2005 California Hot Rod Reunion - Saturday Photos

Saturday, October 01, 2005

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – It was another scorcher at Famoso Raceway as fans inundated the legendary track for Day Two of the 14th annual California Hot Rod Reunion.  It was a day filled with spectacular racing, swap meet deals and emotional ceremonies honoring the pioneers of the sport.  Here’s a look back at the day’s highlights.

 Autoclub award

 Clifford, McKernan and Williams

NHRA announcer Mike English (left) interviews NHRA executive VP Peter Clifford during a presentation with Automobile Club of Southern California president and CEO Tom McKernan and Jack Williams, operator of the newly named Auto Club Famoso Raceway operator Jack Williams. Clifford, McKernan and Williams pose with the official plaque.
 Nice lines  Reunion classic
The classic fin of a black '57 Chevy (L) shines bright in Famoso while the rare Willys coupe above is examined closely by a Reunion attendee.  The California Hot Rod Reunion brings together hot rods, street rods and drag racers to talk about their history.
 So Cal rod  Cool grill
 Checkin' under the hood  Talking cars
 Frantic 4  Refuge from the sun
 The Frantic Four provide one of the more interesting sights in the pits.  They were honored at last year's reunion.  Racing fans relax along the strip between sessions, awaiting their favorite class.
 Finding deals  Trying her luck
 Hot rods of another size are on display and available for sale at the Reunion.  A young racing fan spins the wheel to win a prize at the Auto Club booth.
 Saturday crowd  Burnout
 Fans fill the stands at Famoso for Saturday's qualifying sessions.   Somewhere in the smoke is a dragster, making its burnout at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.
 Ready to race  Sean Bellemeur's professional crew for his Plaza Hotel & Casino car are ready for action during Saturday's final qualifying session at the Reunion.  Bellemeur was the champion of June's National Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, Ky. and would like to defend his title in Bakersfield.

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