SCOTTY CANNON RETURNS TO A SIMPLER TIME IN LIFE
If there's one thing Scotty Cannon has proven over the last three decades, it's the ability to be versatile. While he's tuned and driven everything from nitrous-injected doorslammers to nitro-burning machines, he's about to add another element to his stretched resume.
Cannon plans to tune and campaign an old-school style Gasser during Greer Dragway's Hot Rod Revival on April 22. The event is a replacement to the longstanding Southeast Gassers Association which no longer fields events at the track.
Cannon, who lives in nearby Lyman, SC, will turn the wrenches on Chris Cantrell's Hound Dog Ford Falcon, a Ford-powered, four-speed car which will be driven by his husband-in-law Alan Pittman, who like Cannon, is a past series champion.
Cannon won six IHRA championships while racing Pro Modified while Pittman has one with the ADRL in the Outlaw 10.5 division.
If the term husband-in-law has you scratching your head, it's a comedic term they use to describe their relationship which was contrived from the fact they were once married to the same woman, consecutively. They have remained friends throughout the relationship confusion.
Their common bond is not a woman these days as much as it is cars. And, this weekend, they are fooling with one which clearly has an attitude.
"I don't know how much tuning I am doing with this thing as much as I am here to offer moral support," Cannon admitted. "I am here to have fun with my family and friends."
The car Cannon and Pittman field has proven to be a strong runner, topping 120-mile per hour in the eighth-mile. They made their debut with the car last Thursday at the eighth-mile facility located in the upstate of South Carolina.
Cannon likened the Falcon to a car he ran in the formative years of his career, a 5-speed Monza.
"It wasn't a gasser but it sure had a lot of the same characteristics," Cannon explained. "It ran about as quick, sometimes down in the five-second zone. It takes me back to the day when some of the cars around here, even though they were bracket cars still had a straight-axle underneath it."
Cannon and Pittman learned early on the Falcon has a mind of its own, just like his original Top Sportsman car; a '41 Willys with a Top Fuel wing attached to the rear.
"Yeah, I remember that car used to run 5.00 without nitrous, and you added nitrous and it ran 5.20s," Cannon said, shaking his head. "This car kinda goes where it wants to and when it wants to."
The one aspect of this car which excites Cannon the most has nothing to do with whether the car is competitive, but rather in the grand scheme of the weekend, success isn't mandatory. Having fun, however, is required.
"I guess when you get older and you slow down you realize how much family means to you," Cannon admitted. "Going through all the different hurdles in life, it seems like a good opportunity for everybody to be there. I will have my grandkids with me, and they’re just crazy stupid about this drag racing stuff.
"I don’t know where they got this from but they want to go, and this gives them an opportunity. Rather than being all tied up on the car, working on it or trying to make it run, we can actually run the car and come back and they can enjoy it, maybe even walk down to the creek and get muddy or something."