NITRO INTERNS IN­JECT YOUTH INTO NOS­TAL­GIA

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Roddin’ Scene -

Bobby Mclen­nan names his fuel drag­sters af­ter a sto­ried, long-de­funct South San Francisco speed shop to honor one of its pro­pri­etors, his dad. The late Jim Mclen­nan also cam­paigned the world’s fastest Chevrolet in the 1960s and op­er­ated Bay Area dragstrips in Fre­mont, Half Moon Bay, and Brisbane. Just as Jim turned his sons and count­less other kids onto nitro­meth­ane, Bobby dreamed up the Jim Mclen­nan Drag Rac­ing Foun­da­tion to at­tract young tal­ent while honor­ing his pi­o­neer fa­ther. The foun­da­tion’s Nitro Interns pro­gram came to­gether just in time for the March Meet. Bak­ers­field Col­lege in­struc­tors Vic Posey and Justin Flint se­lected their top 20 au­to­mo­tive stu­dents to imbed with all 12 Top Fuel teams. A few, such as Mor­gan Langston (pic­tured), had never been to a dragstrip. All be­came hands-on crew­per­sons lit­er­ally overnight. The re­sults ex­ceeded the ex­pec­ta­tions of ev­ery­one in­volved—in­clud­ing at least two car own­ers who in­vited their interns back as per­ma­nent crew.

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