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*Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby selected co-recipients of The Eagle One-Shav Glick Award, pre-
  sented during pre-race ceremonies at the NASCAR Auto Club 500, February 26, at California
  Speedway.  Hill, in 1961, became the first American to win a Formula One world championship.
  He also won the 24 Hours of LeMans three times, the 12 Hours of Sebring three times and num-
  erous other national and international racing events.  Shelby, was inducted into the Automotive
  Hall of Fame in 1992, has gained fame as a driver, designer/builder and team manager.  In 1959
  he won the 24 Hours of LeMans and also set land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
  After health problems caused his retirement as a driver in 1960, the Cobra sports car he designed
  and built became the first American-conceived car to win the World Manufacturers Grand Tour-
  ing Championship in 1965. As a team manager he helped Ford GT win the World Grand Touring
  title. Said Glick of both icons, "Hill and Shelby are both products of that era in the 1950's
  and 60's that has become known as the glory years of sports car racing, a time when ingen-
  uity and industry were rewarded in the racing fraternity.  Both were winners and both
  carried the California trademark with great success on the world racing scene."  Previous
  winners were Dan Gurney, Wally Parks, Parnelli Jones, Rick Mears, Les Richter and
  J.C. Agajanian.   (Alex Litrov and Doug Stokes) 
*Hila Sweet's California 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 California.  There will be food, awards, presentations, photos, memorabilia, raffles
  and door prizes.  For more information contact Yvonne Herrell at Joe's Garage, 714-832-1717
  ext 102, or Hila Sweet at 714-374-7672.
*1st Annual MOPAR PRI Sprint & Midget Classic will be cablecast on ESPN2, Feb 17,
  at 3pm ET.  40-lap Midget and 40-lap Sprint Car features, and will highlight both the Ford
  Focus competition and 600 Racing Legends Car Invitational held at the Orlando SpeedWorld
  Raceway, held on Dec 2, 2005, repeat broadcast on March 12, at 12:30pm ET.  Stephen Cox
  is the anchor, commentary by Larry Rice, former USAC National Midget Champion and the
  1978 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year.  Doc Riley will be the pit reporter.  The Classic was held
  along with the 18th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, held Dec 1-3, 2005,
  at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando.  (John Kilroy and Doug Stokes)
*April 21-22, Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway opens its seventh season with the inaugural
  Colossal 100.  Cash awards of $200,000 with the 100-lap winner receiving $50,000. Deadline
  Feb 10 and entry can be downloaded from www.lowesmotorspeedway.com/colossalentry.pdf.
  (Dustin Jarrett-NARA)
*Jan 21, O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series Banquet at Kentucky Speedway
  Bluegrass Hall Media Center in Sparta, KY, at 6pm.  Mike Jewell and Tim Tungate will be
  crowned series co-champions.  Chris Combs earned the series "Rookie of the Year" award. 
  Call 859-271-4501 for info.  (James Essex)
*Dirt Racers Radio airs every Sunday from 6-8pm over WQKT 104.5, Wooster, Ohio, or on
  the internet at www.wqkt.com and is hosted by Doc Lehman and Ryan Pearson.
*Steve Kinser will race in a 410 winged sprint car race at Bloomington Speedway on June 2. 
  The National Sprint car tour will also include Jason Meyers, Danny Lasoski, Joey Saldana,
  Paul McMahan, Tim Shaffer, Shane Stewart and many more.  (Mike O'Leary)
*SpeedFreaks Radio Show Friday nights 8:30pm PST, see www.speedtv.com/programs/219/,
  or FM 103.7 FM, http://www.SportsByline.com, Sirius Satellite Radio's channel 122, via Sports
  Byline USA.
