Days Seven & Eight
FIRST stop Saturday morning was The Car Shop, owned by Dale Wilkens. It’s been a long-time home away from home for Mark and Steve, with their cars stored there and given the preparation required to take on an event like Drag Week. POR440 was due for some new Castrol Edge oil, as well as a fix to the steering box and a replacement for the Racepak dash that had been fried in the savage heat of the first leg.
But first Mark needed a hit of dragstrip action, and he found that in spades at Mo-kan Dragway in Missouri, playing host to the Labor Day Classic Weekend. Headlined by fuel altereds and a heads-up small-tyre class, the drag strip looked as retro as they come – Armco railing, wooden-board grandstands and a relaxed attitude. Unfortunately for Dale’s team, the event was not productive, with some damage to the motor on the second qualifying run meaning Dale and driver Howard Knowles were out of the eliminations, despite having one of the baddest cars on the property.
Sunday began with some more action at the Labor Day Classic. While Dale Wilkens’s team was out of the running, at least that left plenty of time for spectating and a close look at the cool cars around the venue. The Hot Streak II jet truck, using twin jet motors, put on a hell of a show of fire and sound, while all manner of odd sportsman creations filled out the bracket ranks. The Wicked Wedge fuel altered was a favourite thanks to its wedge-head design, but the car met an untimely end with a massive crash after it kicked the rods out and oiled the tyres.
MO-KAN DRAGWAY’S LABOR DAY CLASSIC WEEKEND WAS AS RETRO AS THEY COME – ARMCO RAILING, WOODEN-BOARD GRANDSTANDS AND A RELAXED ATTITUDE
LEFT: The Labor Day Classic Weekend at Mo-kan Dragway saw John Umlauf’s Fiat-bodied altered, Wicked Wedge, involved in a spectacular crash. Fortunately Umlauf was unhurt, but the car looked to be a complete write-off