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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Went to a local car show this afternoon

By 55Stepside

This was a local car show that was held at the local South 21 Drive-In here in Charlotte. There were about 40 - 50 cars there. Hope you enjoy them.

Funny Cars of the 70's - Round 18

By 55Stepside

Here is Round 18 of a series on the 70's Funny Cars. Hope you enjoy them.

This is what you would call having a bad day at the strip.

By 55Stepside

Thomas Myers suffered this horrific fire at the recent ADRL National Guard Quarter Max Memphis Drags II in the first round of qualifying. Myers believed that the solenoid hung open, causing the fire while he purged the nitrous system. Thomas was able to get out of his Safety-Kleen Corvette without injury. Damage to the car was limited to the carbs and hood scoop, and Thomas was back in action just two weeks later at the ADRL race in Michigan.

Funny Cars of the 60's. -- The Corvairs

By 55Stepside

The final page on the Funny Cars of the 60's. Hope you enjoy them.

Funny Cars of the 60's -- The AMC's

By 55Stepside

This album contains some of the AMC Funny cars of the 60's. Hope you enjoy them. And by the way, this is the last of the series on these. I will start on the Corvairs next. Hope you enjoy.

Funny Cars of the 60's -- Chevy II Match Bashers

By 55Stepside

These are some of the Chevy II's that were on the circuit in the 60's. There are some very rare cars here. Hope you enjoy them.

Funny Cars of the 60's. Vol. 7 -- The Fords

By 55Stepside

These are some of the Fords that were on the Funny Car circuit in the 60's. Some awesome looking Fords even though I am a Chevy fan. Hope you enjoy them.

Barn Finds

By 55Stepside

These are a few pics a friend sent me. They are not local and he will not tell me where they are either. Bummer.

Local Car show 7-24-09

By 55Stepside

This was a local car show in Oakboro NC that takes place the 3rd Friday of each month. There were about 250 cars there. I lost some of the pics when I downloaded them to my computer, and some of them were the best. They close down the center of town, which is only about 6 blocks long, and cars line the sides and fill the parking lots and cruise up and down the street. They also have a burn out contest afterwards to see who can smoke their tires the longest. I thought this would be pretty cool, but it was actually boring. Most of the vehicles were the locals who wanted to show off their farm trucks, etc. Not a good show at all. Makes no sense to burn your tires down to the threads and maybe blow a trans or something else. Anyway, I hope you enjoy what is here.

Funny Cars of the 60’s Vol. 7 – More Match Bashers

By 55Stepside

This album contains more of the Match Bashers of the 60's.

Funny Cars of the 60's Vol 6. The Misfits. Do you remember these guys?

By 55Stepside

These are some of the Misfit funny cars of the 60's ear. Hope you enjoy them.

One of our car shows on the 17th.

By 55Stepside

This was one of our local car shows. It was held this past Friday at the Matthews South 21 Drive-In. The Drive-in was closed for some reason, and the turnout was not that good. I was told that on a typical show when the Drive-In is open, there would be about 110 cars.

Hope you enjoy what was there.

Funny Cars of the 60's Vol 5. Do you remember these guys?

By 55Stepside

These are some of the Division 4 Match Bashers of the 60's. Some of you may not be that familiar with these guys, but enjoy them just the same.

Funny cars of the 60's Vol. 4. Smorgasbord of Manufacturers

By 55Stepside

Hope I am not boring anyone. Enjoy.

Funny Cars of the 60's Vol 3. Do you remember these guys?

By 55Stepside

Hope I am not boring you with these albums. Just thought you might enjoy reminesing.

Funny Cars of the 60's Vol 2. Do you remember these guys?

By 55Stepside

Do you remember these guys? They were some of the most famous drag racers of their time.

Funny Cars of the 60's.

By 55Stepside

Does anybody remember these guys?

Update on cab work

By 55Stepside

I have made some progress on stripping and cleaning the underside of my cab.

