could possibly possess normally rational human beings to go on
an endless quest to find a large hunk of 60 year old tubing and
tin? What could rationally justify spending thousands and thousands
of dollars to restore or recreate a ghost from the past? What
magical moment can bring grown men to tears and for a awhile
- a short while - erase decades of time and make an old dog feel
like a young pup? The answer is Cacklefest®. The word alone
sparks excitement in the hearts of drag racing fans young and
the term was first coined by Greg Sharp of the Wally Parks NHRA
Motorsports Museum, this strange word has spread all over the
world and spawned dozens of "spin off" events at race
tracks big and small. Although you won't find it in any dictionary,
Cacklefest® has become one of the most alluring words in
drag racings vocabulary. Since its inception at the 2000
California Hot Rod Reunion, Cacklefest® has grown from 9
cars to over 100 entries in 2023.
Thanks to Cacklefest®, there are in fact more functional
Top Fuel dragsters today than at any time in the last 60 years.
site is dedicated to all those who have lovingly restored, or
in some cases recreated race cars that we would never have seen,
let alone heard again. Drag strip warriors from the 1960's and
early 1970's that have been sitting ignored for decades have
been given a new lease on life and a purpose far beyond what
they were originally built for.
give those who own them much pride and a lot of fun. They have
resurrected the "careers" of many fabled drivers who
had not been behind the wheel of a race car in decades. They
bring back an era when drag racing was free of corporate influence,
protocol and restraints. There were no "cookie cutter"
cars or hospitality rigs. From the early 1950's through the 1970's
dragsters were, for the most part, financed out of pocket and
innovation was foremost. Very few racers broke even - let alone
made a living.
around the country they are exposing the very core of drag racing
history to thousands of fans who were not even born the last
time one of these cars were push started or went down a dragstrip.