Nostalgia Drag Racing Takes Center Stage at 64th Annual March Meet

Drag Racers have been coming to Famoso Dragstrip in Bakersfield, CA, since 1959. The abandoned airstrip has been hallowed ground for more than 60 years. Don Garlits, Connie Kalitta, Don Prudhomme, Tom McEwen, Mike Sorokin, James Warren and Tony Nancy have all won here. To win the March Meet at Famoso…in any class…is a dream come true.

2022 march meet, famoso raceway, cory mac funny car

2022 march meet, famoso raceway, brendan murray

The 64th annual Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet held March 3-6, 2022 had more than 400 race cars competing in 18 different classes. The biggest nostalgia drag race in the world featured nitro-burning nostalgia top fuel dragsters, funny cars and fuel altereds along with a wide variety of rails, gassers and muscle cars.

2022 march meet, famoso raceway, geoff monise funny car, quarter pounder funny car

2022 march meet, famoso raceway, jim murphy top fuel

Throughout the weekend racers not only had to battle each other, but Mother Nature as well. She packed a punch with a winter storm that included rain and bone-chilling conditions (by California standards) that rarely topped 60 degrees, making racing conditions tricky and fast.

2022 march meet, famoso raceway

2022 march meet, famoso raceway, fuel altered

It took perseverance, hard work and a little bit of luck for the competitors who reached the final round. In the nitro classes, Bret Williamson defeated Jim Murphy in top fuel, Bobby Cottrell took the win light in funny car when Geoff Monise couldn’t make the call, Dan Hix knocked off Mark Whynaught in the fuel altered class, and Lyle Greenberg took home the trophy in nitro pro comp in his first trip ever to the March Meet. Congratulations to all 18 winners on their hard earned victories.

2022 March Meet, famoso raceway, mike fuller, bret williamson, nostalgia top fuel
2022 March Meet, famoso raceway, bobby cottrell, bucky austin
2022 March Meet, famoso raceway
2022 March Meet, famoso raceway, dan hix fuel altered
2022 March Meet, famoso raceway, Lyle Greenberg cone hunter funny car

2022 March Meet Photo Extra!

Photos by Marc Gewertz

Growing up just miles from Fremont Drag Strip where his father both worked and raced throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, Marc Gewertz was exposed to the excitement, color, and pageantry of hot rodding at an early age. During junior high, he began taking his Nikon camera to the dragstrip to capture the action and the people behind all those fast cars. With a penchant for being in the right place at the right time, he quickly developed a reputation as being one of rac­ing’s rising young photographic talents.