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2014 California Hot Rod Reunion - October 17-19, 2014


Friday - Sunday
Auto Club Famoso Raceway Bakersfield, CA

 



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BARTONE JUGGERNAUT ROLLS INTO BAKERSFIELD

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Tony Bartone enters the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California®, with the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Nostalgia Top Fuel title already in hand and has one goal for the weekend, make a clean sweep of the season at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Oct. 17-19.

The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series, created in 2009, preserves the NHRA’s rich history and tradition while capitalizing on the success of nostalgia drag racing competition. The series’ features 14 classes that compete at select events during the 10-race season. The thrilling quarter-mile racing is a one thrilling facet of the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California.

Bartone has won each of the four NHRA Heritage Racing Series Nostalgia Top Fuel events this season, Bakersfield, California; Boise, Idaho; Bowling Green, Kentucky; and Epping, New Hampshire. He also has set low E.T. and top speed each event weekend.

“We have had a dream season obviously, we haven’t lost a round of competition in over a year now, and only missed one race,” Bartone said. “We would love to go to Bakersfield and win the final event of the season and sweep it. Whether or not we can do that is yet to be seen but we would love for that to happen.”

Any victory in drag racing is tough to come by and Bartone understands that. The East Coast racer will have to outrun a strong field of California based teams to complete the sweep but he is ready for the challenge.

“It is going to be little bit different than what we had in Epping,” he continued. “There are a lot of good cars out there, a lot of good cars. It won’t be an easy race but one more time is our goal. If we can do that is yet to be seen. But we would love to do that.”

Bartone, the 1996 Top Alcohol Funny Car world champion in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and his team has poured hours of time and effort into this program and they are enjoying the fruits of their labor.

“This is our fifth season running this car with a couple of years of poking around before that, and probably have had seven years invested in the program,” he said. “You always go into a series thinking one day you would like to win a championship and I think what we were able to get in the last year is due to experience and making the car run consistent and that was the key.”

All the racers in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage series will aim for a strong finish to the 2014 season as they compete in thrilling nostalgic quarter-mile racing. Along with Top Fuel, Nostalgia Funny Car, A/Fuel, Junior Fuel and 7.0 Pro will battle for points during the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California. Nostalgia Eliminator 1, A/Gas and A/FX will also race at the event, but will not earn points.

The racing action kicks off Oct. 17, at 8:30 a.m. with qualifying and exhibition runs in each of the categories. The facility will come alive with the sound of nitro racing at 1 p.m. when the first round of Nostalgia Funny Car qualifying takes to the track. Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster takes the track at 2 p.m. with quarter-mile racing action.

On Saturday, Nitro qualifying continues starting at noon with Nostalgia Top Fuel followed by Nostalgia Funny Car. Eliminations in both categories will begin on Saturday starting at 3:30 p.m. with Top Fuel taking to the track first.

The famous Cacklefest® will end the evening’s events on Saturday as the entire track will be home to classic nitro burning dragsters as they roar to life and fill the night air with the sound of high-powered motors in full song.

On Sunday, Oct. 19th, the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California concludes with crowning champions in each of the racing categories. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 10:45 a.m. followed by a self-start Cacklefest® display and the continuation of eliminations in each of the categories.

The California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and benefits the facility located in Pomona, Calif. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is a 501c(3) non-profit institution and collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms.

• SCHEDULE: The event begins at 8 a.m. each day with racing beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17; Racing starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 18; And 8 a.m. on Sunday Oct. 19.

• TICKETS: Single day tickets are only $25, $75 at the gate for a three-day ticket, and children 15 and under are free accompanied by paid adult.

• ON THE WEB: For more information on the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, please visit www.nhramuseum.org.

CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION PRESENTED BY AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROARS INTO BAKERSFIELD

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – California hot rod culture will be proudly on display during the upcoming 23rd annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California®, Oct. 17-19 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Entrants into the world-renowned event have been camping in line outside the gates since as early as August of this year! Cool cars, hot nostalgia quarter-mile nitro drag racing and a celebration of the history of drag racing will take place during the three-day event. The event has become a can’t miss tradition in the area and has become one of the finest events in Kern County during the year.

The weekend opens at 8 a.m. Oct. 17th, as vintage race cars, hot rods and customs of all types pour into the facility from throughout the United States and beyond. This unparalleled gathering of hot rod heritage will be on display during the course of the event.

The racing action kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with qualifying and exhibition runs in each of the categories. The facility will come alive with the sound of nitro racing at 1 p.m. when the first round of Nostalgia Funny Car qualifying takes to the track. Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster takes the track at 2 p.m. with quarter-mile racing action.

The evening concludes with the California Hot Rod Reunion Honoree Reception-taking place at the Double Tree hotel at 7:30 p.m. in Bakersfield, California. After the honorees are recognized the festivities move outside under the stars with hot rods and vintage race cars on display. The evening concludes with a fiery demonstration by several of the Nitro-burning dragsters that will be racing and on display all weekend.

