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*Becca Livington of the Gear Grinders Car Club sent in the following letter from Bob Webb,
  Gear Grinders President, who recently underwent heart transplant surgery:  "Some of you may
  have heard that I had a heart replacement completed on December 12. Everything went
  as I was told in that the operation would be less than 4 hours.  I was in the ICU for 4 days
  and was transferred to a sub ICU on the 5th day. The only difference is that everyone com-
  ing and going in my room had to scrub hands and put on protective garments. On Tuesday
  December 20th I had my first of many biopsies and blood test with the second one tomor-
  row.  All of this is at Cedars-Sinai near Beverly Blvd and Robertson Drive.  Too long of a
  drive in traffic.  The new heart was like having an old tired motor about to expire and 4
  hours later the motor was rebuilt and now runs on “Nitro” and is supercharged.  It will
  take awhile to regain my strength and be able to have the energy that I had about 10 years
  ago. The draw back is the medication which has a lot of side effects. Hope that you all had
  a super holiday and will behave for New Years.  I will have to miss the January meeting. 
  Janice and I would like to thank all of you for your heartfelt prayers and well wishing."
*...Leroy Newmayer is sick and really in bad shape.  He has been in the hospital for 6 month and
  doubtful if he'll ever go home.  It sure would be nice if you would pass his cell number along to
  your father and ask him to call Leroy.  His cell is 307-260-6364.  (George Callaway)
*LeRoy Neumayer's stepdaughter, Amy Belveal, has an e-mail address in case you would like
  to reach LeRoy. It is belveal@centurytel.net  Please call LeRoy's cell phone (307-260-6364) as
  a first priority contact.  But if you have something important to send to him, you can use Amy's
  email address.  I called and spoke to LeRoy (2 Jan 2006) and he has been in the nursing home/
  assisted living center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the last 6 months, when he stopped smoking.
  He has emphysema and is on oxygen and uses a walker.  He would love to hear from his friends
  in the landspeed, drag and oval track racing world.  The medication that they give him causes
  his immune system to weaken and he has to fight off various infections.  He doesn't know if he
  can ever go home to his wife Joan in Pinedale, about 79 miles away from the Hospital/nursing
  home in Jackson Hole, but he continues to hope that he can.  Right now it is snowing up there.
  He says he gets enjoyment watching the races on the TV, getting photos and letters from his
  racing friends, and hearing from them by phone.  He is still LeRoy, cheerful and charming and
  ready to take on another day.  He said he should have quit smoking a long time ago, but that he
  enjoyed every one of them and that he has no regrets as he was blessed with a good life and a
  lot of friends.  Joan wants everyone to know how much she appreciates the financial help and
  support that the racing community has given to LeRoy, and especially for the calls and letters.
*...Grandpa's name was Warren Wickham.  He called his car the Sunset Auto Supply Special. 
  That's the car that Rosie Roussel, Nick Valenta, Allen Heath and others drove.  Speedlox is
  constantly gaining momentum toward production.  It has been received really well at the season-
  end National races as well as with folks like Ron Shaver and Vic Edelbrock.  (Vicki James)
*See www.Hotrodhotline.com for news on the latest in hot rodding around the nation.
*Becca Anderson, Gary Tomkins, and Joey Tanner were interviewed on Dirt Nation on
  Monday January 2, 2006.  Dirt Nation airs 8–10PM EST on WLRT 1490 THE OUTLAW, or
  www.racetalklive.com and is hosted by Dave Seay and Doc Lehman.
*A lot of people aren't aware that in 1957 Ak Miller contested the final running of the Mille
  Miglia 1000 mile open road race around Italy. The small crew he had was largely made up
  of American servicemen responding to a story in Hot Rod that he was looking for help. The
  car, El Caballo II, ran only that one race and still exists in private hands.    (Joe Stephan)
*New articles, interviews, news and stories are now on www.DirtAmericaOnline.com for the oval
  dirt racing fan.  (Doc Lehman)
*Hila Sweet's Car Racers Reunion will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2006, at Joe's Garage, from
  11am-3pm, $30 per person.  Joe MacPherson has created a unique Museum full of race cars, 
  at 36 Auto Center Drive, Tustin, CA, near the junction of the 5 and 55 freeways.  Hila Sweet has
  created and promoted this special car racers reunion to honor the rich heritage of auto racing in
  Southern California.  There will be food, awards, presentations, photos, memorabilia, raffles and
  door prizes.  For more information contact Yvonne Harold at Joe's Garage, 714-832-1717x102
  or Hila Sweet at 714-374-7672.
