Feature Article

Brian Taylor at Evergreen Speedway (Issue 105)
by / on April 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Stock Cars, Washington

Brian Taylor at Evergreen Speedway (Issue 105)

Brian Taylor’s road to racing began when he brought home the race car being stored in the back of the auto shop where he was working. “I met with the owners, saved up some money and bought it,” Brian says of purchasing the ’86 Honda Civic from Mike Marthaller Jr. over the winter. Brian already had some experience with Mike’s JR44 Mini Stocks team as a mechanic and also had helped the Late Model race teams for NASCAR veteran Pete Harding and son Shane.

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Racing schools at Evergreen Speedway (Issue 105)
by / on April 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Motorsports Industry, Stock Cars, Washington

Racing schools at Evergreen Speedway (Issue 105)

Doug Swerland of Kirkland, Wash., remembers wet tracks being an issue while racing Formula 3 on the European courses, but it was nothing but sunshine and dry tack when he and several other Northwest thrill-seekers met up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience last August at Evergreen Speedway. The group of about 15 students gathered under the grandstands Aug. 12, joking amongst themselves and engaging in light conversation while the sound of stock cars could be heard thundering by outside on the 5/8-mile oval.

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Jason and Allison Gibson (Issue 104)
by / on July 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm / in Canada, Drag Racing, Feature Article

Jason and Allison Gibson (Issue 104)

When Mission Raceway Park re-opened its staging lanes in 1992, it was a great excuse for Jason Gibson to give up street racing and head for the dragstrip less than 40 miles from his home in Delta, BC.

“I went to opening day and never looked back,” Jason recalls of the lure of organized drag racing.

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Brandon Berg (Issue 104)
by / on July 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm / in Feature Article, Open Wheels, Washington

Brandon Berg (Issue 104)

Brandon Berg got his first taste of the racing community working on Seth Bergman’s car after the 2011 season.

“I was just wrenching and cleaning the car, but it was fun,” Brandon recalls of helping out during the off-season. “I saw how everything worked.”

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Max Schroeder (Issue 104)
by / on July 10, 2013 at 4:47 am / in Feature Article, Stock Cars, Washington

Max Schroeder (Issue 104)

Max Schroeder racked up five seasons of racing quarter midgets before jumping to a full-size car with the Northwest Pro-4 Alliance this year.

“I raced through each of the classes and did pretty well,” he says of competition in the Little Wheels group based in Graham, Wash.

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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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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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Terry Spargo sets record at MRP (issue 102)
by / on August 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm / in Canada, Drag Racing, Feature Article

Terry Spargo sets record at MRP (issue 102)

Terry Spargo has finally set an NHRA Competition Eliminator national record, an accomplishment he has been chasing for several years. The driver from Delta, BC, set the record in his 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, a former IHRA Pro Stock, running in NHRA’s A/AP class, that is “Class A Altered equipped with a Planetary Transmission”.

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