Fans and racers are welcome to enjoy a special night for a special cause when the annual DRAW Auction takes place Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. during the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas.
The live auction will be held inside the Champion Club which is located next to the staging lanes.
The Drag Racing Association of Women provides assistance to drivers and crew members injured in a drag racing accident at a racetrack.
Several of the biggest stars in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regularly attend and bidding wars provide as much entertainment as their contributions provide help for fellow racers.
The list of auction items range from artwork to collectables to racing parts and accessories is available on www.drawonline.org or DRAW’s Facebook page.
For more information or to donate an item, contact:
John Farkonas, one third of the team that fielded the famed Chi-Town Hustler Funny Car, died Aug. 22.
Farkonas teamed with crew chief Austin Coil and driver Pat Minick to create a drag racing legend that today remains among the most revered of Funny Cars. While Coil supplied the hands-on tuning savvy and Minick was the driver who whipped their Dodges through patented smokey burnouts, Farkonas, who had degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering, was the team’s thinker, and well ahead of his time.
“John Farkonas was one of the smartest men I have known,” said Coil. “Many of the formulas I used throughout my career were based on equations John did longhand back in the early '70s.”
Although Farkonas stopped actively traveling with the team early in its long run, he remained a behind-the-scenes force, and when the famed Farkonas-Coil-Minick Chi-Town Hustler won back-to-back world championships in 1982-83 with driver Frank Hawley, Farkonas’ impact was still being felt. The original trio was reunited in 1997 when they were inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
Farkonas is survived by his wife, Goldie; daughter Anne-Renee; brother Tom; and other relatives.
Prominent motorsports manufacturer and former racer and crew chief Bob Brooks died Friday, Aug. 29. He was 73.
Brooks raced in Top Fuel in the 1960s and ran the piston department at Mickey Thompson Enterprises during that time. Of his many contributions to the sport on the manufacturing end, he was most prominent behind the motor plate when he founded Applied Friction Techniques in 1986. He was at the forefront when lockup clutches and the introduction of additional discs to Top Fuel clutches became popularized. He was also an innovator in other areas of Top Fuel technology, having developed one of the first slide valves that is still used by several teams.
Brooks had already been selected to be honored at the 2014 California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California this October. He is survived by wife Gail.
NHRA Pro Stock drivers Richie Stevens and Erica Enders-Stevens presented a $40,000 donation to Serving Orphans Worldwide COO Richard Baker.
Serving Orphans Worldwide (SOW), which supports orphanages and children's homes across the globe, accepted a $40,000 donation on behalf of Stevens-Enders Motorsports at the completion of the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
NHRA Pro Stock drivers Richie Stevens and wife Erica Enders-Stevens helped raise awareness of the non-profit organization with branding on their race cars and on-air promotion during the ESPN2 television coverage. Backed by anonymous donors who came forward during the race weekend, drag racing's latest power couple presented Serving Orphans Worldwide Chief Operating Officer Richard Baker with the donation in the Stevens-Enders Motorsports pit.
"That's just amazing," Baker said. "I'm trying to fight the tears back. That's enough money to fund an orphanage for an entire year."
Serving Orphans Worldwide was founded in 2010 to help "rescue" orphanages that need help and funding to continue to operate.
"Richie and I are proud to be associated with such an incredible organization that helps so many children around the world," Enders-Stevens said. "The fact we were able to raise $40,000 to help some children warms our hearts and shows how caring people are out here in the NHRA community."
As part of the donation, Stevens and Enders-Stevens plan to travel to Thailand after the NHRA season to select the first orphanage they will officially "adopt."
"We only get involved with orphanages that are in rescue mode and we elevate them," Baker said. "We've got three stages: Rescue, Train, Sustain. We understand that orphanages will probably never be 100 percent sustainable and that they are not the ideal solution to the orphan crisis, but we're meeting kids where they are and helping them get the love and care they deserve."
With the help of Serving Orphans Worldwide, several orphanages have already begun income-generating or farming projects to help sustain themselves. Serving Orphans Worldwide is involved with orphanages in 25 countries on five continents, most in third-world countries that lack the government and private sector safety nets that are present in the United States.
"There's a great need out there," Baker said. "We're just scratching the surface, but we are making a difference."
SOW became involved in NHRA through Stevens' long relationship with businessman Tom Pierson, a supporter of Serving Orphans Worldwide and sponsor of Steven's Camaro.
"We're excited about the partnership with Richie and Erica," Baker said, "and amazed and humbled by their willingness to give."