All American Gas Dragsters Affiliation To Vote On Boycott Of Scorching Rod Reunion
(Images by Darr Hawthorne) • With a document variety of Nostalgia High Gas Dragsters slated to look at NHRA’s Holley Scorching Rod Reunion in Bowling Inexperienced, KY, the Assoc. will vote this week on a doable boycott of the June NHRA Heritage Sequence occasion.
Surprisingly, the battle and proposed boycott isn’t over the same old grievance: an absence of purse cash — it’s about NHRA’s incapacity to just accept a windfall of outdoor sponsorship towards an enhanced purse and an even bigger discipline.“It breaks my coronary heart that it has come to this with NHRA,” Bob McLennan, President of AAFD, mentioned. “Now we have provided to double the High Gas Dragsters for this race, and NHRA desires no a part of it. Now we have requested for a 16-car ladder versus the present 8-car ladder. We’ve even introduced in a personal sponsor to offset their prices, however NHRA has drawn a line within the sand, and they won’t change the occasion construction to permit for more cash and extra vehicles.”
All American Gas Dragsters’ impetus to double the variety of nitro-dragsters is predicated on Nostalgia High Gas’s progress as a category in addition to an absence of participation from the AA/Humorous Automobiles at Bowling Inexperienced. Annually a race fan might depend the Humorous Automobile entries on one hand — and whose additional participation is doubtful as a result of current Holley Scorching Rod Reunion drew as few as three nitro Humorous Automobile groups.
“To offset any of NHRA’s prices, (Midwestern High Gas racer) Jimi Younger introduced in Customized Floaters for a further 5 figures in purse cash,” McLennan defined. “This occasion advantages the NHRA Museum — it’s their largest fundraiser of the 12 months. It’s simply mind-boggling that NHRA is not going to assist our effort to placed on a greater present and assist finance their Museum.”
Nonetheless, this can be a laborious capsule for McLennan, whose father, Jim McLennan, was inducted into the NHRA Corridor of Fame in 1991, the second class of inductees. “With our household’s historical past with NHRA, you’d assume they might know we are attempting to profit the Museum’s backside line and make this an enormous success,” McLennan mentioned. “We would like this to be a win-win.” mentioned McLennan, he’s nonetheless open to creating issues work, however with groups voting imminent and the sentiment of the High Gas racers virtually unanimous of their viewpoint, the potential for even an 8-car High Gas Eliminator for the Holley Scorching Rod Reunion in Bowling Inexperienced doesn’t look promising.