Author Archives: Mike McCracken
Donna Marie and Beaver Bob at the WWII Reunion Air Show, Reading Air Port. Bob has a real passion for WWII aircraft. They pose in front of Bob’s favorite, a P-40 Curtis War Hawk. This model is dressed in Flying Tigers colors that served in CBI. – China-Burma-India
F4U Corsair. 2800 cubic inch, 2000 HP!! fastest Naval fighter at over 400 MPH
Douglas SBD Dive Bomber. The plane that stopped the Japanese in the Battle of Midway by sinking 4 Carriers, effectively ending their Naval Air Dominance.
Curtiss SB2C Hell Diver. These sunk the largest Japanese warship, the Yamato.
Corsair on a photo pass. Bob’s dad, Fast Eddie, worked at the Chance-Vought factory in Stratford Connecticut from 1940 to 1943.
This Grumman F4F Wildcat made the lowest and fastest pass: 20 foot at 265 MPH!!
Grumman F4F Wildcat – Our front line Naval fighter at the start of the war.
Boeing B-29 Super Fortress: Ended the war in Japan by dropping 2 atomic bombs.
Curtiss C-46: Largest cargo plane of the era.
North american B-25 Mitchell medium bomber. The most beautiful bomber ever. The B-25’s struck a blow for the US by bombing Toyko in June of 1942, only 6 months after Pearl Harbor.
North American P-51 Mustang. This example in Tuskegee Air Men livery.
P-40 Flying Tiger and P-47 “Jug”
Inside the P-40 cockpit. Still a beauty at 70 years old.
“Off we go into the wild blue yonder”
B-25 making a low pass.
Consolidated B-24 Liberator. Most produced bomber of the war. 8,700 were built under license at the the Ford plant in Willow Run, Michigan. They came off the assembly line at 1 per hour!!
B-17G: The most recognized bomber of the war.
“FIFI” the only flyable B-29 in the world. What a sound.
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. The most heavily armed US fighter. 8 – .50 cals.
B-17G taking off for a fly by
“Tuskegee Red Tails” P-51B Mustang
The Dave’s met in the finals of top Beaver with Dave Novinger coming from behind to tale the Top Beaver title over Dave Weaver running a 10.105 on a 10.09 to Weaver’s run out 12.567 on a 12.58
Hemi John Simbeck was on his game taking the Top ET title over Steve Lenig’s dragster. HJ carded a .002, 8.928 on a 8.92 to stop Steve’s .010, 7.497 on a 7.47.
Dave Novinger moved into Top Beaver with a Modified finals win over Jilly Kline’s Dart. Dave ran a 10.161 on a 10.10 at 122.68 MPH to Jilly’s 10.840 on a 10.75 at 122.64 MPH.
The Bike finals fell to Daryl Walter, near, over Brian Snyder’s `Busa. Walter’s carded a 9.999 on a 10.01 at 127.73 MPH to Brian’s 9.715 on a 9.76 at 134.42 MPH.
The Street finals went to Dave Weaver’s Charger over Mike Holland’s Fairmont. Dave ran a 12.603 on a 12.61 at 106.05 to Mike’s 12.570 on a 12.58 at 104.45 MPH.
“Fast Lane” Kahley took the JR title over Sarah Cisney with a 7.916 on a 7.90 at 82.51 MPH as Sarah went red turning a 7.942 on a 7.94 at 81.66 MPH.
The Hot Rod Trophy finals was won by Dean Bolton’s ‘Cop Car’ over Tyler Wildsmith’s Camry. Officer Dean ran a 16.794 on a 16.64 at 81.48 MPH to Tyler’s 18.127 on an 18.00 at 76.82 MPH.
Tammy Burrough’s cheers John Boyer’s Lil Beaver win over Andrew Feltman’s dragster. John ran a 9.984 on a 9.97 to Andrew’s 8.353 on an 8.31.
Trenton Seitz picked up his 4th ATV title over a tough Torque Zimmerman.
WINNERS CIRCLE PHOTOS
Top ET champion: Hemi John Simbeck. aka “The Kingfish”
Top Beaver and Modified champion, Dave Novinger
IHRA Bike champion, Daryl Walter
Street Champion, Dave Weaver with his dad, Bob.
Hot Rod Trophy champion, Dean Bolton, receives his Beaver Baptism.
