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
About Rat Trap Racing
Rat Trap Racing, Franklin, TN., is an internationally renowned racing team competing in both land speed and drag racing. Headed by Ron Hope and his son Brian, the team is a family affair that sees Ron’s wife Dianne, and granddaughter Victoria all taking turns piloting the race cars. In addition, crew chief Brian can often be found behind the wheel of Rich Guasco’s “Pure Hell” Altered.
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