The races take place on a quarter-mile two-lane track, where competitors chase a $1,700 purse. To be eligible, cars had to roll off the assembly line before 1973. Some people consider that the end of the hot-rod era -- when all these smog-emission laws were enacted, says Murphy, who owns a 1923 Ford jalopy. That slowed all the cars down.
Between races, vendors swap car parts, audiences cast votes for the Miss Rock & Race pinup girl, and body-shop owners show off their pinstriping skills. Theres also a burn-out contest. You just lock your front brakes and give it as much gas as you can until the tires start to smoke, laughs Murphy. Its pretty crazy.
A rockabilly concert caps both days of the two-day fest and features a dozen local bands -- including Uncle Scratchs Gospel Revival, Lords of the Highway, and the Slack-Jawed Yokels. We have so many months of snow, when were locked in our garages with our cars, says Murphy. We cant wait to get them out.
Sat., July 21, 10 a.m.; Sun., July 22, 9 a.m.