From Ashes to Arch, Goodguys rebuild a drag racing tradition.
In the fall of 1993, a meeting was held at the Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing Association Headquarters in Alamo, CA. In attendance were Goodguys President Gary Meadors, longtime Smoker's Car Club Member and Drag Racing Hall of Famer Jack Williams, Marc Meadors and the Goodguys Publicity Director John Drummond. A "Big" West Coast Nostalgia Drag Race was needed to help serve as the "anchor" event of the Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing Circuit. Williams spoke up and said, "Let's Bring Back the March Meet!"
What ensued is a miracle. Left for dead in 1992, the fabled March Meet, formerly known as the US Fuel & Gas Championships, had lost its ability to draw current day professional fuel racers and died a slow death. In 1994, Goodguys put their name and talents to the task of rebuilding the March Meet as the kick-off event for the Goodguys/VRA West Coast Championship Series featuring front engined nitro burning top fuel dragsters.
That first Goodguys March Meet attracted 11 top fuel cars and 375 other 1972 and earlier race cars. Hot rods and customs, a mainstay at Goodguys events, flowed through the gates in huge numbers. The vibe was in the air that the March Meet had recaptured its glory! All in attendance knew they were attending a special event. Front engined dragsters, gassers, altereds and hot rods by the hundreds set the stage for the March Meet's successful return.
Flash to 2001. The 42nd Goodguys March Meet held March 9, 10 & 11, 2001 was the largest vintage drag racing event ever held in the United States. Over 400 racing entries, 1,000 rods & customs and two ½-mile vendor midways buried Famoso Raceway. 28 Top Fuel cars battled for the 16-car field. Traffic stretched from the racetrack to highway 99 and spectators parked 2 miles away from the track. Drag racing's unofficial "Woodstock" is alive and well.
Why do they come? To feel a sense of nostalgia. To hearken back to when times were simple. Under Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing rules, four-man teams who work for wages Monday through Friday can afford to field a Top Fuel dragster and race. "Retro" hot rods park in the mud "because it's cool and because it's fun" Goodguys have successfully created a drag racing timecapsule. Once a year, racers rodders and gearheads from all over the US come to Famoso Raceway, to race and remember.
What will the 43rd edition of the March Meet hold? Goodguys is forcasting the biggest and best one yet. Generating lots of the pre-event hype is a new television show called "Goodguys TV" which will be on hand to capture all the action. The show will air on Speedchannel in 2002. Goodguys also expects 30 top fuel dragsters to compete for this year's March Meet crown. Also expected are droves of rods & customs and of course a giant manufacturer's midway and a swap meet. It's gonna be cool, it's gonna be wild and most of all it's gonna provide you with memories that last a life time. March 8, 9 & 10 2002, Famoso Raceway, the Goodguys K & N Filters 43rd March Meet