Glory!!! chapter 15

1citroen(Tommy) Everyone is in. This was one close qualifying run.

(Smokey) Andre Lefbreve was really struggling with his car. He had rear wheel bearing issues. Here are the times of the final drivers.

Team Total Domination (Owner – Dave Headrich)

Pete “Pitstop” Passer     ’58 VW Chevy Corvette               8.73

Joe “T-jet” Giammarino ’62 Buick Wildcat Sport Coupe 9.28

Team A&W Root Beer (Owner – Harlan Scarboro)

Sudsy Malone          ‘39 Divco Twin Model U                 10.26

Andre’ Lefbreve         ’69 Citroen DS 21                          9.26

Junkabilly Racing   (Owner – Scott Scarboro)

Crafty Dick Kraft     ’58 VW Type 2 Dropside Pickup           8.58

Carl Scarborough Jr. ’66 VW Karmann Ghia                       7.83

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(Smokey) Hopefully Andre will be able to get his car repaired in time for the race. The Karmann Ghia of Junkabilly racing was really on the pace. Looks like he may have a good chance for a win tomorrow. Total Domination had a strong run with their Vette. I think they have some secret under the hood in that one.

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(Tommy) All Teams are in. We had some really close times among all the teams. However, every team is allowed only one entry. The first three cars out tomorrow will be:

’69 Camaro of Team Purple
(Owner – William Millhollen)             7.36

’61 Jaguar XKE of Team Jaguar
(Owner – Dan Cocke)                      7.781allquals

’65 Shelby Cobra of Grand Sport Racing
(Owner – Greg Carpenter)               7.80

Congratulations to Team Purple for their fastest qualifying run. Here is a review of the teams top qualifying times. (click to see a list of all qualifying times)

 

After the qualifying runs, some of the spectators checked out a car show.  This Jaguar Roadster came in on the same transporter from Mongrel Racing.  Isn't she a beauty!

After the qualifying runs, some of the spectators checked out a car show. This Jaguar Roadster came in on the same transporter from Mongrel Racing. Isn’t she a beauty!

Glimmer Twins Racing (Owner – Al Perschilli)
Myer #5     Ferrari 250 SWB                          9.08

Team Austin (Owner – Don Pearson)
The Gray Ghost ’65 Mustang                         8.88

Red Bull Racing (Owner – Alan Van Doren)
David Coulthard ’59 Austin Mini                     9.51

King Racing (Owner – Jeff King)
Jo King   BRP Aston Martin DB5                    8.86

Team Jaguar (Owner – Dan Cocke)
“Jag Boy” ’61 Jaguar XKE                              7.78

Grand Sport Racing (Owner – Greg Carpenter)
Bart Essex ’65 Shelby Cobra                         7.80

Team Purple (Owner – William Milholen)
Bubba       ’69 Camaro                                   7.36

Mongrel Racing (Owner – Rob Rose)
“Stig”          ’69 Karmann Ghia                       8.84

Team Powell (Owner – Bill Powell)
Henry Ford       ’67 Ford Gt MK IV               8.01

Tigers 10-3   (Owner – Rick Vanelli)
Whitey Johnson          ’68 Ford Torino         8.14

South Shore Racing (Owner – Paul Ryer)
Max Creek   ’65 VW Karmann Ghia             8.48

Owl Racing   (Owner – Destany Lewis)
Destany Lewis     Triumph TR3                   8.28

Owens Racing Ent.   (Owner – Jon Owens)
Sammy Stoplight     ’68 AMX                       8.31

Team Total Domination (Owner – Dave Headrich)
Pete “Pitstop” Passer  ’58 VW Chevy Corvette    8.73

Team A&W Root Beer (Owner – Harlan Scarboro)
Andre Lefbreve    ’69 Citroen DS 21                    9.26

Junkabilly Racing   (Owner – Scott Scarboro)
Carl Scarborough Jr. ’66 VW Karmann Ghia         7.83

(Tommy) All cars will be going out tomorrow. There will be a 15 sec delay between each release. There will be some door to door racing out on the course. Stay tuned for the main event. Good night.

