TRANSPORTED BACK IN TIME TO THE ERA OF PEACE, LOVE AND NITRO!
Transported Back in Time to the Era of Peace, Love and Nitro
THERE’S A TALE OF “JUNGLE JIM” LIBERMAN ROLLING INTO ONE OF BILL DONER’S NORTHWEST F/C EXTRAVAGANZAS WITH BASICALLY A BODY, CHASSIS AND HEMI SHORT-BLOCK, HAVING BLOWN UP ALL HIS S**T AT A PREVIOUS RACE. Jungle’s fellow racers cheerfully chipped in enough parts, allowing him to compete—simpler, happier times.
Recently, Steve Gibbs and stalwart associates, daughter Cindy, Ron Johnson (who regrettably passed away shortly after the event), Don Ewald and Connie Johnson Braun created the raucous Nitro Revival, a way-back machine transporting fortunate fans and participants to those happier times.
The event, billed as a “salute to the golden age of drag racing,” was held at Barona Dragway, an 1/8-mile drag strip nested in the hills east of San Diego. Attendees were greeted by rows of vintage drag cars, the majority being nitro-burning dragsters, close to 60 cars in all. In addition to the race cars, dozens of former owners, drivers and crew members took part in some serious bench racing with the fans.
The Revival was a free-wheeling affair, featuring static starts whenever a team felt like blasting one off, side-by-side push starts and plenty of smokey, Christmas-tree-to-finish-line burnouts. Festivities were brought to a close in the evening with the
Line of Fire, a strip-long multi-car cackle. If that didn’t get your heart pounding, you need to visit a cardiologist!
Steve and troops are making plans for Nitro Revival’s return to Barona around the same time later this year, so mark your calendars and visit the Nitrorevival.com website for updates.
One final note: Steve made it very clear that none of this would have been possible without all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make it happen. Until next time, keep ’em cacklin’.
(L to R) The Mongoo$e, Richard Tharp, Tom Prock, “Rab” Kirchner and Ed McCulloch