Saturday, July 14, 2012

Just a Day on the Strip... / Barona Antique Drags

The pungent smell of burning rubber wafted through the air. As the smoke cleared, another run of 6.45 was layed down on the black as tar strip.   Barona’s Antique Drags were well launched into the day with over 150 entrants, the 42nd installment. This twice yearly event grows larger time and again. The rides on the track are ’75 and older, so this totally retro event takes one back to the day before the corporate spitting drivers with cars that barely resemble their ancestors.

The cars had pulled in early and were bound to leave late as plenty of rubber had been vaporized. It is truly a run what ya’ brung gathering with straight axle gassers, old school dragsters, rods, even muscle cars. As usual for this event, there were air filling burnouts, side by side strip long battles, and sky reaching wheelies.

Barona Antique Drags. Image © "Along For The Ride"

One of the cool oldies that showed up to run, was the dragster named “Antique Doll” sporting its Chassis Research TE-440 frame with a flathead. These original rails could be purchased in kit form for $149.50 back in 1958. Gordon “Scotty” Fern founded the company and became the first production builder of a drag racing chassis. The dragster was sporting Hurst white wall slicks…how bitchin is that? The car is now owned by Dimitri Lazaris.

If you happen to try this event on…you’ll find a great fit!

Sweet '57 Gasser. Image © "Along For The Ride"

Barona Antique Drags. Image © "Along For The Ride"

Time to lite'en up...Image © "Along For The Ride"

A rockin' '32. Image © "Along For The Ride"

Just too bitchin...Image © "Along For The Ride"

Pete Smith's badass Dodge. Image © "Along For The Ride"

The historic "Antique Doll." Image © "Along For The Ride"

Just a push button away...Image © "Along For The Ride"
The staging lanes rocked.  Image © "Along For The Ride"

More info on future Barona Antique Drags can be found here.
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