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Charlie ‘Dodge’ a.k.a. Charles Fred Hagenmayer, Born February 7, 1931.
Raised in Richmond Hill, NY.
1938 George Edward Snizek, Born January 3rd in Lynbrook, Long
Island, NY. Raised in Valley Stream, NY.
1951 Charlie leaves home early and began driving beer
truck for Schaefer (20).
1951 Charlie enters Army-Private First Class, Stationed in Germany (20).
1951 Charlie promoted to
Presidential Honor Guard /Truman.
1953 Charlie leaves Army (22).
worked in Parts Department for Steven’s Dodge Auto (23).
1954 Charlie took trip to Daytona with Mike Sforza in Mike’s ’32 Ford-"The Pride of the East".
1954 Charlie raced a 1940 Ford 4 door powered by a $50
1953 Dodge Red Ram Hemi (i.e. Charlie’s "Dodge") hence the "Charlie Dodge" nickname given to him by Mike Sforza. Charlie
later purchased and raced a 39 Ford Coupe-with a Chrysler Hemi which he installed.
joins Long Island Hot Rod Association.
(16) starts Valley Stream Pacers Hot Rod Club in the basement of parent’s house in Valley Stream with Bruce Keller,
Tony Marchasi, Ritchie Allen, Edwin "Eddie" Overholt, Eddie Johnsmeyer, Artie Hendrickson, Don Clemens, and George
1955 George (17) works as mechanic’s helper at Wahoo’s AA Auto Repairs
& Service Station on Rockaway Ave. in Valley Stream.
1955 George purchases a 1955 Ford Victoria
with Continental Kit and installs 312 cubic inch Mercury Turnpike Cruiser engine & races GD class on weekends at Westhampton,
1955 George graduates Valley Stream Central High School (17).
Stream Pacers Hot Rod Club purchases Johnny Clegg’s channeled ’32 Ford 5 window coupe and installed a 354 cubic
inch Chrysler Hemi with dual carbs and custom headers.
1956 Valley Stream Pacers raced every weekend
at Westhampton Raceway, NY.
1956 George (18) meets Charlie "Dodge" Hagenmayer (25) at Westhampton
1956 Charlie installs his hotter camshaft into the V.S. Pacers’ ’32 Ford 5 window
coupe at Henny’s Welding in Jamaica (where well known drag racers Mike Sforza & Dick Yarkin had worked.)
Valley Stream Pacers increase Top speed Top Eliminator Gas Altered Class 98.59 MPH.
1956 George builds
a’30 Ford Roadster Rod (which was later sold to fund purchase of Pacers first roadster).
Charlie performed Speed Shop work out of Henny’s Welding (after Mike Sforza had left to form "S"forza &
"P"ellerito - S&P Automotive).
1956 Charlie (25) worked at Momo Jaguar in Long Island
City shop of Alfred Momo who was Briggs Cunningham Racing’s ace tuner/engineering director & developer of Cunningham
E2A’s 3.8-litre 249 hp XK 6-cyl. SCCA racing engine.
1957 Charlie worked as a mechanic at Lester’s
Auto on Merrick Road in Jamaica for short time. (Lester’s son-in-law purchased Pacers 1st roadster in
1960 & painted it gold.)
Rod Snapper's Car Show - Freeport, NY
1957 Snizek (20) & Dodge (26) open Pacers Automotive shop opened in Hewlett, NY.
1957 Snizek & Dodge build Pacers’ first ’30 Ford Roadster powered by a ‘53 354 cubic inch Chrysler
with 6 Stromberg Carbs on a manifold crafted by Charlie Dodge.
1957 Snizek & Dodge Roadster Top
speeds 132.70 MPH-11.6 ET; 129.7 MPH-12.0 ET in Montgomery, NY; and 104.7 MPH-7.4 ET in Langhorn, PA.
1957 Snizek & Dodge make guest appearance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand with Pacers’ roadster.
1958 Charlie works as Master mechanic at George Haug Company, Inc. in NYC.
1958 Charlie (27) marries
first wife Sissy.
1958 Charlie raced The ‘Chrybaker’- a 1953 Chrysler powered Studebaker
sport coupe (years later purchased a Bill Frick ‘Studellac’ -a Studebaker sport coupe powered
1958 Snizek & Dodge Racing build Pacers’ 1st B/D dragster
from a Scotty Fenn Chassis kit powered by a 454 cubic inch Chrysler with 6 Stromberg carbs.
(21) joins Charlie (28) and Kenny Braun (25) as a Master mechanics at George Haug Company, Inc. in NYC.
George crashes in Pacers’ dragster at NASCAR sanctioned track in Montgomery, NY June 15th. Broke back, fractured
skull, lacerated facial injuries.
1960 Charlie (29) marries wife, Janice - October 7th
1960 George (22) becomes Asst. Parts Manager at George Haug Company,
Inc. in NYC.
