Aeromotive And Waterman Dominate NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion

By Darr Hawthorne

The 26th California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California wrapped up the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage series season at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

During the 26th annual Reunion, funny car rookie Bobby Cottrell, driver of the Austin & O’Brien Northwest Hitter conquered the nitro funny car class in the Bardahl-backed ’69 Camaro. On the way to winning the event, Cottrell set a new NHRA Heritage Series National Record of 5.528 seconds elapsed-time, breaking the old mark of 5.536 ET, he set at the Heritage Series event at Mission, Canada. Crew Chief and co-owner Bucky Austin utilizes a Waterman fuel pump flowing 21 gallons per minute.

Also in the Winner’s Circle on Sunday evening, Canadian Ryan Hodgson and his Pacemaker/Oceanus ’69 Camaro-bodied nitro funny car earned the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Nostalgia Funny Car Championship after a dominant, season-long, on-track performance during the six-race schedule. Hodgson was defeated in the Semi-final round by event winner Cottrell.

Hodgson’s Crew Chief Bob Papirnick and Jim Basko rely on Aeromotive Fuel System’s Billet Spur Gear Fuel Pump (Part #11940) to consistently clock 5.60-5.70 elapsed-time quarter mile runs at over 260 miles per hour.

In the Nostalgia Top Fuel class, Jim Young towed to the legendary all concrete track north of Bakersfield all the way from Salem, Wisconsin to qualify third for season ending event – running a 5.689 second elapsed time.

In the Top Fuel final round, Young piloted his Young Guns dragster uncontested after newly crowned 2017 Series Champion Jim Murphy was unable to make repairs to his dragster for the final. Young relies on Aeromotive Fuel System’s Billet Spur Gear Fuel Pump (Part #11941) flowing 20 gallons per minute.

In 2016, Aeromotive Fuel Systems purchased Waterman Racing Components from racing legend Sid Waterman.

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