AA/Fuel Altereds for Bowling Green Reunion


Rat Trap’s 50th Anniversary World Tour continues as the team heads to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion. 

“I’m excited to be going back to Bowling Green.” Said Ron Hope, owner and driver of Rat Trap. “As we’re based in Franklin, TN., Bowling Green is almost our home track and we get to race our friends in a four-car show. It reminds me of the infamous Fuel Altered tours of the early-70s when I crewed for Don Green.”

Ron Hope’s Rat Trap will be joined in Bowling Green by Randy Bradford and his Fiat, Dave Hough with Nanook and, all the way from England, Nick Davies with Havoc.

Of course, none of this would be possible without sponsors including: Aeromotive, ARP, Beech Underwriting Agencies, Donovan, Hedman Hedders, Hot Heads, Lucas Oil, Pro Bell, Powder Tech Services, SCE Gaskets, Speed Pro, and TechnoCraft/TrailerCabinets. Joining the group is Goodyear who kindly supplied tires for Havoc.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to continue celebrating the history of Rat Trap, and to give more fans a chance to experience the excitement of bad-to-the bone fuel-altereds.” Added Hope. “Racing in front of the fans is what drives us to continue, and we’re grateful to all our sponsors for helping make this tour possible.”

Meanwhile, new dates added to the tour include: 

July 7: Goodguys PPG Nationals/Friday Night Drags, National Trail Raceway, Hebron, OH

July 14-16: Rocky Mountain Nationals, Castrol Raceway, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
About Rat Trap

There have been a series of record-setting Rat Trap AA/Fuel Altereds over the last half century. The first was constructed circa 1965. However, today’s Rat Trap is a continuation of the car developed by chassis builder Dennis Watson in 1968. Unlike the early cars that were conventional in design, Watson’s car was revolutionary with independent front suspension, a nitro-burning Chrysler Hemi, and a distinctly wild paint scheme. Rat Trap was one of the four cars that participated in the celebrated Fuel Altered Tours of 1970, ’71 and ’72. Running on 90 percent nitro, Hope’s best performance to date is a 6.35 E.T., and a speed of 231 mph.

About Rat Trap Racing

Rat Trap Racing, Franklin, TN., is an internationally renowned racing team competing in both land speed and drag racing. Headed by Ron Hope and his son Brian, the team is a family affair that sees Ron’s wife, Dianne and granddaughter Victoria taking turns piloting the racecars along with other family members and friends. In addition, crew chief Brian can often be found behind the wheel of Rich Guasco’s “Pure Hell” Altered. Keep up with the team at

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