In honor of America’s finest, the 17th annual California Hot Rod Reunion is offering free admission to active military personnel on Oct. 12. The three-day reunion, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, runs Oct. 10-12 at Bakersfield’s Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Pomona, Calif. It’s also the season finale of the inaugural NHRA’s Hot Rod Heritage nostalgia drag racing series.
“Honoring the military at the California Hot Rod Reunion is a small token of gratitude and recognizes the tremendous sacrifices armed forces personnel make for our country,” said Tony Thacker, executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, which produces the reunion.
Military Appreciation Day will feature plenty of reunion action, including the finals of Nostalgia Funny Car and Top Fuel Eliminator drag races, hundreds of street rods, customs and muscle cars, as well as the reunion swap meet, a manufacturers midway and the Dynamic Legends site for fans to meet legendary racing celebrities.
In addition, the Fueled by the Fallen Marines Memorial Race Car Team, a mobile monument honoring and paying tribute to Marines who died serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, will be on display at the reunion. The mobile memorial is made up of three classic Chevy Nova drag race cars.
Daily general admission tickets/pit passes will be available at Auto Club Famoso Raceway gate or through www.famosoraceway.com. Information, including an activity schedule, is available through the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum at museum.nhra.com, or call 909-622-2133.