Super Chevy Show Friday, June 26 - Sunday, June 28, 2009

By 55Stepside

Super Chevy Show

Racer Entry Fees
Bracket Race Weekend Entry (Car & Driver) $60
Friday Test & Tune* $25
Bonus Race* $35

*Must Purchase Weekend Entry

Car Show Entry Fees

Car Show (Car and Driver): Judged - Chevy Powered or Bodied Only $45
Show n' Shine (Car and Driver): Non-Judged - Open to All GM Vehicles $35

Addition Information
- Tower Broadcasts on 96.3 FM
- Two Drivers CAN NOT run the same car
- All Racing is 1/8 Mile, except for D.O.T. which runs ¼ mile
- Payout will be mailed after the information form is filled out in the tower and approximately two weeks after the event
- No time runs on Sunday Morning, the race will proceed directly to eliminations
- Handicap Parking is located directly in front of the Tower

Stripping the under side of the cab floor.

By 55Stepside

I am stripping the underside of the cab floor removing all the rust, dirt and old undercoating. Can't afford to send it out and have it blasted, so I am doing it myself. Lot's of fun.

NHRA Nationals in September

By 55Stepside

The NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway, Sept. 17 – 20, are just around the corner. Four-day ticket packages for adults are available for just $99 and seats for Sunday's final eliminations are as low as $45 for adults. Come camp out with us at the strip! Full hookup camping spaces are available for $400 for all four nights and standard, no hookup spots are just $125 for the entire event weekend. If camping isn't for you, check out our site for additional area lodging options.

Need hedders for '55 Chevy Truck

By 55Stepside

I am looking for a set of full length hedders for my '55 Chevy truck. If anyone knows of someone who owns a '55 - '57 Chevy truck that is runnig a set of full length hedders, I would appreciate the contact information. I have talked to just about every hedder manufacturer there is and they all tell me the same thing, that I have to run block huggers. Don't like the block huggers.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.


First engine run on my new engine

By 55Stepside

This is the first time I was able to get my new engine running.

Fuel TV in Charlotte, NC

By 55Stepside

Check out this web site. It is the Fuel TV from Charlotte. It mostly contains motorcycles, but I thought it was pretty cool being in Charlotte.

Also, if you can get Action 64 TV in the Charlotte area, they are doing a section on Independent Technologies. These are the folks who did the frame work on my '55 Truck.

Power Steering Hose Installation

By 55Stepside

I am getting ready to install a power steering hose kit on my '55 truck. I would like to know if anyone can tell me if the return hose needs to be longer than the pressure hose.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Bill

Pinks-All-Out Vol 2

By 55Stepside

Pinks-All-Out Saturday April 25th Vol 2

Pinks-All-Out - Vol 1

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Pinks-All-Out Saturday April 25th Vol 1

ZMax Dragway Pinks-All-Out April 24th

By 55Stepside

Friday was a test-n-tune qualifying session. You ran to get an ET category. Once you had your ET, you were assigned a number along with a letter. These were groups A - I with 60 cars in each group. They ran the different groups to see who would make the final 64. This was a first for Pinks to have 64 finalists. Saturday, the eliminations were held and ran down to the 64. Once the 64 were named, they ran all 4 lanes with only one winner per run. Then they had the final 16 that would run all 4 lanes to get the final 4. From there they ran only two lanes to get to number one. The winner took home $10,000.00 cash and an $8,000.00 NAPA tool box full of tools.

This was also a first for Pinks. They have never had a track where they could run 4 cars a one time.

I hope I explained this so everyone understood. History was made here this weekend.

Saturday's albums to follow.

Pro Tree Racers Association national event

By 55Stepside

PTRA Event at zMAX Dragway -
This Weekend!
Don't miss the first Pro Tree Racers Association national event of 2009, Friday and Saturday, April 17 – 18! The event will feature index racing and heads-up racing in three classes: Top Street, True Street and Performance Street. Friday will feature a test and tune session from 5 – 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 for spectators. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and tickets are $15. Qualifying is scheduled for 11 a.m. and eliminations will start at 4 p.m.

Go to link below for more details.


Food Lion Auto Fair - Charlotte

By 55Stepside

Well, we finally got our first auto show here in Charlotte. This was the Food Lion Auto Fair that was at the Lowe's Motor Speedway this past weekend. There must have been more than 3000 cars there. We got there at around 10 am and the temperature was about 50 degrees. We walked around the mile and a half track and never actually made it to the infield to see what was there. We left at about 5 pm and the temperature was 74. Great day for an auto show. Hope you have the time to check this out. Some great looking cars.
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