1960 Snizek & Dodge complete Pacers’ 2nd B/D dragster from Chassis
Research chassis powered by a stroked injected 454 cubic inch Chrysler.
1960 Snizek & Dodge complete
Pacers’ AA/A Bantam steel bodied roadster on R-88 chassis from Chassis Research and powered by blown 392 cubic inch
hemi w/Hilborn Injection.
1960 Charlie nicknames
Pacers’ roadster "The Tasmanian Devil" for its mechanical resemblance to the Bugs Bunny character.
1960 Pacers introduce use of parachutes on an AA/altered.
1960 Snizek & Dodge
modify Pacers’ B/D dragster with SIMCA body to run Competition Eliminator class.
(23) hired as head mechanic at Bob Ackley’s Gas Station in Valley Stream, home of legendary Stockcar driver Al D’Angelo’s
"Ace of Spades" Ford Coupe.
1962 George & Charlie have 10 car shop built at 3391 Lawson Blvd. in Oceanside, NY.
beat Giannini Bros. with 112MPH run in 1/8th mile Class A match race September 23rd at Roosevelt Raceway
in Westbury, NY (Giannini’s 1st setback of 1962).
1962 Pacers AA/A Bantam Roadster
Top MPH 148.354 at Dover Dragstrip, Wingdale, NY.
1962 Charlie buys 1962 Vette.
1962 George buys a 1961 Vette.
1963 Charlie designed/built
the engine for record setting Hemi-powered SK Ski Racing Runabout for American Powerboat Association racer - Sandy "Lil
1963 George (25) & Charlie (32) incorporate Pacers Auto on February 21st. Charlie, President – George, Secretary & Treasurer.
Snizek & Dodge switch to T-bodied fiberglass body on Pacers AA/A roadster.
1963 Snizek & Dodge
AA/A Takes All in its ‘23T debut at Island Dragway, NJ May 19th with a new strip class record 9.63et @ 159.86
(NHRA record was 9.79et).
1963 Snizek set low ET of 9.12 & high MPH of 173.07 at Island Dragway, NJ driving Pete Pellerito's "Bella
Rita" A/F dragster.
1963 Snizek drove Mike Sforza’s "The Patrician" AA/F dragster.
1963 Pacers built B-Rig & C-Rig Chrysler Hemi-powered Firetrucks for Woodmere,
Lakeville/Manhasset and South Hempstead fire departments to compete in New York State Volunteer Firemen’s Drill Team
Captains Association Drills & Tournaments.
1963 Pacers set NHRA Record AA/Altered 154.90MPH. Atco, NJ June
1963 NHRA 1963 Nationals Championship Drag
Races in Indianapolis IN 10.00ET-154.63MPH #354 AA/A win & later lose.
1963 Autolite's Art Chrisman presents Pacers the Popular Hot Rodding’s "Best Appearing Car &
Crew Award" at NHRA 1963 Nationals Championship Drag Races in Indianapolis, IN
1963 Pacers Auto-Snizek & Dodge Racing Crew were subjects of Walter Ungerer’s 16 mm
drag racing documentary, "The Tasmanian Devil."
1963 Charlie’s 1st daughter Nancy was born November 23rd (32).
1964 Maple Grove Park Drag-O-Way No. 354 Class AA/A ET 9.71 MPH 160.42 & ET 9.92 MPH
153.06 Feb 19-24th
1964 Island Dragway, NJ - ET 9.427 MPH 163.74 Fuel Record -
Win & Trophy
1964 Island Dragway, NJ - AA/A ET 9.694 MPH 159.29
Dragway, NJ - AA/FA 352 ET 9.325 MPH 163.64 Fuel Record - Win & Trophy
1964 Island Dragway, NJ
- ET 9.810 MPH 161.29.
1964 Island Dragway, NJ - ET 10.73 MPH 151.00 August 7th - 'missing time due
to small crack in manifold'
1964 Joe Kizis 14th Annual National Autorama
1964 George (26) receives UNLIMITED Competition
Driver’s License No. 1D-022 issued August 13th by Buster Couch, Southeast Division Director.
Island Dragway, NJ - 9.496 ET 162.45 MPH ('GAS'Record Unofficial')
1964 NHRA Nationals
Championship Drag Races in Indianapolis, IN September
554 ET 9.51 (R) mph 162.45 (R)
AA/A 554 ET 9.56 (R) mph 161.87 (R)
ET 9.54 (R) mph 160.71 (R)
AA/A 554 ET 9.73 mph 161.87 win (beat Eugene Gaham)
AA/A 554 ET 9.40 mph 163.04
1964 NHRA Official ET & MPH Records AA/Altered 161.87 MPH @ 9.56 SEC.
NHRA 1964 Nationals Championship Drag Races in Indianapolis, IN (Pacers held AA/A record for 3 years).
