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.
The preliminary entry list for the Monterey Reunion and Pre-Reunion events have been released, and it looks as if there will be two Eagles on the Formula Ford grid. Our Eagle DGF will be joined by Larry Webster's (as seen behind our #46 in the photo) in what appears to be a stocked field. Stay tuned!
Our late friend Michael Argetsinger was penning yet another fabulous read when he sadly passed away in July, 2015. His previous books, spotlighting Mark Donohue, Watkins Glen and Walt Hansgen were monumentally well-researched, and with the touch of class and respect that only Michael could deliver.
With the help of his family and many friends, Mike's book about the life of Bobby Marshman is now in print and will be ready to ship May 27th from Racemaker Press.
We're pleased to announce that our 1977 All American Racers Eagle DGF Formula Ford will be taking part in the 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Monterey Pre-Reunion weekends this coming August. It will be the Eagle's first trip back to the West Coast since we purchased the car in April, 2009. The stellar duo of events will showcase what the Eagle DGF is capable of on a track it used to run quite often with owners Chuck Raggio, Bob Watt and Bill Kincaid.
We'll announce what other events we will be running in 2019 as soon as they get a bit closer, and as always, visit kmvintage.net for more about our Eagle DGF!
[Bill Nesius Photography]
Tom Pistone was kind enough to share with us the following two photos of our 1972 International Fleetstar 2110A, back when Billy Harvey owned it and used it to bring his Oldsmobiles to the 1979 Daytona 500. Pistone's grandfather, 'Tiger Tom' helped sponsor the team and later purchased the transporter. We purchased it from 'Tiger' in 2005.
On Thursday, February 15, 1979, Bruce Jacobi drove Billie Harvey’s #87 Steak N Shake / Fast Lane Ltd. Oldsmobile up from 29th starting position to finish 14th in qualifying race #1 for the 1979 Daytona 500.Despite the open wheel veteran’s fine showing, he was replaced on race day by Gary Balough, who was scheduled to be Harvey’s regular driver in the #87 ride. Balough started 27th , but his day ended on lap 53 when the Ft. Lauderdale native was involved in an accident with Joe Millikan, David Pearson and Skip Manning.
The #87 was raced again that summer by Balough at Daytona and Pocono, and also run by the late Dick May at Talladega.
So why are we posting this? The Olds was carried in a certain Florida Blue 1972 International Fleetstar 2110A transporter.
Here is 'The White Hilton' backed up into the Penske Racing shops in Reading, PA on the cover of the May 1974 Stock Car Racing magazine.
rYou never know when photos and stories are going to pop up about vintage machines.
Todd Holbert informed us that longtime Holbert Racing paint and body master Michael Wessner posted some photos of 'The White Hilton' a few days ago on Instagram. After exchanging messages, Michael was more than willing to share the story and images with us:
'Around the Fall of 1974 Al Holbert calls Forest Grove Auto Body where I worked. He asked would we be willing to do a hush-hush paint job on a race car for Penske Racing? Sure! When do you need it? Three days! Wish I knew more details.'
We were truly saddened to hear that Mike Hiss passed away shortly before Christmas.
Mike raced Eagle #7209 (we believe) off-and-on in 1973 for Gerhardt Racing, and Eagle #7225 served as his backup and show car in 1974 for Penske Racing.
Over the past few years, Mike was always very helpful and wonderful to chat with when we called him regarding his time in the sport and the various cars he drove.
Mike was the 1972 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year aboard a 1970 Eagle for Page Racing, and later qualified for a further three 500's. He allso dutifully filled in for Mario Andretti in 1978 to qualify Penske's PC6 when Mario was busy in Europe.
Our condolences go out to his family and many friends.