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Wed, 16 May 2018, 14:40 PM

32 Members of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame will be at Spring Classic Nitro Revival May 18-20
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International Drag Racing Hall of Famer Rich Guasco’s
Pure Hell AA/Fuel Altered will be in Monterey.
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Momentum for the Spring Classic Showcasing Nitro Revival May 18-20 is in full swing with a large contingent of drag racing personalities set to participate in the Nitro Revival activities. Among them are 32 members of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

Nitro Revival provides a new element this year to the three-day Spring Classic vintage car race and historic motorcycle exhibition in what will be a celebration of motorsports from the 1960s through more recent eras. The event can boast having vehicles ranging from Don Garlits’ Swamp Rat III Top Fuel dragster to the Arfons brother’s Green Monster dragster with an Allison V-12 aircraft engine to the SunTrust 2006 Riley Daytona Prototype campaigned by Wayne Taylor Racing to Chevy stock cars originally driven by Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson to various Trans-Am, Can-Am, sports car, and motorcycle entries all in the same paddock.

Members of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame
“Big Daddy" Don Garlits
“TV Tommy" Ivo
Ed "Ace" McCulloch
Tom Hoover
Ed "Isky" Iskenderian
"Wild Bill" Shrewsberry
Herm Petersen
Marvin "Who" Graham
Tom Jobe
Steve Gibbs
Bill Schultz
Bob "Floyd" Muravez
Jerry "The King" Ruth
Kent Fuller
Frank "The Beard" Bradley
Red Greth
Gary Beck
John Peters
Rich Guasco
Richard Tharp
“Gentleman Joe" Schubeck
Dennis Holding
Jim Fox
Dave Uyehara
Harry "Hand Grenade" Hibler
Kelly Brown
Kenny Youngblood
Jim Brissette
Shirley Shahan Bridges
Bob Brandt
Don Hampton
Della Reath

In addition to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame members, special guests include event announcer Mike Dunn, who won 22 events in Top Fuel and Funny Car before an acclaimed stint as an ESPN analyst; 1979 Top Fuel champion Rob Bruins; Salinas-based NHRA Funny Car driver Jeff Diehl and wife Leeza; Walt Stevens; Don Ewald; Gerry "The Hunter" Glenn; Frank Rupert; Chic Cannon; Kenny Logan; Larry Ofria; Roy Brizio; Dwight Hughes; Don Berry; and more.

“We are beyond pleased with the number of International Drag Racing Hall of Famers and special guests who have confirmed that they will be joining us next week at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca,” said Steve Gibbs, Nitro Revival producer. “We love the cars, but the people are what make it a truly special event.”

Nitro Revival activities at the track will be highlighted on Saturday, May 19, with push-start demonstrations on hot pit lane between the two races contested among the vintage car run groups. The “Line of Fire” mass fire-up will conclude the day with 40 restored nitro-burning dragsters, altereds, and Funny Cars coming to life in a symphony of combustion with flames dancing out of the header pipes. The activity will be centered around a hospitality area in the paddock presented by Champion Speed Shop and the Jim McLennan Foundation.

Pre-1973 street rods, customs, and classics will congregate in the paddock on Saturday as part of Ace’s Hot Rod Hangout, a special ticket package that provides premium parking, admission, and participation in a parade lap around the iconic 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course.

The Nitro Revival festivities include “Nitro Night,” an off-site event at InterContinental® The Clement Monterey® on Friday, May 18, at 5-7:30 p.m. Swamp Rat III and Tom Hoover’s “Fishbowl” dragster will be in the courtyard area while members of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame sign autographs and take part in a “Hall of Flame” Q&A discussion with Dunn serving as emcee. Nitro-themed drinks and food specials will be available at the free event.

For tickets and information about the Spring Classic Showcasing Nitro Revival, go to or call 831-242-8200.

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