Support the show:
Robert Kibbe
Robert is the owner and creator of The MuscleCar Place. His passion for muscle cars drove the creation of this site and the podcasts that go with it.
The world's most awesome shows about muscle cars. LISTEN NOW!>>

Our Network of Shows

Our Chevelle Build

Support The Shows

Sell Your Muscle Car With Us!

  • Post your car now!
  • Low one time fee for a 30 Day Listing: $39
  • Our listings are VERY search engine friendly due to our use Search Engine Optimization... so people can FIND your car!
  • Your listing will be immediately available online for the world to see - no wait time!
  • Include up to 10MB of pictures in your Ad for NO EXTRA FEES!
  • Your listing will be viewed by genuine muscle car fanatics!
  • Are you a classic car dealer selling muscle cars? Contact us here to speak to a member of our Sales team and to discuss our membership rates. Memberships are our BEST VALUE for placing multiple listings! We will migrate in your entire inventory for you for FREE and can automatically maintain your listings to be in sync with your EXISTING company website! Click here for more details!
Home > The MuscleCarPlace Podcast

TMCP Podcast #171

Dave McClelland – The Voice of the NHRA!

Posted by on April 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

Subscribe in iTunes 

Listen on your Smart Phone in Stitcher!




Dave McClelland – Voice of the NHRA!

This week’s podcast show guest was Mr. Dave McClelland, the legendary broadcaster and announcer still widely known as “The Voice of the NHRA.” From the mid 1950’s through today Dave has made his living using his voice and broadcasting skills (combined with his passion for drag racing and the automotive industry) to become one of the most achieved and respected people in the industry. As such he was named the recipient of the 2013 Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award!

McClelland 39 Chevy

Dave’s first race car – a ’39 Chevy!

I had the chance to meet Dave personally at the 2013 Hot Rod and Restoration Trade Show, just after he had received the award. Since I’m an amateur broadcaster myself I introduced myself to him hoping to get a few pointers…which lucked out into turning into a full interview with him for this show!

It was during the award presentation that I learned of Dave’s life story and it turns out that he and I both went to school at Iowa State University (and both drove hot rods around campus). While in college he purchased a ’39 Chevy coupe from a little old lady, put in an injected 364 nailhead Buick engine, Olds rear end, and a LaSalle floor shift in it. It was his first attempt at a race car and kick started his entry into the drag racing world.

McClelland Skylark

One of Dave’s daily drovers – a ’70 Buick Skylark convertible!

As you’ll learn during the interview, Dave’s first shot at calling a race was somewhat of a right-place-at-the-right-time moment. The announcer at the track became star-struck by some high profile racers, and Dave jumped in to save the event and keep things rolling!

After college he immediately went into the world of professional broadcasting, spending 15 years working in radio and television stations by day, and announcing drag races all over the country by night.

In the early 1970’s he moved into race track management, then went to work in the magazine business, and moved into full-time self-employed professional race broadcasting in the early 1980’s. He hasn’t looked back since.

Today Dave takes on many master of ceremonies jobs (I’ve already seen him in action during SEMA), enjoys his grand kids, and plays with his 455 powered ’70 Buick Skylark convertible, a ’55 Chevy, and his C6 Corvette!

Thanks for the interview, Dave! Now if you could just tell him how I can make my voice a little deeper……..

-Rob Kibbe




Filed Under: Podcast

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *