Welcome! This will be the hotbed of activity over the course of the weekend, providing you with live updates of about our journey to the Meltdown Drags in Byron, Ill. From left to right...Andrew, Zach and Nick. I'm behind the camera, per usual. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99116801@N07/9353411960/" title="Kids_edited-1 by j.ukrop, on Flickr"></a> I’ll break the ice with a simple Q & A: Q: Who are you? A: Here’s what the logbook reads: Me Name: Joey Ukrop Occupation: Journalist, Pool Manager Hometown: Novi, Mi. School: University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. Interests: Film cameras that don’t work very well, Field Notes notebooks and anything involving Futura Bold typeface. Favorite piece of speed equipment: Roto-Faze My Friends Name: Andrew Ukrop Occupation: U.S. Army, Pool Manager Hometown: Novi, Mi. School: Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va. Interests: Overalls, 4.10 gears and sombreros. Favorite piece of speed equipment: 6-71 blower Name: Zach Gearns Occupation: Odd Jobs Hometown: Northville, Mi. School: Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mi. Interests: Facial hair, ham, Hawaiian shirts and telling it like it is. Favorite piece of speed equipment: What’s speed equipment? Name: Nick Giacalone Occupation: Small Business Owner, not as odd of jobs as you’d like Hometown: Cottage Hills, Ill. School: Lewis & Clark College Interests: Mustaches, kittens, and expensive couches. Favorite piece of speed equipment: Not sure, but I get jazzed about rare or sort of rare mulit-carb intakes for overhead valve engines. Q: What’s up with the car? A: As I previously stated, the car belongs to none other than Steve Bailey (Monsterflake). It’s a 1964 Pontiac Catalina 2+2, powered by a big block Pontiac. If you’ve ever spoken with Steve, you’ll know that he’s a connoisseur of obscure and obsolete wheels. Well the big Big Cat exercises this fact—it sports Motor Wheel Spyders on all four corners. Q: What exactly are we planning on doing? A: Well you see, Andrew just got back from his government-funded vacation to Fort Lewis, Wa. and everything aligned for us to make it to the Meltdown this year. We’re going to be reporting, camping, spectating and enjoying everything the event has to offer. Q: What equipment will you be using? A: Aside from the two tents, a couple of sleeping bags and various items purchased at garage sales, not all that much. It’s all pretty basic, ’65-ish stuff. The biggest departures from the era-correctness are my Nikon D7000, Nikon D100, laptop and voice recorder…and my HAMB app to give you guys live updates. Don’t fret, I’ll be shooting three rolls of 35mm with my hand-me-down Konica Auto S2 for a more authentic feel. If you’re feeling high-tech, follow along on the Instagram tag #HAMBMeltdown2013 or stay tuned here.