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Robert "Bob" Sellers, 61, passed away on April 27, 2017 after battling with multiple myeloma. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on September 25, 1955. He grew up in Victoria, Texas until moving to Refugio, Texas at the age of 15. He attended the Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas in 1973. After graduation, he began his auto mechanic career in Houston, Texas and was known as the best mechanic in Texas. He is a member of several organizations such as the Bonneville 200mph Club, Loring 201 mph Club, Loring Timing 200 Club and the Texas Mile 200 mph Club.


It is with a heavy heart that I need to let you know that we have lost one of own. Norm Adams passed away Wednesday. Norm was our club rep for many years. He was also a good friend of Richard Reed and they worked together on Richard's roadster that ran at El Mirage and Bonneville. At this time I have no other details, I will pass them on as I get them.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends. 

Mark Vigeant - Gear GrindersPresident


It is with deep sadness that we let you know of the passing of Art Chrisman. Art was such an amazing man & accomplished so much in his lifetime. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Art's family during this difficult time. The land speed community will miss him dearly.


Kevin supported racing and racers all his life. Kevin was tragically killed leaving the Ennis, TX raceway on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Kevin Barton Draper of Woodway,TX., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Kevin was born November 27, 1948, in Stamford, Connecticut, to Barton and Joan Draper; he almost arrived at the Macy's Parade.  Life was a parade for Kevin,  He was always helping someone, or creating something.  He loved life and lived life to the fullest.  He participated numerous years at Bonneville Salt Flats.

Kevin graduated from Richfield High School in 1967.  He attended Stephen F. Austin University and then joined the U.S. Navy for three tours.  He served in Vietnam, during his time in the U.S. Navy, where he was a boatswain's mate.  He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, with Bronze Star; and Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device.

After returning home, Kevin worked for Karen and Richard Carpenter (musical group), he then started the Waco Genie Detail Shop.  He later started Majestic Turbochargers in:  Waco, Irving, Tampa, FL, and Birmingham, AL, and had several patents on turbocharger design.  He consulted with the U.S. Army on tank turbochargers, and with his spouse and other defense department personnel, on preventing IED's with pulsing devices, during both Desert Storm campaigns.  Kevin was a member of Cogdell Memorial United Methodist Church in Waco.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon; his father Bart; his mother Joan; his mentor, Don Vesco; business partner John Myers, (Birmingham), and Kevin's beloved dog, Muffy.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Hewett Draper; his stepchildren:  Ursula Keen Hays and spouse, Jet; grandchildren, Trace and Harrison of Salado, TX; stepson John Clate Keen and spouse, Dawn, grandchildren Austin, and Rosie of Pt. Republic, Maryland; brother Dennis, of Asheville, North Carolina; sister, Patty and spouse, Billy Davis, of Waco, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins.

Memorials may be made to:  Wounded Warriors; the American Cancer Society; Kevin's church, or the charity of your choice.


Miler Mike Stewart Update - Annette Stewart informed us he is going home today! :)


Jill the President of SDRC gave us an Update on John Noonan:

John is at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The day after surgery.... Good news is he didn't want anything but milk for breakfast because the food sucks. I think that's a great sign that John is returning! He didn't get much sleep last night but is resting now. He will probably be there several more days. Big incision, metal plates and screws.... he will be back!


Diana Dunning's mother Doris Eastwood passed away on Monday. Services will be held at Turner & Stevens Live Oak Memorial Park this Friday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. The address is 200 E. Duarte Road; Monrovia, Ca 91016


Craik, Terry Darrol June 1, 1962 - Calgary, Alberta August 17, 2017 – Black Diamond, Alberta  Terry Darrol Craik of Okotoks, Alberta, beloved partner of Lori Joanne Freeman (Lori Jo), was fatally injured alongside Lori Jo in a motorcycle accident on August 17, 2017.  He was born June 1, 1962, the son of Elsien and Darrol Craik and is survived by his son Wesley, sister Robin, three children, Jon, Michelle and David Crimmins (who he helped raise from his earlier marriage to Jean O’Donoghue), and two grandsons, Oliver and Hudson. He graduated from Lord Beaverbrook High School in 1980 and was a certified elevator safety codes officer (working with AEDARSA) and had many years of experience within that industry. He was an accomplished designer and builder of specialized motorcycles and spent seven years competing at the Bonnevillle Salt Flats in his attempt to break the land speed record on his self-built bike. Terry recently found love and joy with Lori Jo. Described by his family as a pillar of patience, kindness, tolerance, and love, he will be missed deeply by everyone whose life he touched. A celebration of Terry's and Lori Jo’s lives will be held at the Red Deer Lake Community Center Hall (178136-112 Street, Calgary) on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Please, no flowers – memorial tributes may be made directly to One Broken Biker Society https://www.onebrokenbiker.org or the Calgary Humane Society https://www.calgaryhumane.ca. Condolences may be forwarded to http://www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com/.


Update on Glen Barrett - Services will be held at Riverside National Cemetery on January 4, 2021 at 1:30p.m. The address is 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518.