Pacers become East Coast Distributors of Nitro-Alky Racing Fuel.
1965 Pacers lease newly built
AMERICAN gas station on corner of Lawson Blvd & West Waukena in Oceanside, NY dba Lawson Service Station, LTD. January
Charlie & George sole stockholders.
1962 Kenny Braun leaves Renault Southwest in CA to work at
1965 CARS Magazine sponsors Racing Team (CMRT) headed by Charlie & George featuring racecars: Pacers’
Tasmanian Devil AA/A & AA/FA, Pacers "Beast From The East" AA/FD* and Eddie Sanzo’s ‘41 Willy’s
1965 George (27) marries wife Barbara, an Eastern Airlines Flight Attendant, on April
1965 Pacers Tasmanian Devil Altered running Fuel wins "Best Appearing Car of Meet"
NHRA 1st Regional Meet at Cecil County, MD. 8.81SEC @ 166.35 MPH ¾ run.
race opening day of Madison Township Raceway Park at Englishtown, NJ & won Super Eliminator.
Pacers complete 3rd dragster Pacers-CARS Magazine Sponsored "Beast From The East" Blown Injected 392
Hemi Powered AA Fuel Dragster* on a R.C.S. chassis.
1965 Pacers build Fully Enclosed Show Trailer for Pacers
Top Fuel Dragster.
1965 Pacers build 1965 B/Stock "Here's That Tiger" GTO for George Wunch which
ran 12.50ET-112.03MPH (besting the National Record ET of 12.8SEC).
1965 Pacer's become CARS Magazine
Road Test Consultants.
1965 Pacer's become Speed and Custom Magazine Road Test Consultants.
1965 Charlie’s daughter Barbara was born August 31st (34).
1966 Pacers sets low et
of the day (7.93ET-199 MPH) March 20th with new CARS Magazine Racing Team sponsored AA/FD debut at opening of Gil
Kohn's NY National Speedway.
1966 Snizek (28) & Dodge (35) make guest appearance at Playboy Club with Pacers AA/FA roadster in NYC.
1966 NHRA Record CC/FD 165.13 MPH @ 9.34SEC. Island Dragway, NJ. May 22nd
1966 NHRA Record CC/FD 167.59 MPH Sanford Dragway, ME. June 19th
1966 "Double-Up Title" Won
Top Fuel Dragster (8.14-166.33) MPH & Super Eliminator Altered (9.67-137.61) Titles, York US-30, PA. July 17th
Div.1 World Championship Series Super Eliminator Points Champion CC/FD.
1966 NHRA Div.1 World
Championship Series Top Fuel Eliminator Points 2nd place 400 pts Pacers CARS Magazine Racing Team AA/FD 8-21-66.
George & Charlie receive "NHRA Gold Card Award 1967" from Wally Parks-in recognition of outstanding high points
accomplishment during the 1966 season.
1967 Pacers paint back half of dragster; white and kept open-rail
look (Lion on Cowl).
1967 Pacers later change paint scheme of dragster to black & white psychedelic
1967 Pacers sell "Tasmanian Devil" AA/FA. ***Retired car with Over 150 Wins!!!***
George represents Caguas, Puerto Rico International Raceway’s Track at US Winter Nationals.
1967 Charlie’s daughter Lisa was born March 9th (36).
1968 George issued License
No. E 7637-H at SNATS by Automobile Competition Committee for the US, (ACCUS) Federation International de l’Automobile
(FIA), Inc. by Jack Hart
1968 George crashes in Pacers AA/F Dragster at NY National Dragway, LI -but
Pacers Auto still Qualifies for NHRA Spring Nationals. (chutes didn’t fully open-uninjured)
1968 Pacers compete in NHRA Spring Nationals at Raceway Park Englishtown in borrowed AA/F dragster Car No.67 and
ran 7.54ET-206.88MPH & 7.64ET-207.84MPH.
1968 NHRA Div.1 World Championship Series Top Fuel Eliminator
Points Race 10th place -50 pts October 6th 1968.
1968 Lawson Service Station, LTD is changed
to PACECO Distributors, Ltd. October 16th - Otto Qualliotine joins Charlie & George.
George hired as driver for Tony Pasalacqua’s "Purple Gang" AA/FD Qualifies #2 (7.00ET-229.34MPH) NY National
1969 Snizek, Dodge & Qualliotine create Sand Cat "The Cat with Scat" Custom
Dune Buggy designs.
1969 Pacers build "Tasmanian Devil Again" VW Bug to promote Pacers’ Sandcat Dune Buggies.
Expand Pacers Sandcat Dune Buggy business-manufacturing, assembly, kits, aftermarket parts and accessories.
George leaves dragracing (31).
