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Rat Trap Racing Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration
Franklin, TN — The 50th Anniversary World Tour of the legendary AA/Fuel Altered Rat Trap was such a success; more dates around the world have been added for 2017, with additional appearances now scheduled for New Zealand and England.
“We had a fantastic time racing at Saskatoon, Canada, at Santa Pod in England and Hockenheim, Germany,” said team owner/driver Ron Hope. “However, I’m excited to be going back to New Zealand where we always receive a warm welcome. Fan reaction has been so strong that we’re also planning on returning to England for the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2017. And, of course, we’ve booked a full schedule of races in the U.S. too.”
The 2016 Tour wraps up with a prestigious display of the Rat Trap race car at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala, November 19, 2016, at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport, England.
Rat Trap events currently scheduled for New Zealand and England in 2017 include:
Feb. 4-5: Leadfoot Festival Hahei, New Zealand
March 22-26: Beach Hop, Whangamata, New Zealand
April 2: Nostalgia Drags, Meremere Dragway, New Zealand
June 22-25: Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, England
“This is a terrific opportunity to continue celebrating the history of Rat Trap Racing, and to give even more fans a chance to experience the excitement of a bad-to-the bone fuel-altered,” added Hope. “Racing in front of the fans is what drives us to continue, and we’re grateful to all our sponsors for helping make this tour possible.”
There have been many influences and events that have raised the awareness of drag racing and hot rodding as sports and pastimes. Automotive shows and films like American Graffiti and Grease, feature articles, displays, TV coverage and festivals – all have played their part, particularly on a national basis. The popular music culture has always been a primary source of what is considered cool or not –by young people especially – but as far as drag racing and hot rodding is concerned only one band can be described as the masters of the music that promotes our sport internationally.
The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) in association with the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) is proud to announce that The Beach Boys will be the recipients of a special Global Impact Award being presented at the BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner being held at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, London Heathrow on November 19th. And the big news is that one of the original Beach Boys, David Lee Marks, will be there to accept the award on behalf of the band. They have been behind the music that inspired more than a generation of hot rodders and drag racing enthusiasts and via their concerts they have continued to raise awareness of these unique sports throughout the world for over 50 years.
Rat Trap Racing Sponsors 2017 U.S. Tour of famed AA/Fuel Altered “HavocFranklin, TN
Ron Hope, owner/driver of the historic and popular Rat Trap AA/Fuel Altered, has announced that Rat Trap Racing will sponsor the 2017 U.S. Tour of the British AA/Fuel Altered Havoc, owned by Nick Davies.
“We raced Havoc several times in England during our recent 50th Anniversary World Tour,” said Hope. “We got to know driver Davies, his partner Loaring, and their team very well during Dragstalgia and the Euro Finals at Santa Pod, England. What we learned was, they don’t really have anybody to race. We’re taking care of that by bringing them to the U.S. and inviting them to come race out of our shop in Franklin, Tennessee.”
Four other sponsors have also stepped up to help make the tour happen: Geoff Stilwell of Beech Underwriting Agencies, Lucas Oil, Stuart Bassett of USAutomotive and Lawrie Gatehouse of the U.K.’s Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association.
Havoc and Rat Trap will both be displayed at this year’s British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala at the Sheraton Skyline, Heathrow, England, on November 19, after which the cars will be shipped to Tennessee where they will be prepared for the 2017 season.
To date, Havoc has been scheduled for three races, and more are anticipated:
• March Meet, Auto Club Famoso Raceway, McFarland, CA
• 15th Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, Bowling Green, KY
• 26th California Hot Rod Reunion, Auto Club Famoso Raceway, McFarland, CA
“This is a terrific opportunity to race against our heroes,” said Davies. We’ve attended the CHRR several times, but to be able to race at that historic track, as well as Beech Bend, is a drag racer’s’ dream come true. We’re extremely grateful to Ron, his son Brian, and all the sponsors for making this happen.”
More Exciting by the Dozen.
Franklin, TN — The California Hot Rod Reunion will showcase twelve legendary AA/Fuel Altereds at its 25th annual event later this month. The gathering will provide a unique opportunity to see these iconic cars, some with histories going back decades, race head-to-head.
“Not for a long time have so many Fuel Altereds competed at one event,” said Ron Hope, owner/driver of the Rat Trap AA/Fuel Altered, and organizer of this showdown. “Fuel Altereds have been a big part of my racing career since I crewed on the infamous Fuel Altered tour of 1970, and I have been racing Rat Trap since 1995. The California Hot Rod Reunion caps our celebration of 50 years of Rat Trap Racing.”
Hope has managed to pull together a dozen of the most famous Fuel Altereds, including the ever-popular Winged Express driven by Mike Boyd, and Rick Guasco’s Pure Hell, that will be driven by Hope’s son Brian.
The 12 cars currently scheduled to race are:
• Rat Trap – Ron Hope
• Nanook – Dave Hough
• Winged Express – Mike Boyd
• Patriot – Jason Richey
• Pure Heaven – Leon Fitzgerald
• Pure Hell – Rich Guasco
• High Heaven – Hughie Callen
• Sullivan Racing – Mike Sullivan
• The Tramp – Brian Hall
• Iron Mistress – Brent Henry
• George Doty – Rodney Flournoy
• Bad News Fiat – Kurt Cruse
“This is a Chicago-style race; the two fastest cars will go up against each other on Sunday. Rat Trap Racing and Geoff Stilwell, of Beech Underwriting, have put up a $3,500 purse: $2,000 for the winner; $1,000 for 2nd; $800 for 3rd; and $700 for 4th.” said Hope. “This is an event not to be missed by drag racing fans.”
The 25th California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California will be held at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, McFarland, CA. 93250. Oct. 21-23.
For tickets: nhramuseum.org
The latest issue of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame’s on-line magazine HOFtalk is now.