Billetproof Riverdale, Fuel Curve

Hot Rod Eruption Drags – High Revs at Riverdale Raceway

We have to take our hat off to Billetproof and the Hot Rod Eruption Drags. Alan Galbraith has taken the original Billetproof concept and its lone Northern California event and turned it into a series of down and dirty, retro-inspired hot rod rumbles across the country. He even travels internationally to see how others do it to get ideas for improving his product. The recent Hot Rod Eruption up in the Evergreen state is another example of his willingness to promote a fun weekend of vintage hot rodding.

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

Situated not far from the base of Mount St. Helens, Toutle Washington is the home of Riverdale Raceway. Unsanctioned and basically an outlaw track, Riverdale is as old fashioned of a racing facility as you could possibly imagine – perfect for a Billetproof production.

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve


Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

There is no running water or electricity here and power comes from a generator that can run the clocks or the PA, but not both at the same time. Retro enough for ya? Except for the entrance and main road through the pits to the staging lanes, pavement is nonexistent.

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

The 1/8 mile track has no return road, so after every three or four pairs of cars run, the starter waves a white flag and those cars drive back down the track to the pits.

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

Tech is very basic and relaxed ensuring action by cars you would never find at an officially sanctioned facility. If you want to take your wife, girlfriend or buddy for a ride down the track, this is the place for you. Same goes for your dog!

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve


Billetproof, which bills itself as the promoter of the “World’s Least Important Car Shows” has been staging the Hot Rod Eruption Drags at Riverdale since at least 2010 (History is somewhat hazy before then) and it is all about having fun with traditional hot rods.

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

Entries are supposed to be limited to ’64 and earlier cars, trucks and motorcycles, but even that limit appeared to be winked at this year. There is no actual competition aside from pairing up with your buddy for bragging rights. Even vintage mini bikes got in on the fun.

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

As the Billetproof name implies, the emphasis is on home-built hot rods with zero bling and although there were a number of very nice finished cars, there was an equal amount of rust and patina. It’s all about having fun, so the atmosphere is very relaxed and family friendly.

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

In addition to over 100 hot rods and dragsters, the Scotty’s Muffler Shop top fuel dragster, originally driven by Mike Snively over 55 years ago, was on display and made it’s first pass down the track in many years.

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

Race day, the track was wet from overnight drizzle, so while it was drying, the facility and promoter held an impromptu burnout contest resulting in smoke shows that would put their counterparts at the NHRA big show to shame.

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

Rain returned again in mid-afternoon ending the festivities, but everyone appeared to have had a good time and when your car is already rusty, who cares?

Hot Rod Eruption Drags, Fuel Curve

Hot Rod Eruption Drags Photo Extra!

After falling in love with drag racing in the 1960’s by reading Hot Rod Magazine, Dave finally made it to his first race at Union Grove WI in 1966 and it was all downhill from there. He started going to Irwindale, OCIR and Lions every weekend and once he started getting photo credentials around 1973, he started traveling to races, mainly on the west coast. In 1979, Dave teamed up with Richard Shute to form Auto Imagery and over the next 35 years, they covered somewhere over a thousand events photographing nearly every car that went down the strip. Now that he is off the NHRA treadmill, he is still going to select events which pique his interest as well as continuing to scan and catalog his negatives and slides from the glory years.

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