CA. The inaugural Nostalgia Nitro Shootout at California Dragway
was conceived and organized by the All American Fuel Dragsters,
LLC and the Nostalgia Funny Car Assoc. to showcase their nitro
burners to SoCal fans who had never seen these kinds of cars
at Fontana before. The one day event was limited to 150 cars
that included 5 Top Fuel Dragsters, 11 fuel Funny Cars and a
large field of Nostalgia Eliminator 1 cars.
Since this was
not an actual race per se, the High Speed Motorsports team took
advantage of the exhibition to test the newest generation of
M&H "spec" tires and the new Donovan girdle that
Tom Shelar developed for the Donovan aluminum hemi block.
and story below.
No, this is not the pits at Fontana...
its the parking lot of the Ontario Mills Mall where Dave &
Buster's hosted the Pre Race Party and Live Broadcast on KOLA
99.9 radio on Friday. Aside from being fierce competitors, the
High Speed Motorsports team are great ambassadors of the sport.
Here they unload the car prior to an afternoon/evening of goodwill
and lots of fun.
Can you imagine what shoppers
thought when they saw a Top Fuel dragster looking for a parking
Along with Jack Wright's new
funny car, the HSMS dragster was poised at the entrance of Dave
Driver, Troy Green was on hand
to answer questions, sign autographs and give some fans an up
close and personal look at the race car.
Do you think they made
this little guy happy?
Into the evening hundreds of
folks stopped by to visit. Needless to say, it was a great promotion
for the event and excellent exposure for the HSMS sponsors.
The following day, under overcast
skies, the very low keyed event didn't warrant a full pit set-up.
No awning or mat were needed.
As noted, one of the goals of
the day was to test the new bottom end "girdle" for
the Donovan engine.
Troy Green explains the changes
and advantages of the newly designed billet girdle to WDIFL.com
photographer Bob Brown.
The other reason for attending
was to test the new M&H slicks. This is a tire that 93 year
old Marv Rifchin (the M in M&H) has been working on for three
years. It's design and the way they are constructed is very different
from previous releases. This will hopefully solved the "chunking"
problem the NTF cars have been experiencing the past.
Troy Green starts his burnout
for their first test run. John Hashim of M&H Tires can be
seen behind the car with an infrared heat gun, checking tire
temps. The M&H team are taking this new tire very seriously
and are trying to get as much data on them as possible before
they hopefully become the only tire used in the class.
Following their respective burnouts,
Adam Sorokin and Troy Green back up to the starting line.
Johansen and crew make final
adjustments and clean the tires prior to Green staging.
At the hit the tires immediately
spun then went up in smoke. Green caught it right away and shut
off. This is the same result that previous tests of the tires
have yielded (i.e. Brett & Jack Harris) on their first attempts.
Early data suggests that the tire will be better, much better,
but will require some clutch/tune-up changes to make them work
on the bottom end.
Brett Johansen and Jack
Harris examine and discuss the new tires as well.
Marv Rifchin and John Hashim
examine the tire after the abbreviated run.
Roger McMartin and Troy Green
fuel the car prior to the warm-up for the second test run.
Tom Shelar and Brett
Johansen prepare the engine for a start-up.
Green waits patiently.
Shelar hooks up the remote
With the engine fired,
Shelar checks the timing while Johansen adjusts the idle.
With heat in the engine
Brett does the change over from alcohol to nitro.
All is good... ready
for their second shot at the cool Fontana track.
With the engine lit, Johansen
makes an adjustment before sending Green to the water box.
Green starts the burnout and
once again John Hashim was behind him checking the tire temp.
For this run the team had reverted back to the tires they ran
at the March Meet because they had a tune-up for them that would
tell them what they needed to know about the new girdle.
having the track all to himself, backs up with the guidance of
made by Johansen as John Hashim gets one last reading off the
This time the car hooked up and left
This run was a planned 660' shut-off.
Everything went as perfect as possible. They pulled the motor
out Wednesday night following the event and the main bearings
looked like they had never been run. So now the team is very
excited and ready to make some full runs in Boise next month
and they plan to run the new M&H tires.