Saturday, September 29, 2007

Wally Parks (1913 – 2007) The Specialty Equipment Market Association mourns the loss of one of the founders and greatest leaders of the industry. “The work and passion of Wally Parks launched a new form of motorsport and an industry. He serves as an inspiration to thousands of enthusiasts and business leaders who share his passion for hot rodding, innovation, and competition” said Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO. “The legacy Wally built will live on forever.” SEMA will provide information regarding arrangements and planned events as they become available. Included below is a news release from the NHRA.

NHRA FOUNDER WALLY PARKS, 1913-2007 Patriarch of Drag Racing Dies at Age 94 GLENDORA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2007) – Wally Parks, the driving force behind the formation of NHRA, has died at the age of 94. It was Parks’ vision, goals and unconditional commitment to the need for speed and side-by-side racing in a safer, more controlled environment that created what is today the world's largest motorsports governing body. "Today is a sad day in the world of NHRA and the sport of drag racing," said Tom Compton, president of NHRA. "Words simply can't describe the immeasurable impact Wally has had on the sport he created and the millions of people's lives he touched along the way. The name Wally Parks is synonymous with drag racing, and his vision and direction will guide NHRA for years to come. Everyone in drag racing, and the industries formed to service the sport, will forever be indebted to Wally, his vision, his focus and his desire to create, build and grow NHRA." “Wally spent his lifetime doing what he loved,” said Dallas Gardner, chairman of the NHRA board of directors. “He marked the path and led the way for this incredible industry and the sport of drag racing. Wally was NHRA, and through his dream came a path to follow with lofty goals and ambition. He put the people in place and trusted in them. He has not abandoned us. He has left us with a road map that he knows will be followed.” Parks, who founded NHRA in 1951, received countless awards in the motorsports world and played a pivotal role in the establishment of an entire industry devoted to speed and automotive aftermarket parts and accessories that today is a multibillion-dollar business. Yet Parks never implied that he did it all himself. His pride and joy, and where he spent most of his time in recent years while still serving on NHRA's board of directors, was The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Details regarding arrangements and planned events will be released at a later date. WALLY PARKS, 1913-2007 NHRA founder Chairman of NHRA Motorsports Museum The primary driving force behind the formation of the National Hot Rod Association, Wally Parks was the visionary whose early goals created what today is the world’s largest motorsports governing body. Parks, who founded NHRA in 1951, never implied that he did it all himself. Reflecting on the tremendous growth and success of NHRA, he noted how fortunate he was that so many dedicated people had shared his outlook that almost anything is possible if you believe in it strongly enough. One of the most dedicated was unquestionably his late wife, Barbara Parks, who was regarded as the most influential behind-the-scenes force in the growth of NHRA. Mrs. Parks succumbed to cancer in late January of 2006 after a long battle with the devastating illness. But without Parks’ vision and perseverance, much of what has happened may not have been achieved. Born in Oklahoma and living in Kansas until age 8, Parks and his family then moved to California, where his automotive interests surfaced. In his high school years, he became active in building stripped-down Model-T Fords and Chevy fours for use on the street and in early speed trials conducted on dry lakebeds in the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles. In 1937, Parks took part in the formation of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) – an organization focused on conducting land speed record events – serving as one of its officials until World War II began. In 1946, following military service in the South Pacific, Parks was elected president of the reorganized SCTA. In 1947, after 10 years of employment as a road test driver and process engineer for General Motors, Parks left GM to assume a new role as the SCTA’s general manager. It was his concept that produced America’s first Hot Rod Show, presented by the SCTA in 1948 at the Los Angeles Exposition Armory. In 1948, Parks helped co-publishers Bob Petersen and Bob Lindsay in the introduction of Hot Rod magazine, which became one of the world’s largest-circulation auto-enthusiast publications, and later was named its first editor. In 1949, Parks organized the campaign that led to the opening of Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats for hot rod speed trials – a still-thriving annual activity. In 1951, utilizing Hot Rod as a conduit to nationwide readership, Parks formed the NHRA. In 1963, he resigned his position as editorial director for all of Petersen’s automotive magazines – Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Car Craft, Sports Car Graphic and Motor Life – to assume full-time administrative duties as president of NHRA. An early recipient of Car Craft magazine’s prestigious Ollie Award for his many contributions to motorsports, Parks was named Man of the Decade, 1962-1972 by Popular Hot Rodding magazine and was recognized as Man of the Year in 1973 by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). The American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) honored Parks in 1988 and again in 1994 for his pioneering efforts in motorsports. Parks received his highest honors in 1992 and 1993. He was drag racing’s first inductee into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1992 in Talladega, Ala., and in 1993, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in Novi, Mich. In 1994, the tributes to Parks’ legacy continued to pile up. A large bronze statue of Parks was presented at NHRA’s Gainesville Raceway, which was eventually moved to its current location in front of the NHRA Motorsports Museum at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Later in 1994, Parks and wife Barbara were co-inductees into the Don Garlits International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in Ocala, Fla., for their pioneering efforts, which spearheaded NHRA’s success. Parks also was the first recipient of the Don Prudhomme Award, a trophy presented by NHRA to an individual who has made a profound impact on the growth and positive image of the NHRA POWERade Series. At the 2001 NHRA Awards Ceremony, Parks was presented the prestigious Blaine Johnson Award for his dedication, perseverance and nurturing commitment to the sport throughout the years. In 2002, Parks again was recognized for his many contributions to the sport of drag racing. He was presented with the inaugural Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Hot Rod & Performance Trade Show in Indianapolis. The late Petersen, a renowned automotive publisher and creator of multiple automotive magazines, then presented Parks with the all-bronze sculpture which was created to honor the entrepreneurs who have contributed to the history, growth and well-being of the hot rod industry. In late 2003, Parks received another honor of distinction, as he was named the Dean Batchelor Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles. Parks remained on NHRA’s board of directors and dedicated much of his time to his personal involvement with the cultivation and expansion of The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum at Fairplex in Pomona, home of the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals and Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Although much of the museum’s historical focus is on the evolution of NHRA and drag racing, it also features many other forms of motorsports that relate closely to the formative years of NHRA, including dry lakes, Bonneville, oval track racing, and allied performance industries. These are elements that appealed most to Wally Parks, a guy who had been there, done that, and enjoyed and appreciated it for decades. -30-

