While I was announcing the drag race action at the 2014 Holley LS Fest about a week and a half ago now, I kept thinking of all the ghosts of the thousands of cars that had clamored down the drag strip at Beech Bend and I decided to go digging around for some old video from the place. Lo and behold I fell upon this awesome clip that highlights NHRA Modified Production racers at the 1976 SportsNationals. Dave MacClelland is on the mic, and there are dry hopping, gear banging, hot rods running down the strip at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Beech Bend Raceway is one of my favorite tracks and in an amazing stat that you probably care nothing about, I have spent more days at that place this year than Epping, NH. That’s just the way the ol’ announcing cookie has crumbled so far. This video is an amazing time warp back to the days of modified eliminator and some of the other old school classes that people long for these days.
This event is significant because it was the first SportsNationals, which was desined to be a national event for just the Sportsman classes. They were run into the 1980s and then they died out for about a decade and a half until they were dug up, and restarted by NHRA. The modern events have been well received and attended. After watching this video you’ll be like us, trying to conjure up ways that a modified eliminator series based on vintage rules could be brought to life. These cars were loved by fans and mechanically they were incredibly interesting.
Combine the dulcet tones of Big Mac and the small blocks revving like sewing machines and you have drag strip audio perfection. Enjoy!
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