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Arizona Drag Racers Reunite in Phoenix for the 11th Year in a Row

Long time drag racers from across the state gathered today in Phoenix for their 11th annual Arizona Racers Reunion.  The reunion brought decades of drag racers together in a social setting where they could catch up with each other and share stories from the past.  Vintage race cars and hot rods lined the streets outside the gathering.  The starting tree from the Winslow Drag Strip even made it to the event courtesy of the Ron Miller Family.

Although it was somewhat of a private gathering, Bill Goosic was kind enough to contact Arizona Auto Scene to invite us out to cover it.  Bill and his family have established the Goosic name in Arizona drag racing history. Just check out this NHRA waiver form filled out by Bill’s dad for his 1925 Ford powered 1948 1,500 pound Roadster to run on an Arizona NHRA sanctioned track.

Many of these racers have made their name on drag strips that have either been renamed or no longer exist. Running down tracks like the Beeline Dragway, Gilbert Dragstrip, Phoenix Dragstrip, Perryville Dragstrip, and the Arizona Raceway, these long time drag racers and automotive enthusiasts have left their mark in Arizona history.

Showing their true dedication to Arizona drag racing history, reunion attendees brought a ton of memorabilia with them.  From time slips to helmets, and race cars to trophies from the past, there was plenty to take in and admire.

In keeping with the drag racing tradition, the youngest of Bill’s family is currently involved in Big Wheel drag racing events at local race tracks.

Some of the racers attending Saturday’s reunion will also be making their way down to Tucson for the 50th Old Tucson Dragway Hot Rod Reunion.  Arizona Auto Scene plans to cover this event as well.

As with most auto sport / hobbyists, you couldn’t expect to find a friendlier bunch of people sharing a common interest all gathered into one place at the same time.

Take a moment to scroll down and take in some photos from the reunion.

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Arizona Auto Scene would like to thank Bill Goosic for the invite to this awesome event.  From national to local events, we attend a lot of automotive functions.I t’s not often that we have a chance to talk to or be in the presence such a large group that is part of Arizona’s racing history.

Thanks for checking out Arizona Auto Scene’s coverage of the 2012 Arizona Racers Reunion.

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