Steve Gibbs to Serve as Grand Marshal of 20th NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion

Sep 20, 2011

NHRA has announced that longtime NHRA official Steve Gibbs will serve as the grand marshal of the 20th Annual NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion, which takes place Oct. 21-23 at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in McFarland, California.

Gibbs played a major role in the creation of the first California Hot Rod Reunion in 1992.

Gibbs started his career in the drag racing industry back in the 1950s numbering cars and reporting for Drag News at the old San Gabriel and Fontana Drag Strips, according to NHRA.

In the 1960s Gibbs became a manager of Irwindale Raceway and by 1969 had joined NHRA as an advertising director of National Dragster. He was later the NHRA vice president of competition and helped to direct more than 400 national events.

Gibbs formed the NHRA Historical Society in the early 1990s and later became the first executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.

He received the Car Craft Ollie Award in 1991 and was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Several other people who have contributed to drag racing’s history will also be honored at this year’s California Hot Rod Reunion, including Harry Hibler, Wayne King, John Peters, Dwight Salisbury, and George Santos.

Produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, the reunion is “part of the museum’s ‘living history’ philosophy, which works to bring to life the sights, sounds and people who made history in the early days of drag racing, land speed racing and the golden age of American car culture,” according to NHRA.

To purchase tickets to the event, visit or call (800) 884-6472.

To read the NHRA’s full interview with 2011 Grand Marshal Steve Gibbs, click here.