Inaugural New England Hot Rod Reunion

New England Dragway Inc‎

280 Exeter Road Epping, NH
Epping, NH 03042

Phone: (603) 679-8001
Website: Click to Visit
New Event Added to the 2013 NHRA Museum Hot Rod Reunion Calendar
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After the overwhelming success of the NHRA Museum's popular Hot Rod Reunions in Kentucky
and California, organizers elected to add another event to the 2013 Hot Rod Reunion calendar. 
The inaugural New England NHRA Hot Rod Reunion will be held Sept. 12 - 14, 2013
(Thursday through Saturday) at the new NHRA member track, 
New England Dragway in Epping, N.H.
   
  
      Produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile
Club of Southern California and located in Pomona, Calif., the Hot Rod Reunions are a part of
the museum's "living history" philosophy, which works to bring to life the sights, sounds and
people who made history in the early days of drag racing, land speed racing and the golden age
of American car culture. Unique among motorsports events, the Reunion honors some of the
top names in hot rodding from the past and features a fabulous array of fast drag cars, hot rods,
street rods and cool customs.    
"The NHRA Motorsports Museum is thrilled to have the opportunity to put together an annual
Hot Rod Reunion at the historical New England Dragway," said Larry Fisher, Executive Director
of the NHRA Museum. "The northeastern region is a hotbed of rodding activity, it made perfect
sense to host a Hot Rod Reunion at New England Dragway. The track is the perfect venue and
the planned upgrades to the parking and pit areas will only make it better."
New England drag racing legend and Rhode Island native Jimmy King has been named grand
marshal of the inaugural event. King and the late Don Marshall made up one of the best NHRA
Top Fuel drag racing teams in the eastcoast during the 1960s and 70s. King & Marshall visited
many winner's circle but none more memorable than their 1971 win at the NHRA
Gatornationals. Today, King continues to relive his glory days of drag racing as crew chief of the
Helger Bros. Racing team of Little Compton, R.I. King, along with the Helger Bros. team, is
eager to head to their favorite track, New England Dragway for the first-ever New England
NHRA Hot Rod Reunion.
"I'm so honored and excited to be a part of the inaugural Hot Rod Reunion in September," said
King. "The New England region is the perfect place to host the Reunion. We have some of the
most passionate hot rodders; not to mention well-established drag racing roots in this part of the
country. It's going to be a great time catching up with old friends and remembering the good old
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days."
The reunion will feature the customary 3-day festival of speed, hot rods and American
automotive enthusiasm. Plus, fans can get acquainted with several racing legends including
grand marshal Jimmy King, heart-pounding nostalgia drag racing, a Show 'N Shine area
featuring hundreds of classic cars in the region, and the spectacular Cacklefest – a show for all
your senses! There will also be a big party welcoming the Reunion and many racing luminaries
to the area with a free Honoree Reception (details coming soon).
"All of us at New England Dragway are thrilled about hosting a NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in 2013.
It is without a doubt the most prestigious nostalgia event in the country and we're honored to be
chosen as a stop on next year's tour," said New England Dragway General Manager Joe
Lombardo. "We are in the process of making some significant improvements to our facility. Our
goal is to ensure everyone who takes part in this event comes away with a positive experience
and eager to return.
The New England area has a long and storied drag racing history, with the sport making its
debut at the old Newington Airport in 1953. Eventually, and after much due diligence, New
England Dragway was opened in September 1966. The facility has been active ever since,
becoming an NHRA member track in 2011.
Ticket sales for the inaugural event begin May 9, 2013 online at  www.nhratix.com  or by calling
1-800-884-NHRA (6472). Stay tuned to the Museum's website, 
www.museum.nhra.com
, for further details on the inaugural New England NHRA Hot Rod Reunion.
Story originally posted on NHRA Museum website August 31, 2012

Thursday, 12 September, 2013

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