DRAGWAY, MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 5 - Lakeland began the 1967 season of
drag racing with a wild dual between "Cleveland Eddie"
Schartman and "Hue Baby" Platt.
It looked as if there would be no racing due to rain, but the strip
was soon dry and everything was going smoothly until one half hour
before race time there came another short rain. It was back to drying
out the strip. The races started fifteen minutes later.
Then came the first round of the match race. In lane one it was
"Cleveland Eddie" in his yellow Comet and "Hue
Baby" in his gold Mustang in lane two. The strip still had wet
spots on it and around the starting line was still damp. Both cars
burned through the rosin several times trying to dry out a place to
start from. When the green flashed on both cars were gone. Platt moved
out in front by a- car or so and turned a winning 9.59 e.t.V at 159.01
mph, with Schartman hot on his tail at 9.72 and 151.77 mph.
As soon as both cars were cooled, they were back for round two.
"Cleveland Eddie" was one down and he had to have this one.
He put down a lot of rosin and burned it in real good. Both cars
staged, then Platt cut it too close and turned on the red light.
Schartman got great traction and put his front wheels in the air and
jumped out in front. He held his lead all the way and turned a winning
8.61 e.t. at 168.85 mph.
After both cars were refuled and the chutes were packed, they showed
up in the staging area for the third and final round of the match.
"Hue Baby" Platt out of the hole first, with Schartman right
behind him with his wheels in the air. "Cleveland Eddie"
crossed up slightly when his front end hit the ground, but he drove
out of it without backing out. The Platt and Coleman Mustang was first
through the traps at 8.82 and 162.74 mph. But Schartman was the winner
because Platt turned on the red light.
In other action Raymond Godman was out with his new AA/ FD, the
"Tennessee Bo-Weevil," with Sonny Adkinson at the controls.
He made two runs, his best being a 7.92 e.t. at 193.54 mph.
Competition Eliminator money went to Preston Davis in his strong
running BID. He turned a 9.72 e.t. at 148.21 mph on the money run
against David Maynard's A/FD.
Street Eliminator honors went to M. C. McDole in his '57 Chevy D/MP
machine. Super Stock fell to Bobby Davis with his 427-powered '65
Ford. He went through a strong running field of Chevys and Dodges and
had a best time of 12.98.
Little Stock went to Ivars O/S '51 Oldsmobile. Pure Stock money went
to Bobby Trotter's D/PSA Dodge.