For Immediate Release
'NITRO REVIVALTM MOVES TO SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA IN 2019
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
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.
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."
Steve Gibbs - Event
Cindy Gibbs - PR
Don Ewald - Media
Director & Website
Event, Sponsor, Vendor and
Participant information will be added here as confirmed.