Lake Life

     
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Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 498-4351.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday and fourth Saturday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more information please call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For information, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943 or Malisa Bilberry at (903) 340-7451, or email glbstotts@hotmail.com
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Tuesday at the Nutrition Center in Kemp. For more information, please call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Everyone is welcome. Email bhanstrom@embarqmail.com  for more information.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 2:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. The public is welcome to attend.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For more info, call (903) 498-2140.
SUICIDE SURVIVORS GROUP for those grieving the loss of someone by suicide, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
TAMARACK LADIES CLUB meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meet at 6 p.m. each Monday at the First Baptist Church of Mabank. Contact Gaye Ward at (903) 887-5913 for more info.
TVCC Singles meet at 7 p.m. each Monday in the Nutrition Center at TVCC, located off Park Street near the Athens Country Club. This is a support group for singles of all ages and is supported by TVCC. For more info, call Hilda Anding at (903) 489-2259.
   

 

Lake resident in the ‘Pink’ with showing at drag race
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–ZZ Top once sang: “We’re bad, we’re nationwide.”
Tool resident John Davies is also going nationwide – as in television – after advancing to the final round in an episode of “Pinks – All Out,” scheduled to air sometime this summer on the Speed Channel.
“It’s pretty exciting for a nobody like me,” Davies said with a grin as he put tools away in the Accurate Automotive shop behind East Texas Motors in Gun Barrel City.
An Arlington native and 1991 high school graduate, Davies admits, “I’ve been a motorhead all my life.”


Tool resident John Davies stands with his 1994 Chevrolet S-10 dragster truck.
Davies advanced to the runner-up spot in the Speed TV show "Pinks-All Out" filmed
at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis March 21.

Starting with racing bicycles, Davies, now 36, moved to motorcycles and then started working on cars around age 15.
When Davies and his family moved to the Paradise Bay subdivision on Cedar Creek Lake four years ago, he discovered drag racing and now spends most every weekend at Cedar Creek Dragway in Seven Points.
As a family man (he and wife Heather have three children – Cody, a sophomore at Malakoff High School, Holly, an eighth-grader at Malakoff Junior High, and Sean, a fifth-grader at Tool Elementary), Davies said he understands the need for safety, which is a priority in drag racing.
“Our youth is leaving us because of street racing,” he said with a frown. “They’re dying – it’s horrible.”
Davies’ first project was a 1973 Chevrolet pickup he built as a newlywed, and he is a fervent devotee of the Chevy small-block V-8 motor.
“Those are great motors,” he said. “They’ve been around since the ’60s, and have worked for a lot of people.”
 

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
John Davies gives a quick polish to the chrome valve covers on his 355-cubic-inch Chevrolet small-block V-8 engine in his dragster truck.

The availability of relatively affordable parts for Chevy small-blocks makes it possible for a working family man like Davies and others to participate in an admittedly expensive hobby like drag racing.
“The expenses aren’t horribly bad,” he said. “I couldn’t do it if I had to pay somebody to (work on his vehicle), not with a family and in today’s economy.”
When “Pinks – All Out” announced the show would be taping episodes at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis March 18-21, Davies went on-line to register, and made the cut, becoming one of 450 vehicles accepted.
Davies’ ride is a 1994 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, which was his daily commuting vehicle for seven years.
“I started working on it when it had 202,000 miles on it,” he recalled.
Now heavily modified, the 2,755-pound (with driver) S-10 has a 355-cubic-inch Chevy small-block engine making around 600 hp, which gives the truck a pretty hefty horsepower-to-weight ratio.
“I did the back half (of the truck) at home,” Davies said.


Members of the “Good Times Racing” crew gather for a photo at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. Pictured are (from left, kneeling front) Sean Davies and Sean Hartwell of Fort Worth; (back row) Kristie Royman, Nathan Benton, Holly Davies, John Davies, Chris Taylor, Justin Nunn of Justin, Cody Davies and Charles Lasdon of Bedford.

The engine puts its power through a two-speed transmission built by J&J Transmission in Tool, and through a Ford nine-inch rear end with a 4:71 final ratio driving racing slicks.
Pro Machines in Gun Barrel City helped build the engine, and Tony’s Auto Sales in Tool helped with the tuning. Advanced Chassis in Seven Points built the roll cage in the cab.
Davies said the entire “Pinks” effort wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Steve Lewis, who owns both East Texas Motors and Accurate Automotive.
“We got up there (to Ennis) Wednesday, and spent the rest of the week there,” Davis said. “Steve made that possible.”
“We’re all real proud of him,” Lewis said.
Davies said his good friend Tony Harrison and the other folks he races with accompanied him to Ennis to watch his progress.
“We race to have fun,” he said. “That’s why we call it ‘Good Times Racing.’”
Although Davies made the field of 450 cars, only 16 of the most closely matched cars were selected for filming.
“The tightest group was the 11-second group,” Davies recalled. “We were running 11.06 at 120 mph.”
Davies said the secret to winning in drag racing is to be consistent. That said, he admitted it’s always a real rush when the “Christmas tree” starting signal lights start counting down and the tires bite in.
“It’s a great ride,” he said with a huge grin. “A lot of fun and excitement, for sure.”
By making it to the round of eight cars, Davies won $1,000, and he gained another $1,000 by advancing to the round of six and the round of four.
“There are no wagers in the final round,” he said. “We were running for $10,000 cash and an $8,000 NAPA toolbox.”
Davies made it to the final race, but fell just short of winning the 10 grand.
Davies’ race will be on Episode 3 of “Pinks” set in Ennis. For more about the TV show and the upcoming schedule, check the website www.speedtv.com/pinks .
“I’ve been married 18 years, and my wife had never seen me race,” he recalled. “She came to watch, and we got to the top two.
“It’s an overwhelming thrill,” he added.
“Even though he didn’t win, he was happy,” Heather Davies wrote in an e-mail to The Monitor.
“It took a lot of hard work to get there and a lot of community support, and John would love the opportunity to thank everyone,” Heather Davies added. “We’re going to have a ‘Pinks’ party when it views.”
 


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