NHRA, the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body, is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011 with a year-long celebration that will “pay homage to the evolution of the hot rod, the impact of the sport’s legendary racers, and the lifeblood provided by the many millions of loyal and passionate NHRA fans,” according to an article posted on the association’s website. Started by Wally Parks in March 1951, the NHRA has evolved into powerful force to be reckoned with.
“Wally created NHRA for the hot rod enthusiasts and the 2011 season, our 60th Anniversary, will be a year-long celebration in their honor,” said NHRA President Tom Compton, in the association article. “Fans, accustomed to the up-close and personal experience through our open-pit environment, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the stars and see the cars from throughout the 60-year history of the sport.”
In addition to the 22 events on the 2011 schedule, special events will be added in throughout the year.
To start the celebration off, NHRA will host the “Snake Pit” car show on Febr. 24-27 at the Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California. The car show will feature a large collection of Don “The Snake” Prudhomme‘s race cars. Expected to be showcased at the event are the 1967 Dodge D700 Hot Wheels Ramp Truck, the 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda and the 1972 Mongoose Duster, in addition to many hot rods owned by the “Road Kings” car club.
For East Coast fans, the NHRA will host its “Official 60thAnniversary Kick-Off Part” at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals on March 10-13 at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida. The event will feature a planned match race between Darrell Gwynn and “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, in addition to a car show featuring cars from the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing.
Anniversary celebration events will continue to take place throughout the year as the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its way across the country.
“NHRA drag racing fans from across the country will be treated to special events designed to give them the chance to touch and feel and, in many cases, personally interact with the men, women and vehicles that have made the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series the great sport that it is today,” according to the NHRA article.
For more information, go to www.nhra.com.