Action at the 25th annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California officially underway

Oct. 21

ACTION AT THE 25TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION PRESENTED BY AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY

 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The 25th annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California kicked off on Friday at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Fans were greeted by a full display of California car culture and also watched quarter-mile nostalgia nitro cars scream down the track in all of their glory.

 

The three-day event, produced by and benefitting the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, began as hundreds of hot rods and customs rolled into the facility to partake in the silver anniversary. Historic cars with shimmering chrome and flawless paint jobs were on display throughout the day and on-track action helped honor all those that helped pave the path for NHRA Drag Racing.

 

More than a dozen categories took to the track to begin qualifying and exhibition runs on Friday and nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Car headlined the action. In Top Fuel, Jim Murphy led the field with a 5.626-second run at 264.18 mph. In Funny Car, Jason Rupert raced to the qualifying lead with a 5.658 at 255.73.

 

The action didn’t stop once racing concluded, though. After Friday’s last qualifying runs, a special 25th anniversary dedication and ceremony took place and honored all Grand Marshals and Honorees from the past 24 years. Following the ceremony, there was a Ring of Fire Cacklefest presentation where storied cars of the sport roared to life in a one-of-a-kind spectacle.

 

Friday night capped off with a Reunion after-party and reception at the DoubleTree Hotel. Friends, legends and heroes of the sport rekindled friendships and shared some of their favorite stories from the past 24 years.

 

On Saturday, the 25th annual California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California continues with thrilling activities on and off the track. Qualifying will resume at 8 a.m. and elimination rounds are set to start at 4:30 p.m., with Funny Car hitting the track first.

 

Following a twilight memorial, the famous Cacklefest® will wrap up Saturday evening’s events 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.

 

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. For more information on the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, please visit www.NHRAMUSEUM.org.

 

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The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Motorsports Museum 25th annual California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California:

 

NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL

1) Jim Murphy, Santa Rosa, Calif., '13 Neil & Parks, 5.626 seconds, 264.18 mph

2) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., '16 McKinney, 5.642, 232.71

3) Adam Sorokin, Glendale, Calif., '04 Sterling, 5.779, 225.00

4) Rick McGee, Exeter, Calif., '10 Uyehara, 5.807, 234.70

5) Terry Cox, Clarkburg, Calif., '06 Uyehara, 5.943, 244.47

6) Bill Dunlap, Capitola, Calif., '03 Stirling, 6.009, 189.23

7) Bret Williamson, Gilroy, Calif., '00 Uyehara, 6.040, 237.25

8) Tyler Hilton, Sharonville, Ohio, '12 Horton, 6.201, 195.05

9) Pete Kaiser, Merced, Calif., '00 Stirling, 6.422, 137.05

10) Brendan Murry, San Jose, Calif., '10 Rooman, 7.144, 132.57

 

NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR

1) Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda, Calif., '69 Camaro, 5.658 seconds, 255.73 mph

2) Marc White, Chicago, Ill., '77 Monza, 5.694, 234.78

3) Dan Horan, Rancho Cascades, Calif., '69 Camaro, 5.717, 256.21

4) Ryan Hodgson, Edmonton, Alb., '69 Camaro, 5.732, 249.86

5) Cory Lee, Oceanside, Calif., '78 Trans AM, 5.740, 254.47

6) Steven Densham, Menifee, Calif., '69 Camaro, 5.740, 244.29

7) John Weaver, Hanford, Calif., '78 Omni, 5.750, 247.34

8) Tim Boychuck, Scottsdale, Ariz., '69 Camaro, 5.764, 244.96

9) Kris Krabill, Tacoma, Wash., '78 Firebird, 5.776, 242.93

10) Barrie Young, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., '69 Camaro, 5.815, 248.93

 

