CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION
The Ultimate Mix of Nostalgia and Nitro
TWENTY-SIX YEARS AGO, THE FIRST CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION TOOK PLACE. It’s doubtful those who planned the inaugural event had any idea what they’d created. It has tapped into the deep desire of hot-rodders in general and drag racers in particular to reconnect with the golden age of automotive performance.
To those who haven’t had the opportunity to participate in the Reunion, here’s a primer of what to expect and why you’d want to attend.
WHAT IS THE HOT ROD REUNION?
The Hot Rod Reunion, produced by and benefitting the NHRA Motorsports Museum, is three full days of quarter-mile nitro nostalgia drag racing; a giant gathering of customs, hot rods, and muscle and vintage race cars; a huge automotive and vintage swap meet; and a quartermile of manufacturers and vendors offering everything from steering wheels to souvenirs. The Reunion is famous for providing the opportunity for fans to spend time with their heroes and legends of the sport. Additionally, some of the greats from hot rodding and drag racing history are honored. And if that wasn’t enough, the season’s Hot Rod Heritage Series Champions and the Reunion Race Winners are crowned.
HOME OF THE CACKLEFEST®
The famed Cacklefest® will return to the 2015 Reunion format with thrilling push-starts on the return road and the crowd-pleasing sights and sounds of nitro-burning engines thundering in the night. For hundreds of fans, the Cacklefest® alone is worth the price of admission. The sight and sound of dozens of fuel racers roaring in cadence is an experience you won’t soon forget. Like the first Reunion, the first Cacklefest® in 2002 was created by the museum and has grown to be a muchanticipated part of each Reunion today.
Racing classes include: Nostalgia Top Fuel, Nostalgia Funny Car, A/Fuel, Junior Fuel,
7.0 Pro, A/Gas, NE1, A/FX and Exhibition, as well as AA/Fuel Altereds and professional exhibition. Nitro junkies, you’ll witness more side-by-side fuel action at the CHRR than two Big Show races combined.
GRAND MARSHAL AND HONOREE RECEPTION
Plans for the 2017 Reunion also include the return of the Honoree Reception to the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom in Bakersfield with Grand Marshal Rick Stewart and 2017 Reunion Honorees: Pete Eastwood, Bill Holland, Bob Lambeck, Bob Panella Sr. and Jimmy Scott, who will be recognized for their many achievements in the motorsports field. Also, as in the past, nitro cars will fire off in front of the hotel.
HOT RODS WELCOME!
Park your pre-1972 hot rod in the famed Famoso Grove and/or a designated area close to the track action and spectator seating. The tree-lined Grove parking is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early. Parking is just $25 per car for the entire event in addition to your daily admission. Plenty of free parking is available outside the Grove also. Hot rod parking starts at 7 a.m. each day. Museum members park for free.
The lineup of participants is building each day and proving to be another great event.
ABOVE. The Cacklefest® is one of the CHRR’s crowning moments. Here The Snake lights off his famous Shelby Ford Cammer T/F.
BELOW. The action on the fabled Famoso strip is non-stop during the Reunion.
ABOVE & BELOW. You crave nitro action? There’ll be dozens of Nostalgia T/F dragsters and Floppers in competition.
RIGHT. It’s not just about racing, there will be hundreds of hot rods, customs and muscle cars on display.
ABOVE. The California Hot Rod Reunion allows you to time travel back to the good old days.