The Mon­goo$e Jour­nals

Drag Racer - - Contents - BY TOM “THE MON­GOO$E” McEWEN

MY FRIENDS, BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, THE SEA­SON WILL SOON BE COM­ING TO A CLOSE, BUT ONE OF THE BIG­GEST RACES RE­MAINS: THE AUTO CLUB NHRA FI­NALS.

For those of you for­tu­nate enough to at­tend the race, let me make a sug­ges­tion: The Wally Parks NHRA Mo­tor­sports Mu­seum has been work­ing over­time to en­hance your Fi­nals ex­pe­ri­ence, so keep the mu­seum in mind when you’re mak­ing your plans.

First off, when you visit, it’s gonna be free. So you’re ahead of the game from the start. And, to make it eas­ier, they’re ex­tend­ing the time they’ll be open: Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri­day and Satur­day 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun­day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fri­day evening, they’re once again host­ing the Auto Club Night of Cham­pi­ons at 6:30.

It’s a neat deal, fea­tur­ing le­gends and cur­rent rac­ers. It gives you a chance to ask ques­tions and hear some great bench-rac­ing sto­ries, and it’s free.

On Satur­day, there’s an­other rea­son to swing by the mu­seum, it’s the Rac­ing Col­lectible Show. I never miss go­ing, be­cause the ven­dors have such amaz­ing stuff you need to have. It’s crazy what you’ll find there. It goes on from 9 un­til 9, and— you guessed it—it’s also free.

Some­thing else to keep in mind: you can ride the (free) tram at Gate J, near the main spec­ta­tor en­trance, to and from the mu­seum. It’s a re­ally handy ser­vice that the mu­seum is pro­vid­ing.

While you’re at the track, if you ven­ture out of the stands to stretch your legs, walk over to the mu­seum-spon­sored Hot Rod Junc­tion, just in­side the main spec­ta­tor en­trance. It will fea­ture nos­tal­gia nitro drag­sters that will be fired up, plus a bunch of bitchin’ hot rods and street rods for you to check out.

One more thing, I’ll be in the pits dur­ing the race. You can find me at my good friend Randy Ranew’s Red Line Shirt Club booth, lo­cated by the main spec­ta­tor en­trance, close to the Hot Rod Junc­tion and the mu­seum’s souvenir trailer. Be sure to stop by to say hello.

On a sad note, NorCal racer Ted Tay­lor passed away re­cently. Owner/driver of the WW-2 Nos­tal­gia T/F, he pretty much owned the class from the early- to mid-’90s. Ted will be missed.

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