MERRICK, SIMPERS SNOTSELAAR, PEAK TAKE FE RACE & REUNION TITLES
Here are the champions: Brian Merrick Pro FE champ, Rick Allen RU Pro, Gary Simpers Hot FE champ, Hubert Platt, Rolly Pellerin RU Hot FE, Beaver Bob, Andy Snotselgar Cool FE champ, Dick Brannan, Grayson Peak FE Bird race champ, Bruce Landis RU.
Brain Merrick took the Pro FE title (8 low ET qualifiers) once again with his Thunderbolt. He defeated Rick Allen’s SS/F Cobra Jet when Rick went red. Brian blasted out a 9.933 on a 9.90 at 132.10 MPH.
The Hot FE (11.99 and faster) title fell to Gary Simper’s B/SA 427 Fairlane wagon over Rolly Pellerin’s Comet. Gary carded a 10.961 on a 10.87 at 111.42 MPH to stop Rolly’s 10.762 on a 10.75 at 123.42 MPH.
Andy Snotselaar driving the Hubert Platt Cobra jet defeated Joe Stasick’s rag top Fairlane in the Cool FE (12.00 and slower) finals. Andy had the tree with a .018 to .062 and ran an easy 12.758 on a 12.30 at 85.84 MPH when Joe had shifting issues turning a 13.343 on a 12.10 at 95.03 MPH.
Brian Merrick – Pro FE
Gary Simpers – Hot FE
Andy Snotselaar – Cool FE with his hero, Hubert Platt
Grayson Peak took the FE Bird title in his Galaxie. He just lived for the moment to get his winning photo with legends Hubert Platt and Dick Brannan.
Beaver Bob introduces the legends, Dick Brannan and Hubert Platt with Doug Bender the Fairlane Club of America president.
Survival Motorsports chief, Barry Rabotnick.
Here he is, Blair Patrick of Blair Patrick Racing engines.
Carl Binius, the man behind Carl’s Ford Parts.
Charlie Morris the guru of Ford know how books
Again this year, Randy Spohn was #1 qualifier. He dialed a 8.98 in round one.
The men are FE proud.
We don’t need no stinkin’ government handout.
Cobra Jet Mustangs all in a row.
Receiving the Super Fan plaque for coming the greatest distance was Haden Ivers. He made the trek the whole way from Victoria, Australia!!
Pre race drivers meeting. Do you think there was a lot of entries!!
Beaver Bob had a smile on his face all day.
A special tribute was given to Phil Bonner. The great legend passed in 2014.
A real cool `57 with a 410 Merc sporting EFI.
Bart Kilrane’s `69 Cougar Jet. The D/SA national record holder of past years.
You just got to love Larry Kortkamp’s “Battle Star Galactia” She a 428, 4 speed.
Event promoter, Jody Abert’s qualified well into the Pro FE field with a 9.45.
Vinny Lyons with his factory 1 of 50 Cobra Jet R code cars.
422 Motorsports latest creation is a `62 Mercury with a 406.
The Kidd men with Joe’s original `67 LTD, 428 with a 4 speed.
MR. USA-1 himself, Bruce Larson, was on hand to watch all the Fords go by.
It was a new record event.
Talk about a handful of stars: Zach Straits, Randy Delisio, Jim Stugart and Jon Vermeesch of Ford’s Performance division of SVT.
All the Stars were here.
Hubert Platt and Dick Brannan with the fabulous Rocky Troxell created Brannan tribute Falcon
Jon Vermeesch’s personal Ford backed SVT rig.
Ahaaa …the good stuff.
Donna Marie and Beaver Bob with Zach Straits winner of Low Reaction Time and Show Winner with his 100% correct `61 Starliner. She’s a 390, 3-2bbl. 401 HP.
Dan Parson’s N/SS 427 Comet made the Pro FE show.
Mike Holland, an IHRA tough guy, assisted in the lanes. Yes, he’s a Ford guy too.
Craig Jernigan’s legal M/Stock 390, 4 speed Galaxie
Yes, it’s the real deal B/FX 427 F-100.
Co-promoter, Doug Bender, president of the Fairlane Club of America.
Dan Parson’s Toxic Element 428 supercharged 428 with a 4 speed.
Randy Delisio’s original A/FX comet
Steve McBlain showed up in his period correct hauler. How cool is that!!
Dickey Estevez driving Phil Bonner’s Thunderbolt.
Dan Parson with Hubert Platt.
Diamond Jim Brady signing a Galaxie for a fan.
Don Fotti’s 428 CJ Mustang
The winner of Best of Show was John Mathies. It was his dad’s car new. She’s a 427 R-code with a 4 speed. And ….she’s an all original survivor
Jon Vermeesch’s 427 Cammer powered Starliner.
This is Preston Bonner (Phil’s granson) presenting Jody Aberts with Phil Bonner’s original 1964 Cars Magazine Super Stock jacket. This means the world to Jody and will be a cherished procession for the rest of his life.
FRIDAY’S BRATS AND BEER
As is the tradition, we had our annual FE picnic at the Fast Eddie pavilion. Welcome to Beaver hospitality.
The beer was compliments of Dan Parsons from Bellwood, PA.
That’s Red Lear of Lear’s Meat Market. Red supplied all the brats bring them from his shop in Illinois for the second year in a row. What a hit!!