Original Roadhouse Grill to host kick off party for California Hot Rod Reunion


GLENDORA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2017) The festivities for the 26th annual California Hot Rod Reunion® presented by Automobile Club of Southern California will kick-off with a special free event in Bakersfield, Calif. On Oct. 19 the Original Roadhouse Grill will host a kick-off party at their 8490 Rosedale Highway location beginning at 6 p.m.

John Hale and his One Bad Texan Funny Car will be on display with other classic cars that will be taking part at the California Hot Rod Reunion® presented by Automobile Club of Southern California on Oct. 20-22 to Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Displays, classic cars, and fans of the event will be at the restaurant during the course of a busy evening.

The party will be the perfect way to start the three-day event, that is a festival of speed as well as the perfect way to pay respects to the history of the legends of racing.

Always a highlight of the busy weekend is on Saturday when the famous Cacklefest® which, originated with the 2000 California Hot Rod Reunion, that will 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. Wide ranging facility improvements, including new barriers along the return road, will benefit all participants and allow for push starts to take place in front of the fans during the Cacklefest®.

For those who restore and maintain these magnificent machines the event will allocate more pit space to allow an even greater number of spectators to see and hear the cars up close as they are readied for their Cacklefest® appearances.

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.

Grand Marshal Rick Stewart, who is a Bakersfield native, will be feted for his decade’s long involvement with NHRA. Also recognized during the event will be Pete Eastwood, Bill Holland, Bob Lambeck, Bob Panella, Sr., and Jimmy Scott.

The legends will take part in events during the week including the Hot Rod Reunion Honoree Reception at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bakersfield on Friday at 7:30 p.m., admission to the reception is free. They will also be recognized during the honoree presentation and twilight memorial on the track Saturday morning.

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.

Tickets may be purchased for a $75 weekend credential 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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