Dave and Charlie West's "Camp Beebe
& Mulligan" was once again set up in a prime spot just
off the staging lanes. This allowed larger crowd exposure and
a better chance for fans to get a close look at this beautiful
This is the Beebe & Mulligan pit wagon. Revisit
the site soon and see what it is all about. Ditto on Dave's push
truck (below) that he bought new from Cone Chevrolet where the
Beebe clan worked. It still sports its original paint.
This year Dave got out for some photo ops like this
classic. Flanked by Tom Hanna and Lee Wilson they pose with the
cardboard likenesses of two legends. The late Steve Carbone and
Bob Creitz, Mike Kuhl and Dave.
Dave and Nick Arias Sr.
Dave with Roland Leong and Larry Reyes.
In what is becoming a tradition, West once again
arranged to do a push start and burnout on both Saturday and
Sunday. Here, to the delight of the fans, is his Saturday performance.
At the end of the burnout the tires started to hook
up throwing the car a big off balance.
No harm, no foul, Dave
idled to the far end.
Saturday night offered
another edition of "Cacklefest"... this one was Number
Six. Since it was first conceived 6 years ago by Greg Sharp and
Steve Gibbs, Cacklefest has grown from 9 cars to over 50 entries
in 2006. Any and all superlatives have long been used to describe
this phenomenon so without further ado, here is Dave West and
his Beebe & Mulligan fueler in the sixth and by far largest
edition of the "Original Cacklefest".
Before the parade all the cacklecars assembled in
the staging lanes then pushed onto the track for the Cacklefest
Parade and introductions.
Once at the end of the track the drivers got suited
up and ready to push start.
When the signal is given, the cars start down the
1/4 mile push road toward the starting line. The red van pushing
the car is Al Bergler's. Dave's regular green pickup broke the
push bar attempting to push the car around a corner. The push
bar didn't like it and Bergler's van was handy and allowed them
to make the push down fire up.
Being one of the original nine cacklecars, West was
near the end of the endless barrage of fuel dragsters to park
in his spot on the track. After all the cars were finally done
running, the fans were invited onto the track to meet the drivers
and crews. A spectacular event.
And so ended another
stellar Cacklefest for the Dave West and the Beebe & Mulligan
team. Their sights now set on the 2007 season so watch for them
at a nostalgia meet near you.