Bosleys say they're just 'hillbillies having fun'


July 18, 1993|By STAN DILLON Glenn P. Graham contributed to this column

A little over 15 years ago, Lawrence Bosley Sr. and his son Lawrence Jr. passed a service station in Gamber with an old 1963 Chevrolet Nova parked in the back. The car had detoriated to the point that it was within one step of its final destiny.

But before the car was sent to the salvage yard, the Bosleys saved it.

After two years of difficult restoration, Bosley and his son took the car to 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia. They have been going ever since.

The Bosleys have always been a close-knit family. In addition to Lawrence, three more boys were added to the Bosley household, David, Donald and Steve. As each one became old enough, they pitched in to help.

In addition to racing each weekend, they also work together in the family business, L. B. Drywall, which the elder Bosley started in 1969.

The Bosleys do all the work on the car. David is the expert when it comes to wiring, Donald is the main body man and Lawrence Jr. does the motor work. The only part of the car they do not work on is the transmission.

The Nova has been a workhorse for Bosley and a tribute to his son Larry's mechanical ability. They have been racing the same 355 cubic inch Chevrolet motor since they started.

When Bosley first started racing, he raced in the heavy class, which has evolved into Class II, for cars with elapsed time in the quarter-mile over 12 seconds.

Through the years, Bosley has shown consistent improvement in his performance. He has lowered the elapsed time to the mid-10-second range and now competes in Class I.

Six years ago, Bosley purchased a 1966 Nova. Like the first one, it was also headed for the junk yard. With the help of his sons, he restored the car beefing up the front end to hold a larger 454 cubic inch Chevrolet engine.

The project took nearly six years to complete. Toward the end of last year he finished the car and took it to the track. After approximately 30

runs, he blew the motor earlier this year. When time and money permits, he has been putting the motor back together.

Bosley is your typical weekly racer. He spends every weekend from spring to fall at his local track.

"We are a bunch of hillbillies having fun," said Bosley. "We enjoy it as a family. We all work on the car, my four boys and myself.

We don't make any money at it."

Racing notes

Westminster's Corky Stull won his first race of the season at Lincoln Speedway with a victory in the 12-lap thundercar feature on July 10.

Stull took the lead after the first lap and led the rest of the way as only nine of the 16 cars that started the race were able to finish it.

Hampstead's Charlie Schaffer, the current points leader at the Winchester (Va.) Speedway, settled for the runner-up spot July 3 in the 25-lap late model feature. Schaffer slowly worked his way up to the top and was in second at the halfway point, but couldn't catch winner Jimmy Spence, who won by one car length.

At Potomac Speedway July 9, Westminster's Gary Stuhler took fifth in the 5th Annual Vernon Harris Memorial Mid-Summer Bash.

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