The 2012 edition of the Grand National
Roadster Show was blessed with great weather and a record crowd.
Working with the Show Promoter, John Buck, Ron Johnson once again
set up a hand picked selection of vintage drag race cars (aka
Cacklecars) to partake in an indoor display. Outdoors was the
The indoor cars
covered over a decade of drag racing. Representing the 1950's
were Ray Lake's "Cook & Bedwell" dragster and Speed
Sport roadster. The featured 1960's dragsters were the Warren,
Coburn, Crow dragster, Art Chrisman's "Hustler II",
two of Ron Johnson's cars Shubert & Herbert and Tommy Ivo
"Barnstormer", from the NHRA Museum was the Howard
Cams Rattler and from 1971 Eric Bowman's RCS "Funny Digger".
Outside was Ron
Sterns with the Ratican-Jackson-Stearns A/FA and John Ewald's
two top fuel cars, the BankAmericar and Mastercar.
had a special reason for firing up the dragsters and putting
guests in the Firestone Complete Auto Care Indy car this year.
They raised funds for the Gavin R. Stevens Foundation which is
doing research to help children born with a rare retina disease,
called Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, or LCA. It is hoped that
one day this disease can be cured.
was to help raise funds over the weekend by auctioning off the
seats in the two dragsters (and Ron Stearn's fuel altered) while
getting donations from guests who wanted to sit in the Indy car
for a photo op. They felt it was a success and were able to presented
a check to the foundation for $1852.00. More information on the
foundation and this disease can be found at: Gavin R. Stevens Foundation.
As always the
best way to tell the story is with photos, so here we go.