The California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, California, a gathering of drag racers that originally began as a onetime event, now celebrates its 25th anniversary of nostalgia drag racing at the historic Famoso Raceway. From the fire spitting-nostalgia nitro drag cars to the high-flying gassers there was something for every fan to enjoy.
The track crew was on their “A” game for the three days of racing keeping the dragstrip in perfect condition. In fact, with all the added grip, many of the drag cars pulled massive wheel stands, set record times, and blasted out record speeds. Only a few oil downs and visits to the sand trap at the end of the dragstrip were the only incidents of the event.
By the end of the third day champions were crowned in the nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car classes, with Tony Bartone taking the Nostalgia Top fuel win and championship with a 5.60 e.t. at 247.25mph in the final round against Jim Murphy. In the nostalgia funny car class, Kris Krabill would walk away with the championship despite losing to Jason Rupert’ Camaro in the final.
We caught all of the smoky action from the event so don’t miss a minute of it in this 122-image gallery of racing action from Famoso.
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