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Tribute to Drag Racing
with Special Recognition for Dan Lemons of Lemons Headers

Tribute to Drag Racing will bring together local drag racers and honor the work of Dan Lemons, a Paso Robles manufacturer who was a key builder of custom racing headers. 


Featuring drag racers, a car show, Cacklefest, tri-tip dinner, and an outdoor movie, Tribute to Drag Racing is Saturday Night!, August 26, 6 - 10 pm, Kings Oil Tools, 2235 Spring St, Paso Robles. The event is free for the public to attend.


The tribute is presented by Golden State Classics Car Club and Lemons Headers, both in Paso Robles. 

The event pays respect to Dan Lemons, who became a legend for manufacturing handmade custom headers for Chevrolet high-performance muscle & drag race cars. Dan and his wife Kathy caught the drag racing bug in the early 70s and opened Lemons Headers in 1997. It is still a family-run business in Paso Robles with daughter Jen at the helm.

“Our family is grateful for the recognition of Pops. My dad’s engineering skills and attention to detail are well known in the world of drag racing,” said Jen Lemons. “Today, we continue his legacy of custom craftsmanship.” 


Don Nelson, owner of Nelson Racing LLC of Paso Robles, is bringing his California Hustler nitro funny car driven by Kamaka Pocock, also known as “The Flyin’ Hawaiian.” They recently ran the 1/4 mile in 5.66 seconds at 256 mph.

The Cacklefest features the sound emanating from a nitro-fueled racing engine while idling and shooting out flames. “The Cacklefest will be in the evening so everyone will be able to experience the throttle punch and see the nitro burn,” said Golden State Classics Car Club President, Scotty Smith. “It will rattle your chest. It’s great.”

One of the raffle prizes is a full-blown car detail and ceramic coating valued at $2500 donated by Rafael Melgoza of Ceramic Coated in Paso Robles. Raffle tickets are 20 for $10. 


The car show features All-American Made Muscle Cars & Hot Rods from the 50s through the 70s. 

The outdoor movie will be Snake & Mongoose. Bring some chairs and the kids!

There will be a few dinner ticktes available at the Golden State Classics booth for $20 per person. Online sales have ended.

Car show registration and load in begins at 5pm. Please enter from Oak Street onto 23rd Street. You will be directed through registration and into the parking lot. PLEASE, NO EARLY EXITING! There will be many people walking around, others watching the movie and it will be dark. No early exiting!

DISPLAY vehicles (nitro and dragsters) enter via 22nd street at 3:30pm.


Please notice that nitro and display cars load in earlier in the day!  

The nitro and other display cars load in from 22nd Street at 3:30pm.


If you have questions, call Scotty Smith 805 712-1907 or email

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