This Father’s Day weekend comes the largest Nostalgia drag racing events east of the Rockies: The National Hot Rod Reunion (NHRR). The race takes place starting tomorrow – although teams and vendors are there today – the event going from June 13-15 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky (source: NHRA).
This is the 11th annual NHRR and was originally created to give those in the eastern half of the country an ability to see some of what those that had visited the California Hot Rod Reunion (CHRR) were able to enjoy. The CHRR is the largest Nostalgia drag meet in the world and the popularity was such that the NHRR was established. In-turn, the NHRR has become such a success that there’s is now a third reunion that will take place at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, as the New England Hot Rod Reunion.
The NHRR will have of course Top Fuel along with many of the other popular classes that Nostalgia meets have. There will be a Cacklefest, which is memorable all by itself bringing back and actually firing up the original cars of yesteryear. There’s a Show N Shine with all kinds of classic cars on hand, plus a swap meet and vendors for everything under the sun – in other words, something for everyone in the family to enjoy. And don’t forget that Beech Bend is also an amusement park.
Companies such as Holley, AAA Insurance and Axalta Coatings are major sponsors of the event. Preston Davis is the Grand Marshal and gained his fame during the ’60s and ’70s as both a successful Top Fuel and Funny Car racer driving the famed Tennessee Bo Weevil throughout the southeast.
Reunions, unlike other drag meets, are a combination of drag race and get-together with some of the legends of the sport always on hand. If you’ve never been to one of these magnificent spectacles, head on out to the rolling hills of western Kentucky and enjoy the time of a lifetime. And no, I don’t get paid anything for saying that … it’s just the truth. By the way, if you can’t make it out, the race is being broadcast through live streaming at BangShift.com.
Otherwise – Be There!
Daryle W. Hier