Posts Tagged ‘front engine dragster’

45th Annual Big Three Parts Exchange – OVER 100 PHOTOS!

Friday, August 6th, 2010

A few weeks before the event that has become known as the Big 3 Swap Meet, I got a phone call from a friend and coworker. He explained that he was at work right then, too, and he was trying to log on to the Big 3’s website to get the exact hours of operation for the swap meet, but the server kept blocking him from accessing the site. He surmised that every time he typed “Big3PartsExchange.com” into his browser it would read it as Big3PartSexChange.com and would block it. After I stopped laughing, I went on the site and got the hours for him. But I figured that the story was too funny not to share with all of you. (more…)

50TH Annual Houston Autorama – One of the Most Anticipated Indoor Shows on the Gulf Coast

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Darren Wenzel was on hand selling his amazing automotive-inspired artwork as well as offering his pinstriping services for a small fee.

Every holiday has its traditions, and here in Houston, Thanksgiving means just one thing, hot rods at the Houston AutoRama.

This year was a special occasion since it was the 50th anniversary of the show, and the last year for the host club, the Millwinders, to act as hosts. Needless to say, all of Houston’s top cars were out in full force. From vintage ’20s and ’30s hot rods to modern muscle cars, there was something for every taste. (more…)

19th Annual Dover Drag Strip Reunion – Gone but not Forgotten

Monday, June 21st, 2010

For a track that was only open from 1961 to 1976, its faithful staff members and racers have worked hard to keep Dover Drag Strip’s memories alive. They call themselves “D.R.A.G.,” the Dover Racing Alumni Group. Now in its 19th year, the annual reunion is said to be the oldest such event in the country. Held at Marcus Dairy in Danbury, Connecticut, this car show and gathering happens just off Route 84, less than an hour away from the former Dover Drag Strip location, so the area itself conjures up memories, as well. (more…)

This Blog’s Unofficial Theme: Going Fast in a Straight Line

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Every month I sit down with one of my favorite adult beverages, a pen, a pad of paper, and a big stack of stories and ideas for the next issue. Sometimes a sort of unofficial theme pops up almost automatically. For instance, the inspiration for the November issue was driving your hot rod. And we didn’t mean down to the local donut shop on Saturday morning. We meant spinning the tires up the ramp to the interstate, getting out there and really driving that hot rod. That’s what it was built for, wasn’t it?

Then for the January issue we did a lot of hands-on tech and even featured a couple of home-built cars, including Jake Moomey’s bright green 1954 Chevrolet that was our cover car and Mike Collins’ little black Model A roadster pickup. It was our unofficial salute to the home builder. (more…)

NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion 2009 – A Hot Rod Show and Drag Race all Wrapped up in one

Friday, June 4th, 2010

That is one way to make hot rodding a family affair!

The 18th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion, presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, was held at Famoso Raceway just north of Bakersfield, California, on Oct. 16-18, 2009. It used to be the little brother to the über-popular March Meet held at the same venue, but judging by the early sell out of the car show and the huge field of racers in attendance that is no longer the case. (more…)

Heat Stroke Reunion – This Year’s Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green Proved to Be a Warm One

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

When the NHRA decided to host an East Coast version of the famed Hot Rod Reunion, the plan was well accepted and quickly became an awesome event. It brought out dragsters, gassers and all sorts of hot rods from all over the country, and it’s held at the historic Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. A perfect place for a nostalgia event, Beech Bend has plenty of shade trees, which came in handy as temperatures approached the century mark, with plenty of humidity to go with it. (more…)

39TH Annual Antiques Nationals – A Car Show and 1/8-Mile Drags all Wrapped up Into One Event

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

June 14, 2009 welcomed the 39th Annual running of the Antique Nationals. It had recently been moved down the hill from the now defunct Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale, California, to the Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California. It might be only 50 miles south, but Fontana is at a lot lower elevation, and that means denser air and quicker elapsed times. It also means cooler temperatures and a lot less harsh environment for car show participants, spectators and race teams alike. To be honest, it was so hot up in Palmdale the last couple of years the event was held up there that it felt like you were slowly melting into the asphalt.   (more…)