SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 39, September 27, 2012

Racing News: 2013 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductees Named

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The International Drag Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Gainesville, Florida, at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites, Thursday, March 14, 2013.
   

2013 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductees Named
The International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, based at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing (Ocala, Florida) has announced the inductees for the 23rd class to the Hall of Fame for the year 2013. The induction ceremony will take place in Gainesville, Florida, at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites, Thursday, March 14, 2013, preceding the NHRA Gatornationals. A cocktail reception starts at 6:00 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. NHRA Announcer Bob Frey will again serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

The International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2013 includes: 

  • Dave Boertman (Norton Shores, Michigan)
  • Wally Booth (Beverly Hills, Michigan) 
  • Bernie Fedderly (Brownsburg, Indiana) 
  • Harry Hibler (Shadow Hills, California) 
  • Hirata, Hobbs & Vodnik (Kenny Hirata – Lowell, Indiana; Phil Hobbs – Greenwood, Indiana); Bobby Vodnik – Oak Forest, Illinois) 
  • K.S. Pittman (Springfield, Missouri) 
  • Dick Rosberg (Rockingham, North Carolina) 
  • Louis Senter  (Encino, California) 
  • The Founders Award – Dr. Robert C. Post, PhD (Easton, Maryland)

The honorees are selected by a committee of veteran drag-racing and performance industry figures. Corporate table sponsorship programs are available for $1,000, which includes seating for 10 with a logo on the table, a banquet program listing and inclusion in 2014 promotional brochures, a pair of free passes to the Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum, plus logo placement on the banquet DVD credits. Table sponsors will receive a DVD of the evening’s event, and additionally, each sponsor will be recognized from the stage during the televised portion of the event. Individual seating tickets will be available at $100 each.

Presenters will be named in the future.

Ticket details and additional information are available by calling or emailing Donna Garlits at: 352-245- 8661 or 877-271-3278 or e-mail donna@garlits.com.

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Tom Gloy's Brizio Street Rods-built ’32 Ford roadster won the Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award at the Goodguys second WIX Filters Speedway Nationals.
   

Tom Gloy’s Roadster Wins Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year Award
In a racing career that spanned more than 25 years, Tom Gloy collected a Trans Am World Championship and a Formula Atlantic title. He drove in six IndyCar races, including a start in the 1984 Indy 500 finishing 14th. Last weekend, he returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, unlike the 1984 trip, found himself all alone in the winner’s circle this time around. His Brizio Street Rods-built ’32 Ford roadster won the Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award at the Goodguys second WIX Filters Speedway Nationals.

Gloy’s low-flying roadster was born during a conversation with Roy Brizio a few years back as the two drove to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Gloy wanted a channeled ’32 Ford roadster but Brizio cautioned “Channeled ’32 Fords aren’t very comfortable and when channeled, they can look too wide.” He also told Gloy how the driver often “sat up too high” in the channeled cars he’d seen over the years. So that was the challenge—to build a channeled, traditionally styled roadster in which Gloy could sit low and drive fast.

To redesign the car’s front end, Brizio and his build team narrowed the cowl, grille and windshield. To get Gloy down low in the seat, the floorboards were radically lowered, more so than any other hot rod to roll out of Brizio’s South San Francisco stable. Out back, the rear quarters were filled and smoothed, and the rear wheels tucked tightly against the channeled body.

The custom Brizio chassis features torsion bar suspension from Moal Coachbuilders and a classic hot-rod rake courtesy of the chromed Magnum 5-in. dropped axle. Custom-made 18- and 16-in. ET knockoff wheels are enhanced with custom-machined caliper brackets designed to fill the backside of the wheels (inspired by Bonneville-style Moon discs). The 302-in., Hilborn EFI Ford crate motor and Tremec five-speed get the roadster up to speed in a hurry then stops on a dime courtesy of Wilwood brakes.

Bay-area body and paint specialist Darryl Hollenbeck of Vintage Color Studio spent many hours perfecting the car’s classic finish—mid ’50s Porsche blue, which contrasts the red leather interior stitched by Sid Chavers.

Gloy, who now lives near Lake Tahoe, got the channeled Bonneville-inspired roadster he dreamed of and a talented team of Bay Area craftsmen, led by Brizio, pulled off the challenge of getting it to sit and look just right. Gloy drove the car more than 2,000 miles from his home in Nevada to Indianapolis, this time with a victorious result.

The top-five finalists for the Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award included: Keith Hill, Bixby, Oklahoma (’34 Ford); Tom Gloy, Incline Village, Nevada (’32 Ford); Tim Kirby, Fountain Hills, Arizona (’33 Ford); Henry Richards, Mansfield, Ohio (’32 Ford); and Larry Christensen, Arvada, Colorado (’32 Ford).

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Yokohama Tire Corp.-sponsored drivers scored several podium finishes during rounds 13 and 14 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, September 21–22.
   

Yokohama Tire Corporation’s Cameron Steele Wins Again in Lucas Oil Race
Led by veteran off-road racer Cameron Steele’s second victory of the season, Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC)-sponsored drivers scored several podium finishes during rounds 13 and 14 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, September 21–22. During round 13, Steele nailed the win in the Pro Buggy class. Steele reached the podium again in round 14, placing third.

Also winning in Las Vegas was Jordan Poole, who took first in the Limited Buggy class during round 13. Garrett George was second in the Pro Buggy class in Round 14.

The next Lucas Oil race in the eight-event series (rounds 15–16), which combines the Midwest tradition of short-course off-road racing with a West Coast influence, is October 27–28 in Phoenix.

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