Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rocky Reports: Nostalgia Summer Nationals....What a BLAST!

The Pirrone and Ellershaw race team descended on Englishtown's Raceway Park with FOUR Supercharged race cars! This was the first time we ran this many cars at one event.... and I want to thank my crew for doing such a great job! All the cars ran great with the Screamin Eagle funny car running in the 6.80's and qualifying for the final round. We also had top speed of the meet for the class with a thundering 202 mph...! Even more special to me we took home two huge awards...The "Jungle Jim" showmanship award, AND the D.A. Santucci "Spirit" award...! These two awards are great honors as both men were heros to me as a kid growing up in the sport. We had three of our Willys coupes entered in the AA/GS match race class. Ken Hall driving our "Big Time Memories" 1941 Willys took home top honors with low ET of the gassers running a 8.29... Mike Hall driving our K.S. Pittman tribute 1933 Willys ran a all time best 8.84..! and I drove the Boss Hydro to a 8.74 run over good friend and racing legend Fred Bear.

Even though the final rounds were canceled due to rain, we look forward to making them up on August 18th, at the Night of Thrills at E-Town! I'd like to thank Walter Frey for putting on the BEST nostalgia show on the east coast, along with Barb Santucci for selecting us as the recipient of the D.A. Santucci award..your the BEST Barb..! I'd also like to thank Tom Fox for giving me a FAST race car to compete in, to Bill Ellershaw for maintaining all the cars and making sure they were all ready to go come race day! To Danny Ellershaw, Michele Fiel, Liz Louvas, Ken Freight, Mike Hall, Ken Hall, Devin Pirrone, Joey Pirrone and Sonny Titus for all their hard work and dedication!

Smoking em in......putting a show on is always job one!

Mike Hall boiling the hides on the K.S. Pittman tribute car! Mike's Dad Harry Hall drove the original for many years!

Ken Hall did a excellent job wheeling the "Big Time Memories to a class low 8.29 seconds!
Ken also pilots the "Secret Weapon" jet funny car of Al Hanna...

Ken and Mike Hall are brothers, and this was the first time they ever lined up against each other! Ken won by .001 seconds!

The Boss Hydro getting ready for another "8" second run..!

Drag Racing legend Fred Bear getting ready for another assault on the 1320!