Judge: 16 & Over- Unlimited Skilled
Raised in Idaho, Stacey David earned his reputation as the local hot-rodder by driving his 1930 5-window coupe to school every day. "It was a real hot rod . . . fast and dangerous! It's a wonder I'm still alive!" His intrigue for all things with a motor started way before that. Stacey helped restore his first car when he was 12 years old-it was his sister's 1963 VW bug. But even before that he was building blindingly fast go-karts with 440 snowmobile engines! However, it was Stacey's Dad's old flat fender Willys Jeep that ignited his passion for 4-wheel drive and off-roading that continues to this day...
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Judge: 16 & Over -Novice- Box Stock
I grew up in the DC area totally car crazy and spent many hours in the garage of my neighbor who had a 32 Ford BB/altered with a blown 371 Olds. Also helped a buddy run an old Chassis Research slingshot dragster in high school. It was old school even then ('69-'71), running a small block Chevy with Algon injection and a Cad Lasalle trans. It was a push start car with no reverse. Lots of exercise for he crew on hot summer nights in Maryland.
You might guess that I'm crazy about drag racing as well as land speed racing. I attend Speedweek every summer and spend many weekends each year either at Pomona, Bakersfield or Fontana.
I have been building models since the early sixties and even helped man the booth at the early Revell Testors shows at the D.C. Armory Ram Rods Shows. In the early 80's I discovered Scale Auto Enthusiast and over the years I have contributed numerous articles and have had several of my models featured.
As for my professional bio, I am a medical doctor specializing in anesthesiology and my hospital is located in Pomona California a few blocks from the NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Pomona Drag Strip. I have been very involved with the museum since its creation and have created many of the models displayed there.
Lastly, I am a working guitarist and pedal steel player and work most weekends in various bands around my area playing jazz, soul, country, and just about anything else.
Judge: 16 & Over Skilled Box Stock
Roy's been building model cars ever since he can remember, but in the late 80s some friends convinced him to start a model car club. That club newsletter soon turned into a full pledge magazine that was read all over the country and several other countries! Roy published Plastic Fanatic magazine for over 12 years. After selling the magazine in the late 90s Roy dropped out of the hobby for a few years. Then in 2010 friends and family convinced him to start a new model car magazine. Model Car Builder magazine was born (www.hotcars.magcloud.com). Today MCB is one of the fastest growing grassroots model car magazines in the country! Roy also publishes a real car magazine, HOT CARS magazine is a magazine dedicated to all the "Gear Heads" out there that enjoy ALL FORMS of motorsport. Even though the magazine leans towards the traditional Hot Rod crowd, their events coverage includes road racing, drag racing, concorde de'elegance, and custom car shows.
Judge: 16 & Over- Unlimited Novice & 15 & Under-Box Stock
Some say their passion for cars began in their formative years, but it started much earlier for Jason. His dad moved the family from to Arizona in advance of the state’s population boom, creating the highest grossing Lincoln-Mercury dealership in the nation. In working at that dealership, Jason found his true calling, a lifetime of involvement with automobiles.
After college, Sakurai entered General Motors’ Management Training Program and became a district manager for Pontiac, where he took the worst district in the country to the top of 26 in the Western U.S. Later, while with Nissan, Jason co-authored the first extended service contract program for import cars, grossing $30 million in the first eight months. Next, as Western Advertising Manager for General Media’s Four Wheeler Magazine, he handled 200+ active accounts and $2 million annually in sales, the firm’s highest. Later, with Hachette Filipacchi’s Cycle World, he once again became the top advertising sales manager.
After a stint with The Designory, Jason founded Roadhouse Marketing, a marketing firm that creates and activates marketing campaigns, events, strategic partnerships, and develops automotive content for media properties. Accomplishments include re-focusing the NHRA’s Championship Drag Racing Series on TV to achieve profitability; creating flyaway and event promotions for the record industry’s MAP Promotions; initiating and managing multiple events for the TJ Martell Foundation, and creating promotions for clients from beverage marketers to ATV makers in NASCAR and ALMS to reach the target audience. A content provider to publishers and web sites, he has done so continuously for more than two decades. Relocating to the Southeast, Jason currently handles sales and marketing for Stacey David’s GearZ, one of the most popular series on the Speed Channel, and product placement for the upcoming Snake And Mongoose motion picture from Rhino Films.
Jason earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Arizona State University, and pursued an MBA at ASU prior to being hired by General Motors. Having served as Chairman of SEMA’s Sport Compact Council (SCC), he has been on the Member Benefits Committee, the Import Performance Committee (forerunner to the Sport Compact Council, now the Street Performance Council), the SEMA Cares Committee, and the SEMA SBN Mentoring Program.
Judge: 15 & Under-Unlimited
Drew Hierwarter has been a racing enthusiast for most of his life and has been a professional motorsports photographer for over twenty years. Beginning with sprint cars at long gone Speedway 117 in Chula Vista, California to tracks like Ascot Park in Gardena, Riverside Raceway, Phoenix International Raceway, all the way up to the present day Irwindale Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, Drew has photographed them all. Sprint cars, midgets, and supermodifieds; stock cars from the local level to Nextel Cup and everything in between, along with all levels of drag racing. In addition Drew has photographed concours d‟ elegance events, rod runs, and car shows of all sizes. If it rolls on wheels it has passed before Drew‟s lens. Drew has been consistently published in “Stock Car Racing Magazine”, “Open Wheel Magazine”, “National Speed Sport News”, “ Scale Auto”, “Motor Trend”, and many other national publications. In addition he was the official photographer for the NASCAR Southwest Series and the track photographer at Southern California‟s Cajon Speedway. Born in New Jersey, Drew grew up reading about racing and studying the photographs of hot rods, drag cars and stock cars in the pages of “Hot Rod Magazine”. After a stint in the United States Navy, he moved to Southern California in order to be in the middle of all the drag racing action. There he began to hone his photography skills using a Kodak
Instamatic camera at tracks like Orange County International Raceway. By the early „80s he had made the move up to 35mm equipment and started to get serious about his craft. After spending a few years shooting whatever races he could talk his way into, Drew sent a letter to “Stock Car Racing Magazine” requesting a photo credential for the upcoming NASCAR Winston Cup race at Riverside. He was accepted and his professional career was under way.
All of the experience Drew gained through his years of attending races while photographing and writing about them led to a position as the co-host of a popular weekly auto racing radio show on KFMB in San Diego, California. The show could be heard by millions from the Mexican border to Santa Barbara. Now living in East Tennessee, Drew shoots the races at a variety of tracks all around the Southeast, in addition to taking in as many car shows and rod runs as his busy schedule will allow. Drew and his wife Skye have a 1928 Model A lakes roadster and a 1947 mercury coupe that they enjoy in addition to being active members in the local Mustang club. Drew also builds, photographs, and writes about scale model cars for “Model Cars” magazine.