NHRA: 50th anniversary Funny Car celebration kicks off at Pomona By: Samuel Reiman

NHRA: 50th anniversary Funny Car celebration kicks off at Pomona By: Samuel Reiman

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Funny Car competition in the NHRA, and celebrations will begin as early as the season opener at Pomona.

The 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series begins at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona from Feb. 11-14. Fans will be treated to a display of various Funny Cars through the years at the Hot Rod Junction, including:

– The Jungle Jim Chevy Nova
– The Gas Ronda Mustang
– The Mickey Thompson Mustang
– John Force’s Brute Force Monza
– John Force’s Brute Force Vega
– Larry Fullerton’s Maverick
– The Chi-Town Hustler
– The Beach City Corvette
– The Willie Borsch Mustang
– The Vels-Parnelli Jones Mustang

Additionally, several other Funny Cars from past years will perform exhibition runs down the dragstrip, including:

– The Candies and Hughes Barracuda
– The Fighting Irish ’71 Camaro
– The Stone Woods and Cook vintage Mustang
– The Bays & Rupert 1969 Chevy Camaro

While burnout demonstrations will be performed by Ron Huegli in the Tiki Warrior, and by Greg Howland in the Zeus nostalgia Funny Car.

Fans will also be treated to Q&A and autograph sessions with several Funny Car drivers, with the first 500 fans at the Q&A being awarded a special NHRA Funny Car 50th anniversary commemorative autograph card. Among the drivers featured at the Q&A will be:

– Don “The Snake” Prudhomme
– “The King of Speed” Kenny Bernstein
– Ed “The Ace” McCulloch
– Al Segrini
– Tom Prock
– Clare Sanders
– Gas Ronda

To purchase tickets for the Circle K NHRA Winternationals, call the NHRA Ticket Sales Center at (800) 884-NHRA, or get your tickets online at www.nhra.com/tickets.