NITRO REVIVAL CELEBRATES
LIVES OF TWO RACING LEGENDS
McClelland, Schultz To Be Honored Before
Start of Event at Irwindale Dragstrip
Calif. - Before Nitro Revival begins its annual two-day celebration
of drag racing's Golden Age at the Irwindale Dragstrip, founder
Steve Gibbs announced that it will pause to honor two recently
departed Hall of Fame inductees who helped transform the sport
during an era in which it enjoyed its greatest popularity. The
gathering is being conducted in cooperation with The McClelland
and Schultz families.
At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, during
the In-N-Out Cookout social that precedes the official start
of the Revival, Dave McClelland and Bill Schultz will
be remembered for their contributions to the sport's rich history,
the former for his work off the track, the latter for his on
The boss of the Over the Hill Gang, Schultz was
to have been one of the greater San Gabriel Valley legends recognized
at this year's event, his connection dating to the '60s when
he raced his '39 Chevy at the old San Gabe and Irwindale dragstrips.
Later, of course, he graduated to a career as crew chief to a
host of champions including Jack Jones, Gerry Glenn, Dale Pulde
and Kelly Brown.
"Big Mac," the long-time "Voice
of the NHRA," co-host of NHRA television coverage of the
sport in the 1970s, '80s and '90s, creator of the Super Chevy
Show Series and designated emcee for a myriad of racing-related
events, began his career as a track announcer before moving into
track management. He was NHRA's first Communications Director
before founding his own media and marketing company.
There is no admission charge on Friday,
set-up day for Nitro Revival. Guests for The cClelland/Schultz
memorial are encouraged to arrive after 5:00 p.m.
ATTENTION ALL NITRO
REVIVAL CACKLE PARTICIPANTS!
ALL OTHER CARS THAT RUN NITRO
A recent very serious accident, occuring
while starting a nitro burning engine, has once again made it
clear that there is an ever present risk in what we do.
It is our collective responsibility to
see that all safety precautions are used - for each and every
time a fire-up is conducted. We simply cannot afford a major
incident of this nature.
Take time to rehearse your starting procedure.
Make yourself a check list.
It is mandatory that you "back down"
your engines immediately prior to all nitro engine starts. Have
the necessary tools available.
If you encounter any difficulty in starting
your engine - GIVE IT UP immediately. Find the problem before
further attempts are made.
If you engine does not sound "right"
after being fired...SHUT IT OFF! Find the problem.
Don't hesitate to discuss issues with fellow
Highly recommended that drivers have full
protective clothing during static starts...including helmets
if possible. It makes for a better presentation.
Fire extinguishers must be available at
all times when engines are being fired.
*COMPLETE 2022 CACKLECAR
TAKE A RIDE IN 'THE
NITRO REVIVAL V
For Immediate Release
TAKE A RIDE WITH 'THE
SURFERS' AT NITRO REVIVAL V
Raffle Winners Will Experience
"Golden Age" For Saturday and Sunday Static Starts
IRWINDALE, Calif. - It isn't
every day that one has a chance to get behind the wheel of a
genuine time machine, but that's the opportunity awaiting two
of those attending this November's Nitro Revival V at Irwindale
Thanks to car owner Bob Higginson
of Aliso Viejo, Calif., two "rides" in one of the most
iconic vehicles in drag racing lore, the re-created Skinner,
Crosser and Jobe "Surfers" Top Fuel dragster driven
to so many '60s era victories by Mike Sorokin, will be raffled
off during the event.
The winner of each of the "rides"
will climb into the cockpit of the front-motored dragster during
a static start in the pits, one on Saturday and one on Sunday,
the latter in conjunction with "One O'Clock Thunder,"
the simultaneous fire-up of all vehicles that concludes the two-day
celebration of drag racing's Golden Age.
Raffle tickets will be $20 each
with the winner's ticket drawn one hour before fire-up each day
- 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, and 12 noon on Sunday, Nov. 7.
All funds generated by the raffles will be used for event maintenance.