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Political Correctness Defined

"Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promotedby an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holdsforth the proposition that it is entirely possibleto pick up a turd by the clean end."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A Song As A Weapon of War?

During WWI a covert plan was hatched to use a song as a weapon. I
don't know what the song was, but the general idea was to write a
song so catchy that the German's minds would be captured by the
song and that it would occupy their minds so much that their
soldiering would be affected. The idea was semi plausible because
no one had any way to listen to music in the battlefields. No radios
except military, no record players, no CD players, etc, etc, etc, you
get the idea. There are no records of how successful the song ploy
was. But I am here to tell you that a song can occupy your mind,
maybe not totally, but so much that you can't stop thinking about it!
The song 1234 has done that to me. I first heard it on an iPod
commercial, it is written and recorded by a Canadian lady who calls
herself "Feist". Here is a link to that song, but I warn you, it is
addictive! Bet ya
can't play it just once?

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Fall car shows in Green Country Oklahoma

Reminder for the MARS cruise from Tulsa
to Arcadia or Pops on Saturday, see their website:

Here is the list for the Fall car shows in Green Country Oklahoma, now if the
weather would only stray warm and sunny.

September 8...
Bluegrass & Chili Festival Claremore, OK
Bluegrass & Chili Festival Open Car Show Pre-Register Until August 29 $18.00
$20 after Aug 29

September 8 2007 Stampede 2007
Location : Downtown Mustang Oklahoma Mustang Oklahoma 73064 405.341.6124 Additional Info :
Registration 8 to 11am - Trophies 4pm. Hospitality on Friday Sept. 7th 6:30
downtown Mustang. Over 20 open side classes and a class for any Mustang. Entry
fee day of show $20.00. Door Prizes - Dash Plaques - 50/50 pot. Go to and the show information and you can download a flyer showing all the classes and information.

