SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 21, May 26, 2011

Racing News: John Force Racing Brownsburg Shop Open This Saturday; Quarter Mile Foundation to Help Vintage Drag-Car Restorers

  racing
  The 5th annual Open House event
on May 28 will include John Force Racing, Tony Pedregon Racing, Don
Schumacher Racing, Morgan Lucas Racing and many more.

John Force Racing Brownsburg Shop Open This Saturday
On the eve of the centennial Indianapolis 500, more than half a dozen of
the premier motorsports race shops in Brownsburg, Indiana, will be open
to the public from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. The 5th annual Open House event
on May 28 will include John Force Racing, Tony Pedregon Racing, Don
Schumacher Racing, Morgan Lucas Racing and many more. At John Force
Racing, fans can tour the 150,000-sq.-ft. shop and see a number of Ford
Mustang Funny Cars, trailers and shop machines. Also, fans can see the
Eric Medlen Tribute Room and the John Force Racing museum. The shop tour
is free and 15-time Funny Car champion John Force, 2009 Funny Car
champion and recent Summer Nationals winner Robert Hight, along with
Full Throttle Funny Car points leader Mike Neff and rising star Courtney
Force, will be in attendance signing autographs at 11:00 a.m.

Brian Deegan Will Auction Fiberglass at Lucas Oil Off-Road Series to Benefit Local Children’s Hospital
Metal Mulisha founder and 2010 Lucas Oil Rider of the Year Brian Deegan will auction signed fiberglass parts and other race-day memorabilia from his Lucas Oil Off Road Series races to benefit The Loma Linda Children’s Foundation. After both of Deegan’s Pro 2 Races at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, fans can head to the Metal Mulisha pits for the chance to bid. All proceeds will be given to The Loma Linda Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, California.

Quarter Mile Foundation to Help Vintage Drag-Car Restorers
In mid-March, the Quarter Mile Foundation Board of Directors was approached by Jon Lundberg of Southwest Valuations LLC, himself a board member, with the concept of the Foundation being the vehicle that would help establish guideline criteria for the growing restoration of vintage/nostalgia drag-racing cars. Lundberg felt, as a drag-racing historian and an accredited senior appraiser by the American Society of Appraisers, the need to establish criteria that would define various types of vehicle restoration/recreation, which would help establish its value and validity. He had been a part of an online discussion with the members of the “Standard 1320” group regarding categorization of various types of restorations and recreations. He told the group he would develop a set of criteria, based upon points raised in that discussion. He then contacted several other individuals who had deep roots in the vintage/nostalgia drag-racing vehicle world, including Greg Sharp (curator of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum), Bill Pitts (restorer of the famed “Magicar” front engine Top Fuel dragster), Carl Olson (former NHRA vice president and restorer of sprint cars and drag-racing cars) and Steve Gibbs (former NHRA vice president of competition, Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum board member and co-founder of the California and National Hot Rod Reunion events). Gibbs and Sharp also co-created the “Cacklefest” concept. All shared concerns about the current state of the restoration/recreation market environment. Gibbs authored the designations while the group supplied project suggestions and proof-reading. Then, he and Olson proposed the Quarter Mile Foundation be utilized to distribute the Guideline White Paper to those who participate as restorers/recreators, event promoters and automotive vehicle appraisers. Gibbs and Olson are also board members of the Quarter Mile Foundation.

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