*Feb 2-4, 2nd Coca-Cola Young Guns Shoot-Out, Oglethorpe Speedway Park, Savannah,
  GA.  1/2 mile speedway will showcase some of the nation’s best dirt track racing. (Doc Lehman) 
Racing schedules:
*7th ANNUAL CRUISIN' FOR A CURE, Sept 23, 2006, Orange County Fair and Expo
  Center, Costa Mesa, CA.  All proceeds go to Prostate Cancer Research at the Jonnson Cancer
  Center Foundation at UCLA Medical Center. Free PSA testing for men. Food, entertainment,
  sponsor's booth, drawings, celebrities, 3000+ hot rods, antiques, sportscars, classic and muscle
  cars on display. For more info call Debbie Baker at 949-752-5115x10 or dbaker52@aol.com
*ASA SPEED TRUCK CHALLENGE Series 2006 schedule: 
*AutoZone Super Chevy Show Tour XXV (AutoStar Productions) 2006 SCHEDULE: 
*CALIFORNIA DRAGWAY 2005 schedule. Located at the dragstrip, on the grounds of the
  California Speedway, Fontana, CA.  For more info Contact Dave Danish at 909-429-5060
  or go online at www.Californiaspeedway.com.  All dates and times are subject to change:
*CROWN ROYAL IROC Series 2006 schedule: 
*DirtRacers Radio airs every Sunday evening on WQKT 104.5 FM from 6-8PM. The show
  is hosted by Doc Lehman & Ryan Pearson, and can also be heard at: www.wqkt.com 
  MACS Late Model series racers will be invited on the show. (Doc Lehman/Ryan Pearson)
*GOODGUYS 2006 Schedule of Events.  See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
*GRAND AM CUP 2006 Racing Schedule:
  Jan 4-7, Daytona Test Days, Daytona International Speedway
  Jan 26-27, 150 Miles/2 Hours, Daytona International Speedway
     *Points-paying heat races to set field for final event.     **Grand Touring Only
     ***Daytona Prototypes Only   (Nate Siebens and Linda K. Mansfield)
*GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX Sports Car Series 2006 schedule (Linda K. Mansfield)
*GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX 2006 Series Schedule: 
  Jan 4-7, Daytona Test Days, Daytona International Speedway
  Jan 26-29, 24 Hours, Daytona International Speedway
     *Points-paying heat races to set field for final event.     **Grand Touring Only
     ***Daytona Prototypes Only    (Nate Siebens and Linda K. Mansfield)
  Center, in the City of Industry, CA.  Wednesday Nights, AMA Sanctioned. Adults $12,
  Juniors $8, Children $4, and those 5 and under are FREE!  Tapes Up 7:30 PM. Contact:
  Freddie Orosco at 909-681-4911, For rider signup see Ryan Evans at 626-643-7598 or
  email sideways31@aol.com
*IRWINDALE DRAGWAY, Located at Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CA.  NHRA
  Street Legal sanctioned drag racing every Thursday night from January to November.  Pros
  and street legal racing welcome.  See www.Irwindalespeedway.com for Summit schedule and
  Junior Dragster program.  1/8 mile track.  Entrance fee $20. Spectators are $10.  See Dragstrip
  track manager Bob Klein 626-358-1100 x 211.  (Carrie Rogers)
*IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY programs, see www.Irwindalespeedway.com for schedules and
  updates.  Gates open 4:30, races start at 6pm.  (Carrie Rogers)
*JOHN FORCE Cruise Night is held on the last Wednesday of each month from 5-8 P.M.
  at the shop in Yorba Linda, CA 92887.  Contact Craig Hoelzel for details about vendor space,
  how to show your car, or for directions.  Craig is at craig@johnforceracing.com  While you
  are there, check out the Force Racestation gift shop next door.  It is a fascinating store filled
  with all sorts of collectibles, including broken parts from John's Funny Cars, autographed by
  the 13 time NHRA Funny Car Champion himself.  You'll find artwork, paintings, photographs,
  hats, jackets, apparel, pins, die cast cars, souvenirs and just about anything that you could want. 
  If Force is in town and not on the race car circuit, he will be glad to sign your collectible.  See
  hundreds of hot rods and vintage cars, rock to the music of the '50's, purchase some delicious
  food, and meet your fellow hot rodders.  Celebrity racers and hot rodders are known to show
  up for this one of a kind hot rod cruise night at the legendary John Force Racestation.
*KING of INDIANA Sprint Series 2006 Schedule: For info call Mike OLeary 812-825-9614 
*LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY 2006 Schedule at The Strip
    JANUARY 20-22 – Nitro Blast-Off preseason test session -- 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    27 – Bracket Test ‘n’ Tune – 11a.m.–5 p.m.
    27 – BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem – 7 p.m.–Midnight.
    28 – Bracket Championship Kick-Off – 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
    28 – Silver State 1/8-Mile Bracket Challenge – 4–9 p.m.