Last of the qualifiers are out! chapter 14

(Tommy) Another good run that we have today. The last group of qualifiers will be going out shortly.

(Smokey) Alan Kulwicki was fairly off the pace. He was really complaining about the grip out there. He had several near misses, but managed to bring the car back in one piece. The others were doing very well on the course. Here are the results.

South Shore Racing (Owner – Paul Ryer)

Max Creek     ’65 VW Karmann Ghia             8.48

Owl Racing   (Owner – Destany Lewis)

Alan Kulwicki         Camaro                             9.54

Destany Lewis         Triumph TR3                   8.28

Owens Racing Ent.   (Owner – Jon Owens)

Sammy Stoplight     ’68 AMX                       8.31

Nathan Nitro             ’63 Corvette                 8.65

1alanhoot(Tommy) Smokey, does there seem to be some problem in the pits?

(Smokey) Alan Kulwicki does not seem to be very happy with his result. After kicking the tires and a lot of finger pointing, he has pulled a tool chest over to the car and is dismantling as we speak.

(Tommy) Alan is typically fairly calm. He must really be unhappy with that car.

1white ghia(Smokey) Destany is over there calming him down right now. It helps when you are the team owner. She did very well with her Triumph. Paul Ryer’s Karmann Ghia posted a very close time. Sammy Stoplight had a narrow margin over his teammate Nathan Nitro. Nathan posted a faster time than many qualifiers.  He cannot go home too disappointed.

1amxgoes(Aurora) That stock AMX was really cruising the course. He was outpacing many of the modified cars.

1group(Tommy) The last group will be Total Domination, A&W Root Beer, and Junkabilly Racing. Total Domination is out of New York. Team owner Dave Headrich will be entering the “The Dark Knight” and the “Wildcat Warrior” for everyone’s entertainment. The next two teams are a local group out of Indiana. Team A&W Rootbeer owned by Harlan Scarboro will be entering a ’39 Divco Twin Model U and ‘69 Citroen DS 21 nicknamed the “Green Missile”.  Junkabilly Racing owned by Scott Scarboro will be going out last. The “Bottom Feeder” will be driven by Crafty Dick Kraft. It is a beautiful two tone ’58 Type 2 Dropside Pickup.  “Blue Meanie” will be the last car going out. The ’68 Karmann Ghia will be driven by Carl Scarborough, Jr..

1tdoff(Smokey) Pete “Pitstop” Passer will be driving the ’58 Chevy Corvette rbofftoday. We asked him if it was a stock vette, but all we could get out of him was a big smile. Joe “t-jet” Giammarino will be piloting the ’62 Buick Wildcat Sport Coupe. Joe is an ex Thunder-jet pilot stationed out of Long Island NY.  He should be able to put that Wildcat through the paces. Sudsy Malone will be driving the Low Rider delivery Truck today. He is using a special Oxygenated fuel. It has a Carbon dioxide reactor in the back that breaks down the CO2 to produce oxygen for the fuel. Andre’ Lefebvre is the 1927 Monte Carlo Winner. He will be driving the ’69 Citroen DS 21 which is of his own design. Crafty Dick Kraft is going out next followed by the “Blue Meanie” driven by Carl Scarborough Jr.

(Tommy) That is a very colorful group of talent that we have going out next. It will be great to see what times they put in.

3 in 5 out chapter 13

3amigofords(Tommy) Ford, Ford, Ford. Henry should be proud of this last group coming in and their times are very close.

(Smokey) Times have slowed down a bit in this grouping. I think the cold has played a role here. Let’s look at their times.

