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Author Archive: Darr Hawthorne

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...

Track Records And UNFC Nitro Funny Car Championship Flames At Tucson Dragway Reunion!

(Photos by Bob Snyder) – Taking advantage of a near perfect race track and good weather conditions, Bobby Cottrell dominated a strong field of nitro funny cars to win the opening event of the...

West Coast Hot Rod Association Holds First Of 2018 Triple Crown Series at Famoso!

(Photography by Jim McCarthy and Paul Fercho) There’s a void out in the West, since both NMCA and PSCA have moved out of the region with their fast door car programs.  Where there’s a void and a...

Kowabunga Dude! Volkswagen Surf Vans At The Surf City Pier!

(Photos by Darr Hawthorne) The Kowabunga Van Klan is all about the vintage Volkswagen Type 2 and being based in Surf City USA; Huntington Beach, California you know it’s rooted deeply in the...

Cottrell, Wittenberg, Hix, Bates, Halstead and Oberg Come Out Swinging at the Good Vibrations March Meet!

(Photos by Dyan Lover and Darr Hawthorne) There is a drag strip on Famoso Road in Kern County, California that has been hosting prestigious drag racing events like the US Fuel & Gas Championships...

Good Vibrations March Meet – BANGshift’s Nitro Funny Car Gypsy Delivers The Odds!

(Photos by Dyan Lover, Mike Burghardt, Jeff Burghardt, Bob Snyder and Darr Hawthorne) This season should be an awesome year for nitro funny cars, so many owners, drivers and crew chiefs have stepped...

The Whittier Area Car Show In Southern California, Charity Never Looked So Good, Again!

(Photos and Words by Darr Hawthorne) Small town America is alive and well in the SoCal city of Whittier, in that part of town there’s a particularly huge collection of hot rods, cruisers, racers...

Haas VF-18 First Out The Gate For 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship!

America’s own Formula 1 team, Haas F1 debuted their new designs for the 2018 season today.  There’s no doubt that owner Gene Haas and the evolution of his industry leading CNC machines...

Brittany Force Released From Hospital • Will Continue To Recuperate At Home.

(Photos by John Force Racing and Jeff Burghardt) Thankfully, reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force was released from the hospital Monday after a precautionary overnight stay. She shows no...