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July 2009 Volume 10, Number 1


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“Ladies & Gentlemen, Start your Engines!”

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an you believe it is the middle of 2009? Didn't we all just survive Y2K? Wasn't Bill Clinton just in the news as our president with the problem of skirt chasing around Washington. I can tell you this, February 1999 was when the whole idea of Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc. started. That th makes this past February our 10 anniversary. I just can't believe it's been that long.

I hope we are continuing to showcase Kingman and the Tristate as a place for people to visit and become a part of. It's nice to see that we can bring together such a broad range of ages and genders and cultures to celebrate the love of automobiles. I have believed from the start that the Tristate is home to a tremendous amount of people with a love for Motorsports of all kinds. I would go so far as to class them as fanatical. From the World Finals Jet Ski competition to the Parker Off-Road race, let's not forget the Harley Run weekend or the Route 66 Fun Run and the Run To The Sun. We show our passion with a diverse and entertaining variety of motorsports that continues to grow.

But here we are half way through this year already and for all of us at Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc. we are scrambling to prepare for what will be the biggest Napa Racing Kingman Street Drags yet. What began as a one day event has evolved into a three day event. We start out on Friday evening and won't be done until Sunday afternoon. The event now will encompass all of Downtown Kingman as we have included a Block Party and Car Show too.

We all know how much history there is in our portion of historic Route 66. Since preserving this history is a part of our mission statement, what could be more appropriate then the history we are writing as the “Worlds Largest Legal Street Drags”.

This event continues to grow tremendously from year to year, as will our permanent facility if we could only get over the hump of acquiring land. That's one of those things we never dreamed would be the monumental hurdle it has become back ten years ago when we started down this road. Sure, the Napa Racing Kingman Street Drags have gone on to be a resounding success and the community and the Tri State have benefitted from it greatly. But it was never the goal and we are still trying to achieve the goal.

I’ll see you there! Brian

Jim Russell and his companies of DSM Events and Tristate Motor News have been part of almost every step of the journey. I have to tell you guys, Jim was not the world's biggest fan of Drag Racing before becoming involved with us and our events. In fact during many conversations Jim has repeatedly voiced an opinion that he wasn't sure whether a Drag Race facility could be viable in our community. I think we have begun to sway his opinion and I would like the chance to prove him completely wrong. But for this issue I will have to be happy with the event we have planned. I hope you all take the time to come experience the Napa Racing Kingman Street Drags VI. It is truly something to behold. It's an experience that you can't get anywhere else. From just watching all of the cars to being a participant in the event there really is something for everyone.

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Brian’s Song

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Special Tool Guide

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Snap-on Raffle

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Hot Chevelle

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‘Stang with a Sting

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Drag Strip Progress

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You Can Join

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Mopar Madness

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Thanks Mikey

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Come to the Party

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KSDV Winners

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Police Welcome

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Sheriff Welcome

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Time to Run to the Sun

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JM Eagle Burnout

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Help Begins at Home

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Sponsors

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The Need for Speed

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Advertisers Index

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Thanks to Photographers

Tristate Motor News Published by Russell Automotive Inc., 1100 Vista Drive, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404 (928) 764-2210, FAX (928) 254-3695 Info@DSMEvents.com

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ixteen thousand eight hundred! That is how many “hits found” when I Googled “Kingman Street Drags”! Incredible! In just five years Route 66 wings and Wheels Inc. staff has taken an idea and turned it into the biggest thing that has ever happened in Kingman. As we put this issue together it was brought home to me how many people and areas are impacted by the event! The car enthusiasts, the vendors, the civic groups, the hospitality industry, you name it and the effects of the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags touches it, and provides benefits to it in the process. How often does an event combine fun, commerce, community spirit, competition and camaraderie like this one does? It is heartening in this troubled economy in which we find ourselves to see something do as well as this has. As it continues to help the founders toward their goal of building a permanent motorsports facility in Kingman I can’t help but wonder if there is anything that can replace this event once they achieve their mission? I am concerned for I have no doubt that they will succeed. Congratulations to Brian and all of the directors and members (see inside, you too can now become a competition member) of the Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc., may this go on for many more years ! JVR

