- Published on Friday, 22 March 2013 21:12
NORWALK, Ohio – Funny Cars catch you off guard, making you feel like you’re the one who’s crazy.
If you’ve ever been struck by the beguiling ways of Funny Cars; if you’ve ever attended an event thinking you would watch a drag race, but you fell in love with floppers instead, then celebrate with us the 2013 Golden Anniversary of Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The Funny Car Fox Hunt on April 27, 2013 matches up four period-correct Funny Cars from the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit, headquartered in Akron, Ohio; and girls get in free.
Bill Bader Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park, said the throwback event from decades ago honors memories of a boyhood at the track.
“Funny Cars have always been my favorite,” Bill Bader Jr. said. “There is nothing else in motorsports like a short wheelbase, ill-handling, violent and hunting Funny Car. I’ve always said the person willing to drive a Funny Car has a death wish.”
The Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit covers the Great Lakes region, including New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois, said Dennis Salzwimmer, Akron, director of the five-year-old group.
Dennis Salzwimmer coordinated the Funny Cars appearing at the Funny Car Fox Hunt. All of the Funny Car bodies are from a 1980s style and earlier.
“In that era, you could tell what the Funny Car looked like – a Vega, Camaro, Barracuda,” Dennis Salzwimmer said. “Back in the 70’s and 80’s they looked like their street counterparts. The saying goes, ‘You win on Sunday and sell on Monday.’ You wanted it to look like the guy’s daily driver.
“The Funny Cars today are basically designed to be as aerodynamic as possible,” Dennis Salzwimmer said, adding some modern floppers look like a wedge with a bubble on top.
The four Nostalgia Funny Cars officially scheduled to match race in the Funny Car Fox Hunt include:
• Dazed and Confused, a 1969 Camaro, Jerry Streb, Youngstown, Ohio.
• Old and Fuelish, a 1978 Corvette, John DeCort, Salem, Ohio.
• Sharky’s Machine, a 1979 Omni, Lance Good, Pittsburgh area.
• Total Insanity, 1977 Monza, Chris Massarella, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey.
“I’m looking for an opportunity to impress some people,” Dennis Salzwimmer said. “We’re probably going to have a couple extra cars there to do some testing and upgrade a license.”
Most of the drivers on the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit form a crew of family and friends.
“With Lance Good and with a lot of us, when we were growing up we thought the Funny Cars were cool and always wanted to have one,” Dennis Salzwimmer said. “Now with the nostalgia movement, it gives us the opportunity to have one and to relive the glory of the ‘70s and ‘80s, to kind of like relive our fantasy.”
The intrigue captured Dennis Salzwimmer as a young adult.
“After high school my buddy drug me to the races,” Salzwimmer said. “I’ve been hooked ever since. After I got through the kids, I had some money to put (a Funny Car) together, and I did. In 2002 I had a ’77 Monza Funny Car. We ran that for a couple of years. Then we had a ’79 Trans Am.”
When the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit formed, Dennis Salzwimmer sold his Funny Car to focus on working at his full-time job providing rubber to firms such as appliance manufacturers, in addition to running the group, on the Web at www.glnfcc.com.
“We have a great group of guys, a great group of cars,” Dennis Salzwimmer said of the 17 participating members. “We go out to have some fun.”
So on April 27 bring your honey to the Funny Car Fox Hunt – girls get in free – and swap stories about your favorites.
Other headliner entertainment includes Jill Canuso and Al Hanna as they race the Hanna Motorsports Queen of Diamonds for the last time.
The Queen of Diamonds II, a state-of-the-art 300 mph Jet Dragster in a radically new design, debuts at the Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, said Al Hanna, owner of Hanna Motorsports and designer of the Queen of Diamonds II.
Also, the Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series and Bear Motorsports Junior Dragsters presented by Wiseco launch their first race of the season at the Funny Car Fox Hunt.
And as usual, the event caps with Bader family signature fireworks. You know what those are for…Sit back in your grandstand seat, pull your loved ones close and enjoy the view.
Here's an idea: Create a Funny Car Fox Hunt event or group on Facebook.com and invite all of your friends. Share this story on your timeline. It’s an affordable event for families, even those headed by single parents.
Admission for men is $15; boys ages six to 12, $5; boys under age six, free. All girls get in free.
Gates open at 8 a.m. Time trials at 9 a.m. Pre-race ceremonies, 6 p.m. Show 7 p.m. Free pit access. Free parking.
For event information click on: Girls get in free.