CA - 10/20/13: The
22nd edition of the California Hot Rod Reunion disappointed no
one. It lived up to its rock star billing and then some. The
weekend featured Chamber of Commerce weather and a race track
second to none. There was no doubt that Auto Club Famoso Raceway
operators Blake and John Bowser had their facility ready for
what was the largest CHRR ever.
Add to that the
hard working folks from the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum
and the crew at Famoso insured those in attendance enjoyed 3
full days of great racing, tons of cacklecars and the reason
the reunion started in the first place, tons of friends getting
together while we still can.
This event marked
the end of a transition year for the HSMS team. The loss of Dale
Singh prior to the March Meet changed the way the season was
approached and was a factor for a limited schedule. All things
considered, Tom Shelar decided that 2013 would be a good year
to regroup, test and forge plans for the future.
The 2013 season
was filled with ups and downs but at the end of the day the team
feel confident they can go into the 2014 season with a leg up
feeling confident they will be enjoying competitor status with
the front running teams.
Until then, here
are a few shots from the CHRR weekend.
We'll open with the team unloading
on Thursday and getting the car ready for the first qualifying
session on Friday.
a game 5.885 at 237.
Saturday - Qualifying Session
Leading off was Bill Dunlap in
the High Speed Motorsports fueler and Brendan Murry in his Running
Wild entry. Both cars were shut off with leaks in session one.
Dunlap was away first.
Murry had a forgettable outing.
In the first session he got shut off at the line with a leak
and then he split the dry sump tank when a faulty check valve
let crankcase pressure rise in the tank that split a weld that
cost him this 5.88. The rule is, you oil the track, the run does
not count. Period. DNQ., just what an already short field needed.
Dunlap put Great White in the
show with a safe 6.039 at just 202.85.
Saturday - Round One of Eliminations
The final pair of round
one featured Bill Dunlap and Terry Cox.
Tom Shelar and Sean Bellemeur
made their final adjustments to the engine.
Both cars left basically
together and hey, we had a drag race.
Both cars stayed
together to the 1200' mark when Dunlap put a nose ahead and held
it with a 5.816 at 237.59 to a game 5.885 at 237.05.
Sunday - Round Two of Eliminations
Following the pre-race ceremonies
Top Fuel was first out. After a disappointing first round, the
cream had risen to the top for round two. First pair out was
Bill Dunlap and Denver Schutz who, at the time, was the quickest
car in the field.
Knowing the HSMS car was not
ready to run a 5.6, Tom Shelar gave Dunlap a 5.80 tune up and
hoped for Schutz to stumble.
Schutz carded another dandy,
a 5.671 at 255.48 to move to the semis. Dunlap clicked it early
to save parts in a fruitless effort.
And with that the 2013 CHRR
was in the books for the HSMS team leaving them to look forward
to the 2014 March Meet. Check back for team updates over the
winter. Thanks to all our sponsors and fans for your support!