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  • BobPalma
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    [8D] Roger that, JP. BP

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    started a topic Ted Harbit Honoree At NHRA Hot Rod Reunion

    Ted Harbit Honoree At NHRA Hot Rod Reunion

    (forwarded by Jeff Rice.... [u]Go Ted</u>!)

    http://www.motorsport.com/news/artic...?ID=239954&FS=

    2007 National Hot Rod Reunion honorees named
    Racing series NHRA
    Date 2006-12-08

    Honorees Set for 2007 Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion
    Columbus, Ohio will host 5th Annual Rodding and Racing Event on Father's Day Weekend


    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- (Dec. 8, 2006) -- Honorees were announced today for the fifth annual National Hot Rod Reunion, Jun. 15-17, 2007 at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio. The honorees are John Abbott, Don Cain, Ted Harbit, Fred Hurst, and the team of Gary Rupp and Pat Dakin. Jeg Coughlin will be the Grand Marshal, while the Justice Bros. Reunion Spotlight will fall on Frank Hawley.


    John Abbott began his long drag racing career near his Denver home in 1954. His accomplishments at the wheel of fuel dragsters include the 1977 Top Fuel title at the Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Championships, the IHRA Spring Nationals in 1978 and the AHRA Winter Nationals in '79. He capped his career with a victory in the NHRA U.S. Nationals, taking the Top Fuel title in 1981 following a runner-up finish in 1980.


    Don Cain's biggest win came with his Top Gas victory at the 1967 U.S. Nationals. He won six NHRA Division 5 Championships in Top Gas Dragster. Cain then drove a Plymouth Satellite Funny Car for the team of Pusch and Cain match racing throughout the Midwest. He retired from drag racing in 1974 and focused his attention on street rods. After his retirement from General Motors in 1988, he and his wife Nan opened K.C. Street Rod Parts in Kansas City, Mo.


    Ted Harbit raced his "Chicken Hawk" 1951 Studebaker and won his Stock class at the NHRA Nationals an incredible seven times in 11 tries. A retired teacher and basketball coach in the Frankton, Ind. school system, he has raced continuously in cars he's built himself for more than 50 years. Ted retired from class racing after the '72 U.S. Nationals and drove it occasionally until 1987 when he decided to see how fast it would go. With twin turbochargers and twin four barrel carbs, he's turned a best of 10.07 at 137.8 mph. In the Studebaker Drivers Club publication, Turning Wheels, Harbit explained why he still uses a Studebaker engine. "My own experience has been that it is not necessary to go to expensive extremes to develop over 500 HP in a Studebaker V-8. . . and that the engine is so basically sturdy that one need not fear immediate disintegration when higher horsepowers (sic) have been developed."


    Fred Hurst began his career with a '57 Chevy and a pair of Pontiacs in Stock Eliminator. In 1963 he switched to A/Gas with an immaculate Pontiac powered '40 Willys. He stepped up to 426 Hemi power in '65 and set the A/G National Record. In early '68 Hurst debuted a gorgeous injected 426- powered '68 Barracuda. With it he won Street Eliminator at the '68 World Finals in Tulsa and the A/Gas class at the '69 U.S. Nationals. In 1970 he built another Barracuda which he raced for four years. In 1974 Hurst parked the Barracuda in favor of a Norm Paddock-built Opel GT which he raced until his retirement during the summer of 1977. Hurst's cars were known as much for their appearance as for their performance. All were immaculate, and all were Candy Apple Red painted and lettered by '06 NHRR Honorees Bill Rowell and Jim Farr.


    Gary Rupp and Pat Dakin (Rupp & Dakin) ran one of the nicest looking dragsters of its day. Dakin was the driver and Rupp the car owner. The team began racing in 1970 in a gas car and then made the switch to a front- engine fuel dragster in 1971 They switched to a rear engine Woody Gilmore car in 1972and bought another one in '74-'75 and kept that one until '77 when they quit. Dakin said, "We came back in '89 and won an IHRA World Championship and then bought a Don Long car and stayed together through the 1993 season." Then Rupp moved to Florida, effectively ending the team. Dakin found a new partner in Tom Kattelman and continued to race, but he never went further west than Texas
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