Hon­or­ing Dave Wal­lace Jr., and more.

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This year’s Cal­i­for­nia Hot Rod Re­union (Oct. 19-21, Famoso Race­way, Bakersfield; nhra.

com/hotro­dre­unions) will be ex­tra-spe­cial for HR Deluxe fans, as our own Dave Wal­lace Jr. will be among the hon­orees.

For most of you, Dave’s back­ground is well known. In case you’re late to the party: Dave lit­er­ally grew up around drag rac­ing. As a kid he ac­com­pa­nied his fa­ther, Dave Sr., to the drags; Sr. served as track pho­tographer and re­porter at San Fer­nando. Dave Jr.’s first by­line ap­peared in Drag News in 1964, at age 14, and he took over his dad’s re­port­ing du­ties at 15. An au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ist was born.

Ca­reer high­lights in­clude a stint as edi­tor of Drag News and a long as­so­ci­a­tion with Petersen Pub­lish­ing (and the com­pa­nies that bought it), where he was fea­ture edi­tor at HOT ROD and the found­ing edi­tor of Petersen’s Drag Rac­ing mag­a­zine. Af­ter leav­ing Petersen he started his own ad­ver­tis­ing agency, Good Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which he con­tin­ued to run even af­ter the pow­ers-that-be dragged him back here to be edi­tor of Deluxe from 2011 to 2013.

Dave was in­ducted into the In­ter­na­tional Drag Rac­ing Hall of Fame in 2008 and joins yet an­other il­lus­tri­ous group in 2018. Also be­ing hon­ored at this year’s CHRR are Bob Brandt, for­mer crew chief for Don Prud­homme; A/fuel Drag­ster pi­lot Jerry Darien; Funny Car, Top Fuel, and Nostal­gia Top Fuel racer Jim Mur­phy; and an­other PPC alum, Rick Voegelin, for­mer Car Craft edi­tor and a pro­lific free­lancer and PR rep.

—DREW HARDIN

START­ING YOUNGSTART­ING YOUNG: When we say Dave grew up around drag rac­ing, we meant that lit­er­ally. Here the young­ster is tak­ing tick­ets at the San Fer­nando gate.

FEAR­LESS: Jim Ber­nasconi got this shot of Dave get­ting up close with Gar­l­its at Fre­mont in 1980. FEAR­LESS

THE WALL: Dave on the Famoso wall at the 2017 March Meet. The bot­tle con­tains de­li­cious spring wa­ter from his Norcal digs; ask and he’ll gladly share, which can be a wel­come re­lief dur­ing Bakersfield’s hot fall days. THE WALL

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