Friday was a day that we finally caught a break with the weather! Instead of scorching heat with very high humidity, we had moderate temperatures and low humidity. However, there were several racetracks in North to Central Illinois hosting major racing events, so I was anticipating a lower car count. Well that was wrong! When I first arrived I saw a few cars that started raising my suspicions that something was happening that I did not anticipate seeing. First Dave Granger's 1951 Henry J.
Dave was testing some new components for the upcoming Division 3 race/Burndown @ Sundown.
I turned around and saw Shake, Rattle & Run, which I haven't see in awhile. NHRA Pro Stock driver Kevin Lawrence was driving the car this night.
I look across the parking lot and see Tim Cullinan's nostalgic front end Nitro powered dragster. The last time at Route 66, Tim had a minor brush with the wall.
About this time, more cars started arriving and it was time to head to the track for the beginning of on-track activities. As cars starting rolling through the tunnel, there seemed to be a lot more than I had originally seen. Besides the Race Your Ride street cars, there were some very fast dragsters on property
Randy Adler's 1957 Pro Mod, Dave Esposito's Top Sportsman car, The Tiffin & Hess Nostalgic Funny Car, Robbie Van der Woude's Top Sportsman car and Dana Kleinhoffer's Nostalgic Funny Car, Tremor.
Here are some more images of the night's variety cars.
There was also folk/fans sitting in the grandstand, standing by the fence and parked in their trucks, at he top end, watching the racing. There was also a contingent of JDRL families testing for Saturday's Wally Challenge race.
The icing on the cake was the Fify Cal jet dragster of Scotty Heat making an appearance. Scotty was testing for next week's Burndown at Sundown.
One of my favorites of the night was this one with Bob Norkus sitting in the late afternoon sun, smoke filled tunnel.