Dragging up nostalgia at Meremere

If you love your drag racing and smell of burning rubber on tarmac then make sure you get to Meremere Dragway this weekend.

The annual Bay Rodders Nostalgia Drags returns this Sunday and sees a wide range of dragsters from right across the North Island and overseas competing.


A range of classes will compete at the annual Bay Rodders Nostalgia Drags this Sunday.

There will be a range of classes competing on the day, including pre-1949 hot rods, pre-1972 American, Gasser, Flathead, 4Banger, FED Challenge, and a COMP Challenge.
Bay Rodders president Dean ‘Deano’ Anderson says the club is also hugely excited that the legendary Ron Hope and his nitro burning AA/FA Rat Trap will be there for the event. “Ron is the penultimate gentleman drag racer and an absolute legend in the sport,” says Dean. “He came over from America last week to display the Rat Trap at Beach Hop and will take part in the Nostalgia Drags this weekend.”

Dean says Ron will act as the grand marshall for the Nostalgia Drags, while his son Brain Hope will sit behind the wheel of the Rat Trap as it burns up the track.

The American drag racing legend grew up in Southern California during the 1950s and early 1960s and has held a strong love affair with race cars since his teenage years.
In 1964 he and a partner set a Bonneville speed record in a 1932 Ford roadster, and his love for Fuel Altereds began during the 1970s, while living in Chicago.

His beast – The Rat Trap – is the latest version of the original built back in 1968 at the shop of chassis builder Dennis Watson.

It is the latest in a series of Rat Trap Fuel Altereds and carries on from the 1969 design which has been described as “revolutionary” as it featured independent front suspension, a nitro burning Chrysler Hemi engine and a very unique paint scheme.
The Bay Rodders Nostalgia Drag is on at Meremere Dragway off SH1 in Meremere this Sunday, from 7am.

Adults cost $20 and entry is free for children under 14.

For more information, see www.bayrodders.co.nz/nostalgia.htm


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