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Editorial:
Another year, another World of Wheels,          like the Program. We added a few new           get some of the Steelers’ cars here next
and yet none of us are any older. How           things this year. The biggest feature is the   year. I know that several of those guys
does that work? The past year has seen          floor plan. Just keep in mind that like all    have some big toys hiding somewhere.
some wild swings in fuel prices, drastic        plans, it is subject to changes, especially
losses in retirement savings, and slashed       during the last few days of preparation.          I hope you enjoy the Show and this
values in collector car prices. That last       Let’s hope not too much is moved. It is        Program. I look forward to hearing from
statement could be good news or bad             definitely not my intention to confuse         you. You’ll find me at the Flashlight
news. It depends on your position - buy-        you.                                           Drags® Booth on the floor of the Show
ing or selling. I asked a shop owner friend
recently if the economy was hurting his            If you get a chance, give me some
                                                                                                                         Michael Schindel
hot rod business. He took me into the           feedback. I’m interested in what you like
shop were at least eight cars were in           and donít like. I’m also anxious to hear                           Publisher – Altered Gas
                                                                                                                  Performance Events, LLC
various stages of progress. He responded,       about your local car scene. Who knows, I
“Is there a problem with the economy?”          might get enough material for additional                      e-mail - info@alteredgas.com
                                                publications. I think the region could sup-                                 412-973-8608
   I hope this year’s Show demonstrates         port a good local car scene magazine. Tell
that the Pittsburgh market is, in fact, do-     me what you would like read about.
ing better than other parts of the country.     Maybe I can cover it.
We have more cars registered than ever.
Take some time to look through the                 I’m writing to you on the Steelers bye-
Program. You’ll find amazing machines,          week. I hope we are celebrating a sixth
as well as a wealth of resources for all your   Super Bowl victory by the time you read
automotive needs. Let me know if you            this. I think I’ll make a point of trying to




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4   FEBRUARY 2009   WORLD OF WHEELS
But Who’s Counting?
I
      can tell you it isn’t Mark Gissendaner,
      owner of GIS AUTOMOTIVE in
      Glenshaw, PA. I met Mark in 2002
      and knew right away that he had his
act together. He’s a car guy. You only need
to see one of his creations, and you get the
picture. His work is astounding. His fa-
vorite, which he displays, is a Willys he
built a few years ago. From the giant
blower sticking out of the hood to the
slicks tucked squarely under the rear end,
the car is solid and the work executed
flawlessly. I remember thinking that his
enthusiasm for his work must be un-
matched, that was until I met his family.
Together, Mark and his wife and three
children have found a way to meld that
enthusiasm into their lives. Mark builds
the cars; his kids race the cars; and oh
yeah, his wife has a hot rod, too. OK, I’ve
made my point. The Gissendaners love
cars. By the way, Mark manages to fit in
a bit of golf, too, with the kids of course.




    But what is ‘Who’s Counting’ all about?     these cars alone,” Mark explained. He         “No, that’s your estimate. Next time look
I took my car to Mark recently for an esti-     went on to spell out how lucky he has been:   before you back up.” That’s not exactly
mate. I was involved in a hit and run ac-       first, to have employees who share his        what my wife said when I hit her car.
cident. I hit my wife’s car in our own          passion; second, to work with people who
driveway, and I ran like crazy. So while I      really do pay attention to detail; and fi-       As the summer rolls around, keep
was waiting for my estimate at GIS, Mark        nally, to have the opportunity to offer a     your eyes and ears open. You just might
and I talked shop. I asked him to estimate      service where work ethic still matters. All   see or hear Mark and his family out on
the number of cars he has built since he        this and he gets to build hot rods!           the town joyriding, enjoying each other
started in the business. He was quick to                                                      and their automobiles.
point out that he doesn’t really keep count.        Remember, Mark was working on my                                                 a/g
“I do know that I couldn’t have built any       quote while we were talking. “It looks like
of them without my crew. I don’t build          a thousand,” he said. “Cars?” I exclaimed.




