As you'll see in the pictures below some of the cars that were racing were some real beauties, tricked out as much as some of the cars in the car show. I managed to get a few good video shots before I was chased out of my prime location by one of the event staffers who was obsessed with keeping people far away from the track. You can see the Drag Race Video I put together near the bottom of the page.
With the smell of 'nitro' in the air and engines revving up, it brought back memories of my teen years when we used to go to the US 30 drag strip south of Chicago. But here you could walk around close-up to the cars, talk to the drivers, more of a neighborhood party. And just milling around the cars and the people was sort of like when we'd show up at the A&W Drive-In on Western Ave to show off the latest customization we'd done to our cars. Naturally every one would flutter the gas pedal to produce that throaty varoom from our glass-pack mufflers.
Since we got robbed of seeing most of the cars race due to the rain, we are looking forward to a return visit at next year's race and show.
Custom and Collector Car Show
My first car was a 1955 Chevie Bel-Aire coupe like this one, except mine was red and white. A great little car and you still see them on the road today. > > >
This one is a 1939 Chevie Panel Truck being waxed and detailed by its owner. Has some neat graphics on the side panel that I should have photographed. > > >
This little Nash Metropolitan drew a lot of attention. Rather than restored I think it has just been lovingly cared for. Still has the original equipment engine. > > >
The Kia Duluth Drag Race
Cars lined up for the beginning of the Drag Race meet. That candy apple red 1939 Willys 4 door sedan in the front not only looks good, it can really "Go." It was one of the fastest cars we saw on Saturday. > > >
Jo liked this lime green Road Runner, especially since it was piloted by a woman driver. > > >
And then the rains came to shut down the races for the day. The next day was sunny and perfect for racing.
Here's a promo video by the event organizer that will give you a broader picture of the entire event.