Drag Racing, Feature Article, Washington — June 25, 2004 at 4:47 am

Doug Arthur (issue 59)

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By Steve Heeb

Doug Arthur and Bill Huntington occasionally bump into each other during the work week. Both are carpenters by trade and sometimes their paths cross.

And most weekends, Arthur and Huntington get a chance to meet up in the staging lanes at Arthur’s hometrack Pacific Raceways or at Bremerton Raceway.

The friends—Arthur from Auburn, Wash. and Huntington from Madras, Ore.—have been racing together for more than six years.

Arthur’s black ’37 roadster runs its paces in the Super Pro and Super Gas brackets.

The valve covers boast the Black Dog Racing name Arthur chose in honor of his two labs Annibell and Axle, and his Rottweiler Molly.

Up front, airbrushed graphics of a fanged skull wearing a top hat burst through the simulated chrome grillwork.

Arthur had Pride Graphics do the brushwork to reflect an “old style” look to the roadster.

But when the ambers drop, a racer definitely needs more than fancy graphics and cool valve covers for their car.

A 555-cubic-inch Chevy big block provide the bark and 33-inch slicks provide the bite.

At the Pacific Raceways opener April 25, Arthur ran flat out and turned in a 8.13-second lap at 163 mph. With throttle stopping, he pushes 158 mph for the 9.90-second runs.

In the 2003 NHRA national event at Pacific Raceways, Arthur made it to the Super Gas semi-finals where he lost out by .005 second.

“I hope to do better this year,” Arthur says with a smile.

But more than winning races, Arthur appreciates the comradeship he sees at the track.

“Win or lose, I have a good time drag racing,” he explains. “It’s the people that make it great.”

In addition to Huntington, Arthur credits Bill Heard and Mark Cavar as inspirations during his racing career.

“One highlight was the first time I beat Cavar,” Arthur smiles. “Any time you can beat him is great.”

Arthur brings a lot of mechanical background working with motorcycles to his racing endeavors, as well as his experience as a union carpenter.

“Just being able to work with your hands,” Arthur relates racing with carpentry. “Being able to make everything work together.”

Arthur built the roadster himself, turning wrenches in a tight one-car garage.

His current ride is a far cry from the ’37 Chevy coupe he was building when he first got a taste of drag racing.

Arthur recalls when his neighbor Floyd Baker first convinced him to take the street rod to the Super Chevy Show.

“It had too much motor and got real scary,” Arthur laughs of the coupe and its big block Corvette engine. “The hook was set.”

These days, Auburn Volkswagen/Subaru and Dale Green at DG Machine help with Arthur’s racing.

“I go up fully intending to win every race,” Arthur says with determination.

The Black Dog Racing roadster always poses a threat for the competition.

“He is a very good racer,” agrees fellow Pro Gas driver Dave Barcelon.

“I got the best of him last time out,” Huntington says of a prior pairing between Arthur and Huntington’s 540-cid-powered 23-T altered roadster. “But I think he got the best of me the three times before that.”

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