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2014 California Hot Rod Reunion and Nostalgia Drag Racing Blowout!

California Car Culture: There were plenty of Chevys to cheer on at the 2014 CHRR

Bruce Biegler Mar 27, 2015
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For true fans of nostalgia drag racing, NHRA’s California Hot Rod Reunion held each fall at the fabled Famoso Raceway, just outside of Bakersfield, offers a very tasty drag racing treat. The 2014 edition, which was the 23rd annual, was no exception with the event being highlighted by an impressive mixture of classic Chevy drag racing vehicles in both competition and exhibition trim. Here is Chevy High Performance's photo journal of just some of the great Chevy participants.

2014 Chrr Ihra Nitro Funny Car 2/15

2014 IHRA Nitro Funny Car and 2013 Heritage Series World Champion Jason Rupert qualified the Bays & Rupert Camaro Number One in Nitro Funny Car with a 5.691 e.t. at 255.58 mph.

2014 Chrr Red Nova Keefer 3/15

Here are two of the most impressive Novas on the premises that participated in A/Gas. Steve Keefer is behind the wheel of the red one, with Brian Rogers piloting the blue one. Steve and Brian both hail from California.

2014 Chrr Blue Nova Rogers 4/15

Here are two of the most impressive Novas on the premises that participated in A/Gas. Steve Keefer is behind the wheel of the red one, with Brian Rogers piloting the blue one. Steve and Brian both hail from California.

2014 Chrr 1955 Orange Chevy 5/15

The event included a great lineup of exhibition vehicles, including these two fan favorites: the vintage Bad Obsession ’55 Chevy...

2014 Chrr 1970 Camaro Gasser 6/15

...and this hard-leaving ’70 Camaro C/Gasser

2014 Chrr 1970 Camaro Fowler 7/15

Tim Fowler brings his awesome ’70 Camaro to a stop following another successful lap in A/Gas.

2014 Chrr Dirty Tricks Chevelle 8/15

Bob Mooreland’s Dirty Tricks Chevelle A/FX quickly made a lot of fans with his consistent wheels-up approach.

2014 Chrr Quiroga Pro Mod Gasser 9/15

Santa Ynez, California, is home base to Rafael Quiroga’s very Pro Mod-looking A/Gasser ’57 Chevy.

2014 Chrr 1969 Camaro Hale 10/15

Driver John Hale had a terrific run in the Texas-based Mike Burkhart-tribute ’69 Camaro, going all the way to the finals in Nostalgia Funny Car.

2014 Chrr Pro Mod Maggio 11/15

California Pro Mod class “hitter” Mike Maggio prevailed in that eliminator driving his supercharged first-gen Camaro.

2014 Chrr 1978 Camaro Fighting Irish 12/15

San Diego, California, is hometown to the spectacular Fighting Irish ’78 Camaro re-creation driven by Rick Rogers.

2014 Chrr 1969 Camaro Young Nostalgia Nitro 13/15

Australian-transplant Bazz Young (now calling Wisconsin home) ran this great-looking Aussie-themed ’69 Camaro in Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car.

2014 Chrr Pro Line Camaro Berry 14/15

Andrew Berry—a relative newcomer to the Western Pro Mod scene—was super impressive at Bakersfield, running close to 260 mph in his Pro-Line Racing-powered turbocharged Camaro.

2014 Chrr 1962 Impala Hall 15/15

Dean Hall entered his totally unique Korbel California Champagne-sponsored ’62 Impala in the A/Gas eliminator.

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