It is with a heavy heart that I have to post that Dave Casteel passed last night. Davey was a long time partner and co driver with George Fields of the 125 coupe, affectionately known as “The World’s Tallest Coupe”. You might not have known him well, he was a very quiet person, but he was a good man and a friend. He will be missed. Our hearts go out to his family and long time friend and racing partner George. God Speed old friend.

​Debbie Dannenfelzer‎


Good thoughts and prayers needed for Miler Mike Stewart. He is the the hospital with a brain bleed he has from the result of a fall in November. I believe in the power of prayer. Thank you!  That is all I know at this time - Annette Stewart


On December 21 Lonnie Martin was hit head on by a wrong way driver on 170th St in Palmdale which resulted in the death of the other driver. The highway was closed for several hours while the accident was investigated and Hazmat cleaned up. He sustained moderate injuries consisting of a fractured sternum and two ribs, abrasions to his right leg requiring stitches, and of course neck, shoulder and other bruises consistent with this type of traumatic incident. Fortunately he did not suffer any head injury. His beloved Silverado was totaled but did its job in saving his life.  Currently he is recuperating at my home in Clovis. 

As far as we have been able to determine, the other driver was minimally insured so hopefully at least his hospital/doctor bills should be covered. It has been difficult to get too much information as the family of the other driver has not returned any phone calls from the insurance company. 

As far as the injuries are concerned he is doing well. Unfortunately we have both gotten a "bug", hopefully not COVID, so still not feeling too well. I would have sent you this sooner but I had some trouble with Lonnie's computer and had to wait until I got home to send this.

 Lana L Martin-Holmes


We just found out that we lost one of our long time racers. George Vose passed away. George was one of the founding members of the El Mirage 200 mph club, he set his record back in the '60's. We will pass on more information and history of his long racing career as soon as we can. My deepest condolences to his family and friends 

Mark Vigeant - Gear Grinders President


Forty-niner  Duane McKinney is in Los Robles hospital in Thousand Oaks recovering from a 15 foot fall off a ladder on Tuesday, 12/29/15. Landing on his side he suffered a fractured pelvis an undetermined shoulder injury and possible internal injuries. He is in good spirits and we wish him a speedy recovery.
The concrete floor was undamaged and the ladder is for sale.


Mike Woodward passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017.   He was 68 at the time of his passing.  Mike succumbed to a melanoma that went undetected until it had progressed to an advanced stage which ultimately spread to his lungs.  True to Mike’s nature, he kept his health status to himself until his condition had passed into its terminal stage.

Mike was born, raised and lived in Whittier.  During Mikes high school years (Lowell High School) he worked for a Whittier auto parts store - D&J Auto Parts.  Several years after graduation he and a partner purchased D&J, which continued under his ownership until it was sold in 2002.  He continued in the parts business working for Hansen’s an auto parts warehouse. 

Mike was a member of SCTA for many years; first as a member of the Rod Riders and later as one of the founding members of the Land Speed Racers (LSR).  Mike, his brother Tim, and family friend/employee of the parts business, Tom Bolitho, raced a very competitive 1953 Studebaker D/BFC.  Many Whittier SCTA members purchased parts and/or had their machine work performed by Mike and his staff.  Mike and his crew loved participating at both El Mirage and at the Bonneville Salt Flats. 

Mike is survived by his father John, his daughter Suzanne, and his 2 sons Jonathan, and Grant.  His brother, Tim, succumbed the previous year to a reemergence of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that had affected Tim in his early adolescent years.  Mike was a kind, quiet, and generous person who will greatly be missed. 

Ken Huff      


It is with great sadness that we inform you that George Calloway's son Daryl Calloway passed away yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends.

3/2/2020:  Chuck Whiteman, Chief Safety Inspector for the USFRA passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020. Anybody who has raced at the World of Speed and gone through safety inspection would have met or been helped by Chuck's hard work and dedication. Chuck also served as the USFRA liaison to the SCTA Rules Committee. Each year he would put in hours and hours of work long before the races were scheduled. He serviced and kept our old drag trucks running when they should have long been hauled off to the scrap yard. Serviced the generators, and kept most everything that had an engine running and capable of doing the work we needed them to do. He would also come down to the starting line each year when the school buses showed up with all the school kids and help wrangle the hordes and keep the peace with all those crazy teenagers.

Chuck was also a racer. He ran a beautiful 67 Pontiac Tempest in B/Classic Alt. I remember his excitement years back when he went fast enough to use the parachute for the first time. He had a huge smile as he told me all about it. There was also the time at the starting line when the engine cranked and cranked but would not fire. I finally opened his door and said "turn on the mag!", it fired right up. We always got a laugh out of that story. His passing leaves a huge hole in out hearts and our organization. Chuck wasn't just a member of USFRA, he was part of the family.

