Nostalgia Drag World - Alan Aug photo
Your roving reporter here and I just got back from the annual DragFest held this past November 9th. DragFest is hosted annually by 1989 NHRA Funny Car Champ and all around great guy, Bruce Larson at his Stoney Creek Barn in Dauphin, Pa. If you’ve never been, the barn is filled with Bruce’s personal collection of race cars and memorabilia. It’s all over the place and hard not to feel like a kid in a candy store once inside. As you enter you are greeted by a duplicate 1989 Olds Funny Car that won the championship (the original is in the Smithsonian). The 68 Camaro as well as the 70s Vette are on the floor as well as the late Stan Shopple’s twin engine and blown flathead monster dragster.
The day was bright and sunny but exceptionally cold (low 40s) so standing around outside was an option but honestly there’s a lot to see outside as well as inside. Brian Beattie had his restored Jim & Allison Lee front engine dragster as well as Rick Osburn’s wheelstanding 38 Special Chevy pickup C/Gasser were outside. The restored King Rat Camaro funny car was in attendance as well as hot rods, muscle cars, and race cars all over the grounds.
Inside there’s much bench racing going on. There are literally hundreds in attendance enthusiasts and celebs alike. Once entered, you are given a lanyard with a number on it. That number relates to the many door prizes given away. There is also an auction of drag racing memorabilia hosted by NHRA announcer and drag racing historian Bob Frey with the proceeds this year going to St Jude’s Hospital. Over $6,000 was raised! There are also awards given out to honor the “Hardcore Enthusiasts” in attendance. This year’s awards gave recognition to East Coast photographers as well as a most notable racer.
Photographers that were honored and recognized were East Coast Gasser and all around Nostalgia Drag Racing photographer Jeff Unfried, Beaver Springs track photog Todd Dziadosz, South Mountain Track photog Aaron Beale, Pittsburgh International as well as Keystone Raceway Park track photog Bill Truby, and all around drag racing photographer and Nostalgia Drag World contributor, Ted Pappacena. The recognized racer was Pro Stock Champion, Larry Lombardo. They all got plaques and their names emblazoned on the wall Hall of Fame board.
Ted Pappacena holding his award
The event that started at 10 AM ended around 3 PM and a good time was had by all. This roving reporter will be back next year.
NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD - Photo by Alan Aug