NHRA 25TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION

CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION PRESENTED BY AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PROMISES TO GIVE DRAG RACING FANS A BLAST FROM THE PAST

GLENDORA, Calif. – The California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is getting closer and closer and California hot rod culture will be on full display at the tradition-rich event at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., Oct. 21-23.

The three-day event, produced by and benefitting the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, will feature nonstop entertainment as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Historic cars, quarter-mile nitro nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Cars, racing legends and heroes of the sport will all be on site for the extravaganza.

The weekend opens Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 a.m. with qualifying and exhibition runs in more than a dozen different categories, including Top Fuel and Funny Car first rounds at 11 a.m.

There’s plenty to do at the conclusion of racing Friday night as a special 25th anniversary dedication and ceremony is planned, honoring all Grand Marshals and Honorees from the past 24 years. Following this ceremony, there will be a Ring of Fire Cacklefest presentation. Friday night will be capped off by the Reunion after-party and reception, a great time to renew old friendships, meet legends and heroes of the sport and simply have a great time, at the DoubleTree Hotel.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the activities continue on and off the track during the course of an action packed day. Qualifying continues starting at 8 a.m. with eliminations rounds starting at 4:30 p.m. with Top Fuel hitting the track first.

Following the twilight memorial, the famous Cacklefest® will end the evening’s events as the entire track will be home to classic nitro burning dragsters of days past as they roar to life and fill the night air with the sound of high-powered motors in full song.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, the California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California concludes with crowning champions in each of the racing categories as well as the Hot Rod Heritage Series Champions taking stage.

Single day tickets for the event are $25 and a three-day pass can be purchased for $65 if purchased by Oct. 7th. Children 15 and under are free with a paid adult. AAA members can save on this event by entering the first three digits of their membership card at checkout. Tickets can be purchased at www.NHRA.com/hotrodreunion. Tickets will also be available at the gate Oct. 20-23. Three-day tickets will be $75 while daily tickets are just $25. The AAA member discount will also be available at the gate.

The California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and benefits the facility located in Pomona, Calif. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is a 501c(3) non-profit institution and collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent the influence of automotive speed and style in all its forms. For more information on the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, please visit www.NHRAMUSEUM.org.

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CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION PRESENTED BY AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 19

Racer & Vendor Registration/ Will Call Opens.............................................................10 a.m.

Display Setup & Contestant Parking............................................................................12 noon – 5 p.m.

Thursday, October 20

Racer & Vendor Gates & Will Call Opens .....................................................................7 a.m.

Display Setup & Contestant Parking............................................................................8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tech Inspection & Registration – All Classes................................................................8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cacklefest Practice ...................................................................................................2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Spectator Motorhome/Camping Area Opens .............................................................12 noon – 5 p.m.

Friday, October 21

Reunion Opens ........................................................................................................8 a.m.

Tech Inspection – All Classes .....................................................................................8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Qualifying & Exhibition Runs......................................................................................8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Nostalgia Funny Car Qualifying Session 1....................................................................11 a.m.

Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster - Qualifying Session 1.....................................................3 p.m.

Nostalgia Funny Car Qualifying Session 2....................................................................3:30 p.m.

Cacklefest Exhibition.................................................................................................As called

Secure Track Activity.................................................................................................5:30 p.m.

25th California Hot Rod Reunion Dedication & Ceremonies..........................................5:30p.m.

Ring of Fire Presentation...........................................................................................6:30 p.m.

California Hot Rod Reunion Party – Doubletree Hotel ..................................................7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 22

Reunion Opens ........................................................................................................8 a.m.

Tech Inspection – All Classes .....................................................................................8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Qualifying & Exhibition Runs – As Called .....................................................................8 a.m.

Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster - Qualifying Session 2.....................................................12 noon

Nostalgia Funny Car Qualifying Session 3....................................................................12:30 p.m.

Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster - Qualifying Session 3.....................................................4 p.m.

Nostalgia Funny Car Eliminations – Round 1................................................................4:30 p.m.

Cacklefest Exhibition.................................................................................................As called

Honoree Presentation & Twilight Memorial at Starting Line..........................................5:30 p.m.

Silver Anniversary Hall of Fame Cacklefest Presentation ...............................................6 p.m.

Secure Track Activity.................................................................................................7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 23

Reunion Opens .........................................................................................................8 a.m.

Eliminations – As Called .............................................................................................9 a.m.

Pre-race Ceremonies & National Anthem....................................................................10:45 a.m.

National Anthem.......................................................................................................11 a.m.

Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster – Round 1 (8 cars) ............................................................11 a.m.

Nostalgia Funny Car – Round 2 (8 cars).......................................................................11:30 a.m.

Continue Eliminations – All Categories As Called..........................................................12 noon

Cacklefest Exhibition and Exhibition Runs - Throughout The Day....................................As Called

Final Elimination Runs – All Categories .........................................................................4 p.m.

Winner’s Circle Awards Presentations ..........................................................................5 p.m.

Reunion Closes ..........................................................................................................6 p.m.

Schedule subject to change