I am currently working on a book on the Kern Co. Boat & Ski Club. Would really like to interview you. Pati Stanfill NolenI am interested in documenting early drag boating race history before all us old timers loose our memories. If Darrell Jenkins was the first "organized" drag race winner, then it must have been won at Hart Park in Bakersfield, sponsored by the Kern County Boat and Ski Club. I say this because Darrell Jenkins was a member of the Kern County Boat and Ski Club and back prior to 1955, I believe Darrell raced primarily at Hart Park. I can't remember any other places where they raced. If he was the first drag boat race winner, he must have raced prior to 1955 when Kandy Kid, driven by Jim Dewar, held the drag boat speed record. I could also conclude that Hart Park was the birthplace of organized drag boat racing and the Kern County Boat and Ski Club ran the first formally organized drag boat event? Do you know what year Darrell won this first drag race event?
Hi Pati,I am currently working on a book on the Kern Co. Boat & Ski Club. Would really like to interview you. Pati Stanfill Nolen
I have pictures somewhere of when they flipped the Tasmanian Devil (I'm pretty sure - it was a long time ago) heading back to the holding rope at Long Beach Stadium. It was sometime in the early to mid 70's I believe. If I remember correctly, he ended up hitting the safety boat.OMG.....there are so many guys that were not mentioned from back in the day! Bob Disgardin (sp????) Robert Jordan - Tasmanian Devil, Terry Mullins - Jimmy Wright, Jack Carr, Earl Buchant, Larry Briscoe, Ed Wilcox, Al Bush (I think he was mentioned, if not here he is), Bob Harris, I can go on and on, but I have something to do right now. LATERS................
Thank you for the history in this post!! I have been told that Sonny Jones was at the top of the heap and I only wish I could've seen him race!! I have met Bob Dice once at Phoenix and he was quite the character!! If you are ever at a race, please come by and introduce yourself!Since you have already named two of the drivers who piloted dad's boats My Boat II and My Boat Too, keep in mind Clive Hughes drove his own BAF when Sonny could not make a race, he drove his sanger UFF to win the 1970 Nationals at LBMS against the likes of John Annin, Roy Schenone, Ron Williams and many others in a 16 boat field. That was a year after he flipped at the '69 Nationals at Perris and broke six ribs, punctured a lung and knocked his teeth out in the family ski/turned race boat. Then he helped form a sanger team, the remaining two boats were Annin's Whisker Biscuit and My Boat II. those were the days my friends. Thanks Dad for all of the excitement!!! Oh Sonny Jones and Bob Dice were amazing drivers, and really fun guys. I remember Halloween when Jones was wearing a gorilla mask as he went to the launch ramp, pawing at the kids looking on at Irvine only to lay down a 157 MPH run. I also remember when Dice jumped out of the boat at Phoenix because the throttle stuck at 130 MPH. The parachute worked that time, thanks Montrose Upholstry Bill for saving lives before the capsules. Those were the days. Oh and by the way, Eric says it is Tony Scarlotta who is the best Flatty driver ever. at least that was a few years ago, and I don't think Tony has slowed down any. Long live #188, and the Sonny Jones Memorial Trophy. Thank you for that honor, it was a great pride for my father and after his great friend lost his battle. thank you all.