Team Powell (Owner – Bill Powell)

Henry Ford       ’67 Ford Gt MK IV                8.01

Tigers 10-3   (Owner – Rick Vanelli)

Scooter Mcgavin         ’65 Ford GT 40           8.42

Whitey Johnson           ’68 Ford Torino         8.14

(Tommy) Looks like the big block Ford engines won out on this one. Henry and Whitey had some very close times.

(Aurora) Yes Tommy, all the cars were really hanging on to those corners.

(Tommy) I think this was the first group that didn’t set a new fastest qualifier. It really has to be this cold weather coming in.

(Smokey) Tommy, the Marshalls are really worried about the snow. They will now be sending the teams out in sets of three.

3white Ghia(Tommy) Next up will be South Shore Racing, Owl Racing, and Owens Racing Ent. South Shore Racing is owned by Paul Ryer out of Massachusetts. They have a one car entry. Next we have Owl Racing out, currently located in Indiana. Owner Destany Lewis is rumored to be moving the team to California. Last in this group is Owens Racing Ent. Owned by Jon Owens. He is another Kentucky native. Kentucky is well represented at Dragon’s Tail today.

(Smokey) We have Max Creek driving a ’65 Karmann Ghia for South Shore Racing today.

3owl(Tommy) Several Karmann Ghias today. They all seem to be doing well. This one will probably post a good time also.

(Smokey) Owl Racing will have Alan Kulwicki driving a #8 White Camaro. Team Owner Destany Lewis will be driving a Triumph TR 3 #9.

3amxSammy Stoplight will be driving a ’68 AMX for Owens Racing. Nathan Nitro will be driving the ’63 Corvette.

(Tommy) Those are some nice looking cars. I heard that ’68 AMX is bone stock.

(Smokey) Yes Tommy, it is bone stock except for the safety equipment. It was doing very well in practice. The cars are being sent off now Tommy.

3hootslide(Aurora) First off is Max Creek for South Shore Racing. It is doing very well through the first set of corners.

Alan Kulwicki leaps one of the hills and nearly careens into the wall, but manages to keep it under control.

Destany Lewis is really handling that Triumph TR3. Should be a good run for her.

3vetteSammy Stoplight is doing a good job drifting the stock AMX for Owens racing.

Wheels are really spinning off the line for Nathan Nitro. There must be a big block in that ’63 Vette.

(Tommy) Another three teams are on their way. Looks like we only have three more teams left for qualifying.

Slight Snow Delay chapter 12

(Tommy) We had some snow run through a little while ago, but should be cleared up here shortly. Team Purple did make it in with some good times before the snow.

2bubba(Smokey) Obviously the course is really rubbering in. We have another fastest time from Team Purple. Bubba would be making it to the main event anyways, but he still put a show on for the fans. He made a lot of time through the hills with the experimental front end. We have other teams trying to get a view of the car, but Team Purple is really keeping it under wraps. Mongrel Racing’s times were very close, but the driver the fans have nicknamed as the “Stig” pulled out ahead of his teammate.

Team Purple (Owner – William Milholen)

Bubba       ’69 Camaro                                  7.36

Mongrel Racing (Owner – Rob Rose)

Scooter Patrick           ’67 Toyota 2000 GT   9.03

“Stig”                             ’69 Karmann Ghia     8.84

(Tommy) That is a blistering fast time from the ’69 Camaro. With the course cooling down, I don’t know if we will see another one like that today.

(Aurora) Yes Tommy, Bubba was really showing some driving skill today. He was really getting air born off the hill drop. The “Stig” was really showing his driving prowess today also, but was having a really hard time with those hills. He was really showing car control through those c2ploworners though.

(Tommy) This is some really good close racing again. Fans are really getting their money’s worth today.

(Smokey) The Marshalls have informed us that the course has been cleared of snow. The next three cars are ready to go.

23off(Tommy) Next up is Team Powell and Tigers 10-3. Team Powell is another Kentucky Team owned by Bill Powell. They will be qualifying only one of their two cars today. Smokey, do you have more on that?

