19th annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California
Tickets on sale June 17th
By calling:
800 884-NHRA (6472)
Out of U.S call: 626 250-2497

Oct. 15-17, 2010 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, Calif.: 19th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, features hundreds of street rods, customs, and muscle cars as well as the Reunion Swap Meet, Manufacturers Midway, and lots of celebrities. On Friday night, the CHRR Reception will be held in the DoubleTree Hotel ballroom, and Saturday features qualifying for the drag racers. Plus the sensational 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!


New for this year is the " Quarter-Mile Courtyard "

Stay tuned for more information regarding this special spectator package that includes 3-day admission and so much more!

Three-day credentials ($65 each) are available at 800/884-NHRA or online . Individual tickets are available day-of the event. Cost per person: Friday, $20; Saturday, $25; Sunday, $20. Children 16 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

For Reunion information, please contact the Museum's Reunion Info Line at (909) 622-8562.

Downloadable Forms:

Past racer participants will be mailed a registration form and schedule of classes.

Online racer registration will be available July 1st.

For more information on Bakersfield lodging, dining and attractions, please visit the Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.visitbakersfield.com

California Hot Rod Reunion Quarter Mile Courtyard
(BAKERSFIELD, CA) - Watch the drag strip action near the starting line in the new Quarter-Mile Courtyard at the 19 th California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by Automobile Club of Southern California. The 2010 California Hot Rod Reunion will take place Friday through Sunday, Oct. 15-17 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in McFarland, Calif. This year, the “Jungle Jim” Lieberman Funny Car team, and of course, “Jungle Pam” will be saluted with the Justice Bros. Car Care Products Reunion Spotlight award. Also, a 16-car Funny Car field will have fans glued to their seats as well as 2 Cacklefests: Saturday night push starts, Sunday static fire-up.

Quarter-Mile Courtyard Cost: $250 /person

Price includes:

  • 3-days of admission
  • VIP Parking
  • Complimentary lunch served Sat. and Sun.
  • Private restrooms
  • Private beverage and snack concessions
  • $10 in food and beverage vouchers
  • $10 off purchase of $20 or more in the Reunion Central Souvenir Tent
  • Goodie bag containing a souvenir program and dash plaque
  • Private grandstand seating near starting line

Get your tickets today! Call 1-800-884-6472 or buy online , click here

Click on link for more:

http://www.nhra.net/email/ blast_files/tw/CHRR/M10_E_03- CHRR-live.html

The Reunion is a three-day festival of nostalgic drag racing, hot rods and American automotive enthusiasm and attracts more than 25,000 spectators. For more information about the California Hot Rod Reunion, visit www.museum.nhra.com .

“Jungle Pam” Hardy to Make Special Appearance at 19th California Hot Rod Reunion
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Popular drag racing personality “Jungle Pam” Hardy, who toured the matchrace circuit with the flamboyant Funny Car racer “Jungle Jim” Liberman in the 70s, will make a special appearance at the 19th California Hot Rod Reunion weekend at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Oct. 15-17. Don’t miss the chance to meet and see this legendary lady of drag racing.

Joining Jungle Pam at the Reunion will be master fabricator Grand Marshal Tom Hanna, as well as Reunion Honorees Bill Bagshaw, Don Long, Al “Mousie” Marcellus, Tom Prufer and the duo of Steinegger and Eshenbaugh. These guys will be on hand with dozens of other hot rod heroes to relive the glory days of quarter-mile, front-engine drag racing.

On Friday, Oct. 15 the Jungle Jim Funny Car Team and Jungle Pam will be honored at the FREE Hot Rod Reunion Reception with the 2010 Justice Bros. Car Care Products Spotlight award for their contribution to the early days of drag racing and their continued dedication to the sport in the memory of “Jungle Jim” Liberman. The reception will be held at the Reunion’s host hotel, the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield, CA at 7:30 p.m.

Now fans can experience nostalgic drag racing close to the strip in the exclusive Quarter-Mile Courtyard. The Quarter-Mile Courtyard fan hospitality area comes complete with:

3-days of admission
VIP parking pass
Special driver and celebrity appearances
Complimentary lunch served Sat. and Sun.
Private restrooms
Private beverage and snack concessions
$10 in food and beverage vouchers
$10 off purchase of $20 or more in the Reunion Central Souvenir Tent
Goodie bag with souvenir program and dash plaque
Private grandstand seating near starting line
Reunion race fans must act quickly, as the Quarter-Mile Courtyard fan hospitality area offers limited seating.

Free Goodie Bag with Every Hot Rod Reunion
3-Day Credential Purchase!
Goodies include an official Reunion program, commemorative dash plaque and laminated credential. Offer expires Friday, October 1, 2010.
To purchase tickets, visit us online at www.museum.nhra.com or by calling 800-884-NHRA (6472). Tickets may also be purchased at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Gift Shop located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. 91768 or call 909/622-2133.

Legendary Winged Express Celebrating 50 Wild Years at the 19th California Hot Rod Reunion
Back in the 60s, if you were to mention the name Marcellus and Borsch Winged Express, you could strike fear in the hearts of other Fuel Altereds. This year, the legendary Winged Express celebrates its 50th Anniversary and its creator and curator Al “Mousie” Marcellus is a Reunion Honoree.

During the nostalgic weekend at Famoso, Marcellus will be on hand signing autographs and retelling the fearless, one-handed driving adventures of the late William “Wild Willie” Borsch, considered the Evel Knievel of drag racing. You can also pay your respects to Wild Willie who travels with “Mousie” in a special urn. Part of the Reunion drag strip action includes exhibition runs by the world-famous Winged Express driven by the equally-daring driver Mike Boyd.

Join us at the Doubletree Hotel on Friday, Oct. 15 for the annual Reunion Honoree Reception to pay tribute to the heroes and wild rides from the early days of drag racing including Mousie, Grand Marshal Tom Hanna, Honorees Don Long, Tom Prufer, Bill Bagshaw, the duo of Steinegger and Eshenbaugh, and the Justice Brothers Spotlight shines on the Jungle Jim Funny Car Team.

Besides the Winged Express, Reunion fans will be able to see more than 200 race cars including front engine Top Fuel and Funny Cars, and more gassers than you can shake a flag at. Couple that with hundreds of memory lane rods, customs, classics, trucks and rat rods, a swap meet, a vendor midway and so much more including the amazing Cacklefest on Saturday and Sunday!

While at the Reunion, make sure you make a pit stop at the Reunion Souvenir Tent at Famoso and pick up a “Gathering of Geezers” t-shirt featuring the legendary Winged Express.

Entrance is just $20 per day for Friday and Saturday and on Sunday it’s only $25. Children under 16 are free every day when accompanied by a paying adult—what a deal. For more information on the Reunion, visit http://museum.nhra.com or, call 909.622.2133.

Photos from the collection of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and National DRAGSTER.

Top 10 reasons to attend the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California.
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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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