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TMN Guide to Special Tools HAMMER - Although originally designed as a weapon of war, the hammer is now used as a type of divining rod to locate expensive parts that are very far from the object that we are actually trying to hit. ELECTRIC DRILL - Normally used for spinning rivets in holes at high speed until you die of old age this tool also works well for drilling mounting holes just above (and through) fuel lines and wiring looms. PLIERS - Used exclusively to round off the heads of bolts and to provide blood blisters to the operator. HACKSAW - One of a family of unique cutting tools based on the chaos principle. It magically transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more the operator attempts to influence its’ course, the more dismal your future looks. VISE GRIPS - Another tool used to round off the heads of bolts, but when nothing else is available they may be used to transfer the intense heat of welding directly to the palm of your hand. OXY ACETYLENE TORCH - Used almost exclusively for igniting various flammable objects in, and around your shop. DRILL PRESS - A tall, upright machine of immense power that is useful for suddenly and unpredictably snatching flat metal bar stock our of your hands and smacking you across the chest with it, then flinging your drink across the shop, spattering it on the race car parts that you just painted. PRY BAR - Although not used much currently, this tool is handy for crumpling the metal surrounding the small clip or bracket that you were attempting to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

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SNAP-ON RAFFLE

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nap-On is not only known as the most respected name in automotive tools, it is closely associated with the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags, and has been from the beginning. Once again, the Tri-City Snap-On Franchisees are proud to be sponsors of this, Kingman’s biggest event. And you can benefit from this relationship because again they are going to raffle a super Snap-On tool box crammed with those high quality Snap-On tools. So like last year when Jacob Gumby was a lucky winner you might just go home from the drags with your own brand new box and set of the industry standard tools!

Raffle tickets are only $1 each and may be purchased from any of the Snap-On franchisees (listed below) prior to the event, or stop by the Snap-On display and booth in the vendor area at the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags and buy tickets there. Whatever you do, just buy tickets, and lots of them because someone is going to win thousands of dollars of cool SnapOn tools and it might as well be you! Joe Klein, Kingman 928-412-8665 Gary Amos, Lake Havasu City 928-716-8665 Robert Vasquez, Bullhead City 928-303-1016 Russ Amos, Lake Havasu City 928-715-8665

Shown is Craig Cole of Seligman - another lucky winner at the 2008 NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags

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One Flamin’ Hot ‘66 Chevelle K

ingman’s Dick Lechien made the transition from driving a top fuel car to driving a door slammer without compromising the need for speed. His 1966 Chevelle is an all tube chassis car and built for racing powered by a 550 ci aluminum big block Chev which produces 952 hp on the dyno. The horsepower is put to the street by 32" X 14" X 15" Hoosiers on Centerlines connected to the 9inch Ford rearend with 3:42 gears and Strange axles. A Powerglide with trans brake enables this Chevelle to have run 9.17 at 149 mph at Las Vegas. I’m sure that the Maxima Oils lubricating everything have contributed to the great runs. Outside the fibreglass hood, bumpers and deck lid along with the plexiglass windows let this car cross the scales at just 2,700 pounds. Although Dick says that

this is a fun car, easy to drive and almost always runs straight the funny car type roll cage helps enhance his safety......he says, with a smile, that it got sideways only one time....

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The near car is Dick at Ramona racing Dave Crower (Crower Cams) - Dick won!

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i s l ot s of ho r s e p o w e r in kingman! Found just three years ago in the desert, it now turns heads and runs 9.16 @145 & is street legal!

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hen Larry Leslie of Kingman discovered the cab of this 1965 Mustang fastback alongside of I-40 in Yucca, Az rusting in the desert who would have thought that just one year later it would look like this? Larry brought the pieces of this Mustang to his shop at A-1 Tire and went to work. Larry’s wife Debbie didn’t see much of him for the next year, but what finally rolled out was worth the effort. This Escort Red beauty is a real race car from the tube chassis to the Mickey Thompson ET Street tires on 12" wide ribbed Centerlines. The 347 cubic inches are fed by a Vortech SS blower using 22 pounds of boost to deliver the VP C16 112 octane fuel under pressure. Shifting duties are handled by a Powerglide trans mated to a 8.8 inch Ford rear end. Kirkey seats provide the comfort and Autometer gauges monitor the vital signs. Larry is a soft spoken guy, but he lets his right foot do the talking and delivers 580 horsepower with 670 foot pounds of torque to the pavement. This combination has propelled Larry and his blown pony to 145 mph in 9.16 seconds at Speedworld in Phoenix. Be sure to check this beauty out in person at the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags in September, Larry is one of the homeboys racing there.

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Is A Permanent Motorsports Park Coming?

