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*Art Evans reports that Bill Murphy passed away.  Bill was a road racer who used Frank Kurtis
  cars and Buick engines, and road raced in the 50's.
*Bonneville Report: Checked Wendover this am...This is thru next Sunday...Sky:  Clear  Winds:
  10-20mph  Temp:  From 93 to 103 degrees...Even:   Cool 65's.  Wilson/Waters & crew should
  be on the salt later this afternoon, looking for the best HUNK of salt. They'll do the prelim
  dragging & let it cure until we get there Aug 7th.       (George Callaway)
*Industry Hills Speedway Motorcycle Races at the Industry Hills Event 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,
  Dukie Ermolenko at 714-952-8580 or E-mail: ermospeed@sbcglobal.net. For rider signup see
  Ryan Evans at 626-643-7598 or email sideways31@aol.com.
*Industry Hills Speedway Motorcycle Races 2005 SCHEDULE: July 27 Speedway & Side
  cars, August 3, August 10 Freestyle Motocross Jumpers, August 17, August 24, September 3
  AMA U.S. National Championship Series Round 2, September 7, September 14.
*Don Weaver has scheduled his Legends of Ascot Reunion for October 22, 2005, at Perris
  Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, California. This year's honorees will be Bob Hogle, Ted Halibrand,
  Alex Morales, Hal Minyard and Danny McKnight.  This event honors the legendary Ascot Track
  that J.C. Agajanian and his family made famous over in Gardena, California.  The last two events
  had over 600 racers in attendance.  Contact Don for tickets at LegendsofAscot@aol.com or call 
*I have brickyard tickets for sale if you happen to know of anyone who might want some.  I
  have a total of four but will sell 2, 3, or 4. They are in the northeast vista, row Z, $75 each. 
  They are pretty good seats. Thanks! My family that has been coming for years has decided
  not to come this year - however, I have already paid for their tickets - so any help you can
  provide will be GREATLY appreciated  (This just in from Charlie Schock in Indy.  Her
 Email address is: Cbsiii500@aol.com   Bob Falcon)
*John Force Saturday Cruise Nights in July - Our Saturday Night Cruises in July kicked off
  last Saturday and continue through the end of July.  Saturday night's event was a huge success
  with over 300 cars on display and about 5000 people in attendance.  We are raffling off a 350
  Chevy Motor on July 30, with all proceeds benefiting the Brea Police Dept - Family Support
  Unit.  We have great food, great music, a large raffle table and 50/50 drawing.  A fun evening
  for the entire family!  The event runs from 5-8pm.  Directions are: 91 freeway, exit Weir Canyon
  at Yorba Linda Blvd. north, turn right on Savi Ranch Parkway, turn right Mirage Street, turn left
  on Old Canal Road.  22722 Old Canal Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92887 - (714) 921-1651
  Please let everyone know about our cruises!  Thanks, Craig Hoelzel
*Bonneville Northwest Reunion and Banquet, Feb 18, 2006, Shilo Inn, Portland, Oregon
  Site. Registration limited to 135. Speaker to be announced soon. Contact Glenn Freudenberger
  fotofreud@aol.com  or call 425-422-6944.
