This weekend, we’re headed south to Bakersfield for the 25th annual California Hot Rod Reunion. The event, which runs from Friday, October 21st until Sunday, October 23rd, always brings out the best front engined dragsters, Altereds, Gassers and Funny Cars to Famoso Raceway for three days of smoke, noise, speed and power.

Last time we were at Famoso, we strapped our cameras to Don Prudhomme’s “Shelby Super Snake” AA/Fuel Dragster moments before he smoked the tires for the cover of the brand new TRJ #72. Prudhomme plans to have the restored Super Snake in our booth at various times throughout the weekend, so look for the SOHC-powered, red, white and blue Top Fueler next the Rodder’s Journal tent. We’ll be discounting the collectible “Snake” cover at the show—make sure to stop by, grab a copy and say hello. You never know, you might even run into “The Snake” himself!

We'll be back in Bakersfield this weekend for another exciting California Hot Rod Reunion. Here's Don Prudhomme's burnout, complete with rollbar-mounted camera, from our last trip to the host track—Auto Club Famoso Raceway—over the summer.

We’ll be back in Bakersfield this weekend for another exciting California Hot Rod Reunion. Here’s Don Prudhomme’s burnout, complete with rollbar-mounted camera, from our last trip to the host track—Auto Club Famoso Raceway—over the summer.

The Reunion offers a diverse mix of dragsters, whether they're untouched survivors, restorations or recreations. Original crew member Ray Lake commissioned Dode Martin (of Dragmaster fame) to clone the "Isky U-Fab Special." The recreation made its debut at the 2013 event. (Photo by Tom Davison)

The Reunion offers a diverse mix of dragsters, whether they’re untouched survivors, restorations or recreations. Original crew member Ray Lake commissioned Dode Martin (of Dragmaster fame) to clone the “Isky U-Fab Special.” The recreation made its debut at the 2013 event. (Photo by Tom Davison)

Since this is the Hot Rod Reunion’s silver anniversary, the event is slated to be bigger and better than ever. The schedule is packed with special activities, including a ceremony on Friday night celebrating the Hot Rod Reunion Grand Marshals and Honorees from the past 24 years. From the nostalgia racing to the restored Fuelers shooting flames in the Cacklefest, there’s sure to be something for everyone in Bakersfield. Just like in years past, we’ll have our fully stocked booth set up in the vendor area all weekend long.

It's always exciting to watch cars come out of the woodwork to be seen by the masses, such as the unrestored "Silhouette" dragster. The flathead-powered slingshot was built in 1954 and is owned by Mike Hegarty. (Photo by Tom Davison)

It’s always exciting to watch cars come out of the woodwork to be seen by the masses, such as the unrestored “Silhouette” dragster. The flathead-powered slingshot was built in 1954 and is owned by Mike Hegarty. (Photo by Tom Davison)

There's never a shortage of early iron on display at the Reunion. Here's Mike Smith's competition-style Model A at rest at the big end. (Photo by Tom Davison)

There’s never a shortage of early iron on display at the Reunion. Here’s Mike Smith’s competition-style Model A at rest at the big end. (Photo by Tom Davison)

California Hot Rod Reunion 25th Anniversary