Ask even the most casual of motor sports fans who the biggest name in drag racing is and you are almost always sure to hear one name – Don “The Snake” Prudhomme. A true legend of the sport, Prudhomme’s 47-year career saw him behind the wheel for 32 seasons before he retired from driving at the end of his 1994 “Final Strike” campaign. He then transitioned to the role of team owner where he led his teams and drivers for the past 15 seasons before retiring in January of this year. Overall, Prudhomme has totaled an impressive combination of six National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) World Championships and 112 National Event victories.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance this year as Honorary Chairman,” said Prudhomme, “I love all types of automobiles and this event has something for everyone.”
Prudhomme will be displaying his recently restored 1967 Dodge D-700 Crew Cab Ramp Truck, along with his 1970 yellow Plymouth Barracuda Hot Wheels Funny Car at the 2010 Dana Point Concours D’EleganceTM.
Snake’s remarkable driving career began in 1962 with his first Top Fuel victory at “Smokers March Meet” in Bakersfield, Calif., before ending with 49 NHRA career victories – the sixth most in NHRA history – in 1994. For his career, Prudhomme reached the finals 68 times, posting a remarkable 35 wins in 45 Funny Car finals (.777 win percentage) and 14 wins in 23 Top Fuel finals rounds (.609 win percentage). Overall, he won 389 of 589 rounds of competition for a .660 winning percentage.
The 28th Annual Dana Point Concours d’Elegance will take place on the Monarch Beach Golf Links at the prestigious St. Regis resort in Dana Point, Calif. This year’s event will feature 100 years of Alfa Romeo and celebrate 80 years of design from Pininfarina.
General admission tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Children under 12 have complimentary admission. To purchase tickets, and get more information on the event, please visit www.DanaPointConcours.org
The Dana Point Concours d’EleganceTM is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, with all excess proceeds supporting the Ocean Institute, the Mary Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital and other Southern California youth charities. The event is operated primarily as a Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Concours, with additional classes showcasing interesting and relevant automobiles.
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