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Hall of Famers were Inducted during the 2018 Arizona Drag Race Reunion

Phoenix, ARIZ. (March 10, 2018) – Arizona drag racers gathered today at Baer Brakes to reunite one again for the 2018 Arizona Drag Race Reunion.  Organized by Bill Goosic and hosted by Baer Brakes, the 2018 Arizona Drag Race Reunion had an amazing turnout of show cars, race cars and nostalgic cackle cars.

Long time Arizona drag racers Glen Brown, Paul Henderson, Ted Olson, Red Greth, Bud Sampson, Al Enshinbaugh and Dean Turk attend the 2018 Arizona Drag Race Reunion

By the end of Saturday’s reunion, four people would make their mark in Arizona drag racing history after being inducted into the Arizona Drag Racing Hall of Fame.  After being nominated, Bobbie Weatherman, Darrel Perrot, Jim Hughes and Jim Kelso would all be recognized for their contributions and commitments to Arizona’s drag racing community.

Though no longer with us, Bobbies daughter accepted her award for her.  Some of Bobbies many accomplishments have been being the President of the Arizona Drag Racing Association, Division 7 Director of DRAW, journalist for a racer’s newspaper, promoter for Arizona child crisis nursery car shows, holding the Kiss a Pig contest to raise money for DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women) at Firebird Raceway, a Powder Puff Racer so successful they had to mover her into standard race classes, flag girl for Mel Larson, promoter of high school car shows to promote racing on the track and not the street, the Wallace and Ladmo show, reuniting Fuel Altered Dragsters at Firebird Raceway, running Team Firebird to qualify for a Division race in Bakersfield, a benefit race for Frank Kush, racing her Pontiac Catalina grocery getter, later moving to a ’67 GTO, as well as being the Crew Chief of the Animal Cage.

Darrel Perrott started his drag racing career in 1966.  His career in drag would span 50 years, driving and working on many cars throughout it.

Darrell started as a fair mechanic, growing his knowledge and skills throughout his career.  He fabricated body parts, painted, repaired and built dragster chassis, and machined parts, pistons, cylinder heads and blocks.  Darrell has been involved in R & D work for Dynamic transmission, CRE billet cylinder heads and PSI blowers.  He could do it all.

Beginning with racing street cars on dragstrips from Yuma to Winslow in classes from street cars to Pro Stock, Darrell raced on to setting records across the state.  He would soon find a love for dragsters in ’70 after being strapped into Ray Carter’s injected C/GD small block injected rail with a two speed LaSalle transmission.  He spent the next 40 years working for Ray Carter Racing and others, racingteh best teams of Arizona and the Nation.  Over the years, Darrell drove three different fuel cars, 2 rear engine dragsters and one front engine dragster.

Darrell has been grateful for his mentors, fans, sponsors and shop owners along the way.  He has seen some ups and downs along his career, but “it was one hell of a good ride for him.”

Jim Hughes and Jim Kelso were unable to attend Saturday.  They will receive their awards during the 2018 Tucson Dragway Reunion being held at Tucson Dragway on April 13 & 14th.

Scroll down to check out some videos and photos from the 2018 Arizona Drag Race Reunion.

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