Saturday, October 29, 2016

A beautiful pair of Packards in Oregon
This past week, the author had the opportunity to visit the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River Oregon, and we will feature several of the most interesting automobiles in their excellent collection. Today, we’ll share a couple of Packards, one of the most respected brands of luxury cars during the nineteen twenties and thirties. The Packard advertising slogan was “Ask the man who owns one.”
The first car featured is a 1929 Packard Model 626 Sport Coupe which was originally sold by the Earle C. Anthony, the Packard distributor for the state of California, initially it was used a demonstrator for the optional wooden artillery wheels, which proved to be unpopular, as customers thought the wooden wheels looked “old fashioned” and preferred solid disk wheels. The Packard 626 series car introduced in 1929 was powered by 320 cubic inch straight eight engine that produced 90 horsepower but was a very smooth-running powerplant.

Earle Anthony dealerships actually sold this car twice, as it was traded in by the original owner and sold as a used car to the second owner who kept the car for over thirty years. This remarkable car is on it fourth owner in 87 years. Much of the car is original but it has been repainted in its attractive maroon and black finis with dark yellow pinstriping. Note that there is not a separate compartment for the golf bag; rather the bag rests in the footwell of the rumble seat.   


The other Packard in the WAAAM collection is this spectacular 1935 Packard twelve-cylinder convertible coupe, finished in dark blue with gold pinstriping.

The 473 cubic inch V-12 engine has aluminum heads with hydraulic valve lifters and produced 160 horsepower. Unlike the 1929 Sport Coupe, this Packard has been totally restored.

Reportedly there were just 788 Packard Twelves built during the 1935 model year at the height of the Great Depression. One can easily imagine a  movie star or wealthy playboy behind the wheel of this magnificent Packard.   

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


In June this blog revealed that television host and NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham had purchased his “holy grail of hot rods” the 1958 Chevrolet Impala driven Ron Howard’s character, Steve, in the iconic film ‘American Graffiti.’ 
Join Ray on Tuesday, November 1 at 3:30 p.m. as he unveils the completed project after complete disassembly, repair and reassembly, in the Axalta Booth (Outside Booth #61009) at 2016 SEMA Show. Ray will be joined by original ‘American Graffiti’ cast member Candy Clark (“Debbie”) for this exciting event.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Nichols takes Stockton win as Wilson claims BCRA midget championship


The mighty midget cars and stars of the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) gathered at the historic Stockton 99 Speedway for the 2016 season finale as part of a program with the King of The Wing (KOTW) Sprint Cars National Series and the Northern California Modified Association (NCMA) sprint cars.

The air temperature was still in the upper 80’s when time trials began shortly after 5 PM. Madera feature winner Scott Pierovich in The Morris Insurance Esslinger was the fastest qualifier with a lap at 13.036, which just edged Chad Nichols in the #17N Shanoian Esslinger by 18/1000th of second. David Goodwill who was serving double duty as he also raced a NCMA sprint car posted third quick time with Nick Chivello in the Bob Rosen/Mr. Espresso #4.

2016 Washington Midget Racing Association (WMRA) champion Tony Seidelman started from the pole position of the first heat race and built up a commanding lead while behind him, Pierovich worked his way through traffic. JR Williams dropped out early with a helmet issue while Pierovich cleared the field and steadily began to reel in the leader.

Coming to the checkered flag, Pierovich made a last-ditch effort to dive low underneath Seidelman through turns three and four on the banked ¼-mile oval, but Seidelman used the power of his Gaerte engine to out-drag Pierovich to the finish line.  Nichols took the win in the second 8-lap heat race over Chivello who had passed points leader Bobby Wilson mid-race via a nifty low move through turns three and four.   

Wilson and Seidelman shared the front row for the start of the thirty-lap feature and Chivello and Goodwill started from the second row. The #17 cars of Nichols and Pierovich comprised the third row, veterans Floyd Alvis and Bill Lindsey were in the fourth row and JR William started shotgun on the field. At the drop of the green, Chivello took the lead and held on despite repeated attacks on the low side through turn four by Nichols.

On lap eight, Pierovich’ s engine soured in turn two and Scott pulled into the infield, his evening finished  early due to a broken rocker arm in the #17K’s Esslinger engine.  Nichols continued to hound Chivello at both ends of the track, as Seidelman rode in third with Goodwill in fourth position.  On lap 14, Nichols set up the leader through turns three and four, pulled alongside on the front stretch and then completed the pass on the low side of turns 1 and 2.

Once in the lead, Nichols began to draw away, and at the drop of the checkered flag held an eight-car advantage over Chivello as Seidelman and Goodwill finished in third and fourth places respectively. Nichols and 2106 BCRA season champion and rookie-of-the-year Bobby Wilson then parked their cars on the front stretch to receive the accolades of the crowd and participate in jubilant post-race interviews.

In other action at Stockton, David Goodwill was the NCMA sprint cars fast qualifier and won the feature, while in the KOTW sprint cars, JoJo Helberg topped the 22-car field in qualifying and then won the feature.

