Legendary names in the sport of drag racing will take center stage during the 26th annual California Hot Rod Reunion® presented by Automobile Club of Southern California on Oct. 20-22 to Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.
The legends including Bakersfield native Grand Marshal Rick Stewart who will be feted for his decade’s long involvement with NHRA at the star studded Hot Rod Reunion Honoree Reception at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bakersfield on Friday at 7:30 p.m., admission to the reception is free. Also recognized during the event will be Pete Eastwood, Bill Holland, Bob Lambeck, Bob Panella, Sr., and Jimmy Scott.
They will all also be recognized during the honoree presentation on the track Saturday evening.
The action-packed weekend provides drag racing fans with nostalgia quarter-mile nitro racing and a full display of California hot rod culture. The event also serves as the final race of the 2017 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Drag Racing Series season. Racers in Nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Car will be vying for a win at one of the most unique tracks in the country.
Saturday evening will also feature the famous Cacklefest® which originated with the 2000 California Hot Rod Reunion and will continue to feature the crowd-pleasing push starts and display of dozens of nitro-burning machines of the past. For this season the Cacklefest® will return to a format familiar to the fans and participants. Adding to the excitement, the California event will include the popular exhibition push starts throughout each day that were part of previous events.
The California Hot Rod Reunion will also host the Nostalgia Silent Auction, presented by Drag Racer Magazine, which benefits the NHRA Motorsports Museum. This year’s auction will include a variety of treasures such as vintage racing apparel, framed artwork, new and used speed equipment, trophies and other racing memorabilia. For the past five reunions, the generosity of the Hot Rod Heritage Community has given directly to the Museum through donations from the sale of auction items.
Tickets may be purchased before October 9th at a discount price of $65 for a three-day pass or $25 for a single day. AAA Members save even more! Children 15 and under are free with a paid adult. For more information visit www.nhramuseum.org and click on ‘Reunions’ or to purchase tickets call 1-800-884-NHRA or online at: NHRA.com/hotrodreunion.
The Hot Rod Reunions are a series of events produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. The events are part of the museum’s “living history” philosophy, which works to 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. Proceeds from the Hot Rod Reunions benefit the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.