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History of the Tri River Car Club Council
B
        ack in 1993, some local car club         thusiasts of new laws and coordinate the       grams to the general public. The TRCCC
        members were discussing the car          efforts of clubs and individuals to promote    also works with the Pennsylvania State
        hobby and the fact that there were       the preservation of the hobby.                 Police Camp Cadet Program. Along with
many clubs in Southwestern Pennsylvania.            As a direct result of this success,         these programs, the individual TRCCC
The idea of the various car clubs getting        Council turned its attention to issues with    member clubs help communities by giv-
together for events and camaraderie was          vehicle registrations. The Council was         ing present to local charities for the holi-
the seed that was planted on that pleasant       responsible for the creation of a new, one-    days. The clubs also donate money to
fall evening. With a defined purpose, the        time-fee license plate for Collectible Cars,   charities, as well as directly to families in
TRCCC was born at the old VIP in                 which exempts them from emissions test-        need. From something as small as a
Bridgeville. Since getting together for          ing. This plate covers vehicles with exten-    wrapped gift for a child, to as large as a
events was the main purpose of the club,         sive engine and exhaust modifications – a      $5,000 donation to a charity, the TRCCC
the TRCCC coordinated affairs among the          very important consideration for vehicles      member clubs do their best to make a
member clubs. This was done by keeping           not able to fit under the Antique, Classic,    difference in the community.
clubs informed of dates for shows and            or Street Rod registrations.                       In 2008, NHRA Top Fuel Driver, Doug
cruises via a regularly published newslet-          In addition to working with the local       Herbert, lost his sons, Jon and James, in a
ter. This initial purpose still lives today,     car clubs, the TRCCC works for the car         fatal traffic accident, and as a result
but time has necessitated some changes to        enthusiast by providing judging at car         started the BRAKES Program (Be
the core function of the TRCCC.                  shows. As part of this process, the TRCCC      Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) <
    The Council very quickly found itself        has designed a ratings sheet that fairly       http://www.putonthe brakes.com>. The
in the heat of a battle to keep Centralized      judges cars to determine trophy winners.       TRCCC supports the BRAKES Program
E m i s s i o n s Te s t i n g o u t o f t h e   Each year the TRCCC provides unbiased          and is actively working toward bringing
Commonwealth. How Centralized                    judging for the following car shows:           the BRAKES Safe Driving Education
Emissions Testing would affect our hobby                                                        Program to Southwestern Pennsylvania.
                                                 •	Bud	Baer
became of the utmost concern for the                                                                The TRCCC recently celebrated our
                                                 •	Oakmont
Pennsylvania car enthusiast. With the help                                                      15th Anniversary, and the TRCCC is still
                                                 •	Mt.	Lebanon
of some serious hobbyists, a group of                                                           growing. This year we are scheduled to
                                                 •	Shriners
truly dedicated stakeholders and volun-                                                         hold a two-day event called Auto Fest on
                                                 •	Bridgeville	Community	Days
teers coordinated petition signings, letter                                                     June 13 and 14 on the track at the BeaveRun
                                                 •	South	Hills	Chamber	of	Commerce
writing campaigns, and trips to Harrisburg,                                                     Motorsports Complex. Full details of the
as well as numerous local meetings to               While the formation of the TRCCC was        2009 Auto Fest and more can be found in
educate hobbyists about important issues         based on a love of cars, the TRCCC is          the TRCCC bi-monthly newsletter that
and topics of interest, such as Reformulated     about more than cars. We believe in being      contains club news, legislative updates, a
Gasoline. Through all these efforts,             a good neighbor in the community. In           calendar of events, and other timely ar-
Centralized Emissions Testing was de-            order to accomplish this goal, the TRCCC       ticles of interest to the hobbyist.
feated. This victory brought about an            works with the Pennsylvania DUI                    Membership is open to anyone inter-
added goal of the TRCC – to inform en-           Association bringing educational pro-          ested in the preservation of the hobby.


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                           WORLD OF WHEELS   FEBRUARY 2009   7
      1974 Dodge Challenger                       1941 Willys Cp.                   1962 Dodge polaris
       Jim Cruse, Mt Pleasant, PA           John D. Wright, Greensburg, PA          Jim Boyd, Glenshaw, PA
 Original numbers matching car, restored    Wood dash and trim made by owner




         1956 Dodge pick up                        1964 Corvette                 2007 hydro Spider amphi
         Jim Boyd, Glenshaw, PA                 Jim Boyd, Glenshaw, PA              Jim Boyd, Glenshaw, PA
                                                      502 ci Chevy                    Corvette engine 2007




2007 harley Davidson Road King              1967 harley Davidson flh                1987 monte Carlo SS
         Jim Boyd, Glenshaw, PA                 Jim Boyd, Glenshaw, PA         Edward L. Wiser, McKee’s Rocks, PA
                                                                                     PPG base and clear coat




     1965 Chevy Impala SS Cp                 1985 Chevy Camaro Z-28              1948 ford f-1 panel truck
     James F. Yobst, Pittsburgh, PA          Don Witovicz, Cleveland, OH             Bill Penn,Whitaker, PA
                     All Original                                                        Ford Flat Head

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    1967 Chvey Chevelle SS                1971 Dodge Demon 340                     1965 Draula Coffin
     Keith Lowery, Eighty Four, PA          Kim Gallager, Rillton, PA          Anthony Greco, Pittsburgh, PA
      Frame off restoration 396 ci           stock eliminator drag car




     1992 Chevy Camaro RS                    1961 ford Starliner                 1965 Chevy Corvette
    Jerry D. Franz, Mt. Vernon, PA          Gary Ennis, Salisbury,OH             Ron Champe, Beaver, PA
            Stock Restored                   Custom built by ProRides                     Sting Ray Cp




2008 Custom “Super pooper” go-cart 1994 mini ford Custom go-cart               2004 Chevy monte Carlo
     James Baird, Leechburg, PA            James Baird, Leechburg, PA            Joe Bassin, Millersville, MD
             47cc 2 stroke




         1968 hemi-Dart                     1963 Chevy Corvette                1979 tube chassis Charger
      Jerry Dixon, Pittsburgh, PA    Richard & Barbara Lagassee, Enfield, CT   Joseph Miller, Mt. Pleasant, PA
                 426ci                       original design elements            full fiberglass lift-off front end

