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Author Archive: Darr Hawthorne

Sportsman From The CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways!

(Photos by Jeff Burghardt and Mike Burghardt) – We’ve been showing off a lot of the Pro and Fuel classes this year in the NHRA Mello Yello drag racing series, but we’ve got a great bunch of...

UNFC Championship Series “Double Point” Finale at Spokane County Raceway This Weekend!

(Photos by Dyan Lover) – This year, the Inaugural Good Vibrations Motorsports United Nitro Funny Car Championship Series has been dominated by one nitro funny car. With four of five races...

Blake Alexander, Robert Hight, Jeg Coughlin Jr & LE Tonglet Win Pro Classes at Sonoma Sell Out!

(Photos by Jeff and Mike Burghardt) – This year has brought new interest, new winners and new professional teams into the NHRA Mello Yello Series. There have been some subtle changes, but...

Monster Energy NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 – Epic Battle In Sonoma!

The twelve turns of Sonoma Raceway in northern California brought twists and turns into the picture for NASCAR drivers who mostly race on long ovals or modified ovals.  Sonoma Raceway, formerly Sear...

Cool Runnin Camaros Stage GM F-Body Party – Epic Camaros & Firebirds!

Nearly one hundred F-body Camaro’s and Firebirds from every GM Factory Generation showed up for a classic car show, held at Selman Chevrolet in Orange, California over the weekend, staged by the...

Open House At Walden Speed Shop – Art, Tradition & Metal Shaping!

(Photos and words by Darr Hawthorne) – For over fifty years, the Los Angeles Roadster Show has been a Southern California tradition as a showcase for new car builds, a chance to show off your...

Car Show Photo Gallery: Pontiacs Featured At Original Parts Group Spring Summer Series!

With summer in Southern California, the Original Parts Group held their second show of the Spring Summer Series for Pontiac customers over the weekend at the OPGI Headquarters in Seal Beach.  ...

West Coast Cruizin’ Nationals Photo Coverage – Awesome Customs, Cruisers, Hot Rods & Lead Sleds In Santa Maria!

(Photos by Darr Hawthorne) – For nearly forty years, West Coast Customs Cruizin’ Nationals holds a show at Santa Maria Fairpark on California’s Central Coast. Farming, hot rodding,...

Buicks Show Off At The Original Parts Group Spring Summer Series Opener!

It’s springtime in Southern California and our awesome BANGshift.com sponsor; Original Parts Group officially kicked off their Spring Summer Car Show Series over the weekend at the OPGI...

’65 Hot Rod Magazine Drags – Watch Home Movies From The Day!

Fortunately for some of us, growing up in Southern California meant many of us also grew up around hot rods, racing and performance.  As drag racing evolved at a number of Los Angeles area strips, a...

The 48th Antique Nationals At Fontana’s Auto Club Dragway!

(Words and Photos by Darr Hawthorne) – The Antique Nationals is arguably the original nostalgia-racing event, long before large, multi-day reunions and cacklefests.  Today, the single day 48th...

Jeff Arend Dominates NHRA Heritage Series Nitro Funny Cars at Firebird’s Ignitor!

(Photos by Annette Barton, Kim Fuller & Robert Grice) – With consistent 5.70’s during eliminations, four-time NHRA Mello Yello event winner Jeff Arend dominated NHRA Heritage Series nitro...

NHRA Heritage Series Racers Roast At Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park!

(Photos by Bob Snyder – Words by NHRA-Steven Justice) – The third race this year for Groups 1 and 2 of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series was held at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park May 5...

Worsham Parking His Family Funny Car – Will Return At Sonoma NHRA Mello Yello Event!

Drag racing or any motorsport has so many ingredients – the main one is money.  If you or your family doesn’t have couple of million dollars to drop on a competitive Professional fuel...