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Author Archive: Darr Hawthorne

Three-Time Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon Returns To NHRA Competiton With IHRA Backing!

Two of drag racing’s marquee events will come together with one of the sport’s most decorated champions this weekend at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway Three-time NHRA world champion and IHRA...

IHRA Prez Mike Dunn Adds Three Nitro Drivers To New Professional Competition Advisory Board!

For 2017, the International Hot Rod Association has morphed into a Sportsman racing series, shelving their Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley, Mountain Motored Pro Stock and Jet show for now.  The vacuum...

Strong 8-Car Field Of Top Fuel Dragsters Vie For Good Vibrations March Meet Title!

(Words by All American Fuel Dragsters – Photos by Chris & Tera Graves and Darr Hawthorne) Mendy Fry and High Speed Motorsports Run Career Best Quickest Elapsed Times in Top Fuel Victory....

Hodgson Takes Home March Meet Wally With Aeromotive!

The legendary 59th Good Vibrations March Meet is in the books and Aeromotive Fuel Systems once again fueled Canadian Ryan Hodgson to a nitro funny car win at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield,...

Weather Delays Final Rounds Of Good Vibrations March Meet, BangShift Is Still Here!

(Words and Photos by Darr Hawthorne) After a Sunday morning rain delay of about five hours, the track crew at Auto Club Famoso Raceway worked their asses off to complete the 59th Good Vibrations...

Nitro Funny Car Gypsy Lays Out Odds For The ’17 Good Vibrations March Meet!

  (Photos by Mike Burghardt, Jeff Burghardt, Big Bob Snyder, Zane McNary, Zak Hawthorne and Darr Hawthorne) – The legendary March Meet, now presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports, has...

NHRA Heritage Series Champ Krabill Debuts New Car & Sponsorship For Good Vibrations March Meet

It was a long time coming for the Austin & O’Brien team and driver Kris Krabill in winning the 2016 NHRA Heritage Series Nitro Funny Car Championship. A winning season, starting out the...

Pritchett, Hagen, & Line Win Pomona Wallys From #1 Spots, Sportsman Winners Too!

(Photos by Mike Burghardt) – Leah Pritchett, who grew up in nearby Redlands, California grabbed the second Top Fuel Wally of her career at the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals on...

335 MPH Funny Cars Pace Pomona Winternationals Track Records In Final Qualifying!

After local weather forecasters warned of a rainy Friday and Saturday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the storm clouds moved away providing amazing performance, with track records and a great start...

Rain, Rain Has Gone Away – 57th NHRA Winternationals Are Smokin’!

Despite the local predictions for nearly two days of rain, the first day of professional qualifying for the NHRA Winternationals showed just how wrong the weatherman can be and how good the NHRA’s...

John Force Racing Is Back In SoCal And Holding A Wednesday Open House At The RaceStation!

(Phoenix testing photos by Gary Nastase Photography)   Years ago, John Force Racing moved from their remodeled luxury car dealership in SoCal’s Yorba Linda heading for new headquarters with...

Irwindale Drags Open For Special Friday Night Thunder This Week!

We’ve got a hidden treasure here in Southern California, and it just keeps grinding out timeslips week after week, year after year. The Irwindale Event Center is a workhorse in SoCal, home to a...

Brighten Up Your Man Cave With One Of These ‘Legends Of Nitro’ 2017 Calendars!

Every year our friends at Stith Printing and Legends of Nitro compile some of the best photography available to create real, old school, wall-hanging printed calendars. In previous years, owner Kevin...

Heritage/Nostalgia Drag Racing – Lots To Do In 2017!

Three-time IHRA and three-time NHRA Heritage Series Champion Jason Rupert (Photos by Jeff Burghard, Mike Burghardt & Darr Hawthorne -Words by Darr Hawthorne)  2017 is transitional year for...