by Ben de la Vega with Rod Saint
As the new Director of Competition for the AHRA I can tell you all that there will be a new website opening very soon. Through the site you will be able to purchase your annual memberships and all of our cool swag! There will also be a tentative 2014 schedule (Have you ever been to El Paso, TX ?). By the way, we do have a really cool AHRA page on Facebook, click here to go to page.UPDATE - The new AHRA website was launched August 9th, 2013 www.AHRAmotorsports.com.
Editor at Large
by Ben de la Vega
Hello and welcome to Nostalgia Drag World magazine. I am your Editor At Large, Ben de la Vega.
I was born and raised, here in El Paso Texas where I still reside. There is a saying around here that goes, you can move anywhere you want in these United States, but you will always get sucked back into the Sun City. I believe it has something to do with either gravity or the fact that Hatch NM is right up the road and is the green chile capital of the world.
I've been around drag racing and dirt track racing since I was a child and wouldn't want to do anything else in life aside from my stint in the Air Force where I spent most of my weekends at State Capital Dragway in Baton Rouge racing in the street class.
After leaving the service I found an interesting job spinning records at many of our local gentlemens clubs. That job actually helped me out since I eventually became a drag race announcer in the 90's. My start was at Holloman AFB, NM for the Drag Club and ended up at the Albuquerque National Dragway. I have actually announced at every drag strip in the state of New Mexico.
To this day I still announce the drags at the Arroyo Seco Raceway, just outside of Deming. That's the town with the Duck Races.
I am also the Race Director/Announcer at the El Paso Motorplex and the new Director of Competition for the American Hot Rod Association. Sometime in a future issue I will also tell you about my fascination with space rocks, yes I collect meteorites too.
Nostalgia Drag World - by Ben de la Vega