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Hot Rods Best Nostalgia Drags In The USA

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by FRANKTHETANK, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. A friend and I are planning to travel across the country this summer to catch some of the best nostalgia drag show events. We are mostly interested in the 1960's Gasser and Funny Car era and want to know what shows you all have seen that are worthwhile. Thanks, Frank
  2. Bugsy48
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 126


    The Meltdown Drags should be on the top of your list!!
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  3. Meltdown Drags July 17 - 19 Byron Illinois
    By far the best vintage event out there. Right cars, right folks running the show.
    Make sure this event is on your schedule for when you want the trip to peak. Everything else after this will be - "less".

    Check out the Southeast Gassers and wait for their schedule to be posted.
    This show is a don't miss as well. They were at Meltdown last year but I haven't heard yet for this year

    Beaver Springs Dragway - Jalopy Showdown Sept 26
    There is at least 3 vintage events at this track all with different criteria / focus. The one that seems to get a thumbs up from this sight is the Jalopy Showdown

    HAMB Drags - Date to be announced

    Eagle Field Runway Drags - Various dates and locations

    Smaller shows but no less entertaining:

    With all due respect to the "big" nostalgia events such as the Bakersfield and Goodguy's events, these tend to be nostalgia in carbon fibre clothing. They have great nitro shows and a smattering of "real" vintage / nostalgia but in the end it's all about billet wheels and modern technology.

    Have fun
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015
  4. Eagle Field May 15-17th Firebaugh Calif.

  5. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,544

    from Missouri

    Meltdowns for sure and the HAMB drags but sure would be nice to see it turn into a 2 or 3 day event.
  6. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 11,260


  7. captmullette
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,929


    holley hot rod reunion in bowling green Kentucky in mid june..........1964 and down race cars. tons of old school nostalgia and a great track for spectators.......also car show, upwards of 1500 entries, and swap meet...great camp ground at the track......
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  8. Toymaker
    Joined: Mar 26, 2006
    Posts: 3,920

    from Fresno,CA

  9. tylercrawford
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 726

    from Buford, GA
    1. S.F.C.C.

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  10. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    By far the best is the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green KY the middle of June.
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  11. Anywhere these guys are running. HRP

  12. flatheadgary
    Joined: Jul 17, 2007
    Posts: 827

    from boron,ca

  13. 39-2dr
    Joined: Jun 4, 2007
    Posts: 284

    from MISSOURI

    I would vote for the NHRA Hotrod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY. Iwitnessed the inaugural event. You can't go wrong with 75-80 Willys gassers in one class. My next event would have to be the Meltdown in Illinois. Next up, the Friday night drags at the Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, KS. And finally the HAMB Drags here in Missouri. Get out and see great vintage racecars.
  14. Choptop
    Joined: Jun 19, 2001
    Posts: 3,303


    I've gotta put the Billetproof Series of vintage drags out there as a must see. California, Washington and Florida. The California event is new this year and will be on May 15, Friday night, under the lights. Something that I dont know if any other vintage race is doing. The Washington event has really exploded. Amazing track location (in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens) and GREAT turn out. Watch for news about the Florida event coming soon. Some cool things are going to happen there.

    One special Billetproof event is the Michigan show, which is held in conjunction with the Detroit DragWay Reunion. Car show on the spectator side of the track, vintage (for the most part) racing all day on the track. Funny Cars and gassers dominate the staging lanes.

    for info and dates go to

    Billetproof Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Washington

    Billetproof Michigan Show/Detroit Dragway Reunion:

    Here are a couple hundred photos from the event:

    Billetproof Florida Drags:

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  15. Turtle64
    Joined: Jan 12, 2009
    Posts: 40


  16. There's a nostalgia funny car meet at Quaker City Dragway in Salem, Ohio on May 24th, Thompson Gasser Reunion, Thompson Dragway in Thompson, Ohio June 6 & 7, and closer to home is the Empire Gold Cup, Empire Dragway in Leicester, N.Y. on July 24 - 26.
  17. If you want to see Nostalgia Funny cars then The March Meet (Bakersfield, CA) or The Hot Rod Reunion at either Bowling Green or Famoso - If you don't care about Nitro, then listen to the guys above
  18. MELTDOWN in Byron, Illinois
    meltdown 2011.jpg
  19. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,812

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Epping, NH...If you guys don't mention it it won't grow any...Just saying..

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