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Car Show: The March Meet - More than a Drag Race

The March Meet - More than a Drag Race

Bakersfield, California
Friday, March 7, 2014
Photos by: Roger Rohrdanz

The 56th Annual March Meet was a huge 4 day event at the Auto Club Raceway at Famoso, in Bakersfield, CA. filled with nitro burning funny cars, dragsters and hot rods of all types. But there is more to the March Meet than drag racing. From parties to clothing, automotive treasures to manufacturers midway, there is something for everyone at the March Meet.  The Original Roadhouse Grill on Rosedale Hwy hosted the “March Meet Kick Off Party”.  Festivities started at 6pm and went till whenever, fans were able to mingled with the racers and hot rods all while enjoying food and drinks.

   Once at the Famoso race track you won’t have to wander outside the gates to have a euphoric experience. Past parties thrown in the Pits and in the campgrounds have been of epic proportions. Fire up a fuel car at 2am? Sure, no noise ordinance or curfew here. The rock band Great White performing on a temporary stage complete with giant amps and light show? Been there. Done that. You never know what is going to be happening during the evening.  Definitely something you want to put on your itinerary if you're looking for the whole “March Meet” experience.

   Vendors from far and wide made the journey to the March Meet.  Hundreds of vendors lined vendor row offering products ranging from crate motors, t-shirts, rims, tools, chassis as well as a wide range of products geared towards female shoppers. No matter how many times you walk up and down vendor row, you’re sure to discover something new.

   In “The Grove”, behind the grandstands, the beautiful Show & Shine cars stretched the length of the track. The “Rat/Vintage Rodders” occupied their usual spot at the end of the grandstands.  The weather was perfect for the Hot Rod Heritage Series season opener …… where 500+ racers, competed in 14 classes. The show also included 2 awesome Jet Cars!

   Drag racing celebrities on-hand included, Ron Capps, Art Chrisman, Tom “Mongoose” McEwen, Richard Blake, Wayne King, Bob Muravez, Del Worsham, Robert Hight, John Force, Gary Densham, Dave Wallace Jr., and many others.

Thanks for the Show!

- Roger Rohrdanz

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