|The Road Runners car club was
established in January 1937. Along with six other clubs
they became Charter Members of the new Southern
California Timing Association (SCTA), organized on
November 29, 1937, to conduct speed trial events on the
dry lakes of Southern California. Of the original seven
SCTA Charter Member Clubs, two remain active today, the
Road Runners and the Sidewinders.
Two of the founding members of the Road Runners were Wally Parks and his close friend Ak Miller. Wally Parks was instrumental in helping organize the new SCTA which held it's first official speed trials meet on May 15, 1938, at Muroc Dry Lake. Ak Miller later served as SCTA President. Wally Parks went on to form the NHRA in 1951.
In the early years, the Road Runners met in Huntington Park and Whittier. Many members from those early days would later become legends of hot rodding. Besides Wally Parks and Ak Miller, Road Runners included Ray Brown, Bill Burke, Fred Carrillo, Art Chrisman, Chuck Daigh, Vic Edelbrock Sr., Vic Edelbrock Jr., Jack Harvey, Jerry Kugel, Bobby Meeks, Bub Meyer, Bob Morton, Ray Morton, Bob and Dick Pierson, Joe Reath and Don Waite, all of whom would later be inducted as members of the American Hot Rod Foundation Pioneers.
|Road Runners members were innovators.
Following WWII, Belly Tank Lakesters began to appear at
the dry lakes. In 1946, Road Runners member Bill Burke is
recognized as having been the first to take an Army Air
Corps, surplus P-51 wing tank, build a rolling chassis,
stuff in an engine and run it at an impressive 131.96
In 2001, the Road Runners SCTA Club moved it's headquarters to Riverside, California, and began holding meetings at the historic Ed Martin Garage.
|Road Runners members
have raced a varity of land speed racing vehicles from
1937 to present day. Club members hold a number of
current speed records and the Club has a significant
number of members in the Bonneville 200 , El Mirage
"Dirty 2" and Muroc 200 MPH Clubs. Twenty-four
former Road Runners are members of the Dry Lakes Racers
Hall of Fame.
Coupe and Burke Belly Tank
pictures are © copyrighted from the collection of Al
Baker and www.bakerracingpix.com.
Images used with permission.
For a more
comprehensive visit with the Road Runners -
Overview, Club History, Historic Members and Cars, Current Activities & more
"Click" the Road Runners link below.......... (scroll down this page for Alumni Member List)
|Road Runners - Adobe .pdf format|
|Mike Ferguson - President||John Carroll - Vice President|
|Jerry Cornelison - Secretary||Tracie Carroll - Treasurer|
|Bob Marshall - Sgt at Arms|
|John Carroll -
SCTA Inspector (cars), SCTA Car
|Tracie Carroll -
Volunteer for SCTA & BNI
Registration Trailer & Sales Trailer
Jerry Cornelison - SCTA Scholarship Committee,
Road Runners Historian & Webmaster
Steve Gibson - SCTA Scholarship Evaluator,
SCTA Classic Coupe & Sedan Committee
- Editor, Bonneville Speedweek
- SCTA Club Rep, SCTA
Coupe & Sedan Committee Chairman
|Gary McGavin - SCTA Scholarship Evaluator, SCTA
Club Rep - Alternate
|Second Tuesday each month at:
Ed Martin Garage
6672 Indiana Ave.
|NOTE:||Meetings begin at 7pm - "Bench Racing" begins
Please bring a lawn chair or folding chair for seating.
|President Mike Ferguson - Phone (951)686-6878|
vintage Road Runners safety film includes action from
the Santa Ana Drags and a SCTA meet at El Mirage - 1952.
of photos from Road Runners and friends.
A nostalgic visit to Dry Lakes racing and Hot Rods
from the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's!
and Bonneville video clips from
the Internet - (You Tube and other sources)
newsletter and archives plus
link to Hot Rod Hot Line website.
penned by Madeleine Blanchette
captures the spirit of El Mirage following
her first visit to an SCTA racing event.
For more information regarding SCTA, Bonneville and current racing season schedules, current club and vehicle standings and past season results, please visit the SCTA-BNI website at: http://www.scta-bni.org/
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NOTE: The Road Runners logo was designed by Wally Parks in 1937. The logo has been in continuous use from then to present. The Road Runners logo is copyrighted material and the exclusive property of the Road Runners - SCTA Racing Club.