by Jim Amos


DVD #185

This one hour and thirty-six minute video production covers all the activities at the Southeastern Drag Racers Association Reunion at Dothan, Al and the Nostalgia Nights Drag Racing Series event at Cottonwood Dragway.  

This is the eighteenth year for the Reunion and it seems to get better each year. The event began with the name Old Drag Racer's Reunion in 2001 and changed to Southeastern Drag Racer's Reunion in 2016. What hasn't changed is the variety of activities that await attendees.

Friday began with early arriver's showing up for the Saturday car show and meet and greet activities in the Clarion Inn in Dothan, Al. By the time Friday evening rolled around there was a whole bunch of show cars & race cars in the parking lot. The Hall Of Fame Banquet took place in the Clarion ballroom and over 225 people attended. Eleven new Hall Of Fame inductees were introduced to the audience and several awards were presented. The keynote speaker was Dan Parker. Dan was involved in a drag racing accident that left him blind and he gave a very inspirational speech about how he has dealt with his handicap.  

Saturday morning began with the car show and later the Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. We dedicate about eighteen minutes to the Reunion activities and then we travel to Cottonwood Dragway for the Nostalgia Nights Drag Racing Series. The racing action accounts for one hour and eighteen minutes of our coverage.

At the track we found five different racing categories and we focus on the Nostalgia cars that were competing at the event. They also had two specialized categories one for the Gassers and one for stick cars.

Jessie Holmes had a group of the Southern Outlaw Gassers at the show and we following them throughout the day. There were several new gasser cars at the event and we did car profiles and driver interviews with many of them. In fact we have seventeen interviews in the video.

The Gasser field included a great variety of cars. You get to see the "Coon-Tang" Falcon, the "Big Rock" Simca, the Reeves Family '55 Chevy, the "Big Iron" '51 Chevy, the "Little Rascal II" Dodge/Willys, James Akers '57 Chevy, a '62 Ford Ranchero called "Raunchy", The "Wild Fire" '41 Willys, The "Bounty Hunter" Chevy II, The "Yella Dawg" Chevelle, The "Nasty Nash" Rambler, Randy Potter's "Squirrel", John Vice's '56 Chevy, Scott Burks '63 Fairlane, The "Storm Warning" Anglia, Steven Rawls '53 Chevy and the "Johnny Reb" 1950 Chevy among others.

The Gassers ran an exhibition format where cars of similar ET’s were matched together and run heads up. It was just like back in the day when the first to the finish line got the win light. All the cars ran two time runs then we captured the first round of their eliminations. The emphasis was on having fun and making passes down the track.

We also got to watch two Factory Super Stock Cobra Jet Mustangs make a couple of passes down the track. The cars are owned by James Finch of Panama City, Fl. James is a ARCA series car owner and he also supports drag racing by funding the cars used by Roy Hill at his Drag Racing School. These cars are like a piece of jewelry and they are scary fast. They also had a Pro Mod car that ran a 4.35 in the eighth mile.  

We got to see some great racing and we met some terrific people. If Gasser type racing is your thing I am sure you will enjoy this video.

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The attached YouTube video clip is a low resolution sequence from the SDRA Reunion and Nostalgia Night Drag Race video.  Keep in mind the full l hr and 36 min video is in broadcast quality digital video.