26th NSRA Hotrod Drags
We were a little hesitant about heading down to the Hotrod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway this year, as every time we’ve been in the past it’s rained and there’s been no racing. However the forecast looked good, so the tent was packed and off we went! We ended up camping amongst the racers who frequent York Raceway, so there was a great atmosphere with BBQs and drink flowing both evenings (it did mean a slightly delayed start to Saturday’s photography…).
The track was in great condition for most of the weekend, with a lot of bracket racers breaking out and a handful of personal best times across the classes – one of the most significant for us was Andy Fadster running a 7.88 at 176mph in his street-driven “Twister” Model T.
The main highlight of the Hotrod Drags weekend has to be the cacklefest on Saturday evening, anyone with a race car is invited to partake in rolling burnouts down what is usually the pairing lanes & then line up on the track to make some noise! It was especially eventful this year with the all-new Pat Van nearly rolling on its public debut! Thankfully the driver is fine and there’s only minor damage to the bodywork of the van.
Unfortunately as the wind picked up towards the end of Sunday, it started blowing large amounts of dust onto the track from the nearby monster truck rides which resulted in a lack of grip for a lot of the high-power cars – some of which make the decision to pack up instead of risking their cars.
All in all, it was great to finally experience the Hotrod Drags in dry weather!