Re-air of the 2017 Good Vibrations Motorsports Funny Car Nationals https://livestream.com/MotorManiaTV/2017FCN
Do you like nostalgia funny cars, where you can tell what the make and model is? Do you like long, smoky burnouts? Come on out to the LARGEST funny car race on the east coast, the 10th annual Good Vibrations Motorsports Nostalgia Funny Car Nationals, Saturday, July 15 at Keystone Raceway Park! A 32 car field of nostalgia funny cars will be fighting to be crowned champion, and after the final, there will be a funny car burnout challenge, topped off by an amazing fireworks display! This is a must see event! Along with our regular KRP/SSS points racing will also be the Bud's Auto Sales/Bower Hill Auto Body Nostalgia Stock/Super Stock Combo Eliminator!!! Be sure to check out our website for more info and "Like" us on Facebook for a chance to win FREE TICKETS!!! Keystone Raceway Park- 538 Stone Jug Road, New Alexandria, Pa. 15670 ~ (724) 668-7600 ~www.keystoneracewaypark.com ~ Celebrating 50 years.
Listen to the show live tonight at 8:00 pm at: http://racersreunion.com/podcast-library Click the red and white flashing box, "ON AIR .. LISTEN NOW". Another popup will appear and click on the arrow to start the show. The interview will be rebroadcast 24/7 for one week at the Racers Reunion link above. After that time, it will be put in the archives and can be accessed or downloaded at any time from the website. Show available here: http://racersreunion.com/radio/uploaded_audio/1416/racin-rockin-with-kevin-johnson
A little bit of color for the darkness Special Thanks to Dave Ferrin of Ferrin Motorsport Designs We have updated the look of the Quarter Pounder for 2017. The vinyl design was derived from the custom Ferrin design and adapted to a full-scale setup for putting on the car. Once ready to be printed the artwork was sent to the shop of Eddie Buck at his Eureka Sign and Display in Eureka, MO. The vinyl was received by the team and we started the prep for application which included removing the old graphics and cleaning the surface perfectly. We cut the vinyl to fit on the car for both the top graphic and the sides. We also cut out the tail lights and headlights along with the rear window. We applied using the wet method for applying decals. We used a slightly soapy solution with just a small amount of rubbing alcohol. We worked out the solution and bubbles with body shop putty spreaders. Once it was completely dry it was ready for trimming. We did the wheel wells and cleaned up around the edges with an x-acto blade. That's a wrap!
PID/Keystone Nostalgia Nationals Sept 24-25th: Keystone Raceway Park, New Alexandria, PA A beautiful fall weekend was on tap for the 2016 PID/Keystone Nostalgia Nationals. This is an event that is host to the GLNFCC, Southern Slingshots, Ohio Outlaw Gassers and many more nostalgia race cars. With a scant crew the Quarter Pounder team set out Saturday morning at the break of dawn to roll across the Appalachian mountains into the town of New Alexandria and home to Keystone Raceway Park. After setting up the pit area we have a few hours to prepare the car for the warm up. The skies turned from overcast to blue skies and the time is drawing near. The air (density) didn't move much while the sun came out. Around 5:30 we were called to the lanes to pair up with John Kwasniewski's Pol Cal Corvette. We set up in the right lane firing up and rolling forward to get the slicks wet for a big burnout. A near-half-track burnout was completed and after rolling back and pulled into the beams the lights come down. The QP pushes through the beams before the tree was activated. After the pass it was found that the 12 volt system wasn't activated and caused the issue with the launch. Back to the pits to service the car and get ready for round two. Running the valves, fueling the car, packing the chutes, checking the air and changing the pill are among the duties. Soon enough the call was made to roll up to the top of the lanes. We were the first pair and matched up with veteran funny car racer Rocky Ausec in the Solid Rock '71 Mustang. We fired up a [...]
Beaver Springs Labor Day Finals September 4th: Beaver Springs Dragway, Beaver Springs, PA We set out on Saturday morning to head to Beaver Springs Dragway in the beautiful, little Appalachian mountain town of Beaver Springs, PA for their Labor Day Classic event with Jets, Nostalgia Funny Cars and Vintage Race Cars in addition to their Finals. A special day was in store for us as we had the help of driver-tuners, Bob Toth and Brian Gawlik to whip the Quarter Pounder into shape for our first official event out with the GLNFCC. The first round was set to run at 2:00 pm so the team set up the car and tested the newly-added equipment, setting the timing, idle rpm, etc. We were called to the lanes around 3:30, a bit of a delay from the planned run time. Bob took the driving duties for the first pass. We were matched up with John Kwasniewski's Pol-Cal Corvette. Bob was able to click off an 8.06 at 168 mph with a .099 reaction time shaking the car down more than effectively but losing to the Corvette. We rolled back into the pit and serviced the car, packing the chutes, re-fueling, running the valves, tweaking the launch rpm and more. Second round was underway by 5:30. Kevin Johnson had the seat back for the second pass. We were paired up with the Detroit Thunder Thunderbird driven by Bill Hallet. After a hefty burnout, while backing up the Quarter Pounder experience steering issues making the crew have to push the car off the starting line quickly as to not hold up the other car. Once the steering issue was diagnosed and corrected by the crew we lined up to make a solo pass. Kevin rolled through [...]