September 8 2007
Shattuck Car Show Location : Between 6th $ 7th St on Main St. Shattuck OK 73858
580-938-2693 or 581-938-5419
Additional Info : 14 Categories, 39 classes, Dash Plaques for all; 1st $ 2nd
Awards in all classes; Award for Best of Show, Longest Distance; 50/50 Pot, Door
Prizes. Please visit our Web-site at

SEPTEMBER 08, 2007 Okrafest
09:00 AM 04:00 PM Downtown Checotah, OK
Fun food festival offering handmade arts & crafts, entertainment, games,
children's activities, car show, food vendors and display items. Okra lovers
will enjoy free food, okra-eating contest and food made with okra.

Sept. 07-08, 2007
6th Annual Boggy Bottom Classic Car & Truck Show– At Boggy Depot State
Park, 9 miles S.W. of Atoka, Oklahoma – Sept.7: Poker Run at 7:00 p.m. (Meet
on Court Street in Downtown Atoka). At 8:15 p.m. bring the kids, your chairs
& enjoy a Classic Out-door Movie (Will be shown at Boggy Depot State Park).
Car Show on Sept. 8. Pre-Registration $10.00, Day of Show $15.00: Dash Plaques
for first 150 entries – Door Prizes – 50/50 Pot – Music – Goody Bags –
Vendors – Concession Stands – Event T-Shirts – Five Ball Participant
Judging –Registration 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Trophies awarded at 3:00
p.m. Games for kids: Lifter toss, Hula-hoop contest, Bubble gum blowing contest,
& Air filter throw.

Sep 15, 2007
Porum, OK. Belle Starr Outlaw Day & Car Show
Starting off with a parade, the day will include a car show, various activities
and live music

Sep 15, 2007
Keystone Volunteer Fire Department 7th Annual Car Show - Come join us for cars
and fun on beautiful Lake Keystone. Dash plaques until they are gone. 50/50 Pot,
Horseshoes, & play area for the kids. You can fish or just enjoy the view. 3
Trophies per Class plus 5 Special Trophies. Little Tykes Class with Special
Awards and Grand Prize. . All proceeds are used to purchase and update fire and
rescue equipment. Cabins and camp sites are available for rental. Keystone
volunteer fire dept will be hosting its 7th annual car show Septmber 15 at the
keystone state park red carpet area. Registration is from 8-noon with awards at
2:30. $12 pre entry by 13th or $15 day of show. 3 trophies per class with 5
special trophies. Keystone VFD is in Western Tulsa County. Aprox. 20 Miles west
of Tulsa, Okla on Keystone Lake. The Car show will be held at the Keystone State

September 15th, 2007
Guthrie Flashbacks 24th Annual Guthrie Road Celebration
Open car show. Saturday, September 15th, 2007, from 8:00 until 3:00. To be held
in Beautiful, shady Mineral Wells Park, just South of Downtown Guthrie Oklahoma
on Division Street. There will be door prizes all day, entertainment, cash
prizes, 50/50, food and other vendors, goody bags, dash plaques and coffee and
donuts for the early birds. Five Ball Judging. Registration 8:00 until 12:00.
Pre-registration $15 if postmarked before September 1st; $20 the day of the
show. Mail entries to: Guthrie Flashbacks, P.O. 473, Guthrie OK 73044. Include
name, address, telephone number, club affiliation and make and model of entry.
If coming South on I-35, take the first Guthrie exit West to Division, turn
South on Division, proceed to Mineral Wells Park just South of Downtown, on the
West side of Division. Signs will be posted. If coming North on I-35, take the
first Guthrie exit West to the light, proceed North on Division, approximately 3
miles to the park. For more information, call Penny at (405) 282-7343

September 15 2007
Creek County Sheriff Reserve Oklahoma Centennial Car Show Location : Creek
county fairgrounds, West of Sapulpa on old hwy 66. Sapulpa Oklahoma 74066
918-321-3166 or 918-798=6688
Additional Info : All proceeds benefit the sheriff reserve. For registration
form call to have one mailed to you. Present turnpike receipt for refund.
Entrance fee $13.00 at gate and $10.00 for pre-registration. Check in 8 am to 11
am. 50/50 pot. Drawings. dash plaques. Park together-come together. Trophy
ceremony is at 2pm Food concession available. Top two centennial plaques awarded
in each class. The 2007 Oklahoma Centennial Trophy will be awarded the Governor
of Oklahoma or his representative. Cash for longest distance and for hard luck.

