Each year the NSRA (National Street Rod Association) hold the Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway. This year was the 24th such event and saw Hot Rods / Customs / Muscle cars / American / Gasser's and Dragsters race down the strip to see who's fastest. My friend Stuart suggested we go along for the day and as we are both ex-hot rodders, how could I refuse.! Check out the Shakespeare County Raceway website for more info:
As usual I took so many photos, I will post the NSRA hot rod drags in 2 parts. The 2nd part coming soon.
|Walking towards the strip the standard of cars|
parked up on the road was a good indication
of what was in store for the day. A pair of
Model 'A's parked in the sunshine.
|Gasser style Ford 100E. A true British |
|I do like to see hot rod's being driven, and|
this '32 Ford pick up was doing just that.
|A fender less '32 3 window, in grey primer.|
|From the side the paint scheme on this 3 |
window reminds me of the 'So'Cal' paint
|A true British Gasser, an Anglia estate. It was|
a work in progress but looked promising from
what I could see.
|Down the staging lane alongside the strip, |
this 5 window model 'A' caught my eye.
Although it had a model 'B' grill, the overall
look was real hot rod.
|Not sure what make this truck is, but I love it.|
|A stunning 1960's black and flamed Chevrolet|
|1932 Ford roadster, in gloss black.|
|Another 32 roadster in true hot rod guise, |
red steel wheels with whitewall tyres and a
trusty Flathead V8 engine.
|Yet another 32 roadster in yet another guise, |
with wire wheels, sitting high and with the rag
|This channelled '32 3 window coupe looked|
awesome in army green with big block motor.
|Just love those 15" x 15" wheels with the|
|A 1957 Chevy in true Gasser style. Bright|
orange paint, decals and sitting high...
|Although we didn't see this '57 run down the|
strip, I bet it was fast.
|Love the massive slicks under the rear end.|
|I think this was a Chevy truck, whatever it was|
it looked so good. Love the two tone paint
|Rear end of a '32 Ford with massive rear|
tyres and louvres covering the deck lid.
|A mark 3 Ford Cortina. I had one of these in|
the same colour orange, but that is where the
|Pro street rear end on the 'Tina' Must have|
been some serious tubbing to enable those
massive 10" x 15" wheels with slicks to fit
under the stock bodywork.
|This is as British and Fish and Chips,and a |
true classic. It's a Ford Consul named
'Henry Hi Rise' I remember watching this
race way back in the late 1970's. It was nice
to see it still had the same paint scheme.
|The make and model of this rat looking rod|
is unknown to me but I just loved the look.
|Walking through the camping area I spotted|
this Dodge A108 camper. Lovely looking
classic, in what looks like original trim.
|This lovely gold coloured Dodge Coronet |
was so clean.
|There is nothing better than seeing well|
preserved 50 / 60s American motors in
|Walking through the pits I spotted this Ford|
Anglia and the Mopar both sporting big block
|I like going to the hot rod drags because you|
get to cars / trucks that you haven't seen
before, and this is one of those examples.
|Tucked away in the shade was this immaculate |
1929 model 'A' pick up in pastel yellow with
red steel wheels.
|A closer look at the Mopar, built purely for|
|In the staging lane on the way to the track,|
this lovely 1932 roadster with red steels,
with baby moons and a DuVall windscreen.
|Here's one for my mate Malc, who now lives in |
Germany not quite a true Graffiti replica,
but doesn't it look good? A 1932 5 window
coupe in bright yellow.
|True British hot rod, a late 50's Pro street Ford|
|'32 roadsters were abundant today, and each |
one looked as good as the last one!
|Another '70's British classic, 'Al's Gasser' a|
Ford Popular in black and flames. Again
this car hasn't changed one bit, well
maybe just got faster.
|How about this 1957 Chevy nomad in Gasser|
style. totally awesome from every angle.
|Close up looking into the engine bay from |
under the wing. Note how clean and tidy
everything is. Love those headers.
|The rear end looks just as good. Massive 15"|
x 15" slicks under the stock bodywork with
|This pro street Ford Popular was bright. And|
I saw later in the day on the strip, also fast!
|A Gasser style Ford 'Pop'. Just love the |
slicks sticking out from the original bodywork.
|A true hot rod line up in the camping area.|
|Early blue Volvo looked quite tame, but|
believe me once on the strip it didn't hang
|1960's Dodge is running a 383ci motor. The |
overall look of this car was gorgeous.
|1955 Chevrolet in yellow with orange|
perspex windows, sounds yuk, but looked lovely.
|'Roarin Rat' this 1957 Chevy Gasser used to |
belong to my mate Ken Brookes, not sure if he
still owns it or not as I didn't manage to track
him down in the pits.