Celebrating a Racing Icon
Larry Jewett - February 07, 2012 09:17 AM
The drag racing world is celebrating Don Garlits 80th birthday this weekend. The charity “Rat Roast” to be held Saturday, February 11, 2012 the Vineyard Ballroom at the Sheraton Inn – Fairplex in Pomona, California.
The gala will be a highlight of the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, presented by Sure Start Batteries, the opening race weekend of the NHRA’s 2012 schedule.
The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. dinner. The roast program gets underway at 8 p.m.
There will be both a silent and live auction of one-of-a-kind drag racing memorabilia. Smaller items will be in a silent auction, while larger items will be auctioned live by Bob Frey, who will be the night’s master of ceremonies. All items will be displayed during the reception, with silent auction bids placed at that time.
A panel of racing luminaries including former competitors will be on hand to join in on the fun.
The Don Garlits 80th Birthday Charity “Rat Roast” is presented by the National Hot Rod Association to benefit the Quarter Mile Foundation.