At this time, plans are to have a celebration of Chuck's life this September at the World of Speed. (info via USFRA website)


It is with deep sadness we tell you that one of the SCTA's past presidents Monte V. Wolf  passed away. Monte was born in California on 1/12/42 and passed on 1/1/20 while in Pahrump. Military service: Served Honorably in the United States Army. Monte V. Wolf is survived by his loving children, family, friends and all who knew him. Services will be held within our hearts. Sadly, even though I live in Pahrump as well, I did not find this out until day before yesterday.  Could you please pass I along to anyone who knew Monte?  And this is the only information I have.  I was 7 days his senior.  Since he passed on the 1st I suspect that his services, likely cremation, have already been completed but here is the funeral home particulars:

Lee Funeral Home & Cremation Service,  
720 Buol Lane,
NV  89048  

Thank you,

Larry Mayfield
#1542 – World’s Fastest Sunbeam. Period
Pahrump, NV


SCTA Member & Racer and long time member of the High Desert Racers, Royce Mclintick, passed away this week. There is planned  celebration of Royce's life a and motorcycle ride from the VFW Post (corner of Nielson and Johnson in Phelan). The motorcycle ride from Phelan to the Racoon Saloon in Wrightwood will depart from the VFW Post between 9:30 and 10 AM on Sunday the 28th. The celebration will continue at the VFW Post and a surprise guest will arrive at 2PM. There will be Dancing, Pool, Drinks and Food. Entertainment to be supplied by the Blues band The Fremonts.


Leo Brown passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2015.  He was 78 years old at the time of his passing.  Leo was at home when he fell off a ladder and hit his head on the basement floor.  He fell into an immediate coma.  Results from various tests showed that he suffered massive cranial bleeding for which treatment was not warranted.  Leo remained in a coma and passed away 6 days later on the 12th. 

Leo was born, raised, and lived in the Pomona/Ontario area until he moved to Boise, Idaho after his retirement from the Pomona Water Company.  Leo was married to his wife, Barby Mathews, for 59 years and they had 2 children, Ben and Linda. 

Leo was a member of the Rod Riders for a number of years and he was an active participant in running a 1938 Chevy coupe with Ray Torrez at El Mirage.  Leo also assisted Al Thayer and his crew at Bonneville.  Leo had a front engine dragster that he was “always working on” with the hopes of running at Bonneville in the E gas lakester class.  For the last 20 years Leo was an active participant with both Ken Huff and Bob Eaton when they raced their cars.  Leo was well known to many in the LSR community and he was well respected and will be missed by all those who knew him.

Leo is survived by his wife, 2 children, several sisters and 2 grandchildren.  No funeral services were held, although a family and friends gathering was held in Boise on Monday January 4, 2016.   

Farewell Leo, you will surely be missed.

Ken Huff


I was just today notified by Jeff Kofoed that Duane Kofoed passed away Friday. He was in the hospital with advanced pneumonia and surrounded by family. There will be a small family only burial service.

Duane Kofoed was a member of both the Super Fours and the LA Roadsters. He helped at both El Mirage and  Bonneville for many years and was awarded the prestigious Meb Healy award for his development and personal implementation of the outhouse trash can program that still exists today.

God Speed Duane

Roy Creel


Jeanice called this morning to tell us that Chuck Kalbach passed away last night. He turned 85 in August and they had just celebrated their 64th Wedding Anniversary. Chuck was a long time member of the Rod Riders and one of our most treasured volunteers for many years - a true friend to the SCTA. He will be sorely missed. More information will be available soon.

​Memorial Service for Chuck will be on Sat., October 14 at 1:30 pm at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 12692 5th.St. ,Yucaipa followed by a light reception.


It is with a heavy heart that we tell you that Dan Gurney passed away today. God Speed Dan....

Daniel Sexton Gurney

With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today, January 14, 2018. In deepest sorrow, with gratitude in our hearts for the love and joy you have given us during your time on this earth, we say ‘Godspeed.’

Evi Gurney, the Gurney family, and AAR teammates

“…Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic…”

*Dan passed away due to complications from pneumonia. According to his wishes, the funeral will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hoag Hospital Foundation in Newport Beach, CA. For those that want to express their sentiments, please write a note to eagleracingcarsusa@aarinc.com.

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3/24/2020: Dear Friends of the Carlsons:  We hoped and prayed that things would improve, but they have only gotten worse in recent days. Everyone has been affected in one way or another by this Corona Virus Pandemic. Although the idea of getting together with old friends and family sounds like just what the Doctor ordered, it would be a poor decision and irresponsible to take the chance of someone contacting COVID-19 unintentionally. With great sadness we must postpone Greg’s Celebration of Life until further notice. I know that you will all understand. Our best to everyone – please stay safe and well. We will see you at El Mirage and are looking forward to our time together on the SALT.  JoAnn Carlson and Family


Richard Thomason, age 70, from Brewster Washington, died in his sleep last night. He was the long time partner of Ed Tradup in the Danny Boy Streamliner and Lakester, since 1981. He was in the 300mph Chapter of the Bonneville 200mph Club. His family and friends are shocked and saddened by his passing.


I'm sorry to report that we lost another great one. Legend Alan Sputhe passed last night. Alan Sputhe was 68 years of life and experience that will be missed.
Thank you Alan, without you there would be none of this. Godspeed my friend, I'll see you again and we'll pick up where we left off.

Steve Huff

Condolences and remembrances can be sent to:

Sputhe Engineering
11185 Lime Kiln Road 
Grass Valley, CA 95949-9715


With regret and high regard for his family, we have to announce the passing of Jaime Trujillo, the longtime manager of the Quality Inn in Wendover, Utah. The SCTA & BNI has worked closely with Jaime for a long number of years and most of us consider Jaime and his family our friends. We send heartfelt sympathy to his wife Elsa, his children and grandchildren. 

