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Event Coverage The 2013 H.A.M.B. Drags

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. SO MUCH FUN!! I always stay an extra night just for the Friday night parking lot. The dragsters were really great this year, and the "Iron Maiden/"Black Mariah" runs were even better than last year! T H A N K Y O U, Ryan and all involved! Like LSRU, it gets better every year.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013
  2. The h.a.m.b. drags and Friday night shenanigans are always at the top of my yearly "to do" list, this year was to be my 5th! The plans were made, we had people lined up to handle the theater for the week-end, had our reservations made months before (1st time we were able to book rooms at the H.I.) and then, up jumped the devil! Instead of walking around the H.I. parking lot checkin out all the cool shit, drinkin beer, b.s.'ing with everyone and spending Saturday doing it all over again, I spent the week-end inside a hospital room with an I V stuck in my arm (wonder if you can order them filled with beer instead of that other shit) and thinking of all the good times being had a couple hours north of me. Well, one thing is for sure, I'll be there next year!
    Ryan, glad that you got to see it from our side of things this year, now you know how we feel! Glad everything (well, almost) went smoothly and fun was had by all. See ya next year...
  3. Long Roof Larry
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 163

    Long Roof Larry

    Ryan, that is the one. The guy that owns it is a machinist by trade. You could geek out for hours looking at all the little things he has made for this car! He put a new motor in it and wasn't sure it would be done in time so he didn't register it for the drags. We seriously enjoy being spectators instead of racers, but I think we have come to the conclusion that next year we may have to get our "pit crew" together and make a few passes in it!
  4. ET
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 28

    from MO

    A great time again - now we have to wait 12 months!!
    Thanks Ryan and gang.
  5. ryno
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,471


  6. I have missed two in a row and that really really dig's at my heart! I love the HAMB Drags, it's not just about the racing,,, HELL, most of it is about the Friday night parking lot CRAWL!!! I WILL NOT MISS 2014!!! I am sure it went well and glad you had fun this year Ryan!!!

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  7. Had a great time even though Red Truck's new 4 link crapped out. Will be beefing it up and be back next year. Thanks to everyone that organized.
  8. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Another great time was had by all....
  9. hot-rod roadster
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,027

    hot-rod roadster
    from Omaha Ne.

    So much fun, it's hard to put into words... Simply, Thanks for a great time. Gary
  10. I keep saying I want to come out. But after this'all... I gotta make it happen next year.

  11. inkstain27
    Joined: Feb 8, 2006
    Posts: 500


    Best Weekend of the year, thank you for putting this on.
  12. jody1833
    Joined: Aug 28, 2008
    Posts: 28


    I gave him nearly full tubes of JB Weld. Must not have held!!
  13. I think he must've asked me before he got to you. I had used some to hide some pipe threads on my homemade burndown breathers but forgot to put it back in.
  14. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
    Posts: 6,292

    general gow
    Staff Member

    I had a thread going about the trials and tribulations of my journey to the drags this year and tried to sum it up as best I could. I tried so hard to make it about the car, but the universe hit me upside the head with a reminder that it is really about the people.

    This last post I write from the comfort of my own couch. I always have a tough time expressing what I feel after a road trip, what frame of mind I'm in. And I feel like however I retell my thoughts and experiences, it will never adequately get across the thrust of it. But I continue to try my best.

    The #hambdragsorbust idea came about when Moose and I were talking about driving the '50 Chrysler and '54 Ford out, getting a couple friends to join in and share the costs and fun, and to just stretch the legs of the old cars and see the countryside. Moose got inspired to swap out his motor with a freshly rebuilt one, and get it sorted enough before we left to feel comfortable making the trip. He wanted his car to have a little more oomph and the ability to cruise along the highway with ease. He pretty much made that happen, and could have taken the '50. But, a little more than a week before departure, you all know my motor blew up and a mad thrash was on to get the '54 ready to make the trip.

    When that didn't happen, I was forced to look at this adventure from a different perspective. It was tough to do. I like driving my old cars best. It is what motivates me to do all the other work. So when that couldn't happen, to me it felt like an incredible failure. I railed against all odds for 9 days to get the car ready, and lost. I ran out of time. Couldn't make it happen. The plan seemed a bust. So many people worked tirelessly, Moose, John, Kevin, Ted, Jim, Andrew, and it still wasn't enough.

