I don’t know Rocky Phillips personally, but from what I have seen of his twin-engined, Stromberg-equipped dragster, and his hard work hosting events at Eagle Field Dragway, and indeed, his efforts to ensure its continued use, he’s the kinda guy I’d like to shake hands with.
Eagle Field is a WWII air field located 10 miles south of Dos Palos, CA. near Los Banos. In the tongue in cheek words of one forum poster, it’s attractions include: “As much traction as a greasy parking lot….No timing gear….No start lights, just some lunatic jumping in the air with a flag…..1/8th mile, heads up racing…..Dust, flies & 90+ degree temperatures… ..Middle of bloody nowhere..” Which is exactly why so many folks love it. You can read an excellent report from Hot Rod magazine’s Dave Wallace on this link.
Anyway, a couple of points worth noting. First up is Rocky’s insane twin-engined dragster. Again, I don’t know much about it, but it has six Stromberg 97s, on two crazy canted intake manifolds, which is good enough for me. The video above shows how well it works.
The second point is that Rocky – and Eagle Field – needs your help. According to their dedicated forum (http://eaglefield.proboards.com), “Eagle Field has spent Thousands of Dollars to provide us with a Race Surface BUT NOW the Shut Down Area is DISINTEGRATING and I /WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! The Old Asphalt WILL NOT SURVIVE our TWO Day Race in May 2013 and needs to be repaved a minimum of 300′.”
There are many ways to HELP……….Join them at the Eagle Field Christmas Party, SAVE the Runway FUND Raiser Dinner made possible by the Dos Palos LIONS Club @ $20 a person (8 person Table Reservations available) in Dos Palos December 15th, and join in on their Silent & LIVE Auction and Raffle. Buy 1 of 100 Limited Edition “Save The Runway” Signs by friends at BellAir Motorsports at $100 (get on the list now), a $50 Save the Runway Shirt by friends at the Shirt Shak, or bid on your favorite Item at the Eagle Field Speed Shop.
Large and Small Donations are welcomed and can be made via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending Rocky a check (to Rocky Phillips, 1879 E Adams Ave. Fresno Ca 93725, USA ) Please make checks out to the Dos Palos Lions Club / Eagle Field). You can also Donate a Cool Item to list in their Store, as we’re doing here at Stromberg. Rocky sez: “Please spread the word. Any and all support is Appreciated, THIS IS SERIOUS. Thank You. Rocky Phillips 559 351 3537”