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       1961 Buick Skylark                    1947 IndianChief               1947 harley Davidson fl
     Kevin Knuth, Pittsburgh, PA           Mark Giles, Aliquippa, PA           Mark Giles, Aliquippa, PA
         Non stock color combo            Painstakingly Restored 1200ci         Knucklehead with side car




     1954 harley Davidson              2001 harley Davidson fat Boy            2008 Custom harley
     anniversary hummer                  Dan Patrone, Youngstown, OH       George Hobaugh, Karns City, PA
      Mark Giles, Aliquippa, PA              Polished Supercharger         Custom built 100 ci Rev Tech engine




     2009 Radius Backbone                     Steele Kustoms                        1974 norton
      Chick Wiles, Chicora, PA              Bill Steele, Oakdale, PA            Bill Steele, Oakdale, PA
       Custom Engine 127 Ultima            113 ci Patrick Racing engine              Stock Restored




 1971 triumph Bonnieville                   1958 Chevy Impala                 1933 Willys high-Boy
Mark Swartzlander, Karns City, PA          Don Gobin, Seekonk, MA         Denny Terzich, North Huntington, PA
      hardtail chopper “old school”                                         All panels have been custom made

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   1955 gmC half ton pick up                2002 nissan Sentra Spec v                       1965 Chevy Cp
      Blair Taylor, Ashburn, OH              Matt Lenart, South Fayette, PA           Wayne F. Long, Hopewood, PA
   Shaved tail lights, antenna, mirrors                                                             Stock




       1957 Chevt Bel air                      1935 Chrysler airflow                       1964 ford wagon
   Wayne F. Long, Hopewood, PA              John W. Marks, Greensburg, PA              Tony Saiia, Williamsville, NY
           Two door hardtop                       Moderate body change                  Air bagged, smooth bumpers




1972 american motors Co gremlin             1956 ford fiarlane-victoria               1967 Chevy Caamaro SS
   Scott Margie, West Newton, PA          Thomsa A. Budd Sr., Belle Vernon, PA              Convt. 396
      Original 6 cyc motor 258 ci                    2 door hardtop              Christopher J. Tucker, North Tonawanda, NY




        1933 Willys 77 Cp                         1974 Datsun 4x4                1933 Willys Rumble Seat Coupe
        Al Nosse, Euclid, OH                     Bob Russ, Olean, NY                         327 Chevy
     Over 30 modifications to body                  355 Blown Chevy                    Randy Davis, Littlestown, PA

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 1969 Chevy Camaro Convt.                1978 Chevy Scottsdale 4x4 pick up                       1941 Willys Cp
      Paul Carlevale, Annville, PA             Buddy Hilton, Houston, PA                    Wally Melvin, Edinboro, PA
707 ci.,Donovaan block, Brodix heads      Tilt Front Endd, Red Purple Pearl Metalic                 suicide doors




       1939 lincoln Zephyr                1970 oldsmobile Cutlas W-31                   1968 Chevy, Camaro SS/RS
  Richard Stetar, South Park, PA              James Kryta, Bruce Twp., MI                  Bill Kunkel, Jefferson Hills, PA
          Body from Deco Rides                        Restored Stock                    Lowered 2 inches, Brilliant Black-PPG




            1979 Jeep CJ7                        1930 model a ford                             1967 Chevy nova
      Ryan Herstine, Beaver, PA                Bruce Harvey, Elizabeth, PA             Clayton Hollingsworth, Baldwin, PA
Cherry Sunset Orange / Metallic Flecks                 5 Window CP                       Custom Black/Sliver with Graphics




       2008 Chevy hD 2500                  1969 Chevy Yenko Chevelle                    2003 mike Boss Jr Dragster
Scotty Ewusiak, Mingo Junction, OH        Michael Castorina, Lower Burrell, PA        “Pistol” Pete Watson, South Park, PA
       Tube Chassis Monster Truck               GM 427 LeMans Poly Blue               Engine Fred Craw, 3 inch bore Billet Block

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          2006 pontiac Solstice                     1937 ford (Downs) hard top Coupe            1932 ford Dearborn Roadster
          Wade Linger, Fairmont WV                         Tom Buckner, Butler, PA                     Tom Buckner, Butler, PA
     Shelby Cobra-style body modifications                 custom forward tilting hood         hand formed rollpan, shaved door handles




       1968 plymouth Barracuda                             1952 Chevy pick-up                          1967 ford mustang
          Mark Cuda, Pittsburgh, PA                   Dave Harrington, Garrettsville, OH         Albert Senic, North Barddock, PA
                 383 Formula S                           Engine 540 Blown Arias Chevy          Color Playboy Pink, 6 cyc original interior




       1967 ford econoline van                             1978 Chevy pick up                      1969 Chevy Camaro Z28
          Gary Larkin, Pittsburgh, PA                 Joseph Decarlo, Monongahela, PA               Kevin Macek, Pittsburgh, PA
  Engine 347 Stroker, Club Hollywood Knights          Engine 350 Chevy, Paint Cardinal Red   Original Interior, Original Ralley Green Metalic




