IRWINDALE, California — - The show started early out on Speedway Drive in Irwindale yesterday. By gate opening time (7:00AM) hundreds of the air-cooled faithful were patiently lined up on Live Oak Avenue ready to file in and get the party started after the closure of the Irwindale eighth-mile in early February.
"Drag Races, Car Show, & Swap Meet Brings Back The Fans!"
The facility owners, NuWay Industries partners Jim Mnoian and Jay Garrett, along with event operator Race Training, USA were cheered boisterously at the driver's meeting for working out a arrangement that allowed the event to go on as planned.
Event organizer Rich Kimball sent a note that read in part: "What can I say, it was awesome! It was sure great to be back at Irwindale. Over the years I've had events at places like Saddleback Park, Carlsbad, OCIR, Corona, Speedway 117 and a couple others, and once they closed, they never re-opened. All I heard all day at the Bug-In was that everybody loved the facility and that they hope we keep the event there. Bob Klein and the dragstrip crew were the greatest. The LARacing school guys were terrific too, allowing us to have our race cars rolling through their area all day long."
"I've got to say that the facility could not have had a better comeback event than Flat-4's Bug-In 37," said Jim Cohan, who heads up Race Training, USA. "... Rich (Kimball) and his people are real pros; great to work with, and the show they put was just plain old fashioned fun ... the fans all loved it."
... And, there's more to come with the valiant Volksie vanguard: hotVWs Drag Days are set to rock the Irwindale facility on July 15 and October 28. Fans of that sort of four-cylinder fun can find out more about those shows at www.bugin.com.
On the on Oval end of the property, LARacing Experience had over 60 students driving stock cars on the Irwindale Speedway half-mile over the course of the day on Sunday. "Sixty-Eight, to be exact," Driving School Manger Ozzie Blackwell told us.
Just for the record www.laracingx.com is where one can find personally out about driving a real stockcar on the fast and famous Irwindale half-mile.
For some of the old hands at the track it was an emotional day. Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale Dragstrip had not just faded away as many feared. It was a good day ... With many more to come.
POST SCRIPT: Thursday Night May 3, 2012 will see the return of regular Thursday Night Test'N'Tune sessions at Irwindale Dragstrip. Fast fun for only $10 to watch, and $20 to race yourown street-legal machine ... Hey! the parking is FREE!