3/2/20: We are sorry to inform you of Bruce (Fuzzy) Geisler's passing. While under going hip replacement surgery Bruce suffered a fatal heart attack. Click Here


"It is with profound sadness that I have to inform you that my brother, David Lee Parks, passed away on 8 January 2016 at his home in Corona Del Mar, California. Below is his story that he and I co-wrote together. He loved straight-line racing; drags and land speed. He loved all the people associated with racing and with all his might and spirit tried to make it a better sport for all. David had a rich heritage through his father and friends in the SCTA. Ak Miller, Jack Lufkin and many others watched as David struggled to make his Camaro go faster. Then when they had watched his torment enough they slapped him on the back and said, “Let’s get started.” That’s the way land speed and drag racers are; they want to see the struggle, but when the time comes they are right there at your shoulder ready to pitch in.

David seemed to be in the prime of life; healthy and eager to go racing or to work on another project. That’s the bane of us all; we have too many projects to do for the life that we have in us. But we have to admire David and those like him because they never stop creating and building. We will all miss him greatly, but I will not only miss him; I will be lost without him. He was my younger brother but his strong will and drive made him far more capable of the two of us. He was my only sibling. I taught him how to ride a bike, and a little about how to drive a car. He far surpassed me; but that’s what you want to see a younger brother do. I was always proud of him. He’s gone now, but I will never forget him. I spoke to Jim Miller just a few days prior to my brother’s passing and he told me that in 2015 we lost 72 land speeders. Let’s hope that it will be awhile before we lose any more. If you haven’t started on your life story now is the time to do it. I nagged David to write his and he finally did though he said, “I’m still young.” The truth is that none of us know when our time is up."

​Services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10:30 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, 2300 Bonita Canyon Road, Newport Beach, California.


While we all were at El Mirage this weekend I received word from Bob Dalton (Flashpoint Streamliner) that Ernie Pereira went to the great race track in the sky on Saturday, June 11th at 3:25 pm.

Ernie was the first GMC six over 200 MPH at Bonneville (201.367) in 1977 in a belly tank Lakester (Markley Bros old belly tank). Ernie worked for many years for Sikorsky Helicopters designing air intakes which made him the go to guy for questions on air intakes. Ernie was an all around good guy and friend to everyone he met.

Ernie will be greatly missed by all those who knew him and most of all Bob Dalton who Ernie mentored as was best friend to.

Miler Mike Stewart


It is with a heavy heart we inform you of Snow Thornsberry's passing. He was a partner with the 911 blown fuel roadster since we started running it as the 911. He gave us the number 911 when he retired his modified roadster, his modified was formally owned by Butch Carlton and Fast Freddie  Dannenfelzer before that. Mike Kilger is restoring the modified roadster at this time. He entered the Dry Lakes Hall of Fame in 2010 with Donny Cummins, John Beck and Dave Davidson as a team for the 911 roadster. Snow graduated high school with a full scholarship to play football for Oregon state where he earned two masters degrees. Snow was also a high school teacher for 38 years before he retired. Snow has also donated his remains to Loma Linda hospital for research purposes.

I remember my first pass at Bonneville like it was yesterday, it was hot, I was nervous. When I got strapped into the car Snow Thornsberry was there with an umbrella and words of wisdom. I will never forget how much more comfortable he made me feel. We lit off the engine and he jumped in his truck to push me off. That was almost 30 years ago and snow become a integral part of our Land Speed racing efforts. The snowman passed today and I will always remember him and Miss him.

Gods speed snowman...John Beck


We lost Lois Oppermann this morning after a long illness. Lois was a member of the Gear Grinders. There is no information on a service at this time. We will keep you posted on any updates.


