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“In early 1971 I was contact by NHRA Division Director, Dale Ham, about possibly taking the position as VP/GM of Dallas International Motor Speedway. that the track with its strong schedule could meet the financial obligations and it would preserve a multi hundred acre piece of commercial property with huge road frontage on the interstate, just on the outskirts of Dallas, in the town of Lewisville.” Dave Mc Clelland had a good eye for the future, but maybe he was just a bit ahead of his time on this one. so the facility ended up being leased to Larry Carrier and IHRA. ” In all of his years around drag racing, did Dave have a favorite driver, someone he maybe thought of as the best? In the last couple of years Dave has cut back the number of things he emcees, but he’s out to 20 to 35 of these every year, most of them in Southern California. and no matter how gifted you are, a single entity never has the impact of a couple, and Dave is the first to admit that he couldn’t have done it without his wife, Louise. and after a few months of dating, a few months of engagement, the wedding occurred in December 1957.
With the track about 45 miles from New Orleans — and not too much farther from Baton Rouge — there was a large population base to draw from, even though Houma itself was a relatively small community. Like Wally, his passing was a tragic loss, two individuals who did so much for the industry and the sport. Jay Leno has been the featured entertainer a number of times, and here we were just having some fun. All the stories don’t give him enough credit.” So there you have it, a fairly large slice out of Dave Mc Clelland’s life as the voice of drag racing, of hot rodding, and of a myriad number of events where — as the emcee — he honors those in a sport that he has come to command.
— Moving to Argus Publishers in 1978 as an Advertising Account Executive, Dave took on the responsibility of special projects which included the creation and development of the SUPER CHEVY SUNDAY series of automotive events, and the television series, “Performance Plus from Popular Hot Rodding” which enjoyed an extended run on TNN.
— Mc Clelland left Argus at the end of 1984 to form his own company, Dave Mc Clelland Enterprises, which serves a broad range of clients both in and out of the motorsports industry.
I would announce races on the weekend just about anywhere that I was asked. “I interviewed, came to terms and joined the DIMS organization in very early ’71. Its schedule reflected its quality, with two NHRA National events (the Springnationals and the World Finals), two Divisional points meets, plus the regular race schedule that I had put together for the ’71 season. I would estimate the property value alone today at between 0 million and 0 million, and possibly even more. Prudhomme, Garlits, Beadle, Amato, Force, Tony Schumacher, Glidden, Bernstein . I would put Tom Mc Ewen at the top of the list in terms of a quality racecar driver that understood the ins and outs of promotability and capitalized on it in the sport’s early years. Dave has five things coming up that you might want to check out if you’re in Southern California . Go on, now you know the story, head over and say hi! She had provided transportation to the station for a cousin, winner of a station contest which put the winner on the air with me for a while. When I speak of Louise at various functions and particularly when introducing her to an audience, I use the phrase ‘The most tolerant woman I have ever known.’ “She acknowledges today that she thought I would grow out of this ‘car guy phase’, but today, some 51 years later, she holds out little hope for that ever occurring. — Mc Clelland was heard not only on the tracks, but also on radio and television coverage of the events, a role he filled for some 50 years.
The ownership of the facility was most concerned about the status of the business and the potential problems that were looming on the horizon. I made every possible effort to convince NHRA of the value of the deal . He continues, “I was unable to convince NHRA to take the plunge — they were reluctant in those days to get into track ownership . Before his passing, Wally and I talked about DIMS a number of times, and he acknowledged that was the biggest mistake he ever made. Dave says, “I never really tried to categorize who was the best driver, I always felt the records would provide the answers. all of these and dozens more have proved their skills on the racetrack. If you hear he’s going to be in town for an event, do yourself a favor — go hear him! on April 1st he’ll be doing the first of the summer-long Wednesday Twilight Cruise Nights at the Museum; on April 11th he’ll be at the La Verne Cool Cruise in Old Laverne; on the 19th he will emcee the B&M car show, followed on June 7th by the Los Angeles Concours D’Elegance at the Rose Bowl. “Louise and I met when I was working in radio in Shreveport. “I wish I could say it has been all wine and roses, but that would be stretching it a bit. Kevin is Senior Special Projects Manager for K & N Engineering, Mike is Marketing Manager for a group of several different publications for Advanstar Publishing, and Melissa went to college at the age of 36, graduated in four years, and is now a credentialed first grade teacher in the Palmdale (Calif.) school district.” Briefly — Known as “The Voice of NHRA”, Dave Mc Clelland is one of the most recognizable voices in all of motorsports.
