Days Seven & Eight

STRIP SHOW

Street Machine - - Driver Reviver -

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

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