JR Dragster champion, “Fast Lane” Kahley
BEAVER BONUS PHOTOS
Justin Badman was undefeated over the Holiday winning Top ET and Top Beaver both days. He also garnered the coveted Brain Boyel Memorial “Cookie Jar” race.
Bob Klock pulled off the Hat Trick of the weekend by winning two IHRA Iron Men in one race. One in Modified and one in Street!!
Leonard Long’s Ford’s put a hurting on Top Street and Pro Stick with Leonard taking the WFO title on Friday and Captain Ed Brady winning Pro Stick on Saturday.
MORE RESULTS and PHOTOS COMING – PLEASE CHECK BACK
For those of you coming North on US 11-15 that normally take the PA 104 shortcut just North of Liverpool, that road is closed due to bridge repair. Here is the best route: Stay on US 11-15 to the exit South of Selinsgrove at PA-35. Take PA-35 to Mount Pleasant Mills and then turn North (right) back onto PA-104. From there it’s the usual route, US-522 South to the track. Plan on adding about 15 minutes to your travel time.
Jason Derr is Top Beaver. Alberts, Bair, Ferster post SBRA wins. Mikey, Graham, Trenton, Sarah, take eliminator titles
FIRST, THE BONUS PHOTOS
Donna Marie in her new ride, The Highland Harley-Davidson-Polaris Ranger.
Jason Derr is Top Beaver. Alberts, Bair, Ferster post SBRA wins in race #2.
“The Dawg” was on a roll today winning both the Super Pro title and Top Beaver. Jason stopped Steve Lenig in the Super finals and went on to defeat Billy Bair in the Top Beaver finals with a 4.510 on a 4.49 to Billy’s 5.773 on a 5.76.
Jesse Albert always shows up for the SBRA races and today it paid off with a win in Foot Brake. Jesse took the title with a final round win over Ronnie Suhr’s Chevy C-10 turning a 7.136 on a 7.09 at 92.09 MPH to Ronnie’s run out 6.570 on a 6.60 at 104.52 MPH.
Billy Bair put his custom Hayabusa in the Bike winners circle with a final round victory over points leader, Daryl Walter. Billy carded a 5.896 on a 5.81 at 107.44 MPH.
Mikey McCracken had a great day taking the Hot Rod Trophy title over Kevin Kafora’s Kawasaki. Mikey ran a 9.144 on a 9.10 to Kevin’s run out 7.677 on a 7.80. The win marked Mikey’s first ever victory since moving out of JR/TCR/ATV.
Liberti Ferster took the JR title with a final round victory over “Fast Lane” Kahley. Lib ran a 8.033 on a 7.98 ay 80.50 MPH to Lane’s red lighting 7.915 on a 7.90 at 82.11 MPH.
Graham Daddy Taylor took the Lil Beaver title in his Nova over John Boyer’s Chevelle with a final round 6.110 on a 6.12 at 113.16 MPH to John’s 6.257 run out on a 6.28 at 109.07. Grahams daughters, Penny and Denise cheer dad’s win.
WINNERS CIRCLE PHOTOS
Ronnie Suhr administered the traditional Beaver Baptism to Jason Derr for his first win of the season. “The Dawg” took both the Super Pro and Top Beaver titles.
Jesse Albert put his Camaro into the Foot Brake winner’s Circle.
“Billy Busa” Bair took the SBRA Bike title on his Double B Fabrication entry.
Oh yea!! Mikey got his Beaver Baptism for his win in Hot Rod Trophy.
Liberti Ferster was on her game in taking the JR titlle.
Sarah Cisney defeated her brother, Aiden, to take the Baby Beaver title.
Yes, Graham Taylor is one tough cookie taking the win in Lil Beaver.
The finals in Top Street went to Adam Mowery in his Dart over Dennis Henry’s Mustang.
Dennis Henry came back to avenge his loss in Top Street winning the Modified Street title over Jason Ewing’s Nova.
Leah Shaffer’s lock on True Street was snapped by Nate Long in his Silverado.
A full Bike field found Sam Koonsman, far, taking the title over Brian Snyder’s `Busa.
Outlaw Street went to Jeff Steltzer’s S-10 over Moses Spade’s Pinto.
The ATV trophy was won by Colby Keister on his Raptor, far, over Andy Richey.
Top Street Champion, Adam Mowery
Modified Street Champion, Dennis Henry
True Street Champion, Nate Long
Sport Bike Champion, Sam Koonsman
Outlaw Street Champion, Jeff Steltzer
ATV Champion, Colby Keister