1970 Paceco‘s assets are transferred to Pacers and continued
as a shell corporation. Charlie - President, George - Secretary, Otto - Treasurer.
Son Scott born September 19th (32).
1971 Charlie purchased 45 acres in PA with Willy Satnick,
to Hunt and Vacation – (Charlie and George were avid hunters and Charlie was skilled as a gunsmith. Many family outings
happened at the ‘old place’ over many years).
1972 George’s Daughter Tracey born
August 30th (34).
1973 George (35), Charlie (42) & Otto expand PACECO Distributors,
Ltd. to import & export BERAL Brake Disc Pads from West Germany.
1977 Otto resigns as Treasurer
of PACECO Distributors, Ltd., March 6th Charlie - President, George - Secretary & Treasurer.
1980 George (42) Co-founded West Hempstead Chiefs' travel team soccer program of the Long Island
Junior Soccer League (LISL).
1980 Charlie dissolved previous property venture with Willy Satnick and
purchased second property in Pennsylvania - 25 acres, complete with nostalgic barn. Transformed barn into a unique 'home"
which became the weekend getaway place.
1983 George (45) becomes Long Island Junior Soccer League Official.
Charlie (56) moves to Romulus, Michigan to work at Batten Engineering where he worked on large number of research & development
programs for auto companies with projects that involved speed...got paid to break engines on purpose to find weak areas and
remedy... met a lot of Indy guys due to the projects.
1985 Charlie builds Emeraude airplane (A low-wing
monoplane with two person side-by-side seating designed in France in the mid-‘50's)
assists Howard Cully build 2/3 scale P-38 airplane (A World War II American fighter aircraft).
Charlie (55) separates from Janice.
1987 Charlie (56) helps complete the Oldsmobile Aerotech record setting
car. (4 cylinder engine, 1000 hp ‘Powered by a highly turbo-charged version of the 2 liter Oldsmobile Quad 4 engine’)
A.J. Foyt drove it to a closed course speed record (257.123 mph) setting two records - unlimited engine and under 2 liters
1989 Charlie (58) & George (51) resign from Pacers Auto, Inc., November 15th
Charlie underwent Open Heart Surgery/ Bi-pass (58).
1989 George starts with West Hempstead School District
as Maintenance staff (58).
1991 Charlie moves back to NY semi-retired. Health issues begin. Trauma
of heart surgery causes MS, which was unknown and dormant, to come out of remission.
1991 Charlie worked
at Sims Steel, in Lindenhurst, NY - supervising projects, steel layout, fabrication, etc.
consulted on various ‘odd jobs’. As a master craftsman and innovative thinker, he was contacted to invent, fabricate
and advise on numerous projects... engines, guns, welding, fiberglass work, etc.
1991 Charlie equipped
a Honda motorcycle with a side car, enabling him to fabricate handicapped controls (issued handicapped plates for motorcycle).
1991 Charlie built a custom 1969 mustang.
1992 Charlie (60) marries wife, Dotti.
George has heart attack on Mother’s Day - pacemaker installed (61).
into Long Island Ladies Soccer Hall of Fame (62)
2001 Charlie - Died November 8th - 71 years of age. Kidneys
failed due to complications of Congestive Heart Failure.
2005 George Inducted into Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame (67).
2006 George Supervises Recreation
of Tasmanian Devil II AA/FA (68).
2007 George Supervises Recreation of Tasmanian Devil II AA/FA (69).
George attends 6th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, KY as crew for Taz
II’s Inaugural & 2nd Runs June 14th & 15th.
attends Super Nationals Nostalgia Display for Funny Car & Altereds with Taz II as featured car at Raceway Park Englishtown,
NJ, June 19th - 22nd (70).
2008 George & son Scott co-found East Neck Auto's
1st Annual Hot Rods & Racecars Show with founders’ John Careccia (former Pacers employee), and drag racers Billy
Lynch & Dennis Quitoni. 89 Rte. 109 - West Babylon, NY June 29th.
2008 George attends
7th Annual Musclecar Madness with Taz II crew at the York Reunion at the York Expo Center, York, PA July 11-12th
George attends 5th Annual York US 30 Nostalgia Nationals with Taz II crew at Beaver Springs Dragway, (solo cackle-during rain
delay) Beaver Springs, PA, July 13th.
2008 Pacers East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Induction, Henderson, NC, October 17-19th.
2009 George retirement planned at 71 after 20
years with West Hempstead School District.
-----George’s Current Activities-----
Senior Maintenance Staff,
West Hempstead School District.
Coach RVC Flames Womens’ Soccer Team, Long Island Ladies Soccer League
& Treasurer (Past-President), Nassau County Soccer Officials Association
Referee, Nassau County Soccer Officials
College Soccer Referee & Assessor
Official, Long Island Soccer Referees Association
Activities Racing Related-----
Tasmanian Devil II Racing Team Crew.