On Saturday, the activities continue on and off the track during the course of an action packed day. Nitro qualifying continues starting at Noon with Nostalgia Top Fuel followed by Nostalgia Funny Car. Eliminations in both categories will begin on Saturday starting at 3:30 p.m. with Top Fuel taking to the track first.

The history makers of the sport will be honored during the course of the day on Saturday in in many functions including the honoree presentation and twilight memorial at 5:30 p.m. on the starting line. Grand Marshall Mike Dunn and honorees Bob Brooks, brothers Ed and Roy Cortopassi, Doug Butler, Hugh Tucker, Dennis Varni and Sid Waterman will all be honored during the presentation.

The famous Cacklefest® will end the evening’s events on Saturday as the entire track will be home to classic Nitro burning dragsters of days past as they roar to life and fill the night air with the sound of high-powered motors in full song.

On Sunday, Oct. 19th, the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California concludes with crowning champions in each of the racing categories. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 10:45 a.m. followed by a self-start Cacklefest® display and the continuation of eliminations in each of the categories.

The California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and benefits the facility located in Pomona, Calif. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is a 501c(3) non-profit institution and collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms.

• SCHEDULE: The event begins at 8 a.m. each day with racing beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17; Racing starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 18; And 8 a.m. on Sunday Oct. 19.

• TICKETS: Single day tickets are only $25, $75 at the gate for a three-day ticket, and children 15 and under are free accompanied by paid adult.

• ON THE WEB: For more information on the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, please visit www.nhramuseum.org.

Photo by Marc GewertzCHRR 2014 Schedule of Events


Wednesday, October 15
Racer & Vendor Registration/ Will Call Opens..............................................................10 a.m.
Display Setup & Contestant Parking..............................................................12 noon – 5 p.m.

Thursday, October 16
Racer & Vendor Gates & Will Call Opens .......................................................................7 a.m.
Display Setup & Contestant Parking.................................................................8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tech Inspection & Registration – All Classes....................................................8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cacklefest Practice ......................................................................................................12 noon
Mandatory Cacklefest Meeting .......................................................................................4 p.m.
Spectator Motorhome/Camping Area Opens ................................................12 noon – 5 p.m.

Friday, October 17
Reunion Opens ...............................................................................................................8 a.m.
Tech Inspection – All Classes ...........................................................................8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Qualifying & Exhibition Runs........................................................................8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nostalgia Funny Car – Qualifying Session 1 ..................................................................1 p.m.
NostalgiaTop Fuel Dragster - Qualifying Session 1 ........................................................2 p.m.
Secure Track Activity.......................................................................................................5 p.m.
California Hot Rod Reunion Reception – Doubletree Hotel .......................................7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 18
Reunion Opens ...............................................................................................................8 a.m.
Tech Inspection – All Classes ........................................................................8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Qualifying & Exhibition Runs – As Called .......................................................................8 a.m.
Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster - Qualifying Session 2....................................................12 noon
Nostalgia Funny Car – Qualifying Session 2 ..................................................................1 p.m.
Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster – Round 1 ....................................................................3:30 p.m.
Nostalgia Funny Car – Round 1.................................................................................4:30 p.m.
Honoree Presentation & Twilight Memorial at Starting Line.......................................5:30 p.m.
Push Start Cacklefest Parade & Presentation ................................................................6 p.m.
Secure Track Activity..................................................................................................7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 19
Reunion Opens ...............................................................................................................8 a.m.
Chapel Service ..........................................................................................................8:30 a.m.
Eliminations – As Called .................................................................................................9 a.m.
National Anthem & Pre-race Ceremonies ................................................................10:45 a.m.
Self Start Cacklefest......................................................................................................11 a.m.
Nostalgia Funny Car – Round 2...........................................immediately following Cacklefest
Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster – Round 2 ..................................................................11:30 a.m.
Continue Eliminations – All Categories As Called........................................................12 noon
Exhibition Runs - Throughout The Day - As Called
Final Elimination Runs – All Categories ..........................................................................4 p.m.
Winner’s Circle Awards Presentations ............................................................................5 p.m.
Reunion Closes ..............................................................................................................6 p.m.
Schedule subject to change

2013 California Hot Rod Reunion Presented by AAA of Southern California
Oc tober 18-20, 2013 @ Auto Club Famoso Raceway

Hale Wins Funny Car. Rupert is Funny Car Series Champion. Sorokin wins Top Fuel and Murphy Wins the Series Championship.

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The 2013 NHRA Heritage Series season wraps up at the World Famous Auto Club Famoso Raceway. The 22nd California Hot Rod Reunion features hundreds of street rods, customs, and muscle cars as well as the Reunion Swap Meet, Manufacturers Midway, and lots of celebrities.

Cacklefest will fill the grandstands as historic race cars push-start and then line up side by side where they all "cackle" simultaneously, lighting up the night, too!

