2010 Holley Hot Rod Reunion

2010 Holley Hot Rod Reunion


Hey, here at the Hot Rod reunion you never
know what you’re going to find, we came across this car, a 51 Henry J and I got to talking
to this gentle man, and had an interesting story, he just finished this car in time to
bring it here and that was the intent. So people are thrashing to get there cars
done to come to the Hot Rod reunion and first off give me your name and give me the story
behind the nickname of the car too. My name is Rich I’m from Florida and it’s
named after my grand son, he’s bad Nicky. Now the saying on the back of the car, says
don’t push me woman, and evidently bad Nicky said that when he was 4 years old to, his
mom I take it. She was strapping him into a car and she said
“hurry up Nicky we’re going to be late” and he said “don’t push me woman”. Well I’ve got a feeling one of these days
bad Nicky is going to want to drive this beast and we’re nearing getting it on the track
here. We’re almost there, we’ve got a few more options
to put on it and then we’ll take it and shake it down and test it out and then we’ll go
do a little nostalgia racing with it. Good deal, continue to have fun and say hi
to bad Nicky for me. Will do, thank you very much. Thanks for bringing it out. Hey we’re back, and we had other factory race
teams from other makes in the past but this year we’ve got the original Ford race team
and I’m here with Dick Brannan, he is the original guy that got the Ford racing team
going around 62′ right? Yeah in 1962, May 1962 yes. He’s from South Bend Indiana and a quick story
to get you to feed off here is he went off to Detroit one night and wound up beating
about 60 other superstock race cars with a Ford and the track protested him because they
said no Ford’s have won here yet and it’s just Chevy’s with some Ford engineers and
Mopars, some Ford engineers were there at the race and they said we need to hire this
cat. That’s exactly right, I was back home after
that event, they tore my car down, declared it legal, I got back into South Bend and I
was back, I guess 3 or 4 days when I received a call from Dave Evans in the special vehicles
department at Ford and it kind of grew from there, they had me up for several interviews,
offered me a job, checked my background, I had a engineering background so they checked
all that and decided that I would be somebody that they would want to work there and as
soon as I started, I selected a couple of other guys that I had been working with that
were really helpful to me at least 6-8 moths before that, Gas Ronda and Les Richey, I think
everyone knows who they are today we have one of Gas Ronda’s cars here, his 65′ Mustang
and Gas himself is here signing autographs. How many guys are here signing autographs
today and what does it mean to have all your guys back together? Well we don’t have all of them because some
of them have passed away, but we have enough here that it makes an exciting show for Holley
because, you know Holley is a big name in Ford and I worked a lot with Holley engineers
in developing some of the engines we developed, so it means a lot to me to have these guys
that are left that are willing to come, were willing to come and take part in this show,
this is a nice event. You know it’s a one of a kind deal here and
I hate to keep bragging on our own event but you’re not going to come to many other events
in the country and find guys like you that can get together and bring out the original
Ford race team, how many cars we got here today from the original group? We have about 12 cars total here, some of
them are original, some are tribute, were built in tribute to some of the guys on the
team. Well we certainly appreciate you guys coming
out and spending time, there’s a long line over there in the autograph line and there’s
always something going on here at the reunion each year like this that you know, unique
guys, special guys that were a special part of building the motor sports and drag racing
history, and I just want to come over and say thanks and capture a little bit of this
on tape and I know Ford and Holley like you said were a great relationship and I’d say
Holley powered most of the important powerful Fords over the years. They really have and I want to thank Holley
and you as well, so appreciate you guys and what you’ve done. We do appreciate it and make sure your here
next year to catch guys like this in action. Thanks a lot. Well hey, we’ve been out wondering around
the pits here at the Hot Rod reunion and I found a guy that’s one of our honorees this
year and he’s a crew chief, past crew chief right, 5 decades for the one and only. Over 40 years. Over 40 years for the one and only Don Garlits
right. Right. Give me a good story about Mr. Garlits there
and I’ll get out of your way. Well just look around you, here’s the story,
after all these years he’s still here, got this car and his wife was sick and she couldn’t
come so he drove the whole rig, the truck and the trailer with his dog and brought it
up here because he told them he would be here with his car. He stuck to his word. And he’s here. Well we wish his wife all the best and really
appreciate him coming and appreciate you being here, your an icon yourself and getting these
old cars to go down the track back in the day was a little different. Yeah it was a lot simpler, we didn’t have
the parts but it was a lot cheaper. Well you probably had to have more ingenuity. Well a lot of the stuff was home made, but
right now the problem they’re having right now is cars are so expensive and complex and
everything they can’t fill up a 16 car field and almost every race we ran was at least
a 32 car field. It was a feat to get in back then wasn’t it. Yes you always really had to run good to qualify. well we appreciate you being here and doing
what you’ve done for our industry and this sport and glad to see you. Well thank you very much.