Sixth Eagle Field Runway Drags set for October 4-5

Well, what did you expect to see at an abandoned California air field?  (Kleet Norris Photography)

Well, what did you expect to see at an abandoned California air field? (Kleet Norris Photography)

Eagle Field is an historic World War II training facility located in Firebaugh, Calif. For the past five years volunteers have worked to set up a drag racing venue with improvements made each year. The 2014 two-day gathering for gassers, muscle cars, dragsters, hot rods, mini bikes and more will be held October 4-5.

Flag-start racing for pre-1974 vehicles starts at noon on Saturday, Oct. 4, with tech closing at 12:30 p.m. On Sunday the competition opens up to any year American car and pre-’74 imports. Racing starts at 10 a.m. and tech closes at 10:30 a.m.

Mike McClure will be the special guest of honor this year. He started drag racing in 1959 while living in San Antonio, Texas, with a stock 1940 Chevrolet. He relocated to Novato, Calif., where Mike joined the Pacers Car Club and later ran a 1951 Anglia B Gasser through the early ’60s with partner Tom Mork at many of the Bay area tracks. In 1966 Mike moved back to Texas and built another Chevrolet-powered ‘40 Ford B Gas and was befriended by Stone, Woods & Cook, among others. It was back to California in 1969 where he built a ’69 Camaro and then a 1970 Don Long Jr. Fueler flying Pelco Trucking as a sponsor.

There is a $15 daily admission fee and $40 daily car and driver entry. Camping is free with a two-day General Admission purchase. Discounts are available by pre-registering online at eaglefielddrags.com.