GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2011) – From the Swamp Rat to the Bud King, from the Snake to the Mongoose, from the first fans lining airport runways to those who today pack historic venues like Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, NHRA’s rich and storied past will take center stage in 2011 as the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body celebrates its 60th anniversary.
What began with a simple signature by Wally Parks in March of 1951 has evolved over the last six decades into the fastest, most powerful and fan-friendly motorsport in the world. And NHRA will be marking the 60th anniversary of Parks’ formation of NHRA with a year-long celebration that will pay homage to the evolution of the hot rod, the impact of the sport’s legendary racers, and the lifeblood provided by the many millions of loyal and passionate NHRA fans.
“Wally created NHRA for the hot rod enthusiasts and the 2011 season, our 60th Anniversary, will be a year-long celebration in their honor,” said NHRA President Tom Compton. “Fans, accustomed to the up close and personal experience through our open pit environment, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the stars and see the cars from throughout the 60-year history of the sport.”
So in addition to presenting John Force and Larry Dixon and the nitro-fueled thunder of their modern-day machines at each of the 22 events on the 2011 schedule, NHRA officials also promise to showcase the sport’s rich history with vintage car shows, Cacklefests, tribute-car races and meet-and-greets with the legends of drag racing.
The virtual tour through the first 60 years of NHRA drag racing will extend beyond the track to the desktops, laptops and handheld devices of NHRA fans via the NHRA Facebook page. Throughout the 2011 season, NHRA will enlist the expertise of the fans of the NHRA Facebook page to help determine the greatest moments from the first 60 years of NHRA drag racing.
The 60th Anniversary celebration will get off to a 7,000-horsepower start with the “Snake Pit” car show featuring Don Prudhomme’s legendary collection of race cars at the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 24-27 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Among the highlights will be the 1967 Dodge D700 Hot Wheels Ramp Truck, the 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda and the 1972 Mongoose Duster; also featured in the “Snake Pit” car show will be many hot rods from the “Road Kings” car club.
After Pomona, the NHRA Full Throttle Series will head to Gainesville Raceway where East Coast fans will get their first chance to join in the year-long celebration with the “Official 60th Anniversary Kick-Off Party” at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, March 10-13. Among the highlights of the “Kick-off Party” will be a planned match race between Darrell Gwynn and “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and a car show featuring several of the vintage cars from the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing.
The celebration will continue throughout the year as the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series winds its way from Atlanta to Seattle, from Englishtown to Phoenix, from Charlotte to Las Vegas, and everywhere in between. NHRA drag racing fans from across the country will be treated to special events designed to give them the chance to touch and feel and in many cases personally interact with the men, women and vehicles that have made the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series the great sport that it is today.
Race fans can frequent NHRA.com or simply ‘like’ the NHRA Facebook page to receive updated news regarding details of the many 60th-themed ticket promotions being offered, and specific activities planned for each of the 22 events on the 2011 schedule.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011. As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Two NHRA-sanctioned bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels: the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
The renewal deadline for the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals is just 38 days away! Reserve your seats now to guarantee the great view that you had last year to see Tony Schumacher, Matt Hagan, Greg Anderson and LE Tonglet defend their 2010 Texas Motorplex event victories.
As an added bonus, if you renew your tickets you also will receive the NHRA Wild Rides DVD, the fast-paced video scrapbook of some of drag racing’s most dramatic crashes, explosions and mishaps along with exclusive up-close and candid interviews with some of the sport’s most popular stars including John Force, Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme, Larry Dixon and more explaining in their own words what happens when things go wrong. This is a program all racing fans can enjoy!
Make sure you have your renwal invoice and click here to renew now!
Are you a former winner at a Super Chevy Show?
In an effort to pay homage to 30 years of fun at the nation’s leading Chevrolet Car Show and Drag Race series, Super Chevy Show is seeking updates from former winners to tell us their story and have it posted on superchevyshow.com. This is your chance to get your 30 seconds of fame, and maybe a little more.
Lex Dudas, the president of SCSW, LLC owners of the series, explained “We have so many participants tell us how they have gone to their favorite event for the last fifteen years, or regularly attend three-or-four Super Chevy Shows each season, and now that we are starting a new chapter in series history we would like to recognize these folks. It will be phenomenal to see all of the different pictures and stories that our fans send in.”
If you are former winner, either as a car show participant or a drag race competitor, we’d like to hear about it. Send us a picture of your winning entry and tell us about your past win at a Super Chevy Show, and what you have been doing since. Are you still participating with the same car? Have you started or entered another project in a Super Chevy Show since your first win? Please e-mail your story and images to email@example.com.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 22) — By the calendar, the Super Chevy Show season opener is still four months away. But car show judging coordinator Andy Hendricks said this is time that can make the difference when the season kicks off in early April.Hendricks recently offered several tips for competitors, who should pay special attention to the engine, body, paint and interior areas of their show cars. “We look at body, paint, engine and interior,” Hendricks said.
Here’s a brief breakdown of each area that participants should concentrate on their off-season work:
Hendricks said the initial work should be in cleaning the front pulley area, The headers should be painted, sand blasted and jet coated. Next would be to detail the wiring before cleaning and painting the fender wells and firewall area.
Another important area of concern is a basic one – the condition of the engine, which should be checked for leaks. Finally, the underside of the hood should be painted, with the frame rails, cross-members and core supports cleaned and painted to give a new look.
BODY AND PAINT
The first order of business is to prepare the body, removing waves and dents that may have occurred during the winter. Next up is to check over the body. Do the panels line up? Also, check from the fenders to the hood. The molding, outside trim and the emblems need to be installed correctly. The paint should be applied very detailed and check the drip rail areas and make sure there are no dry areas or overspray. Then the final finish can be applied.
The interior area is a key component to any show car, and the best entries have that new car look. The first order of business is to clean the carpet. Also, the interior should be free of cleaning materials and jackets. The trunk area is considered part of the interior, and that is an area that needs to be cleaned as well. Next, check the condition of seals and whiskers.
Also, leave the door ajar or open.
Hendricks offered some cleaning tips and those include checking and cleaning some hidden areas in the engine compartment, door jams, and trunk lips. Also clear the wax out from and around trim pieces and emblems, as well as the wheels and tires, which need a thorough check and cleaning.
Everyone who has renewed your ticket order for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, keep an eye out in your mail. We began mailing the Wild Rides DVD gift to all of those accounts this week and we will keep mailing the DVD’s out daily, until Jan 30th, as people renew their ticket orders. Wild Rides would make a great gift or stocking stuffer so make sure you renew your tickets by this Friday, Dec. 17 to give yourself the best chance to get it in time for Christmas!