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2015 California Hot Rod Reunion - October 23-25, 2015


Friday - Sunday
Auto Club Famoso Raceway Bakersfield, CA

 



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LEGENDS OF DRAG RACING TO BE HONORED AT CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION PRESENTED BY AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The legends of drag racing will be celebrated during the 24th annual California Hot Rod Reunion® presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, Oct. 23-25 as those who shaped the sport will be celebrated during the weekend. Grand Marshal Jim Dunn and honorees Paul Althouse, Cub Barnett, Don Gaide and Don Ratican, John Jodauga and Doug Kruse will all be honored during the course of the weekend.

They will take part in the Honoree Reception-taking place at the DoubleTree hotel at 7:30 p.m. in Bakersfield, California. They will also be honored during the course of the day on Saturday in many functions including an autograph session at the Dynamat Legends tent at 2p.m. Also taking place will be the honoree presentation and twilight memorial at 5:30 p.m. on the starting line.

Grand Marshal Jim Dunn has been drag racing for well over sixty years. He was active as a driver for nearly forty of those years and was voted No. 27 on NHRA’s Top 50 Drivers list. He won in Altereds, dragsters and Funny Cars with a record of 10 wins and six runner-ups at NHRA national events. He won the Bakersfield March Meet once in Top Fuel and twice in Funny Car. He won the ’63 and 64 Winternationals with the Dunn, Merritt and Velasco Fiat Altered then raced fuel dragsters through the ‘60s before switching to Funny Cars. He was subject of the 1972 movie Funny Car Summer exposing drag racing to millions. In 1991 he changed roles to car owner and tuner with a runner-up finish at the 1993 U.S. Nationals and the 1994 Budweiser Shootout, before winning the Shootout in 1997. His close friend, the late Bob Brooks said, “he was from the same era that spawned Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen. They were the quarterbacks, the pretty boys so to speak, and Dunn was the down-and-dirty lineman”.

Paul Althouse ran Paul’s Automotive in Monrovia and gained fame for tuning the fastest Chevys in Southern California.  His shop was home to such entries as the Christie and Fisher Camaro, Geno Redd’s Chevelle, Bob Davis’s Impala and even served as West Coast headquarters for Bill Jenkins and Dave Strickler.  Past Top Alcohol Champion Jay Payne, Super Stock and Comp racer Rick Houser and Pro Stock tuner Dave Butner all used Paul’s shop as a launching pad.  It became the go-to shop for anyone who wanted a really fast doorslammer.

Cub Barnett- built engines have won and set records on drag strips, dirt tracks, and Bonneville and reliably covered hundreds of thousands of miles in street rods. In 1952, Cub made the trip to the Bonneville salt, met Charles “Scotty” Scott and went to work running his dyno in San Bernardino. In 1960, Cub opened Barnett’s Garage in Bloomington working alongside his father before moving north to accept an offer to go to work at Gotelli’s Speed Shop. That job lasted nearly a decade before he and close friend Andy Brizio became partners in Champion Speed Shop. Champion closed in the early ‘70s and Cub Barnett Engineering was born. His clients include Reggie Jackson, Dennis Varni, Jeff Beck and Tim Allen. The Cub Barnett Engineering Special roadster won the CHRR NE 1 class in 2007 and back-to-back 7.0 Pro titles in 2011 and 2012.

Don Gaide and Don Ratican became known as ‘The Sour Sisters’ when they teamed with past CHRR Honoree the late Kenny Safford. Gaide, a Road Kings member like Safford, teamed up with another past Honoree Bob Muravez in 1960 on a C/Gas dragster known as the Grey Ghost.  After Gaide crashed it, their engine went in Ed Janke’s chassis and made it the winningest B/GD in California. Ratican first gained fame as an Oldsmobile tuner with the NHRA Nationals winning Ratican, Jackson and Stearns Fiat Altered. When Safford and Gaide planned to run nitro in their dragster, Ratican came aboard helping make it the World’s Fastest Oldsmobile. In the 1990’s Ratican completed a fine restoration of the legendary Albertson Olds dragster that is part of the NHRA Motorsports Museum permanent collection.

John Jodauga’s name is familiar to readers of publications such as National DRAGSTER, Hot Rod, and Car Craft. Jodauga calls himself an illustrator, but his work includes some of the most recognizable and innovative press kits in the history of the sport. Between stints in his forty-year career as a writer at National Dragster, John ran his own advertising agency with name clients such as Moroso, Simpson, the Summers Brothers, Duffy’s Performance, and many others. His first drag race was the 1964 Winternationals and he was hooked on drag racing forever. He eventually raced his own ’68 Camaro in a variety of classes including participation in the first ever Super Gas eliminations at the 1980 Winternationals.  His relationships with racers and long career as a writer have made him an acknowledged drag racing historian.

