October 23-25, 2015




Bill Dunlap, driving the badass High Speed Motorsports "Great White", won an exciting final in Top Fuel. Dunlap drove to a winning 5.695 at 255.58 to defeat Denver Schutz's losing 5.838 at 255.58.

To get here Dunlap defeated Brendan Murry, Dave Hirata, and Rick White to advance to the finals. This is the second win of the season for Dunlap at a Hot Rod Reunion event as he also won the NHRR in Bowling Green.

Says Dunlap, “I was lucky enough to win the inaugural CHRR here in ’92,” Dunlap said. “As for today, it's the crew that got me here. I’m just the lucky guy who gets to push the pedals. The crew that we put together for this race is amazing."


In Funny Car, it was Ryan Hodgson who won the event from the No. 1 qualifying spot. In a very close final he defeated Jason Rupert with a 5.722 seconds at 255.63 mph to a 5.817 at 249.21. Hodgson also had the low E.T. and top speed of the meet.


Steven Densham (above) and Tony Bartone (below) clinched 2015 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series championships in Nostalgia Funny Car and Top Fuel, respectively. It was Densham's first and Bartone's second straight.





Bakersfield, CA - 10/26/15: The 24th edition of the California Hot Rod Reunion is in the books and once again it lived up to its rock star billing. The weekend featured Chamber of Commerce weather and a race track second to none. There was no doubt that Auto Club Famoso Raceway operators Blake and John Bowser had their facility ready for what was the largest CHRR ever.

Add to that the hard working folks from the Wally Parks Motorsports Museum and the crew at Famoso insured those in attendance enjoyed 3 full days of great racing, tons of cacklecars (54 push starts) and the reason the reunion started in the first place, tons of friends getting together while we still can.

For the fourth year in a row a silent auction to benefit the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum was held by the Nitro Alumni. 170 unique and rare items went on the block and the end result was over $25,000 to benefit a great cause.

The 2015 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series champs were also crowned. In Top Fuel Tony Bartone won his second Series championship in a row. Steve Densham held on to take the Funny Car title.

Other winners were: A FUEL: Drew Austin; AA/FUEL ALTERED Jeremy Sullivan; NOSTALGIA PRO MOD Andrew Berry; JUNIOR FUEL Scott Parks; 7.0 PRO Dewayne Sanders; AA/SUPERCHARGED Howard Anderson; A/GAS Brendan Frye; A/FX Steve Whitemore.

For the full event story visit: 2015 CHRR at: NHRA Museum News

Since nobody reads the lead in anyway, I'll go right into Top Fuel.

*There are A LOT of photos in this coverage because: (1) Several photographers contributed and I want them all represented. (2) The driver's and teams really deserve the recognition they don't get anywhere else.




Top Fuel Qualifying Session One

To everybody's approval, a third nitro session was added to this year,
the first two went off on Friday.


The first pair to hit the perfectly prepped track was Rick McGee in the Tedford & McGee "Overtime Special", and Denver Schutz in the "Raisin Express 3".







The team acknowledged Cancer Awareness Month with pink ribbons on their shirts and a pink nose on the car. Darrell Tedford had a bout with cancer earlier this year and after treatment, so far, so good.














McGee stopped the clocks with a 5.99 at 190.93 while Schutz carded a 6.08 at 211.39.












Next up were Rick Williamson and Rick White.





















White got there first with a 5.77 at 238.11 while Williamson was flying blind to a 6.11 at 219.22 covered in oil after the "puke tube" came off the right valve cover.










Needless to say, this took a while to clean up.





Pair three featured Ron August in Mike Fuller's "Forever Young" and Dave Hirata in Dale Suhr's "Orange Crate".








You can see Dave's head looking down in a WTF moment. Hit the throttle, car didn't move an inch. Seems the reverser broke rendering the driveline moot.




August had no problems and motored on down the track.













August carded a decent 5.84 at 261.09








Next out was Jim Murphy in his WW2 Racing entry and Adam Sorokin driving the Champion Speed Shop fueler.










This year Murphy brought the legendary Roland Leong as Crew Chief.



Not that it mattered but Sorokin left first by a huge margin.













Admittedly the tune-up was "to hopped up" and at the 60ft block the car went into major tire smoke.




Sorokin stopped the clocks at a sub par 6.08 at just 202.88 throwing out two rods in the process causing a fire that burned longer than most.















Next to last pair featured Bill Dunlap in the High Speed Motorsports entry and Brendan Murry in his Running Wild Racing later model hemi car.























Murry had problems early while Dunlap motored on down the track.







Dunlap carded a tune-up time of 5.69 at 241.87 while Murry coasted through with a 7.51 at 110.39.


















Final pair was Tony Bartone in the Bartone Bros. car and Terry Cox in the Cheetah IV.




























Bartone got there first with a 5.72 at 225.44 with Cox close behind with a 5.89 at 250.51.















The final car to take the track was Dusty Green in the Nitro Hemi entry.





Green lit the tires at the 60' mark and clicked it.





Top Fuel Qualifying, Session One

Funny Car Qualifying, Session One

Top Fuel Qualifying, Session Two

Funny Car Qualifying, Session Two

Top Fuel Qualifying, Session Three

Funny Car Qualifying, Session Three

Top Fuel Round One

Funny Car Round One

Top Fuel & Funny Car Round 2

Top Fuel & Funny Car Semis & Final

Winners Circle & Fuel Altereds

All Other Cars




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