Just returned from a fantastic weekend at Beech Bend Raceway. Despite driving through off and on rain from Kansas City all the way to Bowling Green KY, the tow over was uneventful. My brother and sister-in-law drove down from Cincinnati. Great to see them. We indulged in much reminiscing. The venue and cars brought back memories of attending the NHRA Nationals in Indy when many of these cars were state-of-the-art competition machines.
The period correct drag cars share the track with NHRA’s current nostalgia series Top Fuel and Funny Car classes. I was a bit skeptical about the “new-old” cars. But they are impressive. The diggers were running mid-5 second passes at over 250 MPH in the full quarter mile. First few pictures show the current nostalgia cars.
Entry into the car show guaranteed preferred parking close to the race paddock. 2,000+ cars in the show.
While grabbing a cold beverage from the cooler in the Model A, we noticed a guy looking over the front of my car very intently. He looks up and says, “I built this car.” What? I knew my A had at least one owner in Kentucky. Turns out this guy, Ray Medlock, owns a radiator and hot rod shop in Richmond, KY. The previous owner brought the car to Ray (wrecked!) and he put it back together. Looking forward to another conversation with Ray and learning more about my A’s history.
When in Bowling Green, one must go to the National Corvette Museum. I think it is a law. The last few pictures were obviously taken there. One picture shows the exact spot where the infamous sink hole swallowed and destroyed several Vettes.