2nd Annual NHRA
Hot Rod Reunion
Bowling Green, KY
June 17-20, 2004
Pics by Jack Roberts
 

Hey Gang,
We just returned from what we feel was one of the best events we have attended so far this year, the 2nd Annual NHRA Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY. We arrived on Thursday afternoon, got registered and at 5pm went on a Cruise thru downtown Bowling Green and ending at the Beech Bend Amusement Park where admittance and all rides in the Park were free to the people in the Cruise. Needless to say we had a terrific time and spent several hours in the park, it was a beautiful place as you will see by the pics. Then on Friday we went to the Raceway Park which is adjacent to the Amusement Park. Like the Amusement Park, the Raceway Park was in a wooded location with lots of grass and trees, and believe me it was great, because it got really hot the entire weekend.  There were so many things to do, we didnít know where to start, all the old nostalgic drag cars and drivers, seems everywhere we turned we were running into the great names in racing from the era in which I served my time burning up the track. Even ran into some of the guys I ran against.  Wow, what a trip down memory lane. I stopped by and talked to Drag Racing Legend Big Daddy Don Garlits for quite some time, my racing days coincided with Big Daddyís, I ran front engine dragsters also but never actually ran against Big Daddy, however, I ran into him quite a few times at the tracks. Ohio George Montgomery was there and the list goes on and on.  It was a virtual Whoís Who of Old Drag Racing Greats. And to look at all the old restored drag cars of which I ran with and a couple I had ran against was absolutely wonderful. AH, those were the days, my friend.  I did manage to get a few pics of some of the cars in the staging lanes, I had planned to get a few shots on the starting line but I didnít bring my ear plugs and you know you canít operate a camera with both hands over your ears, and I was so busy looking at all the cars and talking to folks I didnít get to do much on the track.  To sum it all up we had a terrific time and we plan to do it again next year. Now to come back to reality from my stroll down Memory Lane, Minnie spent 3 agonizing days trying to decide on a car for her pick, and believe me there were so many nice cars there, Iím glad I didnít have to make the choice, but I guess thatís why she gets the big bucks, she can handle the pressure better than me, anyway she came up with one and I have to agree it was deserving of the award. The winner of this events Minnieís Pick Award is Alan Button, St. Louis, MO., with his all steel Ď32 Ford 3-Win Coupe, and itís a beauty.  Now for all our friends we will be in Somerset, KY., for the Somernites Cruise, this coming Saturday, June 26th.  We would like to invite all our friends to come and join us. Until then - Keep Krooooziní!!!  Jack!!!
 

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A couple of Top Fuel Dragsters in the staging lane.

A couple of Top Fuel Dragsters preparing to fire up.

A couple of Top Fuel Dragsters in the staging lane.

A couple of Top Fuel Dragsters preparing to fire up.

Alan Button, St Louis, MO., has one fab '32 all steel Ford.

Alan Button, St Louis, MO., was the lucky recipient of the coveted Minnie's Pick Award, an Awsum '32 3-Win & a super nice guy.

Alan Button, St Louis, MO., has one fab '32 all steel Ford.

Alan Button, St Louis, MO., was the lucky recipient of the
coveted Minnie's Pick Award, an Awsum '32 3-Win &
a super nice guy.

Baaaad Azzz Willys owned by Jimmy Keown, Morgantown, KY.

Big Daddy Don's Swamp Rat 6 brought back a lot of memories.

Baaaad Azzz Willys owned by Jimmy Keown,
Morgantown, KY.

Big Daddy Don's Swamp Rat 6 brought back a lot
of memories.

Blown 502 in Rich Gregorski's '41 Willys.

Bobby Brandenburg drove his super nice '40 Ford over from Irvin, KY.

Blown 502 in Rich Gregorski's '41 Willys.

Bobby Brandenburg drove his super nice '40 Ford over
from Irvin, KY.

Brian Smith & his beautiful wife tracy came over from Manchester, KY.

Cat showing Jack the Super Sound System in his Super slick Blazer.

Brian Smith & his beautiful wife Tracy came over
from Manchester, KY.

Cat showing Jack the Super Sound System in his
Super slick Blazer.

Darin from Hazard, KY., stopped by to say Hi to Jack.

David Smith & James Sayer & Jack.

Darin from Hazard, KY., stopped by to say Hi to Jack.

David Smith, James Sayer & Jack.

Dewelling Funny Cars.

Gassers preparing to stage.

Dewelling Funny Cars.

Gassers preparing to stage.

Had to say Hi to Big Daddy's kids too.

Having fun on the bumper cars.

Had to say Hi to Big Daddy's kids too.

Having fun on the bumper cars.

I had to stop by & say Hi to Big Daddy Don Garlits & pat, a legend in his own time.

Jack & Minnie Roberts.

I had to stop by & say Hi to Big Daddy Don Garlits & Pat,
a legend in his own time.

Jack & Minnie Roberts.

Jack getting a crash course in drag racing from Jimmy.

Jack Roberts' '32 3-Win.

Jack getting a crash course in drag racing from Jimmy.

Jack Roberts' '32 3-Win.

Jack Roberts' '32 Ford 3-Win in the Awards line-up.

Jack Roberts staging in his '32 3-Win for a blast down the track.

Jack Roberts' '32 Ford 3-Win in the Awards line-up.

Jack Roberts staging in his '32 3-Win for a blast
down the track.

Jack Roberts, Bob & JoAnn Hess, Vanda & Truman Morgan, Amy & Steve Tarquine.

Jack stopping to say Hi to Rick Craze of Lokar, great guy.

Jack Roberts, Bob & JoAnn Hess, Vanda & Truman Morgan, Amy & Steve Tarquine.

Jack stopping to say Hi to Rick Craze of Lokar, great guy.

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