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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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This vehicle could get to a fire fast Those visiting the 22nd annual Dogwood Car and Truck Festival at Roaring River State Park on Saturday had the chance to see the "World's Fastest Fire Truck." The fire truck, owned by Sandy Campbell, of Oregon, and Bob Brazelton, of Rogers, Ark., is a 1944-era truck that is equipped with two Viper fighter jet engines. The vehicle, which has been featured on the Discovery Channel, holds the land speed record for fire trucks in the Guiness Book of World Records for reaching a speed of 407 miles per hour. Democrat Photo
The severe weather held off long enough on Saturday for the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce to host a very successful Dogwood Car and Truck Festival at Roaring River State Park.

Despite predictions of rain and hail, the car show attracted 85 entries, which was a very good turnout according to Chamber Executive Director Amy White.

This year's display of cars, trucks and motorcycles was impressive and several of the most interesting entries were of local origin.

Kristen Crawford, of Cassville, entered her 1968 Mustang, which she calls her "girlie hot rod." The vintage vehicle was a 16th birthday present from her parents. Crawford said she drove her Mustang until college when her dad took over ownership. The vehicle then went through four different owners before Crawford's mother got it back and returned it to Crawford.

"I like to tell the story," said Crawford. "I never have seen another Black Hills gold Mustang with a white vinyl hard top. It was originally ordered out of the Denver sales office in January of 1968. We think it was dealer special."

Another of the eye-catching entries was a motorcycle built by Dr. Mark Matthews. The total custom bike was built to look like a hot rod bike from the 1920s. The one-of-a-kind bike has a double barrel shotgun for exhaust and a Prince Albert can for its intake.

In addition to the judged entries, Car Show Chairman Larry Daniels had several "show vehicles" on display, including the "World's Fastest Fire Truck," a 2006 NHRA top fuel dragster and a 1968 Barracuda funny car.

The fire truck, owned by Sandy Campbell, of Oregon, and Bob Brazelton, of Rogers, Ark., is a 1944-era truck that is equipped with two Viper fighter jet engines. The vehicle holds the land speed record for fire trucks in the Guiness Book of World Records for reaching a speed of 407 miles per hour.

Speed was also on display in Scott Palmer's top fuel dragster. The Marionville resident races his dragster at least two weekends out of each month all over the country.

The vehicle runs on nitro methane and goes from a dead stop to over 120 miles per hour in 60 feet. The dragster's top speed was clocked at 329 miles per hour. In 4.5 seconds, the dragster burns 17 gallons of fuel, which runs $35 a gallon.

"It costs us about $5,000 per run," said Palmer. "When we race, we can expect to spend about $30,000 per weekend."

Racing a dragster requires a crew of eight. According to Palmer, this crew must be able to break down and rebuild the dragster's motor after each run.

"That's part of the show," said Palmer.

Another vehicle that drew a lot of interest from the car show crowd was "The Invader," a 1968 Barracuda nostalgia funny car owned by Glenn Solano, of Lowell, Ark.

"I wanted to make a car to show how nitro funny cars started off," said Solano. "We used to match race our cars, going state to state to see who had the fastest car."

Several times during the car show, Solano fired up "The Invader" and showed it off to the crowd. The car is powered by a blown hemi engine on nitro and is able to reach speeds of 170 to 180 miles per hour in four seconds or an eighth of a mile.

Car show winners

The Dogwood Car and Truck Festival ended with the awarding of prizes. Car show winners are listed below.

* 2008 Showstopper Award, sponsored by Baywash: Taran Holt, 1967 GMC pickup.

* Best Motorcycle, sponsored by Cassville Motor Inn: Ken Coy, 1936 Harley.

* Dogwood Dozen: Taran Holt, 1967 GMC; Ken Coy, 1936 Harley; John Embrey, 1967 Fairlane; Jerry and Bonnie Shelton, 1967 Mustang convertible; Terry Eagle, 1950 Chevy truck; Ray and Mary Anderson, 1932 Ford coupe; Joe King, 2005 Mustang; Bob York, 1936 Ford; Bob White, 1933 Ford; Tom Houck, 1969 Chevy; Billy Ellis, 1977 Plymouth; and Robert Wolfe, 1948 Dodge pickup.

* Dignitary Awards: Mayor Award, Ray Eagle, 1932 Plymouth sedan; Chief of Police Award, Kristin Crawford, 1968 Mustang; Sheriff's Award, Bob White, 1933 Ford sedan; and Missouri State Representative Award, Connie and Retha Lloyd, 1967, Sting Ray Corvette.

* Special Awards: Best Orphan (sponsored by Cassville Auto Body), Shawna Moore-McCauley, 1966 AMC Marlin; Best G.M. Entry (Team Chevrolet), Robbie Daniels, 2001, convertible Corvette; Best MOPAR Entry (County Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep), Chad and Mary Sprinkle, Dodge Magnum; Best Ford Entry (Les Jacobs Ford-Mercury), Jerry Shelton, 1967 Mustang convertible; Best Legal Novelty License Plate (REMAX/Flat Creek), Bob Cross, 2007 Mustang; Best Engine (Gautney's Garage), Terry Eagle, 1950 Chevy 3100; Best Paint (Ken's Collision Center), Terry Eagle, 1950 Chevy 3100; Best Interior (Thomas Mechanic and Welding), Bob White, 1933 Ford sedan; Furthest Driven (Vollenweider Metals), Bobby Wolford, Fort Smith, Ark.; Furthest Trailered (The ARC Shop), Steven Davis, Nixa; Youngest Person (Roark Towing & Repair), Taran Holt; Oldest Person (Carefree Auto Mart), Jerry Shelton; Best Presentation (Slinkard's Towing and RPM Salvage), Bob Cross, 2007 Mustang; Best Import (Carquest Auto Parts), Curtis and Becky Allen, 1979 VW camper; and Largest Car Club Attendance (B&K Auto Body), NW Arkansas Corvette Club.

A full list of car show winners by class will be published in next week's issue of the Cassville Democrat.



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