It’s Gonna be a Great Year!
MY FRIENDS, I’M GONNA BE ON THE ROAD THIS YEAR MORE THAN I’VE BEEN SINCE I HUNG UP MY FIRE SUIT, AND I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO VISITING WITH YOU.
What’s gonna get me out of my TV chair and into an airplane seat? NHRA is cranking up a new program for 2018 and 2019 that I’m very excited about, and I hope you will be too.
THE NHRA LEGENDS TOUR
NHRA’s PR department has created a press release explaining the tour, so instead of trying to explain this new deal, I’ll just pass on the info from the horse’s mouth.
NHRA has a special treat in store for long-time fans of NHRA championship drag racing. Beginning at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida, NHRA will begin a yearlong celebration leading up to the 50th anniversary of this iconic event. What better way to celebrate than with the NHRA legends who made the sport what it is today? The NHRA Legends Tour will feature some of the most beloved figures from the early days of drag racing including “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, Kenny Bernstein, Joe Amato, Ed “The Ace” McCulloch and me to name a few. The NHRA Legends Tour will feature meetand-greets, autograph sessions and many opportunities to interact with your favorite NHRA legends.
In addition to the folks mentioned above, there will be local racing heroes at individual races participating in the tour.
I’m still working out all of the details, but right now, in addition to the Winternats, which will have passed by the time you read this, I’ll be seeing you at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals Apr. 6-8 in Las Vegas. This is now a four-wide race, like Charlotte, so you really need to attend this one, it’s a history-making event. Then I’ll be heading on down to Houston, Texas, for the NHRA Springnationals, Apr. 20-22.
At the races, I’ll be circulating throughout the pits at special venues that NHRA will set up for the Legends Tour participants. In between those events,
I’ll be hanging out with my friend, Randy Ranew, at his Red Line Shirt Club booth. We’ve been brainstorming some brand-new T-shirt designs that will be available for sale, and I think you’re really gonna like them.
Speaking of Randy and the Red Line Shirt Club, he has a new deal, the Dinosaur Shirt Club. Every month you’ll get a cool new dino T-shirt with an original design featuring a real dinosaur. It comes with a dino collector card and a limited edition dino decal. For more info, check out Dinosaurshirtclub.com.
Once again, I’m sad to report on the passing of several drag racing heroes. D. Dantt, who, along with Dale Emery and “Waterbed” Fred Miller, propelled Raymond Beadle and his Blue Max to many wins and worked for me on the Coors Corvette in 1987. Raymond Godman, famous for his Tennessee Bo-Weevil Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars, also passed. In 1972, at the National Challenge PRO race at Tulsa, Oklahoma, one of the most famous races, I faced off against Preston Davis, driving for Godman, in the Funny Car final and
Pro Stock superhero Bob Glidden. Bob, Etta and their boys won an incredible 85 NHRA National Events and 10 world championships.
Speaking of legends, one of the best places to meet your heroes is at the NHRA Museum’s Reunions. The next one coming up is the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky, June 14-16. Visit Nhramuseum.org, for more info.