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1  Drag Talk / The (VW) Speed Channel / Re: Lyle Cherry on: July 02, 2013, 10:41:46 PM
I just found these pics that are from a display at the recent European Bug-In 5, that was held in Chimay, Belgium.

In addition to the pics, there is a cool online article about Lyle at this link. The Hefler and Cherry car is now part of the B.B.T. collection in Belgium.

2  Drag Talk / The (VW) Speed Channel / Re: Seeking info about an old VW on: April 24, 2013, 07:21:19 PM
Hey Bill,

Could it be Leroy Blackwood's old car, that is pictured below?

If so, you can find a few more pics and info the thread at http://www.speedshots.net/tvwdra/forum/index.php?topic=778.0

3  Drag Talk / The (VW) Speed Channel / Re: Restoring the "Stuttgart Express" on: August 11, 2012, 08:34:19 PM
Stuttgary Express then (late 70's, I believe) and now (2012, with some aging via Photoshop):

4  Drag Talk / The (VW) Speed Channel / Restoring the "Stuttgart Express" on: August 10, 2012, 10:34:06 AM
Bill Stipe (aka "pepsiblue" here) asked me to post about his most recent project - a very nicely restored K/Gas racer with a lot of Texas history. Bill plans to run the car at a future TVWDRA race when his schedule permits.

The "Stuttgart Express" is a racer formerly run back in the 70's in the AHRA K/Gas class, where it garnered a few world records back in the day. The car was originally built and run by Lee and Glen Williams, from the San Antonio area. In later years, the car turned into the Sudden Impact turbo car of Charlie Dickerson.

Bill has done an awesome job on the car. To check out the build thread, see this link (you've got to register/login to see the pics, but it's well worth it).

I got to see the car in person last weekend at Prairie Hill Dragway, where David "Pappy" Crow was making shakedown passes on the car with Bill and crew.

I've heard about Prairie Hill for a number of years, but had never been there, despite the fact that it was only ~1.5 hours from my house. Now I know that I've been missing out, as the track is very cool and laid back, as are the people that I met/saw there.

On to the pics!

American Hotrod Association (AHRA) K/Gas

Prairie Hill is an old airfield with two long runways that are positioned at ~45 degree angles to each other (I think). One of the runways is used for 1/8 and 1/4 mile drag racing, while the other is used by racers to warm up their cars and make short test passes. The next couple of shots show the Stuttgart Express crew making changes to the car after David did a little testing.

IIRC, this is a 2180cc motor that Les Fryar built with a bunch of period correct go-fast parts. It looks and runs great.

David Crow and Lee Williams. Lee is Glen Williams brother and the original builder of the Stuttgart Express. It was so cool to meet Lee and listen to the stories that he told about the car.

Pappy and his famous cowboy hat

Getting ready to make another test run down the secondary strip, as Lee watches.

This car is spotless and super detailed, inside and out!

Gotta' love a chop top gasser!

Getting buckled up to make the first past after rebirth. David had said that he was going to take it easy and see how things felt once he got going a little faster.

The first burnout, with proud papa Bill Stipe in the background

Wheels up! (this doesn't look like an easy pass to me Grin - it was a solid 7.37 eighth mile pass) I hate that I missed this shot - it's my fault for not first checking with the starter and knowing where I could shoot from, and scrambling to move from the return road in front of the car, to a decent spot on track behind it.

Nose down now, but that's soon to change...

Vroom, vroom!

Pappy - minus the hat and Volkswagen

Cool down and wheelie bar adjustment

A (wrenching) father and son moment Grin

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em!

David and Lee talk about favorite recipies, while Bill gets dirty Wink

Fiddin' to do it again

Wheelie bars adjusted as high as they'd go this time, to prevent the excessive squat that they were causing. I hoped for a sky high launch and an attempt to make up for my earlier missed shot, but that didn't happen this time.

The gang's all here - Stuttgart Express crew

5  Drag Talk / The (VW) Speed Channel / Re: Tragic loss on: August 09, 2012, 09:32:38 AM
Clay made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Thank you for that Clay.

I hope that whoever won the handmade, wood-burned VW clock that Clay made for the 2005 TVWDRA Awards Banquet cherishes it even more now.
6  Drag Talk / The (VW) Speed Channel / Test & Tune @ Prairie Hill Dragway - Sat PM 8/5 on: August 01, 2012, 07:48:02 PM
Hi all,

If you're interested in some test and tune in central Texas, head down to Prairie Hill Dragway near Waco on Saturday August 5th. Gates open at 6:00pm and time trials start at 7:00pm.

