THE STARS WILL BE OUT AT NIGHT UNDER FIRE
Aug 11, 2011
Author: Bobby Martin
The line-up of name drivers at this event is indeed stellar!
Bill Bader already has an event called Cavalcade of Stars. Last year it set
a record for an event of its type, and yeah, I gotta mention I won it
driving Frank Parkers TAFC in 2008. While we're at it, I'd be remiss if I
didn't mention that I won the NHRA Summit Nationals at Norwalk that same
year, so I do have some history at this great track. But Night Under Fire
will feature some of my favorite drivers and cars of ALL TIME. Of course
Force will be there along with teammate Robert Hight. But how about Frank
Hawley and Dale Pulde. I'm a disciple of the "Professor" Frank Hawley and
he will be behind the wheel of a replica of the 1973 version of the mighty
Chi-Town Hustler. The early '70's Charger is one of my very favorite Funny
Car bodies, and Frank gets to wheel one this Saturday. I spoke with him a
couple times about this and he's very excited to be in this car at this
event. It also just so happens that Dale Pulde has a score to settle on the
track with Frank, so it'll be a grudge match just like the old days. If
you thought the cars were the stars back in the day, you'll see 'em here.
The War Eagle, Jungle Jim, Candies & Hughes, Tom Hoover's Showtime, Doc
Halladay's Telstar, Dick Harrel, and yes, (we should genuflect or something)
the legendary Blue Max its bad self.
This night will be "Short Attention Span Theater" at its absolute sickest.
One great show after another will come to the line. Of course jet cars.
Every drag show has jet cars. They're consistently great. But I've always
dug wheelstanders. Danny O'Day has the quickest, and he'll be there. But I
was totally blown away when I heard that one of the heroes of my childhood
and one of the coolest cars, Richard Hutchins in the beautiful "Chevy
Rebellion" will make some laps. This is just too cool. Here's what the
Baders are saying about Rich:
We have a rare treat for you this weekend when Richard Hutchins brings theChevy Rebellion, the longest running wheel stander in the world, to SummitMotorsports Park for the 34th Annual Auto Plus Night Under Fire. Startingin 1966 Hutchins has campaigned the VW pick-up truck and its predecessorsacross America on its rear wheels for twenty five years. It's a show youjust can't miss.
Why in the world would you call a VW pickup "Chevy Rebellion?" Well I'm
going strictly by memory here, there's nothing official about this, but
here's my recollection. Back in the heyday of match racing, we'll say the
very early seventies, some of the coolest wheelstanders were trucks. And
the king of them all was Bill "Maverick" Golden's fabled "Little Red Wagon."
The Wagon was always a Dodge, and one of Dodge's advertising campaigns was
the "Dodge Rebellion." The Little Red Wagon was so popular that many
similar vehicles were built. One was I believe the same kind of Dodge
pickup, but it was powered by a Big Block Chevy. It was called Chevy
Rebellion and made a good opponent for Maverick at match races and other
events. Later there was a VW pickup called Chuck Poole's Chuckwagon. This
thing was very pretty, and it looked like it was light, and it seemed to
work well. Apparently Richard Hutchins either thought this looked like a
good idea or purchased the actual Chuck Wagon because it looks very similar.
In any case, he kept the name Chevy Rebellion because he made that a very
famous and popular name. Again, these are just the observations and
theories of a fan. If you have more info, please share it with us. Anyway,
unless the Door Wars cars are run at the same time, I'll be at the starting
line whenever Mr. Hutchins is ready to put on his show. I'm really thrilled
that he's gonna be there.
Speaking of Door Wars, I've been informed that there will be no less than
twenty (20!) super fast doorslammers battling it out for a mere eight spots
in the night time show. So you will get an extra treat if you're there for
qualifying. Runs are at 12 noon and 2:30. Yep, 20 cars will be making
runs. This is gonna be a tough, fast field. You'll see everything from
Blowers (my personal favorite), to nitrous, to turbos, and some monster-inch
naturally aspirated machines. This truly will be DOOR WARS!! Don't' miss