Story By: SCOTT SMITH / NHRA – GLENDORA, CA – Today at the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits helped NHRA announce the launch of a momentous celebration leading up to the 50th year of this iconic event in 2019.
The NHRA Legends Tour will feature some of NHRA’s most beloved figures from the early days of drag racing including Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, Kenny Bernstein, Tom “Mongoose” McEwen, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Joe Amato, Ed “The Ace” McCulloch, “The Bounty Hunter” Connie Kalitta, and “Big” Jim Dunn, as well as a host of local drag racing heroes.
At each stop on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit, the NHRA Legends Tour will provide fans with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with a few of the most renowned names in drag racing at meet-and-greets, autograph sessions and a variety of other activities. The tour wraps up next year in Gainesville, Fla. as all of the biggest stars in drag racing come together for one colossal blowout to celebrate the 50th annual Gatornationals. Never before have so many NHRA legends been gathered in one place.
“The 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals will be a ‘bucket-list’ event for any devoted drag racing fan,” said NHRA president Glen Cromwell. “All of NHRA’s fan favorites will be there to celebrate the rich history of this event.”
“Gainesville Raceway is one of the most iconic tracks in the country,” said Garlits. “We want to celebrate by bringing all of the NHRA legends together in one place. You won’t want to miss this!”
The Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, held each March at Gainesville Raceway, is one of NHRA’s longest standing annual events going back to the days of muscle cars, rock ‘n’ roll and Coca-Cola. While the engines are faster and the tracks are safer these days, the true spirit of drag racing remains at Gainesville Raceway. The Gatornationals are a community staple providing entertainment and economy to the area.
Beginning this weekend, the NHRA Legends Tour will take place at each stop on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series leading up to the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, currently scheduled to take place March 14-17, 2019. Appearances are subject to change.