Wed 9/3: UTI Street Night presented by AAA Northern New England
Fri 9/5: Tasca Mod Shop Street Night presented by AAA Northern New England
Sat 9/6: CHEVY FEST, Pro Comp
Sun 9/7: Test & Tune, Outlaw 10.5, NEDX275, Mass Tuning Race Wars
The coolest cars in the Northeast will proudly be on display Sept. 12-14 during the NHRA Motorsports Museum New England Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at New England Dragway.
Three days of classic cars, nostalgic quarter-mile drag racing and honoring the legends of drag racing will take place at the scenic facility outside of Boston.
The event comes to life Sept. 12 at 8 a.m., as hundreds of vintage show cars pour into the facility for the start of the show ‘n shine featuring a streaming parade of hot rods, classics and customs that will be on display during the course of the event. Gates will open at 8 a.m. of each day of the reunion.
The racing on the drag strip begins Friday starting at 9 a.m. with nostalgic nitro quarter-mile drag racing. Cars that raced during the early days of the NHRA and New England Dragway will again thrill those in attendance with passes down the track in a salute to days past. Time trials, qualifying and exhibition runs will be showcased during the day.
The first day of the reunion concludes in thrilling fashion at 5 p.m. with an ultrafast jet car racing at more than 200 mph. Flames, smoke and the sound of a screaming jet engine is the perfect way to end the day.
Saturday will be the day the legends take center stage at the event with a reception and autograph session at the track. Two autograph sessions will take place featuring the 2014 grand marshal Bob Frey. Also honored will be Gil Coraine, John Healey, Al Hanna, George Weiler and ‘Jungle Pam’ Hardy. The Hot Rod Reunion Reception takes place at noon and is a perfect way to hear from the honorees at the event.
Saturday’s finale’ features the world famous Cacklefest® parade on the dragstrip. News England Dragway will come alive with the sounds of dozens of nostalgic race cars from days gone by. The exhaust pipes on these machines glow red and the fans clamor to glimpse the sights and sounds of the dramatic day-ending event.
The exciting weekend concludes Sunday with eliminations to start following the pre-race ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. Also taking to the track will be an encore Cacklefest and another jet car exhibition.
NHRA Motorsports Museum New England Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance, is produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and benefits the facility located in Pomona, Calif. The Museum’s mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on American culture. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the vehicles, stories and artifacts that represent America’s affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms.
• SCHEDULE: The event begins at 8 a.m. each day with racing beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12; Racing starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 13; And 9 a.m. on Sunday Sept. 14.
• TICKETS: Single day tickets are only $25, $75 at the gate for a three-day ticket, and children 15 and under are free accompanied by paid adult. Auto Club Members, “Show Your Card and Save on admission.
• ON THE WEB: For more information visit NHRA Motorsports Museum New England Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance, please visit www.nhramuseum.org.
(By Ernie Raschke):
Warm and sunny skies set the stage for Joe Santangelo August 10 when the All Star Racing Association returned to unfinished business at New England Dragway. Forty three NHRA Stock and Super Stock competitors converged on Epping’s power playground in their quest for a coveted championship. Fourth round action pitted Tod Bednaz and his C/S ’68 Camaro in a bid to hold off Mark Labreque’s hard charging GT/TC S-10 pickup. Bednaz scored the round win with a 10.55 second pass to end Labreque’s day. Joe Santangelo dropped a 10.36 in his GT/EA Camaro to dispatch Tony Filipone’s stick shift ’66 Nova that experienced mechanical difficulties during the run. Tim Stickles recorded a breakout 11.08 in his ’79 Aspen that was slightly better than Bob Letellier’s 9.42 breakout run in his new 2014 COPO Camaro to move into the semi final round.
In the semi final round it was Bednaz versus Stickles. Todd logged a 10.51 run on his 10.50 dial to push Stickles under the prediction, while Santangelo enjoyed a bye run into the final. That set the stage for Bednaz to take on Santangelo in the finale. At the finish line both drivers were loaded for bear and fans witnessed a double breakout charge that found Santangelo staying closer to the dial and going home with the win.
Fans of class racing can catch a double header on September 20 and 21 for the annual All Star shootout and final race of the 2014 season.
Everyone is wishing Team New England Dragway good luck as they battle for the title at this year’s NHRA Junior Drag Racing League Northeast Divisional at Numidia Dragway. Eleven junior competitors made the trip to Pennsylvania this year. They are Mary Sparago, Steven Knight, Cam Murray, Julia Sparago, Kyle Murray, Kyle Tavares, Chantel Gaboriault, Olivia Karaguizian, Kristen Tavares, Brandon Karaguezian and Jackson Worters. Mary Sparago will represent Team New England Dragway in the Race of Champions.
Thanks to the efforts to New England Dragway's Junior Dragster racers D.R.A.W. will receive a nice boost to their coffers. Spearheaded by the Sparago family junior competitors raised nearly $1,200 for D.R.A.W., the organization dedicated to helping all drag racers during troubled times.
The racers raised money by holding a bake sale and 50/50 raffle during the Lucas Oil Regional event at New England Dragway on July 19.
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How would you like a chance to win $5,000? Here’s how it works. Beginning with the New England Dragway Banquet and Awards Ceremony we will begin selling 200 tickets for the 2014 race season for $60 each. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Once they’re sold we will pay out:
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