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Shudder Bug at San Fernando, 1963

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“Wild Bill” Alexander, Ernie Alvarado,  their Shudder Bug crew and trophy girl, San Fernando Raceway, 1963. (photog unknown)

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More of the Shudder Bug at Fernando: “Wild Bill” Alexander leaving the line at “The Pond,” 1963. (photo by Dave Wallace, Sr.)

photo by Dave Wallace, Sr.

photo by Dave Wallace, Sr.

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September 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Live! On Speed Scene Live! Tuesday Nite! Top Fuel Wormhole!

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Scott “Lucky” Hudson, the co-host of the “Speed Scene Live” webcast, has gracefully invited yours truly to discuss my new collection of drag strip journalism, Top Fuel Wormhole, on his show tomorrow night.

As Hudson hisself writes, “Author and nitro junkie, Cole Coonce, on Speed Scene Live TV tomorrow talking about his great new book! Check out “Top Fuel Wormhole” at www.SpeedSceneRacing.com

Show time is: 6 pm PST, Tuesday, May 5th. To hear the show, point your browser to: www.SpeedSceneRacing.com

There will be call-in segments also. The number is 1-800-809-0802.  Feel free to  phone the show and discuss anything from The Surfers AA/Fuel Dragster to Thrust SSC’s Mach One land speed record to “Jocko” Johnson’s streamliners to “Wild Willie” Borsch driving around opposing guardrails to “Nitro Neil” Bisciglia’s behind-the-wheel asphalt poetry to Arley Langlo’s political acts in a Top Fuel dragster… My hope is that the tenor of the broadcast will be nitromaniacal equivalent of the nights talk jock Art Bell would shoot the cosmic bullbutter with Terence McKenna. Or thereabouts. – Cole Coonce

A Coterie of Nitro Funny Cars Coming to DragFest

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Beach City Chevrolet

Beach City Chevrolet

As a follow-up to yesterday’s report of Top Fuel cars coming to Bakersfield May 1-3 for Drag Fest, there is also a complement of Nitro Funny Cars that are slated to appear at this Rod & Kulture Magazine-sanctioned drag race.  Among the rumored and proposed Famoso Raceway-bound entries: Jack Wright’s Joker Challenger,  Dale Pulde’s War Eagle Trans Am, the Future Flash Dodge Charger, the Beach City Chevrolet Corvette, Mendy Fry in McCain’s Bomb Squad Plymouth Duster, the Fighting Irish machine, the Crazy Horse Mustang,  Lee Paul Jennings and his American Revolution (nee Code Red), Kris Krabil in bike magnate Gary Turner’s Pedaler, and the Burnin’ Money Camaro.

Pontiacs, Plymouths, Chevrolets, Dodges, and Fords, etc…?  There will be more diversity at Drag Fest than the registration line at the Rosemead DMV– Cole Coonce

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TOP FUEL WORMHOLE DELIVERY DATE

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Top Fuel Wormhole, a feature-length book of motorsport-themed essays and articles subtitled The Cole Coonce Drag Strip Reader,Vol. 1,  is on the galleys and almost off to the printer.

Coming in at nearly 300 pages, this anthology is comprised of work that first ran a plehtora of drag racing, automotive and pop culture magazines and websites, including Full Throttle News, Super Stock & Drag Illustrated, Bikini, Grand Royal, Gearhead, Nitronic Research and others.

Despite the fervent efforts of its imprint, KeroseneBomb Publishing, hopes of having copies of the book in hand this week for distribution at the upcoming March Meet are remote, however. A more like release date is March 21st, 2009.

Since the March Meet publication deadline wil be missed, we thought it would be ono to offer up a tasty sample of the book in the online form, ith the uploading of the book’s cover story, “THE CHAMPION SPEED SHOP’S TOP FUEL WORMHOLE: A Concentric History of the World’s Quickest and Fastest Chevy on Nitro…”

The story’s illustration is this pic of the Champion Speed Shop fueler, taken ten years ago at the starting of Famoso Raceway.

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Champion Speed Shop's Top Fuel Wormhole

Further to that end, we would like to share the book’s Table of Content. It is as follows:


PART ONE: THE HORIZON

FOREWORD by Robert C. Post
1. DEATH ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON & THE WHINE OF BLOWERS OVER THE PACOIMA ARROYO
2. SMIRNOFF VODKA AND THE SPIRIT(S) OF THE 60s
3. BOOK REVIEW: HIGH PERFORMANCE
4. THE DRAG STRIP DIARIES, PART 1
5. WHO’S AFRAID OF ARLEY LANGLO?
6. THE DRAG STRIP DIARIES, PT. 2
7. TAYLOR STORMS TO 6.17
8. THE DRAG STRIP DIARIES, PT. 3
9. OVER, UNDER, SIDEWAYS, DOWN: THE STORY OF “WILD WILLIE” BORSCH
10. THE DRAG STRIP DIARIES, PT. 4
11. BAKERSFIELD BE HERE NOW
12. HAVE NITRO, WILL TRAVEL
13. SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY: ORIGINAL BLAST-OFF GIRL AND DRAG STRIP GRAND DAME
14. DUNLAP TASTES VICTORY
15. RITTER TURNS 5.98, 242 – WITH HIS EYES CLOSED!
16. BURY MY HEART AT EDWARDS AFB
17. BLAINE JOHNSON 1962-1996


