March Meet is No Drag to Kern County Economy: Annual Drag Race Could Bring $5 Million in Tourism to Area - aftermarketNews

March Meet is No Drag to Kern County Economy: Annual Drag Race Could Bring $5 Million in Tourism to Area

Despite economic downturn, ticket sales are good for big race, Mar. 6-8. It could bring a much-needed $5 million to local community.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Some good news in down times: The March Meet nostalgia drag race is expected to bring an estimated $5 million in tourism to Kern County, Calif., according to Blake Bowser, vice president of Auto Club Famoso Raceway, which hosts the annual event.

The world famous March Meet, Mar. 6-8, is a three-day celebration of racing and hot rodding. Last year’s highly successful 50th anniversary event brought in an estimated $6.5 million to Kern County. Due to the economic downturn, those numbers are expected to be lower, but not by much, according to Bowser.

“Advance ticket sales have been great,” said Bowser. Everyone knows we’re in a recession, but people still want to take their families to an affordable, exciting, fun event, which is exactly what the March Meet is. As far as race car entrees, we’re going to be full and motorhomes are already lined up to get in, so things are looking great.”

As race teams and out-of-town spectators descend upon Bakersfield for the speed festival, anxious hoteliers, restaurateurs and local shops are among those who will get ready to count the money coming into the county.

Bowser said the March Meet is Bakersfield’s biggest event, drawing more than 30,000 spectators.

“We have racers and fans coming to Bakersfield from Europe, Australia, Japan, Canada and all over the U.S., and they spend a lot of money in this county. Our merchants know this year it might be a little less, but they are still excited and are putting out the welcome mat. Five million dollars in tourism will really help now. Auto parts stores, hotels, grocers, restaurants and gas stations will feel a direct impact, but the influx of money will continue to spread throughout the county.”

For more details, visit:

You May Also Like

MAHLE Motorsport Introduces 2023 Porsche Application Guide 

The guide offers a complete listing of all Porsche-specific piston kits and offered applications.

MAHLE Motorsport announces its 2023 Porsche Application Guide. The guide offers a complete listing of all Porsche-specific piston kits and offered applications, and features user-friendly sections of Water-Cooled and Air-Cooled listings sub-divided based on engine size and application, the company says.

MAHLE adds it machine-forged Porsche pistons have lightweight slipper skirts to reduce friction and are dual-coated with Phosphate and MAHLE’s proprietary GRAFAL skirt coating to reduce drag, wear, and noise. Piston kits include performance ring sets made from durable materials that are designed to provide consistent contact with the cylinders resulting in increased sealing and oil control.

AWE Launches

The new site uses AWE’s newly converted ACES and PIES data to ensure fitment compliance and easy importing.

Atturo Tire Corp Renews Partnership With Abd Motorsports

Deal renewed with ‘ULTRA4’ and ‘King of the hammers’ driver Edwin Abd.

Akebono Releases Euro and Performance Disc Brake Pad Kits

Akebono says the ultra-premium kits increase coverage by more than 640,000 vehicles.

Dayco Offers Supercharger Belt Used by NMCA Champ

The same belt used by NMCA champion Chuck Watson on his factory super car is now available for purchase.

Other Posts

What’s Being Discussed at HDAD 2023? 

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD), hosted by MEMA and MacKay & Co., opens up Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

HDAW 2023 Welcomes Record Number of Attendees 

Annual gathering makes its return to connect HD aftermarket professionals for four days of networking, business meetings, access to the latest products and expert insights.

Auto Care’s Hanvey Featured in Northwood Speaker Series

The event, part of the Northwood University speaker series, is slated for Feb. 1 at its Midland, MI, campus.

Radford Racing, Petersen Auto. Museum Collab on Rally Event

After a ride from the Petersen in LA, participants will enjoy an immersive track experience at Radford Racing School.