Accomplished Funny Car Driver, Scott Weney did more than live life a quarter-mile at a time. Weney was known for many things in addition to his role as President of the family business S&W Race Cars that was started by his father Walt in 1959 the same year he was born; he was a national racing champ, master race car builder and most recently a race promoter, however, most notably Weney was a family man and he did it all while sporting his signature mustache.
On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 while promoting his newest venture, the Fun in the Sun Race Series, the drag racing legend suffered what ended up being a fatal episode of cardiac arrest while at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida and passing away during treatment in an area hospital Intensive Care Unit that Wednesday.
All are welcome to attend the “Celebration of Life” for Scott Weney, December 13, 2014 at the Parkerford Church, located at 20 Rinehart Road, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, officiated by Racers for Christ Chaplains Marty Rinehart Jr., and Dale Ressler. The welcoming line will begin at 10:00am and the service at 12:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Racers for Christ Division 1 or Division 2, P.O. Box 1208, Gilbert, Arizona 85299.
“Scott Weney is now racing through the pearly gates and doing it at full throttle. Scott is survived by wife Candi, sons Rory and Dillon, brothers Michael and Gary, sister Terri, parents Walter and Vonda. The entire Weney family wants to express their gratitude to everyone who has prayed and offered support during these difficult days. They also wanted to clearly state that Scott spent his last moments at a place that he considered ‘home,’ which is the drag strip. His accomplishments are many and too numerous to list, but his most impressive include winning the 2000 IHRA Funny Car World Championship, becoming the President of S&W Race Cars, and his latest achievement of becoming a race series promoter, forming S&S Race Promotions with Scotty Richardson and launching the ‘Fun in the Sun’ Race Series. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers. We will post additional details as soon as they become available,” said Jill Canuso, Marketing Director and Spokesperson for S&W Race Cars.
Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of celebrated racer Scott Weney, the Manufacturers Series would like to thank S&W Race Cars for direction to FuelCoupe.com’s April 2014 article of Master Builders highlighting the experiences of Weney’s life in the shop and on the track that contributed to his successful and rewarding career as the President of S&W Race Cars and championship drag racer.
Scott Weney’s love for drag racing and longing to drive funny cars, which later became a robust career started well before the age of ten when he began sweeping the floors and asking drivers questions in the S&W Race Cars’ Spring City, Pennsylvania shop.
Weney’s education in what it takes to run a prosperous business and be a championship drag racer began early on as he performed odd jobs around the shop and taking every opportunity to learn as much as possible from experienced drivers as they discussed their passes down the strip.
By the age of 13, Weney was already mastering how to weld and fit tubing on S&W’s customers race cars while learning what to do and what not to do from drivers mistakes on the track. Though Weney had not run a quarter-mile himself yet, at age 15 he was well on his way to becoming a title driver when he started working on the crew for famed racers Jim Fox, and later Roy Harris in addition to his duties at the shop.
Two years later, in 1976 Weney ran his first passes and earned his drag racing license at Manufacturers Series host track, Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania to compete in his first competition that winter in Salinas Puerto Rico.
Weney proved that he knew what it took to be a victorious racer by the end of his first season, when he became the NHRA Division 1 Pro Comp Points Champ in 1977. Scott Weney continued to prove his prowess on the track until his last title in 2013 as the Atco Top Dragster Points Championship winner, with countless national event wins, divisional championships, as national record holder as well as the 2000 IHRA Funny Car World Championship winner and two-time NHRA Keystone Nationals Champ.
Taking cues from all his experiences in the shop and on the track, with a childhood of listening to drivers talk about solving tuning issues while becoming a master car builder himself, Weney incorporated his lifetime of skills into making S&W Race Cars continue to grow and thrive as a family business, as well paying it forward as a sponsor and promoter of grassroots racing events, ensuring future of the sport.
As President of S&W Race Cars, Weney supported the Manufacturers Series events Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series, respectively with the CamaroGuys Gen 5 Challenge, MustangGuys Fastest 5.0 Shootout and Challenger Shootout drag racing classes, all presented by S&W Race Cars designed to encourage late-model muscle to give the quarter-mile a try. With only one power-adder allowed and DOT legal, these classes frequently have up to 20 street-performance racers competing for the limited-edition custom CNC Machined chrome trophy at each of the 33 Manufacturers Series events across the country between Chevy, Ford and Mopar brands.
Did You Know: 10 Chevrolet Camaro Fun Facts, by TheBlock.com
Let’s face it; if you’re here today reading this, much like us, it’s more than likely you’re a Camaro fan. From casual to die-hard, first gens to fifth gens – we know that our BLOCK readers run the gamut of fandom. The BLOCK Crew, of course, is in the latter camp. We love them all: From the new Z/28 to the rare, hard-to-find classics and beyond. And, as such big fans, we’ve covered quite a few special Camaros here.
In the course of our travels, we’ve met some Camaro enthusiasts that simply blow us away. Folks that probably know more about this American icon than they do about certain family members. We are so serious! To that end, we wondered aloud, “is it possible to be completely encyclopedic when it comes to the world of Camaro?”
Our thoughts immediately shifted to good friend and esteemed Camaro collector and historian, George Lyons. He would definitely be our nominee. However, we realize most people don’t have direct access to someone of George’s vast knowledge and dedication.