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s you are reading this we are preparing for the “Worlds Largest Legal Street Drags” the Napa Racing Kingman Street Drags VI. Sounds cool to be able to say that, and I will admit to all the people from the Directors of Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc. to every single volunteer that will give their time to make it happen it is something we are all very proud of. The success of this event has made everyone proud, from Napa Auto Parts, our title sponsor on every event, to the City of Kingman, our Mayor and Police Chief and Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan. We have given all a reason to be a little more proud of where we live.

To begin with the property must be at least a half of a mile long, this is a requirement in order to build a drag strip with appropriate shut down area for the minimum of an eighth mile track. It is double that for a quarter mile track. Now in that half-mile you cannot have any washes since building bridges represents a cost we could not afford. Next we need the property to be accessible from a paved road. With the huge costs of building the facility we cannot incur the expense of paving our own road to the property. The property needs to be close to a city from which to draw our spectators and the amenities the racers would need, such as hotels, restaurants, auto parts stores, gas stations and the like.

But……..it’s not what we are truly about, it’s not our goal. We have planned from the start to build a Museum. Our mission statement reads “To bring safe, fun, affordable, family motor sports entertainment to the Tri State and to highlight and preserve the rich history of Route 66 and the Kingman Army Airfield”. We decided ten years ago that to reach our ultimate goal of the Museum we needed to have a reliable source of income, a revenue stream. That’s what the multi-faceted Motorsports Facility is to provide.

With Kingman the center of the largest piece of Route 66 still in existence this is the natural location for the facility. Our weather is conducive to year round racing, our proximity to two of the NHRA tracks means we would be a prime choice for Pro teams to test here. We have looked at property as small as 40 acres and as large as a full section (640 acres). We have tried to locate at the Kingman Airport. In fact we spent nearly five years attempting that. Suffice it to say that the FAA has given the final word that it is not going to happen there. We have walked on, or have pictures of or have had surveyed more pieces of property then you can imagine. We have looked as far as 55 miles east, 61 miles north, 25 miles south and 30 miles west of Kingman.

We will focus on a Drag Race Facility first, that’s where most of the interested supporters are. But it won’t stop there, we have plans to include an Equestrian Facility as well. We have a verbal contract to start construction of a Sand Drags track just as soon as we have property. Plans are already formulated to build a state of the art Motocross track, with a stock car dirt track, BMX track and more included in our plans

We actually got as far as a public auction with a piece of property that belonged to ADOT. We spent two and a half years getting ADOT to release the property for sale and after all of that we were outbid by two investors from Michigan. To say this has been difficult and frustrating is like saying the sun is bright. But we press on, I don’t know if it’s because we like the struggle or whether we are just stubborn. But we never thought it was going to be anywhere near as hard as it has been.

The Napa Racing Kingman Street Drags is a tool that is helping us to continually climb the ladder towards our real goal of this permanent facility. We have spent years developing our business plan and marketing our investment plan. We have raised over $500,000.00 so far. We have grown the annual Street Drags event to the level it is at today as a way to generate funds while keeping the community’s interest, involvement, desire and passion at a high. As yet we have not secured our permanent property. This has been the largest battle we have had to fight from the inception of our dream. It is a battle we work on every single day, behind the scenes of what the public sees Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc. Doing. So many factors are needed to make a piece of property suitable for this facility and almost weekly we have someone new contact us regarding property they think will work.

The success of the Street Drags not only feeds the fire in the public, its feeds our fire as well. Reminding us of what we are trying to achieve and what the results can be. We are making strides and putting forth the effort to make a permanent facility a reality. In the next installment we will explain where we are today and what you can do to help make it happen. Brian

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Membership is Now Open! J

oin Now! Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc. is looking for a few good men (and women too!) It was announced this month that the board of directors of Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc., the group that produces the Kingman Street Drags presented by NAPA Racing, has just decided to open membership in the Kingman Drag Racing Association to competition members.

This is good news for the auto enthusiasts of the tristate because for just a small annual fee ($25) you can become a Competition Member of Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc. This will provide you with a discount on purchases from selected sponsoring organizations such as NAPA Auto Parts in Kingman, Snap-On dealers in the tristate and others soon to be announced. In addition your second day of racing at the Kingman Street Drags presented by NAPA Racing 2009 free! If you aren’t racing your cool laminated membership credential will gain you free admittance to the grandstands to view the racing. Your membership will entitle you to special “members only” access through the website with the directors as they continue with their great efforts to construct a permanent motorsports competition facility in the Kingman area to serve the entire region. So don’t wait! Fill out the membership application form below and mail it with your check for $25 today and become a member. Help your sport while you help Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc. and help yourself to even more fun and involvement! The Directors of RT66W&W

Welcome to the club!

