CA May 1-2, 2010 The third edition of the Rod & Kulture
Dragfest was in a word, fun. They had something for everyone.
If you are a drag race fan, hot rodder, rat rodder or just a
lover of a party atmosphere laced with some nitro this is where
you wanted to be this weekend. The only downside was the fact
that the race was prematurely canceled a full 9 days out because
of horrible long range weather reports. Consequently many people
had canceled their travel plans and hotel reservation by the
time it was call back on just 5 days out. This "bad call"
really hurt the turnout of racers and fans alike. Which is too
bad because this is a really fun deal.
The idea behind
Dragfest is to put on a real nostalgia drag race. When you looked
out across the track and roam the pits (discounting the necessary
modern improvements), they tried to make it resemble a real,
early, 1960s drag race. To do this, they made Famoso more
period correct and tried to make historical cars their main focus.
action part of the show was eight booked in Nostalgia Nitro Funny
Cars, and six fuel Alterds. But the real stars of this show are
classes of cars you never see at the March Meet or CHRR and some
really old hot rods. What a variety from a NHRA Big Show top
fueler to stock 1929 Fords.
Long story short,
the whole deal was pretty laid back deal so unlike our normal
race round by round coverage. This will be the one race we do
all year that will include everybody and not just focus on the
nitro cars. Its events like this that personify the name of this
site - we did it for love.
Now enjoy a ton
of totally random photos by Bob Brown and Ken Hughes. The ones
that had an ID with them will be obvious.
The first page
features the work of Bob Brown and page two spotlights Ken Hughes.
There were several
Fuel Alterds booked in and they all made two runs on Saturday
but due to budget restraints did not run as scheduled on Sunday.
Maria High School project car.
Densham playing with his nitro.
Arly Langlo used
Dragfest as a chance to do some testing in his Big Show top fuel
dragster. Here he warms up in the pits.
One of the two
Nostalgia Top Fuel cars in the pits was the new Horan & Bergin
car with Keith "Rooman" Bergan starting his mandatory
licensing program. He will have to make and successfully complete
six predetermined runs under the observation of at least two
licensed drivers to be able to run in competition.
Halstad was in the Nitro Garage Mustang for the funny car show.
Wright during the first qualifying session.
Faria in the "Secret Weapon" Vette.
runner-up Mike Adams in the Coors Vette.
in the Fighting Irish
Wright vs Bob Godfry
Did I mention
that the Dragfest attracts A LOT of females in period correct
dress and make-up. There was something for everybody. We'll sprinkle
them through out the coverage including the Back Up Girl contest.
Green had his first outing in the Bomb Squad.
Thiel vs Mark Sanders
oil downs are not exclusive to top fuel and funny car.
There was a handful
of cacklecars on hand including Bob Hirsch and his Marvin Schwartz
This is the first
of 3 licensing attempts by Keith Burgin which is basically suppose
to be a stage and short squirt.
The other NTF
car making runs was Bill Dunlap in Bob Richardson's "Circuit
go to guy - Bill McNatt.
Gas and Top Fuel vet Roger Gates is still active with this fun
Dale in the impossible to miss Holy Toledo Jeep.
James Warren was out with his long time partner Roger Coburn
who was running an injected BBC dragster driven by Gabe Wood.
Funny car final
pitted Mark Sanders and Mike Adams with Sanders coming out on
top 5.174 at 239.
Dragfest - Page 2
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