Bust slate of racing action grows for California Hot Rod Reunion


GLENDORA, Calif. (Sept. 7, 2017) An already busy weekend of nostalgia quarter-mile racing at the 26th annual California Hot Rod Reunion® presented by Automobile Club of Southern California has expanded, NHRA Museum officials announced today. The finals in Nostalgia Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Mod from the rained out event at Firebird Raceway will now be completed in Bakersfield during the event Oct. 20-22. 

In Top Fuel Jim Murphy, the winner at the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® presented by AAA Insurance in Bowling Green, KY, will face Adam Sorokin; Funny Car will pit Jason Rupert against Ryan Hodgson; and in Pro Mod Mike Maggio will battle Ed Thornton Jr. for the victory. The final eliminations will be run on Saturday during the final qualifying session. 

These racers will also be taking part in the California Hot Rod Reunion® where they will have a chance for a rare ‘double-up’ at the historic event. The added finals will also go a long way to solidify championship aspirations as the season concludes on Sunday. 

During the weekend 12 categories will be contested including Top Fuel, Funny Car, AA/Fuel Altered, A/Fuel, Junior Fuel, 7.0 Pro, Nostalgia Eliminator, and A/Gas will all be competing under NHRA Heritage Series Rules during the final race of the 2017 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Drag Racing Series season. Also taking to the quarter mile will be the A/FX, AA/Gas Super Stock, Sportsman Exhibition, and Geezer Gassers. 

The action-packed weekend provides drag racing fans with nostalgia quarter-mile nitro racing and a full display of California hot rod culture. During the course of the busy weekend those being celebrated for their achievements in motorsports will be honored at the venue where they’ll be joining many past Grand Marshals and Honorees along with past and present legends of the sport including Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, “Fast Jack” Beckman, Robert Hight and others in autograph sessions and at a public Honoree Reception on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield. 

Also taking place during the weekend will be the famous Cacklefest® which originated with the 2000 California Hot Rod Reunion and will continue to feature the crowd-pleasing push starts on the return road and a 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.

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.

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