Gatornationals Retrospective, 1974-2011, by Steve Gruenwald

I first went to the Gatornationals in 1974. It was the first time that I was able to attend an NHRA national event. I was 21. 

My first trip to the drags was in 1966 at the original Palm Beach International Raceway. In '72, I hitchhiked with a friend to SoCal to attend the Last Drag Race at Lions Drag Strip. I also saw the Manufacturer’s FC race at OCIR that Billy Meyer won. Up until my first trip to the Gators, those were the biggest races I had been to. After that first time, I haven't missed a single year. This will mark my 39th Gator in a row. I've taken photos each year, and I've picked a single photo from each year to share with you.