(Smokey) Yes, there was some confusion in the home garage about which cars were to be shipped to this event. The ’67 Ferrari 330 P4 had a technical violation and will not be allowed to run. Lonso Ferrari will be going home today. Henry Ford will have an easy qualifying session piloting a ’67 Ford GT MK IV.

2threecarson(Tommy) We also have Tigers 10-3 going out today. Team owner is Rick Vanelli out of Mississippi. The drivers have been nicknamed the “Blues Brothers” by the fans. It is something to do with their musical talents that we have yet to confirm. The drivers are Scooter McGavin and Whitey Johnson.

(Smokey) Scooter McGavin will be driving car #3 which is a ’65 Ford Gt40. Whitey Johnson is here in a ’68 Ford Torino.

(Aurora) All three cars have been sent out at very close intervals to help make up time for the delay. All three seem to be doing very well.

(Tommy) We will have to see how the weather will be affecting timing. Another good group goes out!

Fastest Lap set again!!! chapter 11

1jagcobThis is Tommy T-Jet again. 4 more cars have finished their rounds on the Dragon’s Tail. Looks like we have another fastest time in.

(Smokey) The crowd is really enjoying themselves today. We have a new fastest lap from Team Jaguar at a 7.78. Grand Sport finishes with a very close 7.80. The teams are making it very exciting for the race fans. Here are the results for this group of cars.

Team Jaguar (Owner – Dan Cocke)

“Jag Boy” ’61 Jaguar XKE                             7.78

Dan-O   ’62 Jaguar XKE                                 8.40

Grand Sport Racing (Owner – Greg Carpenter)

Bart Essex ’65 Shelby Cobra                         7.80

James Buffet ’65 Ford Fastback                   8.50

(Tommy) Looks like Team Jaguar just edged out Grand Sport Racing. “Jag Boy” is real Jaguar specialist.

pwhitejagtrees(Aurora) Dan-O was on a real flying run today, but he did have one serious off into the trees. The car was unharmed and he was able to maintain his speed through the rest of the course.

(Tommy) Yes his time was not much behind his teammates. It would have been nice to see how close they were without that off.

(Smokey) The next three cars are ready to go.

1camtoygia(Tommy) Next up is Team Purple and Mongrel Racing. Team Purple is an outfit out of Virginia owned by William Milholen. To our understanding, they put all their manpower into building one car. It really shows in the chassis development. They are using a very experimental weighted low front end. We will have to see how this works out for them. Next we have Mongrel Racing out of Alabama. Team owner Rob Rose has entered two cars. Scooter Patrick will be driving a ’67 Toyota 2000 GT. At this time there are only 4 of these cars developed and not many spare aluminum bodies. They really need to keep this one on the track. His next car does not have a driver listing. Fans are referring to him as the “Stig”. He will be driving a ’69 VW Karmann Ghia. From what we understand this is a modified body of Rob’s own design.

(Smokey) All the cars are fueled and ready to go!

1camspin1toy(Aurora) The #1 ’69 Camaro has lots of wheel spin off the start, but looks good through the first corner. The driver Bubba is really putting that car through the paces.

(Smokey) The #33 Toyota also looks good out of the gates.

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(Aurora) I have to break in here Smokey. That ’69 Camaro is putting on quite a spectacle. It is making huge leaps and bounds over and down the hills. If he can keep this up, he should really put a good time on the board.

(Smokey) The last car out is the special bodied Karman Ghia of Mongrel Racing.

(1ghiahillAurora) This is another fast car. This car is really handing the corners well. He is really having a hard time with that first hill though.

(Tommy) Well there is another great set of cars out. We will have to see if this group can set another record time.

Crowd goes Wild chapter 10

Tommy here once again. We have Red Bull Racing and King Racing entering the pits. What’s the news Smokey?

