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Just one of the cool parts of the Cacklefest show is the pre-fire up parade where the fans get to see the cars, drivers and crews up close and personal while getting some verbal history of the cars. This is also a fun deal for the folks participating in the event.

Like the CHRR at Bakersfield in October, this event draws more quality cacklecars each year. Not nearly as many as the CHRR, but a lot of really nice iron nonetheless. This year was no exception.

First out are the push start cars as they go to the top end of the track. Following them are the static start cars that are positioned on the guardwall in the starting line area. Meet the 2017 NHRR Cacklefest participants.

We present them to you in the order they were presented to the fans. One reason Cacklefest.com is here is to recognize in a small way those who come to this and other events from all over the country. This is where they can see the fruits of their labor.




Prior to the parade, Preston Davis presented to Bob Frey a clock that Raymond Godman got for setting top speed in his class (A/MR) at the 1958 nationals. Raymond and Bob used to kid around a lot about it and two weeks before he passed away he told Preston to give it to him at Bowling Green. It was a very special gift for Bob.



First out was Keith Redfern in John Dearmore's beautiful SPE car.



David Pace in Roland Leong's 1967 "Hawaiian". A Don Long car in its early hemi configuration. The restoration was overseen by John Dearmore for owner Frank Heinig.






The Hundley & Boggs team brought their 1969 car. Unlike the 1967 car this sports a full body and wild paint scheme. The car is owned and driven by Richie Boggs.





JD Strawn II got the ride in Jim Burgess "Pesek & Lucas" AA/FD.




Don Moore got the seat in Tom Hunt's "Hunt Family Farms" fueler.





NHRR regular, the Gladstone & Barnes "Michigander" AA/FD, Damon Gladstone driving.





Hoyh Family "Swamp Fox" AA/FD Driver: David Hoyh.







Dave Huber's Dragmaster "Huber Standard Oil Special".





Original driver Jim Walther was in the "Special Edition" AA/FD owned by Penny Flammia.







NHRR staple the Cox & Amos AA/FD, Driver: Ronnie Nichols.




Dunn & Reath Rainbow AA/FD owned by John Neas and driven by Bob Muravez.






Art Marshall in Brian Beattie's "Great Expectations", once campaigned by Jim & Alison Lee.




Paul Broughton in his "Richie Broughton - Comanche"





The push start parade was capped by none other than Big Daddy.










The cars that couldn't or didn't want to push start rolled out to take their place on the right lane guardwall. They were led off by "Collecting Collett" AA/D with Gordon Collett’s son Terry in Gordon's 1965 car



The Mafia II AA/FD owned by Edwin Laiche who put Raymond Laiche in the seat.







Bruce Larson was back with his 1970 USA-1 Camaro funny car.



The Cupit & Cunniham A/FD was back in honor of the late Glen Cupit now owned by Conrad Cupit with Jordan Cupit in the seat.




Castronovo Bros. Custom Body 1971 Dodge Challenger funny car owned by Ross Howard who also did the fire up.




"Coleman's Super Ford" owned by original owner/driver Larry Coleman who put his son Nick behind the wheel.


"The Syndicate"










Over the weekend, as stated in Cacklefest rules, the test push starts were enforced for any new driver or a driver in a new car. Then there were many vets who just got out to make sure everything was good to go for Saturday night. They were done mostly during the several breaks in the program.

































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