Saturday, September 29, 2007
My dear friend Dick Wells sent me the following earlier this evening:
“I'm sorry to report that Wally Parks passed away this evening. Wally had been struggling with a cracked hip bone and during hospitalization developed heart problems and came down with pneumonia. He passed peacefully shortly past 7 p.m. this evening. No plans have as yet been announced for a memorial service, but information will likely be carried on nhra.com and in National Dragster.”
We have lost a giant motorsports statesman, the likes of which will not be seen anytime soon again. Pioneers with visionary conviction are hard to come by.
I did notice how frail Wally was at the Winternationals and made it a point to sit and talk with him much longer than normal. From his response to my conversation I could tell he enjoyed the talk immensely – and it all about dry lakes racing. It was a bit surreal because we were chatting away trading historical notes and details halting only momentarily as the pro cars blasted off the line in the semi-finals. We had the best seats in the house for the drags but spoke of nothing but Bonneville and the dry lakes. I knew where the guy’s heart was.
"LandSpeed" Louise Ann Noeth
Member: Board of Directors/Motor Press Guild, American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters, Society of Automotive Historians, Western Automotive Journalists
Friday, September 28, 2007
Lonestar Industries' shipper Matt Krieger delivered to Kevin and I the water/ballast tank and the seat pieces (seat shown) which are all ready for final fit and weld together. Thanks to Rob Krieger for the nice job of fabricating them. Rob is the owner of Lonestar and because the staff were all occupied with paying work, he personally did the fabricating. Rob is no stranger to building racy things and many of you know him for his custom motorcycle builds long before the TV's OCC were in business. Mr Krieger also has a passion for his new toys, a Moto Guzzi (Breva V 1100) and the 007 James Bond car, a BMW Z-8.
Rob says, "You only live once!"
Now once the overdrive and differential are complete and installed we will be able to add the fuel and oil tanks. Then we can fasten in and button up all the ready pieces that Werner has stored at his place. Install the race engine and turbo and race transmission. Then head off to the resting program on an airstrip and chassis dyno. It will be exciting time when that happens.
Monday, September 17, 2007
However, Mr.Tool Tech has his own way of cutting cake. (just kidding around)
Friday, September 14, 2007
The sign at lands end is always a welcome site to those of use with Salt Fever, however, the preceeding rains left a small lake where we entered the Mecca that is the world's fastest place.
Notice if you will, the water standing back of the sign. The hot rod coming in and the line of cars picking their way out. I understand the course was pretty good considering it had to be developed in a short time.