FLAG MAN

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Pre­views of com­ing events.

Are you a plan­ner? I am. Spon­tane­ity and I have never got­ten along. Whether it’s sum­mer va­ca­tion, a long week­end, or even tonight’s din­ner, I like to have a plan. So while I’m writ­ing this in the early days of April, I’m al­ready mak­ing plans for what I’ll be do­ing in Novem­ber be­cause, well, that’s what I do. Yes, it as­sures my hav­ing ho­tel rooms and (rel­a­tively) cheap air fares, but it also gives me peace of mind and plenty of time to prep.

To be fair, it’s not just my anal na­ture that causes me to make long-term plans for Novem­ber. It’s a busy month here on the West Coast. It al­ways starts with spend­ing most of the first week in Las Ve­gas and the SEMA Show, and ends with the Thanks­giv­ing week­end, a daunt­ing time for any­one in­tend­ing to travel. Drag rac­ing fans will be headed to the NHRA Na­tion­als right af­ter SEMA, off-road­ers to the Baja 1000 the week af­ter that, and most lo­cal au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ists con­vene at the Los Angeles Auto Show right af­ter Thanks­giv­ing.

The week­end be­fore Turkey Day, I typ­i­cally leave sunny Socal for the blus­tery climes of Chicago to at­tend what is by far the best mus­cle car show on the planet, the Mus­cle Car and Corvette Na­tion­als.

I’m there on be­half of my other TEN gig at Mus­cle Car Review mag­a­zine. But this year I’ll be do­ing Deluxe duty there, too, as the Nickey Gasser Shop will have a spe­cial dis­play of the straight-axle cars it has built over the past few years. Some of them you’ve seen here: Jim Jard’s Bird of Prey T-bird (May 2018) will be there, as will the ’56 No­mad we fea­tured last year (“Mark of Ex­cel­lence,” May 2017) and the Nashty ’55 Nash we wrote about two years ago (“Nickey Gets Nashty,” Mar. 2016). We also ex­pect to see the Drag­nasty ’62 Corvette and sev­eral No­vas among the dozen or so cars in the dis­play, in­clud­ing Bill Thomas’ Novel Nova.

MCACN takes place Nov. 17-18 in Rose­mont, Illi­nois, right next to the O’hare Air­port. Visit mcacn.com for more de­tails about the show, and book your rooms early, as lo­cal ho­tels do sell out.

My visit to Chicago will be briefer this year than usual, be­cause on that same week­end HOT ROD and In-n-out Burger are mark­ing their 70th an­niver­saries with a spe­cial event at the Auto Club Race­way in Pomona.

If you’re a lo­cal hot rod­der, nei­ther of these in­sti­tu­tions will need any in­tro­duc­tion. For those of you not from around here, InN-out has carved out a dis­tinct niche among fast-food restau­rants by of­fer­ing incredibly fresh and de­li­cious made-to-or­der burg­ers, fries, and shakes, of­ten served from im­pos­si­bly tiny build­ings sur­rounded by a long line of cars full of folks wait­ing to in­dulge in Dou­ble-dou­bles, An­i­mal-style fries, and more.

In-n-out has a rod­ding con­nec­tion, too. Not only do you see its fa­mil­iar white and red food trucks at car shows and races all over the South­west, but InN-out’s founder, Harry Sny­der, was an in­vestor in the orig­i­nal Ir­win­dale Race­way and ped­dled his burg­ers there, too (as told by

Dick Martin in two of our sto­ries, “A Racer’s Best Friend: Steve Gibbs,” Mar. 2017 and “The Carl Swift Story,” Sept. 2017).

On Satur­day, Nov. 17, this cel­e­bra­tion of “70 years of burg­ers and burnouts” will in­clude an out­door car show, spe­cial ex­hibits of HRM his­tory in­clud­ing cover and fea­ture cars, ap­pear­ances by cur­rent and past mag­a­zine staff mem­bers, and “a rare op­por­tu­nity for historic ve­hi­cles to drag race the hal­lowed lanes of Pomona,” say show or­ga­niz­ers. Oh, and did I men­tion the fresh burg­ers com­ing off the In-n-out trucks?

I’ll be there, thaw­ing out. Hope to see you. For more info on the event, log on to www.hotrod.com/events/nhot-rod-70th-an­niver­sarycel­e­bra­tion. The real plan­ners among you can al­ready buy tick­ets and reg­is­ter for the car show at theen­thu­si­ast­net­work.tixon­li­nenow.com/ hotrod70reg­is­tra­tion.

—DREW HARDIN

> Ray Brock pho­tographed Joe Weatherly be­ing flagged off for a qual­i­fy­ing run at Day­tona Beach in Feb. 1956. Weatherly grabbed the top spot for the con­vert­ible race with a 117.801-mph run. Weatherly’s ’56 Ford con­vert was part of a three-ford team fielded by Pete De Paolo, with driv­ers Cur­tis Turner and Fire­ball Roberts round­ing out the trio. “Turner, Weatherly and Roberts had the top three spots well taken care of in their ’56 Fords until mid­way in the race when Weatherly broke a crankshaft pul­ley and had to re­tire,” wrote Brock in HRM’S May 1956 is­sue. Turner and Roberts won the race, with Herb Thomas in a Chevrolet fin­ish­ing Third.

PIC: RAY BROCK

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