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 […]

Cars and Characters Part II: ‘Fireball Fred’

Fred Ragland is very busy as chairman of the 2005 Fallbrook Vintage Car Club Show, planned for May 29 at the high school athletic field. But busy is a normal state for Fred, as he is always ready to help with any worthy cause. Born in Hawaii to a Navy family, he chose the Marine Corps […]

Water rescue by NCFPD

This is a cautionary tale for motorists: If a five-ton truck can’t make it across a swollen, quick-running creek, don’t even think about trying it in a car. That’s the advice from Fire Marshall Steve Abbott, who has just participated in his third shallow water rescue this season. The latest incident occurred at about 8 […]

Cars and Characters, Part I: Fireball Fred

The immediate past president of the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club (FVCC), Fred Ragland, drives a 1939 Packard 110 Sedan that he calls “his gangster car.” It’s a bit shorter than most 1930s gangster cars, but it does a good job pretending to be huge. In the backseat is a violin case that holds a Thompson sub-machine gun replica, […]

Cruisin’ Grand doubles in size

ESCONDIDO — Beginning Friday, April 1, and continuing through September 30, from 5-9 p.m. Cruisin’ Grand is back and doubled in size! The new official Cruisin’ Grand route will extend and loop around Grand Avenue and Second Avenue! Join over 400 American-made hotrods, custom, vintage, classic cars and trucks as they begin the six-month Friday […]

Cars and Characters Part II: The Kramers and their two Jeeps

In the previous article you met Fallbrook residents Don and Donna Kramer, who led our Fallbrook Vintage Car Club in 1998 and 1999 to increased membership and activities that continue today. We recently started the new year with our Kick-off Breakfast, a tradition started by the Kramers. Don’s grandfather, Clarence Kramer, was in the design […]

Cars and Characters

We old-timers remember Bill Mauldin’s World War II “Willie and Joe” cartoons. They were about the quintessential foot soldiers, slogging through the mud, dreaming of home, hoping for a ride in a Jeep. But even younger readers know the Jeep as the icon of wartime transport. In Fallbrook there lives a better-than-new WWII 1942 Ford […]

Hebner gets first IKF win

Grant Hebner obtained his first-ever International Karting Federation (IKF) win on February 5. Hebner won the Touch and Go class main event at the California Speedway Karting Facility in Fontana after taking the lead in the 16th lap of the 20-lap main event. “I was very surprised at how well we did,” Hebner said. “I […]