    29 – Bracket Championship Kick-Off – 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
      (John Bisci, LVMS Public Relations, 702-632-8231, jbisci@lvms.com)
*MATTEL Children's Hospital 2nd Annual Car Show and Easter Egg Hunt, April 15,
  2006, 9am-3pm, at the John Force RaceStation, 22722 Old Canal Road, Yorba Linda, CA 
  92887.  Open to all street rods, muscle cars, classics, trucks, antiques, exotics and sports cars. 
  Food, awards, entertainment and sponsor's booths onsite.  All proceeds go to cancer research. 
  For more info call Debbie Baker at 949-752-5115x10 or dbaker52@aol.com
*MEDIA ASSOCIATIONS contact points for writers, journalists, photographers, etc:
  Automotive Press Association, Detroit - jdgilbert@cbs.com,
  Detroit Press Club Foundation   www.icnpr.net
  International Automotive Media Awards - whaessner@earthlink.net,
  International Motor Press Association, NYC - www.impa.org,
  Midwest Automotive Media Association, Chicago - www.mamaonline.org,
  Motor Press Guild, Los Angeles - www.motorpressguild.org,
  New England Motor Press Association, Boston - www.nempa.org,
  Northwest Automotive Press Association, Port Orchard, WA- www.nwapa.org,
  Phoenix Automotive Press Association, Phoenix- ledsall@cox.net,
  Rocky Mountain Automotive Press, Denver - vince@theweekenddrive.com,
  Society of Automotive Historians -  www.autohistory.org,
  Southeast Automotive Media Organization, Charlotte, NC www.southeastautomedia.org,
  Texas Auto Writers Association, Red Oak TX - http://www.TexasAutoWriters.org,
  Truck Writers of North America, www.twna.org
  Washington Automotive Press Association, D.C. - www.washautopress.org,
  Western Automotive Journalists, San Francisco  - www.waj.org,
*MID-ATLANTIC Championship Series (MACS) 2006 racing schedule: See
  macs1@verizon.net and  http://www.macsracing.com  (Andy Geesey)  
*NEXTEL (NASCAR) Cup Series 2006 schedule:    
*NHRA POWERade Drag Racing 2006 Series schedule. 
  Feb 9-12, Pomona, CA.           
  Feb 24-26, Phoenix, AZ
*PERRIS AUTO DRAGWAY, Street Legal Drag Strip at The PAS (Perris Auto Speedway)
  will open on Friday, January 6, 2006.  Drag racing will continue on every Friday thereafter. 
  The course is a 1/8 mile dragstrip and is open to anyone 16-years old or over with a valid
  registration, drivers license and a helmet. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are allowed. Gates will
  open at 4 PM every Friday with racing from 5-10:30 PM.  Tech will close at 9 PM, and you
  cannot run if you do not go through tech inspections. Spectators $10, competitors $20.  The
  Perris Auto Speedway is on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the
  Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds. For more information
  call 951-940-0134, or email them at racesatthepas@aol.com  18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris,
  CA 92571, www.perrisautospeedway.com  (Kim Donner/Scott Daloisio)
*PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY, 2006 Racing Schedule: 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA
  92571, call 951-940-0134 or go on-line at www.perrisautospeedway.com
  Jan 28    Open Practice, Afternoon/Evening Pit Gate will Open at 1pm, Open House for the Fans
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials 2006 schedule: 
  May 6-7, Jun 11, Jul 16, Sept 10, Oct 22, Nov 11-12. 
*SCTA/BNI Bonneville Speedweek: Aug 12-18, 2006. 
*SCTA/BNI Bonneville World Finals: Oct 11-14, 2006.
*SEMA Club Newsletter (SAN Club Events) is at www.semasan.com  (Jason Tolleson)
  Dec 30-Jan 1, Blythe, CA, Resolutions ’06, www.resoshow.com or 909/590-0785
  Jan 6-8, Chattanooga, TN, Chattanooga World of Wheels  www.customautoshows.com
  Jan 7, Stockton, CA, Circle Track Trade Show and Swap Meet, 209/982-4309
  Jan 8, Countryside, ILL, 35th Super Swap Meet   Goofygirlblaha@aol.com
  Jan 8, Countryside, ILL, 35th Swap, Model A Restorer’s Club, www.thechatteronline.com
*SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TOP COMP  2006 Series Schedule:   (Gregg Suyenaga)
  CRA Reunion in January, hosted by Walt and Dottie James
  Car Racers Reunion in April, hosted by Hila Sweet and Parnelli Jones  
  Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Hall of Fame in September, hosted by Gold Coast Club
  Legends of Ascot Reunion in October, hosted by Don and Belita Weaver
*STACKER 2 World of Outlaws Late Model Series 2006 Schedule: (Doc Lehman)
*WALLY PARKS NHRA Motorsports Museum 2006 schedule of events: 909-622-8562