HOT, LOUD & FAST! Highlights from the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion
I awoke early to the sounds of squeaky school children bustling into their classes at the elementary school across from the Venice Beach apartment building where I crashed for the night. (Thanks Andreas & Jennie!)
I grabbed my camera and handy reporters notebook and hopped into my sweet Hyundai Sonata and headed north to Bakerfield, CA to get the scoop on the 17th annual running of the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion at the Famoso Raceway.
After going through a minor credential crisis, I was on the scene. Drag races were running all day exciting all the senses – sight, smell, taste, and especially sound! Between the roaring engines racing down the track, the fuel burning, tires squealing, smoke fuming and the race commentators constant narration – there was rarely a moment without sensation. But no one seemed to mind. In fact, everyone was having a great time.
It was beautiful, sunny and breezy. The perfect day for a car show.
While racers lined up at the starting line, event goers watched in the stands along the speedway. In the swap meet area, rodders wheeled and dealed searching for that certain part. Vendors of all sorts were hocking memorabilia, apparel, art, and of course beer and greasy food.
Gear heads of all types – guys and gals, young and old – mingled throughout the sea of classic Dragsters and Hot Rods. I got to see the awesome Dynamat Vintage Dragster rig and the larger than life Hub logos plastered all over it.
The cackle cars of Al Bergler, Ed Golden and Larry Payne are even more impressive. “Way cool” – as Les Noyse would say.
I also ran into to some Hub Artists, Max Grundy and James Owens who both had booths displaying their awesome automotive inspired art.
All in all, it was one amazing day at a California Car show. If you get a chance to make it out, do so by all means. If you can’t make it, hopefully we here at the Hub can give you a flavor for the event.
Tomorrow, Chris Jacobs and the HubTV Crew head up to the show to get some video event coverage. Stay tuned for more to come from the Hub.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights. More pics in the Hub News Crew Garage