This is going to be a fantastic show! Connecticut Dragway was a great track, and there is no shortage of people that miss it. To this day, many people reminisce over their days of competing there.
While we can't bring the track back, we can bring all the racers back together for a fun day of friendly competition. While the theme is "Connecticut Dragway", we definately welcome racers and clubs that were involved with Dover, Orange, and Charlestown Dragways as well.
This show will be held at Thompson Speedway. This facility and the family that runs it are all class acts. The May 11th (Note: now rescheduled for Friday night July 12th) event will feature:
- 300 Foot Flag Start Nostalgia Drags. All heads up racing, no time slips, no handicaps. We're all out here for fun. While most nostalgia events have a 1974 cutoff date for cars (motorcycles too), we're putting in a little twist by bumping it up to 1985, the last year CT Dragway ran.
- Nostalgia Car Show. Open to any car or motorcycle, again, 1985 and earlier.
Due to the impending rain in the weather forecast, we felt the smart move was to reschedule the show for a later date. It proved to be the correct decision. We had too many people coming from a long distance, and we didn't want them to waste time or gas, only to have us cancel on race day.
Also, we saw a nightmare in rain checks, or calling the show early. There was no good to be had by trying to get the May 11th date in.
The new date is Friday afternoon and evening July 12th. We're getting a tremendous response to this change, with most people feeling the Friday night is most likely going to be even better!
While the bulk of the show will be starting at 4:30pm, there will be a large number of people that will making a complete day of it. Therefore we are starting sign-in at 12 noon, and an Early Bird Drag Practice Session starting at 2pm. Car show participants can come at any time as well as spectators to watch the first drag practice.
2013 Rules/Classes for Race Cars
Racing in all classes is restricted to 1985 and earlier vehicles.
Front Engine Dragsters, Funny Cars, Altered Wheelbase, A/FX Gassers, Highly Modified Roadsters & Comp Coupes/Sedans. This is basically your old time straight axle race class...
Rods/Cars which are either Unregistered or have non-DOT slicks.
Muscle Car Eliminator
1965-85 Door Cars. Must have valid registration and DOT tires.
Street Rod Eliminator
Pre-65 Hot Rods & Door Cars. Must have valid registration and DOT tires.
This class is for Fun runs and grudge matches. The Grudge class is open to all types of pre-85 cars and drag vehicles. If you can pass tech and just want to have fun making passes this is your class. The Grudge class is also suited to very high horsepower cars that want to perform either a only burnout and/or partial pass.
1985 & earlier motorcycles. This is just an exhibition class. More classes maybe developed for future events.
Rules & Regulations
All drivers must wear a Helmet meeting one of the following specs: Snell M2000, M2005, M2010, SA2000, SA2005 or SFI 31.1A, 31.2A, 31.1/2005, 41.1A, 41.2A, or 41.1/2005. NO half helmets or other non-spec helmets!
If your helmet does not meet the above specs, you will not be allowed to race, period. All racers not protected by a windshield must have eye protection.
All drivers are required to wear long pants, closed toe shoes with socks and a short sleeve shirt minimum. Shorts/bare legs, tank tops, bare torsos, nylon or nylon-type clothing and open-toe shoes are prohibited. Drivers of open or supercharged cars or cars capable of 1/4 ET's under 10 seconds must wear appropriate safety clothing: SFI rated jackets, pants, gloves and so on.
Motorcycle competitors must have proper protection fro head to toe. This includes gloves, proper jacket and pants, boots, helmet, eye protection, etc.
Seat belts/driver restraints must be properly anchored, in good working order and condition.
An overflow coolant catch can is required on all vehicles: minimum 16 ounces.
Batteries must be securely mounted.
Automatic equipped cars require a neutral safety switch.
Drivers must be 18 years of age and carry a valid drivers license
All drivers must sign a release and waiver of liability agreement form.
Racers wrist bands must be worn on left wrist, show your wrist band each time you pass through the staging lanes and to the line. No band, no pass.
All cars must pass tech inspection based on common sense and basic racing/safety guidelines you would expect at any track.
Vintage and Historic Race cars: Consideration to the history of these vehicles will be used when inspected
Open Headers are O-K
Cars with an aftermarket shifters require a reverse lockout.
Vehicles with highly modified engines require an approved transmission clutch/flywheel, blow shield or trans blanket as required by most racing regulations.
Foot brake starts only: Disarm any delay boxes, throttle stops, trans brakes, electric/air/CO/RPM operated shifters.
If your car has a rev limiter, remove the chip, if the linemen hear a car on starting line up against a limiter, no pass, you will be sent back to the pits.
If your car is plumbed for NOS, remove the bottle before leaving home, your car will be checked. No bottles on the grounds.
Cars must be in good working order. All wheel studs and lug nuts, cotter pins, hoses, brakes, steering, throttle linkage, and so on will be inspected
Cars must have full floor boards and firewall.
Drive shafts may not be open to drivers compartment.
Drinking is not allowed at the show.
Racing will be heads-up, flagman start & strictly run what ya brung. We're leaving the timing system at home. This is strictly a Run-Fer-Fun event.
Gates open Saturday for race car and car show entry at 8am. Entry fee for race competitors is $35, which includes admission for the driver. All others pay $10 admission for adults, Kids under 12 are free. There is no additional entry fee for car show participants.
Drivers meeting on the staging area at 9:45. Open track will run 10am – 1pm. Eliminations will start at 1:30pm.
Pits will be located on the infield.
Racing will be done on the front stretch.
Car show will start behind the grandstands, and work their way down to the normal pit area.
NOTE: Rules are subject to change at any time.