Monday! Monday! Monday! CHRR Funny Cars!

The mayhem that was the Chicago-style Nostalgia Funny Car battle at the California Hot Rod Reunion wrapped yesterday with Bucky Austin driving his 1977 Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste Plymouth Arrow-bodied Funny Car to the king of the hill spot. The struggle to the finish was as heavy in the pits as it was on the track, as… » 10/15/07 3:45pm 10/15/07 3:45pm

Nitromethane Illuminates a Cacklefest Dusk

The good stuff kept burning long after the last pair of race cars lit up the clocks at the California Hot Rod Reunion. With dusk came the return of Cacklefest to the hallowed track surface of Famoso Raceway. Over 50 restored fuel machines of the slingshot and funny car variety first ran parade in front of the capacity… » 10/14/07 5:30pm 10/14/07 5:30pm

Saturday Racing Action from Bakersfield

Skies are clear here at Famoso Raceway and the staging lanes are packed. Yesterday brought qualifying along with voluminous amounts of nitromethane, alcohol, and even a bit of race gas burned up for what was the largest single day crowd the CHRR has seen to date. Sunday will bring elimination rounds and the Funny Cars… » 10/14/07 1:30pm 10/14/07 1:30pm

Swap Meet Stroll: We'll Give You Eight Bucks

Half the fun in referencing the past is collecting the bits and pieces of an era that still survive. We would like to spend our vast earnings on a corroded set of Mickey Thompson wheels, a Hilborn injector stack, or even a set of Cragar five-spokes with Wide Oval bias ply tires cracked into patina with age. What we… » 10/13/07 3:00pm 10/13/07 3:00pm

Get Thee to Bakersfield: NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion

DATELINE — Bakersfield, Calif. Just as Perry Mason used to dispatch his private-eye Paul Drake, we're sending Bumbeck and drag-racing legman Cole Coonce to Bakersfield. We're urging the two to bypass the annual artichoke festival and competitive sluicing event. Instead, they're headed to the NHRA California Hot Rod… » 10/12/07 3:30pm 10/12/07 3:30pm

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Nitro Floppers to Hit Famoso

As some of our earliest memories are of fiery roots superchargers tumbling free of their engines down the grassy median between the grandstands and the race track at the New England Dragway, '60s and '70s era Funny Cars still occupy a hallowed portion of the old grey matter. The California Hot Rod Reunion has a 22 car… » 10/11/07 6:00pm 10/11/07 6:00pm

Ed "The Ace" McCulloch Grand Marshall of California Hot Rod Reunion

The Crew Chief of the Brut Racing but no longer by Faberge Funny Car driven by Ron Capps is coming back to Bakersfield this weekend as Grand Marshall of the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion. The Ace's qualifications for the job include hammering the Northwind Top Fuel dragster to the number one spot on the Drag News » 10/10/07 1:00pm 10/10/07 1:00pm