Dragster Expo continues LB’s place in racing history with 7th annual show

Photo by Stephen Russo<br><strong> Phil Leatherman’s “Wild Thang” heats things up at the 7th Annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show on July 14.</strong>
The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, in cooperation with the office of 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich, hosted the 7th Annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show on July 14 along Atlantic Avenue between Roosevelt Road and San Antonio Drive in Bixby Knolls. Ralph Larison won Best of Show with his 1948 Ford Woody.

<strong>Guests of honor at the 7th Annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show were Tom “The Mongoose” McEwan, Fred Dryer (actor from the 1980s television crime drama Hunter and former defensive end for the LA Rams) and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme.</strong>
Featured were the “Legends of Lions” with Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen and fire-ups featuring 17 vintage 3000-horsepower top-fuel dragsters, plus more than 200 classic cars, a pinstriping exhibition, a BMX bike demonstration, racing artist Kenny Youngblood and live music.
<strong>At the 7th Annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo, 8th District Councilmember Rae Gabelich shows a photo of her late husband Gary Gabelich, a racecar driver who set the land-speed record with his rocket-powered vehicle “Blue Flame” in 1970, achieving an average speed of 622.287 mph.</strong>
Located less than four miles from the site of the legendary Lions Drag Strip, which operated from 1955 until 1972, the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show combines a static car show featuring classic and specialty cars in multiple award categories with a celebration of racing, paying special tribute to Long Beach’s place in racing history.

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