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NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion
June 17-19
Bowling Green, KY
Story By Michael Hollander
4 Pages

Hot Rod Reunion Winners "Show and Shine"
Top Fifty Parade Down Dragstrip, Get Awards

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - (June 19, 2005) - Street rods, muscle cars and classics had their day in the sun, as fifty of the most beautiful vehicles in the land paraded down the Beech Bend drag strip following an awards presentation for the Soffseal Show-n-Shine, part of the final day of the 3rd annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, presented by DuPont Automotive Finishes. The 50 were chosen as the best from among more than 1,200 cars and trucks that entered the event.
"Choosing the top fifty vehicles from among such an outstanding field was very difficult," said Reunion Event Director Bob Daniels. "These cars bring back memories for both their owners and for the thousands who came to the Reunion to see them." Daniels and his wife Eileen have worked with the NHRA almost since its inception in 1951 and help organize and judge the
street rod competition. "It may be trite, but they just don't make 'em like this any more," said Daniels.
Judged the Best of the Best were such classic vehicles as Ron Thorpe's '32 Ford, Rich Gregorski's '41 Willys and Bunky Bobo's '40 Willys.
"These vehicles are an important part of the history of hot rodding," said Sam Jackson, Executive Director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. "Their presence at the Reunion helps to bring together various parts of our sport, letting everyone see these historic icons."
Eldon and Nancy Miller of Lawrenceberg, Ind. won the DuPont "Hot Hues" award and the Creitz and Donovan Top Fuel dragster won the award for best restoration paint. Legendary restorer Tom Hanna, of Wichita, Kan., won the "Grand Marshal's Pick" award from "Gentleman Joe" Schubeck. Hanna restored the Creitz and Donovan car as well as the CroshierBaltes-Lavato car to name just a few.

Soffseal Show-n-Shine Winners
Best of the Best
Hot Rod - Ron Thorpe, Glenn Dale, Md. - '32 Ford
Street Rod - Rich Gregorski, Largo, Fl. - '41 Willys
Rat Rod - Danny Burford, Zip City, Ky. - '32 Ford
Custom - Oscar Gamble, Paducah, Ky. - '56 Chevy
Classic - Larry Frederick, Petersburg, Ind. - '62 Chevy
Muscle Car - John Dillard, Bowling Green, Ky. - '69 Chevy
T-Bucket - Sammy and Karen Wyatt, Alvaton, Ky. - '23 Ford
Trucks - Wayne Brown, Bardstown, Ky. - '66 Chevy
Memory Lane - Bunky Bobo, Silver Creek, Ga. - '40 Willys