So, we thought it would be fun to dig up some nuggets that you may or may not know about the Camaro. For these, we dove into one of our favorite books, The Complete Book of Camaro: Every Model Since 1967 (click to go to the Motor Books website), by David Newhardt.
You can check out the book here, but first, scroll down to see if you know the following Camaro trivia tidbits! And, be sure to let us know if you have some of your own in the comments section!
Did You Know?
1.) The first Camaros shared a chassis with the classic Chevy Nova.
2.) When the vehicle that became known as the Camaro was in development it was known within General Motors as “The Panther”.
3.) Total sales of the Camaro in 1969 reached 243,085. A stunning number for a car only on the market less than three years at that point.
4.) Late in the ’69 model year, the Camaro received a special powerplant: the historic, aluminum block ZL1 engine.
5.) The base 1970 Camaro cost $2,749.
6.) There was only one Z/28 built for the 1975 model year.
7.) In 1982, the all-new third gen Camaro paced the Indianapolis 500.
8.) When Chevrolet returned the Camaro SS model to the market in 1996, it had been “off the radar” for 24 years.
9.) More than five thousand welds went into the fifth gen 2010 Camaro SS.
10.) The modern-day iteration of the Camaro ZL1 engine trumps its original, historic predecessor by a whopping 125 horsepower!
The Super Chevy Show event series will join the Velocity Network as the newest TV program in the lineup of automotive-driven content with 13-episodes highlighting the 2015 season. Discovery Communications’ high-definition cable channel Velocity, will bring the same namesake Super Chevy Show into 62 million households across the U.S., and is scheduled to air on 13-consecutive weeks from October through December 2015.
With a focus on the car show, Velocity will follow the 2015 Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance tour with stops at each event across the country for 12 high-octane 30 minute Chevrolet-packed episodes. The 13th episode and season finale will spotlight the best cars of the tour.
Lex Dudas, President of SCSW, LLC, parent company of Super Chevy Shows views the TV program in terms of growth for the series. “Velocity takes the Super Chevy Show program to the next level of exposure for our fans, participants, and sponsors. When the current track operators took over the series in 2010 they brought everything up a notch, and have continued to build the shows to the point that it will now reach millions of Chevrolet enthusiasts through a national TV audience.”
The exclusive Super Chevy Show programming will include exciting segments designed to give the audience a view of the best Bowtie show cars in the country in stunning HD and a chance to relive the thrills while looking to spot familiar cars or catch a glimpse of Chevy drag racing at its best.
As the newest show on Velocity’s schedule, the Super Chevy Show joins the lineup with popular shows such as, Overhaulin’, Chasing Classic Cars and Restoration Garage, that set the bar for diverse programming within the automotive genre.
The TV shows will be produced by Masters Entertainment, which provides a significant amount of content for Velocity and other networks reaching automotive enthusiasts. Executive Vice President of Masters Entertainment Group, Butch McCall, has worked with many of the Super Chevy Show promoters through other events previously, and is looking forward to working on the project since it has such a great following. “Masters Entertainment is excited to be working with the Super Chevy series in 2015. We look forward to bringing the best of the best Chevrolets to the Velocity Network.”
A member of the Manufacturers Series, the family-friendly Super Chevy Show tour showcases a car show, drag racing, manufacturer’s midway, swap meet and car corral, as well as autocross at select events. The events are hosted at top motorsports facilities throughout the U.S., along with the Fun Ford and Mega Mopar Action national series.
2015 SUPER CHEVY SHOW SCHEDULE
|Palm Beach Int’l Raceway||March 27 – 29|
|Memphis Int’l Raceway||April 10 – 12|
|Southwestern Int’l Raceway||May 1 – 3|
|Texas Motorplex||May 16 – 17|
|Virginia Motorsports Park||May 15 – 17|
|US 131 Motorsports Park||May 29 – 31|
|Maple Grove Raceway||July 17 – 19|
|Bandimere Speedway||August 14 – 15|
|Bristol Dragway||September 18 – 20|
|Rockingham Dragway||October 9 – 11|
|Gateway Motorsports Park||October 9 – 11|
|Auto Club Famoso Raceway||November 7 – 8|
About the Super Chevy Show
The Super Chevy Show tour is the premier national event for all Chevrolet enthusiasts offering something for everyone. From high-powered Chevy racing action to the spectacular show cars at the top NHRA and IHRA tracks across the country. The Series boasts one of the nation’s finest Performance & Restoration Midways for GM products, as well as a Swap Meet and Car Corral. Kids are always welcome to take part in the free Revell Make ‘N Take activity each day to build their own model car to keep. The Super Chevy Show is widely considered the best brand-specific event in the country. For more information, visit: www.superchevyshow.com
About Manufacturers Series
Designed to offer something for everyone in a family atmosphere for American “Big Three” automotive brand enthusiasts, the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series are all members of the Manufacturers Series with 34 events in 2015. Each Manufacturers Series event is wholly owned by its respective host track and showcases a car show, drag racing, manufacturer’s midway, swap meet and car corral, as well as autocross at selected events. For more information or for event schedules, visit: www.mfgseries.com