          1982 Chevy Camaro                                  1996 Chevy S-10                 1978 Chevy C-10 Silverado pick up
         Phil Plotz, Bethel Park, PA                    John Schneider, Bridgeville, PA         John A. Jessup, East Pittsburgh, PA
1992 Ground effects kit, back half pro-street kit    Motor electric powered 25 HP DC Motor

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L                                             Razor Sharp
       ots of us are fascinated by hot
       rods, but one father and son
       team turned that fascination
into a major enterprise. I sat down



                                              Hot Rods
with Bob Ulanowi and his son,
Brian, of Blades Rod Shop to ask a
few questions about their business.
It’s interesting to see how one thing
leads to another in the car business.
The following questions and re-
sponses are a small part of a two
hour conversation I had with the Hot
Rod boys from Beaver Falls:

•	 Q.	Tell	me	how	you	got	started	in	the	
Hot	Rod	business?
•	 A. Brian: “I was expanding my real
estate title insurance company which had
offices around the country. I was looking
for new office space and settled on a
building in Beaver Falls that happened to
be an old State Farm claim center. People   was hoping to find some way to spend           lot of cars. We quickly outgrew the State
used to drive into the building, an ad-     his time. When he saw the back part of         Farm building. Subsequently, I found a
juster would look over the car, provide     the drive-in claim center, he was sold. The    building on Rt 18, just down from
the driver with an estimate, and off they   area was big enough for about a dozen          Geneva College. I started constructing a
would go. I was only interested in the      cars and he had hot rods on his mind.”         simple pole structure to house parts next
office space. Dad came down to see the                                                     to the new location. Before that was
building. He had just retired from the      •	 Q.	So	your	dad	had	time	on	his	hands,	      completed, we found that we already
O’Hara Township Police Department and       and	you	had	room	for	him	to	build	hot	         needed additional space to build the cars.
                                            rods.	 How	 did	 it	 evolve	 into	 a	 busi-    With quick modifications to the plans,
                                            ness?                                          we were building a second structure and
                                            •	 A. Brian: “Well, I sold part of my          on our way to an enterprise.
                                            business and wanted to do something
                                            fun. Golf was out of the question; it takes    •	 Q.	Where	did	the	name	come	from?
                                            too much time. I should have stuck with        •	 A. Bob: “When Brian was a kid, he
                                            the golf idea. I thought it would be fun       handled everything with military preci-
                                            to build one or two cars a year while dad      sion, including his appearance. I use to
                                            was building his. Word started to get out      say that he looked as sharp as a razor
                                            that we were building hotrods, and more        blade. Several of his buddies picked up
                                            and more people stopped by to see our          on this and started calling him Blade,
                                            work and ultimately asked if we would          especially his late friend, Tom Acker.
                                            build a car for them. Truthfully, it sort of   When it came time to name the shop,
                                            got carried away. We started to build a        Brain’s brother, Sean, came up with the




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                                             Open House in September. Alex, Pete and         his winery in France. Once he returned
                                             Jimmy Shine came in for the party. That         to his country, we continued the project,
                                             was quite a year. I can’t believe it’s been     sending photos of our progress. A
                                             three years since it all happened.”             Spaniard working at the winery saw the
                                                                                             photos, liked what he saw, and ordered a
                                             •	 Q.	What’s	next	for	Blades	and	SoCal	         ’40 Ford Panel Truck to be built. So, you
                                             East?                                           never know. There is no doubt that the
                                             •	 A. Brian: “Project X, a ‘36 Ford 3           Internet has expanded our network
                                             window coupe. It’s going to be a salt flats     worldwide. We have a frequent customer
                                             car. The thing that makes this project so       from Aruba who apparently builds very
name Blades as a tribute to Brian’s buddy,   cool is that we are partnered with              fast cars. He just ordered a blower from
Tom. Then Sean went on to add the tag        Wyotech on this project.” (Note: Brian is       us. It’s all really very exciting.”
line, Cutting Edge Hot Rods.”                on the Advisory Board at Wyotech.)
                                                                                             •	 Q.	Winter	car	shows	are	a	tradition	
•	 Q.	You	surprised	a	lot	of	people	when	    •	 Q.	 Where	 do	 your	 customers	 come	        around	the	country.	As	you	know,	this	is	
you	opened	the	SoCal	Speed	Shop.	How	        from?                                           the	 48th	 year	 for	 the	 Pittsburgh	 show.	
did	that	come	about?	                        •	 A. Brian: “Naturally, we have lots of        What	makes	the	WORLD	OF	WHEELS	
•	 A. Brian: “Well, as I said we were        local customers. Word of mouth is a pri-        so	special?
building so many cars and we were            mary source of advertising. But believe         •	 A. Brian: “Call it cabin fever. This
spending a ton of time chasing, ordering,    it or not, Beaver Falls still attracts inter-   show is actually the kick off for the sum-
and waiting for parts. We knew some-         national business travelers, and Rt 18 is       mer season. People in this part of the
thing needed to be done to make the          still well-traveled by these business           country tuck their cars away for the win-
business more efficient. Dad and I went      types. Several times each week, an inter-       ter, waiting to reemerge with the good
to Indy to the big Hot Rod Restoration       national visitor stops in just to have a look   weather. For many people, their car is the
Show in February, 2006. While we were        around. The American hotrod mystique            connection to their social network. Shows
there, we ran into Alex Xydias, founder      isn’t something that can be reproduced.         like the WORLD OF WHEELS are as
of the original SoCal Speed Shop and Pete    Sometimes these travelers are so excited        much about seeing people as about the
Chapouris, owner of the current version      by what they see, and further enticed by        cars. This show also provides a peek into
of SoCal. Like everything else in this       the value of the US dollar relative to          the new trends in the hobby. Often you’ll
journey, things were rolling really fast,    other markets, that they ask us on the spot     see new vehicles here before they’re seen
and by July of 2006, we purchased the        to build a car. Recently, a gentleman from      at a Good Guys show.
SoCal East franchise and had our first       France ordered a ’36 Ford Panel Truck for