*The IAMA rule and entry forms for 2005 contest are now ready as a printable PDF at:
  http://www.aztexcorp.com/expressionengine/index.php/autoawards.  The International
  Automotive Media Awards
updates are also listed on that website.  (Walter Haessner)
*El Mirage Camp Fires.  BLM at El Mirage is currently operating under a "Stage II Fire
  Condition" which has a huge effect on camping for SCTA members. There are NO wood or
  charcoal "camp" fires or cooking appliances using wood or charcoal allowed.  PERIOD.  Stoves
  or BarBQs must use propane or gasoline type fuel and be controllable by valve or knob.  ALSO,
  to operate these a permit IS required for each campsite.  Cooking appliances used inside an RV
  do not need a permit. Gina Robison and Barry Nelson will be passing out these permits this week-
  end.  According to Barry Failure to Comply will result in a citation and the fine can be as much as
  $250,000.00.  This is a temporary situation based on seasonal fire danger ratings.  Jim Dunn
*Perris Auto Dragstrip, Lake Perris, CA, racing schedule for 1/8 mile dragstrip. Racing will take
  place every Friday night 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.  Admission: spectators $10, competitors $20. (Kim Donner)
  July 22, July 29,
*The Annual Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Hall of Fame put on by the Gold Coast Roadster
  and Racing Club in Santa Barbara County, will be held the last Saturday in September at Jack
  Mendenhall's Gas Pump Museum in Buellton, California.  For reservations and further info see
  http://www.oilstick.com/event/gasupcost.htm  This event honors the Dry Lake and Bonneville
  land speed racers who have dedicated their lives to go as fast as their ingenuity and mechanical
  skills would take them.  It is also an opportunity to see the fabulous Gas Pump Museum.  Mark
  and Vickie Mendenhall and their family and friends will serve the best Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip
  Steak and Beans Bar-B-Cue that you will ever eat.  (From Evelyn Roth)
*2005 Stacker 2® World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule: (Doc Lehman)                                                                         
  7/22 Memphis Motorsports Park, Memphis, TN                         
  7/23 Tri-State Speedway, Pocola, OK                            
  7/26 I-44 Speedway, Lebanon, MO                         
  7/29-30 Red River Valley Speedway, Fargo, ND                                                                             
*SCTA/BNI 57th Annual Speed Week, August 13-19 (Vehicle Inspections begin on Aug 12) 
*SCTA/BNI World Finals October 12-15 (Vehicle Inspections begin on Oct 11)
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule:  Sept 11,
  October 23, November 12-13.
*NHRA Street Legal sanctioned drag racing every Thursday night at Irwindale Speedway,
  January to November.  See www.Irwindalespeedway.com for Summit schedule and Junior
  Dragster program.  (Doug Stokes) 
*2005 Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA schedule of upcoming races.  For more information
  on the 2005 Perris Auto Speedway schedule, please call (951) 940-0134.  (Scott Daloisio)
  July 23, PASSCAR Super Stocks/Street Stocks/Hornets/IMCA Modifieds/Lightning Sprint Cars
  July 30, Ramona Tire Street Stocks, RWD Extreme Trucks & SUV’s, CarQuest Hornets and
            the Pick-A-Part Cruisers.
*2005 California Dragway schedule at the dragstrip, California Speedway, Fontana, CA. 
  Contact Dave Danish at 909-429-5060 or go online at www.Californiaspeedway.com.  All
  dates and times are subject to change:
  July 23-24, 8am, Summit Series Team #7 & #8, SCEDA
  July 30, TBA, Battle of the Imports
*Irwindale Speedway programs, see www.Irwindalespeedway.com for schedules and updates.
  2005 Irwindale oval track racing schedule:  Gates open 4:30, races start at 6pm.
  July 23  Grand National Division West Series 150, Late Models, Dodge Super Trucks. 
  July 30  Super Late Models Twin 50’s,  Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Dodge
            Super Trucks, Legend Cars.
*July 31, Irwindale Dragstrip NHRA Summit Series; Gates open 9AM, time trials 10AM (3
  timed runs - time permitting - run cards will be used), eliminations 1PM, track closes 6PM. Entry
  fee is $45 for each division entered and the purse structure will be prorated based on the number
  of entries in each class.  Those racing for TIME ONLY will be available at these events for $20
  and all spectators are $10 each.  Each divisional champion will receive a track champion's trophy
  and a champion's gold card (good for a free entry at any 2006 season Dragstrip event) at the
  Irwindale Speedway annual awards banquet.  Each champion will also be invited to represent
  Irwindale at the Summit Finals drag racing event in the fall. SUPER PRO (electronics allowed 6 -
  7.99 et), PRO (8 and slower), SPORTSMAN (8.59 and slower), and MOTORCYCLES (6
  and slower).    (Bob Klein and Doug Stokes)
*Irwindale Speedway offers Thursday night drag racing.  Pro's and street legal racing welcome. 
  1/8 mile track.  Entrance fee $20. Spectators are $10.   See Dragstrip track manager Bob Klein
  626-358-1100 x 211.  (Doug Stokes)
*August 7 Irwindale Speedway NHRA JUNIOR DRAGSTERS.   Three events are scheduled.  
