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Holley Hot Rod Reunion Draws Thousands to Bowling Green

By: Todd Veney06/21/2017 < Back to Blog Home
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The 15th annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion over Father's Day weekend at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Holley's hometown of Bowling Green, Ky., was another smash hit. Fans and participants braved foul weather Thursday, then took in a full day of action-packed qualifying on Friday and eliminations on Saturday. Veteran Jim Murphy, a star of Top Fuel and Funny Car from the 1970s to the 1990s and a leader in the nostalgia drag racing movement of this century, claimed the Top Fuel title and took over the NHRA points lead from March Meet winner Mendy Fry.

Fans gazed at hundreds of classic cars and hot rods between rounds of racing, perused a jam-packed midway of automotive vendors, scored deals at the memorabilia swap meet, enjoyed a great car show full of vintage iron, and concluded the festivities Saturday night with the always exciting "cacklefest" of nitro-burning machinery, including Bruce Larson's USA-1 Corvette and the Castronovo Bros. Custom Body Dodge Funny Car.

Scroll down for a complete list of race and show winners and more great shots from the weekend. And for a huge gallery with dozens more images, click here.

DRAG RACE WINNERS

NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL: Jim Murphy

7.0 PRO: Don Nave

7.5 PRO: Darrell Wathen

NOSTALGIA SUPER STOCK: Doug Duell

COMP: Skeeter Wayne

TOP STOCK: John Meinelt

MODIFIED: Larry Key

348/409: Bryan Fugate

GAS: Pat Freels

GEEZER GASSERS: John Swiek

HOT ROD: Chad Brewer

AXALTA SHOW 'N SHINE WINNERS

BEST SHINE & DETAIL: Dan Duffy, 1956 Chevy 210

MEMORY LANE: Kevin Doolittle, Willy’s Pickup

ONE OF A KIND: Lowell Groom, ’63 VW Beetle Funny Car

GRAND MARSHALL: Linda and Ralph Miller, 1930 Ford Tudor

KILLER KUSTOMS: Truman & Wanda Morgan, ’55 Chevy Bel Air convertible

DAZZLIN’ DEUCE: Erik & Oksana Hansen, ’32 Ford Sedan

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE: Mike Whitney, ’32 Black Highboy Roadster

DYNAMAT PICK: George Poteet, 1950 Ford Coupe

TRICK TRUCK: Trent Blue, ’49 Chevy Pickup

TIMELESS TRADITION: Mark Watson, ’32 Ford Roadster

THRILLING ‘30s: Linda & Ralph Miller, 1930 Ford Tudor

FABULOUS ‘40s: Ted Novicki

FINEST ‘50s: Kevin Burt, ’55 Chevrolet “Resurrected”

SENSATIONAL ‘60s: Zach Straits, ’61 Galaxie

SUPER ‘70s: Gary Buckies, ’71 Camaro Custom

PUSH CAR: Dan Shaw, ’32 Ford Pickup

STREET ROD: Oscar Gamble, 1932 Ford 3 Window

MIGHTY MUSCLE: Jeff Mumford, 1970 Chevy Camaro

MOST UNINSURABLE: ’49 Plymouth Ratrod

PERIOD CORRECT: Jeremy Dorlac, ’30 Model A











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