General Info Line: (909) 622-8562

General Reunion Email: themuseum@nhra.com

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Photo by Marc GewertzBakersfield or Bust! Annual California Hot Rod Reunion Returns to Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Oct. 18-20



BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The thrilling 22nd annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California returns to Auto Club Famoso Raceway near Bakersfield (Oct. 18-20) for three action-packed days of vintage speed, hot rods and American automotive enthusiasm.

All the action starts on Friday, Oct. 18 with electrifying Nitro Funny Cars, Top Fuelers and exhibition runs thundering down the legendary Famoso quarter mile. Following a day at the track, race fans can hop on board the free shuttle to the host hotel, the DoubleTree Hotel, for the fan-favorite Honoree Reception and award presentation featuring a display of historical vehicles and a tribute to the living legends of the strip.

This year Grand Marshal Butch Leal will lead an amazing group of drag racing legends including Honorees Tommy Allen, Roy Brizio, Jim DeFrank, Larry Dixon Sr. and John Rasmussen. The Reunion Spotlight will shine on the Crazy Painters, Kelly & Son of Bellflower, Calif. The reception is free and open to all.

Photo by Marc Gewertz The racing excitement continues on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. and close out the day with the fire-throwing spectacular Cacklefest show at sunset. The Cacklefest is an experience like no other where nitro-burning historic, front-engine top-fuel dragsters and other classic race cars are push started just like in the “old days.” It’s a show for all the senses and will bring Nitro tears to your eyes.

There’s also plenty to see and do off the track. Fans can shop for pins, hats, t-shirts, decals and everything in between at the vendor midway, giant swap meet area and Reunion Central. Stop by Dynamat’s Dynamic Legends Lounge, adjacent to Reunion Central tent, for meet and greets with this year’s honorees and legends from hot rodding’s history.

On Sunday race day, eliminations kick off at 9 a.m. and conclude with the crowning of the 2013 Reunion champions as well as the NHRA’s Hot Rod Heritage nostalgia drag racing series winners. Make your plans now to attend the Reunion and join thousands of hot rodders and race fans in Bakersfield for the annual Reunion.

Produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, the Reunion’s bring to life the sights, sounds and people who made history in the early days of drag racing, land speed racing and the golden age of American car culture.

Tickets are available at the gate for just $25 each day. Auto Club Members, "Show Your Card and Save!" Children 15 and under are admitted free with paid adult admission. For more information about the NHRA Museum and the Hot Rod Reunions, visit www.NHRAmuseum.org or call 909/622-8562.

Photos by Marc Gewertz

2013 California Hot Rod Reunion ® presented by Automobile Club of Southern California Schedule of Events



Wednesday, October 16

Racer & Vendor Registration/ Will Call Opens..............................................................10 a.m.
Display Setup & Contestant Parking..............................................................12 noon – 5 p.m.

Thursday, October 17
Racer & Vendor Gates & Will Call Opens.......................................................................7 a.m.
Display Setup & Contestant Parking.................................................................8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tech Inspection & Registration –All Classes....................................................8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cacklefest Practice ......................................................................................................12 noon
Mandatory Cacklefest Meeting .......................................................................................4 p.m.
Motorhome/CampingArea Opens ................................................................12 noon – 5 p.m.

Friday, October 18
Reunion Opens...............................................................................................................8 a.m.
Tech Inspection –All Classes ...........................................................................8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Qualifying & Exhibition Runs........................................................................8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nostalgia Funny Car – Qualifying Session 1 ..................................................................1 p.m.
NostalgiaTop Fuel Dragster - Qualifying Session 1 ........................................................2 p.m.
Secure TrackActivity.......................................................................................................5 p.m.
California Hot Rod Reunion Reception – Doubletree Hotel.......................................7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 19
Reunion Opens...............................................................................................................8 a.m.
Tech Inspection –All Classes ........................................................................8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Qualifying & Exhibition Runs –As Called .......................................................................8 a.m.
Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster - Qualifying Session 2....................................................12 noon
Nostalgia Funny Car – Qualifying Session 2 ..................................................................1 p.m.
Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster – Round 1 ....................................................................3:30 p.m.
Nostalgia Funny Car – Round 1.................................................................................4:30 p.m.
Honoree Presentation & Twilight Memorial at Starting Line.......................................5:30 p.m.
Push Start Cacklefest Parade & Presentation ................................................................6 p.m.
Secure TrackActivity..................................................................................................7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 20
Reunion Opens...............................................................................................................8 a.m.
Chapel Service ..........................................................................................................8:30 a.m.
Eliminations –As Called .................................................................................................9 a.m.
NationalAnthem & Pre-race Ceremonies................................................................10:45 a.m.
Self Start Cacklefest......................................................................................................11 a.m.
Nostalgia Funny Car – Round 2...........................................immediately following Cacklefest
Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster – Round 2..................................................................11:30 a.m.
Continue Eliminations –All CategoriesAs Called........................................................12 noon
Exhibition Runs - Throughout The Day -As Called
Final Elimination Runs –All Categories..........................................................................4 p.m.
Winner’s CircleAwards Presentations............................................................................5 p.m.
Reunion Closes ..............................................................................................................6 p.m.
Schedule subject to change
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