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'ONE O'CLOCK THUNDER' ADDS
NEW ELEMENT TO NITRO REVIVAL
100 Nitro Burners Expected to Participate in Inaugural
IRWINDALE, Calif. - Nitro Revival,
which on Nov. 6-7 returns to the Irwindale Dragstrip, is no cacklefest.
It's much bigger than that. It's an event of cackle-clismic proportion,
a sensual smorgasbord of sight, sound and smell created of racing
people, by racing people, for racing people.
Here a cackle, there a cackle;
everywhere a cackle, cackle.
In its fourth iteration, Nitro
Revival again will stretch the boundaries of the imagination
by adding another element that redefines the cackle genre. Gearheads
get ready to gasp in wonder at the coming out party for "One
On Sunday, Nov. 7, when the siren
sounds sharply at 1 p.m., every nitro car on the grounds at Irwindale
Dragstrip will participate in a group cackle sure to deliver
an awesome, albeit unofficial, intergalactic record for "Spontaneous
In the '70s, there were 64 Funny
Cars all a-cackle at Orange County International Raceway. Now,
almost 50 years later and 40 miles away, Steve Gibbs and his
Nitro Revivalists think there may be as many as 100 nitro burners
participating in "One O'Clock Thunder." Top Fuel dragsters,
nostalgia Funny Cars, fuel altereds, maybe even a fuel-burning
margarita mixer or two.
It promises to be the ultimate
in cacophonic competition and a fitting climax to two days of
fuel and fun that offer up the opportunity for racers and fans
to once again revel in the glory that was drag racing in the
1960s and '70s, an era in which the sport was pure and so was
Although formal activities don't
begin until Saturday, a social gathering for Friday's early arrivals
will feature bench racing and food from long-time patron of the
sport, In-N-Out Burgers.
Time trials, fun runs, burnouts,
push starts and the "Hot Rod Hangout" street rod corral
are Saturday morning attractions followed by cackle car push
starts at 12 noon, nitro exhibitions and wheelstand exhibitions
at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., an All-Star autograph session at 2 p.m.
and introduction of Nitro Revival honorees at 4 p.m. before "Nitro
Overdose" brings the day to a conclusion with the annual
"Line of Fire" cackle.
Sunday's program begins with
burnouts, push starts and fun runs at 9 a.m., nitro exhibition
runs and wheelstand exhibitions at 12:15 p.m. and eliminations
for guest category racers including Gassers and A/FXers in advance
of the debut of "One O'Clock Thunder." There'll be
more special guest category eliminations thereafter, more exhibition
runs at 3 p.m. and more burnouts and fun runs before the event
concludes at 5 p.m.
Drag Racings Golden Age Back in Spotlight November 6-7
at Irwindale Drag Strip
IRWINDALE, Calif. Because
of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ramifications thereof, its
been almost two years since drag racing fans last enjoyed the
simultaneous cackle of upwards of 50 flame-belching, nitromethane-burning
vintage race cars that has become one of the cornerstones of
Nitro Revival, the nostalgic celebration of drag racings
golden age created and nurtured by former NHRA Competition Director
While the long wait is not quite
over, anticipation is already building for the Nov. 6-7 production
of Nitro Revival 2021 presented at Irwindale Drag Strip on the
grounds of the Irwindale Speedway complex.
We opted for a fall date
simply because we thought that gave us the best chance of avoiding
the uncertainty of a year ago, Gibbs said. We didnt
want to put ourselves back in the situation of not knowing from
week-to-week if we are going to be allowed to move forward. Hopefully,
we will have turned the corner with regard to COVID-19, but I
think it will be mid-year before we see a return to some degree
The fourth edition of Nitro Revival
promises to be the biggest yet with more than 70 nitro-burners
already committed to the two-day event that also will recognize
a host of San Gabriel Valley racing pioneers including Ron Rivero,
Phil Lukens, Mike Hoag and Sherm Gunn, Jack and Will Tice, Tom
Tucker and the Snyder family, whose burger chain will host the
In-N-Out Cookout, a Friday night social gathering for early arrivals.
