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 […]

Cook leads laps at SCCA regionals

Fallbrook’s Geoffrey Cook only ran seven laps at the Sports Car Club of America regionals, but he led two of them. The Formula V driver led the second and third laps of the February 5 race at Fontana’s California Speedway before pulling off in the seventh lap. “I was happy about the fact that I […]

Youngren experiences tire-sniffing dog

During Scott Youngren’s 2004 Irwindale Speedway season, he was part of an experiment with a tire-sniffing dog. Prior to the March 20 races, a canine named Sinbad sniffed the Lucas Oil Super Late Model and Auto Club Late Model cars to detect soaked tires. Although the tire-sniffing dog was only an experiment and was not […]

Youngren ready for new season

he 2005 Irwindale Speedway season starts next month, and Scott Youngren is ready for a fresh start. “We’ve got all of our notes. We’ve got the chassis figured out,” Youngren said. “We’re ready to go out.” In 2003 Youngren finished second in the Auto Club Late Model season standings. After the season he upgraded his […]