All American Gas Dragsters Affiliation To Vote On Boycott Of Scorching Rod Reunion
(Photos by Darr Hawthorne) • With a record amount of Nostalgia Best Fuel Dragsters slated to look at NHRA’s Holley Warm Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY, the Assoc. will vote this 7 days on a attainable boycott of the June NHRA Heritage Series occasion.
Remarkably, the conflict and proposed boycott is not over the normal grievance: a deficiency of purse cash — it’s about NHRA’s incapability to settle for a windfall of outside sponsorship towards an increased purse and a even larger subject.“It breaks my coronary heart that it has arrive to this with NHRA,” Bob McLennan, President of AAFD, claimed. “We have supplied to double the Top Fuel Dragsters for this race, and NHRA needs no aspect of it. We have questioned for a 16-vehicle ladder compared to the present-day 8-automobile ladder. We have even introduced in a personal sponsor to offset their charges, but NHRA has drawn a line in the sand, and they will not alter the party framework to allow for for extra dollars and a lot more cars.”
All American Fuel Dragsters’ impetus to double the quantity of nitro-dragsters is based mostly on Nostalgia Top Fuel’s expansion as a course as effectively as a absence of participation from the AA/Amusing Autos at Bowling Eco-friendly. Every single calendar year a race admirer could depend the Funny Auto entries on one particular hand — and whose further more participation is in doubt mainly because new Holley Sizzling Rod Reunion drew as number of as three nitro Funny Auto groups.
“To offset any of NHRA’s costs, (Midwestern Major Fuel racer) Jimi Youthful brought in Customized Floaters for an added 5 figures in purse money,” McLennan stated. “This occasion gains the NHRA Museum — it is their greatest fundraiser of the calendar year. It’s just brain-boggling that NHRA will not aid our energy to place on a improved present and assist finance their Museum.”
However, this is a challenging capsule for McLennan, whose father, Jim McLennan, was inducted into the NHRA Hall of Fame in 1991, the next course of inductees. “With our family’s background with NHRA, you’d think they would know we are making an attempt to gain the Museum’s bottom line and make this a large achievements,” McLennan explained. “We want this to be a earn-earn.” stated McLennan, he is nonetheless open up to producing items function, but with groups voting imminent and the sentiment of the Top rated Gas racers practically unanimous in their viewpoint, the possibility of even an 8-motor vehicle Top rated Fuel Eliminator for the Holley Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Environmentally friendly does not seem promising.