Hot cars and caring people is what the Fallbrook Shafters car club is all about. On Feb. 7, this fun-loving group of local residents donated $4,000 they raised at their annual Mike Hayden Burnout Party on Jan. 1 to help wounded warriors on Camp Pendleton.
“This is our third year holding our annual Burnout Party as a fundraiser,” explained Shafters member Clint Campbell. “Prior to that, it was always just held as a club event. Now it has grown, and grown, and grown.”
Hosted by club president Mike Hayden, who has a drag test strip on his property, the annual get-together includes plenty of hot car action as well as a barbeque.
“Mike, an engine and drag car builder, has the perfect place for the event,” explained Campbell. “His test strip was a hit with the guests – seeing cars launched and smoking their tires.”
“George Seville was the chef and has done a great job for the past three years,” explained Campbell. “He was helped by his family and wives of Shafters members. Shawn Pagett of Fallbrook Tire Co. was also cooking hamburgers and hot dogs for the guests.” Campbell said all the food was provided by the club and Gerry Sevigny served as announcer and DJ.
“Our honored guest was Dode Martin of drag racing fame and the original founder of the Shafters,” said Campbell.
According to member Bill Ahrend, the club was started in 1949 by Martin, “but it went dormant for a few years before being re-energized in the late 1990s with the help of Rick Brain and Carlin Yokum.”
With another successful fundraiser accomplished, the Shafters were pleased to donate the funds to wounded warriors and their families on Camp Pendleton. George Brown III, who is affiliated with the Camp Pendleton YMCA, accepted the donation toward programs that assist those families.
“We try to keep the money close to Fallbrook,” said Campbell. “This was our best year and we thank all who contributed to the wounded warriors.”