Hubert Platt, an early NHRA star in the Super Stock and Factory Experimental classes, died Sept. 26 of cancer. He was 83.
After campaigning a series of Chevy-powered gassers, he switched to Super Stock in 1962 and was a teammate of “Dyno Don” Nicholson, who ran out of the Nalley Chevrolet dealership. When Chevy pulled out of racing in 1963, Platt moved to Ford. He followed his Georgia Shaker 427-cid Fairlane Thunderbolt with a series of altered-wheelbase entries, including his famed wheelstanding 427-cid Falcon.
Few racers could match Platt’s acumen for showmanship. One night in 1966 after wiping out the front ends of his Falcon and extended-wheelbase Mustang at Lions Dragstrip, Platt got on the P.A. and told the crowd, “Ladies and gentlemen, I broke both of my race cars just for you. If I had a third one, I’d have broken that one, too!”
A series of tube-framed, fiberglass-bodied Mustang Funny Cars produced numerous wins and record performances, and he returned to Super Stock competition when he conducted the popular Eastern Ford Performance Clinics.
Platt switched in 1970 to Pro Stock, in which he competed until his retirement from racing in 1977. He is a member of several drag racing halls of fame and has served as grand marshal at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac in Atlanta.
Platt has received numerous honors including induction into the NHRA Division 2 Hall of Fame and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. He was an honoree at NHRA’s National Hot Rod Reunion in 2006. recipient of the NHRA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Platt is survived by his wife, Linda, and his children, Hubert Jr., Allen and Lynette.
NHRA has been informed that veteran Super Comp racer Michael Musgrove, 59, of Foley, Mo., passed away this morning. Musgrove had been transported from the track by ambulance after falling ill in his pit area. NHRA sends its deepest sympathies to Musgrove’s family and friends.
Just one day after kicking off the 2015 Countdown to the Championship with a convincing victory at the NHRA Carolina Nationals, reigning Pro Stock world champion and points leader Erica Enders and her Elite Motorsports race team have announced a major associate sponsorship deal with Transportation Impact.
The privately-held logistics company specializes in helping some of the largest companies in the world drastically reduce their shipping costs. Transportation Impact, an Inc. 5000 company based in North Carolina, was founded in 2008 by Keith Byrd and Travis Burt and has quickly earned a reputation as one of the top small-package negotiation and parcel-auditing firms in the shipping industry.
"We are excited to team up with Erica and the Elite Motorsports team," Transportation Impact Co-Founder Travis Burt said. "Both our team and theirs have a championship mentality. We both work hard each day to be better than we were yesterday, and we at Transportation Impact have little doubt that this partnership will help both sides reach new heights."
Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman, who spearheaded Enders' ascension to becoming the first female champion in Pro Stock history, is thrilled to sign a long-term deal with Transportation Impact that he believes will help his team achieve its future objectives.
Standing, from left, are Berkley Stafford, Vice President of Sales; John Howard, Vice President of Operations; Travis Burt, Principal Partner/Co-Founder; Doug Starcke, Managing Partner; and Pete Merkel, Inertia Sports Marketing. Seated, from left, are Keith Byrd, Principal Partner/Co-Founder; Richard Freeman, Owner, Elite Motorsports; Erica Enders; and Harper Lee, Corporate Sales.
"I'm humbled and grateful that everyone at Transportation Impact thought enough of what we're doing to come on board and give us some tremendous support," Freeman said. "Since Erica joined us a year and a half ago, we've won the championship, we've won 13 national events, including the last three in a row, been No. 1 qualifier 11 times, and put up an 89-28 race day record. That's better than anyone in the sport and we're proud of what we've accomplished.
"At the same time, we feel like we want to do so much more, and having companies like Transportation Impact lend support will help us reach all of our long-range goals. We are firing this deal up right now so they can ride with us to what we hope will be a successful championship defense."
Enders admits she's riding high at the moment, and having a new sponsor recognize the team's potential adds a lot to her current situation, on many levels.
"It's been an incredible month and having Transportation Impact come on board today just makes it that much better," she said. "We scored a really big win in Brainerd (Minn.), and that kind of set up this run we're on. Then we get to Indy, the biggest race in our sport, and we get another win that ties me with my No. 1 idol, Shirley Muldowney, with 18 career wins. Now we come to North Carolina and get another win to kick off the playoffs and sign an incredible new marketing partner. I need to pinch myself.
"I'm so blessed to be driving this car and to have such an awesome group of people behind me making it happen, and that now includes everyone at Transportation Impact. We spent some time at their facility, and I told everyone we met we're going to do everything we can to get them a championship this year."
The 7th Annual Racers For Christ Golf Tournament and Auction will be held Wednesday Nov. 11, at Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Pomona, the day prior to the start of the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by putting contest at 10 a.m., and the shotgun start at 11 a.m.; 100 percent of the proceeds go to Team RFC.
The cost is $85 per player, and includes green fees, golf cart, range balls, lots of trophies, dinner, and a concert. Join in on the fun with sportsman and pro drivers.
Checks can be mailed to RFC, 1250 East Baseline Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85283-1439 (please memo golf tournament). Credit card payments can be made by calling RFC at 480-507-5323. Or you can register to play at www.teamrfc.org and click on the RFC Golf Tournament on the slider.
The “Wednesday Evening Auction” is at the golf course following dinner. The “Friday Night Auction,” Nov. 13, is at 6 p.m. in the DSR Army/NAPA hospitality tent at Auto Club Raceway.
Auction items, such as crew shirts, photos, collectibles, gift certificates, golf accessories etc. are being accepted for the tournament and auction and will be receipted as “Gifts-in-Kind.”
The In-N-Out Cook-Out truck will be serving its famous hamburgers (compliments of RFC) after golfing is completed. Blues & rock legend Darrell Mansfield will be performing between dinner and the awards presentation.
If you are interested in sponsoring any portion of the golf tournament, contact Jim Jack, 602-524-4691, or Revjimjck@aol.com. Team RFC is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization; IRS ID # 95-3912415.
Among the items up for auction:
Eddie Hill fire suit
Shirley Muldowney l fire suit
Golf balls in shadow-boxes autographed by Pro drivers in TF, FC, PS, PSM
Helmet signed by more than 40 pro drivers
Lithographs of John Force, Don Garlitsy, and Shirley Muldowney
Photos signed by Eddie & Ercie Hill, Larry Dixon, and more
A boxing glove signed by Muhammad Ali
Football signed by Jerry Rice
Basketball signed by Michael Jordan
Baseball signed by Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider, Willie Mays
Sandy Koufax first no-hitter collage
Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods signed Augusta scorecards
Signed racing collectibles
TRAXXAS RC trucks
And many other items.