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The BIG ONE is coming to Bakersfield, CA Oct 21-23

The annual California Hot Rod Reunion is Celebrating 20 Amazing Years

Join us at the largest nostalgic drag racing event in the West at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA,
Oct. 21-23, 2011

Purchase your tickets today and save $10 on a 3-day Credential.

ONLINE -
www.nhratix.com

CALL - 1-800-884-NHRA (6472)

Three-day credentials (a $75 value) purchased before Oct. 7, 2011 receive $10 off and a “goodie” bag filled with an official Reunion program, commemorative dash plaque and collectible credential (items valued at $15). Extra bonus: Auto Club members receive an additional discount. Show your card and save $5 per three-day credential.

Don’t miss this year’s 20th celebration of the largest nostalgic drag racing and hot rodding event in the West Coast, the 2011 California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, Oct. 21-23 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Tickets are on sale now. Purchase online at www.nhratix.com or by calling 1-800-884-NHRA (6472).

The Reunion is a 3-day festival of speed, hot rods and American automotive enthusiasm. The season finale of the NHRA’s Hot Rod Heritage nostalgia drag racing series also takes place at the Reunion. Make your plans now to attend the Reunion and join thousands of hot rodders and race fans in Bakersfield for the annual Reunion.

Produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, the Reunion is 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. This year, Grand Marshal Steve Gibbs will lead an amazing group of drag racing legends including Honorees Harry Hibler, Wayne King, John Peters, Dwight Salisbury, and George Santos to the Mecca of nostalgic drag racing – the Auto Club Famoso Raceway for the Reunion.

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Since the California Hot Rod Reunion was principally his idea, it’s most appropriate that Steve Gibbs has been named Grand Marshal of the 20th Annual event. He began his drag racing career in 1961 working part time at San Gabriel and Fontana Drag Strips numbering cars, fill-in announcing and submitting articles to Drag News. Gibbs became assistant manager of Irwindale Raceway in the mid-‘60s. He ran staging in the heyday of the Smoker’s March Meets when six Top Fuel dragsters would be lit at the same time; two on the starting line,
two waiting to stage and two on the fire-up road. In 1969, he joined

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!

Visit http://museum.nhra.com for more Reunion information, including a full activities schedule, entry forms and tickets, or call, the Museum at 909/622-8562.

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