Mar 27 2007

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Mar 25 2007

MRP Opener Off

MRP's season opener has been canceled 'cause of all the rain.


Sunday March 25, 2007

March 30/31 April 1 Drag Race Weekend CANCELED
"We need at least three days of no rain
to even allow trucks and trailers into the pit area"
Drag Race Director Wally Duperon said today. "The
pits are a swamp, and that's not even getting into
making the track surface race ready."

The decision was made to cancel the season opening
drag race event because of the record amount of
rain the area has received over the past few weeks
plus the fact the forecast does not look promising.

At this time the season opener will move to the
weekend of April 6/7/8 with more details to follow.
The video will be changed asap.

This does not effect road racing or moto cross.
For info on those series please check the respective
sites with the links below to the left.


Mar 25 2007

’07 Eagle Season Opener!


Hey! Look at me… I'm famous. Thanks to Larry Pfister from for being there to capture me during another proud moment. The fact that this gem is the only photo in HH's report on the 2007 Eagle Motorplex season kickoff is just icing on the cake. (EDIT: Oh no… there's more now) On the other hand, maybe the photo caught an extraordinary moment: I am amazed that those things made it on me and stayed intact. They weren't even real big to start with. (What are they made of? Does NASA know about that material?) Notice Eagle Racing
(ERA) Vice-President Ken Orser and NHRA Division 6 Tech Big Wig Dennis Boley making sure everything is kosher. On second thought, it kinda looks like Orser's just checking out my butt.  

I'd also like to bring attention to the night's Nuts & Bolts competition champion, rainman HiVolt (center, background) Seems the 2006 champ came ready to play! He annihilated the competition (myself, 2006 N&B runner-up included) with a blistering 1:20 performance! Or maybe it was 1:21 or 1:19… by that point I wasn't very good with remembering things… but I do know it was really quick and everyone pretty much gave up after that. Congrats HiVolt!

In an impromptu N&B final round of the night, Stock Eliminator racer Cory Thompson challenged Surrey In A Hurry's own Zak Clarke to a high stakes, winner-take-all match. While both put blistering 2+ minute times on the board, our boy Zak was a little less slow than Cory, handing the win to team Surrey In A Hurry!

As everyone recovers from last night we'll have more stories and pictures from the 2007 Eagle Motorplex season opener. Until then Surrey In A Hurry would like to thank everyone involved in making the night a success, especially the members of the newly formed Eagle Racing
. Last night's party and continued racing at Eagle Motorplex are fruit from all the hours and hard work they continue to put in. Thanks!

Mar 23 2007

RIP Eric Medlen

Eric Medlen – August 13, 1973 – March 23, 2007


Eric Medlen, 33, who had emerged as
one of the most popular young drivers in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing
Series, succumbed Friday afternoon to injuries suffered when his race
car crashed into a guardwall during a Monday test session at
Gainesville Raceway.

The talented Funny Car driver never regained consciousness.
After being treated at the track, he was transported by ShandsCair
helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida medical center where medical staff treated him for four days for a severe closed head injury.

"Eric suffered from severe traumatic brain injury with diffuse
axonal injury, or DAI," said Dr. Joseph Layon, professor of
anesthesiology, surgery and medicine and the chief of Critical Care
Medicine at UF. "Survival rates associated with DAI are low.

"On Tuesday, UF and Shands neurosurgery team performed a
cranjectomy and removed the front portion of the skull to relieve
pressure and attempt to improve blood flow to the brain," Layon
explained. "Despite receiving the most aggressive treatment, Eric
continued to have uncontrollable intracranial pressure. His body lost
the ability to manage its salt and water levels, and he began
displaying the complicating factors associated with DAI.

"That is when Eric's family elected to honor Eric's wishes and
remove him from the artificial life support systems. Our hearts go out
to Eric's loved ones."

"On behalf of the family, I want to thank the medical staff at
Shands not just for giving Eric the very best care he could have
received, but for the compassion it showed for Eric and all those close
to him," said his father, John Medlen. "I also want to thank the
thousands of people who offered their prayers and support to us during
this very difficult time."

As recently as Thursday night, more than 100 drivers and
crewmembers representing every Indianapolis-based race team attended a
prayer vigil organized by Kelly Bustos, team manager for Tuttle
Motorsports, which fields Top Fuel dragsters for 2006 Auto Club Road to
the Future Award winner  J.R. Todd, one of Medlen's closest friends in
the sport.

