BOWLING GREEN, KY—The hot rodders are coming back to Bowling Green. The 6th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion,
presented by SoffSeal, returns to Beech Bend Raceway on Father’s Day weekend, June 13-15, 2008.
“We’re very excited to be back,” said Tony Thacker, executive director of the Parks Museum. “We listened to our customers and Bowling Green is where they wanted to be so Bowling Green it is. Bowling Green is a historic place for many hot rodders, and Beech Bend Raceway’s covered grandstands and verdant background make a great venue for our event.
“Also, the city of Bowling Green, along with the Convention & Visitors Bureau, and even the Warren County Sherriff’s Dept. all pulled together to make this happen.”
The Museum and Beech Bend have signed a five-year contract to bring long-term stability to the event. Dallas Jones, owner of Beech Bend Raceway Park said, “I’m just tickled to death that we have the Hot Rod Reunion back, and it’ll be a happy reunion for us and the community. It’ll be wide open arms and great for everybody.”
“We’re just really glad that you’re coming back to Bowling Green. It’s going to make a whole lot of people in Bowling Green very happy,” said Vicki Fitch, executive director of the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Bowling Green welcomes the Hot Rod Reunion back with open arms.”
Dick Lahaie, one of the NHRA’s all-time Top 50 Drivers, has been selected as the event’s Grand Marshal. He’s a member of the Drag Racing Hall of Fame and has participated in the sport for more than four decades. He won the NHRA Top Fuel Championship in 1987 as a driver and as Scott Kalitta’s crew chief in 1994 and 1995.
Honorees for the event include Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick, Gabby Bleeker, Boogie Scott, Bob Stange and Jim Walther. The Justice Brothers Reunion Spotlight falls on The Ramchargers, a group of Chrysler Corporation engineers who joined together in 1959 and created Dodge and Plymouth drag racing cars.