Tri-Cities Drag-Way Reunion & Fund-Raiser

Here’s a blast from the Endicott, Johnson City and Binghamton, NY past!  Tri-Cities entrepreneur Bob Connelly has announced a 50th Anniversary Tri-Cities Drag-Way Reunion to be held on June 10 and 11, 2011.  Bob, who was the original promoter of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)-sanctioned Tri-Cities Drag-Way, plans the first-ever Reunion as a nostalgic, family oriented get-together for the benefit of the Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome and the Binghamton Boys & Girls Club.

The Rip Chords TodayFestivities get underway on Friday evening, June 10, with a free Parade of Cars and a Cruise-In, followed by a “Blast from the Past” Concert and Sock Hop. Starting at 6:00 pm, local auto clubs, motorcyclists, and some of cars that raced at the Tri-Cities Drag-Way will parade from the Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome at One Clubhouse Road in Endicott to the Showplace at Binghamton Plaza, 33 W State Street, Binghamton for a Cruise-In. From 7:00-10:00 pm at the Showplace, Bill Grace will emcee a concert featuring The Rip Chords — remember their smash hit “Hey Little Cobra?” — and The Bruce Beadle Band. Admission is $10 and refreshments will be available.

The ReunionTri-Cities Drag-Way Reunion takes place on Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott, NY, the 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 classic, vintage and original drag racing cars, with their owners competing for trophies and dashboard plaques.  Four Drag-Way greats, national record holders, Wally Bell and Bob Chipper, together with Frank Heeman and Doug Crockett, will be inducted into the Tri-Cities Drag-Way’s Hall of Fame. In addition to the Car Show, the Reunion will feature a Swap Meet and Flea Market.  Admission is $5 per person plus $5 per show car, with a $25 fee for flea market vendor booths. The Boys & Girls Clubs will be providing entertainment and selling a variety of portable food, including a Pig Stand®  type pulled pork sandwich reminiscent of the pork sandwiches popular with Drag-Way hot rodders.

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 Check out the Concert and Reunion posters!

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.

About Louis J. Bruno

I studied English and psychology at Columbia College and stayed at Columbia, doing postgraduate work in psychophysiology, then teaching and doing research for several years. To keep the wolf from the door, I migrated into retail sales and management, at first for Radio Shack, briefly for Savemart, and finally for Newmark & Lewis. When N&L collapsed, I went into business for myself, providing sales, service, and maintenance of computer systems; designing, hosting, and maintaining websites; providing custom software, mailers, and database services to the real estate industry; and serving as a business consultant. My interests include writing, traveling, jogging, swimming, biking, hiking, gardening, photography, history, art, jazz, swing, country and classical music, investing, management theory, civic activism, sustainability, particularly energy conservation, good government, the environment, and technology. And more to come, I hope.

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