Long Beach, CA Jul 12, 2008 The third annual Bixby
Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show once again graced the
streets of the Bixby Knolls Business District in Long Beach ,
CA . The show was free to the public and kicked off at 3:00 pm
and came to a close at 9:00 pm later that night.
high-energy show featured more than 150 classic cars, street
rods and specialty vehicles from all over Southern California
. They were proudly displayed up and down Atlantic Avenue between
San Antonio Drive and Roosevelt Road by their enthusiastic owners.
Each competed against the other for the coveted trophies in seventeen
In addition there
were raffles; live music (provided by Party Jones),
a rock wall for the kids to test their climbing skills, a food
court and beer garden. Many of the shops that lined the streets
had special demonstrations like the Reptiles Unlimited
gang. Their employees entertained the crowd with several of their
The shows most
prominent display however was at the intersection of Atlantic
and Carson where the Professional Dragster Association (PDA)
paid their due respect to the city of Long Beach s historic
past. Lined up in a perfect row were fourteen vintage Top Fuel
dragsters, one rear-engine Alcohol dragster and one AA/FA to
honor one of the greatest racing facilities ever
PDA members and
supporters put on a fantastic show at 4:00pm, 6:30pm, and 8:30pm
by dazzling the 10,000 curious on-lookers by bringing these mechanical
masterpieces to life. During the first two sessions each car
was fired one at a time, one after another
it was an awesome
sight to behold! For the grand finale they all fired together
the sights, sounds, smells and taste of
Nitromethane saturated the senses of everyone within close proximity.
There wasnt a dry eye in the house!
show Doug Kruse, Joel Gruzen and John Ewald handled the announcer
chores for the dragster portion of the expo. The PDA cars in
attendance were as follows:
Jake & Marilyn
McClouds Dean Engineering AA/FD
Cartmell & Wright TAD
Ernies Camera Shop AA/FD
& Goebel families Yeakel Chrysler Plymouth AA/FD
Hustler VI AA/FD
Poison Ivy AA/FD
B&L Auto Parts A/FD (static display only)
Reath Automotive AA/FA
Mighty Mouse AA/FA
Long Beach, 8th
district Councilwoman Rae Gabelich ( Gary s wife) organized
the event for the third year in a row and felt it was the best
yet. She called it exhilarating.
The car show
coordinator Steve Beatty was very pleased with the turnout of
cars and spectators. The event successfully raised $4000 raised
for the Special Olympics of Southern California.
Blair Cohn, executive
director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association
described the event as a huge success once again.
It was a perfect
summer day filled with lots of scorching heat and later that
night a cool ocean breeze. Great times were had by all! Congratulations
to everyone that made the magic happen!
Photos by: Warren
Merriman Doug Kruse, Darrell Conrad, Pam Schavrien and John Ewald.