Castrol-backed drivers John Force and Brittany Force will be starting the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals with a free fan event at Ken’s Appliances Lawn Garden in Bridgeport, Texas. The Forces will be signing autographs and posing for photos with fans from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept.19.
“You always want to get out and see as many fans as possible before and during our NHRA events. We have done these BrandSource-sponsored appearances all over the country, and we love seeing how excited the fans get to see us away from the track,” said John Force.
Ken’s Appliances Lawn Garden (940-683-4034) is at 1008 Hovey St. in Bridgeport.
NHRA legend “Big Jim” Dunn and the Grime Boss Funny Car will be at the Costco store in Duncanville, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. in advance of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.
Customers can purchase Grime Boss heavy-duty wipes at selected Costco stores, including the location in Duncanville.
Costco Store 250
250 W. Highway 67
Duncanville, TX 75137
Harry Schmidt, whose iconic Blue Max Ford Mustangs were among the most popular Funny Cars in drag racing history, lost his personal battle with prostate cancer a year and a half ago, but his memory and his legacy live on through the Harry M. Schmidt Foundation.
Created by his family and friends as a means of providing financial assistance to other men battling prostate cancer, the foundation will conduct a launch event for its fundraising effort Thursday at the Dallas Arboretum, where NBC 5 on-air personality Scott Murray will serve as emcee.
Seven-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher will be a special guest in advance of his competitive appearance Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the 28th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.
Also attending will be native Texan Raymond Beadle, a member of the foundation’s advisory board and the winner of three NHRA Funny Car world championships as owner and driver of the Blue Max after Schmidt retired to pursue other interests. A replica of one of the Blue Max race cars will be on display.
For information about attending the invitation-only event and supporting the cause, email info@HarryMSchmidtFoundation.org. All money raised by the foundation goes to applicants who otherwise would be unable to afford treatment.
Another of the advisory board members is producer Ken Kragen, whose professional clients have included Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Trisha Yearwood, Olivia Newton-John, the Bee Gees, Burt Reynolds, and the Smothers Brothers.
Schmidt, a talented crew chief and mechanic who worked with some of the early Funny Car legends, including “Big Mike” Burkhart, commissioned a car of his own in 1969 and ultimately christened it the Blue Max after seeing a movie of the same name starring George Peppard.
The Blue Max actually was the colloquial name applied to the Pour le Merite, Germany’s highest military honor from the days of the Prussian Empire through 1918 and World War I. The medal itself, which was reproduced on the sides of all subsequent Blue Max race cars, consisted of a blue enamel Maltese cross with eagles between the arms.
Fans and racers are welcome to enjoy a special night for a special cause when the annual DRAW Auction takes place Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at 7 p.m. during the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.
The live auction will be held inside the Champion Club, which is next to the staging lanes.
DRAW provides assistance to drivers and crewmembers 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, which ranges from artwork to collectibles 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 Rosalee Noble, email@example.com, 217-345-6537.