(Words by Bob Chiluk, Photos by Bob Chiluk and Greg Rourke) “So while Greg Rourke and I were covering an event earlier this summer the cats from Meltdown Drags suggested we check out an event that they had coming up. We rode out to Byron Dragway, 2 hours outside of Chicago, and found out what they were up to. It turns out, they were some regular dudes, with some killer rides, that really had no event to run their stuff at. They all had truely awesome old school vintage drag cars , gassers and rails, built and shown to run the way they were back in the in the early days of drag strips. Back when they were popping up all over the country, rather than closing up left and right like today.
So what do you do if you find yourself in this kind of situation? That’s easy, get a couple of your friends together and start your own event!. In their fourth year of putting on the Meltdown Drags it has exploded with the original car count of about 30 to this weekends close to 400 participants. If you were looking to run for a cheesy trophy, race for eliminations, or run for cash you were politely asked to stay home! If you wanted to hang out with some cool people that run what ya brung, 60’s style racing, this is the show for you.
As they say:
“Meltdown Style’ drag racing is all about…. FUN, reliving the past, bragging rights, but not prize money.
The racing is NOT taken seriously, it is fun only, and there is NO eliminations, NO class winners. YOU race others within your class for great pics, and MOST OF ALL FUN!”
Perfect weather brought participants from all over the country. A Friday night cruise, Saturday and Sunday racing, as well as a swap area and show cars, made it an event filled weekend. Charlton, George, and Tom are our new pals that flew in all the way from Hawaii just to attend this event! The rest of you have no excuse for next year. We gotta thank Eric, Paul, AJ, Tom, Steve and Smokey as well as the rest of their crew that worked all year to put on such a killer event. Do not miss this one!
Chad Note: This even looks super bitchin, and apparently the dudes at Meltdown would love to see this one live on BangShift.com. What do you think? Wanna see it live?