                                                                                                     WORLD OF WHEELS     FEBRUARY 2009   15
         1987 mazda B 2000                            2003 Dodge neon                         2001 mercury Cougar
    Jeremy Adams, TurtleCreek, PA                    Tony Pfeil, Pittsburgh, PA             Malcolm Snyder, Pittsburgh, PA
     everything is shaved and molded             MSD Ignition coil, MSD Plug Wires          8 piece body kit molded into body




          2003 nissan 350 Z                    1991 mitsubishi eclipse gSx                  1970 Chevy monte Carlo
    Nick Baughman, Pittsburgh, PA                Mariano Rivera, Washington, PA             Mariano Rivera, Washington, PA
       Carbon Fiber airducts installed         Carbon Fiber hood, Roll cage, Wheels             Custom paint and wheels




  1998 lamborghini Countach                    1970 Chevy Corvette Wagon                    1999 lamborghini Diablo
              Joseph Bellisario                          Joseph Bellisario                         Joseph Bellisario




       1964 Chevy C-10 truck                        1964 Chevy Biscayne                     1988 mercedes Benz 300e
       Dave Wojcik, Pittsburgh, PA                          Mike Bagley                              Barry Molino
custom touches, Air Ride, small block Chevy   Original 230 ci, 6 cyl, 3 speed on the tree    Body Kit, custom mirrors, lights

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   1965 ford mustang Convt                  1957 Chevy Bel aire                          1967 Chevy Camaro
              Jeff Bilka                             Jeff Bilka                                 Mel Bagley
                                             50 year old paint Air Ride




1987 gmC Sonoma pick-up truck               1951 mercury Sedan                       1952 Chevy pick-up truck
            Jerry Gerner                  John Tortorete, Pittsburgh, PA            Mark Giambalvo, Womelsdorf, PA
      Suicide doors, real roll pan   Shaved Decks, louvers, frenched headlights     2” chopped top, frenched headlights




     1972 Dodge Charger                  1957 Chevy pick up 3100                         2007 ford mustang
    Joseph Manhart, Manor, PA              Scott Warburton, Butler, PA                David Hazinski, Finletville, PA
    Roll Bar and Frame connectors      nosed hood, fenders emblems removed        Vertical door hinges, Saleen Front bumper




   1977 Chevy monte Carlo                 1985 pontiac grand prix                               1934 ford
   John R. Gerulis, Pittsburgh, PA         James Carr, South Park, PA                   Dan Tomes, Pittsburgh, PA
     Paint Opel Satin Glow PPG            Paint Dark Bule base/clear coat               Fiberglass Street Beast body

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 1987 Buick grand national                 2000 pontiac trans am WS6                  1997 eagle talontSI aWD
     Lisa Fischer, Greentree, PA             Laura Kaupini, Pittsburgh, PA               David Wray, Claysville, PA
                     Original                         Original Interior                       Paint Pearl White




        2006 pontiac gto                  1946 Chevy 1/2 ton panel truck                    1994 Chevy S-10
   Matt Hudak, Shippenburg, PA            Frank Schnender, McKees Rocks, PA         Frank Schnender, McKeesRocks, PA
                                                     216 ci 6 cyl stock                Engine 350 small block 700 HP




     1999 mitsubishi eclipse                   1992 Chevy Suburban                          2005 BmW m-3
     John D. Hrabik, Munhall, PA              John D. Hrabik, Munhall, PA               John D. Hrabik, Munhall, PA
  Engine Hahn Racecraft 2.0L Turbo         Engin 350ci, Lowered, Dually fenders         Body Kit, Lowered, Rear Wing




       2009 J&J 410 Sprint                  1968 ford mustang gt/CS                2006 ford mustang Custom Coupe
 Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA            Ken Schmidt, Bethel Park, PA              Debi Schmidt, Bethel Park, PA
Car Engine 410 Don Ott Racing engine        Engine 289ci, 5 year old restoration       Cervini Body Kit and 20” Wheels

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    1951 Chevy pick up truck                             1971 pontiac gto                           1941 Willys Coupe
    Gerry Kerna, Cranberry Twp., PA                Gerry Kerna, Cranberry Twp., PA              Gerry Kerna, Cranberry Twp., PA
Engine 350 ci, Paint Black and Rust Original    Engine Original 400ci, Factory Restoration          Engine GM 502 Ram Jet




      2005 ford mustang gt                               1967 Dodge Dart                      1965 Chevy Impala 2 Door Cp
     Charles Francis, Claysville, PA                 Jack Presken, Pittsburgh, PA                James Lamon, Pittsburgh, PA
   Engine 4.6L 3 valve tuned to 340 HP               Engine 360 HP, Minor changes                     Engine 572/620 HP




           Chevy Corvette                      1962 pontiac Catalina Safari Wagon                  2006 honda Civic SI
        John Paul, Pittsburgh, PA                    John J. Ganter, Carnegie, PA                 Steve Bete, South Park, PA
         Engine Stock, Paint Silver                          Engine 389 ci                            Engine four cyl Turbo




      1948 plymouth Club Cp                                1950 mercury                      1960 plymouth Savoy 2 door Sdn
      Carl Ventresa, Pittsburgh, PA                 Don Cornelius, Pittsburgh, PA              Ron and Alyce Betz, McMurray, PA
     Engine Hi Compression Flat Head                    Full custom, chopped top                     Engine 440ci 450 HP

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         1989 honda CRx                  1986 Chevy S10 Blazer          1998 ford expedition
       Nina Paul, Pittsburgh, PA          Cory Lane, Pittsburgh, PA     Ed Nuttall, Pittsburgh, PA




        1967 pontiac gto                 1991 Chevy s10 blazer          ford mustang mach 1
      John Paul, Pittsburgh, PA            Tim Fritz, Pittsburgh, PA    Rob Felkey, Pittsburgh, PA




        Chevy S10 pickup                    pontiac grand am                 toyota Celica
     Ryan Grant, Pittsburgh, PA        Brandy Edwards, Pittsburgh, PA        Courtney Abel




        mitsubishi eclipse                   Chevy Cavalier                     triumph
     Mark Thorhaur, Baldwin, PA        Darlene Heitchew, Somerset, PA          Ryan Grant

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WORLD OF WHEELS   FEBRUARY 2009   21
It takes two…to race!
I
      t takes two people to do many             expect, but I was hooked instantly. I
      things. In this case the two people       never thought of racing, not even after
      are Tim and Shari, and one of the         buying the Corvette.”
      many things they do is drag race.             At the end of the day, Tim went home
Tim and Shari are regulars at the Flashlight    still exhilarated. Shari came home from a
Drags®. Both aggressive drivers, they’ve        typical day at work, just glad to be home.
become an attraction themselves at the          “How was your day, Tim?” she asked.
Drags. I had an opportunity to sit down         “What did you do while I was working?”
with them recently and reflect on their         He responded sheepishly, “I took the
years of racing. Tim told me he always          Corvette drag racing at the Zelie Airport.
had an interest in cars, but commitments        I had a blast!” Not really knowing what
to family and career left very little time to   drag racing was all about, Shari replied,
develop that interest. As many stories go,      “Are you out of your mind?”
                                                    A month later the races were back. This      then she didn’t get her money’s worth. I
                                                time Tim had two discount tickets. As            asked her to tell me one of her favorite
                                                Shari was going to work, Tim told her he         things about the races. She reminded me
                                                would leave one of the tickets for her if        of the day we did a ladies- only Big Dog
                                                she wanted to join him when she finished         race. She won! She also loved the day that
                                                work. Tim headed off to the races. We            we worked with the Pittsburgh Vintage
                                                raced until 8:00PM that day. Tim was rac-        Grand Prix team. Tim and Shari volun-
                                                ing anyone he could, never stopping.             teered to give rides in exchange for a
                                                Looking into the return lane after a run         donation to the Autism Society. What
                                                for his next opponent, he spotted Shari’s        doesn’t she like? Waiting in food lines and
                                                car. He still can’t believe it and neither can   the Street Contender Class. “They’re not
                                                she. She recalls that she returned home          always true street cars, you know!”
                                                from work, didn’t see Tim, but did see the           As the years click by, Tim and Shari are
                                                discount ticket, and as she puts it, “The        still racing each other, but now both are
                                                next thing I knew, I was racing.” They           in Corvettes. Tim will race his ‘67 Camaro
                                                were hooked. Shari didn’t win a single           from time to time. I asked them to tell me
                                                race on her first day, but can remember          what keeps them coming back to the
                                                each race vividly to this day.                   drags. They looked at each other, “We
                                                    The following summer, Tim and Shari          have made so many new friends at the
                                                celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding            Drags, and we can’t believe the number
                                                anniversary. Tim surprised Shari with a          of great people we have met.” The races
                                                shiny black TransAm Convertible, com-            have become a social event for this racing
                                                plete with balloons. He opened the garage        couple from Zelienople. They often
                                                door to surprise his wife. His adrenaline        travel to Clarion for the Flashlight Drags
                                                was rushing. Shari looked at the car then        to meet two of those new racing friends,
Tim and Shari worked hard, raised their         looked at Tim and asked, “Why did you            Donna and Tom. “We visit them, or they
kids, and eventually started their own          put balloons all over your Corvette?”            come down here, even if there isn’t a race
businesses. Their hard work paid off.           Stunned, Tim told her to look again. Still       going on.” Tim, Shari, Tom, and Donna
After years of building their businesses,       confused, she suddenly realized that it          will be at the WORLD OF WHEELS this
Tim was able to buy the shiny black             was not Tim’s car, but a shiny new black         weekend just to see some of their racing
Corvette he always wanted and was               TransAm convertible, her new race car,           buddies, and to pick up a new Flashlight
happy just to drive it around town. Then        the first of many to grace their driveway.       Drag schedule.
one sunny Saturday afternoon that               Shari raced the wheels off that car. She             Tim and Shari claim they aren’t hard-
changed. Tim stopped at his local Hovis         and Tim raced each other most of the time,       core racers. They come to every airport
Parts Store where he picked up a discount       but Shari also lined up in the Fun Run           on our schedule, love the excitement of
ticket for something called the Flashlight      Lane and took her chances against the            pedal-to-the-metal racing, get a thrill from
Drags. The races were right down the            pack. “A lot of guys don’t like to race me.      the drama and horsepower that come
street and after all, he had a discount         I guess they don’t like to lose to a wom-        with the Flashlight Drags, and of course,
ticket and his wife was working, so what’s      an,” Shari explains. “I just like to line up     value the friendships they’ve made along
a guy going to do. He drove to the airport      in the Fun Run Lane and take my chanc-           the way. You decide if they’re hardcore
not knowing exactly what to expect. He          es.” Honestly, Shari doesn’t keep track of       racers. But if you meet them, you better
got in line at the racer gate, turned in his    her win-lose record, but she does keep           be ready to race. See you at the races.
ticket, and raced for the afternoon. In         track of the number of races she logs at
Tim’s own words, “I had no idea what to         each event. If she doesn’t get 12 or more,