September 14 2007 through September 16
The 7th Annual Big Cruise and Carshow
This is Oklahoma's largest FREE Car Show- an Official Oklahoma Centennial Event
Location: On the Square in Downtown Alva
Cost: FREE - Pre register:

September 22nd
Pioneer days car show in Skiatook, OK
PARADE: Begins at 9:00 a.m. Line up at the Old Walmart Parking Lot. Parade
EVENTS: 11:00 A.M. Begins Amusement Rides, Little Miss & Mr. Pageant, Car

Sept 22nd 2007
Fri. 10:00 - 5:00 pm, Sat. 8:00 - 5:00 pm
Frank Phillips Field
The Fly-In is one of the largest sport aviation events in the United States. The
Tulsa Regional Fly-In attracts more than 500 aircraft that fly into Bartlesville
for the two-day event. You are invited to experience the excitement of colorful
sport aviation at its best! Yes they have a car show on Saturday!!

Date: 9/22/2007
Location: Edmond, OK.
Event: Car Show
Rt 66 Classic Car Show & Craft Fair. 12th annual car show featuring
approximately 200 classic autos with over 29 categories eligible for cash &
trophy prizes. Along with the great cars, enjoy a craft fair, good food and
family fun.

September 22, 2007
A Blast from the Past" Car Show Location : Downtown Morris Oklahoma 74445
918-733-4898 1-888-701-3188
Additional Info: Registration starts at 8am. CLASSES 1900 THRU 200 & UP FOR

September 29, 2007 Perkins Car Show 2007
Hours 8:00a to 1:00p
PerkinsTryon High School on Hwy 33 Location: Perkins Tryon High School, 1003
East Hwy 33 -Pre-registration $15 Day of $20. Club Trophy and $50 for most
entries! $50, $25 for pre-registration drawing! Fifteen Classes of Cars: 10
Classes of Trucks! Three Classes of MC's -Three Trophies per class plus
Sponsor's Choice Truck and Car Auto Dealers Picks Plus Best of Show!
Registration 8:00a to 11:00a Awards at 1:00p Awards Ceremony and 50/50 Drawing
inside High School Commons Area -Inside air-conditioned concessions. Website "Cimarron Starlite Cruisers’ Car Club" All the proceeds will go to the "Ditz McIlvain Scholarship Fund." Ditz was a long time Teacher,
Administrator, Coach and GREAT INDIVIDUAL who was part of the Perkins Community
for more than 40 years. Oldies by Dale Turner of Tulsa Cimarron Starlite
Cruisers' Car Club" website at:

October 6 2007
Location: McAlester, OK.
Event: Car Show
Old Town Festival and Car Show. Enjoy an open car show, JJ McAlester Mansion
open house, 1906 Time Capsule opening, walking tour of historical sites, live
entertainment, food vendors, carnival ride and games. Includes bank robbery and
gun shoot-out shows, museum tours and an art show and sale.

October 6 2007
Location: Hinton, OK.
Event: Car Show
Red Rock Cruisers Classic Car Show. Car show offering awards in "Best of
Category" and Best of Show". Registration is from 9am-11am and the
show is from 11am-4pm.

Oct 6, 2007
The 3rd Annual Coffee Creek Car Show will be held at
The 7th Annual Pumpkin Patch for Missions
hosted by The First United Methodist Church of Owasso
The Pumpkin Patch is located at 13800 E 106th St N. –
Just off Hwy 169 in Owasso. Registration begins at 8 AM. Awards given at 1 PM
Registration forms
or by phone the church office at 918-272-5731The Show is open to all makes and
models and a Awards are given in 5 categories Registration is $10 per vehicle
and includes: free key chain to first 50 paid entries Promotional and giveaway
door prize ticket and discount to The Pumpkin Patch Café. NEW THIS YEAR ---
SAFETY TIME – car seat inspection station, fire prevention and a Bike Rodeo
open to Cub Scouts. The Car Show will be in the eastern parking lot and Safety
Time will be in the western parking lot.
All proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch and related events are used to fund mission
projects in and through the church. Rain date: Saturday, October 27th.

