- October 02, 2005: Once again the entire NHRA Motorsports Museum
staff gave us yet another unforgettable weekend. CHRR 14 was
three days of hot weather filled with non stop action and events
punctuated with a 49 car Cacklefest on Saturday night. Emotions
ran high as old friends were reunited, fallen comrades remembered,
legends honored and some incredibly close racing contested. Everyone
is way done saying, "It can't get any better than this."
Because every year it does. Dave and Charile West and a crew
consisting of Valarie Twitchell, Chuck Ridgley (original crew
member of Tim), Kevin Brown, Ronnie Mankins from Oregon, and
Keith Brednick. Keith flys out from Pittsburg, PA for the events.
They were in the middle of it putting on a great show and having
a fun weekend.
Camp Beebe & Mulligan
was set up in a prime spot one row one just off the staging lanes.
This allowed larger crowd exposure and a better chance for fans
to get a close look at this beautiful car.
Dave and Charlie hosted a lot of friends including
Roger "Riceman" Lee, wife Julie and her sister. Roger
ended up lending Tom a hand getting moving the car to set up
This year Dave wanted to get more "seat time"
in his car so he arranged to do a push start and burnout on Saturday
and Sunday. Here, to the delight of the fans, is his Saturday
After making the turn West got the tires wet and
smoked 'em well past the tree.
Saturday night was all
about "Cacklefest". The word alone sparks excitement
in the heart of any drag racing fan. Since it was first coined
five years ago by Steve Gibbs, this strange word has spread all
over the world and spawned dozens of "spin off" events
at race tracks big and small. Although you won't find it in any
dictionary, Cacklefest has become one of the most alluring words
in drag racing vocabulary. Since its inception at the 2000 CHRR,
Cacklefest has grown from 9 cars to 50 entries in 2005. Any and
all superlatives have long been used to describe this phenomenon
so I won't try to make anymore up for this one. Without further
ado, here is Dave West and his Beebe & Mulligan fueler in
the fifth and by far largest edition of the "Original Cacklefest".
Before the parade all the cacklecars assembled in
the staging lanes.
In order the cars and drivers were introduced and
pushed down to the top end in front of a captive SRO quarter
Once at the end of the track the drivers got suited
up and push started before the same crowd.
After firing up and turning onto the drag strip the
cars lined up and ran as long as they could.
When the last car stopped running the crowd was invited
to come onto the track and come they did.
Dave and the other drivers were available to field
questions from the fans... and they fielded a lot.
Sunday morning engine builder Tim "Chops"
Beebe checked things out and adjusted the valves after Cacklefest.
Then it was time to do it again. West has this push
start routine down pat.
making the turn Dave again got the tires wet and smoked 'em about
300 feet. What a show!
And so ended another
stellar weekend for the Dave West and the Beebe & Mulligan
team. Their sights now set on the 2006 season so watch for their
attendance at a nostalgia meet near you.