The 13th California
Hot Rod Reunion was a huge event for the Frantic 4 Racing road
show. The highlight of the weekend was the entire team being
selected as part of the 2004 event Honorees. They also had
a premier spot in the pits for traffic and the guys did numerous
fire-ups, sold a lot of FF goodies and introduced the masses
to Nitro veggies. Needless to say, their sponsors and supporters
got extensive exposure at this event.
Weekly, Ron Rivero, Jim Fox and Dennis Holding
The weekend got
off with a bang on Friday for Barbara English (wife of announcer
Mike) when she got to sit in the Frantic 4 during a fire-up.
After her adventure,
Barb and Mike were all smiles. This was just one of many fan
fire-up that took place in the FF pit.
marked the Award Ceremony for the 2004 CHRR Honorees which included
the entire Frantic 4 team.
Dennis Holding, Jim Fox and Ron Rivero go back nearly 45 years
as a team and its always great for their legends of fans to see
MC Dave McClelland
goes over the guys accomplishments for the audience. It was noted
that Norman was on his best behavior.
With their "Wally's"
front and center in their "compound" the guys prepare
for a very busy Saturday (the biggest day of the event).
Frantic 4 Racing has a wide variety
of goodies for sale including hats, T-shirts, photos, decals
and of course, Stormin' Normin's Nitro Veggies. In addition to his famous
"Nitro Pickles", Norm also has "Nitro Asparagus",
"Nitro Broccoli" and "Nitro Carrots".
It was noted
that Norm's granddaughter was very partial to the Nitro Asparagus.
The weekend was
a constant stream of fans and fellow racers. Here Nostalgia Top
Fuel driver, Howard Haight visits with Ron Rivero.
Of course the focal point of
the FF pit is always the race car.
Here's a few candid shots
of fan fire-ups through out the day.
Ron Rivero is always armed with
his trusty Polaroid so the fans can carry away a visual memory.
Frantic Four + Tom Ivo
Frantic Four + Joe Schubeck
The two members of the team who
actually carry out the Frantic 4 Road Tour are Ron Rivero and
Saturday night brought about
the part of the show that many came exclusively to see - the
"Cacklefest". This year there were 40 restored 60's
dragsters participating. Here's Norm in the car and the crew
in the truck taking part.
The Awards Ceremony
was reenacted Sunday morning at the race track so the fans could
enjoy it as well.
After all the events of Saturday,
Sunday in the pits was somewhat anticlimactic. A lot of the huge
crowd was heading home and the teams had to think about packing
up. Norm had time to do some maintenance on the car.
Next pit over, Betty Rivero got
to fire up the beautiful Stellings & Hampshire fueler of
Dennis Prater. Husband Ron looks on.
Ron and Dennis Holding do see
each other but once or twice a year so they catch up on what's
going on while they can.
Fire-up Video Clip
Frantic Four Fire Up Video #1
Frantic Four Fire Up Video #2
out a: Frantic 4 Fan Fire Up