Hebner wins at Buttonwillow

Grant Hebner won the International Karting Federation main event race in the Touch and Go class April 2 at Buttonwillow. The 16-year-old Fallbrook driver inherited the lead with five laps remaining in the 18-lap race. He won by a margin of 1.276 seconds and also posted the fastest lap time for the class. The race completed […]

Ramsey 10th in Hornets, second in Cruisers

Fallbrook’s Jim Ramsey earned his first-ever top ten finish in the Perris Auto Speedway’s Hornet division April 2 and also co-drove his Cruiser division car to a second-place finish that night. “It was a pretty exciting night,” Ramsey said. “There was a lot of stuff going on there.” Ramsey’s 1987 Mitsubishi Tredia was one of 17 […]

Fallbrook men triumphant

It was some 25 years ago that Dr. Robert Pace convinced his neighbor, Jim Krepelin, and fellow doctor, Lane Oslund, that it would be a fun thing to enter his 38 foot Morgan sailing sloop, “Prudent Lady”, in the Newport to Ensenada yacht race. He must have been right because he subsequently convinced fellow Fallbrookians, […]

Ramsey and Allen fourth in season debut

The Brooktown Racing team of Jim Ramsey and Dennis Allen finished fourth in the first Cruiser division race of 2005 at Perris Auto Speedway. Despite an early collision which bent the left front tire rim by nearly a foot, the duo finished fourth in the March 12 main event. “We were actually pretty satisfied with […]

Rainbow Girls hold car wash

FALLBROOK — The Fallbrook Rainbow Assembly recently held a car wash to raise money for their programs and especially the Children’s Burn Institute. Participating in the car wash were Shannyn Allan, Kendra Birch, Melissa Marsh and Ronni Welhaven. Adults monitoring the activities of the girls were Paul Loomis, Nikki and Ryan Welhaven and Bob Wright. […]

Cars and Characters, part IV: ‘Fireball Fred’

Fred Ragland seldom runs at anything less than ‘warp’ speed. I like that, hard as it is to keep up with him at times. Presently he is in his element as the general chairman of the 40th annual Fallbrook Vintage Car Show, to be held May 29 at the high school. Because of Fred’s experience […]

Protomotive Racing ready for 2005 season

The Fallbrook-based Protomotive Racing team will begin its 2005 season in Sebring this month. The team has a new Mazda 6 for the Speed Challenge World touring series and will race that car March 18 at Sebring. In addition to 11 Speed World Challenge races, Protomotive Racing will also have seven Formula D drifting events in […]

Cars and Characters Part III: ‘Fireball Fred’

For those of you who have not read parts I and II, Fred Ragland enlisted in the Marines and later served 34 years with the Los Angeles Fire Department, retiring from his duties as a senior fireboat captain in 1995. His tremendous energy and attitude of service to others were not diminished when he and his wife Connie moved […]

Clarizio and Zember make racing debut

Two 1998 Fallbrook High School graduates made their auto racing debut February 5. Cory Clarizio and Jeff Zember drove a Toyota pickup truck in the Mojave Desert Racing Association competition in Lucerne Valley. They finished ninth among nearly 30 entrants in their class. “We were very happy,” Clarizio said of the finish. “Had a blast. It’s a […]

Cajon drivers making other plans

Fallbrook’s Cajon Speedway drivers who had planned to run during the 2005 Cajon Speedway season are in the process of determining their other plans for 2005. Scott Denton, Keith Krueger, and Mike McGlone will likely be running on dirt tracks this year, Bob Caron plans to compete in a touring series, Mike Salm may run […]