2020 California Hot Rod Reunion has been canceled

By Anthony Caruso III

The California Hot Rod Reunion will not take place in 2020. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum officials announced the cancellation of the event that was scheduled to take place at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.

If you purchased a ticket to the event, the NHRA will be reaching out to you with your ticket options.

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“We made this difficult decision, as we see the effects this pandemic is having on our country, fans, sponsors, and racers,” Martin Betz, Executive Director, said. “We believe this is the right decision given the continued high rate of COVID-19 cases in California and the restrictions implemented by the State and Kern County.”

The event was scheduled to be held on the weekend of Oct. 23-25, 2020 and was going to be presented by Automobile Club of Southern California. The 29th annual event will now take place in 2021.

“For 28-years, the Famoso Raceway has hosted the California Hot Rod Reunion,” Track Owner Blake Bowser said. “As much as I hate seeing the Reunion canceled, the current restrictions placed upon large scale events in our state makes hosting the event virtually impossible. We look forward to a bigger and better event in 2021.”

The California Hot Rod Reunion presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California helps the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. With the help of purchasing tickets, racer entry fees, merchandise sales, memberships, and donations go towards the Museum to preserve its history and inspiring the youth of today.

Besides this event being canceled, the museum was also forced into canceling the Holly National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance, as well. The event was scheduled to take place at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, before it was canceled.

“For 17 years, Beech Bend Raceway has hosted the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion,” Track Owner Dallas Jones said. “As much as we didn’t want to cancel this popular event, the health and safety of our fans, participants, and staff is our number one priority during these difficult times. We look forward to a bigger and better event in 2021.”

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