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 For Immediate Release
Irwindale Drag Strip Will Host Celebration of 'Golden Era' Dragsters and Drivers

IRWINDALE, California (October 29, 2018) - Nitro Revival, an event created by Steve Gibbs, the former VP of Competition for the NHRA who was instrumental in the development of the Wally Parks Motorsports Museum and the California Hot Rod Reunion, will return next year to its southern California roots.

Nitro Revival 3, featuring historic race cars, unique hot rods and the men and women who gave them personalities, will unfold on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Irwindale Speedway and Event Center located in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, northeast of Los Angeles.

Working with his daughter Cindy and a core group of like-minded enthusiasts, Gibbs envisioned Nitro Revival as a "destination" for those who lived through the sport's "golden era" as well as those simply intrigued by the era's history and its impact.

The basic formula adopted for the inaugural Nitro Revival at Barona Drag Strip near San Diego and extended for last year's event at Weather Tech Raceway at Laguna Seca, two hours south of San Francisco, again will serve as the model.

That means plenty of static displays featuring authentic and recreated period race cars including front-motored Top Fuel dragsters, fuel altereds and Funny Cars. Highlights will include a trip to Hook's Hot Rod Hangout featuring period hot rods and street rods, continuous rolling push starts emblematic of the era and, finally, the Line of Fire, the simultaneous "fire-up" of vintage dragsters, altereds and Funny Cars that serves as the finale. A full schedule of exhibition runs by early style drag racing cars and motorcycles will be featured on the Irwindale eighth mile strip.

In addition, there will be a special focus on the racetracks, race cars and racers that were active in the area during the 1960s and 1970s with particular emphasis on San Gabriel Drag Strip and the old Irwindale Raceway, both of which operated in close proximity to the current Irwindale Drag Strip. "We really want this to be a gathering of the drag racing clans," said Gibbs, including followers of all of the bygone Southern California tracks, such as Lions, Pomona, Santa Ana, Fontana, San Fernando, Colton, Carlsbad. "We have such a rich history and legacy to draw from." Numerous International Drag Racing Hall of Fame members are expected to attend.

Gibbs spent 48 years at the NHRA where he served first as Advertising Director of National Dragster before later acquiring the nickname "Mr. Traction" for his work as Competition Director and later, VP of Competition. Earlier this year, he was honored by the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame which presented him with its Global Achievement Award for his efforts in advancing the sport worldwide.

"Nitro Revival brings back the sights and sounds of the early days of hot rodding," Gibbs said, "but it also serves as a reunion for racers from that era and it lets fans from every era experience a drag racing museum come to life. We loved the experiences at Barona and Laguna Seca, but we're excited about coming to Irwindale."

Contact Info:

Steve Gibbs - Event Producer
Cindy Gibbs - PR & Merchandise
Don Ewald - Media Director & Website

Event, Sponsor, Vendor and Participant information will be added here as confirmed.





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Ron Johnson

Steve Gibbs

Don Ewald

Cindy Gibbs

Connie Johnson Braun
This is the original core 2017 Nitro Revival Team. It started with some thoughts thrown out by Steve to Ron. Long story short, Don, Cindy and Connie joined the fold and yes, we could do this. But, where and when? Ron came up with the only option, Barona Raceway. And it was Ron who nailed down the deal for the track. Without Steve's vision and experience and Ron's idea for the venue, this event would not have happened. We had a lot of help along the way, thanks to all.