    But then an idea sparked and the trip had new life. With Moose's hot rod in tow, we'd blast out in air conditioned comfort, and see his childhood home from the windshield of the Model A sedan. A sort of homecoming that gave his memories a different tint. A friend of his from high school even flew out from Joplin at the last minute, just to ride back with us. For a day and a half we tooled around Carthage and Joplin in the hot rod, seeing familiar places and people, discovering new places and seeing new faces. We hitched a ride to Springfield and trekked the familiar hills, looked at over-priced cars, ate some incredible BBQ (Pappy's Place).

    Friday afternoon finally arrived and we headed down to Joplin to check in to the host hotel, and look for familiar faces in the crowd. Ryan yelling down from the open window in his room, calling out for us to wait, greeted with a hug. Jay in his Hawaiian Sunday Best with open arms and a grin as wide as his wing span. Angie's quiet smile. T-Squared's Kansas twang. Mike's unbounded energy. Amy's smooth grace and infinite patience. Scott's southern drawl, matter-of-fact attitude about killer miles, generous gifts from home. Norm's infectious presence. Gorgeous weather. Friday did its best to just blend seamlessly into Saturday. Donuts at Ryno's. Burnouts in vacant lots. All the kids with laughs and smiles and swimming and bumming rides on mini bikes. The smell of grass and fuel mixed with the taste of root beer. New t-shirts., marking the day. Thrashing a hot rod and having it hold up, times getting better all day. Finally meeting the coolest hippy artist tomato hating farmers ever. Feeling like new friends are some of your oldest. The tireless Buddha. Saturday's curtain falls with a fight. Rocket cars blast across the tarmac or fizzle with a failed flame. Light in the sky tells us it's bed time. Super secret stashes of awesome hot rods, the legend of the trip continues to grow, and all we have to do is play along. Moose's long pensive sigh at his first sight of Sweet Valley Farm. Sketchy blasts on dirt country roads in the speedster with Sophia. Being forced to watch the most beautiful sunset ever when the radiator blows. Soph's rote reaction to mechanical failure, Eh, no biggie, this happens all the time, let me just tell you about all the fun you miss when you don't come out here for the cookout in April...the slickest 9 year old ever. Amelia seemingly sliding back into the same story she was telling me when I last saw her 3 years ago. Great food to end the day, more great food to start the next. Reluctant departure. Miles accumulated, and marked by more visits with old friends of Moose in KC and Elgin. Seeing my old home in Morris. Rolling into the night to make it back home to my Becky.

    Anecdotes and footnotes, pictures flying by too fast to be poetic. Texas and Oklahoma and Arkansas and North Carolina and Colorado and Massachusetts and Kansas and Australia and Michigan and Nebraska and so many others all meet in Missouri to blend together. And what did I tell? Nothing really. If you weren't there, you won't be because of this thread. It barely cuts the skin, just a little blood. But to REALLY get it, you need to bleed with me. You have to hit the road and go. Create your own legend along the way, and meet me at the confluence of all great stories, in Joplin, at the HAMB Drags. Just go. Which is the homecoming, arriving in Joplin or back home in Massachusetts? Both. The sublime letdown at the end of a road trip. Smiles and tears. Pangs of unimaginable gratitude and grief.
  15. masters9661
    Joined: Jul 19, 2010
    Posts: 38


    I would like to thank Ryan and crew, the Mokan staff, and the hotel staff for a fantastic weekend. This was our 3rd trip to the Hambdrags. I had never seen as many cars (that I like) in the same place and time as my first visit to the drags. the cars in a word are "AWESOME" but the best part of the event for me is the people. We have met and become friends with people from all over the country and half way around the world at the Hambdrags. You are the best.

    Thanks to whomever ordered the weather. It was spectacular for southern Missouri in August.

    Finally, thanks to the 40+ plus people who made the 350+ mile trip down to support us and enjoy the festivities.

    We will be back next year and many more.......... if you will have us

    Thanks again
  16. This event makes a regular old car show....well... lame. That's a good thing. There's only two events a year I clear the calendar for; HAMB Drags and Day of the Drags... and that's coming from a guy who's fastest pass ever was a 16.90.
  17. 5fiver
    Joined: Sep 10, 2010
    Posts: 95


    Thanks for a great weekend. Got to get a room at the host hotel next year.
  18. moose
    Joined: Jan 11, 2005
    Posts: 353


    Thanks to everyone for putting on such a show/race/party. I had a blast, before and after I ran my best 18.5 at 72!

    Ryan, it was nice to meet you on Sat. night!

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