Please fill this out and mail it with your check for $25 to:

Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc. Kingman Drag Racing Association 4730 Finance Way Kingman, AZ 86401

(928) 727-7866 GO Kingmanstreetdrags.com

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It’s a Family Affair

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1998. The grades stayed up and the father-son team built the ‘Cuda we see here. It has a 340 ci engine by Dan Sleep (who also helped in other areas) with Crane roller and rockers, a great deal of port work driving a Chrysler 904 trans with trans brake and 4,000 rpm stall torque converter into a 4:10 positraction rear end.

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his black beauty is a father and son project that really worked. Walt Bridges made a deal with his son Brent when he was a sophomore in high school that if he kept his grades up Walt would match dollars with him on his summer earnings to build this car, and they would build it together. The car started life as a 1968 Barracuda parts car and driver for Bob Riggle of “Hemi Under Glass” fame when the project got underway in

Not only has the car been a success at the strip by turning a very respectable 11.99 at 121 mph at Las Vegas the grades deal paid off in spades for both father and son with Brent earning a full scholarship to Oregon State. Although his scholarship was for football he earned a degree in engineering management. Watch for Brent to return to Kingman in September for the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags .......so the big question is who will get to drive......father or son? Doesn’t matter, they both are winners, thanks in part to this very cool ‘Cuda.

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The Man Behind the Voice

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f you’ve attended motorsports events in the tristate chances are you will recognize the voice, but you may not know the name or accomplishments o f “ t h e Vo i c e o f Motorsports”, Mike Kinney. From the SCORE off-road race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to monster truck shows at Havasu 95 and everything in between he has brought his unique talents to help inform and excite audiences young and old. Fortunately he will again entertain and educate the fans at the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags this year for both days of racing. It has been our pleasure to know and work with Mike for a long while at numerous events and many people who love his knowledgeable announcing are unaware of his passion to utilize his skills in helping disadvantaged children. He does this via the car show he prod uces Memo rial Day weekend at El Dorado Park in North Las Vegas, near his home. In fact, it is so near his home this car show literally grew out of a celebration of Mike’s birthday with friends and neighbors at his home.

The party got so big over the years that he, with help from his lovely wife Mary and friend and neighbor Pat Murphy, moved “Mike’s Birthday Bash” just up the street onto the grass at the ne ig hb or ho od pa rk an d invited hundreds of his best buddies to bring their cars and join the party. Well, they accepted the invitation and now more than three

You may have seen Mike on Speed Channel as a representative of the Lili Clair Foundation at the Las Vegas Barret Jackson Auction. We applaud Mike, Mary, Pat and their friends for their fine a n d n o b l e achievements and we are all better for knowing them. When you see Mike, be sure to say thanks...and a tip of the TMN hat to Mike (Mary and Pat too!).

hundred and fifty of the loveliest cars and trucks in the tristate are displayed on the grass for the benefit of Mike’s chosen charity, the Li li Cl ai re Fo un da ti on Family Resource Center. Last year Mike, Mary and their friends donated over $26,000 to the Foundation from their efforts, their largest donation to date, and one they look to exceed with the 10 th Gasoline Alley Mike’s Birthday Bash on Sunday, May 24th,. 20


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You are cordially invited to attend the KSDVI Block Party and Car Show on Route 66

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ew this year as a part of the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags the fun won’t be only on the drag strip. Saturday night the street will come alive on Old Route 66 in downtown Kingman right at the end of the drag strip when the biggest block party and open car show in the area will kick off. There will be a live band to keep you entertained and the great Bud products will flow at the beer gardens while you enjoy the assembled cars, trucks, rods and motorcycles displayed on the street. It is only $10 to enter your vehicle and power-park on Route 66.

Heck, it is a good way to get to see the wrap up of the drag racing on Saturday. So plan now to take part in the fun of the biggest motorsports event in Kingman history, and go www.kingmanstreeetdrags.com to enter or to get more information and to RSVP. But take a tip from TMN, “be there or be square”.

