Well, it is Memorial Day weekend and that can only mean one thing. Time for the Quaker City Nostalgia Classic and the Great Lakes Funny Car Nationals presented by Pace Performance at Quaker City Motorsports Park.
This is the second year for the running of The Funny Car Nationals in conjunction with the Nostalgia Classic. Sunday morning was warm & in the morning and there was already a long line of cars waiting to get into the track.
The spectators filled the place up early; the stands appeared to be full by the time first round started. The morning was filled with qualifying by all of the various classes that were in attendance, like the Ohio Outlaw AA Gassers, UMTR, Southern Slingshots, Nostalgic Notions and Super Stock.
This year The Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit brought their Funny Car Nationals to Quaker City Motorsports Park in Salem, Ohio. The event was combined with Quaker City's annual nostalgia get together, The Quaker City Nostalgia Classic & Pace Performance Great Lakes Funny Car Nationals.
Twenty one funny cars raced the Chicago Style event with an East versus Midwest format with the quickest funny car from each region facing off in the final.
The first round saw 19 blown funny cars face off. This was the first weekend of racing at Quaker City this year so it was still a little green, which made for some exciting runs. One of the highlights of this round was the High Psi Arrow kicking one of timing blocks right at the freshly repainted Warpath Somerset.
It was that time of year again when the best nostalgia alcohol funny cars travel to a little track known as MCIR in the middle of Ohio corn country.
All week leading up to the event the weather was predicted to be mid to high 70's and sunny, they weren't wrong. By mid Friday the participants started to fill the pits with funny cars and gassers. Friday night some of the teams chose to make some test runs and others thought it would be a good time to socialize.
After the turnout at last year's event we thought it would be tough to top, we were looking to have over 30 funny cars this year. As the week before the event progressed the number of expected funny cars were being whittled down due to various reasons. Friday came and the cars started to fill the pits. There was a wide range of cars from past entries to many new cars that had not been to the event before.
By nightfall on Friday night the pits were filled, there were only a few teams left to come in on Saturday. There was much going on as the teams prepped the cars for the upcoming battle pitting The Midwest funny cars against The East Coast funny cars.
As with any big gathering there were months of preparation and at times it seem like the race would never get here. Then in the blink of an eye it's over and we are planning for next year. The day started early with most of the funny cars already in the pits and being prepared for battle. This year there were eleven states represented and The Rainmaker injected funny car came from Canada.