This years 51st March Meet was a three day festival of speed and beauty held at Famoso Raceway just north of Bakersfield, California. This blast from the past revisited the sacred Famoso 1320' strip of asphalt as competitors race side-by-side in neustalgic dragsters emulating racing during drag racing's golden years of the 50's, 60's and 70's.
The March Meet began in 1959. A coupe and roadster club The Smokers est. in 1947 from Bakersfield promoted the inaugural U.S. Fuel and Gas Championships to be held on the WWII auxiliary landing strip. The Smokers paid Don Garlits $1000 to attend the event, it was the first time a drag racer was paid appearance money. After making a pass on Saturday of 9.00 e.t. at 172.41 mph Sunday didn't far so well as Garlits pitched a rod through the side of the block in the first round. Art Chrisman beat Tony Waters in the final taking home $500. trip out west to compete with his famous Swamp Rat dragsters is known as the largest nostalgia drag race event on the planet attracting over 500 competitors.
This years March Meet drew a huge crowd of over 30,000 and over 500 nostalgic competitors. The March Meet also attracts hundreds of hot rods, customs, trucks and rat rods in "The Grove" every year. This year was no exception.