Nitro Revival brings back
the sights and sounds of the early days of hot rodding,
Gibbs enthused, and it lets fans experience a drag racing
museum come to life, not only through the vehicles themselves,
but through the presence of many of those who built, maintained
and drove those cars at tracks like the original Irwindale Raceway
and two San Gabriel Drag Strips.
For some, the assemblage of nitro
powered race cars, such as Pure Hell, the name of
the legendary fuel altered owned by Rich Guasco, the Fitzgerald
Family Pure Heaven, Ron Hope's Rat Trap,
and Randy Bradfords's Fiat, will rekindle an image of the golden
era of drag racing. Throw in the Hough familys Nanook,
the Winged Express made famous by the late Willie
Borsch and Troy Glenns Over the Hill Gang entry,
and you might believe youre back in the 60s.
Among the other iconic vehicles
that will cackle for the crowd are Ross Howards Custom
Body Enterprises Dodge with former U.S. Nationals champion Marvin
Graham in the harnesses, John Peters fabulous twin-engine
Freight Train, Don Garlits Swamp Rat
3, restored by Sonny Messner, Tony Nancys Sizzler
driven for car owner John Neas by Handgrenade Harry
Hibler, Chris the Greek Karamesines ChiZler
owned by Kol Johnson, the Lynn Rose-owned Kuhl and Olson Top
Fuel dragster with Bill Tidwell at the wheel, Mike Elsberrys
recreation of Flamin Frank Pedregons
AA/Fuel Coupe and Gentleman Joe Schubecks self-titled
NITRO REVIVAL is as much about
socializing as it is about racing. There will be ample opportunity
for fans and racers to interact and trade stories all weekend
at the event Hospitality Center, brought to you once again by
The Jim McLennan Drag Racing Foundation. In addition, the legendary
'Road Kings' Car Club will be hosting the 'Hot Rod Hangout'
your Pre '73 classic car and be a part of the show.
The lineup of special guests
includes Top Fuel standouts The Unsinkable Kelly
Brown, Gary Beck, King Richard Tharp, TV Tommy
Ivo, and Mike Salinas, Funny Car stars Don the Snake
Prudhomme, Ed the Ace McCulloch, Tom Prock, Fast
Jack Beckman and Al Segrini. Others expected to attend
include wheelstanding great Wild Bill Shrewsberry,
racing icons Ed Iskenderian, Linda Vaughn, Ed Pink, Herman Petersen,
Roland Leong, Dave Big Mac McClelland and his Tuna
Tank, Grandaddy Joe Smith, Bones Balogh, and
Waterbed Fred Miller plus Paula Murphy, Shirley Shahan,
Mendy Fry, Bob Muravez, Jack Jones, Butch the California
Flash Leal, Bob Noice, Larry Sutton and Jimmy Scott. More
Three Day Event Schedule
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THE EVENT THAT NEVER WAS
Book your rooms now at our Host Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Pasadena/Monrovia
It is very convenient
3 or 4 miles from the Irwindale track. The link above will take
you to our special Nitro Revial rate reservation form.
700 West Huntington Drive
Monrovia, CA 91016
Start Date: Thursday, November
End Date: Monday, November 8, 2021
Last Day to Book: Friday, October 15, 2021
We have been given a rate of
$135 a night, which is quite a bit lower
than their special track rates on those dates.
There are some very good restaurants
nearby. Claim Jumper is walking distance. Others include; Red
Lobster, The Derby, Olive Garden, Souplantation, Capital Seafood,
and lots of fast food places.
The parking lot is good sized,
but we would like you to bring your rigs directly to the track
if possible. Would like to get as many Cackle cars in on Friday
possible. Gonna have the In-N-Out Cookout unit at the track Friday
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Copyright Steve Gibbs
This is the original Nitro
Revival Team from 2017. 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, Nitro Revival would
not have happened. We've had a lot of help along the way, not
to mention all the legends of the sport who have been there for
us. Deepest thanks to all.
Steve & Cindy Gibbs
Connie Johnson Braun
VIDEO TRIBUTE TO RON JOHSNON