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F.A.S.T.

SOUTHEAST

 

Reply to: Ken Miller

                             40 Oakmont Lane

                                      Greeneville, TN 37743

                   E-mail: vickyman@comcast.net

 

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MORGANTON 2008 HILL CLIMB

September 5, 2008

 

During the week leading up to the hill climb everyone was carefully watching Hanna to see if she was going to develop into a hurricane and slam into the Carolina coast, bringing torrential rains to inland North Carolina. We decided to ignore some of the computer models and to forget about Hanna and to proceed with the hill climb. The gods, however, felt kindly to us and nary drop of the wet stuff fell on Morganton the entire weekend.

 

At 9 a.m. on September 5, Model A’s gathered to start practicing and adjusting their cars to win the “gold” plus (more importantly) bragging rights. We had some old faces but were pleased to welcome a number of new faces to our favorite sport of hill climbing. Old friends and new friends from the states of FL, GA, SC, NC, TN, OH, IN, NY and even TX showed up to engage in friendly warfare.

 

At 1:00 p.m. the mayor of Morganton dropped the flag on Morganton’s own 1917 American LaFrance fire engine which roared up the hill with its siren blasting. Yes, Jim B this beauty was a 4 cylinder but with buckets for pistons. It’s time of 20.12 seconds and 26.29 mph didn’t beat any of the Model A’s but it did scare a few dogs along the hill.

 

David Moore from Hixson, TN in his 1930 Coupe gained a little revenge from his beating in Unicoi as he edged out Betty Goebel in her 1930 Coupe and captured top honors in the S-1 class.

 

Ron Kelley from Royse City, TX again demonstrated his talent in engine building as he drove his 1928 Roadster Pick Up to an impressive time in the ST-1 class.

 

Jim Boggs from N. Charleston, SC captured honors in the ST-2 class driving the 1928 Tudor which was purchased new by his father in-law and has been in the family ever since.

 

Mike Bogart from Troy, OH drove his 1931 Roadster 500 miles to run the hill and win the M-1 class. Mike left right after the meet to return the 500 miles home as he said he was in the dog house for coming to Morganton. Hope you get out of the dog house Mike and join us at the next hill climb.

 

David Young from Hendersonville, NC had his 1931 Tudor roaring as he won the M-2 class unchallenged.

 

Dave Keplinger from Jonesborough, TN took a leisurely ride in his 1931 Victoria winning the M-4 class unchallenged.

 

SP-1 was again the most populated class. The competition was fierce between the top 5 cars as the lead kept changing as we progressed through the practice and final runs. It seems a little suspicious and I would not claim that anyone would cheat but……………….. When the guy who set up the meet; had his buddies doing the start line and finish line flagging wins his class and King of the Hill honors, well you just have to wonder. Anyway, congratulations Greg Deal on a great meet and on your whopping everyone at the hill climb.

 

Wanda Daughtery from Boonville, IN brought her brand new Speedster and sped to win Queen of the Hill honors. Yes, she picked out the color and Kevin like a dutiful husband painted it as he was instructed.

 

Bill Stelcher from Sarasota, FL arrived with his 1929 Speedster with a Riley 4 Port OHV. Bill let his buddy Rick Sanders drive his car and lost the class as Rick again demonstrated the effect of weight on speed.

 

Robert Tone from Sarasota, FL driving his 1916 Speedster was unchallenged in the T-SP class.

 

George Vineyard brought his 1932 beautiful Sprint car and ran in the Historic class.

 

As a side bet, Ken Miller and Bill Stelcher had a “Fat Man race”, The loser had to buy the winner a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. Ken had been beating Bill on every run all day long and could taste those donuts. Bill must have slipped some nitro or moonshine into his gas tank on his very last run as he edged out Ken and got to wolf down all the donuts.

 

Friday evening we gathered at the Holiday Inn for a delicious prime rib/chicken dinner and the Awards presentations. Entertainment was provided by a local group led by our host Greg Deal, banjo picker extraordinaire.

 

On Friday evening and Saturday morning a lot of folks attended the Historic Morganton Festival and participated in the car show. Rumor has it that a few hill climbers even won a little money.

 

Read your F.A.S.T. newsletter for location and date of the next F.A.S.T. Southeast Hill Climb.


MORGANTON 2008 HILL CLIMB RESULTS

 

Car No.

Driver

Type Car

E.T.

M.P.H.

CLASS S-1

 

 

 

 

14

David Moore

1930 Coupe

13.56

36.70

18

Betty Goebel

1930 Coupe

13.99

35.40

CLASS ST-1

 

 

 

 

91

Ron Kelley

1928 Roadster Pick Up

11.28

47.87

CLASS ST-2

 

 

 

 

1

Jim Boggs

1928 Tudor

13.01

38.15

CLASS M-1

 

 

 

 

31

Mike Bogart

1931 Roadster

10.42

52.76

7

Buck Wellborn

1931 Roadster

12.32

44.10

CLASS M-2

 

 

 

 

5

David Young

1931 Tudor

12.28

40.98

CLASS M-4

 

 

 

 

2

Dave Keplinger

1931 Victoria

12.91

39.35

CLASS SP-1

 

 

 

 

16

Greg Deal

1929 Speedster

9.80

55.58

6

George Miller

1930 Speedster

10.01

53.77

3

Ken Miller

1930 Speedster

10.36

53.32

11

Don Higgs

1929 Speedster

10.37

51.45

13

Ray Stilwell

1927 Speedster

10.45

55.17

38

John Gammage

1929 Speedster

11.72

45.81

15

Wanda Daughtery

1929 Speedster

13.30

37.70

17

Don Wathen

1929 Speedster

13.44

38.54

20

Lucas Duncan

1930 Speedster

14.20

34.96

8

Art Benton

1929 Speedster

DNF

 

CLASS SP-2

 

 

 

 

29b

Rick Sanders

1929 Speedster

10.21

52.95

29a

Bill Stelcher

1929 Speedster

10.31

51.92

Class T-SP

 

 

 

 

4

Robert Tone

1916 Speedster

16.95

29.00

CLASS H

 

 

 

 

10

George Vineyard

1932 Sprint Car

10.09

47.29

CLASS TO

 

 

 

 

 

City of Morganton

1917 Amer. LaFrance

Fire Engine

20.11

26.29