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.
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The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame has announced that on-line booking of discounted rooms at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel is now available to those who have booked their place at the prestigious 2016 Gala, to be held on Saturday 19th November.
BDRHoF Chairman Stuart Bradbury said ‘We have been fortunate enough to secure rooms at the heavily discounted rates of £115 per night single, £125 double including full English breakfast and complimentary use of Sky Garden pool and Fitness Gym. We have had around fifty bookings already, so anyone attending the 2016 Gala will need to book their place soon. It will be a fantastic occasion which will build on last year’s Gala with some very special guests and iconic exhibits’.
Guests can access a special link at any time until 6th November, 2016 to book, modify, or cancel a reservation. The link will be sent to those who have made a Gala booking by contacting the BDRHoF by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 01933 279102.
The system will only allow guests to book bedrooms for 18th and 19th November. However if you wish to book bedrooms for a longer period of time, please kindly call Emily Banks or Julie Martel at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel on 0208 564 3356, and they will be able to assist you.
News about the Gala and other events will be published on the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame website, www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk, eurodragster and ukdrn.co.uk, the sport’s premier nostalgia drag racing web site in Europe. The names of 2016’s inductees into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be announced on these sites at Santa Pod Raceway’s Dragstalgia meeting, 15th-17th July. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Hall of Fame’s founding and the admission of its first members. The Gala Awards Dinner was first presented in 2014.
Remembering Allan Herridge.
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Only 3 days to go for this years event.
Always a great event plus 11 Pro Mods and the Gasser Circus should make this years event a classic.
After his 65 years in drag racing, there can be few unusual new driving experiences left for Don Garlits to encounter. Yet history will be made four weeks from now when the sport’s greatest exponent comes to the Goodwood Festival Of Speed. Since the Festival’s inception in 1993, drag racers have from time to time pounded the tight asphalt confines of Goodwood House’s driveway. Now it’s as though they were simply preparing the ground for the arrival of the master himself.
Garlits is one of the few living motorsport legends yet to have graced the Festival. That omission was rectified last November by a personal invitation from Lord March during the Garlits family’s visit to London for Don’s induction into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame. ‘Big Daddy’ is scheduled to pilot Swamp Rat 1B – perhaps classic drag racing’s pre-eminent competition machine, weed-burner headers and all – through burnout displays before the Festival’s huge audiences on each of its three days, Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June.
At 83 years of age, Garlits no longer races competitively but has by no means withdrawn from dragstrip activity. His current endeavour is a crack at the 200mph barrier in a battery-powered dragster. Garlits and his latest machine, Swamp Rat 37, already hold the world’s best speed mark for the electric standing quarter-mile, at 184mph, and the quest for 200 is described as a work in progress.
For further Festival Of Speed information, please visit www.goodwood.com