Mark Your Cal­en­dars!

Drag Racer - - The Mongoose Journal -

HELLO, MY FRIENDS, YOU NEED TO BE MAK­ING PLANS FOR THE UP­COM­ING CAL­I­FOR­NIA HOT ROD RE­UNION®, OCT. 20-22. I can hear you say, “But, Mon­goo$e, that’s a long ways away.” To which I say, “By the time you read this, the ho­tels/ mo­tels are gonna al­ready be close to booked up, and you don’t wanna be sleep­ing in your car.” Plus, ticket sales and reg­is­tra­tion kicked off June 1 at Nhra­mu­seum.org, so there’s been a bunch of folks that have al­ready got their plans locked in ahead of you.

The team at the Wally Parks NHRA Mo­tor­sports Mu­seum has reached out to the rac­ing com­mu­nity, seek­ing in­put for this year’s CHRR. They’ve been work­ing their butts off to make the 26th edi­tion an event that will have par­tic­i­pants and fans grin­ning from ear to ear. This is no easy task be­cause there are a bunch of balls that need to be kept in the air, es­pe­cially keep­ing all who go through the gates safe and sound. Ev­ery­one in­volved in the CHRR—NHRA staff, par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors—knows what a trea­sure this event is, and wants to see it con­tinue to grow and pros­per.

Of all the events I at­tend, the two Bak­ers­field races—the CHRR and March Meet—are my fa­vorites. The Re­union has a taste of ev­ery­thing: hard-nosed rac­ing with sports­man and the nitro Funny Cars and dragsters, all of the nos­tal­gia race cars, es­pe­cially the cack­lers, and all of the old rac­ers in at­ten­dance. Ev­ery year I get a chance to re­con­nect with the guys I raced with and against, the great fans who bring such a high level of en­thu­si­asm and es­pe­cially the Cack­elfest®. Watch­ing those old race cars be­ing push-started and roar­ing to life, if that doesn’t get your heart rac­ing, well, you might as well just turn your­self in to the un­der­taker.

Even though all is go­ing full steam ahead, you’ll be very happy to know the mu­seum’s event staff is reach­ing back to the past.

The Re­union will re­turn to its 2015 for­mat, which in­cludes the cack­lers’ pa­rade and push-starts on the re­turn road. The CHRR Re­cep­tion also re­turns to the Dou­bleTree. An­other re­turn­ing fea­ture that al­ways gen­er­ated a ton of in­ter­est is the CHRR Ben­e­fit Auc­tion; this year it’s pre­sented by our very own Drag Racer Mag­a­zine. If you’d like to do­nate or just learn more about it, visit the Re­union web­site at Nhra­mu­seum.org

And how about this: there’s no fixed limit to the num­ber of cars that can par­tic­i­pate in the Cack­le­fest® as long as the car and driver meet tech and safety re­quire­ments. But be­fore you load up your vin­tage iron, check out the re­vised rules for Cack­le­fest® cars at Nhraracer.com, Cack­le­fest. com and the Re­union site at Nhra­mu­seum.org.

Folks, look­ing big pic­ture, both Reunions help fund Wally Parks’ dream to cel­e­brate the his­tory of Amer­i­can hot-rod­ding em­bod­ied in the NHRA Mo­tor­sports Mu­seum. For us hot-rod­ders and those who fol­low rac­ing, the mu­seum needs to pros­per in or­der to tell our story. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing you all at the Cal­i­for­nia Hot

Rod Re­union!

Mov­ing on, I’m very happy to re­port that my good friend Steve Ma­tusek, pres­i­dent of Aero­mo­tive, Inc., cap­tured his first Pro Mod Wally at NHRA’s Spring­Nats re­cently con­tested in Hous­ton. Steve is af­fil­i­ated with Danny Rowe’s rac­ing op­er­a­tion. Con­grats, Steve! I’m sure there will be many more to come.

Also, we need to send good thoughts to Terry Chan­dler, who’s ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some health is­sues. In case her name doesn’t im­me­di­ately click with you, she’s the lady who, out of the good­ness of her heart, spon­sors “Fast Jack” Beck­man’s In­fi­nite He­roes and Tommy John­son Jr.’s Make a Wish Funny Cars. Terry, get well—the sooner the bet­ter.

Of all the events I at­tend, the two Bak­ers­field races—the CHRR and March Meet—are my fa­vorites. The Re­union has a taste of ev­ery­thing: hard­nosed rac­ing, with sports­man and the nitro Funny Cars and dragsters, all of the nos­tal­gia race cars, es­pe­cially the cack­lers, and all of the old rac­ers in at­ten­dance. Ev­ery year I get a chance to re­con­nect with the guys I raced with and against ...

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