2007-06-16 / News

'Cacklefest' is Saturday night at NTR

HEBRON - To car folks, Cacklefest is the sweetest sight and sound in the world: 30 or more vintage dragsters fire up and "cackle" 10 gallons of nitromethane fuel in less than fiveminutes.

The sound of that exploding nitro will be music to the ears of thousands of fans at National Trail Raceway, on Saturday night, June 18, as Cacklefest once again roars at the 5th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, presented by SoffSeal. The entire Reunion runs from June 15-17.

"A Cacklefest is like a barely controlled atomic bomb," said Greg Sharp, curator of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, producers of the Reunion and the man who coined the term back in 2000. "That exploding nitro cracks like a gun shot and shoots header flames into the night sky. It's a sight to behold and people love it," said Sharp.

Among drag racing fans, Cacklefest is now a common word. There's even a www.cacklefest. com. This year, according to Sharp, more than 35 cars will push-start their early-style frontengine dragsters like they did in the 1950s and '60s, then line then up down the center of the drag strip at National Trail Raceway with the headers glowing and the motors running or 'cackling.'

"Cacklefest is a proven inspiration for enthusiasts who have experienced this unique event," said Steve Gibbs, former NHRA vice president and current board member of the Parks Museum. "With each passing year we are amazed to see newly resurrected pieces of automobile history appear at the event."

The 2007 Cacklefest features three famous fuel dragsters that showcase the career of "TV Tommy" Ivo. Ivo will personally drive the Barnstormer - his very first blown Chrysler dragster.

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