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Author Archive: Darr Hawthorne

So You’re Craving Nitro, Right? Here Comes The National Day Of Nitro!

  So many of us crave the drag strip while much of the country is still on lockdown. There is a glimmer of hope with Arizona, Mississippi, Idaho, Florida and recently Washington State easing...

The 60th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Friday Qualifying Results!

(Photos by Wes Allison and Sandra Alberti) – Shawn Langdon kicked off the 2020 season opener in style, grabbing the Top Fuel provisional No. 1 qualifier spot on presented...

Some NHRA Pro Teams Opt For Arizona Pre-Season Testing!

(Photos by Big Bob Snyder) – While most of the NHRA Mello Yello professional teams chose the Strip at Las Vegas for their pre-season testing, a handful of teams split off – heading for Wild Horse...

Horseless Carriage Club And Their Holiday Motor Excursion – Four Bangers Forever!

During the winter, as we call it in Southern California, there’s still some pretty cool car stuff going on. The Horseless Carriage Club of SoCal holds a yearly event for 1932 and older stock...

Sportsman Parting Shots From The 2019 NHRA World Finals At Pomona!

(Photos by Mike & Jeff Burghardt) – One more shot from the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the weather was awesome, the racing was close and an epic first round Pro...

NHRA Motorsports Museum Twilight Cruise Features Willys Round-Up!

October’s Twilight Cruise at the Pomona Fairplex-based NHRA Motorsports Museum featured a salute the classic gasser and street machine; the Willys – in their yearly Willys Round-Up.   The...

Daniels Wins Fourth U.S. Nationals Mopar HEMI Challenge In A Row!

(Photos by Mike Burghardt) – The hugely popular Mopar HEMI Challenge at the U.S. Nationals continued again this year with 16 of the drag racing’s best period SS/AH Hemi Darts and Cuda’s,...

Billy Morris Wild Top End Ride In “Problem Child” Camaro at Spokane!

(Video by Darr Hawthorne) Billy “the Kid” Morris is in his second season driving a nitro funny car in the NHRA Heritage Series and United Nitro Funny Cars events. He was voted Legends of Nitro...

Jeff Arend, Mendy Fry, Dan Hix & Jeremy Hanger Take Nightfire Nationals Titles!

(Photos by Kim Fowler, Sandra Alberti and Darr Hawthorne) – The 48thPepsi Nightfire Nationals, held at Firebird Raceway, has an incredible history, but the New family, track owners don’t rest...

Jeff Arend & Mendy Fry Qualify #1 – Both Nitro Racers Victorious At NHRA Holley Hot Rod Reunion!

(Photos by Lou Hart) – The 17th annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion came to an exciting conclusion Saturday as champions were crowned and winning racecars headed to the Winners Circle  ...

The Little Drag Strip That Does It – Barona’s Nitro Night 3!

(Photos by Peter Leibig) – Barona Drag Strip’s Nitro Night 3 has become a much awaited for event at the track in the hills north of San Diego. It’s an eighth mile carved out of the...

Summertime At The OPGI Car Show Series – We’ve got the Chevys!

(Photos by Roger Rohrdanz) – Summer is here in Southern California and if you cannot find a dozen car shows, autocross, drag races, sprint car races or short track late models, you’re not looking...

24th Toyotafest – Welcoming Any Generation Of Toyota, Lexus & Scions!

There’s an interest group or car club that’ll cover just about any vehicle, truck or bike – Import or Domestic. The growing interest in restoring Japanese cars spawned Motor Trend TV show;...

Ryan Hodgson’s Pacemaker Wins UNFC Nitro Season Opener At Tucson Dragway Reunion!

(Photos by Bob and Ginger Snyder) – The United Nitro Funny Car Championship series, presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports held the first round of their five-race series over the weekend as...