At Louisville, Ky.,
where BP/Castrol had set up booth space for the Mid-America Trucking
Show, fans and well-wishers filled up two giant posters with get-well
wishes Thursday.  Moreover, more than 4,500 individual messages of
support were left at a special e-mail address on the first day it was

"Eric Medlen was the son I never had," said team owner John
Force. "He was the leader of my next generation of drivers. Robert
Hight, my daughter Ashley, and I were with the family throughout this
very difficult time. This loss is a huge blow not only to the Medlen
family, but to drag racing and to John Force Racing. I just want to
thank everybody for their support, from Larry Smiley with Racers For
Christ to the hospital staff to the whole drag racing community. Our
prayers go out to the family."

Little more than three years ago, Medlen took over driving
responsibilities in the Funny Car in which Tony Pedregon won the 2003
championship. He had distinguished himself as one of the brightest
young stars on the circuit, winning six times in his first three
seasons and never finishing outside the top five in driver points.

A graduate of Oakdale (Calif.)
High School, where he was a high school rodeo champion in calf roping,
Medlen trained under the watchful eye of two-time PRCA world champion
Jerold Camarillo and had contemplated a career in pro rodeo before his
father called in 1996 to offer him a mechanic's job at John Force
Racing Inc.

After spending one season on the team on which his father was
crew chief, he moved over one pit stall in 1997 to work on the car
driven by 14-time NHRA champion Force. Serving first as the
supercharger technician and later as a clutch specialist, he was a
member of a team that crewed Force to 50 tour victories and six
championships in seven seasons.

When Pedregon left after the 2003 season to form his own team,
Medlen was Force's surprise pick to fill the seat, a move that reunited
him with his father on the number-two team at JFR.

He was the sport's top Funny Car rookie in 2004, winning in Brainerd, Minn. 
He won three races in 2005 and two in 2006 including the race contested
closest to his hometown, the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon
Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.


Mar 04 2007

New Barbie’s for 2007

Mattel recently announced the release of limited-edition Barbie Dolls for the Greater Vancouver market…



Yaletown Barbie: This princess Barbie is sold only at the Yaletown Choices Market.
She comes with an assortment of Kate Spade Handbags, a Lexus SUV, a long-haired foreign dog named Honey and a designer kitchen.
Available with or without tummy tuck and face-lift. Workaholic Ken sold only in conjunction with the augmented version.


Coquitlam Barbie: The modern day homemaker Barbie is available with Ford Wind star Minivan and matching gym outfit.
She gets lost easily and has no full-time occupation.
Traffic jamming cell phone sold separately.


East Van Barbie: This recently paroled Barbie comes with a 9mm handgun, a Ray Lewis
knife, a Chevy with dark tinted windows, and a Meth Lab Kit. This model
is only available after dark and must be paid for in cash (preferably
small, untraceable bills) unless you are a cop, then we don't know what
you are talking about.


West Van Barbie: This yuppie Barbie comes with your
choice of BMW convertible or Hummer H2. Included are her own Starbucks
cup, credit card and country club membership.
Also available for this set are Shallow Ken and Private School Skipper.
You won't be able to afford any of them.


Chilliwack Barbie: This pale model comes dressed in
her own Wrangler jeans two sizes too
small, a NASCAR t-shirt and tweety bird tattoo on her shoulder. She has
a six-pack of Bud light and a Hank Williams Jr. CD set.
She can spit over 5 feet and kick mullet-haired Ken's butt when she is
drunk. Purchase her pickup truck separately and get a confederate flag
bumper sticker absolutely free.


Loft Barbie:
This collagen injected, rhino plastic Barbie wears a leopard print
outfit and drinks cosmopolitans while entertaining friends. Percocet
prescription available as well as warehouse conversion condo.


Maple Ridge Barbie:
This tobacco-chewing, brassy-haired Barbie has a pair of her own
high-heeled sandals with one broken heel from the time she chased
beer-gutted Ken out of Butler Barbie's house.
Her ensemble includes low-rise acid-washed jeans, fake fingernails, and
a see-through halter-top. Also available with a mobile home.


Kits Barbie:
This doll is made of actual tofu. She has long straight brown hair,
arch-less feet, hairy armpits, no makeup and Birkenstocks with white
She prefers that you call her Willow.
She does not want or need a Ken doll, but if you purchase two Point
Breeze Barbies and the optional Subaru wagon, you get a rainbow flag
bumper sticker for free.


Surrey Barbie:
This Barbie now comes with a stroller and infant doll.
Optional accessories include a GED and bus pass. Gangsta Ken and his
1979 Caddy were available, but are now very difficult to find since the
addition of the infant.


Whistler Barbie:
She's perfect in every way.
We don't know where Ken is.


West End Barbie/Ken:
This versatile doll can be easily converted from Barbie to Ken by simply adding or subtracting the multiple snap-on body parts.

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