William E. Brooks(1916 - 2016) - William (Bill) Edward Brooks has "gone west". He died September 15 at the age of 100. Bill was born February 9, 1916, in Klamath Falls, OR to Alden Ira and Leota Jean Brooks and grew up on a cattle ranch where he learned hard work and respect for others that later brought him great success in every aspect of his life. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1943 to become an aircraft mechanic but entered the wrong door and inadvertently successfully passed the pilot entry test and was appointed an aviation cadet and sent to Air Corps pilot training. He graduated with his wings in 1944 and continued Army Air Force flying of many aircraft types, including both single engine fighters and multi-engine
transports until WWll's end. After mustering out, Bill became a construction contractor and built several buildings in Medford, OR that still stand today. As the economy wound down in Oregon in the early 70s, Bill loaded up his tools in his truck and drove to Alaska where he quickly created a successful construction firm. He built several buildings in the Anchorage and Palmer area and at the Anchorage airport where he constructed several large warehouses and office buildings. Bill was quite active in Rotary throughout his life. He was a driving force in Alaska's aviation community, participating in QBs, chairing the Air Force Association, helping write and market a book on Alaska's role in WWII, creating the Air Cargo Association that still exists today, providing capital and support for the Alaska Aviation Museum ensuring its eventual success and participating in the first private light aircraft flight between Alaska
and Russia in 75 years. He received the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot award in 2006 for over 50 years of flying without an accident. At age 98, Bill flew his Beaver on floats for over an hour and artfully became recurrent with three grease-job touchdowns. Bill and Lorraine travelled the world, including trips with high ranking Air Force people and always set a high standard for Alaska's support of the military. Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman and was always the top marksman in all his many hunting trips. He knew the best fishing spots in Alaska and seldom was skunked on a fishing trip. He was an automobile and speed enthusiast and at the age of 72, set a world land speed record of 244.198 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the B Modified Sport Class with his Corvette. He was considered the honorary grandfather of the Nondalton Alaska native community who honored him by naming a bay on Lake Clark Chada Brooks Cove. Many acquaintances so honored and respected him it was not uncommon to hear "I want to be like Bill Brooks when I grow up". Bill was preceded in death by his daughter Linda Deloris Lingren. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Helen; his son, Chuck; four grandchildren, Mike Brooks, Dale (Robin) Smith, Randy (Penny) Smith, and Ray (Joyce) Smith; two great-granddaughters Ashly Anne (Neale) Jones and Ashley T (Drew) Walter; and 11 great-great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life for Bill will be held at the Alaska Aviation Museum October 8 from 5-8 pm. Bill's ashes will be spread over Lake Clark in the coming spring with an escort by many of his friends and pilots who will gather for the final farewell. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alaska Aviation Museum.


Glenn Freudenberger known as Doc to some, Freud to others, passed away Friday, September 28th with his family by his side. Everybody is invited to a celebration of the life of Dr. Glenn Freudenberger to be held Sunday, November 10, 2019, at Noon at the Thomas Family Farm, 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish, WA 98296. Food and beverages will be served. It will be a great chance to honor and remember one of Bonneville's most cherished characters, "Doc Freud".


Bill Brutsman passed away last Saturday after a three year battle with cancer. He was a good friend, neighbor, and true car guy. He was a regular at Bonneville and was a member of many clubs. But his roadster (which he drove EVERY day) displayed the San Diego Roadsters logo.

Kent Schoneman


​​We lost another good man.. Warren Bullis passed away on Saturday night. God Speed Warren....

Here is a letter from Jim Snyder:

To the Lakers Car Club members, the SCTA, BNI, and other friends,
I’m sorry to report that Warren Bullis, the president of the Lakers Club, passed away last week at the age of 83. His health had been declining for the last several months and his friend Ruben was by his side when he past. He didn’t want a service, he was quoted as saying, “Just burn me up and cast my ashes on the Bonneville Salt Flats”! Warren was a unique individual, I never heard him speak poorly of anyone, he was always a soft spoken true gentleman. He was dedicated to running the Lakers Club, spent many years supporting the SCTA and Bonneville events in various capacities, dedicating nearly all his free time to Land Speed Racing, and was a regular at Jack’s Garage on weekends, arriving with a box of donuts for all. He put a ’53 Studebaker together powered by a 258” injected Chevy small block, which he ran at Bonneville in 1963. That motor ended up in Phil Grisotti’s roadster which clocked 156mph at El Mirage on 50% nitro.

He was awarded the Pete Dean Memorial Sportsmanship Trophy in 1974, inducted into the Dry Lakes Hall of Fame in 2004, and was recognized at the SCTA banquet in 2018 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He had served the SCTA and BNI as a board member, and Secretary many times.

Rest in Peace Warren….you will be missed by all of us!

Jim Snyder
Secretary/Treasurer, Lakers Car Club


With sadness I have learned of the passing of Bob Nakonieczny. Bob was a great friend and will be missed. His sense of humor and dry wit was always entertaining.
Our condolences go out to the family......Chick Huntimer - President, Rod Rider Racing Club
 "The Bob" peacefully passed yesterday surrounded by his family...Fogie

Update 4/13/17

​Bob Nakonieczny - 7/19/1941 – 4/6/17 - We’re going to miss you! - A Celebration of Bob will be held at 4pm on Saturday, May 6th

Westminster Rose Center
14140 All American Way, 
Westminster, CA 92683

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bob’s name to:

9/2/2020: Long time Lakes and Bonneville enthusiast George Butler of San Bernardino passed away on the morning of September 2, 2020 at 95 years of age. George participated at Bonneville in 1958 with a Crosley powered miniature Model T Ford that he had built himself. George had amassed a collection of old racing engines over the years, including a Miller and a DO Hal. George could be seen at Bonneville over the years in his turbocharged Rutherford powered orange 1933 Ford pickup that he always drove to Bonneville. George had acquired the patterns for the Riley 4 port cylinder head for Model A & B Fords and would produce a few of them each year for sale to banger enthusiasts. After 15 years in the Navy, George made his living as a heavy equipment mechanic for E. L. Yeager Construction of San Bernardino. George was a great guy for stories, having had many adventures in his life, and was always ready to share them.


With a heavy heart, I must report that Glen Barrett passed away on Wednesday the 21st. He was the "golden voice" of Bonneville. From his best seat in house, (which was also the name of his article for the El Mirage program that he did for years) he was the Chief timing at Bonniville and El Mirage for decades. He was a longtime member of the Gear Grinders. He was the club historian, thanks' to him we have decades of memoires. I know I am not doing him justice, we all have a Glen story and what do you say when a legend passes away....