  NHRA Junior Drag Racing classes will be offered with the track gates opening at 9AM, time
  trials 10AM, and eliminations beginning at 1PM.  The races will be held on three Sundays:
  drivers will get three practice runs and trophies will be awarded as per the guidelines in the
  NHRA rulebook.  Entries will be $50 per car.  Spectators and Crew members are $20 each
  and kids under 12 admitted free.  Run under NHRA rulebook.  (Doug Stokes)
*2005 ASA Speed Truck Challenge racing/television schedule (Pacific Standard Time):
  March 26th     Irwindale Speedway    Saturday, July 23rd  @ 8:00 PM
      1/2 mile oval, Los Angeles, CA    Repeat: Monday, July 25th @ 11:00 PM
  April 9th     Las Vegas Motor Speedway   Saturday, July 30th  @ 8:00 PM
      3/8 mile oval, Las Vegas, NV    Repeat: Monday, August 1st  @ 11:00 PM 
  April 23rd      Mesa Marin Raceway    Saturday, August 6th  @ 8:00 PM
      1/2 mile oval, Bakersfield, CA    Repeat: Monday, August 8th @ 11:00 PM
  May 7th     Las Vegas Motor Speedway   Saturday, August 13th @ 8:00 PM
      3/8 mile oval, Las Vegas, NV    Repeat: Monday, August 15th @ 11:00 PM
  May 28th      Mesa Marin Raceway    Saturday, August 20th @ 8:00 PM
      1/2 mile oval, Bakersfield, CA    Repeat: Monday, August 22nd @ 11:00 PM
  June 4th     Las Vegas Motor Speedway   Saturday, August 27th @ 8:00 PM
      3/8 mile oval, Las Vegas, NV    Repeat: Monday, August 29th @ 11:00 PM
  June 18th     Mesa Marin Raceway    Saturday, September 24th @ 8:00 PM
      1/2  mile oval, Bakersfield, CA    Repeat: Monday, Sept. 26th @ 11:00 PM
  July 2nd     Orange Show Speedway    Saturday, October 8th @ 8:00 PM
      1/4  mile oval, San Bernardino, CA    Repeat Broadcast: TBA
  July 16th     Irwindale Speedway    Saturday, October 22nd @ 8:00 PM
      1/2 mile oval, Los Angeles, CA    Repeat Broadcast: TBA
*2005 Southern California Top Comp Schedule:   (From Gregg Suyenaga)
  Race 5 August 20 Fontana Mike's Transmission
  Race 6 August 21 Fontana Mike's Transmission
  Race 7 October 15 Las Vegas Mike's Transmission
  Race 8 October 16 Las Vegas Mike's Transmission
*2005 Goodguys Schedule of Events.  See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
  Aug 5-7, 8th Annual Pomona Nitro Nationals, Pomona Raceway, Pomona, CA
*Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Reunions.  Call 909-622-8562
  Sept 30-Oct 2, Automobile Club of Southern California, California Hot Rod Reunion,
     Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA
*2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.
  July 22-24, 18th Annual Carquest Auto Parts National, Seattle, WA
  July 29-31, 18th Annual Fram Autolite Nationals, Sonoma, CA
*2005 King of Indiana Sprint Series Schedule: For info call Mike O’Leary 812-825-9614 
*SEMA Club Newsletter is at www.semasan.com
  July 20-23, Oconomowoc, WIS, National Antique Oldsmobile Club  www.antiqueolds.com 
  July 20-24, West Chester, OH, 31st CCI/WCC Int'l Convention,  info@classicchevy.com
  July 23, Delaware, OH, 2005 Blast from the Past,Vintage Auto Club/Delaware 740/363-3545
  July 23, Troy, OH, 1st Annual 4X4 Offroad Challenge, Fletcher Fire Dept.  937/875-0001
  July 23, Fernley, NV, Silverado Classic, Classic Chevys of Reno www.classicchevyclubreno.com
  July 24, Contoocook, NH, 4th Annual Deep Woods Extreme, www.deepwoodsextreme.com
  July 24, Leesport, PA, Car Show and NSRA Appreciation Day, NSRA bowtieman@enter.net
  July 24, Sandy, OR, Kiwanis 48th Annual Fly-In Cruise-In, Over the Hill Gang 503/658-3842
  July 29, Rancho Cordova, CA, Vintage Friday Car Show, 916/853-2244
  July 29-31, Birch Run, MI, Great Lakes Fiero Festival, Michigan Fiero Club 517/543-6002
  July 29-31, Milwaukee, WIS, Round Up 26, Cosworth Vega Assn darwar80@aol.com
  July 30, Pasadena, MD, Brits by the Bay Car Show and Flea Market,  www.tracltd.org
  July 30, Billerica, MA, Cruz In, Bearing Burners Car Club  www.bearingburners.com
  July 31, Rochester, NY, 45th Annual Outdoor Car Show,  www.gvacs.com
*Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) 2005 racing schedule:                     
  Aug 5-6 Brushcreek Motorsports,                               
*2005 Crown Royal IROC Series schedule:
  Sept 9, Richmond International Raceway
*2005 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule (Linda K. Mansfield)
  July 29-31, Barber Motorsports Park, 400 Km
*2005 Nextel Cup Series schedule (NASCAR):      
  July 24, Pocono Raceway
*The 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.
