Every year this event keep getting
bigger and bigger. For the 7th edition at least 8,000 to 10,000
people, attended the annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car
Show held on Atlantic Avenue between Roosevelt Rd. and San Antonio
Dr. in Long Beach. Saturday July 14. A full complement of cacklecars,
hot rods, show cars etc. and appearances by Tom "The Mongoose"
McEwen and Don "The Snake" Prudhomme.
The event, organized by 8th dist.
Councilwoman Rae Gabelich and Bixby Knolls Business Improvement
Association Exec. Dir. Blair Cohn, is a visible and audible tribute
to the sights and sounds of the southland's chrome, horsepower
and pre-OPEC car culture. This year's event featured over 200
pre-1975 vintage classic cars, hot rods, street rods and special
interest vehicles on Atlantic Ave. stretching from Roosevelt
Rd. to San Antonio Rd.
At dusk, the crowd converged
on on Atlantic Ave./Carson St. where 15 dragsters were displayed...
...and amid watchful pit crew members, the dragsters lit their
2,500 horsepower engines simultaneously for a flame-throwing,
decibel blasting "cacklefest." It was felt viscerally
by those nearby and heard considerably beyond. Opportunities
to sit the drivers' seats of the dragsters (with drive trains
disconnected) were auctioned off on the spot to the highest bidders
to benefit the Southern CA Special Olympics.
The cars that made up the bulk
of the cacklefest were all somehow connected by their historic
link to the time period when the Lions Drag Strip drew massive
crowds - not unlike the one at Atlantic & Carson every Saturday.
They nearly all fell into that 1955-72 frame that Lions dominated
SoCal drag racing.
Now enjoy a mixed bag of photos
below that hopefully portray the flavor of the day.
*There was very little documentation
of names (those in the car fire-ups etc.) So, if anyone can fill
in the blanks let us know. Mail to: Cacklefest
Bixby Knolls Info