The 50th anniversary of the March Meet was a huge success, with 500 race cars and over 35,000 spectators attending the three-day event. During Sunday’s final round, Jack Harris drove his digger to a 5.568 at 263 mph, for the quickest run ever in a front-engine Top Fuel dragster. He went on to beat Brad Thompson in the Top Fuel final, with a 6.064 pass at 239.36 mph. This was the third March Meet title for Jack. Bucky Austin won the Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car title with a 5.836 at 243.63 mph pass. The March Meet race is primarily a nostalgia drag race, with a cacklefest, and lots of gassers and old-school race cars, but there are plenty of muscle cars running as well.
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Top Fuel Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car photos from the 2008 March Meet. These drag racing pictures cover 15 of the AA/FC Floppers that make the trek to Famoso Raceway, for the 50th Annual running of the March Meet. There were a total of 27 Nostalgia Funny Cars competing for the eight-car field, which was run in Chicago-style elimination rounds. The 2008 March Meet is the inaugural race of the new seven-event NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series for nostalgia racers.
Here are some VW drag racing photos from the March 2008 HotVWs Drag Day event at Irwindale, CA. These are air-cooled Volkswagen bugs, beetles, and busses, but there was also a classic 1953 Porsche 356 making some drag racing passes as well. The HotVWs Drag Day events bring in a mix of local VW talent, and some fast cars from the Pro Racing Association. In the PRA all-motor class, Roger Crawford from Heads-Up Performance, and Ron Fleming from FAT, were on hand with their VW Super Street cars. Ron was driving the Mike Hunsaker bug, they have a drag racing history that goes back to the Tar Babe car that they used to campaign in the 1960’s and early ’70’s. The PRA Pro Mod VWs in attendance included Eric Calabrese in the turbocharged Red Baron, Pat in the Fast Fiat, and Hector Urias, who probably has more seat time at the Irwindale drag strip than just about any other racer in attendance. The PRA index guys were out in force, and there were some killer VW bus burnouts that kept the crowd on its feet.