SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 37, September 13, 2012

Racing News: More Than 300 Attendees Pay Tribute to Linda Vaughn

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More than 300 motorsports professionals and fans paid tribute to Linda Vaughn at the Lucas Family Estate in Carmel, Indiana, Wednesday, August 29. Photo credit: Dean Weasner/Quarter Mile Foundation.
   

More Than 300 Attendees Pay Tribute to Linda Vaughn
The
Sports Palace at the Lucas Family Estate in Carmel, Indiana, was filled
to capacity Wednesday, August 29, with more than 300 attendees, who
paid tribute to Linda Vaughn—the “Queen of Speed.” The overall
tone of the roasters was one of respect, admiration and love for one of
motorsports’ most beloved icons. There were funny stories, but many were
tributes to Vaughn’s unwavering love of the motorsports and performance
aftermarket communities.

Presented by the Quarter Mile Foundation and emceed by Bob Frey,
the event was a fundraising effort for the Foundation and to assist
Linda. The room was a mixture of figures from many motorsports
disciplines—drag racing, open wheel, stock car, road racing and fans.
The evening opened with a surprise, as Darrell Gwynn came into
the room dressed in drag as Linda, complete with the Hurst shifter
arching up from the back of his electric wheelchair.

Starting with Jack (“Doc”) Watson, the list of roasters who followed featured motorsports and performance aftermarket legends, including Paul Candies, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Bob Glidden, Lyn St. James, Corky Coker, John Force, Bob Bruegging, Chip Ganassi and John Menzler. Each related his or her personal stories of Vaughn, and how her connections helped influence their lives or those of friends.

The Linda Vaughn Tribute Roast will be available on a DVD through the Quarter Mile Foundation’s website.

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The ACAT Global Ferrari 575 recently broke the 200-mph mark at the
Bonneville Salt Flats during Bonneville Speedweek in Utah, with an
"official" speed of 200.206 mph. Photo credit: Vivien Killilea.
   

ACAT Global Ferrari Breaks 200 MPH at Utah Salt Flats During Bonneville Speedweek
The Advanced Clean Air Technologies (ACAT) Global Ferrari 575 recently broke the 200-mph mark at the Bonneville Salt Flats during Bonneville Speedweek in Utah, with an "official" speed of 200.206 mph. Designed in conjunction with Jim Busby's JBR Motorsports, the stock production Ferrari 575 was equipped with an ACAT Global catalytic converter.

Breaking the 200-mph mark within the Grand Touring class places the ACAT Ferrari 575 and driver Joe W. Moch in a qualifying position for the World Speed Finals, once again at the Bonneville Salt Flats, October 3–6.

Brembo Awards Montezemolo at 83° Italy Grand Prix
During the official qualifying day of the 83° edition of the Italy Grand Prix at Monza, Brembo Chairman Alberto Bombassei and Formula One Management Limited (FOM) Chairman Bernie  Ecclestone gave the 2012 Bernie Ecclestone Award to Ferrari’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.

Since 1975, Brembo has achieved 17 Drivers World Championships and 22 Constructors World Championships: 14 with Scuderia Ferrari, three with McLaren Honda, two with Benetton, two with Red Bull Racing and one with Brawn GP.

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