"The Surfers" dragster,
which notably posted low ET and top speed while outlasting a
field of 100 to win the 1966 Bakersfield Fuel and Gas Championships,
is one of more than 70 fuel cars already committed to this year's
event which is sponsored by The McLennan Foundation, Red Line
Oil and Good Vibrations Motorsports.
Advance sale tickets for the
event are $25 daily or $40 for two days. Participant entry is
$60 a day or $100 for the weekend or, if you have a pre-1973
vehicle, it's just $35 for a spot at the Hot Rod Hangout.
Tickets available on-line at
For Immediate Release
NITRO REVIVAL ADDS ANOTHER ELEMENT
Stone, Woods and Cook Shine Again in Gas Coupes and Sedans Spotlight
IRWINDALE, Calif. In the
aftermath of World War II, before the Funny Car was even a speck
in someones fertile magination, gas coupes and sedans were
a magnet for a generation of adrenaline junkies who swarmed makeshift
tracks across the country during what would become drag racings
Outrageously unique vehicles
that bore little resemblance to their showroom brethren
or even to each other, gassers were the quickest and fastest
stock cars of the time with individual personalities as big as
the people who drove them.
This November at Irwindale Dragstrip, in addition to more than
70 vintage nitro-burning Top Fuel dragsters, fuel altereds and
Funny Cars, Nitro Revival V also will shine a spotlight on some
of historys most memorable gas coupes and sedans
including the legendary Stone, Woods and Cook Willys that in
1982 was designated the most famous drag car of all time
by Hot Rod Magazine.
With the help of Bruce Boardman
and Outlaw Gassers So Cal, there will be gassers here, gassers
there, gassers everywhere; on the track in side-by-side competition
and off the track in static displays that highlight the craftsmanship
of a marvelous era.
Before the corporate cleansing
that transformed beastly beauty into boring billboards, before
they flattened the contours and created templates of uniformity,
cars like the S-W-C Willys and Big John Mazmanians
Willys helped distinguish drag racing from every other motor
sport on the planet.
Those two cars, appearing at
Nitro Revival courtesy of Norco, Californias Mike Cook
and Philadelphias Rocky Pirrone, respectively, will be
joined in display by, among others, the Dave Kroona-owned, Minneapolis-based
Kroona and Sandberg Anglia and the highly decorated Panella Trucking
Anglia from Stockton, Calif.
Also sharing the renaissance
moment will be some of the most famous gasser racers of all time
including Skip Hess, Gary Mallicoat and International Drag Racing
Hall of Famer Robert Bones Balogh, who during his
career drove for S-W-C and
Mazmanian as well as Joe Pisano.
The competitive portion of the
gasser program will feature members of OutlawGassers So Cal along
with special guests like Rick Osburn of Appomattox, Va., and
his 38 Special Chevy pick-up and Gene Schwartz of
Euclid, Ohio, and his flying 52 Chevy. To participate,
call Bruce Boardman at Outlaw Gassers So Cal at 626-252-0125.
Nitro Revival was created in
2017 as a bridge to another era. It connects race fans of all
ages to some of the most iconic vehicles ever constructed and
allows them to interact with the people who built, drove and
maintained them including Ed Iskenderian, Don The Snake
Prudhomme, TV Tommy Ivo, Marvin Who Graham,
Ed The Ace McCulloch, King Richard Tharp
and Herman The Northwest Terror Peterson, all of
whom will participate along with Linda Vaughn and others in a
Hall of Fame autograph session on Saturday, Nov. 5.
In addition to exhibition runs,
static starts and hours of bench racing opportunities, Nitro
Revival V will recognize San Gabriel Valley racing pioneers,
many of whom were active at the old Irwindale Raceway and the
two incarnations of San Gabriel Raceway. Tickets, now available
on-line, are $25 daily or $40 for a two-day admission. Its
$60 a day to race or $100 for both days. Hot Rod Hangout spots
for pre-1973 vehicles are $35.