Ky. (June 17-19, 2005) Racers, hotrodders and fans
from across America converged at the 3rd Holley NHRA National
Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park. Three days of beautiful
weather, sell-out crowds and over 1,300 race/show cars made this
an event to remember. One of the event highlights was the Saturday
night "Cacklefest" which featured restored and reconstructed
drag race cars from the 60's and early 70's including Ron Johnson's
"Shubert & Herbert" dragster.
Ron and Kol Johnson made the
long trip from San Diego, CA to Bowling Green, KY just because
they wanted to be part of the 3rd National Hot Rod Reunion. In
tow was "Shoobie", Yohn's pride and joy. Before the
racing action started, there was a photo op on the track and
they took it.
Unloaded from its massive trailer
on Friday, the car looks like its just waiting for the action
Famed "Tinman" Tom
Hanna stopped by for a seat in the S&H cockpit. For some
reason retired TF driver, Steve Carbone finds it funny.
After much ado it was time to
play. Shoobie is towed up to the staging lanes prior to Saturday
As done at CHRR
last year, Cacklefest was staged as a silent "push parade"
downtrack during which Dave McClelland provided information on
each participant for the spectators. The cars were turned around
downtrack to return fired up for the Cacklefest lineup. This
format works well and will likely be the "standard"
Commentary by Vic Cooke
Using a borrowed period correct
push car, Ron pushed Kol past the packed grandstands and SRO
crowd along the fense.
Following the introduction parade
the cars were staged at the top end and as the nights finalle,
were push started, turned around behind the starting line and
guided up track again to their "spot".
Once Kol reached his place, Ron
keeps an eye on the nitro burning Chevy to make sure it doesn't
get too hot.
After the Cacklefest Shoobie
gets to rest (above) and Kol and Ron get to enjoy an adult beverage.