Pro Gas' Top Gun, Tony Klink not only ran 6.73 for the number one qualifier spot, but also came back and won the race! You can see a complete assembly of his winning engine in both the April and May issues of Hot VWs.

Hot VWs Magazine's Drag Day Kicks off the 2014 VW drag racing season

Huge turnout, tons of action, free swap meet, warm (!) weather... how can you go wrong!
By Dean Kirsten | March 16, 2014

Photos by Dean Kirsten


It was a VW race that everyone in southern California was waiting for, the first Hot VWs Drag Day at Irwindale Speedway, sponsored by Pierside Parts. Under rather warm sunny skies, a capacity crowd was on hand to enjoy not only 1/8th mile racing, but a large swap meet, show-n-shine car show, and tons of new part vendors. What a turnout! For a complete write up of this day's event, look to Hot VWs June issue for complete results.
Paul Schley brought out the real Lightning Bug II for some exhibition runs. This time out, this famous gasser was fitted with a period-correct H/Gas engine ready to touch the 6-second barrier once again. And he got close, with a 7.19/100mph pass early on.... That 40-year old gasser still has what it takes (Paul too)!
Doug Gonzales on the bars!
Troy Palmer on the bumper!
Manx-style buggy hooking up.
Volkschancellors Racing Team still in the thick of all the action! Awesome.
Mike Lawless driving his turbo-powered "Flawless" Ghia.
Scott Kelley way up in his Fastback S/S gasser.
Is it a Baja Bug, or a bracket racer? We think both. Ed Economy's choice for the day.
Karl Koppenhaver takes yet another race for the RLR Racing Team!

 More to See...

Lee Leighton: A true VW legend
World of Speed 2014, Day Three
World of Speed 2014, Day Two Action
World of Speed 2014 - Bonneville Salt Flats, Day One.
Bugorama #74 photo highlights
Bugorama Labor Day Weekend 2014 Day One
Eureka Springs VW Show
Big Wednesday — VW Style

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A pair of racing Notchbacks? You bet! These fine examples of the unique VW Type 3 are owned by Tamara Lopez and Julie Payton, both of California and members of the Volks Addiction So Cal club. They also both compete in the Powder Puff drag racing class. Read their story in the August 2014 issue of Hot VWs magazine.

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