California Hot Rod Reunion

October 14-17, 2010

Results pages: (Top Fuel and Funny Car), (Gassers A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel) and (Sportsman), (Photo Extra)

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AAFD's ready to rock the 'Patch

The end of the season is coming up fast. The last race of the year will be held this weekend at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA. 21 Top Fuel cars will soon be pulling in to the historic "Patch" to battle it out for the 19th California Hot Rod Reunion Top Fuel title.
The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Championship is on the line and Jim Murphy is leading the pack with Adam Sorokin close behind and Brad Thomspon close enough to catch them as well. With only 26 points separating the top 3 drivers, this weekends race will surely be the place to be.

Last years Top Fuel winner Rick McGee will be on hand to defend his title. After sitting out most of the year, he is chomping at the bit to get back in the car. Fresh off his win in Norwalk, Troy Green and the "Crop Duster" team will be heading to the west coast. Car owner, Frank Ousley has always wanted to run at the "Reunion" and his dream will finally come true this weekend. Nightfire Nationals winner, Brett Harris and Nitro Thunder will make the long haul from Utah with his Posse, and James Day will be driving the Bothelo Racing car from Nevada.

Bill Dunlap will be back in the seat of a top fuel dragster, racing with Bob Richardson and his "Circuit Breaker" gang, and fellow Southern California racer Rick White will be coming up from sunny San Diego. Local racer Denver Schutz will be on hand with the "Raisin Express 2", as well as "Ground Zero" some more local boys from Merced, CA. Northern California's Brendan Murry will bring his Chevy powered rail, along with Arnold Birky and his Birky Bunch the only other Chevy powered Top Fuel Car.

Don't miss what is sure to be an extraordinary weekend of racing. This is the last stop for AAFD in 2010. The California Hot Rod Reunion will be held October 15-17th at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA.

AAFD is also announcing the sale of their 2011 Calendar. The Calendars will be available for purchase for $10 at the Reunion this weekend. This full color wall calendar features outstanding photography from this seasons racing action. Be sure to pick up a copy at the track. For those of you that can't make it, the calendar will also be available for purchase in the AAFD Store on their website www.allamericanfueldragsters.com

Tickets for the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, are available at the gate. Show your AAA members card and receive a discount. Daily tickets may be purchased at the gate of Auto Club Famoso Raceway, north of Bakersfield on Highway 99. For additional Reunion information, call 909/622-8562 or visit http://museum.nhra.com. Auto Club Famoso Raceway is located at 33559 Famoso Rd. in McFarland CA. 93250. The Raceway Info Line is (661) 399-5351. Visit www.famosoraceway.com.

 

Top Ten Reasons To Attend 19th California Hot Rod Reunion

Pick any one of the reasons to attend the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, and we guarantee you’ll be back!

#1

40 Funny Cars and 21 Top Fuelers are registered for the 19th California Hot Rod Reunion. They will be competing with more than 300 racers in nine classes on Famoso’s historic quarter-mile. Ron Capps, NHRA Full Throttle Racing Series driver, will be there as well as "Nitro Kitty" Mendy Fry along with heavy hitters Troy Green, Adam Sorokin, Rick McGee, Mike McClennan, Denver Schutz and, look out for Brad Thompson trying to repeat his Bowling Green win.

#2

Free Honoree Reception on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield. Honored guests include Grand Marshal Tom Hanna and Honorees Bill Bagshaw, Don Long, Al "Mousie" Marcellus, Tom Prufer and the team of Steinegger and Eshenbaugh. Chris "the Greek" Karamesines, Don "The Snake" Prudhomme, Tom "Mongoose" McEwen, "TV Tommy" Ivo and countless other drag racing legends will also be there to relive the early days of drag racing. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to say hello to your heroes.

#3

Blue Max Funny Car legend Raymond Beadle and his entire team: Dale Emery (crew chief), "Waterbed Fred" Miller, Dee Gantt, and driver Ronny Young -will be running on the Famoso track just as they did 40 years ago. It’s going to be insane!

#4

Jungle Pam, and ’69 Winternationals Funny Car Champion Clare Sanders will be making an appearance as this year’s Justice Brothers Car Care Products Spotlight shines on the team of "Jungle Jim" Lieberman.

#5

World Comes to Bakersfield as Famoso becomes the United Nations of drag racing. Racers and fans are coming to Bakersfield from around the globe including a team from Alaska and 12 race cars from Canada. One to watch is the Swedish nostalgia nitro Funny Car "Tre Kronor" (Three Crowns) recreated by Johnny Nilsson with driver Erik Wallinder and Crew Chief Jeff Gaynor. Another is Roly Leahy’s Australian Dragster which will be run by Roly’s sons Greg and Peter in memory of their father. A caravan of nine motor homes and 40 Aussie’s are coming to celebrate the Leahy’s Reunion tradition.

#6

World’s Fastest Indian. Hot from winning the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Burt Munroe’s 1920 Indian Scout "Munro Special" where it ran for the first time in 40 years will be displayed in Memory Lane in the Grove at Auto Club Famoso Raceway behind the grandstands. Memory Lane is the place to go see a remarkable array of vintage drag vehicles including drag boats, bikes, and front-engine dragsters.

#7

Mickey Thompson’s Assault Dragster, running for the first time in nearly 50 years, with son Danny Thompson behind the wheel will be part of the spectacular Cacklefest. Often referred to as his favorite car, Mickey’s streamlined Class C Assault powered by a blown 303-cubic-inch Pontiac V-8 competed at the 1960 NHRA Nationals. Assault joins more than 30 other vintage dragsters and race cars in the Cacklefest symphony of sight and sound.