*The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's schedule of events:
  August 3, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
  Sept 7, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
  Sept 10-26, Los Angeles County Fair.  Special admission price of only $1.
  Sept 30-Oct 2, California Hot Rod Reunion, Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, California 
  Oct 5, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
  Nov 2, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade. 
  Nov 11, Night of Champions, FREE admission from 6:30-10pm.
  Nov 13, Street Rod Parade, at Pomona Raceway, 9-9:30am.
  Dec 7, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Annual Holiday toy drive.
*AutoZone Super Chevy Show Tour XXV (AutoStar Productions) 2005 SCHEDULE
  July 21-22-23-24   Maple Grove Raceway FBR & LCR Reading, PA
  July 29-30-31  SBR New England Dragway T Epping, NH
*July 22, Skyline Speedway, Stewart, Ohio, 740-989-0567, www.skylinespeedway.com,
   Regular Show, All Classes.      (Dustin Jarrett)
*July 29, Skyline Speedway, Stewart, Ohio, 740-989-0567, www.skylinespeedway.com,
   "POWDER PUFF,"  4-Cylinder and Pure Stock ONLY.  All Classes. (Dustin Jarrett)
*2005 Schedule for the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
  July  22, Test n Tune – 6-10 p.m.
         22, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem No. 10 -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
*Special Reunions and events during the year: 
  Walt and Dottie James' CRA Reunion in January
  Hila Sweet's Car Racers Reunion in April
  Boat Racers Reunion in June       
  Gold Coast Club's Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Hall of Fame in September
  Wally Parks' NHRA Motorsports Museum's California Hot Rod Reunion in October
  Don Weaver's Legends of Ascot Reunion, October 22, 2005, Perris Auto Speedway
*Potomac Speedway-Budds Creek, MD.  July 15, 2005, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
  Main Event 50 Laps-Don O'Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., Ricky Elliott, Booper Bare, Scott James,
  Darryl Hills, Jim Bernheisel, Matt Miller, Donnie Moran, Jeremy Miller, Freddy Smith, Davey
  Johnson, David Williams, John Mason, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Walter Crouch, Sean Cosgrove,
  Charlie Schaffer, Deane Guy, Matt Hubbard, Rick Hulson, Ryan Hackett. (James Essex)
*Pacific Coast Late Model Championship.  1954 Summary: Expansion of NASCAR racing
  activities into California for the 1954 season took place with the signing of Bob Barkhimer of San
  Jose, California as Western Regional Director for NASCAR. Barkhimer, president and organizer
  of the California Stock Car Racing Association. Transferred the CSCRA racing activities to
  NASCAR.  Under the new arrangement, the California drivers shared in the state and national
  points fund and also competed on a national scale for championship honors. Lloyd Dane of
  Lakewood, California was crowned Pacific Coast champion of the NASCAR Grand National
  Championship Circuit and Short Track Division for late model stock cars. During the 1954 season,
  Dane piled up a total of 1,528 points, well ahead of his nearest competitor, Danny Letner of
  Downey, California, who tallied 1,292 points in the Pacific Coast point standings. Auto racing was
  carried on with an extensive schedule during the past year, with two Short Track races at Balboa
  Stadium in San Diego, and Short Track races at Marchbank Stadium in Hanford, West Coast
  Speedway in Vallejo and Capital Speedway in Sacramento. Grand National Championship races
  in California were: 125-miler and a 150-miler at Oakland Speedway, 250-mile Classic at Carrell
  Speedway in Gardena and another 250-miler at the famed Bay Meadows Race Course in San
*For more information on the West Coast Stock Car Hall Of Fame Banquet: check the web
  at www.stockcarreunion.com  or call: Tim Meyer at 435-635-2257
*Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, July 16, 2005, Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway-
  Saluda, VA.  "Dixie Chopper Showdown" 50 Laps-Rick Eckert, Donnie Moran, Davey
  Johnson, Matt Miller, Ricky Elliott, Jim Bernheisel, Don O’Neal, Steve Casebolt, Earl Pearson Jr,
  Booper Bare, John Mason, Sean Cosgrove, Darryl Hills, Terry Harris, Scott James, Freddy
  Smith, Randle Chupp, Jeremy Miller, Mark Pettyjohn, Brent Robinson, Matt Hubbard.
*Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Points Standings after July 16, 2005: Don O’Neal – 3900,
  Donnie Moran – 3545, Earl Pearson, Jr – 3540, Matt Miller – 3485, Scott James – 3165.
*Perris Auto Speedway VALVOLINE USAC/CRA Point standings: Rip Williams 1051, Damion
  Gardner 938, Cory Kruseman  914, Mike Kirby  888, Charles Davis Jr  880.
*O'Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series Points: 2305 Whitney McQueary,
  2115 Mike Jewell, 2100 Tim Tungate, 2025 Aaron Hatton, 2000 Chris Combs.
*2nd Annual Rockabilly Rod Reunion at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, October
  15.  Hot rods, kool kustoms, kustom kulture midway, nostalgia drag racing, rock ‘n’ roll music,
  pin-up girls, swap meet!  See www.RockabillyRodReunion.com  9am-5pm  Gates open at 6pm
  for set-up (car show participants and vendors).  The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000
  Las Vegas Blvd. North Las Vegas, NV 89115.  See www.lvms.comwww.lvmsstrip.com or call
  702-632-8231.  Musical Entertainment Cadillac Angels–www.cadillacangels.com,  DragStrip
  Tom.  Car Show nothing newer than 1965!  Open to all pre-’65 hot rods, kool kustoms, motor-
  cycles, race cars and bone-stockers. Hosted and judged by the Road Devils Car Club, see their
  website at www.roaddevils.com.  All car clubs welcome. Entry fee: $15 advance, $25 day-of-
  show. Entry fee includes driver.  Entry contact: Nick Benson 831-465-9325 or email Nick at
  nick.benson@sbcglobal.net.  Hot rod show presented by Mooneyes and Clay Smith Cams.
  Celebrity Pin-Up Girls Autograph Session: Heidi Van Horne www.heidivanhorne.com, Sabina
  Kelley www.SwitchbladeStilettos.com, Melinda winner of our 2004 Pin-up Girl contest.  Pin-up
  Girl Contest 2pm on the main stage.  $500 to win.  Costumes must be relevant to event and must
  be at least 18 years of age.  Pre-enter for free admission to the show.  Contact: John Bisci 702-
  632-8231 or email jbisci@lvms.com.  Vendor spaces: 10 ft. x 10 ft. Pre-register by Oct. 1 for
  $50 vendor space ($60 day-of-show).  Wares must be relevant to the event (i.e. retro music,
  clothing, magazines, pinstriping, car parts, etc.)  No counterfeit merchandise allowed.  Vendor
  set-up at 6 a.m.  Food vendors must contact David Dawson (Levy Restaurants) 702-632-8304,
  or Larry Ferguson 702-632-8301.  Swap Meet-Vendor spaces in swap meet area: 20 ft. x 20 ft.
  Pre-register by Oct. 1 for $35 space in swap meet area ($45 day-of-show).  Nostalgia Drag
  Racing Open to pre-1965 cars only.  Two brackets -- $40 race entry fee.  Must conform to
  NHRA safety guidelines. Time trials at 9am, eliminations at 2pm. Contact: Mark Dawson 702-
  632-8264 or mdawson@lvms.com.  FREE PARKING.  Adults $12, Kids 6-12 $6, Kids 4 and
  under are free.  Spectator gates open at 8am, show starts at 9am. Your Rockabilly Rod Reunion
  admission ticket is good for NHRA drag racing after the show -- BFGoodrich Super Tuner
  Saturday Night, Buick Grand National Racing Association, Supras Invade The Strip ’05, Euro
  Entertainment Super Tuner Car Show (6 p.m.-midnight).