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Event Coverage The HAMB Drags 2003... Were you there?

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  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,171


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    The HAMB Drags 2003... Were you there?

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  2. I wasn't there in '03, '08 was my first experience with the h.a.m.b. drags. For me, it's still exciting and special. I always look forward to August.
  3. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,213


    Enjoyed the pics Jay. Another Boss photo slipped in there . . . a twenty-something Boss. Cool.
  4. I was there, I've been to them all. Brought the tan Roadster towards the end that has GR/13 on the side.
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  5. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,727


    I was there as well. I drove Big Olds from Detroit to Speed Week at the B'ville Salt Flats then headed to the HAMB Drags via the Grand Canyon! Raced ALL DAY, basiclly doing hot laps. Then drove all the way back to Detroit on Sunday. In my opinion 2003 was hands down the best year and I've been to them all.
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  6. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


    Just TWO people, all day?o_O C'mon, guys.
  7. ray
    Joined: Jun 25, 2001
    Posts: 3,747


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  8. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,091


    Yeah, what a Greaser!:D
  9. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,194


    yeah, i was there, but i really don't have much of interest to add. if i can find my pix they'll be 35mm prints but maybe i can scan them. the first few years there was a group pic taken but i never downloaded any of them. i imagine that denise has them, but she'd have to look through several hundred thousand pix to find them.

    i also went to b'ville and then to the drags that year. BenD rode with me all the way. we met many hamb folks both on the salt and at the drags.

    i've missed the last two years, but had made all of them up 'til then. denise and i raced every one of those years. of course she cleaned my clock every time. she could take out 3 pistons and still have a larger engine than clarence. she's so used to beating up on me that she can soft pedal big olds down the track doing the prom queen wave to the crowd and keep on the loud pedal just enough to beat me but not too badly.

    many of the folks that i met on that trip are still good friends.
  10. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,586

    from Neosho, MO

    I have been to them all. Good times. Several years we pushed hard to get home with the race car from Bonneville just to be at the HAMB Drags.

    Some notable examples from years gone by; The Rambler duel, A big Hereford welcoming us to MOKAN, Carl encouraging people to run as there was no waiting, 2 attempts at cooking a pig in a pit, a rail doing a 360 on the starting line, my brother and I laying down the first black marks on the new starting line, ..... and many more.

  11. 2003 was my first Bonneville trip and then the first HAMB Drags. Had a great time, I might have pictures of me and Outlaw riding that big cow. The parking lot action at the hotel was kinda crazy too, lots of beer and hijinks. I do remember being yelled at as I was walking back to my room at 2:00am....." Hey, Texas Guy, Is there any beer left in your cooler?" My reply was of course, "Probably not but if there is its yours."

    I also saw Denise that year at various car shows across the country more than some of my friends.

    I have had ALL of my hot rods at the HAMB Drags
    - Model A
    - The Commander, 55 Studebaker with a fresh motor break in on the way up
    - The Aquamino, 59 El Camino
    Good Times
  12. Cool pics....looks like they could've been taken back ithe day. I love the HAMB bull sign!
  13. Kustm52
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,982


    I was there... got smoked by some guy in a coupe...

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  14. MO_JUNK
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
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    from Rolla, Mo.

    I was there and have made them all. Brother(WZ Junk) and I made the first pass a number of years. Watched Ryan and his dad run. Lots of good memories and more good times to come. Watching the FED stand up and do a 360 at the starting line was really something to see. Wz organized a Route 66 cruise before the drags a couple of years. We saw some points of interest in OK, KS and Mo. One year a guy raced an old Harley. It was fast and he had one hand on the handlebar and bent over and hand shifted with the other hand. A true biker. We've had a T bucket spin out at mid-track and the famous clutch explosion on a Hamb Dragster. Good times and more to come. Sam
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  16. KCTA Chris
    Joined: Jan 16, 2002
    Posts: 380

    KCTA Chris

    There for the first. Made them all.
  17. My first was 2004. I've been to all of them since.
  18. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
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  19. Jim Marlett
    Joined: Aug 12, 2003
    Posts: 863

    Jim Marlett

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  20. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
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    I seem to make it about every 2 years whether I need to or not. :eek:

    Remember the year that Edye and I rolled in, in the middle of the night? it was the first road trip for The Pusher, you took us all around the lot with a flash light and showed us everyone's car.

    Those were the days.
  21. Yep, was there as part of the Bomb Factory crew with Sam. Helped build that car. The first year 2003 was also my only HAMB Drags attendance. It was a lot of fun and met many people.
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    HAMB O'dex Editor

    I was there and still driving the same 5 window.
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  23. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 18,559


  24. Yeah, I was there. Towed my 63 Rambler American down to race Tuck in his red 65. We hyped the shit outta the "big Rambler race-off" and I dumped antifreeze all over the starting line when a motor mount broke, sending the fan into the radiator. I actually won the first round with my flathead 6 and then tuck figured out the starting procedure and put a hurtin on me with his late model, new fangled over head 6 banger. Fat ass whitewalls bought my rambler and after the event I delivered it to his house, towing with the Rocky Goodtime Van [TM]
    Watched Ryan get smoked by his dad.. hambdrags4.jpg 1_abone.JPG hambdrags4.jpg 1_abone.JPG hambdrags3.jpg hambdrags8small.jpg hambdrags.jpg
  25. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,180


    I've been to one,but I plan on coming to another at some point.
  26. I didn't even know about it in '03, saw a reference to it on MoKans website and went looking, that is how I found this place. Took a few years until I signed up, but I have been to most of them. It is always within a day or two if not on my birthday. Been fun. The wife and I's first date was wandering around the hotel parking lot, and she still married me.
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  27. MO_JUNK
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 914

    from Rolla, Mo.

    Notice the background in Rocky's pictures. There's no spectators in the stands and the field is empty. It's sure not that way now.
  28. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,935


    Nope it will never be the same as the early years and never ever be as much fun.

    I think my favorite quote from the early years was this, and I think it was Rashy who said it but don't hold me to that, weee hours of the morning under the canopy at the Ramada, we're standing there and this old couple (not a HAMB couple) watching the show. A mini bike zooms past and the old lady says, "What was that?" and the quote of the century, "That was a Mexican." :D:D
  29. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 18,559


    FYI, I built the Fly to show support for the Hamb Drags. I told Ryan if he would hold a drag race I would build a car. 6 weeks later the Fly was born.
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  30. porknbeaner, I think that was me on the mini bike.

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