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Melting Down the Meltdown!

I wasn't fibbin' when I said there was a ton more to come from the AWESOME 2nd Annual Meltdown Drags.  Frankly, I think I have saved the best for last.  Yes, I love speed.  Especially watching that vintage "Detroit Iron" ripping down the track but I've got to tell you what really gets my heart pumpin' is what happens before the Christmas tree reaches green.  I am just a sucker for burnouts and tell me who isn't!  One of the best parts of going to an event like the Meltdown Drags is that on the way home if you breathe deeply enough, you're right back at the track standing in a cloud of tire smoke with that smell of burnin' rubber in your nose.  Even better than the smell - the sound.  To me it is one of life's simple joys; a good burnout.  And at the Meltdown Drags, it was one after another.  Oh, but let me finish, the perfect compliment to a good burnout; a fantastic launch.  Two tires, a wheelie bar and 450HP enough said.  Watching a '55 Chevy reach for the sky is truly a thing of beauty!

Do you get the drift, I liked the show!  Have a look for yourself.  Can you hear it?  Can you smell it?    

 

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 But when it comes to burnouts and great launches, pictures just do them justice.  So so turn up the volume!

What's next, can't say for sure.  What I do know is, with a Summer like the one I've been having, it's gonna be great!  Stay tuned and see what comes next.

'Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Meltdown Drag Races

Phenomenal, Great, Fantastic, let's see, what else?  Yah, Awesome!  Are you at all curious about what I'm referring to?  It was one of the best Nostalgia Drag Racing events I have ever been to; the Meltdown Drags at the Byron Dragway.  It was just, let me repeat myself, AWESOME!  Pre-'66 and older cars plus Dragsters and Altereds tearing up the track most of the day Saturday.   It's too bad that the weather didn't exactly cooperate.  The folks at the Dragway were more than helpful though with updates, track condition info and with tons of optimism were within 20 minutes of their prediction of when racing would get underway.  From Henry J's, a slew of Tri-5's, Galaxies, Thunderbirds and even a Tempest, there was something to catch everyone's racing fancy.    

It was and I quote, "No Whinning, No Crying, just VINTAGE racing."  What a day.  I am for sure, going to make it to the 3rd annual next year and I highly recommend you do as well!

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More of the rides and some of the action from the Byron Drag Strip and the Meltdown Drags.

Here are just some of these rides in action.

There's more to come from this awesome event!  Burnouts and Wheelies anyone?

'Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Green Street Cruise Night

I have been hearing about this great weekly show for a couple of years.  It's called the Green Street Cruise Night in downtown McHenry.  This past Monday I finally took the advice of friends and family and made my way to McHenry.  Now you might ask yourself why has it taken me a couple of years to get to a show that I consistently hear great things about.  To that question, I honestly don't have an answer.  However, what I do have is a Monday night show that I will be getting myself to regularly!  How can you miss, a show that  draws upwards of 400 cars a pop, a different feature car every week, and more food vendors than I think I've ever seen at a local show.  

The car count was a bit down this week due to excessive heat and residual effects from the severe storm of last week.  However, the rides that were in attendance were awesome.  On a personal note, one of my new favorite rides was there.  An gorgeous Ranchero.  Currently, I'm all about looks and utility and for me, the Ranchero sure fits the bill!

 

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Here's the rest of the show.

Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

  

Full to Capacity!

"Full to Capacity" that's what Pete Christie proudly told me this past Wednesday night at the "Park on Park" show.  It was finally a beautiful night and the people were out in droves for the show.  By 7pm they were turning cars away, by the by the event starts at 6:30!  Not only were there over 550 amazing rides out for the monthly event, there was a celebrity in the house, and a sure fire A lister at that!  

It was none other than the GoodGuys Street Machine of the Year 2011 winner The Innovator proudly displayed by our friends at the Roadster Shop.  In addition, the beautiful '62 Corvette that was the GoodGuys 2009 Street Machine of the Year winner was also in attendance.  What a display.  As you can see by this first shot, these rides attracted A LOT of attention.  How lucky are we that we have a world class builder right in our backyard and how lucky are the Christies that the Roadster Shop is a sponsor of the Park on Park event and they bring their world famous rides for everyone to enjoy.

Enough from me, another phenomenal show put on by a great and dedicated group of people. 

 

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Here is this "full to capacity show"

 

Stay tuned, I just can't stay still.

Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

GoodGuys Nationals Winners

Sunday was a day for awards; 100 of them to be exact!  There were the Builder's Choice Award winners, The 2011 Street Machine and Street Rod of the Year, the Street Rodder Top 100 picks, Classic Trucks Finest Five, the Late Model Truck and Muscle Machine of the Year Contenders, on top of the Sponsor and GoodGuys picks!  I'm getting tired just putting it all down.  It was an unbelievable display of the finest, customs, classics and hot rods around, how they choose these winners out of such a phenomenal crowd I'll never know.  

But, my words just wont do these rides justice you can see them for yourself.

Up close and personal with some of the winners.

The awards weren't the only thing happening at the GoodGuys Nats. Sunday.  The Sponsors of the show were able to put their products to the test and have some fun on the AutoCross.  Up for grabs, $5,000 but more importantly Bragging Rights!

There is still plenty more from the GoodGuys Nationals to come.  What a show!

'Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

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