God speed Glen


I'm sad to pass this along,  Bob Webb passed away this past Monday morning. He died of a sudden heart attack around 10:30 AM. No services or celebration of life has been announced, if I hear of any , I will pass the info along. Bob was a lifetime member of SCTA-BNI ,was a member and past president of the Gear Grinders. , Bob served as Chief Timer and tower worker at El Mirage and Bonneville for many years.

Mark Vigeant - President, Gear grinders


Keith Allen passed away on Sept 17, 2016. He had been at Hoag Hospital for about 10 days and was suffering what is best described as complications from his advanced Alzheimer's.

I only knew Keith for about 25 years. Most of the time he spent giving to others, helping seldom taking. He was always taking care of some of our older members: Don Brown and Clyde Nevill; taking them to races and Bonneville.

Ever the automotive enthusiast, he raced at Bonneville in 1954 with Clyde Nevill and Julian Doty. In 1996 he was partners racing a lakester with Bruce Johnston.  Sadly, Bruce died and the car was destroyed in an accident at Muroc Dry Lake. Keith never got his ride. He then drove my LSR coupe to set a record at 146 mph speed in 2006. He drove his friend Bill Aiken’s Indy cars at the Indianapolis Speedway’s old car events and finally got to drive his own restored 1937 Indy car there in 2011.

Keith was a member of the Southern California Timing Association, President of the Super Fours racing club, served on the SCTA board of directors and handled the registration duties at Bonneville for many years.  He was awarded the prestigious Pete Dean Award, making him a lifetime member of SCTA. He was also inducted into the Dry Lakes Hall of Fame.

What I will always remember is that no matter what his own troubles may be, he would always ask: “Is there anything I can do to help for you?”

Funeral for Keith is October 5th at 11 am at Eternal Valley,  23287 North Sierra Hwy, Newhall CA Viewing at 10:30 , same site.

Keith’s Wife La Nell encourages his car friends to please speak.

Roy Creel


Long time land speed racer Terry Haines passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada after a short term illness. Terry first ran at Bonneville in 1983 as a partner and co-driver of the Stevens/Haines/Young GMC six powered front engine lakester. He later campaigned the rear engine Saline Solution car. He joined the Bonneville 200 MPH Club in 2004 with a speed of 203.489. Joining forces with partner Jim Harte they ran Saline Solution II with a turbocharged OHV six cylinder GMC. At their last two races they set records at Bonneville and El Mirage with Jim driving. Terry was a person that was always fun to be around. He had a great sense of humor and was an awesome story teller. He will be truly missed by his fellow racers, friends and family.

Alan Barbee


Richard Teubner passed away at home last week, he was 77.  Richard began racing at El Mirage and Bonneville in the late 1950's with Bob Funk and Jeff Shipley. He ran a C/FR in the 1960's with Al Thayer, drivers included Reed McNutt and Howard Johnson. A memorial service will be held at the Community Church of Poway at 2:00 Saturday, November 14 (13501 Community Road). Contact Rick Teubner with any questions: rickteubner@aol.com


I know that this is not current news but I don't think that anyone let the SCTA-BNI know of the passing of SCTA-BNI member, Jack Bergman. Jack passed on 12/26/2014. Jack was the holder of several Land Speed Records and still is the holder of two, 250cc P-PP and 250cc MPS-PG, as of the 2017 rules and records book. Jack was a member of the BMAC (British Motorcycle Association of Colorado) and lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2007 Jack and a friend circumnavigated the northern hemisphere on Kawasaki motorcycles in 3 months. They traveled 15'707 miles by bike, 8787 miles by plane and 1620 miles by ship! The countries that they crossed included, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Austria, France and Canada. Jack was one of the people that was helpful to me with tips and information as I was preparing to get involved in Motorcycle Land Speed Racing myself. RIP Jack!

George Nachtsheim --- Old Age & Treachery, LSR


It is with a heavy heart that I let you know that Bob Leggio has passed away. Bob was our rep for Motorsports Insurance Company and supported this sport for many years. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family friends. God Speed Bob.


The Kelly family would like to invite you to come celebrate the life of Bruce "B2" Kelly.

When: August 23rd @ 11:00am
Where: Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, Calif. 90601
at the Memorial Chapel. 
Directions from Gate One:
Proceed past info booth
Follow the blue painted curb line


​It is with a breaking heart I must inform our racing community that Ralph Hudson succumbed last night to the injuries he suffered at Bonneville on August 14. He was surrounded by his son David, myself and his best friend of 30 years, Linda. Information regarding a celebration of life and a memorial scholarship in Ralph’s name will follow when available. We sincerely thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and support during this very difficult time. Ralph would want everyone to stay strong and keep going fast…Leslie Murray


It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Ed Safarik passed away early this morning (around 1am) from a brain aneurysm.
He was at his home in Frasier Park accompanied by one of his daughters. He was transferred to the hospital and passed away early this morning.
Ed has been a dedicated volunteer of the SCTA and BNI for the last 15 years doing race results, website, photos, and the SCTA Racing News.
Ed leaves behind four daughters one step son and grandchildren. He will be missed very much by his many friends within and outside of the organization.

