March 29, 2004
Dear Friend of the Museum,
Many of you participated in the “Brunch with Art and Alex” panel discussion we had in December and by now those who didn’t have certainly heard how much fun it was.
So, we’re going to do it again! This time the subject is:
“DRAG STRIPS WE KNEW AND LOVED
(and the Men Who Ran Them)”
Saturday, April 17th, 2004
Wally Parks NHRA Museum Hall of Champions
Population expansion and property values have cost us almost every drag strip in Southern and Central California. But, the men who ran them are still around and can tell us about the adventures of running a drag strip in the pioneer days of the sport. Panelists will include C.J. “Pappy” Hart, who operated the first commercial drag strip in the country at Santa Ana, and later the hugely popular Lions strip in Long Beach, Steve Gibbs who ran Irwindale prior to his three decade career with NHRA, Harry Hibler from San Fernando, Don Rackemann who served as starter at Saugus and later managed Fontana and Riverside, Chuck Griffith who operated our own Pomona Raceway when the first ever NHRA event was held, the man who built the first “super track”, Mike Jones of Orange County International Raceway, and the always colorful Blackie Gejeian who ran Fresno Dragway. The moderator will be legendary NHRA announcer Dave McClelland who also served as a track operator at Dallas International Motor Speedway.
In addition to the panel discussion, there will be a question and answer session, autograph opportunities, door prizes, and a chance to view the new cars featured in the extended “100 Years of Ford Racing” exhibit. A light buffet lunch will be included in the $20 ticket price.
Space is limited, so to reserve your tickets which will be held at “will call”, please call Karen Shaffer at (909) 622-8562 by April 12th.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday April 17th!
Sam Jackson, Executive Director Greg Sharp, Curator /b.js><