The Eatmyink crowd found social hubs in both halls of the Indiana Convention Center at this year’s Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show. The always hopping Worldwide Bearings (WWB) booth was supplemented in the other hall by the FuelTech booth—home this year to Jaska Salakari’s Race Engine Technology (RET) cover bike.
But WWB stepped up their game-time, hosting Ryan Oehler, El Bandido Yankee Tequila, and their BurroMax giveaway in the booth. A square inch is available? Let’s put in a Mike Mullaney bare chassis, too!
The El Bandido Yankee started flowing fast and heavy during the opening day “Happy Hour” and by the next day, the PRI Five-O started keeping an eye on booth #111. The atmosphere was a touch more subdued—but just a touch!
Around the corner at CP-Carrillo, their annual Friday 3:30 party was less of an autograph session than it has been in the past, but was still a gathering of drag racing celebs.
The SCR Gaskets booth across the aisle featured both convivial conversation and an excellent selection of top shelf Bourbon.
There was no booze at the FuelTech booth, but a steady gang of Finns and a stream of motorcycle drag racers to see Jaska, meet his son Elmeri, and check out their incredible bike. At 5:00pm on Friday, NHRA’s Ned Waliser came to learn more about Jaska’s bike and determine a tentative safety approval for NHRA Top Fuel Motorcycle competition. At 5:00pm on Saturday, Billy Vose and Larry Berg were on hand to pick up Jaska’s bike as the new rider and owner. How cool is that?