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Rolling Back To Bowling Green!

7th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion Returns to Beech Bend Raceway Park, Kentucky, June 19-21

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The hot rodders are rolling back to Bowling Green for the 7th annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway on Father’s Day weekend, June 19-21, 2009. 

“We’re rolling back to Bowling Green with more hot rods, more speed, and more family thrills than ever

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before,” said Tony Thacker, executive director of the Parks Museum. “Bowling Green’s warm southern hospitality keeps Reunion-goers coming back for more, and we couldn’t have done it without all y’all!” 

Last year marked the start of the Museum and Beech Bend’s 5-year partnership to bring long-term stability to the event. Dallas Jones, owner of Beech Bend Raceway Park said, “We’re getting the Beech Bend drag strip ready for the racers, and looking forward to hosting a bigger and better Hot Rod Reunion in 2009.”

“From our new baseball team, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, to the annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion, this is the year of the hot rod. We want all our neighbors to come out for some good fun-the Kentucky way,” said Vicki Fitch, executive director of the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our motto says it all, Get Rolling to Bowling Green!”

Darrell Gwynn, one of the NHRA’s all-time Top 50 Drivers, has been selected as the event’s Grand Marshal. He’s won 28 national events and made the quickest run in drag racing, at the time 4.90. In 1990, Darrell’s racing career was tragically cut short when he crashed at England’s Santa Pod Raceway and was paralyzed from the chest down. Today, Darrell’s love for racing and living is stronger than ever. He is dedicated to finding a cure of paralysis and enjoys life with his wife and daughter.

Honorees for the event include Jerry Baltes, Amy Faulk, Chuck Nelson, Bob Creitz, and Vance Hunt. The Justice Brothers Reunion Spotlight falls on the team of Stone, Woods & Cook and their '41 Willys gasser, voted Favorite Race Car Ever.

Tickets are available online at http://store.nhra.com, click on the link, “NHRR Holley Spectator Admission” or call for tickets to 1-800/884-NHRA (6472). Visit the Museum’s web site at http://museum.nhra.com.

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary and named for the founder of the National Hot Rod Association, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California houses the very roots of hot rodding. Scores of famous vehicles spanning American motorsports history are on display, including winning cars representing 50 years of drag racing, dry lakes and salt-flat racers, oval track challengers and exhibits describing their colorful backgrounds.

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., PST. Current NHRA members are admitted free and Auto Club members enjoy a $2 discount. Admission for nonmembers is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for juniors six through 15, and free for children under the age of five. The Museum is also available for special group tours. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona. For further information on special exhibits, museum events or directions, call 909/622-2133 or visit http://museum.nhra.com.

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, long a dream of NHRA founder Wally Parks, opened to the public April 4, 1998, Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture, and the West Coast's role as the historic center for their past and present development. Visit us at www.museum.nhra.com.

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