Hot Rod Reunion: 50th Anniversary of Tri-Cities Drag-Way Races

A 50th Anniversary Reunion of the Tri-Cities (Endicott, Johnson City, Binghamton) Drag-Way races will be held on June 10 and 11, 2011.  Bob Connelly, who promoted the NHRA-sanctioned hot rod races in the 60’s and early 70’s, is organizing the Reunion as a nostalgic, family oriented celebration to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome and the Binghamton Boys & Girls Club.

Festivities get underway on Friday evening, June 10, with a free Parade of Cars and Cruise-In, and a sock hop and Concert. Starting at 6:00 pm, vintage, classic and drag-racing cars and motorcycles will parade from the Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome at One Clubhouse Road in Endicott to Binghamton Plaza, 33 W State Street, Binghamton for a Cruise-In. From 7:00-10:00 pm at the Binghamton Plaza Showplace, Bill Grace will emcee a concert featuring The Rip Chords — famous for their smash hit “Hey Little Cobra” — and The Bruce Beadle Band. Admission is $10 and refreshments will be available.

The first-ever Reunion takes place on Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott, NY, site of the original Tri-Cities Drag-Way races. There will be no races at the Reunion — and no alcohol — but look for a giant show of cars, with their owners competing for trophies and plaques, while four Drag-Way greats are inducted into the Tri-Cities Drag-Way Hall of Fame. The Reunion will also feature a Swap Meet and Flea Market.  Admission is $5 per person and $5 per show car; the vendor fee is $25 per flea market booth. The Boys & Girls Clubs will provide entertainment and sell a variety of portable food, including a Pig Stand® type pulled pork sandwich.

The Tri-Cities Drag-Way Reunion is sponsored by America’s Attic, Cook’s Septic Service, Cool 100 FM 100.5, Don’s Automotive Mall, Gary’s U-Pull It/United Auto Parts/Scrap Everything, Staples, Tioga Downs Casino and Wilcox’s Towing & Automotive Repairs.

All proceeds from the Concert and Reunion will go the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broome County. For more information or to volunteer, call sponsoring coordinator Bob Connelly at 607-722-3544 or email [email protected]

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