Funny Car Throwdown Sunday, August 7th: Island Dragway, Great Meadows, NJ Beautiful weather was on tap for the second year of the Funny Car Throwdown at fabled Island Dragway's 56th Anniversary event. Team QP rolled in the gates and into their pit spot around 9:30 and immediately got to work setting up the pit area. This show was a first for new crew member Daryl McCormick and returning for their first Island Dragway visit car chief Rick Sturz and his son Chase met the team at the track. Bryce Kovach and John and Anita Johnson made the haul from Reading, PA to support the family racing team as always! We were tentatively running at 12:30 and we were placed as the solo run (odd number of cars) which was fine with us as we're still sorting things out and testing the car any time we can. We made our way to the lanes around 3:30 after a lengthy delay. We were placed after the altereds and dragsters and just before the nitro funny cars of Bruce Larson and Chuck Exton. After a few oil clean ups and a minor mishap with a dragster crashing into a few cars in the lanes we were finally called to the line. We fired the car up after having a difficult time and good friend Mike Hall guided driver Kevin Johnson into the water for the burnout. The Trans Am got up on the tire and lit them up for almost half the track. Backing up and lining up the tree comes down and a low RPM launch the car launched lazily and ran to 1000 feet before being shut off early. Oil was coming out of the valve [...]
Funny Car Nationals at the Nostalgia Classic Sunday, May 29th: Quaker City Motorsports Park, Salem, OH The 9th Annual Pace Performance Funny Car Nationals at Quaker City Motorsports Park's Nostalgia Classic was a fantastic event once again in 2016. The weekend started out on Saturday morning rolling out of the Pocono Mountains to traverse the Appalachians all the way across Pennsylvania just into Ohio. We made our way in around 1:00 and unloaded the car servicing it for running late that evening. With help from friends we discovered a couple problems with the car and fixed them before firing. The injection was way off and the QP was running rich for humid air at the event. We tweaked the tuneup and just missed a test run. Oh well. Sunday morning rolls around and all of the funny car teams are pulling their beasts onto the track for a once a year photo. Denny Salzwimmer lines up these into a fiberglass forest on the track reminiscent of the big funny car meets of the 1970's. First Round Once the photography session comes to an end there is a driver autograph session conducted back in the pit area. The crew services the car, fueling it up and checking fluids and final checklists and it's off to the lanes to get ready for round one. We're paired up with Drew Sweetman and the Sweetman Brothers 1980 Chevy Citation. Drew is a veteran driver and is consistent on the tree . After a near-half track burnout to smoke the hides of the Trans Am and make the fans happy we line up. We're off and Drew drops back after half track with a problem. It's a slow pass after [...]
Outlaws & Funny Cars September 26, 2015: Atco Dragway, Atco, NJ The cool, fall weather and the Pope both happened to be in town just in time for the Outlaws & Funny Cars event at Atco Dragway. We were part of an 8-car Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit group that was brought in to run along with Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes. We set up on Friday night to avoid the traffic in Philly from the Pope's visit and got to work first thing Saturday morning. We had just finished installing a new steering box and bracket in the car in the early morning hours of Friday. Along with that change was a tweak to the throttle pedal to make things a bit more comfortable for driver Kevin Johnson. Thanks to Rocky's Rod Shop for their work on these tweaks. Saturday quickly turned to afternoon and we serviced the car and prepped for round one to be run around 7:00 pm. After the driver's meeting with the GLNFCC's director Denny Salzwimmer we warmed up the engine and set the timing. Around 6:30 we towed up to the staging lanes. We were the first pair to run and we were paired up with good friends Chris and Krista Masserella in their Total Insanity Monza. Chris and Kevin agreed to do side-by-side burnouts and then a few sets of dry hops to help amp up the crowd and get them ready for more funny cars. After a quick stage both cars left and lost traction nearly immediately. Both drivers pedaled their unruly beasts to get them to hook up to the track. Chris doing this with a veteran's touch went on to win the round with [...]
Nostalgia Nights Car Show September 5, 2015: Pottstown, PA Labor Day weekend always marks the end of summer and the final car show held on High Street in Pottstown, PA. The show is organized by the Pottstown Classics Car Club and brings dozens and dozens of cars to the closed off main street of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. This event included the Quarter Pounder nostalgia funny car and the Excalibur a 1978 Corvette nostalgia funny car with a fire up by each. The cool breeze blew in as the sunset and hundreds of people filled the streets looking at all the hot rods, muscle cars, imports and race cars. We fired up the Quarter Pounder first at 7:30 pm. Crew chief, John Johnson, primed the "beast" block Chevy and brought 'er to life. The car sounded crisp and the sound filled the air thundering off the buildings on historic High Street. A few whacks of the throttle thumped the crowd's chest and the engine sounded ready to hit the strip. A few minutes later driver, Kevin Johnson, pulled the fuel shutoff and turned off the magneto bringing the thunder to a close. The crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. Next up Excalibur and it's Hemi! Thanks to our super crew of Bryce, Lisa, John, Anita & Tom!