2016 Meltdown Drags


The seventh annual Meltdown Drags packed the pits and stands at the historic Byron Dragway in Byron, Illinois. Over 500 nostalgic drag cars representing 42 States battled it out in front of a crowd that broke an attendance record held at the track since 1964.

In order to compete at the event, drag cars must be 1966 or older in vintage, and “era correct” in appearance…and these racers are here to do just that…RACE!  It so incredible to see these car, many of which are still untouched survivors from back in the day, battling it out, and still with an obvious desire to WIN!!

Racing action started at noon and ran through the evening hours with some great night time drags under the lights.  If you needed a break from half track burnouts and wheel stands there was also a car show that hosted over 600 vehicles, a swap meet, and a fun and very tasteful pin-up contest.

Some of the racing legends on hand this year included Jack Merkel, Jr Grove, and Barb Hamilton, all of which had their original Willys coupes on hand to drool over.  Mark your calendars for the 8th Meltdown, it is truly one of the coolest nostalgia racing events out there.

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