Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Famoso Raceway - March Meets 2009

Hey everyone I'll be shooting this years March Meets at the Famoso Raceway, in Bakersfield for Custom Garage Magazine. The article and photos will be featured in issue #5. So if you plan to be there Saturday, I will see you there. Here's a little info on the races.

Hot Rodders to Fill the “Grove”
At March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway
Local street rodders to display cars at event, March 6-8

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2009) – At the March Meet’s inaugural event in 1959, hot rods were at the heart of drag racing. Fifty-one years later, hot rods are still, well, hot. The March Meet, March 6-8, is still celebrating the timeless connection by inviting all street rods to Auto Club Famoso Raceway for three days of show and competition.

“Every year I am amazed at the number of locals and car clubs that come to be part of the March Meet,” said Blake Bowser, vice president and general manager of the Kern County Racing Association, operators of Auto Club Famoso Raceway and producers of the March Meet.

“We get everything from ’32 Fords to muscle cars from the 1960s, and everything in-between,” said Bowser. “Come on Friday to get the best deal because it doesn’t cost anything extra to show a car, and owners essentially get premium parking for the Meet and you might just get an award. The March Meet is Bakersfield-born and bred and the community is a huge part of it, and always the first to support it.”

All street rods, muscle cars and classics older than 1975 are welcome to participate in the annual car show. Spaces are available for $75 for the weekend and include three-day admission (for car and driver) and parking in the tree-lined Grove of Auto Club Famoso Raceway while space lasts. Vehicles will be judged by decade (1930, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s), on Saturday, with awards being presented later in the afternoon.

“The competition among rodders is going to be intense this year,” added Bowser. “We’re expecting more than 350 cars to show up for bragging rights and the chance to take home a trophy.”

In addition to the trophies being awarded for each vehicle decade, three special awards will be given out for top cars: the Grand Marshal’s Award (chosen by 2009 Grand Marshal Cruz Pedregon), the Legend’s Award and the Media Choice Award.

“Bring it on,” Bowser said to hot rodders. “Show what you got!”

The fun continues into the night at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, with hot rodders camping out for the weekend, mingling and mixing with other race fans and car aficionados, and some even firing up their cars in the wee hours.

“A lot of folks will be having a lot of fun at the March Meet,” said Bowser. “A good time will be had by all, young, old, male, female. It’s just a plain ol’ good time.”

Now celebrating 51 years of racing, the March Meet is a three-day affordable speedfest that enthusiasts call ‘the jewel of Nostalgia Racing.’ It attracts drag racers and spectators from around the world and also includes a hot rod car show, swap meet and a vendors’ midway. The 2009 March Meet is also the first race of the Hot Rod Heritage Series, the NHRA’s 8-race nostalgia racing series. The Grand Marshal this year is NHRA World Champion Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon.

Tickets: a Super 3-Day Pass for $75 can be purchased online now and can be picked up at the track the week of the event. There are no service charges for tickets purchased online at Individual day tickets for the event will go on sale Mar.2, but will be available only at the track. Ticket prices are $25 for Fri., Mar. 6; $30 for Sat., Mar. 7; and $30 for Sun., Mar. 8.

Auto Club members also receive a $ 2 discount off daily admission tickets by showing their cards when they purchase tickets at the track. Daily tickets for children ages 7 to 12 are $10 and kids 6 and under are free when accompanied by an adult with paid admission.

The Kern County Racing Association (KCRA) operates historic Auto Club Famoso Raceway (just north of Bakersfield, Calif.) and promotes a full schedule of races year round, including the world famous March Meet, Mar. 6-8, 2009, is the recognized Mecca of nostalgia drag racing. For more details, visit

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