March 21, 2007 - Brainerd International Raceway and the Gopher State Timing Association today announced that BIR will be the title sponsor of the GSTA's 51st annual Rod & Custom Spectacular.
The show, scheduled for April 14-15 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Coliseum, will feature more than 100 of the best traditional hot rods, customs, vintage race cars, motorcycles and much more. This year's featured guest will be drag racing legend Roland Leong and the newly restored 1969 "Hawaiian" Dodge Charger Funny Car. Leong, an International Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductee, will be on hand throughout the show. Other highlights will be:
. Don Groff will debut the newly restored Gopher Twin, the actual twin engine Top Gas Dragster that GSTA campaigned in 1970-71.
. A number of dragsters, including blown nitro and blown alcohol racers, will be on display.
. Among the vintage show cars will be Kirby Wilcox's 1963 Chevrolet, which was one of five finalists for the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association's National Custom Rod of the Year award.
. The GSTA will be honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1957 Chevrolet and the 75th anniversary of the 1932 Ford, which are two major milestones in the development of the American automobile.
. The Minnesota Street Rod Association will display the Rod of the Year and the Custom of the Year, as well as several other show cars.
. An annual crowd favorite during the show is Cacklefest, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday. Many of the cars will be rolled outside of the Coliseum (weather permitting) and fired up.
"Brainerd International Raceway couldn't be more pleased to be affiliated with the GSTA's Rod & Custom Spectacular this year," said BIR Vice President Scott Quick. "The GSTA has a rich history of drag racing, which can be seen in the impressive display of vintage dragsters on display. We're very happy to be a part of this long-standing car show tradition."
GSTA President Charlie Johnson said, "Brainerd International Raceway has played a major role in the growth of Minnesota's motorsports - specifically, drag racing - over the last several decades, so we're pleased and honored to have BIR as our title sponsor this year. With GSTA's history of drag racing, it's a partnership that I can see continuing for a very long time."
Tickets are available at the door and cost $10 for adults, $5 for juniors (ages 6-15) and free to kids under 6. Visit the GSTA Web site (www.gstarod-custom.com) for more information and to get a coupon for reduced admission.