Hey kids - Sorry for the delay in getting this posted. Lots going on around the home front since we got back home, including bouts with the flu for the wife and I. Well, let's begin with a bang. After last year's teriffic showing, I had set a private goal of collecting at least $1,000 this year. I'm very happy to report that we busted that "barrier" by over a hundred bucks! The total "take" for the silent aucton this year was $1,115.00. (!!). This amazing success was a direct result of the generosity of dozens and dozens of HAMBers who took the time and effort to provide a huge selection of great items. My deep appreciation goes out to all who contributed - and to all those who bid so generously. While I'm on the subject of contributors, our winner of the special donor drawing (and recipiant of an original "Big Sounds of the Drags" record album) was Dick York (Dickster27). That item will go out in today's mail. I would be remiss if I didn't give a special thanks to the large group of HAMB artists who really stepped up this year. As you'll see in the photos, the walls were quite literally covered with bitchin' artwork - and believe me, that stuff was well received - or perhaps more like "well drooled over". But hey, who wouldn't want a chance to own an example of this world-class artwork? You guys are the best! And speaking of "walls", those of you who have participated in years past will note that my little red S-10 pickup was replaced by a bigger and better unit that allowed for much more display space, while keeping all the artwork clean and safe from exposure to the weather. Thanks go out to my son Josh, who was kind enough to pull all his welding gear out - and give it a thorough cleaning before we hit the road. Speaking of thanks, I definately need to pass my personal kudos onto my dear wife (of 40 years!) Betty, who helped with a hundred little things, and also HAMBer Bill Owecke (blacktopbuddah) who showed up as soon as we arrived at the track, and was an invaluable help all day. If it hadn't been for Bill, we'd probably still be there trying to sort things out. Again - a big thanks to all of you who were involved in any way. You are all proud members of the silent auction's elite $1,000 club. P.S. I'll be getting souvenier "Donor" pins out - to those who sent stuff directly to me - by this weekend.