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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2017

 

 

Well gang, this year is about to come to a close; and we’ve had a year that was filled with many great and exciting races; but we also experienced some sadness as well. Over the course of 2017, we lost four of our club members. Mike Davis, Gary Bitetti, Ed Hoffman and Wayne Magers all left us way too early in their lives.

This year we had more members attend our races than in any previous year; with an average of 17.7 cars per event. We also had 36 different drivers show up for at least one race. Karen and I want to thank all of you for putting on some great racing for each of our 9 races. We know that it takes long hours of preparation, tons of windshield time and deep pockets to campaign any sort of race car these days; and our members really did outdo themselves this year. We can only hope that in 2018, we can continue to keep the gasser racing legacy alive and well. This last newsletter contains all the winners of this year’s races; and I’ve included a special treat at the end of the newsletter that I thought all of you would enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Way back when we were still too young to own or work on a real car; many of us enjoyed spending time building and working on model cars. Once we got older, we set aside these small plastic models and we moved onto the real deal. However, many hot rod enthusiasts still enjoy building a plastic model car; especially since they now possess much greater skills in creating model replicas of cars that once raced on the nation’s dragstrips. Most of you have seen and enjoyed the photographic talents of Bob Wenzelburger; but did you also know that Bob is a very accomplished model car builder. A few weeks ago, club member Lew Stitely sent me some pictures of the model that Bob built of Lew’s “Tijuana Taxi” Corvette. Since Bob did such a great job re-creating Lew’s car; I thought everyone might like to see what goes into making a great looking replica. Bob started with a standard 1/25 scale AMT 55 Corvette kit. He measured the body to assess what size decals he would need and then he removed all of the side trim, radiused the rear wheels, worked on lowering the suspension and he added a chrome strip to the bottom of the top. Bob used the engine supplied with the kit; but he added a resin intake, he wired the ignition and built a set of headers from solder. The injector tubes were created from 1/8” aluminum tubing that were flared on Bob’s mini lathe. The interior of the car was not too difficult; but the roll cage was built from scratch.

The original decals that Bob had made were way too big; but a close friend reduced the size by 25% and they looked just right. Bob also used foil tape for the chrome trim. He cover the entire car with a few coats of clear and then rubbed the finish out. He even made a set of license plates; as well as the wheelie bar setup. The final work invloved putting on the lights, bumpers and other chrome trim pieces. Bob thinks he has at least 75 hours of labor into making this re-creation. I must say you did a great job Bob. I know Lew just loves it. Keep up the great work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST COAST GASSERS-DRAG RACING LIKE IT USED TO BE!

 

 

 

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