10crowdaston(Smokey) I don’t know if you can hear it from where you are, but the crowd is going wild. We have a new fastest lap from King Racing at an 8.86. That narrowly beats out the 8.88 from the ’65 Mustang of team Austin. Here are the results from Red Bull Racing and King Racing.

Red Bull Racing (Owner – Alan Van Doren)

David Coulthard ’59 Austin Mini                  9.51

Mark Donohue     ’68 Rally Sport Camaro   9.51

King Racing (Owner – Jeff King)

Jo King   BRP Aston Martin DB5                   8.86

10marshalconf2(Tommy) Those are some good runs. Wait a minute Smokey, do we have a tie for Red Bull Racing?

(Smokey) Well, the Marshalls are already discussing it. David is already listed as the victor of the two, so let me get confirmation… Yes Tommy, David did take the Qualifying run for Team Red Bull. Timing and Scoring apparently has a tighter timing result than what is posted.

(Tommy) So we have some really close battles already. I hate to see Mark go home with such a close run.   So it will be the ’59 Austin Mini and BRP Aston Martin DB5 moving to the final race.

next4jagsport(Smokey) Hey Tommy, I am down here with the next 4 cars ready to go out.

(Tommy) Next up is Team Jaguar and Grand Sport Racing. Both teams have been here at the Dragon’s Tail before. Both Teams are out of Kentucky and show up at many venues together. Team Jaguar is owned by Dan Cocke and is known for really pulling some power out of his motors. Grand Sport Racing is owned by Greg Carpenter who owns Grand Sport Speedway. Having their own track allows the team to really tune their chassis. They always show great handling out of the 10redjagoffGrand Sport Team.

(Smokey) I have Driver “Jag Boy” in a 1961 Jaguar XKE #33. This is a light weight special developed by Team Jaguar especially for this event. “Jag Boy” says he got this nickname from his dad. These are the only cars he drives. He is on his way.10redjagincurves(Aurora) That Jaguar is on a blistering pace. It looks like we have a good contender for the lead.

whitejagoff(Smokey) We have another sleek looking Jaguar down here. Car #50 is a white 1962 Jaguar. It is driven by Hawaiian native Dan-o. He must have had a lot of practice running around those twisting roads on the main island. He’s off.10wtjagslide

(Aurora) This is another fast car. It looks like a massive power slide through turn one but well controlled.

10cobraoff(Smokey) Up next for Grand Sport Racing is a ’65 Shelby Cobra. Bart10cobraturn Essex is listed as the driver. We are not sure if he has any affiliation with the car sponsor Essex Wire. Car #91 is fast into turn one.

(Aurora) We have another fast one. Looks like we have a strong running group out this time.

10orangeoff(Smokey) The last car up is a ’65 Ford Mustang. The driver of this orange beast is James Buffet. Someone said he is possibly from Margaritaville.

10orangegreensky(Aurora) We shouldn’t have a hard time following this orange car. It really contrasts the green foliage from up here. I think we may have a new fastest time out of this group.

(Tommy) Well the next 4 cars are underway. It will be interesting to see what times this group yields.

First Four Qualifiers chapter 8

Tommy Tjet with the latest news from the Dragon’s Tail. Cold weather and cold tires are what the teams will have to deal with today. Race control is sending teams off 4 cars at a time in 2 minute intervals. The first teams out are Glimmer Twins Racing (Owner Al Perschilli) and Team Austin (Owner Don Pearson). The Glimmer Team appears to be a V8 specialist shop out of Rhode Island known for producing smooth running engines. Team Austin is headquartered in New Hampshire and will work on anything you bring into the shop. Let’s go to Aurora in the “eye in the sky”.qlinesky

(Aurora) Hi Tommy. This new helicopter is going to be great. We are getting ready to watch the first cars out of the gate. With all the corners in the Dragon’s Tail we will be able to keep a good view of all 4 cars in the first session.

(Tommy)q55smokey Good to hear. Smokey has come to join us today from down in the pits.

