Hello Race Fans
My name is Dan Tatroe. I'm Chip's younger bro, Bobby's third (second living) son.
"Chips" that's what grandma June called him. He did and is still doing a wonderful job on this site.
Very proud of him, alittle concerned though, I think he lives in the past alot. But we can't get it out
of our hearts. I know it fuels my life to this day, not only the past but the future too. I go to the
Drags as often as I can and still can't get enough. I watch the coverage on ESPN and Speed Channels,
love what T.V. is doing for the sport. I don't think it gets enough recognition. I'm also a big NASCAR
fan. Actually I love all forms of racing.
But this isn't about me, it's about my father who I miss so
very much. Not just the drag racing part, but the rest of life too. He was a jokester, I miss him
reaching over and clamping onto my knee with his hand and squeezing, just out of nowhere as we were
driving down the road. When he retired from racing He, Chip and I didn't see eye to eye on alot of
things. That was to bad for us and for the Drag Racing world. He was a true pioneer in Jet and Land
Speed Cars, I think after retiring he wanted to go into Pro Stock or Nitro Racing. He was the best
mechanic Akron Ohio ever had and I feel that he got off on the sides of drags as much as the Jets and
Rockets. Plus could have made more money which is what it's all about.
Like my bro I have so many
memories of so many dragstrips, we loved it as kids. Bristol Tenn., 1967-68, AHRA Nationals, wake up
in the mornin', step out of the hotel room and in the parking lot are the Funnys and Dragsters and I
don't mean just 1 or 2, a whole parking lot full, some on the trucks and trailers and some not because
they were working on them. I remember standing on the starting line during the burn outs and racing
thinking I was big stuff ! When I go now I still get as close to the starting line as possible. Dragway
42, Thompson Dragway, Youngstown, Long Island, New York and so many more. I just want to say I
am so happy so many of you race fans have responded to this site. I was young back then but I have
kept interest in Drag Racing.
I don't think the Pickle Road Jet Gang, the true pioneers of jet car
racing, no matter what some others say not to mention any names, have gotten the recognition they
deserve. I miss hearing my fathers voice and I always wish that with that voice I could have heard
him say "Son that was a good run".
Love ya all
To my immediate family, love you all and wish to see you sometime soon for a good reason.