Oct 6, 2007
Pryor, OK.
MidAmerica Industrial Park Expo and Pumpkin Patch Event includes entertainment,
arts and crafts, car show, war bird exhibit and more.
Formally known as the MidAmerica Classic Auto Show. We have moved and changed
our name to "Catch The Fever Classic Auto Show" Same great show,
different location to have more room. We will be located 4 miles NORTH of Pryor,
OK, on Hwy 69. Over 40 classes and 6 Specialty trophies. Also, DARRYL STARBIRD
will be with us again to spend the day, and presenting his Choice Trophy to his
favorite vehicle. As always, ALL proceeds go to children in our county that are
currently undergoing treatment for cancer. We will be giving out 1st - 3rd place
awards in each class, $100.00 to Best Club Participation, $100.00 and $50.00
drawing for each PRE-PAID ENTRY, Door prizes and goodie bags, Live DJ, and our
judges are trained in "fairness". Registration is $20.00 day of show
(between 8 - 11 AM) and $15.00 until September 28. There will be lots of things
to do that day so you won't have to just sit around, unless you want to!!!
Please contact us at and watch our website for upcoming info and brocure and entry form to download at .
Also, feel free to call Gary or Connie Musgrave at 918-825-5716, leave a message
and we WILL call you back. We would be glad to send you a brochure in the mail
until ours become available on the net. for printable brochure.

October 6th2007
Downtown Mounds, OK
Located on Hwy 75A Highway 75 (Beeline) to 201st St. S.
Turn west on 201st - 2.5 mi to Mounds
Pre-registration recommended Check-in/Registration 8:00 am-10:00 am
Entrance Fee: Pre-registration Entrance Fee $15.00 (If registered by September
29th) Registration Day of Show $25.00

Oct 13, 2007
Tulsa, OK
Top of the Hill Craft and Car Show 10am-4pm
Chandler Park, 6500 W. 21st Street Vendors Welcome
Top of the Hill Show at Chandler Park in Tulsa. October 13th, 2007. Registration
is $15 per vehicle and open to all motorized vehicles. Registration is from 9am
till 12noon with awards at 3pm. Held in conjunction with the Annual Top Of The
Hill Craft Festival. Come early and help us park the cars. Flyer attached.

OCTOBER 13, 2007
Hwy. 9 East of Eufaula
SHOW - 8:00 TO 4:00 (RAIN OR SHINE)
ENTRY FEE: $15.00 hosted by Rust to Riches Car club

Tonkawa Wheatheart Festival 21st Classic Car Show
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Blinn Park (North Main Street) Swap Meet & Car
Corral/Participant Judged Awards/Judged Trophies/Dash Plaques/Cash drawings/Door
Prizes Pre-Registration $15.00 until October 1, 2007 Contact: Tonkawa Chamber of
Commerce; 580-628-2220

October 20, 2007,
21st Annual Robbers Cave Fall Foliage Cruise, Robbers
Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton, OK. Free registration limited to pre 1978
vehicles. Early registration and Gearhead Gathering Friday, October 19th, 3pm -
9pm. The event is held at Robbers Cave State Park, North of Wilburton on Hwy 2.
Free registration is limited to pre 1978 vehicles. Over 50 awards, dash plaques,
event shirts, arts and crafts, food booths, amusements and entertainment. The
Fall Foliage Cruise is held in conjunction with the Robbers Cave Fall Festival.
Early registration and House of Packard Gearhead Gathering on Friday, October
19, from 3pm till we turn out the lights.

October 26 2007
Location: Stigler, OK.
Event: Car Show
Fall Festival & Car Show. This 18th annual festival includes arts and crafts
booths and an antique and classic car show. Arts and crafts booths will set up
on the Courthouse Lawn.