 12 teams with 18 cars made the cut to participate in the 2nd Annual Dragon’s Tail Road Rally. The group is made up of a mix bag of machines from American metal, European hybrids and California fiberglass. Team owners represent 8 different states and feature DTRR returning participants and first timers!

Here is the official 2016 DTRR Race Roster

Advance Ticket holders of 2016 DTRR (Facebook) were privy to a raffle which will be decided later today. One lucky spectator will get to take home their very own Squash Bug from DTRR sponsor HOSlotCarz.com.

20160215_221909 20160215_221921Aurora reported for duty today and went up in the Bell copter to captured a few shots. After a brief drivers meeting the cars will report to the grid for establishing qualifying times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 DT Proxy Ch. 7 “Drama on the Drawbridge and All the Sponsors are in!”

proxy20161There’s already a little drama playing out on the course and the race hasn’t even started yet. It seems that late last night someone contacted local law enforcement with complaints of a group of rabble-rousers racing through the foot hills and Castle Rock. Sheriff Knottinham was able to catch up to the rogues on Drawbridge Road. It turned out to be members of the Junkabilly Racing Team sneaking in some test tuning on the driving course. Dragon’s Tail Road Rally race officials were on the scene and deemed the situation a violation of race protocol giving the local team an unfair advantage. Junkabilly Racing has been penalized. They will be allowed to participate in the race but they will be excluded from occupying any podium positions. With such an anticipated pool of talent expected to show up this year, we shall see if the penalty has any affect on the outcome of the race.

proxy20162proxy20163This year race organizers obtained the proper permits and received permission from town officials to erect sponsorship billboards along the race course. A work crew was busy this morning installing the signage along Backbone Road when two tractor trailers eased their way around the perilous turns. BRP and Bubba’s Race Car Shells, the last of the Sponsors bearing prizes have arrived! Rumor has it that both are also sponsoring race teams in this year’s race.

There seem to be some movement in the newly constructed pit areas as race officials continue to prepare for the arrival of more car transporters over the next couple of days. We are also anticipating the return of Tommy Tjet, Smokey and Aurora to help cover the racing excitement.  Stay tuned as things are starting to gear up!

 

 

 

2016 DT Proxy Ch.6 “Hot Dog!!! 4 more Sponsors arrive”

About lunch time today, some folks decided to check out the Wiener Mobile that happened to be parked at the Siesta Motel. Heads turned when unexpectedly a thunderous commotion came barreling  down Main Street! Not one, but 4 trucks came racing through town.

hd4Leading the pack was a blue delivery van from One Stop Slot Shop. It was full of good stuff to help the racer run smooth and stay in the groove.

A close second was a JAG Hobbies semi toting a trailer filled with some fine racing apparel, a special racing engine and car bodies.hd3

Speaking of car bodies, the next truck following closely was packing some serious custom bodies from Jim’s Custom Rod Shop.

hd5The 4th truck was a beautiful metallic green machine. When the boys went to unload its loot, it was found to be empty inside. Then the driver stuck out his hand and waved a pink piece of paper. The truck was the loot! Some lucky participant of the Dragon’s Tail Road Rally will win the pink slip of this official racing center truck from HO Models.

HO Models

HO Models

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 DT Proxy Ch. 5 “Something Hot for Air cooled”

vdub1The local chapter of the Air-cooled Car Club was enjoying some unseasonably warm weather at Hot Breath Springs this morning when a glorious site came lumbering down the foothills of Castle Mountain.

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Perched on top of a car carrier were several of those custom Squash Bug bodies that everyone has been talking about! Beautifully chopped and dropped specimens by the hands of Tom Hobgood master craftsman of HOSlotCarz.com. Local sources confirm that some very lucky participants of the Dragon’s Tail Road Rally will receive one of these rare V dub gems.

vdub3Just as the hub bub of excitement was dying down about the new sponsor’s arrival, another truck came down the foothills and swung carefully around King-pin curve. Jaws dropped. The two sleek Karmann Ghias riding comfortably on the back of the truck were also from the garage of HOSlotCarz.

 

THE FIRST TEAM FOR THE 2016 DRAGON’S TAIL ROAD RALLY HAS ARRIVED!!!

Squash bugs from HO SlotCarz.com

Squash Bugs from HOSlotCarz.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 DT Proxy Ch. 4 “Bodies, Decals and Oil… Oh my!”

3 More Sponsors come to town!  Other than the the fun and glory of racing in the Dragon’s Tail Road Rally, fantastic prizes are another perk for participating, and this year is no exception!  As the sponsors deliveries start to roll in, it is obvious that the brave souls that choose to race the Dragon’s Tail will be well rewarded!

9train1Homer and Spike had just finished doing some routine maintenance on the rails this morning, when they heard the Ol’ Cannonball steaming along right behind them! They managed to get the little hand pump trolley out of the way just in the nick of time to see the black engine speed by towing a 9train2long line of enclosed auto racks with the 9 Finger Hobbies logo stamp upon their sides.  Just like last year, DT Race Headquarters had to be careful unloading as the contents were packed so plentiful that they nearly tumbled out.

 

cnrvanOver by the Riverbend Campground a bright yellow van stopped for some cowboy coffee and s’mores (and directions) then headed to DT race HQ to drop off some decals and race apparel from C & R Racing.   If your car’s not fast, at least you can look fast with these generous donations from this returning sponsor!

habbyoilDragon’s Tail Race Headquarters was very pleased to see a first time sponsor, Habby’s HO Slot Car Lube Shop!   We were pleased not only because they offer “two products that no HO slot car racer’s pit box should be without”, but also because last year they had a little bit of trouble getting to the track.  Glad you arrived safely this year Habby!

Much Thanks to our Sponsors!!!

We will keep you posted as more news develops!

 

 

 

2016 DT Proxy – Ch. 3 “Super Tires roll in”

stires2016proxy1Earlier today, local officials received a call that there was some trouble up at Castle Mountain.  Some ice and snow came tumbling down, blocking all traffic lanes and trapping road travelers. Among the distressed vehicles was a white behemoth monster of a truck wearing a familiar logo of red, white and blue,  Super Tires!!!

stires2016proxy2Road crews quickly came to the rescue and cleared the road. The enormous truck rolled into town with none other than Super Tires co owner, Sandy behind the wheel. She was here to deliver a very generous supply of their super fine products as a return sponsor of the Dragon’s Tail Road Rally. Super Tires are wonderful for getting good traction and great handling performance (both 20160124_125236are important on the DT ). In fact it is rumored that several cars utilized Super Tires last year including the 2015 Dragon’s Tail Road Rally winner!

Excitement is in the air now that the first sponsor has rolled into town!