(Smokey) Hi Tommy…Aurora! All the teams are running frantic trying to get last second preparations in as the first car is going out. I have here Mac driving the number #92 Chevy. How are you feeling Mac?

qcrowd(Mac) The exhilaration is unreal. I am so psyched that all these sponsors and drivers have come together to make such a wonderful event happen. I want to thank the host and townspeople for all their generosity over the last couple of days.

(Smokey) Any concerns?

(Mac) Not really. We had a pretty long delay, but the Glimmer Twins Racing ’55 Chevy seems to be up to the task.

(q55curvesSmokey) That is all I have for you Tommy. I have been instructed to move away from the grid. Mac was given the 1 minute countdown for the start of the first Dragon’s Tail Rally.

3…….2…….1……go!

(Aurora) We have the ’55 Chevy with a blistering start. He appears to be cautious through the first set of corners.

qferoff(Smokey) Hey Tommy. I am here with Mr. Myer who is driving the #5 Ferrari for Glimmer Twins Racing. He tells me that he and Mack are new to the racing scene. They just responded to a want ad for driver’s needed. They are just two handy men with a little driving experience. And he is offfff!

qaustinoverhead(Aurora) We have the #5 Ferrari off to a start. He looks a little sluggish, but the new driver in the Ferrari may be taking it easy.

(Tommy) It looks like we have Team Austin up next.

(Smokey) Yes we have The Gray Ghost driving a ’65 Mustang. Not much is known about this driver. Whoa!!!! Did you see that?

qtangoff(Aurora) Yes Smokey! That mustang really launched off the start. For a second there I thought I was at a Drag Strip. Looking good going into the first corner.

q37off(Smokey) Next we have a ’37 Chevy out from Team Austin. Drivers are listed as Bonnie and Clyde. They are on their way.

(Tommy) First four cars are off. We will keep everyone updated as news comes in. Tommy signing off.

“Qualifying” chapter 7

Delay, delay, delay, snow, go, go ,go!

Tommy Tjet here. Race fans, we have breaking news. After long delays, we have heard from Aurora that the teams are scattering the pits. What is the news Aurora?

(Aurora) Yes Tommy, it is pretty frantic down here. The Dragon’s Tail has been delayed because of problems with a new timing system that was installed for the event. Speedy Van Doren arrived early this morning via air from Freeman Field with the timing system used at last Carrera races. With a little manipulation, it is streaming in all the data needed for qualifying.

(Tommy) This is good news for the teams. What is with all the upheaval in the pits?

Glimmer Twins Racing first team out of the gates

Glimmer Twins Racing first team out of the gates

(Aurora) There seems to be an issue with the weather. It appears that snow is on the way for the weekend.

(Tommy) I guess we will have to wait to get any qualifying in.

(Aurora) No, it is the exact opposite Tommy. All teams have been instructed to get to the grid immediately. Qualifying starts now.

(Tommy)When should the teams be ready?

(Aurora) Ready? Glimmer Twins Racing is already staged. Mac in the #92 55 Chevy is away………

Concours d’Elegance finalists

The panel of judges have chosen these cars as the concourse finalists.  From this group, The judges will choose three cars as the Dragon’s Tail concourse grand prize winners.

The public is invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award. After viewing the concourse finalist photo gallery, scroll down below to place your vote. You can vote only once!


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Tech Time at The Dragon’s Tail

The official tech team arrived and immediately went to inspecting the cars.  They went over each entry top to bottom.  After some discussion and deliberation on the car build rules, one vehicle was found to be in violation and was disqualified from the race.  The Ferrari from Team Powell was sporting illegal tires and other parts.  It seems there was a mix up at the shop and the wrong chassis was loaded on to the transport. An unfortunate outcome, but the team still has one entry in the race.  Several other cars came close to a DQ as some of the teams were creative with rule interpretation.  Leave it to racers to always push the envelope…Let’s Race!