Posted by admin on June 22, 2009
This year’s Hot Rod Reunion was my first in Bowling Green. I went to the one in Columbus when it moved to National Trail Raceway Park. I do think the track in Bowling Green is a lot cooler from a nostalgic point-of-view. You sit about 20 feet from the track. It’s very old school—the bleachers are covered overhead by corrugated steel so you’re out of the sun, making for an enjoyable racing experience.
I caught up with Top Fuel drag racer and friend, Pat Dakin, for the Hot Rod Hall of Fame ceremony. I was privileged to meet some of the legends of the sport and enjoyed listening to all the old stories as were told “around the table” that evening.
The quality of the racecars was superb—seeing (and feeling) the nitro-burning sling shot dragsters was cool as hell. The overall atmosphere was wonderful and I felt like I traveled back in time. The only downside to the whole event is actually getting there. There is simply just a one-lane road going in, and one lane coming out. And if by chance you are not there early—forget it (traffic jam) especially on Saturday.
I did just one burn out the entire weekend and almost lost it. I think I rolled though some water and got sideways in a hurry. I corrected her and managed to get away unharmed—except for my bruised ego. I can still taste the egg on my face.
Overall, I think the Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green is a cool event. I recommend getting to the track early so you don’t have to sit in traffic. However, once there, enjoy all the nostalgic drag racing, the smells of the race gas, alcohol and nitro and remember a simpler time without catalytic converters and $3 per gallon gas.
~ Marc “Doc” Trzeciak
Click Here to see the video from: 2009 Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion – Saturday
Posted by admin on June 15, 2009
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What can I say? The Hot Rod of the Year (HROY) competition was a blast! This is my second time competing in this event. If you are not familiar with HROY—it’s a separate trophy given by the Good Guys Organization at the Indianapolis Good Guys event. It’s for pre ‘48 cars that epitomize hot rods. As they say in their brochure, “No creampuffs allowed.” This year’s event was the largest it’s ever been; I think there were 40 some cars out there. Out of that, they pick the top five, and from those five they pick the winner.
The judging criterion involves a series of events. The first consists of driving the car to the Indianapolis 500 and doing a lap around the track. Then you have to drive up to and back from “A Summer’s Place” (approx. 100 miles round trip). If you’ve never been there – it’s a fifties vintage town that a gentleman has built in his back yard. It’s like a time capsule, you eat in a fifties era diner, his children serve you wearing poodle skirts (only his daughters of course), you get a nice hamburger, french-fries and a cherry coke along with a banana split for desert. He has an old barber shop, gas pumps, an old gas station, as well as a movie theatre and tons of fifties era memorabilia. This also gives participants a chance to socialize, which makes for a nice stop on the tour.
From there you drive back to the O’Riley Motor Speedway and line up for an 1/8th mile drag race. The drag racing is my favorite part of the event. If there weren’t drag racing I probably wouldn’t compete. This year, the gentleman from California, with the black roadster and 427 small block, set the low ET.
The next day, you have to show up at the north end of the track and there’s a show and shine event. From there, they pick the top five and then announce the winner Saturday night at the Adams Mark Hotel. Like any event, based on subjectivity, some people are going to be happy and some people are not.
Overall, I had a great time. Everybody enjoyed the event, people were relaxed, and it was just a good group to be around. My brother came down from Northern Michigan and we ran the event together, leaving us with lasting memories. The people, conversation, and mojitos were all enjoyable and will be remembered.
So if your pre ’48 car epitomizes the Hot Rod ideal, I would encourage you to enter and enjoy the HROY competition.
P.S – Hitek Hot Rods will be holding a reunion for everybody that participated in the 2009 Hot Rod of the Year competition. Please visit our booth at the Good Guys event in Columbus Ohio for time and location. ~ Marc “Doc” Trzeciak
Click Here to see the PHOTOS: INDY – Hot Rod OF THE YEAR – DRAGS – Modem BUSTER!!!!! Tons Of PICS!!!
photo copywrite by KIRK! Old School HAMBer