2018 Cacklecar Entry Application

Ace's Hot Rod Hangout Tickets

 Press Coverage

There are substantial savings to be had if you purchase your tickets in advance.



General Info, Cacklecar Guidelines & Entry Form,
Schedule, Directions and Hotels



 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca - May 18-20, 2018

Nitro Revival Activity Schedule
Ace's Hot Rod Hangout Activity Schedule


Thursday, May 17:

Registration at Track
Load-in & Set-up

Friday, May 18:

Registration at Hotel
Track Gates Open
Load-in & Set-up
Static Fire-ups at Will

Dragster & Street Rod Display at Intercontinental Hotel  3:00 - 7:30
Hall of Fame Autograph Session at Hotel  5:30 - 6:30
Q & A Session Hosted by Mike Dunn at Hotel   6:45 - 7:30

Saturday, May 19:

Track Gates Open
Ace's Hot Rod Hangout Participants Admitted 7:00
Static Fire-ups at Will
Nitro Revival "Rolling Thunder" Push Starts 12:45 - 1:45
Ace's Place Participants Parade Lap 12:55  - 1:15
Nitro Revival "Line of Fire"            5:30 - 6:00

Sunday, May 20:

Gates Open

Subject to minor changes.


Full event schedule: 2018 Spring Classic Schedule



Friday, May 18 on the famed Cannery Row in Monterey.

3:00 – 7:30: Two top fuel dragsters plus Ace’s ’34 Victoria on display at front of hotel (fire up time has not been determined). The cars are the incredibly beautiful Tom Hoover "Fish Bowl" car owned by Steve Anderson and the historic Don Garlits "Swamp Rat III" owned by Sonny Mesner.

5:30 – 6:30: Autograph session with the attending IDRHoF members at the Intercontinental Hotel. Then at 6:45 p.m. the "guest speakers" move to the courtyard area of the hotel for a Q&A session.

6:45 – 7:30: Q&A/meet-and-greet in IIntercontinental Hotel courtyard

Join Don Garlits, Ed McCulloch, Tom Hoover, Jerry Ruth, Tommy Ivo, Gary Beck, Marvin Graham, Herm Petersen and more.

Mike Dunn to be emcee.

Swamp Rat III

Tom Hoover


We are working closely with the great folks at Weathertech Laguna Seca Raceway and are doing all we can to ensure that this multi-faceted event is a fun and memorable for all involved. Going in, here is some info that you should know... a few FAQ:

On track photography is limited to approved media only. Will be much tighter than Barona.

Entries Only: Overnight camping and motorhome parking available with your entry or admission.

Food will be available at the track but we invite you to bring E-Z Ups, coolers, ice, your BBQ and your choice of beverages.



You can do static starts at will. Safety rules will be enforced, ie fire jacket and mask. Fire extinguisher at hand. No "jack stand" fire-ups.  NO engaged couplers unless you're doing a push start. For the full guidelines that will be followed go to:
Cacklecar Guidelines

You can participate in the second ever "Line of Fire," an in-unison fire-up at the end of Saturday's activities.

Nitro will not be available at the track.


Cacklecar Entry Form

Spectator Tickets available at: Laguna Seca Spring Classic

Ace's Hot Rod Hangout Tickets
Tickets include a Saturday General Admission, Paddock Ticket and Ace's Place Parking Pass


Race Director/Producer

Steve Gibbs


Don Ewald

Merchandise & PR

Cindy Gibbs

If you would like to be a sponsor for this historical event contact:

Steve Gibbs

Cindy Gibbs

Don Ewald




Monterey has more non-racing things to do, pricy and safer. Salinas has a bigger mix of hotel/motels to choose from, and is less of a tourist spot.

Salinas Hotels

Monterey Hotels


The track is just off a busy highway [Hwy 68] between Salinas [101 Freeway] and Monterey.

Before or after the race, The Seventeen Mile Drive is something special while you're in the neighborhood.


Nitro Revival Welcome Center presented by
Jim McLennan Foundation & Champion Speed Shop

Event Sponsor


 Nitro Revival T-shirts and Hats & DSI CD's 
Nitro Revival Decal