Progress is Being Made as Spring Approaches
As we move the clocks ahead here in the Northwest, the nice weather has returned and the tracks in Oregon and Washington are starting to open for the first time. Since the start of February, we have been working on getting our car ready for the 2015 season. Parts are everywhere! The engine is in Bend where our crew chief Rick Klampe is upping the compression with longer connecting rods and he has installed a new cam and is replacing the old manifold which he suspects is what has kept the car from breaking the 200 MPH barrier. The transmission is in Canby getting freshened up by Jeff Marsh and we have some parts including the chassis getting re-certified. Last week, I re-painted a section of the trailer which was slightly damaged in a wind gust when we were in Spokane.
The biggest news is the modernization project. Gary Eickmann will be working on building a new body for the car which we hope to have ready for paint by the beginning of April. But if worse comes to worse, we will use the Rocketeer body for the first couple of races since we will be switching bodies on occasion anyway just to mix things up. Regardless, it’s a going to be a nice looking car when it’s done. The body is being made possible by Pat Gesualdo who is a professional musician and founder of the Drums and Disabilities program.
Our goal is to win the Drag Parts Blown Alcohol Thunder Championship and with these changes we will be in the thick of it just like we were last year where we finished second. As always I will keep you posted of our progress.
- Rich Bailey
Team to Have New Look with Help From D.A.D. and Pat Gesualdo’s Progressive Rock Group Iceland
Rich Bailey’s Capitol Auto Group Blown Alcohol Dragster will sport a new look in 2015 as he celebrates a milestone 15 years with Capitol. The car’s new look is being made possible by the non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), which pioneered the Healing Art of Drum Therapy. D.A.D. programs and advocacy outreach initiatives help children, adults, and wounded veterans with special needs. The D.A.D. Program is currently in schools, health facilities, and community centers in over 15 countries.
Celebrated drum virtuoso/D.A.D Founder Pat Gesualdo, also has a new progressive rock band called Iceland, which is helping to promote Bailey, and the entire Capitol Racing Team as well. “My crew chief Rick Klampe and I are big rock-n-roll fans and we’re always cranking up the tunes and discussing rock-n-roll while we’re traveling down the Interstate so naturally we’re both excited to have Pat and his D.A.D. program as part of our race team family. I have been learning a lot about D.A.D. and it’s is a worth while cause to get behind” Bailey said.
Iceland includes Iconic metal guitarist Michael Romeo of Symphony X, “Metal Mike” Chlasciak from Rob Halford’s (of Judas Priest) solo group and industry session vocalist Chandler Mogel. Iceland debuted on the CMJ radio charts in the 9th position and has a sound comparable to such bands as Styx and Rush.
Iceland’s new album is available on cdbaby.com and you can hear cuts on the band’s website www.icelandnj.com. Sales of the new Iceland CD go directly to the D.A.D. program, to bring free therapy programs to special needs children and adults.
The new body will be built by Gary Eickmann and painted by Jeff Lewis. The vinyl lettering will be applied by Mark Adams of Supervinyl Signs. In addition to the bold new Capitol look, Bailey will keep the historic Rocketeer body panels and will have them on the car at selected events. Most of the time the new body panels will be on the car but sometimes the dragster will make a surprise appearance as the Capitol Rocketeer car.
Another Spectacular Winter Rod and Speed Show!
The Winter Rod and Speed Show is now in the books and we had another great turnout. The quality was very good in the main building, probably the best ever. Kenny Youngblood was a hit as always and had more requests for pictures this year than last year. The “Left Coast Sha’ Bang” located in the second building was off the hook and generated a lot of interest. Thanks to everyone that supported the show as a exhibitor, vendor, volunteer, sponsor or a spectator. Your participation was very much appreciated.
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