Articles by: Steve Heeb

Dirt Cup 2013
by / on June 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm / in announcements, Open Wheels, Washington

Dirt Cup 2013

With a “super moon” overhead, Jonathan Allard bested the 410 field and nabbed his fourth Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup title as the clock rolled into the wee hours of June 23. Here are a few of my photos from the event. Expect to see plenty more from other Northwest photographers featured in Inside Track.

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Bombers Custom Auto Works (issue 103)
by / on October 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Motorsports Industry, Washington

Bombers Custom Auto Works (issue 103)

There are plenty of street rodders who can claim their vintage truck still works. But Steve Lagani can boast his vintage truck’s still works. The corn mash producing still is just one of the neat features on his Puyallup-based rat rod barbecue. Northwest race fans may recall Steve’s No. 88 Monte Carlo in the Hobby Stocks division at Spanaway Speedway when he started circle track racing in 1994. But his love for cars goes back to watching his father Frank race a C-Class dragster and a fuel car at Englishtown, NJ, during the ’50s and ’60s.

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Greg Orvella’s 1932 Graham (issue 103)
by / on September 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Other Motorsports, Washington

Greg Orvella’s 1932 Graham (issue 103)

When Greg Orvella retired in 2010 after 14 years as a Teamster driver with the Boeing Co., he knew it was time to get to work on a project that had been waiting quietly since the company’s 757 took its very first flight. It was 34 years ago that Greg shelled out a little over two grand and brought home a 1932 Graham project car.

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Tyler Ketchum (issue 103)
by / on September 24, 2012 at 4:47 am / in Feature Article, Open Wheels, Washington

Tyler Ketchum (issue 103)

Tyler Ketchum from Burlington, Wash., took up Hornets racing when nearby Skagit Speedway first added the class in 2005. Decades earlier Tyler’s father Ken helped turn wrenches for sprint car driver Jerry Edson in the late ’70s.

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NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways (issue 103)
by / on August 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Drag Racing, Photopage

NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways (issue 103)

Photos and report from the NHRA Northwest Nationals event at Pacific Raceways

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Robert Woodruff (issue 102)
by / on August 16, 2012 at 4:47 am / in Drag Racing, Feature Article, Washington

Robert Woodruff (issue 102)

Robert Woodruff took up racing when he was 18. He was living in Roseburg, Ore., and had a street-legal ’66 Corvette with a 427-cid motor producing 425 hp. “I used to drive from Roseburg to Eugene to race twice a week on their Wednesday and Saturday race nights,” Robert recalls of fielding the Corvette at the now-defunct Balboa Dragstrip.

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Goodguys 25th PNW Nats in Puyallup (issue 102)
by / on August 11, 2012 at 10:47 pm / in Other Motorsports, Photopage, Washington

Goodguys 25th PNW Nats in Puyallup (issue 102)

Photos for the Goodguys 25th annual Pacific Northwest Nationals in Puyallup, Wash.

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Greg Lovell (issue 102)
by / on July 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Other Motorsports, Washington

Greg Lovell (issue 102)

In 2004 Greg Lovell followed his uncle’s course into vintage racing. It was 30 years earlier that the Lake Tapps, Wash., driver had started racing Conference in 1974. He says his parents were against him taking up racing when they preferred him taking college courses instead. Now he races in one of two ’68 Forsgrini Mk 10 in Sovren competition.

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Shane Vaillant and Luke Didiuk (issue 102)
by / on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Canada, Feature Article, Open Wheels

Shane Vaillant and Luke Didiuk (issue 102)

At the family’s Kaitrin Stables, Shane Vaillant enjoys saddling up to ride on of their three thoroughbred horses. On Saturday nights, Shane belts up for a little more horsepower behind the wheel of the No. 8 sprint car. Luke Didiuk of Coquitlam, BC, also travels south of the border to race a sprint car with the Dyer 9a Motorsports team along with his father-in-law Steve Dyer.

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Ty Anderson (issue 101)
by / on June 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Drag Racing, Feature Article, Washington

Ty Anderson (issue 101)

Ty Anderson has fond childhood memories of going to the drag races with his father John, who kicked off a short career fielding a modified Model A coupe called Lil’ Ugly from 1959 through the mid-’60s. In 2001, Ty was finally ready to go racing himself, and he knew it was something he wanted to do together with his dad.

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