If you love old cars and old-time drag racing, the Hot Rod Geezer Drags and Show at Mid-America Motorplex is the place to be this weekend.
There will be grudge racing, plenty of nostalgia cars, index racing, bench racing, small blocks and big blocks. Some older classes will even do the old-fashioned flag start, while others will do the more modern Christmas tree start.
This year’s grand marshals include several teams from the past:
» The BID Pro Stock Ford team of Dan Bruckner, Terry Iselin and Ed Drees. They are long-time drag racers primarily known for their Ford Fairmont Pro Stock.
» Tom Grasso, Rick Mills, Bill Woods and Greg Newstrom. This group campaigned circle-track cars for a time when the Omaha area was without a drag strip.
» Mike Daly, who was not only a champion drag racer but really made his mark by building engines for some drag racers and circle-track racers. That list includes Terry Fritsch, the Kosiskis, Dave Chase, Lou Cavaleri Jr. and even Billy Moyer.
» Ken and Don Patrick, who are especially remembered for “In-Bomber,” a 1957 Chevy that they campaigned not only in the Midwest but across the country. In 1968, Omahan Fred Anderson won the U.S. Nationals driving the car.
» Ron Mueller and Ron Scheff, who partnered on a ’55 Chevy that ran C/Modified production and did quite well.
“We got it all,” Mid-America general manager Jim Howe said. “We got geezer gassers, nostalgia super stockers, super-fast alcohol nostalgia alters and even front engine dragsters.”
As Grasso, a long-time area announcer , always says, “It out to be a hoot.”
Gates open 3 p.m. Saturday, with test and tune until 5:30 p.m. and racing starting at 6 p.m. On Sunday, gates open at 8 a.m. with test and tune from 10 a.m. to noon and racing starting at 12:30 p.m.
The Mid-America Motorplex is on Interstate 29 south of Council Bluffs. Take Exit 34 and head south.
Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Famer Parker dies at 87
On Sunday, we lost another area racing legend with the passing of Bob Parker, one of the area’s most versatile drivers in his day. He started racing at Playland Park in Council Bluffs in 1949 and drove both modified stock cars and midgets. He raced throughout the Midwest and won close to 300 midget features.
He was a two-time champion in the modified stock cars at Sunset Speedway, winning the first two championships in 1957 and 1958. He was inducted into the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2000. Parker was 87.