CA - 10/20/14: The
23rd edition of the California Hot Rod Reunion is in the books
and some on-track issues aside, it lived up to its rock star
billing. 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 one of the largest CHRR's ever.
Add to that the
hard working folks from the Wally Parks Motorsports Museum and
the crew at Famoso insured those in attendance enjoyed 3 full
days of great racing.
For the High
Speed Motorsports team it was their last chance of the season
to see if all the testing they did paid off. HSMS C.O.O. and
Manager Tom Shelar had high hopes that changes made as a result
of the testing would redeem a couple of previous disappointing
outings. At the end of the day, the effort paid off in spades
including a career best ET for Bill Dunlap and a trip to the
Friday - 1st Qualifying Session
For the first of only two qualifying
sessions, Bill Dunlap in the High Speed Motorsports entry (aka
Great White) and Ron August in Mike Fuller's "Forever Young".
Dunlap had a strong leave
on what was a planned 900' pass.
Dunlap's abbreviated run netted
a 5.922 at 202.48 while August also shut off early to a 5.974
Saturday - 2nd Qualifying Session
Team Leader, clutch master and
test driver Sean Bellemeur helps Dunlap get "suited up"
in the staging lanes.
Car Chief Rick Shelar backing
down the engine. This is done to insure that there is no residual
nitro in the cylinders that could lead to a back fire at start-up.
Leading off session two
was Bill Dunlap and Denver Schutz.
As can be seen here, Dunlap shut
off at the 1000' mark and still ran a career best (to that time)
5.775 at just 204.60 - good enough for the #3 spot. Schutz was
right there with a 5.806 at 232.11.
Saturday - Round 1 of Eliminations
5.635 @ 247.84
5.727 @ 241.02
5.793 @ 250.97
5.797 @ 238.51
5.806 @ 232.11
5.820 @ 218.48
5.831 @ 252.66
5.852 @ 249.21
5.918 @ 227.46
6.039 @ 245.67
6.153 @ 192.66
7.068 @ 124.83
#3 qualifier Bill Dunlap
was paired with # Brendan Murry
Dunlap left first by
a tenth and never looked back.
This was all Dunlap as he carded
another career best time, 5.764 at just 224.14 while Murry clicked
it early to a 6.144 at 182.72.
After the car was serviced the
guys warmed the engine insuring it was ready for round two on
Ready to rock-n'-roll
Sunday - Round 2 of Eliminations
Following the pre-race ceremonies,
Dunlap had to get past Rick Williamson to move on to the semi
Dunlap had been on the tree all
weekend and was again here leaving Williamson to play catch-up.
Great White was looking like
a bracket car scoring a 5.770 at 226.39 win for Dunlap. Williamson,
hopelessly beaten, shut off early to a 6.082 at 196.96.
Pit - Between Rounds
The guys buttoning up
the car after the warm-up for round three.
Rick Shelar and Darrel
Tom enjoying a gourmet
Al Renteria and Walt
Sunday - Semi Finals
Dunlap left first again, only
this time it ended his day. Bill grabbed an uncharacteristic
red light handing the race to White.
White dodged a bullet as he had
a massive engine explosion and slowed to a 5.859 at 211.56. Dunlap
coasted through already thinking about the March Meet.
And that ends the 2014
CHRR. We now return you to your regular programming.