NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR CACKLEFEST TO HIGHLIGHT FIFTH ANNUAL DSR OPEN HOUSE ON SEPT. 3 BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Aug. 18, 2010) -- Five nostalgia Funny Cars will again roar to life during the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Open House on Sept. 3, 2010. The ...
NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR CACKLEFEST TO HIGHLIGHT FIFTH ANNUAL DSR OPEN HOUSE ON SEPT. 3
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Aug. 18, 2010) -- Five nostalgia Funny Cars will again roar to life during the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) Open House on Sept. 3, 2010. The popular cacklefest will feature five of the legendary floppers from match-racing lore: the Stardust 'Cuda, Chi-Town Hustler Charger, Jungle Jim Camaro, Motown Shaker Vega, and Brand X Camaro.
DSR will open the doors of its 100,000-square-foot shop to race fans from 10 a.m.-3 pm. on Sept. 3 when DSR hosts its fifth annual Open House to benefit Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The open house coincides with the opening day of professional qualifying for the 56th annual U.S. Nationals at nearby O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
"Funny Cars came of age back in the 1970s and a select group of cars and drivers captured headlines and magazine covers across the country," DSR Sr. Vice President Mike Lewis said. "We are thrilled to have five of the most famous cars from that era coming to this year's DSR Open House to share some old fashioned, ground pounding excitement with all our fans. We are grateful to everyone involved for bringing their cars to this great event."
The fifth annual benefit DSR Open House also will feature the Indy Hi-Winders Car Club Car and Motorcycle Show and an autograph session with all seven DSR professional drivers: Tony Schumacher, Cory McClenathan, Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan and Rod Fuller. The autograph session is scheduled for Noon and the cacklefest cars will start simultaneously around 1 p.m. in the DSR parking lot. Fans will have the opportunity to win racing collectibles as part of a raffle drawing and there also will be a silent auction during the open house.
The cacklefest Funny Cars are recreations of some of the more famous floppers from the early years of Funny Car racing in the early 70s. The original '73 Stardust 'Cuda was owned and driven to many wins by Don Schumacher. The current Stardust car is owned by Justin Grant and driven by DSR Sr. Vice President Mike Lewis. Al Bergler has rebuilt his Motown Shaker '73 Vega. Texan Henry Gutierrez restored the "Jungle Jim" Camaro, currently driven by Jon Capps, and the new Brand X Camaro to be piloted in U.S. Nationals exhibition runs by Mike Smith, son of legendary tuner Paul Smith. The original Jungle Jim Camaro was made famous by Funny Car icon "Jungle Jim" Liberman. Cecil Lankford drove the Brand X Camaro in its heyday. The Chi-Town Hustler Charger, raced today by Troy Martin, was driven by Pat Minnick and tuned by Austin Coil years before he crew-chiefed John Force to the most wins in NHRA racing.
DSR has raised more than $90,000 over the last five years with its Open House and Bowling for Riley charity tournament. The second annual charity bowling event generated more than $12,000 for Riley this May. All proceeds from the DSR Open House go to Riley Hospital for Children. For more information, contact DSR at (317) 858-0356.