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More Of That Old School Racing

It's back to Beech Bend Park and the GoodGuys Vintage Drag Racing.  How could we resist?  As I've said Beech Bend Park is the optimum venue for this kind of event.  The track layout really lets your get up close and personal with the racing.  Racing of the eye burning, bone rattling, heart pounding variety.  We walked away with bits of tire on our faces, doused in the sweet perfume of burned rubber and nitro methane, with smiles from ear to ear!  Does it get any better than that?   Alas, I only have mere words to attempt to describe the thundering horsepower, let's let the event speak for itself.

I love a good burnout.

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Hold on tight, this time it's the big guns of the weekend; old school funny cars and rails. Here are these bad boys in action.  I'd check your volume - they get a little loud!

Stay tuned, I've still got that bad ass (and I'm not using the phrase lightly) Corvette coming.  Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Nostalgia Nats. Winners

OK, first things first - in our book, everyone is a winner.  That said, our friends at GoodGuys think that there are those rides that stand out from the pack, rides that just have that certain something that makes them distinct.  And on the third day of the event the folks at Goodguys take the opportunity to present awards to the unique and unexpected. The top honors went to 10 stand out rides in the Builder's Choice category.  It was an eclectic mix of rides, each unique, each one of a kind, each deserving of the top prize:

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Those winners not in the Builder's Choice category were still in real fine company.  Rides that are the best examples of - Fat Fendered Ford, Street Sweeper, Soo Low, Sexy Sedan, Chopped and Dropped, Best Bitchin', Young Guy -  just to name a few.  Here's a video so you can checkout what it takes to win an award at a GoodGuys show.

 

Now stay tuned, I've got a lot more from the Nostalgia Nats.  I don't know about you, but I just can't get enough of that Vintage Drag Racing!  And because I'm so bad at keeping a secret, I also have to tell you that we recently spent the afternoon with a good friend of ours from Performance Restorations and his "bad ass" SEMA bound Corvette.  Trust me, the video on this bad to the bone ride is going to rattle your ear drums !! 

Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

 

'64 Custom Vette

 You know, one of the things I like about going to GoodGuys events is that there are always surprises - there's always going to be something unexpected there.  This year's GoodGuys Bowling Green event did not disappoint; I saw a forgotten, back-in-the day racer brought back to it's original 60's metalflake splendor from a pile of rusted out parts, a gleaming silver slammed roadster built out of a Peterbuilt, and a completely stock, all steel, full interior, Studebaker station wagon that had no trouble turning 11's all day.

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However, one of the real surprises of this year's event was, of all things, a Corvette!  Yah, I know you're all probably saying to yourselves "A Vette in Bowling Green, Kentucky of all places, only the Mecca, the ground zero for Corvettes.  No real surprise finding a great Corvette in Bowling Green right?  Been there; done that."

But in the land of customized, hot rodded vehicles, especially Corvettes, the challenge is to make one really stand out.  And that's exactly what the guys from Heartland Customs in Purcell, Oklahoma did with JW Lorett's '64 fastback.

Underneath that beautiful cybergray metallic fiberglass body beats the heart of a bad to the bone, high tech ZR1, with a custom hydroformed chassis that houses an all alumunum, blown LS9 putting out  638 rear wheel horsepower mated to a Tremec 6 speed, and finished off with ZR1 suspension and brakes, front and rear.

And that body isn't just your Father's typical Corvette fiberglass skin.  In addition to custom touches too numerous to list (for example, rear lower body diffusers patterned after a Formula 1 race car), the hood and in fact the whole body above the fender line is made out of carbon fiber.

The net effect of what the Heartland Customs guys have done is to have taken a 46 year old car and turned it into a state of the arts autobahn crusher that is so comfortable and elegant to drive that even your Mother-in Law would like to ride in it.  (Not that I'd ever suggest making that kind of sacrifice!)

But rather than me continuing to jaw about this beautiful creation, have a look and judge for yourself. 

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Til the next time- Keep on Kruzin!

"Back in The Day" is Back!

"Back in the day" is back!  What I'm talking about is drag racing the way it used to be - grass roots, heads up, gassers, 60's muscle cars, rails, old time funny cars.  Even a track that's right out of a time warp, looking just exactly the way it did back in the 60's - Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  All courtesy of the GoodGuys Nostalgia Drags.

I know the economy has hurt a lot of motor sports, but I have to tell you from my vantage point nostalgia drag racing is surging, thanks in large part to GoodGuys leadership in the area.  Witness the fact that the race car head count here at the Bowling Green GoodGuys event is more than double what it was last year.

And though the pits are packed, stretching nearly all the way to the finish line, you don't see a lot of flashy, high tech, big buck haulers with sponsors names plastered all over them.  Just a lot of pick ups and dualies hauling some vintage iron just the way it used to be.  My kind of racing I have to tell you!

Here's just a sampling of some of that vintage iron

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And here's some of those vintage racers fighting it out in heads up action.

 

On another subject, GoodGuys events always turn up some hidden gems.  I don't want to let the cat completely out of the bag, but I ran across what may be the nicest '64 Vette I've ever seen.  My next blog will showcase it.

Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

 

 

Oh YA!

What a show; Hot Rods, Customs, Classics and Vintage Racing, all happening at the historic and picturesque Beech Bend Park.  Pinch me, am I dreaming?  It just doesn't get any better than this!

The rides were out in droves today, over 1,600 my friends.  I saw plates from Arizona to Ontario, yes Ontario.  Just one indication of how great this show is and the distances people are willing to go to get here!  What is so unique to the Nostalgia Nationals  is not only do you have the quality rides that GoodGuys is known for, but there is the racing, the fantastic, on the edge of your seat, racing.  But today it's the rides, the glorious, unique, unexpected rides that are taking center stage.  

You know you can count on GoodGuys for an outstanding show but seriously!  Take a look at some of the rides that were out basking in the Kentucky sun.

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 Now take a look at a quick slideshow featuring more of the famous GoodGuys "goods"!

Stay tuned, tomorrow it's racing, racing racing!  And my friends, do yourself a favor; run don't walk to this show, you still have 2 full days to enjoy this awesome event.  For the full details check out GoodGuys site.

Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

 

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