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Author Archive: Darr Hawthorne

Haas VF-18 First Out The Gate For 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship!

America’s own Formula 1 team, Haas F1 debuted their new designs for the 2018 season today.  There’s no doubt that owner Gene Haas and the evolution of his industry leading CNC machines...

Brittany Force Released From Hospital • Will Continue To Recuperate At Home.

(Photos by John Force Racing and Jeff Burghardt) Thankfully, reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force was released from the hospital Monday after a precautionary overnight stay. She shows no...

Doug Kalitta, Matt Hagen, Bo Butner & Doug Vancil With Season-Opening Pomona Pro Wins!

(Photography by Jeff and Mike Burghardt) The kick-off of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series concluded Sunday at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by...

Millican Resets NHRA National Record, Hagen, Nobile and Vancil Lead Fields At Winternationals!

(Photos by Jeff & Mike Burghardt) Clay Millican powered his Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster to the No. 1 qualifying Top Fuel position with a national elapsed time record of 3.628-seconds at...

Clay Millican, Jack Beckman & Drew Skillman Lead Friday Pro Qualifiers At Winternationals!

(Photos by Jeff & Mike Burghardt) The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season kicked off Friday with Jack Beckman leading Funny Car qualifying at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals...

NHRA Nitro Spring Training In Phoenix Looks At Record-Setting 2018 Drag Racing Season!

(photos by Big Bob Snyder) The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello season has begun with completion of Pro Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park over last weekend.  Many new cars, or maybe new...

NHRA Museum Hosts AA/Fuel Altered Legends During 58th Winternationals!

(Photos by Tom West, James Drew, Jeff Burghardt, Mike Burghardt) The historic Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com opens the Mello Yello season this year, as every year...

Landon Simon To Field Two Cars At 2018 Chili Bowl Nationals

Landon Simon Racing will field two cars this year at the 32nd annual running of the Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, Jan. 9-13 in Tulsa, Okla. Team owner and Sprint Car driver Landon...

Mopars & Muscle Cars At The Strip • Chryslers Everywhere 2!

(Photos and Words by Darr Hawthorne) The yearly Mopars & Muscle Cars at the Strip brings together the largest collection of Chrysler products in the West at the Strip at Las Vegas, with some...

The Relaxing Camper Of Your Dreams Or Just Another Resto Nightmare?

The Buick Super 8 was produced from 1940 through ’58, but its unlikely that any of them rolled off the Detroit assembly line with a chassis mounted camper shell.   This Minnesota...

Mopars & Muscle Cars At The Strip • Chryslers Everywhere!

(Photos and Words by Darr Hawthorne) A decade and a half of Mopar freaks gathering in Vegas can put on a very entertaining event and when they get access to a national event track like the Strip at...

As It Was • “Dandy” Dick Landy’s A/FX Dodge Coronet 1965 Mopar Drag Team Photos!

(Photos by Robert Martin, words by Darr Hawthorne)  Few drag racers in Mopar history are of the stature of “Dandy” Dick Landy. In addition to an endless line of Super Stocker, Pro Stockers and...

2018 Legends Of Nitro Calendars Are Yours – FREE – Just For The Asking!

Four years ago Kevin Stith wanted to create a calendar to promote the popularity of NHRA Heritage Series and IHRA nitro funny cars, jumping at the opportunity to publish it under his Legends of Nitro...

Craigslist Survivor; 1974 Two-Door Chevy Vega Wagon – Think Of The Possibilities!

My first car, after totaling Dad’s VW Westphalia Camper Bus, was a two-door wagon – a ’56 Chevy 210 and all through high school that Competition Orange pumpkin with a cheap, Tijuana...