Many of us have known and worked with Ed for over 3 decades.

God Speed Ed ~

Pam Manghelli

Funeral will be held Sat Dec 26 at 2:30pm:

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

23225 Lyons Ave, Newhall CA



Roy A. Lewis, 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving as a flight mechanic. Roy was married to Lorna Jeanne Witse. They began R & L Rebuild and auto body shop, before turning to his lifelong love of building street rods into establishing Chassis Engineering, Inc. He designed and built the Chassis Engineering Special", a diesel-powered streamliner, which he drove on the Bonneville Salt Flats and holds the land speed record for his class. In 2006, Roy became the first person in the world to drive a diesel-powered vehicle over 300mph. Roy is survived by his three children, thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. God Speed Roy.....

View Obituary Here

All of us were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Nick Arias Jr.

Nick was born January 20th, 1929 and grew up in Southern California. He was racing in the mid-1940’s at the dry lakes and was soon drafted in the early 1950’s. Nick started Arias Pistons in 1969 and the company is still making pistons today. He also received the NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, inducted into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2005 & the SEMA Hall of Fame in 2012. 

Funeral Services were held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Lomita, California on January 13th. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 

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With a heavy heart I must inform you that we have lost one our SCTA family members & a close friend. Steve Meierdiercks lost his battle with brain cancer yesterday. He was just 64 years old. Steve was a former Miler and an active BNI member who owned, built & drove car #877 C/GR for many years. In recent years he devoted his time as a Senior Car Inspector & also a member of the Impound team.

In this time of sorrow our thoughts & prayers are with his family. I will miss you my friend......... GODSPEED STEVE

Pat McDowell
SCTA President & Race Director


It is with great sadness that we inform you that Bob (Lefty) Richards of DRM Racing Blown Fuel Lakester passed away July 6th peacefully surrounded by his family. Bob was 82.


Ray Singer passed away today. Ray has been volunteering his time for the past 6 years performing the all important Meals On Wheels for all of the volunteers at Bonneville. The SCTA/BNI would like to extend our sincere condolences to Ray's family and friends. 


Bill Burke passed away on Nov. 25th. He was 97 years old. He was one of the few that left, that attended the first Bonneville in 1949 and builder of many LSR race cars.

Bill Burke, 1946- ca.1950's - AHRF Pioneer - Inventor of the Belly Tank Lakester - Participated in first Bonneville Speedweek 1949 - SCTA Points Champion 1949 with fellow Road Runners member Don Francisco - SCTA President 1951 - Pete Dean Memorial Sportsmanship Trophy 1958 - Bonneville 200 MPH Club 1960 - Dry Lake Racers Hall of Fame - Inducted 1996
SCTA Wheels of Fame 

Click Here for a link (via Road Runners) to some more history on Bill Burke (scroll down about half way)


 Gary Foster passed away. Gary was a long time Roadrunner and many time SCTA board member and a Member of Bonneville 200 Club. 

Services will be held on June 2, 2019 at Coyote Hills Golf Course which is located at 1440 E. Bastanchury Rd. in Fullerton, Ca. from 11:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

​Please let the family know by May 20th if you will be attending -  951-283-1987 or pfoster1011@sbcglobal.net


Bruce Kelly was taken to Riverside Hospital and diagnosed with bleeding on the brain. He has been moved to the City of Hope. As most of you know a year or so ago Bruce was given 7 week to live with stage 4 lung cancer.

He is still fighting the fight.

Update on Bruce. City of Hope did not have room for Bruce. So he is still at Riverside Community Hospital. He has a Brain tumor, they plan on operating next week.

Update on Bruce: Bruce's surgery went well - He will possibly be transferring to the City of Hope soon - Please keep Bruce & Diane in your prayers.


We’ve lost one of the legends of our sport. Sam Wheeler, owner, builder & rider of the famed EZ Hook Streamliner, crashed during a test run on the Bonneville Salt Flats yesterday. He died in surgery a short time later. In this time of sadness our thoughts & prayers go out to his family. I will miss you my friend. God’s Speed Sam......................Pat McDowell - BNI Chairman


6/30/2020: It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that Rob Hilton passed away last Saturday night in Fullerton, Ca. He was a long time tower worker at Bonneville, El Mirage and a member of the Gear Grinders club. He was a long time member of Jack's Garage in Fountain Valley. Rob was 83 years old and a good friend to many. Ryan Hilton (Rob's son) has asked if anyone has any photos or great stories about his Dad. Please forward to rhilton@synergisminternational.com or ryanhilton01.rh@gmail.com. The family will be having a service and celebration at a later date when this pandemic recedes. He will be missed. Mark Vigeant President Gear Grinders


Our oldest still active SCTA member  Harold Johansen passed away in his sleep last night with his daughter Donna at his side. Harold was a current member of the Sidewinders, the club he was once president of.  Harold was a founding member and president of the Superfours for over 20 years. He had been battling prostate cancer and Macular Degeneration  (going blind) in recent years. No service information yet.