Next up on the BCRA calendar is the general membership meeting scheduled for Sunday October 23, at 1:30pm at the Round Table Pizza restaurant located at 150 North Wilma Avenue in Ripon, California. There are four Director positons open for election: one (1) one-year term Member at Large, two (2) two-year Owner Directors and one (1) Driver Director 2-year term. Attendees are invited to arrive early and have lunch before the meeting.

Friday, October 7, 2016

PRI 2016 to showcase
Team Penske’s 50th Anniversary


A very special and limited-time exhibit celebrating Team Penske’s 50 years in motorsports will be on display at the 2016 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, December 8-10, 2016 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The exhibit presented in collaboration with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will showcase an exclusive collection of the team’s winning cars in open-wheel, stock car and sports car competition from the past five decades, including:


•1979 Indianapolis 500 Winner 'Gould Charge' PC6 driven by Rick Mears

•1981 Indianapolis 500 Winner 'Norton Spirit' PC9 driven by Bobby Unser
•1994 Indianapolis 500 Winner Marlboro PC23 driven by Al Unser Jr.
•2001 Indianapolis 500 Winner Dallara IR2 driven by Helio Castroneves
• 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Indianapolis Winner  'Discount Tire' Dodge Challenger driven by Brad Keselowski
•2015  Daytona 500 Winner  'Shell/Pennzoil' Ford Fusion driven by Joey Logano

Team Penske is among the most successful teams in motorsports history. The team has more than 430 major race wins, over 500 pole positions and 29 National Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition, including the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship with driver Simon Pagenaud. In its storied history, the team has also earned  sixteen Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. 

Also included in Penske’s PRI Show exhibit will be the PPG Cup Trophy, a 1994 Pushrod display engine and the 2015 Daytona 500 trophy, as well as the prestigious Borg-Warner Trophy, which will be on display during Show hours Thursday, December 8.

Racing legend Bobby Unser and others are scheduled to appear as part of Penske’s 50th anniversary exhibit as well. Don’t miss the Team Penske 50th Anniversary Exhibit in the 6000 exhibit area of the PRI Trade Show, located in the Yellow Hall of the Indiana Convention Center.

 For more information or to register for the 2016 PRI Trade Show, visit
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pierovich breaks through
in BCRA at Madera

Scott Pierovich and the Del Morris #17K Esslinger powered midget came close to winning several times during the 2016 Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) season, but in BCRA’s final 2016 visit to LoanMart Madera Speedway Saturday October 1, Pierovich and the Morris Insurance team broke through and grabbed the victory

Pierovich was the evening’s fast qualifier by 27/100th of second over Courtney Crone in the Toyota-powered Malloy Special, with 2014 BCRA champion Chad Nichols third in the Shanoian Esslinger, followed by David Goodwill, Frankie Guerrini, Nick Chivello, Dan Gundo, Bobby Wilson, Floyd Alvis and JR Williams. Guerrini won first 8-lap heat race over Pierovich and Nichols, while in the second heat race Chivello was victorious over Crone and Goodwill.

Appearing with the BCRA midgets were ten (10) United State Auto Club (USAC) Western Honda Performance Development (HPD) midgets, dominated by the 17-year old Breidlinger twin sisters from Hillsborough, California. Toni was the evening’s quick qualifier at 14.581 seconds, just edging out Toni at 14.690 seconds. Toni in her #75 machine won her 8-lap heat race, while Annie in her #80 midget was victorious in the second heat race.  

Toni Breidlinger shared the front row for the start of the 30-lap feature with Jesse Love IV, and at the drop of the green Toni was squeezed into the outside wall and fell back the third place as Love took the point. Love held the lead until lap when he spun in turn one after he encountered lapped cars. In the ensuing melee, Annie Breidlinger made contact with Love’s machine which flattened her left front tire. She headed to the infield for service during the caution flag period and returned at the tail of the field. Toni had inherited the lead and led the final 12 circuits to win over Tom Paterson and Cody Jessup.   

Following the introduction ceremonies on the front straightway of the Madera 1/3 mile oval, Goodwill and Nichols led the field of ten BCRA midgets to the green flag which was pink in honor of cancer awareness. The first start was called back after a spin by Dan Gundo which sent Dan's #6 machine to the tail of the field for the second start. Nichols forged into the lead followed by Pierovich, Goodwill and Crone.

Following a caution for a spin in turn by Bobby Wilson, the torrid racing action resumed with Courtney Crone aggressively moving forward until she spun out of third place in turn two on lap number 7. With Nichols still in control over Goodwill and Pierovich, Crone charged back through the field to run in fifth place before she spun again in turn two on lap 22.

Following the restart, as leader Nichols exited turn two on lap 23, the engine in the Shanoian Esslinger suddenly went quiet and the orange #17N machine coasted to a stop, the result of a broken ignition wire. Pierovich took the lead from Goodwill before the caution flag flew; Scott restarted as the leader and held on over the final 6 laps to record the victory over Goodwill while Courtney Crone recovered from her second spin to finish in third place ahead of Nick Chivello.

The BCRA midgets return to action at the historic Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday October 8 for the final scheduled BCRA race of the 2016 season. Time trials will start at 5 PM on Saturday with racing at 6 PM in a program with Royal Purple King of the Wing National Sprint Car Series, the NCMA modifieds and San Jose Supermodifieds. There will be an open test and tune session from 4 to 8 PM on Friday October 7.