Drag Racer - - Contents - Text by Pete Ward Pho­tos by Doug Adams and Jim White

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 Nitrore­ 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

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