ERIC OREWILER'S ANGLIA BODIED MODIFIED IS GETTING SOME FINISHING TOUCHES BEFORE IT GETS SHOT WITH PAINT..HE PLANS TO BRING
THE HERNANDO, FL BASED CAR TO ZEPHYRHILLS FOR MEMBER INSPECTION/INPUT BEFORE HE GETS THE MOTOR FROM SANTA..
JOE AND DOT FARNSWORTH BUILT MODIFIED..
JIM HEILAND IS PROGRESSING ON HIS WINTER PROJECT...HE NOW HAS FOUND A DONER 1970 NOVA TO SKIN HIS FRAME..
JIM HEILAND HAS PURCHASED A WINTER PROJECT THAT HE HAS BEEN TRYING TO ACQUIRE FOR THREE YEARS..ITS A EARLY '70s CHEVY NOVA
BODIED STOCK CAR BUILT & DRIVEN BY BOB JUSOLA IN WISCONSIN..
NEW DAARA MEMBER RICHARD YUREWITCH FROM WEBSTER, FLORIDA IS BRINGING ANOTHER FLATHEAD MIDGET INTO THE CLUB..
DAARA MEMBER GEOFF YODER(circle) HAD A DIRT MODIFIED IN THE RACE AT THE 1979 SUPER DIRT WEEK ON THE "MOODY MILE" AT SYRACUSE..HIS CAR #94(white Gremlin) IS
HALFWAY DOWN THE FIELD IN THE LEFT LANE..THIS WAS WHEN 140 MODIFIEDS OF A WIDE VARITY TRIED TO QUALIFY AND TRANSPORTATION
WAS ON OPEN TRAILERS..(photo by Scott Pacich, AARN columnist)
UPDATED INFO:..JERRY PAQUIN PROVIDED US WITH SOME INFORMATION ON THE BLUE CROSLEY TQ ROADSTER..IT RACED IN INDIANA WITH A SAAB ENGINE AND
THEN AT FLORIDA CITY WITH A CROSLEY..THE CAR WAS OWNED BY GENE BARFIELD IN KEY LARGO..IT ENDED UP WITH BRIAN SPINKS WHO LATER
SOLD IT TO BILL CHARLES..PART OF THE DEAL WAS THE CAR HAD TO BE CUT AWAY FROM A FOUR INCH DIAMETER TREE THAT HAD GROWN UP
THROUGH IT..BILL BROUGHT IT TO ZHILLS, RACED IT A FEW TIMES WITH A CROSLEY AND THEN HAD TOM WILKEY PUT A HONDA ENGINE IN IT..
RUSS BLEVINS RECENTLY BOUGHT IT FROM BILL HAS BEEN REFURBISHING THE CAR..RUSS EXPECTS TO RUN IT A ZEPHYRHILLS IN NOVEMBER 2007....
AUTHORS AND DAARA MEMBERS JIM AND SARAH KASERMAN ARE GETTING READY TO ENTER ANOTHER DIMENSION WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE 2nd
ANNUAL FORT MYERS BEACH PIRATE FESTIVAL..CLICK HERE OR ON THEIR LOGO BELOW
FOR THEIR NEW PIRATE ADVENTURES WEBSITE http://www.sarahjameskaserman.com..
LARRY LARIVEE 7-11 MODIFIED..
THE BALLOTS FOR THE ELECTION OF THREE DAARA BOARD MEMBERS ARE IN THE MAIL..BILL WENDT IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION..THE TWO OTHER
POSITIONS ARE TO REPLACE CORY LANE AND JIM KNAPP..
HAVE YOU MAKE YOUR PLANS TO RUN FRIDAY NIGHT DECEMBER 14,2007 DURING THE CHARITY TRUCKER 200 AT ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD..?
FROM MY ZEPHYRHILLS SCRAP BOOK
THE GANG IS ALL HERE..THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN THE EARLY '90s BY DICK FRIEDLEY..DOES ANYONE KNOW THE YEAR AND CAN YOU NAME
THE MEMBERS..?..EMAIL ME AT email@example.com IF YOU CAN HELP...JIM
BILL CHARLES AND TOM WILKEY..(JJ photo)
BOB BAILEY'S #2 & #22 OFFY MIDGETS WERE ALWAYS A WELCOME SIGHT IN THE PITS..(JJ photo)
GARY GIMLER, MARK GIMLER, AND JIM KNAPP IN STAGING..MARK AND GARY WERE HELPING OUT THEIR GRANDFATHER ON HIS #11 CHEVY II MIDGET..(JJ photo)
FAMED INDY CAR BUILDER A.J. WATSON AND UNIDENTIFIED FRIEND..(JJ photo)
WE MISS DON AND SUE STIVES AND THEIR MODIFIED...BUT AS YOU CAN SEE ITS IN GOOD COMPANY IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA..
