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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Condolences and remembrances can be sent to:
11185 Lime Kiln Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949-9715
"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.
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.
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.
President, Rod Rider Racing Club
"The Bob" peacefully passed yesterday surrounded by his family...Fogie
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:
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ~
Funeral will be held Sat Dec 26 at 2:30pm:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
23225 Lyons Ave, Newhall CA
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.
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)
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
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