I've only gone as a spectator once in my life some where around 1995 and I was already past 50 by that time. So OT date and OT driver/cars I can't seem to remember. My first trip to a drag strip was when a couple of guys that I worked with invited me to go with them. They had scraped together enough of their spare change to buy a clapped out, striped Henry J with a Mopar 413cid. It was just a chassis and a shell and not much else. It was not tuned or sorted out by any measure but it was sort of fast because it was so light. They let me take a turn behind the wheel and I was all over my lane like squirrel leaving a cold trail. The next time at the line, the track crew gave it the fish eye and an additional, complimentary inspection. A couple years later I was my own owner/driver/mechanic. That was the mid '60s and I have vivid memories of being a weekend warrior myself . For 3 years almost every weekend during the season I could be found at one of 3 drag strips within a 100 miles of me.