Yes we did name this race as something always happens that causes us to laugh and then we name the tour. Let us just say it was “spectacular”, more on that later. This report is about the March Meet 2014 in
that the Hall Bros just competed in. Mark and Bryan both took their cars to
compete in Nostalgia Eliminator which runs on a 7.60 index. Bakersfield
This is Mark writing the report. For those that don’t know, I am the old man with the red 23T blown BBC altered and Bryan is my son and he has the black 32 Bantam with the blown 392 Hemi.
The March meet all started last year when we sent in our pre-registration to secure our reserved spaces. I had faxed them and then called many times and sent e-mails to confirm that they actually received our forms before the deadline. No responses. Then we get an e-mail confirmation that says we sent them after the deadline to get reserved spots. Wrong! So when I called the lady to tell her that we did send them in time she says“oh yeah, you guys are number 282 and 283 and the asphalt spaces end at 281”. Right…..good answer. Oh well, we can win from the dirt.
This was a four day race Thus, Fri, Sat and Sunday. We got there on Wednesday and it took what seemed like two hours for the guy to find us a spot. I wanted to ask the spotter what happened to our spaces 282 and 283 but he was a nice guy. We ended up almost at the ticket booth which actually worked out OK.
Thursday morning we got teched in and we were ready for the first qualifying round. It was me, Cliff Hall and Jim Novotny with the red car and it was just Bryan and Don Caldwell with the Bantam. Jim would need to do double duty with two cars since
was short a crew
member. Jeff Worms was working and could not make it. Bryan recruited Brian Reinaldo but he could
not make it down until Fri morning. Bryan
So we headed to the lanes for the only qualifying run for Thursday.
ran first and since I was so far back in line I was actually able to be on the
line to see his run. Bryan ’s
car ran great and he posted a 7.619 on the 7.60 index which was # 1 at the
time! I was toward the end of the 37 cars and since I was so far back in the
lanes Bryan and
Don were able to get back to the line to watch. I ran a 7.609 on the 7.60 index!
This however was not good enough for #1 and I ended up #3 qualifier. Bryan ended up #6 for the
day. This made for a very high spirited night as we went back to our dirt pit.
We were really roughing it as we slept on the floor of our race trailer. That
is the only way we can afford to make these events. If you take a motorhome
they charge an extra 125.00 to camp besides the great fuel mileage with the MH.
We also had to rough it when it came to our dinner as Cliff cooked Tri-tip and
bake potatoes. The racers life is not easy! Bryan
On Friday it would be the last qualifying pass. I went out first and my car drove toward the guardrail and I let off.
’s car did not sound
good and only went 7.80 something. When we got back to the pits after pulling
the valve covers on Bryan
car he had destroyed a couple of pushrods. So apart it came. We even pulled the
heads to make sure one of the valves didn’t hit the piston. Bryans had left his spare pushrods at home so
we needed a plan to get them here. We talked about Lisa and Kelly coming down
but I found out through Kevin Aldridge that Chuck Adams was coming down to
watch his son. They would be there Saturday morning. We also found a bunch of
bad adjusters but found some new rocker arms at the swap that had adjusters.
Problem solved, or so we thought. Brian Reinaldo and Don Caldwell got everything
sorted out so it could go back together. The red car ran over something and was
leaking fuel but nothing that JB weld couldn’t fix. Friday night we had a NE-1
pit party and special thanks go out to the Bryan ’s for being a gracious
host. It was a good feast and Cliff Hall made home made ice cream with the hand
crank. It was a hit! Greg and Austin Means liked my apron that I was wearing. I
can’t tell you what kind of apron it is but Valencia wanted to take it to school and if he
did CNN “to catch a predator” would have showed up. Austin
Saturday morning we got the pushrods kind of late and luckily Bryan’s friend Buddy had come down on his Harley and sped out to meet Chuck at the gas station so we could get the pushrods in time for the first round of eliminations. Now if you have been reading the previous race reports you will know that
has not yet made one round of competition since he has owned the car. This
thing is really making him earn it. The car is deadly consistent but it has
just been mostly small stuff that has kept him out of eliminations. Bryan
We get the call and to the line we go with both cars ready.
first and everyone is nervous and
wants to get that monkey off his back. Bryan
gets the green and runs 7.619 for the win and his first round win with the car.
This is the start of something good. I am up next and I cut a .001 light but
the car decides to speed up to a 7.55 on the 7.60 index so I wasted the almost
perfect light. Now it is Bryan
turn to carry the Hall Bros banner. Bryans
Back in the pits we pull the valve covers and find a couple of pushrods that have slight damage so Bryan fixes them and we adjust the valves a little tighter and Bryan says he will keep the burnout RPM down. Hopefully this will help from beating up the cups.
Saturday evening we get the call for the second round of eliminations and the bantam is ready.
cuts a good light
(.038) and gets a huge holeshot. He runs a 7.64 and his opponent runs a 7.44
and Bryan beats
him to the finish line! He gets past the second round! This is the first time
that I got to ride down in the tow truck in front of the huge crowd. We were
honking the horn and the crowd was yelling back. They really like the Bantam as
it is the way a nostalgia car should look. It’s like being in the 60s again! This
will make for a real good Saturday night as we rough it with barbecue spare
ribs and Lisa’s macaroni salad! Bryan
Sunday we are ready to go. The pushrods were checked and they look good.
is now in the third round and there are
only 10 cars left. Bryan
runs a 7.62 and he thinks that he reached the finish line first but it was real
close and the other guy gets the win. Bryan
wanted this one back as the reaction time was unlike any light of previous
So all in all it was another spectacular event. Oh yeah, so we named this race the spectacular tour. And here is the back story. All four days we kept hearing the announcers talking and when they said anything they would call out the other announcers name like “how about that Donnie Couch? or what do you think about that Mike English?” So we started doing that in our pit. How about that Bryan Hall? what do you think about that Cliff Hall? That was real spectacular Jim Novotny! Real good run Don Caldwell! So while we were sitting there listening to the announcer’s one of them put every adjective he could into his description and he said the word spectacular several times. So Jim said “man that guy got every word in including spectacular” and we all laughed. That is when we decided to name it the spectacular tour. Funny how we amuse ourselves!
These are some of the best of times for me racing. I had many good times growing up racing with my dad and going to races with my family and this ranks right up there. I couldn’t have made it to this point without the help of friends and family. Thanks to our wives, Lisa, Kelley, Jennifer, Connie and Diane for understanding our need for speed. Thanks to my brother Cliff for always being there. Thanks Jim Novotny, Don Caldwell and Brian Reinaldo. It is fun racing with you all.
wants to send out a special thanks to
Winslow Headrick for helping him with the gas bill. Believe me it helps! I want to thank Les Stripe for
helping me the past 40 years when it comes to many things including racing. I
finally got his name on the side of my car. I have been wanting to do that
forever but just never got around to it. Racers are that way. Finally there is
a Les Stripe, #LES on the side of the car that could be seen on the bangshift
live feed. The #Les has a special insider meaning between Les and Lisa. Bryan
Next race is the Fremont Nostalgia Reunion which is actually in
The race is on April 5 & 6. Come on out and watch the Hall Bros altereds if
you get a chance! Sacramento