2014 New England Hot Rod Reunion King and Marshall Dragster Cacklefest Nostalgia Drag Racing Videos
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September 12-14, 2014 – NHRA New England Hot Rod Reunion – New England Dragway – NEHRR – Nostalgia drag racing video. Top Fuel Dragster. National Hot Rod Association
One of the coolest moments from the New England Hot Rod Reunion was being able to coordinate a surprise warm-up for longtime family friend, Mike Gamache, in the King and Marshall AA/FD run by Helger Bros. Speed Shop and Race Team. My family met Mike 34 years ago up at Sanair Dragway in St. Pie, Quebec, for NHRA’s annual Le Grandnationals Molson. Mike and his rambunctious group of friends cheered us on as we and other racers paraded up the return road in front of the grandstands following each run. The group’s infamous handmade Styrofoam signs were nothing short of comedic in rating a racer’s accomplishments. “Not 1/2 Bad!” “10” or the original hand-drawn ‘Thumbs-Up’ (take that, Zuckerberg!) were their go-to responses. Mike has followed us along via the internet in our travels around the US covering nostalgia events, and had made it known that one day he would make it to one of the big meets in the states again. The New England Hot Rod Reunion proved to be the perfect fit to get his fill of ‘old school racing’, and so he made plans to attend this year’s event. Unbeknownst to Mike, we made arrangements for him to get a warm-up in the King and Marshall AA/FD at some point during the weekend. Due to Saturday’s schedule getting rained out, it ended up happening Sunday after Cacklefest. To say that this was the highlight of Mike’s weekend would be a gross understatement. It might be a toss-up to the selfie he got with Honoree Jungle Pam Hardy. Our sincere thanks to Cody Helger, Jesse Helger, Ray Helger, and Jimmy King for your generous time and effort in granting this request for our friend. I think it’s safe to say he pretty much floated home to Montreal.
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