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.
Festivities 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 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 Drags@BobConnelly.com. 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.