NOSTALGIA PRO MOD

1) Mike Maggio, San Dimas, Calif., '68 Camaro, 6.001 seconds, 249.30 mph

2) Ed Thornton, Chino, Calif., '70 Camaro, 6.058, 247.20

3) Jeremy Hanger, Yorba Linda, Calif., '59 Corvette, 6.078, 243.37

4) Troy Ferry, Vallejo, Calif., '70 Challenger, 6.079, 236.26

5) John Durden, San Juan Bautista, Calif., '58 Corvet, 6.107, 244.21

6) Rob Moore, El Cajon, Calif., '60 Chevy Impala, 6.137, 241.67

7) Tony Jurado, Pleasanton, Calif., '57 Chevrolet, 6.144, 234.53

8) Karl Wilson, Anaheim, Calif., dragster, 6.407, 231.36

9) Sean Renteria, hollister, Calif., '65 Plymouth, 6.952, 149.35

10) Eric Peterson, Enumclaw, Wash., '51 Chevy, 7.232, 187.21

 

AA/SUPERCHARGED

1) Howard Anderson, Applegate, Calif., '38 Chevy Coupe, 6.562 seconds, 210.05 mph

2) Gary Reinero, Merced, Calif., '48 Austin, 6.792, 207.40

3) Mike Molea, Grants Pass, Ore., '33 Willys, 7.304, 185.69

 

A FUEL

1) Kin Bates, Anderson, Calif., '06 Tuttle, 6.120 seconds, 216.58 mph

2) John Harless, Tulsa, Okla., '04 Uyehara, 6.159, 226.62

3) Drew Austin, Tacoma, Wash., '13 Parker, 6.220, 219.36

4) Dennis Allen, North Highlands, Calif., '15 Allen, 6.314, 222.14

5) Rick Ewens, Prescott Valley, Ariz., '16 Dragster, 6.395, 209.33

6) Bobby Cottrell, Whittier, Calif., '97 N & P, 6.450, 204.11

7) Jerry Kumre, Rohnert Park, Calif., '10 Davidson, 6.753, 201.79

 

JUNIOR FUEL

1) Don Enriquez, Misson Viejo, Calif., '10 Farr, JF/C, 7.145 seconds, -0.005 (under index)

2) J. D. Zink, Chico, Calif., '04 Uyehara, JF/A, 7.245, 0.095

3) Alan Hull, Arcania, Calif., '15 Farr, JF/B, 7.123, 0.113

4) Ricky Marshall, Burleson, Texas, '00 Neil & Parks, JF/C, 7.285, 0.135

5) Brad Woodard, Oceanside, Calif., '00 Woodard, JF/A, 7.047, 0.147

6) Dan Fenton, San Lorenzo, Calif., '03 N & P, JF/B, 7.227, 0.217

7) John Marottek, Brighton, Colo., '15 Neil & Parks, JF/A, 7.283, 0.383

8) Ward Francev, Whitter, Calif., '04 Dragster, JF/C, 8.431, 1.281

9) Wayne Ramay, Simi Valley, Calif., '11 Tuttle/farr, JF/B, 10.180, 3.170

 

7.0 PRO

1) Mark Whynaught, Oceanside, Calif., '23 Ford, 7PRO, 7.024 seconds, 0.024 (over index)

2) Michael Peck, Redmond, Wash., '08 DRC, 7PRO, 7.028, 0.028

3) Allen Taylor, Las Vegas, Nev., '23 Ford, 7PRO, 7.061, 0.061

4) Dave Rosenberg, Long Beach, Calif., '94 DRE, 7PRO, 7.071, 0.071

5) Joey Steckler, Edmonton, Alb., '69 Corvette, 7PRO, 7.073, 0.073

6) Aaron Wardell, Rancho Cordova, Calif., '06 Sterling, 7PRO, 7.081, 0.081

7) Tera Graves, Denton, Texas, '09 Neil & Parks, 7PRO, 7.082, 0.082

8) Jerry Kumre Jr., Rohnert Park, Calif., '23 Ford T, 7PRO, 7.087, 0.087

9) Pete Peterson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., '48 Fiat, 7PRO, 7.105, 0.105

10) Mark Hall, Rio Linda, Calif., '23 Ford, 7PRO, 7.124, 0.124

 

