‘Glory Days’ at the Byron Dragway a must-see for car lovers


BYRON, IL. — This is one hot weekend and it’s one hot weekend of racing at the Byron Dragway. Vintage hot Rods have taken over the place for what’s being called ‘Glory Days at the Byron Dragway.’

It’s speed old-school style. Car collectors and car restorers from around the country are at the Byron Dragway for three days of racing, swapping and just showing off.

All of these cars are 1966 models or earlier…Hot Rods, Gassers and Super Stocks, like this bad boy.
“This is a ’30 Model A Ford Coupe with a big block Chevy up. Yea 454,” says car owner Dale Lindquist of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. “It looks fast looks could be a little deceiving. It’s gets about 115-118 miles an hour on a quarter mile.”

Lindquist does a lot of traveling with his vintage car.

“Yea we were at Marion, South Dakota earlier. We’re going to Brainerd, Minnesota in August.”

Rockford resident Ron Johnson brought a vintage beauty of his own to Byron.

“This car was probably built in the late 40s, ’48, ’49 maybe ’50…a typical half-mile, dirt track, fairgrounds race car,” says Johnson. “It’s something that you would have seen at the fairgrounds in the day. It’s bascially all Ford components except the body. The engine is pretty well full-race 271 cubic inch, flathead V-8. The car runs on a good day 15 seconds flat at 90 miles an hour, and at 90 I think I’m staring death in the face.”

‘Glory Days’ runs all day Saturday and Saturday evening and again Sunday through the afternoon. All of the action and fun is taking place with the Dragway’s main flag flying at half-staff in memory of the recently deceased former owner of the dragway Ron Leek and his wife Pat who also recently passed away.

The schedule for Saturday at the Byron Dragway begins with a car show at 10 a.m. followed by a racing session from 11 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. A second racing session will run from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Sunday the fun begins at 10 a.m. with a car show and a racing session which will run until 4 p.m.

For more information go on line to http://byrondragway.com/

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