Fans of drag racing will flock to the 13th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion this weekend to do more than just look at cars.
They come to reunite with old friends they ran with in the 1960s and reminisce about racing days, said Darwin Doll, the event's organizer.
"It's really camaraderie. This whole production's been a labor of love," he said. "It's something we put our heart and soul in because we lived it."
Musclecar Madness brings together the largest number of "legends of drag racing" of any one event, Doll said. Attendees can expect to see Linda Vaughn, who was a Miss Hursh Golden Shifter and a "staple in the drag racing community," local legend Jere Stahl, and more, Doll said.
"We have personalities and people that have been in drag racing as pioneers from day one coming to the event," said he said. "And it's our history. That's what we're doing ... we're keeping our history alive."
Doll said the York US 30 Dragway, which closed in 1979, was one of the most renowned dragways in the country. A "diamond in the rough," he said, it hosted the 1965 Super Stock Nationals, which is known as the "Woodstock" of drag racing.
"They've never had another one to compare to it," he said. "That sticks in everyone's mind."
In preparation for Musclecar Madness, Mike Strickler, a Spring Garden Township resident, has been cleaning up a 1967 Camaro he restored as a tribute to his late father, Dave Strickler, who was a world champion in drag racing, according to Doll.
Mike Strickler displays the car, which his father gave him for his 16th birthday, at Musclecar Madness, next to his dad's old race cars. Strickler still races the car, and when he takes it out, people approach to ask questions or tell stories.
"The guys that knew my father, they all seem to have their own personal experiences they like to share with me," he said. "It's always a good time."
Strickler said he thinks it's the history that keeps people coming to Musclecar Madness.
"There's obviously the older people that remember the race cars and seeing these cars run down the track in the '60s and '70s," he said.