East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Announces 12th Annual Weekend, October 18-19-20, 2013, At Henderson, NC
Henderson, NC -- It began as an informal backyard barbeque among a handful of drag racers. The racing camaraderie, stories and fun of that day quickly developed into a hugely popular assembly of the east coast’s best known drag racers. Now the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame event has grown into one of the nation’s largest gatherings for drag racing cars, muscle cars, street rods, antiques and those who them. Now in its 12th year, the event literally consumes the historic city of Henderson, NC, filling its streets with the rumble of high horsepower engines.
2013 East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame Inductees
Carroll Carter - Auto Performance - Racer
Gene Cromer - Racer - '41 Willys "Moonlighting"
Al Hanna - Racer
Bob Harrop - Racer
Tom & Wendy Hemphill
Ray Price - Harley Davidson Racer
Dave Ring - Racer
Bob Sarkisian - Racer - "Hellacious"
Golden Commandos Racing Team (Plymouth Racing Division)
Eugene Carrico (Posthumous Award)
John Dallafior - 2nd Driver (Posthumous Award)
Herman Mozer - 1st Driver
Gene Meyers (Posthumous Award)
Blue Angels Hot Rod Club of Massillon, Ohio
(The group was formed in late 1952)
Harold "Smiitty" Smith
Bill Hoover (Posthumous Award)
Ralph Henson ( Posthumous Award)
William (Bill) Mauger
Gerald (Jerry) McAvienue
It is hardly a secret that the sport of drag racing set its earliest roots in California. Sources peg the year at about 1938 or 39, perhaps even earlier, but just as the new shoots began to reach skyward, the dark clouds of war postponed such frivolities as the hot rodders found themselves in uniform, off to fight for their country’s survival.
It was during that time of war that these same young men acquired new knowledge and skills that they would utilize for the design, building and competition of automobiles. They returned with their skills vastly improved in the ways to make engines roar and chassis handle the power produced. In the process they met other military servicemen with an equal thirst for the thrill of speed in a machine built, maintained and driven with their own hands. It was from this that a nationwide, coast to coast hot rodding culture was spawned.