Legends Dinner to Feature Five Decades of the Winternationals Stars

Jan 5, 2010

The NHRA community will be afforded a rare opportunity to hear stories from the drivers who lived it when NHRA hosts the Legends Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 13 in Pomona, California, as part of its weeklong celebration of the 50th running of the iconic Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals.

This year’s Winternationals will be held Feb. 11-14 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The Legends Dinner will feature a pair of drivers from each of the five decades that the Winternationals has been held.

NHRA track announcer Bob Frey will serve as the event’s emcee, discussing everything from Don Garlits‘ unveiling of the “Swamp Rat” to Larry Dixon‘s Winternationals wins in 2002 and 2003 that propelled him to his two championships.

Legendary announcer Dave McClelland will also be on hand to conduct roaming interviews with some of the assembled NHRA stars as well as to facilitate a Q&A with fans.

The drivers slated to be formally involved in the panel discussion include: Don Garlits, Bob Glidden, Grumpy Jenkins, Shirley Muldowney, Kenny Bernstein, John Force, Joe Amato, Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon.

The Legends Dinner, the first of its kind, will be held in the Avalon Room at the L.A. County Fairplex; cocktails will be served from 5-6 p.m., dinner from 6-7 p.m., and the panel discussion will run from 7-9 p.m.

Tickets are $125 per person and tables (10 per table) can be purchased for $1,100.

The event will also include a charity component in which money will be raised via a premium-item auction for the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. Among the items for auction will be an Eric Clapton autographed guitar.

For more information on the “Legends Dinner” or to purchase tickets to the 50th Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals, visit www.NHRA.com.