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2014 March Meet
Wednesday (Test and Tune)

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A/Fuel dragster racer Mike Pawluk is from Vancouver and has lived and worked in the UK and Germany. This is his 19th season of racing and second with the current combination which is a Rodek 392cu in running on a maximum nitro load. Mike's local track is in Mission, British Columbia.

Eddie Kucker runs this immaculate '36 Ford in Hot Rod elimination.

Trey Sommers' '56 210 sedan runs in D/Gas (10.6 dial-in).

This high-riding Corvair with its supercharged engine is a striking vehicle.

Jeff Patton's Camaro runs in the National Muscle Car Association Championship.

Ron Hodgson's Nostalgia Funny Car is driven by his son Ryan. Ron was a member of the late Gordie Bonin's Funny Car team.

Jess Sturgeon drives the Neils & Park Donovan engined 7.0 Pro dragster.

Jeff Paulin is another member of the National Muscle Car Association and pulled a wheels-up launch.

Lawton Ferreira II's '48 Topolino runs in 7.0 Pro.

Richard High's 7.0 Pro Dragster.

Denver Schutz made a launch in his Neil & Parks-Rodeck engined Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster.

Les Davenport runs a Sarmento-BAE Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster.

Nostalgia FC racer and IHRA Champion Peter Gallen has made the trip from cold Pennsylvania to race at Bakersfield for the first time in many years.

Kris Dollinger's '69 Mustang runs in B/G (8.60 index).

Wayne Carroll's '37 Chevy is in C/Gas and mentioned Norm Wheeldon and Herb Andrews whom he knows from past events.

This VW had launch problems but eventually ran mid-nines in C/Gas.

Casey Treur's '33 Willys is in A/Gas.

Dean Hall's '62 Impala is in A/Gas (7.60 index).

Jim Data's '57 Pontiac is an unusual model although it is similar to the Chevy 210. Jim runs A/Gas.

The Bakersfield Sweeper has a chain drive rotating the rear slicks in the opposite direction of travel which is the reason behind its otherworldly noise.

The Nitroholic Funny Car is driven by Richard Townsend.

Jim Young in his Neil & Parks-Rodeck Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster is one of the quicker cars in the class.

Dennis LaCharite drives the Back in Black Nostalgia FC with its unique GTO body.

Jason Barta runs his Chevy dragster in Nostalgia Eliminator I (7.60 bracket).

This altered with its unusual air scoop is being run by Jeff Harris.

The Nitro Pirate 'Vette FC is owned by engine builder Les Leggitt. The latest driver is Garrett Bateman, 2009 NHRA Heritage series Nostalgia Funny Car Champion.

The driver of this beautiful Competition Coupe in NEII is Randy Winkle Jr.

An early contender for Pit Cart of the Event is this example, a re-imagined '55 Thunderbird.

This dragster took a good look at the trackside photographers before the driver corrected its wayward direction.

Bob Williams runs his '48 Anglia in C/Gas.

Cliff Boyles' '74 Arrow was able to raise its wheels.

Tommy John runs his Fairlane in C/Gas.

Brendon Frye's '55 Chevy with mini-scale body is a runner in A/Gas.

Kris Krabill is the driver of the Bucky Austin and O'Brien Racing '78 Firebird. The car ran the best time of the day, a 5.73/259 charge after a number of test runs over the last few days.

Jery Buckley's Chevy Dragster runs in the 7.0 Pro bracket.

The Fighting Irish Funny Car is owned by Charlie O'Neill and driven by Ed Dougan.

Report and pictures ©Simon Groves. Feature ©

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