*20th Annual Chili Bowl Nationals, Tulsa Expo Raceway, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jan11-14.  Kid
  Rocket, Tony Stewart, Jason Leffler, Sammy Swindell and Kevin Swindell are some of
  the contestants for the Midget race.  (Doc Lehman)
*Matthias Vogel, our roving reporter in Europe and President of the German Street Rod Assoc-
  iation, just sent us the most recent event schedule for many of the Rodding/Motorcycle events
  for 2006 in Europe. See the Rhein Main Cruisers at www.hotrodhotline.  (Jack Lawford)
*S.B. 288 was introduced in the New Hampshire Legislature to create car titling and registration
  classifications for street rods and custom vehicles, will be considered by the NH Senate Trans-
  portation and Interstate Cooperation Committee on Feb 1.  S.B. 288 defines a street rod as an
  altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years
  old and manufactured after 1948.  Under the bill, kit cars and replica vehicles will be assigned a
  certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle it most close-
  ly resembles. The bill mirrors model legislation created by SEMA and recently enacted in Illinois,
  Missouri, Rhode Island, Montana and Maine.  (Jason Tolleson)
*2006 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series new racing season opens February 3 at Frankie
  Lloyds’ Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA.  The "Super Bowl of Racing II" will pay
  $10,000 first place.  See www.goldenislesspeedway.com or 859-271-4501.  (James Essex)
*Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, East Bay Raceway Park, Tampa, Florida, 30th Annual
  Winternationals, Feb 6-11.  Practice session on Feb 5.   (James Essex)
*News from the The American Hot Rod Foundation: For all drag racing fans, we have put up
  about 200 photos from the Tony Nancy collection. It is clear from his collection that Tony liked
  to photograph every stage of every production. We've posted mostly drag racing shots, from
  Bakersfield to Great Britain and beyond.  You can also see much of J.C. Henning’s artwork in
  the photo gallery. His drawings of midget and Indy racing capture beautifully the atmosphere,
  excitement and power of circle track racing.  Julian Doty’s collection manages to capture all
  aspects of life on the dry lakes and Bonneville in the 40’s and early 50’s. The first 200 (out of
  over 1000) are in the gallery.  At present we are working on the Mario Boffico collection that
  came to us via Roy Brizio. Seen together, Mario’s photos of the earliest Car Shows, from the
  LA Armory to the National Oakland Roadster Show, give us an understanding of the incredible
  diversity in hot rod and custom building at this early stage.  If you have a collection you would like
  us to scan and add to the archives please contact me.  (Henry Astor WWW.AHRF.COM)
*The All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville,
  Daytona, FL, 35th Annual WinterNationals. Sprinters will race Feb 7-8, and Feb 11-12. The
  World of Outlaws series will be racing at Volusia Speedway Park, Feb 9-10.  The USCS 360
  Sprint cars will race on Feb 7. The UMP Open-Wheel Modified Series will run Feb 7-12. See
  www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com or call 386-985-4402. All Star website www.allstarsprint.com
  or call 217-352-9221.  (Guy Webb)
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)
  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)
*GRAND ROLEX SERIES PROTOTYPE 2006 schedule:  (Linda K. Mansfield)
  Jan 26-29     Rolex 24, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
  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.           
*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)
  Jan 13-15, Grass Valley, CA, 24th Winter Fun Festival,  www.cal4wheel.com
  Jan 13-15, San Francisco, CA, 6th SF Rod, Custom/Motorcycle Show, www.rpprodinc.com
  Jan 13-15, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Buses by the Bridge X, www.busesbythebridge.com
  Jan 14, Seattle, WA, Harvest of Toys, charlieo@foxinternet.net or 253/863-6211
  Jan 14, Lake Worth, FLA, 6th Annual Fords and Friends Meet, horizon5@bellsouth.net
  Jan 14-15, Cordele, GA, Afterthoughts Show and Shine, groundedsl2@aol.com
  Jan 15, Alameda, CA, Auto and Motorcycle Swap Meet, 510/522-2316
  Jan 15, Canby, OR, 30th Hi-Performance Auto Swap Meet, NW DRA, 503/644-5707
  Jan 20-22, Pomona, CA, 57th Annual Grand National Roadster Show, www.hotrodshows.com
  Jan 21, Tubac, AZ, 12th Annual Car Show, Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts, www.carnuts.org
  Jan 21-22, W. Springfield, MASS, 30th Autoparts Swap ’n Sell (indoor), 860/871-6376
  Jan 21-22, Longview, WA, NW Motorsports Expo and Swap Meet, 360/749-2507
  Jan 22, St. Charles, ILL, 29th Annual Auto Parts Swap Meet, AACA, 815/356-7749
  Jan 22-23, Salem, OR, 18th Custom/Classic Car Show, 541/485-0995
  Jan 26-29, Scottsdale, AZ, 35th Scottsdale Collector Car Auction and Show, www.kruse.com
  Jan 28-29, Turlock, CA, 40th Annual Swap Meet, MAFCA, www.turlockswapmeet.com
  Feb 4-5, Orange, CA, Annual Packards International Show and Swap Meet, 714/541-8431
  Feb 5, Palmetto 17th Annual Vintage Wheels Car and Truck Show, 941/792-1819
*SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TOP COMP  2006 Series Schedule:   (Gregg Suyenaga)
  CRA Reunion in January 14, 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