Doug Kruse came to California for the 1960 U.S. Fuel and Gas Championships in Bakersfield and stayed. He was a mechanical engineer and once managed a drag strip in Manassas, Virginia.  He went to work for “Jocko” Johnson and honed his skills in building race cars and aluminum bodies until opening Kruse Engineering. Samples of his work included bodies for the Yeakel Plymouth dragster, George Bolthoff’s Top Gas car, and the Assassin Top Fueler and the chassis and “tin work” on Joe Pisano’s first Funny Car (built from an actual Camaro). In late 1963, he joined with Tom “Mongoose” McEwen and others to form the United Drag Racers Association in hopes of improving prize money and safety for the racers. By February, they promoted their first event at Lions Drag Strip attracting nearly 100 dragsters and 15-20,000 fans.  After the success of that meet UDRA chapters sprang up all over the country lasting through the 1981 season.  When Funny Cars began stealing the limelight from dragsters, Kruse put together a series of events called the Professional Dragster Championships.  Beginning in 1967 a twelve-year run of successful events was held up and down the West Coast.

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 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23; Racing starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 24; And 8 a.m. on Sunday Oct. 25.

• 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. AAA members can receive a discount of $5 off a 3-day ticket or $2 off single day when you show your membership card

• 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 RETURNS TO BAKERSFIELD

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Hot rods and cool cars return to Bakersfield for the 24th annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California®, Oct. 23-25 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Thrilling nostalgia quarter-mile nitro drag racing, meticulously restored hot rods 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.

A yearly highlight of the event is the famous Cacklefest® taking place on Oct. 24 and will end Saturday night’s event with a thundering conclusion. Dozens of nitro burning dragsters and Funny Cars will fill the night sky with flames leaping from the pipes and the smell of nitro filling the air. The Cacklefest® is tribute to the men and women who made these machines into some of the finest racecars that graced dragstrips across the country. As the machines roar to life and fill the night air with the sound of high-powered motors it will be a testament to the history of drag racing.

The nostalgia filled weekend opens at 8 a.m. Oct. 23rd, as vintage race cars, hot rods and customs of all types pour into the facility from throughout the United States and beyond. The rows of immaculate machines harkens to the early days of hot rodding when no combination of car, motor, paint or accessories was too much for the owners.

The on-track action gets into gear also at 8 a.m. with qualifying and exhibition runs in each of the categories. The facility will come alive with the sound of nitro racing at 11 a.m. when the first round of Nostalgia Funny Car and Top Fuel dragster qualifying takes to the track. Fans of these nitro powered machines will also be able to see these cars on track at 3 p.m. Watching the cars streak down the track transports those in attendance back to when going to the drags was the main thing to do on a weekend night.

Legends of the sport of drag racing will be feted during 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 4 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 Jim Dunn and honorees Paul Althouse, Cub Barnett, Don Gaide and Don Ratican, John Jodauga and Doug Kruse will all be honored during the presentation.

The famous Cacklefest® will bring the end Saturday night with a thundering conclusion.

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 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23; 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.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Tickets for the 24th annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California Oct. 23-25, are on sale to the general public. The event is the celebration of hot rod culture and the third and final hot rod reunion of 2015 presented by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. This event held annually at Auto Club Famoso Raceway is a can’t miss event in California.

The three-day event features cool cars, hot nostalgia quarter-mile nitro drag racing and the 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 grand marshal for the event will be legendary Funny Car racer and team owner Jim Dunn, and honorees at the event will be Paul Althouse, Cub Barnett, Don Gaide, Don Ratican, John Jodauga and Doug Krause.

The famous Cacklefest® will highlight the events as the entire track will be home to classic cars of days past as they roar to life and fill the night air with the sound of nitro powered motors in full song.

Tickets are $25 for a single day and a three –day pass can be purchased for $75. Children 15 and under are free with paid adult. AAA members can save on this event by entering their first three digits of their membership card at checkout. Tickets can be purchased at www.NHRA.com/hotrodreunion.

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 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23; Racing starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 24; And 9 a.m. on Sunday Oct. 25.

• 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.

 


2014 - 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!

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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
Office hours are Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm
Auto Club Famoso Raceway
33559 Famoso Rd.
McFarland CA. 93250
Office/Fax - (844) 34NITRO (844-346-4876)
autoclubfamosoraceway@gmail.com
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