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Vintage Drag Racing, Kentucky Thunder!

Photographs by Steven Bunker and Mike Harrington

A heaping helping of burned rubber was on the menu at the country racetrack known as Beech Bend Raceway Park. The Goodguys 5th Nostalgia Nationals was a high octane summit of speed as a vintage drag race resounded through the hills of Kentucky.

From 4,000 horsepower nostalgia nitro funny cars to gear grinding street machines, they all hooked up hard giving the capacity crowd a whale of a show. There were fuel cars, the Ohio Outlaw AA/Gassers hit the grid, and we had a full complement of sportsman classes from the Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL) as well as local hot rodders eager to get in their last licks before old man winter sets in.

Looking back, it was simply a sensational fall weekend with brilliant, sunny warm weather, great racing, bountiful rodding and serious speed shopping! The atmosphere and the friendly people, including the dedicated host club – the Music City Mopar Club – made it a fun weekend. The club member’s assistance and dedication, not to mention their smiling faces were much appreciated!