We had a wonderful time at the Rolex Monterey Reunion this past week, where our 1977 All American Racers Eagle DGF #005 took home the Rolex Award for Excellence in the Formula Ford category.The Eagle will be sporting #146 next month as we will be competing in the VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival, with the event featuring the 50th anniversary of Formula Ford competition.
Thanks to Jeff Werth (stage left in the group photo) for these great shots!
Yesterday was very up and down affair. After starting P12 and running 11th, we had an off course excursion after picking up clag whilst avoiding an exhaust pipe that was rolling down the racing line in turn 9. The result was a heavily damaged nose and a DNF.
For the feature race, we started 49th and came through to finish 20th. Our efforts for the weekend earned the team the Rolex Award for Excellence for the Formula Ford category in FF's first appearance at this prestigious event.
Our 1977 All American Racers Eagle DGF #005 rolls off 12th tomorrow morning out of the 56 Formula Fords that are entered here at the Rolex Monterey Reunion. Follow us live on imsa.tv at noon CST for our heat race and 4:15 CST for the main event! [Brad Newman Photo]
Former owner of Eagle DGF #005, Chuck Raggio, visited with us during the weekend of the Pre-Reunion and shared his memories of racing the rare Formula Ford. Chuck took some wonderful photos of the car, and even tried it on again for good measure. Thanks for everything Chuck!
[Photos Courtesy of Chuck Raggio]
Solid run out here at the Monterey Pre-Reunion. The morning qualifier was limited due to an incident, but DGF #005 came away with a P12 starting position in the 37-car field. After some early battles, the track got a bit greasy in the final two laps and the result was 11th at the line. Thanks to Brad Newman for some of these stellar photos!
We have our ex-Pete Lovely 1958 Thames 800 F1 transporter all ready for its return to the streets of Elkhart Lake Saturday night!
As well, we will be at the track this weekend supporting the #50 B-Sedan Datsun 510 of our friend and three-time SCCA Runoffs national champion Jeff Werth, who has a made a career out of taking Datsuns to the front.
Jeff will be coming out with us to Laguna Seca in a few weeks to help with our efforts at the Monterey Reunion and Pre Reunion, where we'll try to take our 1977 All American Racers Eagle DGF to a track it knows very well.
We wouldn't normally post a photo of a car dealership on our page, especially one that is of a brand we don't have in our shop, but this one is special.
We present a slice of history, located in Fife, Washington- Pete Lovely Volkswagen. Circa 1973 or so is our best guess.
Its neat to think our Thames 800 was probably running around the back lot, delivering transaxle parts or picking up the trash, as we know it did later in its life.
Special thanks to the Fife Washington Historical Society for the use of the image.
All American Racers Eagle #7225 is back home, and still gleaming from the weekend at the famed Milwaukee Mile, which is 30 minutes from our home base. Much thanks to Vintage Indy Registry for putting on such a well-run event that was both entrant and spectator friendly. Great cars and people all-around.We'll have our ex-Pete Lovely Thames 800 at the WeatherTech Int'l Challenge at Road America next month, once again partnered with a friend's 1959 Stanguellini Formula Jr.
Come see the patina and smell the Castrol R!
A note of gratitude from our own Rick Dresang:
On May 18, I was at Road America to watch my son Jacques compete with his AAR Eagle Formula Ford in a vintage SVRA event. While there, we visited the Road America CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex kart track to see some friends from the World Karting Association, as there was a WKA Manufactures Cup event running concurrently the same weekend.
The next thing that occurred was what I’d call a ‘deer in the headlights’ moment.
At the end-of-day awards ceremony for the kart racers that triumphed that day, WKA President Kevin Williams presented me with a plaque to signify my induction into the World Karting Association Hall of Fame.
Wow- and at my home track no-less. My family and some of my friends were there, knowing all along. It was a very special moment.
The honorees that have been inducted into WKA Hall of Fame are a very special group of people- some of whom I’ve had the honor to induct and know through the years.
In all honesty, I looked at the award as Kevin made the presentation and I saw names and faces embedded into the grain of the award. These people that worked together as a team during a very difficult financial time at WKA, putting in hundreds of volunteer hours while trying to get the organization to a better place.
Looking back at that time when I was president, I know it was a hardship for many of the team members in WKA, as we were all in different points of our lives, with family commitments and personal business obligations outside of the organization.
Despite the hardships, the hard work and the many hours spent donating time- I look back at my time with WKA as a truly amazing time of my life.
But like I said, we were a team.
I’d like to thank WKA and its President, Kevin Williams for the induction, which was truly out of the blue. Kevin was on our WKA team when I was president, and I know he has the interests of kart racers at heart.
A thank you as well to the rest of our WKA team- Angelo Buffomante, Marie Borsuk, Johnny Bartlett, Jerry Cole, Gene Davis, Bobby Gettys, Van Guilder, Todd Shaw, Dan Stowell and Missy Nelson-Tate. All of you will forever be in my thoughts for your endless perseverance, leadership, trust and dedication in the time we shared together.
I’d also like to thank my wife, Alison, who during my time as WKA President prepared me for many conference call meetings, took meeting minutes, scheduled flights – it goes on and on. I couldn’t have done it without her.
Without some very special dedicated WKA sponsors during that time in the organization, running the day-to-day operations would have been an even bigger struggle. Thus, I’d like to thank Bridgestone Tires and Kevin Hunley, Mazda and John Doonan and Dennis Reeves, RLV, Margay and Keith Freber, Grand Products and Mike Tetreault. I will always be indebted to these companies and the people behind them, as they trusted us to do the right thing for karting.
Thanks for everything-
[Photo Courtesy of World Karting Association]
Eagle DGF #005 received its initial shakedown for 2019 this afternoon. A few issues were remedied and it should be much, much quicker tomorrow.