Since it was initiated by Steve Gibbs and coined by Greg Sharp, Cacklefest has entered the hot rod lexicon and vintage race cars are being restored, recreated and fired up all around the globe. For example, at the recent Prolong Twilight Cruise at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Gibbs and volunteer event coordinator John Duran assembled more than 20 nitro-burning diggers as a preview of the amazing Cacklefest planned for this year’s California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California. (more…)
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To promote the annual Doin’ it for the Kids Charity Car & Bike Show, organizer Maggie Marquez recently hosted a pinstripers exhibit art gallery/wine bar at dba256 in downtown Pomona. Titled One-Shot: The Art of Pinstriping, the exhibit comprised artwork and artifacts from numerous artists including Von Dutch, the originator of modern pinstriping and young artists like Stroke and Chillin. (more…)
We all have pivotal moments in our lives when we remember exactly what we were doing and where we were when something dramatic happened: the attack on Pearl Harbor, where we were when JFK was shot and our first drag race. I clearly remember going to see the movie Two Lane Blacktop. Starring singer James Taylor (with hair), late Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson, Laurie Bird and the late-but-cool Warren Oates, TLB was a cult hit 40 years ago. Of course, the real star for us car guys was the ’55 Chevy—old school before it was cool. (more…)
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California has announced a major change to the schedule for the 9th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion. Instead of the Friday through Sunday format, the event will now run Thursday through Saturday. The reasons for the one-day move up are many, but primarily it was done because people said they wanted to be with their families on Father’s Day. Also, many of the long-distance attendees wanted to be on the road heading home on Sunday. Consequently, the event has been moved up a day. The action is now scheduled for June 16-18 at the historic Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Beechbend.com (http://www NULL.beechbend NULL.com/). (more…)
For the most part, our industry was founded right after World War II, when all those servicemen returned home looking for excitement and a new way to make a living. For many, hot rodding was the answer. Consequently, our sport is celebrating numerous anniversaries: 50 years of Honest Charley; 60 Years of Coker Tire; 50 years of Gale Banks Engineering; 50 years of the NHRA Winternationals and 50 years since Mickey Thompson went 400 mph in the Challenger.
Photos by Marc Gewertz
They say it was the biggest ever, and they came from all over the world to participate in the 18th annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. They came with Funny Cars — 32, I’m told. They came with 16 Top Fuel dragsters, Fuel Altereds, race cars, muscle cars, street machines, rat rods, customs and even a 9-cylinder drag bike. They came like pilgrims to the West Coast mecca of drag racing: Auto Club Famoso Raceway near Bakersfield, Calif., for one of nostalgia racing’s biggest events to race and pay homage to the sport’s heroes including, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, “TV” Tommy Ivo, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and so many more who came to recapture the glory days of quarter-mile drags.
Back in 1991, after attending the funeral of veteran Bonneville and drag racer Joe Pisano, NHRA Vice Presidents Steve Gibbs and Bernie Partridge decided that drag racers, friends and fans from years past should have a reason to get together under more pleasant circumstances.
The 18th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is scheduled for the weekend of Oct 16-18 at Auto Club Raceway Famoso – more commonly known as Bakersfield. High on anybody’s bucket list, the reunion is a great weekend of vintage drag racing, the finals of the NHRA Heritage Series and a cool time for the family.
A California Tradition
By Tony Thacker
While the rest of the world is probably digging itself out of snow and such, here at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorports Museum in sunny Pomona, CA, we’re celebrating the 49th running of the NHRA Winternationals sponsored by Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts. Despite snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop, the asphalt in Pomona is usually red hot with teams trying out new combinations for the forthcoming season and this year will be no exception.