by Jim Amos

DVD #173

This two hour and eleven minute video covers all the activities at the Fourth Annual Pittsburgh International Dragway/Keystone Raceway Reunion at Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria, Pa on September 28-29, 2013. 

They had a separate race program for both Saturday and Sunday and we were there for both. We followed Saturday’s program all the way through to the end which happened to be 1 AM on Sunday. On the track we saw vehicles competing in Hot Rod Eliminator, Stock & Super Stock, United Manual Transmission Quick Stick and Street Stick, and Nostalgia Super Stock. There were hundreds of race cars on the grounds and we show you as many as possible.

The Southern Slingshots Front Engine Dragster group ran an exhibition match as did the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit. Cool cars, neat stuff. In addition “Farmer” Arnie Beswick made several 190+ MPH runs in his Tameless Tiger Pontiac GTO.

The car show area was packed to the limit on Saturday and we profile some of the cars that caught our eye. There were Drag Race Cars, Street Rods, Custom Cars, Rat Rods and plain old Classic Cars from all the various brands.  

We provide in-depth coverage of the Nostalgia Super Stock group and you will see all of their time trials and well as all rounds of their eliminations on Saturday. Along the way we also do car profiles and driver interviews. Great bunch of guys. Yes guys as there were no women competing in the N/SS class.

We installed our GoPro camera in two of the N/SS cars and we give you a drivers view of what it is like to make a pass down the quarter mile at PRP. I know you will like these shots.

We also include a segment featuring the United Manual Transmission Racers (UMTR) group. The sights and sounds of these cars leaving the line with the wheels up is impressive.

They ran another complete show on Sunday and I roamed the pit area looking for cool cars and interesting stories. I did an interview with Jim Senkewitz of the Pittsburgh International Dragway Reunion group. Jim told me the story of PID and how the group has created a PID Hall of Fame. Nice job by a great group of people. Yes men and women are part of the group.

I also had a chance to talk with Bill Truby who has served as track photographer at PID and Keystone Dragway since 1970. Bill had hundreds of nostalgic photographs on display at the Reunion and we give you some insight into the collection. Bill also provided us with an historical perspective of the two tracks. Great stuff.

We talked to Drag Racing Legend Tom Myl who calls the Pittsburgh area home. Tom made a name for himself racing a series of Mopar Super Stockers and Pro Stockers back in the 1960's and 1970's.. Great guy, great story. 

We have also included some flash back original movie footage of both PID and Keystone Raceway back in the late 60's and early 70's. Follow a group of regular guys as the travel to PID and make a pass down the track. You will also see a match race between Jungle Jim Liberman’s 1969 Nova and Lew Arrington’s Brutus Pontiac. Very cool!  

We only cover racing through the first round on Sunday but we do show you who the winners were in all the contested classes.

This was a great event and I hope you will be encouraged to attend next years Reunion after viewing this video. They have told me it will be even bigger and better. Now that is saying something! 

This DVD includes 35 Chapter markers so you can quickly navigate to your favorite part of the video.  Pick up your copy today.

The attached YouTube video clip is a twelve minute promotional video from the full length PID/KEYSTONE DRAGWAY REUNION 2013 production.  Keep in mind the full length 2 hour and 11 min video is in broadcast quality digital video.