- October 02, 2005: Once again Greg Sharp, Sam Jackson, Steve
Gibbs and 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. The Frantic 4 Racing Traveling Road Show
was on hand with "Stormin Normin", Dennis Prater, Jim
Fox and Dennis Holding putting on a great show and having a fun
4 in "The Grove"
4 member Dennis Prater is proud of his "Nitro Crazy"
shirt - he earned it.
Parked next to
the Frantic 4 fueler was Dennis Prater's Stellings & Hampshire
"Red Stamp Special" and both cars drew a lot of attention.
On Friday night
the team loaded up for a command appearance at the Comfort Inn
Hotel in Bakersfield.
Along with loud
music and good food there was NITRO. The FF guys fired up the
car for an excited crowd several times including this one with
Steve Gibbs in the car.
also Norm's birthday - sure looks excited, doesn't he?
The F-4 pit area
was a place for racers and fans to congregate and visit out of
the sun - and they did.
The F4 display
includes some really cool merchandise including T-shirts, photos
and the world famous Stormin' Normin' Nitro Pickles and other
Dennis Holding, Dennis Prater and Norm Weekly.
visits with Dennis.
Holding spends a lot of time on the phone... its his job.
end of the day Norm does his favorite thing, count money.
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 the Frantic 4 fueler in the fifth and by far largest
edition of the "Original Cacklefest".
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 SRO quarter mile audience.
Just like the
60's the cars were push started and the thousands of fans went
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.
and Dennis were there to field questions from the fans.
Over the weekend
several fans, including Canadian Ralph Reiter got the thrill
of their lives with a now famous "Frantic 4 Fan Fire-up".
All in all it
was a great weekend for "the boys" and Stormin' Normin'
invites you to stop by their "show" the next time they're
at an event near you.
Fire-up Video Clip
Frantic Four Fire Up Video #1
Frantic Four Fire Up Video #2
out a: Frantic 4 Fan Fire Up