Top Fifty Soffseal
Memory Lane - Barry Wahner, Carlinsville, Ill. - '57 Chevy
Memory Lane - Dave Whitaker, Boynton Beach, Fla. - '62 Chevy Impala
Rat Rods - Doug Johns, Bowling Green, Ky. - '40 International Truck
Rat Rods - Jensen Masters, Rock Castle, Ky. - '29 Ford
Customs - Rich Mickelson, Kokomo, Ind. - '49 Mercury
Customs - Bud Brummett, Martinsville, Ind. - '51 Ford
Trucks - Robert Wyman, Madison, Ala. - '55 Chevy
Trucks - Bob Baker, Yorksville, Ill. - '50 Chevy
Trucks - Paul Vollman, Montgomery, Penn. - '34 Ford
Trucks - Billy Wellman, Lexington, Ky. - '32 Ford
Trucks - Ron Casper, Murfreesboro, Tenn. - '48 Chevy
Classics - Dusty Summes, Winchester, Ind. - '62 Chevy Belair
Classics - Larry and Jheri Cline, Cartersville, Fla. - '57 Chevy Convertible
Classics - John Ginn, Cordova, Ky. - '62 Chevy
Classics - Ray and Kathy Dziolowski, Macomb, Ky. - '67 Chevy Corvette
Classics - Mike McAllister, Elberfield, Ind. - '55 Chevy Belair
Classics - Wayne and Connie Eaton, Glasgow, Ky. - '65 Chevy
Classics - Larry Smith, Madisonville, Ky. - '57 Chevy Nomad Wagon
Classics - Bobby Ginn, Franklin, Tenn. - '63 Chevy
Hot Rod - Johnny Pitman, Murfreesboro, Ky. - '57 Chevy
Hot Rod - Joe Kavalanskas, Tipp City, Okla. - '33 Ford
Hot Rod - Kim and Bobby Carter, Louisville, Ky. - '55 Chevrolet
Hot Rod - Charles Hale, Glasgow, Ky. - '55 Chevrolet
Hot Rod - Charles Jackson, Hendersonville, Tenn., '32 Ford
Hot Rod - Terrell House, Morgantown, Ky. - '57 Chevrolet
Hot Rod - Bob and Pat Johnson, Clarkston, Mich. - '55 Chevrolet
Hot Rod - Jeffery Oliphant, Scottsville, Ky. - '55 Chevrolet
Street Rod - Jim and Janie Nichols, Waterford, Mich. - '32 Ford
Street Rod - Jim Wootums, Anderson, Ind. - '47 Ford
Street Rod - Timmy Keown, Morgantown, Ind. - '41 Willys
Street Rod - Cotton Coltharp, Denver, N.C. - '33 Ford
Street Rod - Jack Roberts, Manchester, Ky. - '32 Ford
Street Rod - John Shea, Middletown, Ind. - '39 Ford
Street rod - Vernon Harshfield, Lebanon Jct., Ky. - '34 Ford
Street Rod - Orman McLord, Clarksville, Tenn. - '34 Ford
Street Rod - Daniel and Jana Benedick, Baytown, Tex. - '41 Willys
Street Rod - Ron Hassel, Palm City, Fla. - '32 Ford
Muscle Car - Mark Turner, Hermitage, Ky. - '69 Camaro
Muscle Car - Gary Miller, Fairfield, O. - '70 Plymouth
Muscle Car - Jim and Barbara Lamont, Pittsburgh, Pa. - '65 Chevy Impalaq
Muscle Car - Claude Harley, Martinsville, Tenn. - '65 Chevy Chevelle
Muscle Car - Tim Meredith, Quoify, Ky. - '66 Chevy Nova
Muscle Car - Roger Minyard, Bowling Green, Ky. - '69 Camaro
Muscle Car - Ray Meires, Winchester, Ky. - '67 Corvette
Muscle Car - Ed Miller, Dayton, O. - '65 Chevelle
Muscle Car - Alfen Weike, Louisville, Ky. - '69 Chevrolet
Muscle Car - Danny Griffin, Hermitage, Tenn. - '67 Chevrolet
Muscle Car - Frank Gaskins, Campbellindie, Ky. - '70 Dodge Super Bee
Muscle Car - John Kearn, Morgantown, Ky. - '70 Chevelle
Special - Rusty Symmes, Winchester, Ind. - "The Car Hauler" '56 White

The Holley National Hot Rod Reunion, presented by DuPont Automotive Finishes, is produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, located in Pomona, Calif. The National Hot Rod Reunion is part of the museum's "living history" philosophy, which works to bring to life the sites, sounds and people who made history in the early days of drag racing, land speed racing and the golden age of American car culture. The Reunion includes a wide variety of activities and events, including:
* NHRA vintage drag racing, featuring some the sport's most famous and historic cars and drivers, racing in such classes at Top Fuel, Supercharged Gassers, classic Funny Cars and Super Stocks
* Street rod "show and shine," presented by SoffSeal, with gleaming pre-1972 hot rods, custom cars, classics and muscle cars. "Memory Lane" held a display of nostalgic race cars..
* Parish Heacock Pit Pass Barbeque on Saturday afternoon at the oval track.
* Concert by Gary Lewis and The Playboys, presented by GMP
* Cacklefest on Saturday evening, where nitro-burning historic, front-engine top-fuel dragsters and other classic race cars are push started just like in the "old days."
* Swap meet and Reunion Midway filled with manufacturer exhibits and demonstrations* A separate amusement park with rides and games for all ages adjacent to the park.

Thank You Michael Hollander for the Daily updates on the NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion
For more information on the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum go to
http://museum.nhra.com

 

 

 

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