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Best Western Kings Inn & Suites

Official Host Hotel NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags VI 2930 E. Andy Devine Kingman, AZ 86401 (928) 753-6101 Fax (928) 753-6192 Direct Reservations (800) 750-6101 Worldwide Reservations (800) 528-1234 222 22


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NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags V Winners Trophy Class st

1 Geoff Bennett, 50 of Kingman @ 6.275 1970 Chev Camaro nd 2 Jesse McCurdy, 35 of Las Vegas @ 4.848 (break out) 1985 Chev Z28

Truck Class 1st Richard Harris, 44 of Las Vegas @ 6.317 1973 Ford Courier 2nd Dexter Deterding, 29 of Kingman @ 5.994 (red light) 1998 Dodge Ram

Hot Rod Class 1st Troy Denton, 44 of Prescott Valley @ 4.491 1970 Chev Nova 2nd Bill Strickland, 45 of Grandsville, Ut @ 5.897 1933 Willys Coupe

Pro Street Class 1st Dick Lechein, 74 of Kingman @ 4.473 1966 Chev Chevelle 2nd Brien Giglio, 44 of Kingman @ 6.617 1968 Chev Camaro

Motorcycle Class 1st Bryan King, 46 of Las Vegas @ 5.167 1998 Yamaha 2nd Tracy Malan, 54 of Barstow, CA @ 4.740 2005 Kawasaki

Unlimited Class 1st Joseph Niswonger, 53 of Las Vegas @ 4.262 1970 Chev Chevelle 2nd Dan Withers, 56 of Phoenix @ 4.318 1948 Chev Pickup

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Your Local Authorized Dealers:

Joe Klein, Kingman, AZ (928) 412-TOOL (8665) Robert Vasquez, Bullhead City, NV (928) 303-1016 Russ & Gary Amos Lake Havasu City, AZ (928) 716-8665 & 715-8665

Fred “Bud” Haas, Parker, AZ/Blythe, CA (928) 208-9261

Proud Sponsor of Kingman Street Drags VI

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Registration Form Registration for car and driver is $25 for one day or $35 for the weekend. Crew is $6/day ($10 weekend) and spectators are $5/day ($8 weekend). Please write very clearly as this is the information to be used for the announcers and all other publications. Second day racing is free to paid KDRA members. Driver Information Name: _____________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________ City: _____________________________ State: ___________________ Zip: _____________ Tel#: (____) __________Cell (____) ___________ Email: __________________ KDRA member #_______________ Car Information Make: ______________________ Model: __________________ Year: _______________________ Color: ___________________ Engine Displacement: ___________ Horsepower: ___________ Modifications: _________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Crew: ________________________________________________ Sponsors: _____________________________________________

______________________________________________________ In consideration of the acceptance of the right to participate, by execution of this entry form, I hereby release and discharge Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc., and all other sponsors of the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags and their officers, employees, directors, agents and representatives and anyone else connected with the management, promotion or presentation of the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags from any and all known or unknown damages, injuries or losses, judgments and or claims from any cause that may be suffered by any entrant to his person or property, further each entrant expressly agrees to indemnify all the foregoing entities, firms, persons and bodies from any and all liability occasioning or resulting from the conduct of any entrant, participants or spectators assisting or cooperating with entrant under the direction of control of the entrant. Further, I agree that any photos or videos of me or my property as a result of this event may be used promotionally or for sale without notice or approval.

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Run to the Sun - Don’t Miss it!

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f you want to see the biggest number of street rods, muscle cars, trucks and cool cars come to Lake Havasu st City October 21 through the 25th for the 32nd annual Run to the Sun presented by the Relics and Rods car club. This is the big daddy of all such events in the tristate, and this year it is open to 1972 or earlier vehicles. You can expect to see one thousand of the finest cars in the southwest displayed on the golf course at the Nautical Inn on Friday and Saturday, but the fun starts earlier with a kick off party on Wednesday night, and Thursday features a poker Run to the BlueWater Casino. Thursday night everyone in Havasu will be on McCulloch Boulevard to kick tires and check out the few hundred entered

vehicles parked there for the Uptown Cruise. This is the largest function in Lake Havasu City! There isn’t a better car show value than this to be had, entry includes all of the above plus dinner for two, a T shirt and souvenir mug, a dash plaque, and if that isn’t enough there is a concert on Friday night and a parade down McCulloch Boulevard Sunday morning. Your funo-meter will be on overload I promise you. Oh yea, did I mention that there is even a fashion show for the ladies on Saturday? Well there is! For more information log onto www.relicsandrods.com or phone (928) 28 855-0933.


