Mark Your Calendars!
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
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 ...