"Whoa, take 'er
easy there, Pilgrim."
Leading off the cars that wanted
to do push starts was the MagiCar owned by Bill Pitts and driven
by John Strom.
The cars pushed up the track
then came back on the return road to the delight of the fans
that lined the fence and filled the stands.
The Dean Engineering AA/FD with
its patriotic paint scheme is owned by Jake & Marilyn McCloud
who had Jimmy "C" Christiansen in the seat.
The Prentiss Cunningham
AA/FD is owned and driven by Robert Contorelli.
Don Cooper was in the
Tocco, Harper & Garten AA/FA that is owned by Mike Tocco.
Owner/Driver Don Prieto in his
spot-on Tommy Ivo Buick A/D re-creation. This was the first dragster
TV Tommy ever drove.
Ed Pink's Old Master
AA/FD built/owned/driven by Pete Eastwood
The beautiful Larry Huffs
Soapy Sales AA/FD owned by Roland Kleinsorge and driven by its
original shoe, Tommy "The Watchdog" Allen.
The popular Yeakel Plymouth Special
AA/FD owned by Baney, Rossi & Goebel driven by Paul Rossi.
Ratican, Jackson & Stearns
A/FA owned by Ron Stearns & Bill Jackson - Ron Stearns doing
Bivens & Fisher Checkmate
AA/FD from the mid 60's restored and owned by Jerry Bivens.
Fred Lear in the Cardoza
& Lear Little Blue Coupe
Give us and event and we will
come. Cacklecar staple Burkholder Brothers AA/FA owned by Harry
Burkholder & Robert Reel with Reel in the seat.
When it comes to a Nitro Revival
nobody has more fun than Sonny Messner and his Don Garlits Swamp
Rat 3 AA/FD.
You have to be old or have a
grasp on drag racing history to remember the legendary Howard
Cams Twin Bear AA/D restored by Don Johansen, grandson of the
original owner Howard Johansen. The car was driven by Jack Chrisman.
It will never win a beauty contest but its a classic example
of the innovation in the early 60's.
The Eagle Electric AA/FD owned
by Frank & Jason Rupert has a great back story that goes
back to Nitro Revival 1 at Barona. As a birthday present to his
father Frank, Jason purchased the restored 1966 Eagle Electric
AA/FD that Frank had driven in the 60s and presented
it to him at that event.
Sadly Frank passed away on 01.04.2019 due to complications after going
into cardiac arrest.
The resilient Rupert family who
are steeped in drag racing history are committed to keeping Frank's
memory alive. When this car appears, it is always in memoriam
to the husband and father of Brenda and Jason Rupert.
For this event the man the Rupert's
put in the seat could not have been better placed. Larry Sutton
is the poster child for SoCal drag racing in the 60's and '70's.
He did it all. Without writing a book, he was the chief starter
at Lions, Irwindale and OCIR; guest starter at countless other
tracks. Like the late Buster Couch, if Sutton shut you off, you
needed to be shut off. If he was your starter, you were in the
best of hands. Starting aside, he also drove myriad race cars
from gassers to Top Fuel.
Our NR family is proud to have
the Rupert, Littlefield and now Sutton connection supporting
our efforts to keep drag racing history alive.