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or those that haven’t experienced this unique motorsport before, let me describe it as the act of taking money and turning it into smoke and noise for the fun and enjoyment of the spectators. This will be run using the following “rules” (well, even a knife fight has to have some rules), so the JM Eagle Burnout Contest is no exception.

the “Burn off” finals. We will have two preliminary rounds on Saturday, after which the top three will be chosen to go on to the finals on Sunday. Winners will be chosen by audience reaction for the crowning of this years Tire World Burnout Champion. As always the final decision is at the discretion of the officials of the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags. In the event of a tie, a winner will be determined by a second burnout by the two remaining finalists, or as directed by Officials.

First, you must be a registered competitor in the overall event. Then, you show up at the staging lanes when called and when you get to the line you will be flagged to start your burnout, after which you will be allowed to remain in position up to five seconds. Then you will carry the burnout down the track and you will be judged on the length and style of your burnout. Anyone crossing a boundary line or coming in contact with a barrier will be disqualified. Time constraints may force limitations on the number of competitors allowed to burnout. The winners will be determined by crowd reaction, (and trust me, you’ll know a good burnout when you see one) and the top three finishers will be invited to

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Martin Swanty Chrysler, Dodge & Jeep Proud Sponsor of the Martin Swanty Celebrity Challenge & KSDVI Lane Sponsor 2620 E. Andy Devine, Kingman www.Martin SwantyChrysler.com (928) 753-3131

Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner

Armando and Michelle Jiminez

Old Route 66 & First Street (105 E. Andy Devine Avenue) Kingman, AZ 86401

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Community Service Just one part of Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc.

Miss Wings & Wheels 2008 Kimmie Adams and members of her court

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he guys & gals of Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc. are driven by a sense of community pride and involvement that is reflected in their outreach to civic groups, causes and organizations. An example of this occurred at the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags V when the “Route 66 Drag Strip” became a stage for local performing arts groups to showcase their skills to the appreciative audience in the grandstands. They were proudly led by “Miss Wings & Wheels 2008, Kimmie Adams and members of her lovely court. Nowhere is the selfless nature of these fine folks displayed better than in the multiple car shows staged by them to benefit various citizens and causes. You now can become a competition member of this fine organization and support them in their great work. See elsewhere in this issue for membership information.

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Got a Need for Speed?

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he NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags has become the largest event in Kingman in just seven years. And rightly so, for nowhere else in the tristate can you find real, side-by-side drag racing anywhere, let alone right on Old Route 66 in downtown Kingman. There you will do burnouts, run with a real Christmas tree start, and get actual timed runs. Route 66 Wings and Wheels Inc. who produces the event, is on the mission to build a complete motorsports facility in the Kingman area with a permanent drag strip, moto cross track, dirt stock car track and more. The NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags is their main fundraiser to help them toward the goal, and it is working. In September the street comes alive for three days of tire smokin’ rubber burning fun and it is open to everyone. Bring your street rod, your grocery getter or your race car (or motorcycle or truck) and get in on the fun. You can stay informed by logging onto www.kingmanstreetdrags.com There are vendors, hospitality suites, a concert, a car show and the biggest street party that Kingman has ever known so plan now to get in on the fun.....there is plenty of it to go around and you will be helping them build a permanent facility for all of us to enjoy.

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Advertisers Index Best Western Kings Inn Budweiser Coca-Cola Dambar Steak House Empire Cat Hualapai Mountain Med Ctr Kingman Regional Med Ctr Kingsmen Rodeo Martin Swanty Chrysler Mertens Mr. Dz Route 66 Diner NAPA Auto Parts Oliver & Oliver Snap-on Tools Taco Bell

A special thanks to our master photographers, for their superb work RT66W&W

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VENDING OPPORTUNITIES

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n response to increased demand the NAPA Racing Kingman Street Drags have expanded the space available for commercial vendors to participate in the event this year. Activities begin on Friday night and continue into Saturday evening with the new car show and band concert this year, and conclude after the awards presentation on Sunday afternoon September 20. This offers nearly three days for vendors to offer their goods or services to the many thousands of spectators that attend the event annually.

required to have paid for their space and to show a valid Kingman City business license prior to opening their booth or display, and food vendors are required to show a Mohave County Health Permit as well. Remember that no AC power or water is available. Vending will be open Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm (or until the block party is over), Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

If you are interested in securing vending space you can get vendor application forms by v i s i t i n g t h e w e b s i t e a t www.kingmanstreetdrags.com. Or, for more information call (928) 727-7866. Set up will begin Friday at noon, and all vendors will be

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Tristate Motor News - July 2009