If you’ve already seen our previous galleries from Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags presented by Dodge, then you know how much fun we had. And how much fun our fans had.
I’ve worked events from the 24 Hours of Lemons to HOT ROD Drag Week™ and everything in between; this was had more grins-per-minute than I’ve ever seen anywhere. Roadkill photographer Regine Trias captured that so incredibly well in this gallery, so be sure to check out all the photos below.
After a very-rainy Friday, the big day on Saturday began with a light drizzle. That delayed the start of Test ‘n’ Tune from the planned start, but people were still able to check out the displays from Laid Back Garage and the Dodge Demon simulator. After the morning shower the weather improved steadily into a sunny, 80-degree day. Enough that we saw plenty of sunburns at the end of it all. Wear your SPF, friends!
Zip-Tie Drags brought out a bit of everything. HOT ROD Drag Week™ followers will recognize the ‘55 Chevy Nomad gasser in the right lane here, but few people could identify the car in the other lane. Is it a Subaru Impreza? Is it a Honda Civic? Nope, it’s the Hyundai Elantra that Clay Hampton and his friends have built for the 24 Hours of Lemons. It has yet to race Lemons, but what better way could you shake down a car for a 14-hour road race than by taking it to the drag strip? Well, it sounded better when Clay said it.
You might recognize this 1968 Pontiac Firebird from the 2016 Woodward Nights episode of Roadkill (Episode 56). It was Finnegan’s dream car with a Pontiac 400 and four-speed manual, but ultimately the guys thought it was too far gone to use. The owner didn’t think so and he got it running well enough to drive to Zip-Tie Drags. Freiburger and Finnegan were amazed to see it running and perhaps less-than-surprised to see it shedding fist-sized chunks of rust on its first quarter-mile pass.
Dodge set up this awesome pair of Dodge Demon drag-racing simulators under their tent. They made some fantastically raucous 840-horsepower HEMI engine sounds and even rocked with the virtual launches.
It’s not too late to register for Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags at Memphis International Raceway on July 14 and 15. You’ll have fun if you come out; just look at the gallery below and the two previous galleries here to get a feel for how much of a great time everyone has.