2018 Cacklecar Entry Application

Ace's Hot Rod Hangout Tickets

 Press Coverage

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


Friday, May 18

Registration/Will Call moves to Embassy Suites, 7am-6pm (call me if needed)
Track Gates Open @ 7am
Load-in and Set up
Static Fire Ups at will
Practice Push Starts 1pm-1:20pm
Secure track 6pm
Gates Locked at Midnight

3:00 - 7:30 "Nitro Night"
Two dragsters (Swamp Rat III and the Fishbowl dragster) plus Ed "the Ace" McCulloch's '32 Victoria will be on display at front of InterContinental® The Clement Monterey® on Cannery Row. Nitro-themed food and drink specials will be available.

5:30 - 6:30
Autograph session will be with attending members of International Drag Racing Hall of Fame and will take place in hotel courtyard overlooking Monterey Bay.

6:45 - 7:30
"Hall of Flame" Q&A hosted by Mike Dunn/meet-and-greet in hotel courtyard
Confirmed guests: Don Garlits, Ed McCulloch, Tom Hoover, Jerry Ruth, Tommy Ivo, Gary Beck, Marvin Graham, Herm Petersen

The road course will be running all day Fri-Sun and they run a TIGHT schedule, so it’s important for us to be ready to roll at designated times for all Nitro Revival Activity.


Saturday, May 19

Registration/Will Call: Embassy Suites 7am-6pm
Track Gates Open @ 7am
Ace’s Hot Rod Hangout participants admitted @ 7am
Static Fire Ups at will

At-track activities: Ace's Hot Rod Hangout in paddock.

Ace’s Hot Rod Hangout Participants Parade Lap 12:30pm-12:50pm

Nitro Revival “Rolling Thunder” Push Starts on the Hot Pit Lane 1pm-1:30pm

Nitro Revival “Line of Fire” 5:30pm-6:00pm...grand finale!
Gates Locked at Midnight

We encourage you to stay for Sunday, but if you plan on exiting the track Sunday morning, the track has asked that you do so by 8am


Sunday, May 20

Registration/Will Call: Embassy Suites 7am-3pm
Track Gates Open @ 7am
Static Fire Ups at will
Practice Push Starts 1pm-1:20pm
Secure track @ 6pm


*The schedule for the vintage car race and historic motorcycle exhibition is available on WeatherTechRaceway.com


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


Race Director/Producer

Steve Gibbs


Don Ewald

Merchandise & PR

Cindy Gibbs



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