R.I.P. MELT­DOWN DRAGS (2010-2018)

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Lit­tle did we know when we at­tended the 2018 Melt­down Drags at By­ron Drag­way last July (“Scene at the 2018 Melt­down Drags,” Jan. 2018; bit. ly/2azfjgn) that the cur­tain was des­tined to fall on one of the best in­de­pen­dently staged, freestyle nos­tal­gia drag races in the coun­try. The Novem­ber an­nounce­ment by the Melt­down Drags As­so­ci­a­tion (a di­vi­sion of Vin­tage­dra­grac­ing101.com) came as a bolt out of the blue.

“With the event’s phe­nom­e­nal growth, the Melt­down Drags has be­come more work than fun for our all-vol­un­teer crew,” said Melt­down Drags com­mit­tee V.P. Paul Ziels­dorf. “Get­ting the nec­es­sary help needed to stage an event of this mag­ni­tude has be­come prob­lem­atic, so we’ve de­cided to take a step back and take a breather in 2019.”

How­ever, that’s not the end of the 30-mem­ber Melt­down Drags As­so­ci­a­tion by any means.

“We’re go­ing to take a break from the crazi­ness and go out and have a lit­tle fun,” said Ziels­dorf. “We plan on racing our cars [con­sist­ing of a mix of vin­tage blown and in­jected gassers and al­tereds, with a matchrace stocker or two thrown in for good mea­sure] as a group at se­lect events next sum­mer.”

It’s also not the end of the Melt­down Drags As­so­ci­a­tion as a pro­mo­tional body, Ziels­dorf con­tin­ued. “We’ll still be stag­ing our two other events. Our Un­cle Sam’s Pie Eat­ing Con­test will be held at By­ron Drag­way June 29, 2019. This event is a bit more struc­tured than the Melt­down Drags was and quite a bit smaller. Cars are al­lowed to com­pete with piecrust slicks only.

“Then we have our Fall­out No. 4 nos­tal­gia drag racing event, which will be held at Rock Falls Race­way in Eau Claire, Wis­con­sin, Septem­ber 20-21, sort of a Melt­down Drags type of event on a much smaller scale.”

At this junc­ture it should be noted that By­ron Drag­way is plan­ning an in-house re­place­ment for the Melt­down Drags of its own called Glory Days. More on that event as it de­vel­ops.

—BOB MCCLURG

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NEW VIN­TAGENEW VIN­TAGE: The vin­tage drag racing ap­proach fos­tered by the Melt­down Drags As­so­ci­a­tion ap­pealed to folks who wanted a low-key, fun racing event. The re­cent race drew nearly 400 com­peti­tors de­spite dicey weather.

WHEELSTAND­ING WILLYS: Wild wheel­stands, like this moon­shot by Don Moyer’s B/gas ’41 Willys, were part of the Melt­down ac­tion and drew spec­ta­tors by the thou­sands. WHEELSTAND­ING WILLYS

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