A GAS ELIMINATOR

1) Keith Morovich, Bakersfield, Calif., '67 Nova, AG, 7.615 seconds, 0.015 (over index)

2) Tom Huggins, Santa Paula, Calif., '53 Corvette, AG, 7.616, 0.016

3) Brian Rogers, Rowland Heights, Calif., '66 Nova, AG, 7.618, 0.018

4) Chris Beanes, Valencia, Calif., '51 Henry J, AG, 7.621, 0.021

5) Tom Fowler, Paso Robles, Calif., '70 Camaro, AG, 7.624, 0.024

6) Steve Galileo, So San Francisco, Calif., '63 Corvette, AG, 7.641, 0.041

7) Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif., '57 Chevy, AG, 7.647, 0.047

8) Al White, Azusa, Calif., '65 GTO, AG, 7.669, 0.069

9) Jim Godec, Carson City, Nev., '41 Willys, AG, 7.674, 0.074

10) Frank Merenda, Paso Robles, Calif., '59 Rambler, AG, 7.674, 0.074

 

A/FX

1) Don Ruble, Oceanside, Calif., '67 Nova, 8.838 seconds, 145.66 mph

2) David Franklin, Ramona, Calif., '61 Galaxie, 9.158, 145.08

3) Ernie Algorri, Pasadena, Calif., '67 Fairlane, 9.271, 143.34

4) Not on File, , , dragster, 9.494, 142.58

5) Cliff Lozis, Fullerton, Calif., '69 Mustang, 9.496, 140.65

6) Ken Moreland, San Marcos, Calif., '66 Chevelle, 9.564, 135.91

7) Earl Storey, Westboro, Mass., '65 Nova, 9.867, 134.38

8) Not on File, , , dragster, 9.867, 132.36

9) Doug Hampton, Salinas, Calif., '66 Fairlane, 10.051, 132.54

10) Ken Godsey, Aurora, Colo., '64 Comet, 10.083, 136.40

 

GEEZER GASSERS

1) John Swick, Dayton, Ind., '37 Chevy, GGD, 10.001 seconds, 0.001 (over index)

2) Greg Porter, Greenville, S.C., '55 Chevy, GGB, 9.026, 0.026

3) Tod Barker, Marlow, Okla., '48 Anglia, GGA, 8.571, 0.071

4) Kirk Dupre, Dover, N.H., '41 Willys, GGD, 10.334, 0.334

5) Randy Addington, Redkey, Ind., '37 Chevy, GGE, 10.845, 0.345

6) Don Moyer, Mentor, Ohio, '40 Willys, GGF, 10.984, -0.016

7) Wayne Stine, Vermontville, Mich., '40 Willys, GGE, 10.401, -0.099

8) Chuck Lipka, Eureka, Mo., '41 Willys, GGD, 9.861, -0.139

9) Jeff Cryan, Buffalo, N.Y., '33 Willys, GGA, 8.186, -0.314

10) Roger Plate, Muncie, Ind., '37 Chevy, GGD, 9.525, -0.475

 

NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR I

1) Jason Barta, Bakersfield, Calif., '08 FED, NE1, 7.601 seconds, 0.001 (over index)

2) Garrett Crisp, Visalia, Calif., '23 Ford, NE1, 7.602, 0.002

3) Hans Jakob, Ontario, Calif., '02 Hansen, NE1, 7.605, 0.005

4) Kevin Sarginson, Atwater, Calif., '65 Mustang, NE1, 7.607, 0.007

5) Dan Martin, Sacramento, Calif., '23 Ford, NE1, 7.608, 0.008

6) Mike Padar, Graham, Wash., '92 Hadman, NE1, 7.609, 0.009

7) Dan Schrokosch, San Marcos, Calif., '89 Tuttle, NE1, 7.615, 0.015

8) Chris Edwards, Porterville, Calif., '01 Frameworks, NE1, 7.617, 0.017

9) Greg Means, Garden Valley, Calif., '97 Stirling, NE1, 7.627, 0.027

10) Dale Taros, La Mirada, Calif., '99 Tuttle, NE1, 7.632, 0.032

 

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