The Legends of Lions return at fifth annual Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show

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bixby-knolls-car-show dragstersThe cackle of the 3000-horsepower racing machines reverberates through the ears, the flames leap out of the engines in the dusk of the summer evening, the smell of nitro fuel permeates the air, and the mind recalls the legends of the famed Lions Drag Strip, as a dozen vintage Top Fuel dragsters simultaneously fire up their engines in the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Carson Street in Long Beach.

This unique grand finale is a highlight for thousands of racing and car show fans at the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show, which celebrates it’s fifth year on Saturday, July 10 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue between Carson Street and San Antonio Drive in Long Beach.

The Lions Drag Strip, which operated on the outskirts of Long Beach from 1955 until 1972, still captures the imagination of racing fans for the many noteworthy events and legendary figures that raced there.  Many of the famous cars will be featured at the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show, including the Yeakel Plymouth Special, the Mastercar, the Bankamericar, and Poison Ivy.

The Dragster Expo and Car Show is free to the public, and also features more than 200 classic and specialty cars and hot rods, live music on two stages, kids activities, a beer garden and many food and vendor booths.

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Beach City Chevrolet Corvette funny car, is an exact replica of the famous candy apple red topless Corvette that was the first Chevrolet funny car to top 200 miles per hour in 1969

New to this year’s event is the Summer Movie Drive-In, a 13-foot by 10-foot LED-screen that will be showing classic footage from the Lions Drag Strip and racing movies throughout the day.  There will also be an art exhibit in Gallery Expo entitled “California’s Cool Car Culture,” and a classic Maserati will be artistically painted during the event.

Racing fans can also have their picture taken behind the wheel of a Firestone open-wheel racecar, benefiting the Long Beach Special Olympics, which receives the net proceeds from the event.

The Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show is a part of the Long Beach Sea Festival and is produced by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association in cooperation with the office of Long Beach Councilwoman Rae Gabelich.

Major sponsors include the Long Beach Grand Prix, Cosworth, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, the Long Beach Airport, BP and the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information, please visit the Bixby Knolls website or call (562) 595-0081.

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  1. I would like to point out that just up the street from this event, The Factory Gastrobar is hosting a fundraiser for Farm Lot 59.

    Long Beach Local desperately needs to raise $1000 by their goal date or they will lose al the money they have already raised.