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Author Archive: Darr Hawthorne

Celebrating The 70th Anniversary of In-n-Out Burger & Hot Rod At Pomona Raceway!

(Photos and words by Darr Hawthorne) – – In today’s world of hot rodding and racing, nobody seems to take a chance; more of the same from last year, decade, and century is the norm....

The Ultra-Competitive A/Factory Experiment Class From The California Hot Rod Reunion!

(Peter Liebig Photography) – The recent California Hot Rod Reunion attracts a broad collection of hot rods and racecars, with one class of classic cars that always attracts a unique bunch....

Pritchett, Capps, Coughlin Jr. & Smith #1 Qualifiers At NHRA Pomona World Finals!

(Photos by Jeff and Mike Burghardt) –Leah Pritchett in Top Fuel, Ron Capps’ Funny Car, Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle were No. 1 qualifiers in their...

Prichett Top Fuel 3.649 ET, Johnson Jr, Coughlin Jr, & Smith Are Friday Qualifying Leaders At Pomona NHRA World Finals!

(Mike Burghardt photos) – Friday at Pomona Raceway had near perfect weather with an awesome track and the Top Fuel class took advantage of it with epic qualifying at the the season-ending 54th...

Mike Janis Grabs First NHRA Pro Mod Championship As Sidnei Frigo Wins Vegas Finals!

(Photos by Mike Burghardt) – Mike Janis won his first E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service world championship at the season ending event during the NHRA...

Photo Collection: The Sportsman Spotlight And Action Photos From Las Vegas’ NHRA Toyota Nationals!

(Photos by Mike Burghardt) – The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in conjunction with the NHRA Toyota Nationals, held the next to the last event in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series of...

27th NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion Crowns Event & Series Champions!

  (Photos by Dyan Lover and Darr Hawthorne) – Last weekend’s 27th California Hot Rod Reunion finished up competition at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, crowning not only event winners but also...

27th California Hot Rod Reunion – Friday Nitro Action With Huge Gallery!

(Photos by Dyan Lover and Darr Hawthorne) – The 2018 California Hot Rod Reunion® presented by Automobile Club of Southern California roared to life on Friday with an awesome day featuring more...

27th California Hot Rod Reunion – BANGShift’s Gypsy Delivers The Nitro Funny Car Odds!

(Photos by Dyan Lover, Mike Burghardt, Jeff Burghardt, Bob Snyder, Kim Fuller and Darr Hawthorne) – The end of this 2018 nitro funny car drag racing season comes to a close at the 27th...

Geoff Turk Pockets Win & NMCA Championship In His Mopar Dodge Drag Pak Challenger!

(Photos Courtesy of MOPAR Media Relations) – Geoff Turk made history when he drove his Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to the first 7-second clocking in the history of drag racing for a factory...

HEMI® Challenge At Indy – The Super Stock/AH Cars Deliver!

(Photos by Mike Burghardt) – The U.S. Nationals is the World’s biggest drag race and the photo galleries are starting to roll in.  Here’s the first, the NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge event at...

The 16th Ventura Nationals – More Kustoms, Caddys & Hot Rods!

(Photos by Darr Hawthorne) – The annual Ventura Nationals, held at Seaside Park in Ventura, California showed off an awesome collection of hot rods. This is the 16th year for the show with low...

The 16th Ventura Nationals – Hot Rods And Low Riders On The Beach!

(Photos by Darr Hawthorne) – There’s a lot to do on Labor Day weekend, one of the traditions of that particular weekend is the annual Ventura Nationals, held at Seaside Park on the beach in...

Wolkwitz Takes NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge Pole At U.S. Nationals, Daniels qualifies No. 2!

(Words and Photos Courtesy of MOPAR.com) – Gary Wolkwitz raced his vintage Super Stock 1968 Dodge Dart to the top spot during qualifying for the NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge, the popular...