#8

STREET RODDER Road Tour is back again for another adventure at the Reunion. Celebrating 15 years on the open road, the AMSOIL Street Rodder Road Tour travels to various events in a colorful assortment of cool street rods. Their final destination is the California Hot Rod Reunion, and you can find the Tour parked in the Grove area behind the Famoso grandstands. Road Tour Leader Jerry Dixey will be at the Reunion along with his Road Tour roadies. Stop by and hear the Road Tour stories, it may inspire you to come along for the Tour ride.

#9

Quarter-Mile Classroom: This year, the Santa Maria High School Race Team along with teacher Lorin Cuthbert and former drag racer Art Foster return to the Famoso dragstrip to compete in the NE1 Pro class, and boy, can they race. At the 2008 March Meet, the team’s car qualified 14th out of 61 entries. The Pipe Dream Cackle Car Team is paying it forward. Unable to attend this year’s Reunion, the Pipe Dream Team donated four full-event credentials to the deserving Santa Maria High School Race Team. Check them out as they cut loose on the strip, and cheer on these amazing kids who are keeping nostalgic drag racing alive.

#10

What’s better than one Cacklefest? Two, of course! For the first-time ever, Hot Rod Reunion fans will be getting a double dose of Cacklefests at the Reunion. A push-start dragster extravaganza will be held on Saturday (Oct. 16) evening and a static-start up on Sunday (Oct. 17). Over 30 vintage dragsters have already signed up to awaken the cackling nitro beast within, including Reunion Honorees Steinegger and Eshenbaugh nostalgic TF dragster; Ed Pink’s "The Old Master," originally built by Honoree Don Long; and Grand Marshal Tom Hanna’s exquisite front-engine dragster. The nitro-induced flame and sound show is a must see spectacle.

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Cacklefests highlight......

Saturday Oct. 16 night will feature a push-start Cacklefest show and Sunday (Oct. 17) will feature a static-start Cacklfest show.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif – For the first-time ever, Hot Rod Reunion fans will be getting a double dose of Cacklefests at the 19th California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California. Over 30 vintage dragsters have already signed up to awaken the beast within for the spectacular CACKLEFEST shows at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway.
Now, there is no excuse to miss the Cacklefest with two days of nitro-burning cackle cars at the Reunion. A push-start dragster extravaganza will be held on Saturday (Oct. 16) evening and a static-start up on Sunday (Oct. 17). The sensational show literally brings tears to many devoted race fans experiencing the early days of drag racing and it’s not just from the nitro. The nitro-induced flame and sound show is a must see spectacle.

Cacklefest involves participants push-starting or static start up of early-style front-engine dragsters and race cars like they did in the 1950s and ‘60s, then gathering them all together down the center of the drag strip with the engines running or ‘cackling.’

“Cacklefest is a proven inspiration for enthusiasts who have experienced this unique event,” said Steve Gibbs, former vice president and current board member of the Parks Museum. “With each passing year we are amazed to see newly resurrected pieces of drag racing history appear at the event.”

This year’s honorable mentions are vintage dragsters from Honorees Steinegger and Eshenbaugh and Honoree Don Long. The Steinegger and Eshenbaugh duo will be firing up their Top Fuel car while Ed Pink’s “The Old Master,” originally built by Don Long, makes its debut at Famoso. Also, Grand Marshal Tom Hanna will be on hand with his exquisite interpretation of the ultimate front engine dragster, a piece of design and workmanship that must be seen to be believed.



Masters Dragliner team receiving the Best Engineered trophy at the ’57 NHRA Nationals at Oklahoma City. From right are Wally Parks, Jim Nelson and Dode leaning on cockpit. Kneeling with movie camera is Museum Boardmember Alex Xydias, above him is Drag News Editor Dan Roulston. – photo from the collection of Greg Sharp.

Another notable Cacklefest participant will be the “Masters Dragliner,” the legendary streamlined dragster built in the 50s by Jim Nelson and Dode Martin, founders of the Dragmaster Company in Carlsbad, Calif. The “Masters Dragliner” is noted for setting many records, but best known for receiving the “Best Engineered” trophy at the 1957 NHRA Nationals at Oklahoma City. (See Photo) The car has been painstakingly recreated by original builder 84-year-old Dode Martin with assistance from long-time friend Jim Nelson.

Additional vintage dragsters appearing at the 2010 Cacklefests are the Chizler, Barnstormer, Green Monster, Frantic Four, “Wild Willie” Borsch Funny Car, and others.

Tickets for the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, are available at the gate. Show your AAA members card and receive a discount. Daily tickets may be purchased at the gate of Auto Club Famoso Raceway, north of Bakersfield on Highway 99. For additional Reunion information, call 909/622-8562 or visit http://museum.nhra.com. Auto Club Famoso Raceway is located at 33559 Famoso Rd. in McFarland CA. 93250. The Raceway Info Line is (661) 399-5351. Visit www.famosoraceway.com.

For the nineteenth consecutive year, the Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest affiliate of the AAA, is the presenting sponsor of the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion. The Automobile Club of Southern California has been serving members since 1900. Today, the Auto Club’s members benefit by the organization’s emergency road service, financial products, travel agency and trip planning services, highway and transportation safety programs, insurance products and services, automotive pricing, buying and financing programs, automotive testing and analysis and legislative advocacy. Information about these products and services is available on the Auto Club’s web site at www.aaa-calif.com.

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