'Cackle Corral' Makes Debut at March Meet
Tribute to legendary drag cars will light up Auto Club Famoso Raceway Saturday night, Mar. 10

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Mar. 6, 2007) -- Flames will light up the sky at historic Auto Club Famoso Raceway at 6 p.m. on Sat., Mar. 10 as the March Meet debuts "Cackle Corral," a blast-from-past tribute to drag cars of from the golden age of drag racing.

According to Blake Bowser, general manager of Auto Club Famoso and producer of the fabled March Meet (Mar. 9-11), the Cackle Corral will feature about 20 legendary cars from 1950, '60 and '70s, lined up in two outer edges of the staging lines. "Fans will get to walk through and see the cars up close and personal while they are cackling," Bowser said. "They'll be fired- up with flames shooting out and making all sorts of noise. Many of the cars actually raced in the March Meet decades ago, so in a sense, they've come full circle. We think nostalgia drag racing fans will really get excited about the Cackle Corral and it will become a big part of the March Meet."

One of the most anticipated cars in the Cackle Corral is the rebuilt Marcellis & Boyd Winged Express, a famous AA Fuel Altered racer that was badly damaged last fall. Other cars in Cackle Corral will include Shubert & Herbert, Beebe & Mulligan, The Vagabond, Frantic 4, Stellings & Hampshire, Hustler V, Speed Sport Roadster, Walt Austin's "Black Jack" Twin AA/Gas Dragster and Moody's Garage.

"Thanks to the hard work of several groups, including the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, the 1320 Club, Wediditforlove.com, Cacklefest.com and the Frantic Four, we have an amazing collection of historic cars for the event," said Bowser. "It'll be a special evening for the fans."

Tickets to the March Meet are available online, and will be available at the gate during the event. A three-day pass is $75. Tickets for Friday are $25; Saturday and Sunday are $30 each day. 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 March Meet, which inaugurated top-level drag racing in Bakersfield, features nostalgia drag racing in twelve classes. From front-engined Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars to Hot Rods, there's a class for every nostalgia racer who ever dreamed of competing. Reminder: Spring Forward: Daylight Savings Time goes into effect at 2 a.m., Sun., Mar. 11.

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. Now in its 49th year of racing, the March Meet, Mar. 9-11, 2007, is the recognized Mecca of Nostalgia Drag Racing. For more details, visit www.famosoraceway.com.

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