NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD
presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports
Legendary Texas Fuel Racer Vance Hunt
To Serve As Grand Marshal of SHRA Championship Finals
Courtesy of SHRA Media
The Southwest Heritage Racing Association presented by MalloryPrint.com is proud to announce the Grand Marshal for the October 31st SHRA Championship Finals in Denton, Texas is legendary fuel racer Vance Hunt from Arlington, Texas.
The likeable Vance Hunt was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma in 1932 and ‘officially’ got hooked on drag racing in about 1957 when he went to Wichita Falls and saw Speed Sport, Cook & Bedwell and Don Garlits run. It was then that Vance decided drag racing was definitely in his future. He was a member of the North Texas Timing Association who ran drag races at Caddo Mills, TX in the 50’s and earned his first trophy in 1955 in a ’54 D/Stock Oldsmobile. But that was just the beginning of his successes.
Vance Hunt teamed up with Ed Mabry in the late 50’s, running Hunt’s recently acquired Chrysler Hemi in Mabry’s dragster chassis. That combo would go on to the NHRA Nationals at Oklahoma City in 1958 and earn a trophy for setting the new B Gas Dragster speed record of 130 MPH. In 1960 Hunt decided to go with nitro and with driver JL Payne they become a serious threat. Hunt and Payne challenged Chris Karamesines for the No. 1 spot on the Mr. Eliminator List. The race was held in Tampa, Florida, and they defeated the “Golden Greek” two straight in a best of three go. In early 1962, Hunt and Payne were challenged again for the number 1 spot on the Mr Eliminator List from Karamesines. The race took place in San Gabriel, California and again Hunt and Payne prevailed. Then later another challenge, this time from Garlits and Swingle and with the race taking place in Houston, Hunt and Payne remained number 1. That same year at Green Valley Raceway during the Labor Day AHRA Championships, Hunt and Payne took top eliminator over the legendary Greer-Black-Prudhomme dragster. Vance Hunt would continue success with drivers like Ted Arnold (who unfortunately perished in a crash at Green Valley Raceway during the ’63 AHRA Nationals), Jerry Ellis, Watus Simpson and it was the Hunt and Simpson team that would see Vance close out his racing career at the Labor Day race at Green Valley in 1971.
He is a member of the NHRA Division 4 Hall of Fame and the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, well deserved recognitions for such a stories career.
The SHRA Championship Finals will feature all 6 classes of SHRA nostalgia drag racing competition along with the Outlaw Fuel Altereds season finale. SHRA series champions will be decided in Nostalgia Eliminator 1, 2 and 3, Nostalgia Super Stock, Old School No Electronic brackets and Old School Electronic Brackers on top of the Alkydigger.com Shootout for Nostalgia Eliminator 1, 2 and 3 classes! All of this taking place at the October 31st event at North Star Dragway in Denton. For more information on this huge nostalgia drag racing event, go to SHRAracing.com for more details.