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In trying to come up with a list of honors he has achieved, Dave says, “Needless to say, there are a bunch.” Here goes on what he considers some of the most significant: Car Craft Magazine Ollie Award . “This first event was one of the stops in 1955 of the original NHRA Drag Safari, a group that toured the country for three years, bringing drag racing to all parts of the U. “I had been attending oval track events for several years, but this was something totally unique . What a far cry from being in the grandstand at a midget dirt track. That is one of the major life-changing moments for me . It was a relationship — throughout the entire time — that I will cherish forever.” And, of course, the list of awards that Dave Mc Clelland has so rightly deserved for his performance over the years goes on: Super Chevy Show Founders Award . — Dave announced his first drag race in 1959 — His first NHRA National event took place in 1961 at the U. — In 1969, Dave left his post as Program Director of a NBC TV affiliate to begin a full time career in racing, starting as a track manager at Southland Dragway in Houma, Louisiana. In the process, Dave has won countless honors like that Pioneer Award. the Car Craft All Star Drag Racing team award for lifelong contributions to the sport of drag racing. I could have cared less about that and as a result . Was just finishing high school in Liberty, Missouri, and the event was the kickoff of the new track — which hosted the NHRA Nationals in 1956. you could get close to the cars, the drivers, the action. I announced as a free-lancer from ’61 to ’71, when he hired me to come to California to join the PR and promotion department full-time at NHRA. He became a very close personal friend and was gracious to attend my surprise 70th birthday party. an honor from Auto Star Productions for efforts in the creation of the highly successful Super Chevy Show event series. His career in motorsports has paralleled his participation in the Radio and Television field, which began at Iowa State University in 1955. 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Recently, the velvet-throated Dave Mc Clelland was doing what he does best, emceeing an event. — Dave worked on the syndication of the Championship Drag Racing television series and continues to serve as a Master of Ceremonies and does voice-over work for clients like NHRA, SEMA, NASCAR, ISCA, AARWBA, PWA, Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, R. Reynolds, Petersen Automotive Museum, International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Championship Auto Shows, Petersen Publishing Company, Emap, Primedia, Pro Media, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Castrol, Mopar, Toyota, Shelby Automobiles, Meguiar’s, The California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital and many other organizations.In a moment, though, he went from being the guy honoring people to the guy . — Dave also served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Meadowbrook Hall Concours D’Elegance and the Cranbook Concours D’Elegance, both in Detroit, plus the Los Angeles Concours D’Elegance and as the announcer for the Sport Class at the National Air Races in Reno. “It was an absolute surprise to both my wife and myself . — In addition, he also produced radio and TV commercials for NHRA and many other clients, a role he still fills today. There are a lot more, but this is as good a place as any to start telling Dave Mc Clelland’s life story. “In my humble opinion, DIMS was the showplace of the drag racing world at that point . That led a few months later to my joining NHRA full-time in the promotion and public relations department . “In 1973, I took on the added role of the on-camera, play-by-play host of the NHRA Drag Racing series on television. My work schedule while at Argus continued until I became self-employed in January 1985.” Sometimes in the course of our lives, we fall into things, sometimes jobs, that carry us to other places. and Dave’s hard work day in and day out, that led him onward. I certainly could not have mapped it out better if I had been using an MBA guidebook! it took a lot of get up early, stay up late hard work. Three Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards . “Now,” continued Mc Clelland, “maybe you can see the difficulty in singling out any one individual as “THE BEST”. We also asked who he thought was the funniest, the strangest of the many drivers he has encountered over the years. And, of course, when I had a full time job — particularly in radio and TV — I worked odd hours that never seemed to fit in much ‘family time’. but as she described it to our kids, Kevin, Mike and Melissa, I was out making a living. — Through the year 2000, Dave had served as the anchor play by play host of the NHRA Speedworld coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 for 27 consecutive years. from The International Drag Racing Hall of Fame (Don Garlits’ Museum), for contributions over the years to drag racing. My wife and kids stayed in Houma till they were able to join me in Dallas, after school was out, etc. “Prior to the Springnationals in June ’71, the owner of the property notified me and the NHRA that the total operation was for sale or lease . “Needless to say, because of my career-long involvement with NHRA, I did not go with the track in the change-over. starting a nearly eight year full-time position with them. and is owned today by Roger Gustin and has been retitled, “Super Chevy Show”. the Southland job turned out to be a stepping stone to the future. His modern counterpart would be John Force, easily the most recognizable and popular driver over the past decade and a half or more. “As noted with the work load I was carrying for so many years, it is apparent that I was gone a lot. — Dave retired from the announcing staff at NHRA Powerade Championship Drag Racing events after 44 years of service.