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  What’s up with the Flashlight
This has been the question for months. Here’s the
scoop! The following unedited letter was sent to
the airports where we have been conducting the
Flashlight Drags®:




                                                                                                 Kathy aka Ms FLashlight and “Sparky”
                                                                                                 a well known political figure


                                                                                                    In response, we have officially filed a
                                                                                                petition with each airport for requested
                                                                                                dates for the 2009 racing season. That may
                                                                                                seem pointless given the resolution of this
                                                                                                letter, but without a formal request, the
                                                                                                airports don’t have anything to appeal.
                                                                                                The battle will continue within the local,
                                                                                                state and federal political arenas. If the
                                                                                                ruling is over-turned, we will gladly re-
                                                                                                turn to those airports.
                                                                                                     In the meantime, Plan A is to return
                                                                                                to our true roots, small local drag strips.
                                                                                                For those of you who may not know, or
                                                                                                not remember, we actually did run the first
                                                                                                Flashlight Drags in May of 2002 at Quaker
                                                                                                City Raceway in Salem, Ohio. We raced
                                                                                                there for two years and in October of 2003,
    The above-signed, Mr. Gearhart, of the   tical events without a direct aviation             we did our first Flashlight Drags® at
Pennsylvania Department of                   awareness focus” will not be approved.             Zelienople Airport, right after Popular Hot
Transportation, met with representatives     That pretty much describes the Flashlight          Rodding Magazine did a story on the races.
from each of the four airports where we      Drags!                                             That article started us on this strange trip,
have been racing: Zelienople since 2002,         It is gratifying to us that each of the four   and we have been racing every summer
Clarion and Ebensburg since 2006, and        airports has pronounced their support and          since. We’ve had a lot of fun and plan to
Waynesburg Greene County since 2007.         intends to take steps to attempt to reestab-       continue having fun in 2009.
The purpose of each of his meetings was      lish the races on their premises.                      Returning to a drag strip isn’t a bad
to deliver the message that “non-aeronau-                                                       idea. Wait, before you say, “I’m not going

