NHRA as advertising director of National Dragster. A year later when NHRA increased its national event schedule, “Big Hook” was appointed assistant to Event Director Jack Hart. Through the years his role grew and his creative innovation in safety, track preparation, and event scheduling played a major role in the growth of NHRA drag racing. In the early 1990’s, he formed NHRA Historical Services to gather material and provide the genesis that led directly to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum where he served as its first Executive Director. In 1991 he received the prestigious Car Craft Ollie Award for career-long contributions to the sport and was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2006. He served as NHRA Vice President of Competition for over 25 years and served as Event Director for approximately 400 NHRA National Events. Today he’s semi-retired, but serves as a board member of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and takes a very active role in production of the California and National Hot Rod Reunions.
“When the inaugural California Hot Rod Reunion was launched in November of 1992, we initially conceived it to take place just one time,” said Steve Gibbs. “Now, the Reunion is celebrating 20 years and I couldn’t be happier. The NHRA Hot Rod Reunions are the perfect way to reward the dedication of the fans that have given me the opportunity to have such a fantastic career. It is such a great honor to be named Grand Marshal.”
The Reunion features a wide variety of activities and events, including:
· NHRA nostalgic drag racing, featuring Nostalgia Top Fuel, Funny Car, Fuel Altereds, Gassers, Classic Super Stock, Hot Rods and others. It’s the grand finale of the NHRA’s Hot Rod Heritage Series.
· Free Honoree Reception held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bakersfield, on Friday night, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Meet some of drag racing’s heroes.
· 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.”
· The Swap meet and Reunion Midway filled with hot rod and automotive related vendors. Something for everyone!