Vintage Cars Ready To Roll At Byron

The eighth annual Meltdown Drags will be held this weekend.

BYRON - The only thing better than speed is vintage speed, and there will be plenty of it this weekend at the Byron Dragway as the track hosts the 8th annual Vintage Meltdown Drags.

The Byron Dragway is hosting the largest vintage drag racing event in the world the 8th Annual Vintage Meltdown Drags.

"We're very exited this is the big one of the year," says Byron Dragway General Manager Randy Simpson. "We have a few big pillar events, but this is kind of the tent-pole event for the whole year. Everyone looks forward to it."

Friday through Sunday the Meltdown Drags will feature more than 500 classic automobiles from the 1960's and before. Eric Koopmeiners has been here from the start. He drives a 1955 Chevy named 'The Shiftmaster'.

"Cars coming from all over the country, from Canada, people flying in from other countries, from Hawaii. It has grown from 30 cars the first year to we'll have 530 if everyone shows this year, and I'm sure they will," says Eric Koopmeiners the President of the Meltdown Drag Association and also a racer.

Every year new drivers make their way to Byron. David Zielsdorf will make his debut at 16 years old in his 1963 Chevy this weekend.

"I am pumped! Just the thrill of going down the track and all the people coming in. It's exciting!," says Zielsdorf.

More cars means more spectators. Just last year more than 12 thousand fans filled these stands over the weekend. This year they're expecting even more.

"People love it," says Koopmeiners. "They love to watch it because again it's period racing with just amazing cars that you never see at other events."

"Last year was the biggest event in the 52 year history of the track," says Simpson. "We've also got a massive car show going outside of the race track. We've got a swat meet going on."

"You've got all these old guys saying this is exactly how it was in the late 60s when I was racing when I was a kid," says Zielsdorf.

The Gates will open at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Racing will begin at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. There will also be racing under the lights Friday and Saturday.

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