Update: 7/3/18

Captain Harold Johansen passes at 94 years . Long  time Agua Dulce resident and active to the end SCTA member Harold Johansen peacefully passed away at home at 10PM on June 30th with his daughter Donna at his side. Harold bought 40 acres of land off Darling Rd. in Agua Dulce in the early 1950’s and hand built his own home there. He retired in 1977 as a L. A. County  Fire Dept. Captain last working at old Station 81 in Sleepy Valley. He continued to work as a movie Fire Safety officer for another 20 years.

 All of his life he was an avid hot rodder and landspeed racer.  Over the years, he set several speed records at El Mirage dry lake and the Bonneville Salt flats. His specialty was the 4 cylinder model A and B engines. He was also a member of the famed Bonneville 200 Mile per hour club. In addition he also owned quite a collection of various vintage Hot Rods.

Harold is survived by his daughter Donna (a resident of Australia and soon to be part-time resident of Agua Dulce), his son-in-law Michael and his three grand children: Alanna, Clayton (who lives in Los Angeles) and Damian;  He is also survived by his sister Barbara who lives in San Francisco.

Services will be held at Eternal Valley, 23287 N. Sierra Hwy,  Newhall  at 11 AM on July 23. Services at the burial site; directions at gate.

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Health & Welfare

 Members we have lost or are facing health challenges


Miler Mike Stewart Update - Just wanted to give a quick update.  My dad is doing okay.  Had a procedure today to relieve the blood build up near his brain.  Will be in the hospital for another day or two but his prognosis is encouraging.  We're expecting that he'll have a good recovery.  Thanks for the well wishes and for keeping him in your thoughts - it's very much appreciated.  If you find the time, shoot him an email to say hello: m.stewart46@yahoo.com - Thanks, Nathan Stewart  


We are sad to announce the death of Donald Eugene Nicolaides, who passed away on Sunday, September 4th, at approximately 4:30 pm.

Donald, known to everyone as Nick, was born October 11th in 1927, and lived almost his entire life in the Southern California area.  Nick was a father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He owned a business that serviced the aerospace industry for approximately 5 decades, and was an avid motorcycling enthusiast and racer with many notable accomplishments within the racing community. Nick was a long time member of the Gear Grinders.

Nick is survived by his older brother Johnny, and his wife Jane, and all of their children and grandchildren.  Nick is also survived by his oldest son Chris and his two children; middle son Robin and his wife Eileen and their two children and grandchildren; and his daughter Kim Hale and husband Thom and their son Nolan and his wife and daughter.

A memorial service for Nick will be held on October 22, 2016, at 12:00pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills.  6300 Forest Lawn Drive Los Angeles, CA  90068.  If you are not able to make the service on Saturday, there will be a viewing period from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday night, October 21,2016.

Nick would wish to thank all of his family and friends for their love and friendship throughout his lifetime.

1/3/20: It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Jack Costella who was born on July 11, 1935 and survived by his wife Keiko. Jack was a member of the Milers, 300mph club, El Mirage 200mph club and a Dry Lakes Hall of Fame member. He always thought of himself as more of an artist than an engineer and his 13 nebulous theorem designs reflected that. He thoroughly enjoyed pushing the boundaries of the landspeed racing status quo and was building yet another streamliner when he passed away on January 3, 2020.


It is my sad duty to inform you that our long time fellow Road Runner and Friend, Reese Adams, passed away this morning at 5:20am.
As funeral details become available, we will pass that on to you. Rest in Peace and God Bless your Soul Reese Adams.

4/28/2020:  Very sad news, we lost our dear friend and founder of the California Roadsters, Duane McKinney, over the weekend. Duane was a dedicated Bonneville racer and all around Hot Rod guy who we loved. This picture is Duane in front of his Uncles Sprint car in Speedy Bills Museum Lincoln, Nebraska......RIP Dear Friend!


Louis Senter—one of SEMA’s founding members and a Hall of Famer—died Saturday, May 28. He was 95. There will be a Celebration of Life
Sat July 9th at the Wally parks NHRA museum at 11 a.m.  Louis accomplished so much in his life here are some links  Link1  Link2  Link3

1/8/20: It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Greg Carlson  ( Miler and Joann’s husband )  today at 3AM while in the ICU of Stanford Hospital. Greg has been fighting for his life for the last 4 weeks, suffering from a rare , seemingly incurable,  blood disease as well as pneumonia and kidney failure. Any information regarding services will follow.


I got a call from Ed's son Mark, Ed Clancy passed away on Saturday August 12th in his sleep. I think he was 94. > Ed was a Lakers club member and the last of a team of four to pass away, that campaigned a roadster back in the day at El Mirage and Bonneville. > He was a WWII vet, served in the Army. > Mark said Ed only wanted to have a family service and be buried with his wife at the National Cemetery in Riverside. > RIP Ed.  - JIm Snyder

8/16/2020: We have an update on Ralph Hudson from his son David:  Ralph is in the hospital as he continues to recover from injuries suffered in the crash at Bonneville on Friday. He arrived at the hospital in serious condition but has stabilized over the last two days. Doctors will continue to monitor the situation closely and we hope for continued improvement in the days ahead. Thank you to everyone who has shared their well-wishes and offered support, and we hope to share more positive news soon.