PART TWO: THE CENTER OF THE SHADOW

18. HESITATION KILLS
19. MISHAP AT BLACK ROCK!
20. BISCIGLIA CRASHES ‘48 FIAT FUELER
21. TARGET SPEED: TWENTY NINE PALMS: JOCKO JOHNSON’S GUERILLA RENAISSANCE IS NOW
22. THE UNIVERSE IS EXPANDING: MACH ONE AS THE BIG BANG
23. THE EPIC SAGA OF THE SURFERS: THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EXPLODING INEVITABLE
24. DRAG RACING IS MUCH MORE PUNK ROCK THAN ANY SLACKER GEN X SHITHEAD WITH AN OUT-OF-TUNE GUITAR
25. MURPHY MAKES MARCH MEET HISTORY
26. JIM HERBERT, R.I.P
27. W.W. TWO STARS IN BAKERSFIELD TEAR-JERKER
28. CHAMPION SPEED SHOP’S TOP FUEL WORMHOLE
29. THE CRASH, BURN AND RESURRECTION OF A WORKING CLASS HERO: THE “WILD BILL” ALEXANDER INTERVIEW
30. 1999: NOTES FROM THE HEART (LAND HOT ROD REUNION)
31. “SWINGIN’ SAMMY” HALE EXITS COCKPIT
32. MIGRANT APES IN THE GASOLINE CRACK OF HISTORY
33. THE MAD! ROCKET SCIENTIST

PART THREE: COLLAPSE

34. THE PASSING OF STEVE COLLISON AND THE DEATH OF DRAG STRIP JOURNALISM
35. “VIVA LA NITRO!”
36. FRYING THE BALONEYS OFF OF DANICA PATRICK AT THE SMOG CUTTER
37. DRAG PRINCESS
38. BUCK OWENS, TOP FUEL AND THE DEATH OF THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND
39. TOMMY JOHNSON’S DIPPITY-DO AND A MODEST PROPOSAL TO SPIKE DRAG RACING’S BAD HAIR DAY
40. SMOKIN’ DON SCHUMACHER’S, INTERNET WORM FOOD AND WHO KILLED MARK TWAIN?
41. THE DAY OF THE DELUGE AND SURVIVAL OF THE UNFITTEST

Upon publication, copies of Top Fuel Wormhole will be available at amazon.com, HotRodNostalgia.com and Drag Racing Online and KeroseneBomb.com. –30

More Patchwork: pre-March Meet Test and Tune

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Pictures from yesterday’s test and tune at Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA…. a very reasonable turn-out of AA/Fuel Dragsters and Nitro Funny Cars, all making final tweaks before competition in the NHRA Heritage Series commences next weekend at the 51st March Meet.

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The new Champion Speed Shop Space-Age streamliner

The new Champion Speed Shop Space-Age streamliner

A sexy wheel for a stealthy streamliner; CSS rolls the new Gibson wheel

A sexy wheel for a stealthy streamliner; CSS rolls the new Gibson wheel

Champion Speed Shop stages

Champion Speed Shop stages...

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Mike Chrisman licensing in John Rodeck's Paso Posse fueler

Mike Chrisman licensing in John Rodeck's Paso Posse fueler

AA/Fueler Brad Thompson, before later popping a blower

AA/Fueler Brad Thompson, before popping a blower later in the day

Mike McLennan boils the hides in Mike Fuller's fueler

Mike McLennan boils the hides in Mike Fuller's fueler

Dennis Taylor shaking out Gary Messenger's "Future Flash" Nitro Funny Car

Dennis Taylor shaking out Gary Messenger's "Future Flash" Nitro Funny Car

Kris Krabill set Low ET for the Funny Cars

Kris Krabill set Low ET for the Funny Cars

Mendy Fry smokin' the baloneys in McCain's Bomb Squad '73 Duster

Mendy Fry smokin' the baloneys in McCain's Bomb Squad '73 Duster...

... in the shut down area....

... then reflects in the shut down area....

Sean Bellemeur pinch-hit for Troy Green in the High Speed entry; car ran like a bat out of hell

Sean Bellemeur pinch-hit for Troy Green in the High Speed entry; car ran like a bat out of hell

nitro funny car leaves some clutch dust

nitro funny car leaves some clutch dust

Hey! You can't take a picture of that!

Hey! You can't take a picture of that!

Adam Sorokin and Bobby McLennan in discourse

Adam Sorokin and Bobby McLennan in discourse

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(pictures by Cole Coonce)

The Return of the Top Fuel Streamliner

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And the Top Fuel Wormhole continues to spiral: in its vortex, the Ghost of  Drag Strip Aerodynamicist Jocko Johnson comes to South City, San Francisco in the form of the new stealthy, sexy Champion Speed Shop AA/Fuel Dragster. Bonus pedigree: this sleek nitro slingshot is powered by a small-block Chevy, and shoed by young Adam Sorokin, the spawn of the late Mike Sorokin, of Surfers AA/Fuel Dragster fame….

Champion Speed Shop Streamliner

Champion Speed Shop Streamliner

In the Top Fuel Wormhole, Jocko says, “Cowabunga, South City!”

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