24   FEBRUARY 2009   WORLD OF WHEELS
Drags® for 2009?
                                                        For now, I can make three announce-          six races set to go on the 1/8 mile track.
                                                    ments with certainty:                            Some of you may know this track as the
                                                        First, WE WILL RACE THIS                     old Friendship Dragway. It started out as
                                                    SUMMER!                                          an airport and has been a dragstrip for the
                                                         Second, we will be conducting three         past 35 years.
                                                    Flashlight Drags® at NATIONAL TRAIL                 I hope you will have a chance to visit
                                                    RACEWAY in Columbus, Ohio in 2009.               with us on the floor of WORLD OF
                                                    The first Columbus event will be the             WHEELS Show. We love seeing and talk-
                                                    Friday night kickoff of National Trail’s         ing with all of our friends anytime, espe-
                                                    45th Anniversary season on May 29. A             cially at the Convention Center. And of
                                                    second race is scheduled on Aug 28, and          course, we hope to see you this summer.
                                                    a third race will be part of the National           Remember the Flashlight Drags pro-
                                                    Trail’s “Hell on Wheels” event on Friday         vide “Street Racing Without the Jail
                                                    night, September 18. We will run the tra-        Time”.
                                                    ditional Flashlight Drags, but toward the           Be safe and have fun… yes, you can
                                                    end of the night we plan to run an Extreme       do both!
                                                    version of the Flashlight Drags®. The
                                                    unlimited cars will run heads up. There          info@alteredgas.com
                                                    will be a payout for this class. More info       www.flashlightdrags.com
                                                    on that later. As always, check the web-
                                                    site.                                              •	 vehicles	that		run	under	10.5	seconds,	
                                                        Third, we are confirmed at Steel Valley    providing	proper	safety	equipment	is	in	place	
                                                    Dragway in Steubenville, Ohio. We have         in	the	car.	NHRA	and	IHRA	rules	apply.


                                                                                  TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
                                                                                          www.flashlightdrags.com
                                                                    CHECK WEBSITE FOR UPDATES

                                                              Date                      location                            time
                                                                            Steel Valley Dragway
                                                          May 9                                                     Till Dark
                                                                            Steubenville, Ohio
                                                          May 16            TBD
                                                                            National Trail Raceway
 to a drag strip,” think about it for a min-              May 29                                                    6 PM till Midnight
                                                                            Columbus, OH
 ute.
                                                                            Steel Valley Dragway
     •	 Sure,	the	airports	feel	and	look	a	lot	           June 13                                                   Till Dark
                                                                            Steubenville, Ohio
 less serious than a real drag strip, but we
 plan to keep the same relaxed rules that                                   CarFest
                                                          June 13-14                                                TBD
                                                                            Beaverun, Wampum, PA
 you’ve been telling us you like.
     •	 We’ve	noticed	that	everyone	is	get-               June 20           TBD
 ting faster, and since safety is our number
 one concern, a drag strip is a logical safe                                Steel Valley Dragway
                                                          July 11                                                   Till Dark
 step.                                                                      Steubenville, Ohio
     •	 Racing	 at	 drag	 strips	 will	 give	 us	         July 25           TBD
 more time to run a better program. After
 all, the places are already race tracks. It                                Steel Valley Dragway
                                                          Aug 8                                                     Till Dark
 takes a total of six hours to set up and                                   Steubenville, Ohio
 teardown (with a ton of help) an airport                 August 15         TBD
 for four hours of racing. Drag strips are
 ready when we get there.                                                   National Trail Raceway
                                                          August 28                                                 6 PM till Midnight
     •	 Fans	will	be	right	on	top	of	the	rac-                               Columbus, Ohio
 ing action.                                                                Steel Valley Dragway
                                                          September 12                                              Till Dark
     •	 We	 will	 have	 a	 lot	 of	 fun	 with	                              Steubenville, Ohio
 Hersch. We can do driver interviews right                                  National Trail Raceway
                                                          September 18                                              6 PM till Midnight
 at the starting line.                                                      Columbus, Ohio
     •	 AND	.	.	.	We	might	even	be	able	to	
                                                          October 3         TBD
 let passengers ride in cars.*
     I’d like to be more definitive. That will                              Steel Valley Dragway
                                                          October 10                                                Till Dark
 come with time.                                                            Steubenville, Ohio

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         ound familiar? In this case, the     Pittsburgh, bringing the Plymouth along.     engine and tranny, this time a 5 speed.
         story took over fifteen years of     One day Dan’s brother asked to borrow        Next came the headers. If you’ve ever
         tomorrows.                           the car for a while, like a few weeks. It    lived through a project car, you know the
            Every car has a story. This one   turned out that Dan never saw the car        frustration. “One day, I had just had
is about Dan’s 1972 Plymouth Satellite        again. Dan didn’t go into any details, and   enough,” sighed Dad. “I threw in the
hardtop. A long time ago, in a land called    I didn’t ask.                                towel and called Mark.”
Texas, Dan’s wife bought him a Dodge             Dan thought of that car often. It had        Mark and his team of guys at GIS
Magnum. A very generous gesture, I’d          earned a special place in his book of        Automotive took over the project, and
say. When the proud couple went to pick       memories. You can imagine his surprise       what you see in these few pictures is the
up the new car, good old Dan spied a          one day as he was looking through the        tip of the iceberg. I hope you have a
Green Plymouth Satellite sitting alone in     Auto Trader Magazine and spied the           chance to take a close look at this gem
the back of the dealership. And then . . .    twin to his Satellite. The car was in New    during the Show. When I asked Dan what
Dan asked his wife if she would mind          Stanton, PA, and Dan went off in hot         his plans are for the car, he simply said,
buying him the Plymouth instead of the        pursuit. He brought it home. It was in       “We’re going to drive it, because as the
Dodge. Where do these MOPAR guys              nice shape, but not perfect. Dan pulled      saying goes, Here Today . . . Gone
come up with this kind of nerve anyway?       the engine and replaced it with a DLK        Tomorrow.”
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