Website: http://www.prairiehilldragway.com
Map & driving directions: http://binged.it/R9Sv29

David "Pappy" Crow is going to be there with Bill Stipe to make some shake down passes in the Stuttgart Express that Bill has done an awesome job of restoring.

Check out the build thread at http://cal-look.no/lounge/index.php/topic,14870.0.html for lots of pics and info.

Be there or be square!!

7  Drag Talk / The (VW) Speed Channel / Re: My car updates on: June 28, 2012, 09:01:54 AM
The box says made in Germany.

Looks like the blue and white KS label with the hologram says "Kolbenschmidt Brasil".

I got my main bearings for my new motor.

I've heard that many of the KS main bearings now avail are simply repackaged Mahle versions, and that the bearings themselves are marked as Mahle.

Take a look at yours to see if they've got this marking, and whether the center main is steel backed or not.

See also:



8  Drag Talk / The (VW) Speed Channel / Re: My car updates on: June 25, 2012, 12:31:29 PM
Jack - I believe that the key here is German Kolbenschmidt versus Brazillian Kolbenschmidt. Based on the more official looking of the labels on the photo of your KS bearings, it looks like they may be the Brazillian version.
9  Drag Talk / What's Happenin' / Re: Troy G Past away on Feb.5 2012 on: February 08, 2012, 07:57:57 PM
If anyone is interested maybe we could all chip-in a few bucks and ask Eric to print that photo on the home page and send it to his family. Maybe Zach or Carl could take it to them? Just thinking out loud.


If anyone is going to chip in, I'd rather that you donate the money to a charity in Troy's name, or give it Troy's family so that they can do something with it.

I'll gladly print/provide photos and can mail them if need be.
10  Drag Talk / What's Happenin' / Re: Troy G Past away on Feb.5 2012 on: February 08, 2012, 03:34:23 AM

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11  Drag Talk / What's Happenin' / Re: Troy G Past away on Feb.5 2012 on: February 08, 2012, 02:15:11 AM

He will be missed.
12  The Lounge / Testing 1-2-3 / Re: Testing 1-2-3 (pics) on: November 27, 2011, 07:11:57 AM

See this post:

Wanna post photos on the Drag Talk forum? Read on...
13  Drag Talk / The (VW) Speed Channel / Re: Cancer It got me, Troy Goodwin on: September 15, 2011, 09:16:20 AM
Damn. I hate it when bad things happen to good people like you, Troy.

The Ellis family is pulling for you, and you're in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything from me, please don't hesitate to ask.

14  Drag Talk / What's Happenin' / Re: Hits on: July 06, 2011, 09:36:43 AM
As some of you have noticed, the Drag Talk forum has been getting a ton of traffic and new members over the last couple of months.

99.9 percent of the new folks have been spammers/bots, and I'd set up the registration process so that I had to manually approve new members, instead of the auto-approval process of old.

This got to be an arduous task w/15-20 new member approval requests daily. I'd often just reject the bulk of them in mass, as I could cross reference email addresses and/or IP addresses with known spammers.

I made another change to the forum yesterday, and I hope that this one will eliminate or reduce the number of the "fake" new members/spammers.

15  Drag Talk / The (VW) Speed Channel / TVWDRA Points Race #2 - Sat 5/7/2011 Sponsored by QUALITAT on: April 07, 2011, 11:25:17 AM
Saturday, May 7, 2011 @ Texas Raceway in Kennedale, TX.
Gates open at 1:00 pm, time trials begin at 2:00 pm.

QUALITAT is the title sponsor of this race, and will give the event winner  $100.00 and runner up $50.00 cash bonus (this will be awarded in addition to the normal track payout). Thanks, Doug!

Payout is based on car count. More than 21 cars pays the winner, runner up, and semi-finalists, while a field of less than 21 cars pays winner and runner up only.

NOTE: To be eligible to win sponsor bonuses at this race, you must be a current TVWDRA member in good standing prior to the first round of VW eliminations.

Texas Raceway
3830 S. Kennedale New Hope Rd
Kennedale, TX 76060
(817) 572-3580

Located off of Hwy 820 South. Exit 442A - Kennedale Pkwy/Mansfield Hwy. Go south to 3rd light, turn right. Track is 1 1/2 miles down, on the right.

Be sure to check out the Texas Raceway Bracket Racing Rules and Regulations.

Hope to see you there!
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