Some Racing Thoughts…..
by John Dearmore
I’m writing my article a little early as I will be in Bowling Green for the NHRA reunion about the time I would normally be writing my article, and it’s going to be hard to tell you all about what all happen this Father’s Day weekend. I am going to see some of the finest street rods in the country along with some fantastic Nostalgia dragsters. Every year there are new and exciting cars being restored. I’m taking a camera this year and I hope to take pictures of all of them.
It seems as if the reunion gets bigger each year. Last year we had 48 push-start cars and I know there will be more this year, as some new ones have been finished and, according to some of those people involved I’ve talked with, they will be bringing them.
When I return I’m planning on starting the first of two new cars we hope to have finished within the next 18 months. Finding all the parts and pieces is what takes the time, along with making sure the car and what we bolt on it is as close to being period correct as possible – that’s what it is all about. As these projects take shape, it’s etched in our memory banks what these cars did back in the day, and their importance in helping to make drag racing what it is today.
Modern drag racing has some divided feelings for what it is and what we want. On the positive side, however, many are building cars that look more like the cars of the old days: front engine dragsters and funny cars that have a body that looks like a car we used to drive.
This year at Bowling Green, most of the attendees overall time will be spent looking and talking to people they haven’t seen in years or getting to see racers, owners and cars they’ve only read about. That’s what makes the Reunion worth going to, as it’s always quite possible we may never see them again. Since my first reunion I have lost a lot of the friends I made as far back as the ‘50s, when we were young and had our lives ahead of us. Many of my friends also are having medical issues. I pray all the time that they are doing okay and I hope to see them one more time at a drag strip where we were the very happiest.
The preparation to go – all the packing and loading - is exciting in itself, as is the long trip ahead of us. But during the inevitable let down on the way home afterwards, all I can think about are these new cars to build… it helps to keep me going! As we move forward with these projects, I will try to keep you informed on how it is going with the cars.
Until next month, keep reading our magazine, and if you want to build yourself a Nostalgia fuel car give me a call and let’s visit and see what we can do to help make your dream come true.
Thanks for reading…..
John Dearmore, DRE
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Nostalgia Drag World - by John Dearmore; photo by Connell R. Miller