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SOUTHEAST

 

Reply to: Ken Miller

                             40 Oakmont Lane

                                      Greeneville, TN 37743

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FIDDLERS AND FIDDLEHEADS 2010 HILL CLIMB

April 23, 2010

 

The night before the hill climb it looked like Mother Nature had plans for us that did not include a hill climb. The weather forecast was 80% probability of severe thunderstorms for the entire weekend. We woke up the morning of the hill climb to a dark dreary day with light rain. The forecast said we might get a short window before the bad weather hit.

 

Around 9:15 the skies cleared and we started setting up the timing equipment. The road was wet but dry enough so that practice runs commenced. No one was able to get a good grip on the wet pavement so everyone was spinning tires at take off and practice times were terrible. Around 11:30 the sun came out and dried the track – times improved. The weather man predicted severe thunderstorms were moving into the area and we decided to proceed with the final runs rather than take the planned break for lunch. Wouldn’t you know it – no rain or storms for the rest of the weekend – just threats!

 

The turnout of drivers was down a little from previous years probably due to the predicted weather and maybe due to the general economy. In total we had 18 drivers challenge Bluegrass Hill with it’s 10.5% slope. Drivers and spectators attended from AL, TN, NC, GA. OH, FL, IN, and even MN.

 

David Moore from Hixson, TN drove his 1931 Pickup to win the S-1 class beating out Betty Goebel from Evansville, IN.

 

Carl Adams from Mooresville, NC and Buck Wellborn from Boone, NC were unchallenged in the ST-1 and M-1 classes respectively.

 

We had a request to create a “stock” Speedster class for all those who have built speedsters using only stock Model A parts. We agreed to set up, as a trial for this hill climb only, a special class which we elected to call the Skeeter (SK) class. The only modifications other than the body which were allowed were an open exhaust with a stock manifold and 1935 or earlier wheels. When the cars checked in we found that only one car qualified. Tillotson and Sears carburetors are not stock. Don Wathen from Evansville, IN had the only car to qualify for the Skeeter class.

 

George Miller from Clayton, NC brought his new, almost finished, Speedster and raced to beat 7 other competitors in the SP-1 class. George was the official weather forecaster for the weekend, proving he was better at building fast cars than as a weather forecaster. Wanda Daugherty from Boonville, IN raced her Speedster to capture Queen of the Hill honors.

 

Dave Hoover from Ovieda, FL finally won his very own belt buckle as he raced Elvira to win the SP-2 class, beating out his son Bobby and Bill Stelcher from Sarasota, FL..

 

Don Cusack from Prior Lake, MN took honors for traveling the greatest distance; bringing his 1926 T Speedster to race in the TSP-2 class. The Laurel OHV with its 16 valves was the first a number of us had ever seen.

 

George Vineyard from Tunnel Hill, GA brought his 1932 Sprint car and ran in the Historic class.

 

The Johnson City Press again gave excellent coverage to this event. About half of the front page was covered with pictures of Buck Wellborn and George Vineyard. More pictures were included on page 8A. Our lady hillclimbers took exception to Buck’s quote that “this is really like old men and their toys”. Buck we have some ladies who like to play cars too.

 

Friday evening we gathered at the Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens for a delicious barbeque dinner and the Awards presentations. Entertainment was provided by a group of Hill Climb folks who had brought their instruments with them: The winner of a 50/50 drawing was Kevin Daugherty from Boonville, IN who promptly donated the money back to FAST Southeast – thanks Kevin.

 

On Saturday morning the Model A’s joined with other antique cars at a car show at the Farmhouse Gallery and Gardens. Over 30 bands played Bluegrass, Gospel, and Country music to the delight of everyone.

 

We are working on a future hill climb in the Forest City, NC area. Read your F.A.S.T. newsletter for additional information.

 

This event was hosted by East Tennessee MARC with the Hill Climb conducted by F.A.S.T. Southeast.


FIDDLERS AND FIDDLEHEADS 2010 HILL CLIMB RESULTS

 

Car No.

Driver

Type Car

E.T.

M.P.H.

CLASS S-1

 

 

 

 

23

David Moore

1931 Pick Up

14.96

31.19

7

Betty Goebel

1930 Coupe

16.44

25.27

CLASS ST-1

 

 

 

 

5

Carl Adams

1931 Pick Up

14.52

31.66

CLASS M-1

 

 

 

 

2

Buck Wellborn

1931 Roadster

14,23

36.36

CLASS SK

 

 

 

 

97

Don Wathen

1929 Speedster

15.15

31.18

CLASS SP-1

 

 

 

 

6

George Miller

1930 Speedster

10.36

51.41

3

Ken Miller

1930 Speedster

10.72

48.16

11

Don Higgs

1929 Speedster

10.85

46.31

28

Mark Hodge

1928 Speedster

11.17

46.49

60

Kenneth Hedrick

1929 Speedster

14.45

31.74

55

Wanda Daughtery

1929 Speedster

14.92

30.09

8

Casey Tieken

1931 Speedster

15.93

27.64

13

Steve Lankford

1930 Speedster

16.03

29.19

CLASS SP-2

 

 

 

 

79

Dave Hoover

1930 Speedster

9.44

56.36

79

Bobby Hoover

1930 Speedster

9.60

55.90

29

Bill Stelcher

1929 Speedster

11.50

45.92

CLASS TSP-2

 

 

 

 

1

Don Cusack

1926 Speedster

11.39

45.43

CLASS H

 

 

 

 

4

George Vineyard

1932 Sprint Car

11.54

43.29