NITRO INTERNS INJECT YOUTH INTO NOSTALGIA
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.