IF YOU GO IN THE POND LIKE DARIN HOWARD DID TWICE IN ONE YEAR AT ZEPHYRHILLS YOU MIGHT GET A SPECIAL AWARD..
JIM KNAPP AND CURTIS WHALIN PUSHING IN THEIR EARLIER YEARS AT ZEPHYRHILLS..
NEW MEMBER BILL RYND FROM LAKELAND, FL RECENTLY FOUND A 1946 HILLEGAS MIDGET IN A WAREHOUSE IN NEW JERSEY..AFTER A LITTLE
CLEAN UP THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FLATHEAD IS READY TO RUN..YOU KNOW OUR CLUB MEMBERS MUST HAVE THE BEST LOOKING FLATHEAD MIDGET
COLLECTION IN THE COUNTRY..
DISCREETLY DARING...Monday, Aug. 16, 1948 (TIME magazine article)
"Bronco Bill" Schindler, favorite of eastern midget auto-racing fans, drove his bucking doodlebug in Hinchliffe Stadium at
Paterson, N.J. last week, fresh from victory two nights earlier at a track about 40 miles away. The crowd expected him to
win again. As king of the eastern doodlebug circuit (53 wins in 1947, 35 so far in 1948), Bill Schindler is one of the
sport's big money winners.
But at Paterson, Schindler seemed to hold back. Time after time, as Veteran Chauffeur Bob Disbrow* hugged the pole out front,
Schindler drove his black Offenhauser up alongside him, stomped on the foot-throttle and seemed about to pass. And each time
in turn he eased off, slid back into the second slot again. At the race's end, he was still second man. When Schindler
pulled up, swung the stump of his left leg over the side and reached for his crutches, his fans showed their disappointment,
but Bronco Bill did not. "There was oil on that track," he explained. "I might have skidded right into heaven."
Foolishness to the Foolhardy. With the $240 second money snugged away (for less than 15 minutes' work), Schindler went home,
ready to drive again at six different tracks in the next seven days. With him, intact, went his reputation as the shrewdest
of eastern midget drivers. After 16 years behind the wheel, Schindler knows what can and what cannot be done with the
snarling little cars; foolishness he leaves to the foolhardy.
Having smashed 24 bones and lost a leg on the race track, Bronco Bill Schindler at 39 has learned to temper daring with
discretion. Now president of the American Racing Drivers Club, which controls about 375 chauffeurs, he is a leading advocate
of stricter racing rules, better machines, four-wheel brakes.
Like most midget men, Schindler does not agree that the crowd's lust for blood is the basis of the sport's popularity. In
fact, attendance has been known to drop after a fatal accident. Critics of the sport have overlooked its obvious, uncomplicated
charms. It is fast, hotly competitive, requires skill and nerve and, like most crowd-pleasing American pastimes, involves
lots of noise. When half a dozen cars whine down the straightaway inches apart and fling into a screeching slide around a
curve, the drivers brush lightly against the wings of death. But as in a tight-rope act, danger is the attraction, not death.
Something for the Girls. "There'll always be risks, and there'll always be accidents, but we can cut out a lot of the
harum-scarum stuff without spoiling the thrills," Schindler says. With the development of the brutish little Offenhauser
motors, midgets today seldom hide under the cowl outboard motors or souped-up Ford engines. Modern midgets have hit as high
as 142 m.p.h. on a straightaway. On the small tracks, the doodlebugs have a ceiling of about 75 m.p.h., since chauffeurs
have to negotiate a new curve every four or five seconds.
First-rate men like Schindler can pull down $20,000 in purses in a May-October season, but 60% usually goes to a car owner.
Cash, however, is not the chauffeurs' only reward: women of all ages go overboard for the midget sport. They keep scrapbooks,
write fan letters, pester drivers for autographs, send them gifts of helmets, goggles, gloves. Once at Danbury, Conn., two
elderly ladies bustled down from the grandstand, thumped crack Chauffeur Ted Tappett on the head with their handbags because
he had beaten their favorite.
THE BOYS @ Z-HILLS FEBRUARY 2006
FRONT ROW..SKIP LACER, WILD BILL DAVIS
SECOND ROW..RON MARCORELLE, DICK JONES, LARRY WILLIAMS, LUKE MCLEAN