The 2021 RPM Nationals

The 2021 RPM Nationals

I just got back from a beautiful weekend hanging out on the Central Coast of California, watching real, honest-to-goodness hot rods drag racing at the RPM Nationals! After a year of no spectators due to Covid, the event was back in full force this year, and if you’ve never been, put it on your must-do event list ASAP. Located on the wide-open rolling acres of Santa Margarita Ranch, cars are dragging 1/8 mile races, side-by-side down a paved landing strip, and it’s absolutely awesome. The shorter run distance means more cars can run during the day, and the only timing equipment is a starter flag and two people with checkered flags at the end of the run to determine which lane won. The whole set up is dead-nuts simple, but it works, and adds to the nostalgic charm of it all. You won’t hear me complaining!

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