The RPM Nationals
For the past five years or so, there’s been a really exciting trend in traditional hot rod events. Rather than gathering in mass, shooting the shit, and staring at cars from sun up to down, people are gathering in smaller numbers and in effort to actually use the cars we cherish rather than park them. The H.A.M.B. Drags was an early effort in this endeavor for sure, but I really think it was The Race Of Gentlemen that started the trend.
Photography from TROG was just so damned special and when those photos hit the world, everything sort of changed. Staring at a parked car just left too much to the imagination. People wanted more. Then, other events started popping up… The Hot Rod Hill Climb, the Dirt Drags, etc… All of them incredible.
It’s become a sort of arms race of cool. Who can top who? Who amongst us can create an event that rolls back the clock the most accurately and fill it with the most fun?
I’ll be honest. I’m not at all one to toot my horn, but I always felt the H.A.M.B. Drags owned the drag strip. I just never felt like anyone could do it better and no one out there could compete as far as laid back hot rodding goes.
The RPM Nationals proved me wrong. And I say that having never attended the event. In fact, the only thing I really know about the RPM Nats come from these three videos stolen from their instagram page:
An old country road? A flag start? And the Niekamp roadster flogging gear for gear with the Dye entry? Excuse my language, but are you fucking kidding me? How the hell am I supposed to compete with that?
Well done boys… Well done.