After the overwhelming success of the NHRA Museum’s popular Hot Rod Reunions in Kentucky and California, organizers elected to add another event to the 2013 Hot Rod Reunion calendar.
The inaugural New England NHRA Hot Rod Reunion will be held September 12-14, 2013 (Thursday through Saturday) at the new NHRA member track, New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.
Produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California and located in Pomona, California, the Hot Rod Reunions are a part of the museum’s “living history” philosophy, which works to bring to life the sights, sounds and people who made history in the early days of drag racing, land speed racing and the golden age of American car culture.
Unique among motorsports events, the Reunion honors some of the top names in hot rodding from the past and features a fabulous array of fast drag cars, hot rods, street rods and cool customs.
New England drag racing legend and Rhode Island native Jimmy King has been named grand marshal of the inaugural event. King and the late Don Marshall made up one of the best NHRA Top Fuel drag racing teams in the East Coast during the 1960s and ’70s.
King and Marshall visited many winner’s circles but none more memorable than their 1971 win at the NHRA Gatornationals.
Today, King continues to relive his glory days of drag racing as crew chief of the Helger Bros. Racing team of Little Compton, Rhode Island.
The reunion will feature the customary three-day festival of speed, hot rods and American automotive enthusiasm. Plus, fans can get acquainted with several racing legends including grand marshal Jimmy King, heart-pounding nostalgia drag racing, a Show ’N Shine area featuring hundreds of classic cars in the region, and the spectacular Cacklefest.
There will also be a big party welcoming the Reunion and many racing luminaries to the area with a free Honoree Reception (details coming soon).
Ticket sales for the inaugural event begin May 9, 2013, online at www.nhratix.com or by calling 800/884-NHRA (6472).
Check the Museum’s website, www.museum.nhra.com, for further details on the inaugural New England NHRA Hot Rod Reunion.
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