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Hot Rod Dirt Drags

By John Wells

I had never heard of Monte Vista, Colorado. Then the guys that run the Hot Rod Hill Climb announced they would be doing a new event called the Hot Rod Dirt Drags in that town. This was designed to bring together the same kind of crowd that attends their other popular event in Colorado. The crowd that attends the Hill Climb brings out the hopped-up 4-bangers, flathead V8s, and inline-6s and -8s. The hot rods come out in full force, the cool kats with the kustoms attend as well.

The day of the Dirt Drags event was absolutely perfect weather, even though the clouds loomed large. Not too hot, not too cold; just right! When 10:00 AM rolled around, some of the guys started making some test runs and by 10:45 it was on! The 40-foot wide 1/8 mile dirt strip was all action for a solid two hours. After a break for lunch, they got right back at it with grudge matches and this was a highlight, since during the weeks before, so much good natured smack talk had gone on the social media circles. Those that lost simply went back to the pits and settled down and said “next year…”

This was the consensus with all that attended the event: it will grow. With so much good word of mouth, it may be as big as the Hot Rod Hill Climb in its second year! This first year saw over 250 attendees from distant states such as Mississippi, California, Texas, Florida, Alabama, and states much closer as well.

We had never heard of Monte Vista, Colorado. Then the guys that run the Hot Rod Hill Climb announced they would be doing a new event called the Hot Rod Dirt Drags in that town. 

For those in the Midwest, this is a can’t miss event. Every picture taken was a postcard with the mountains in the background. The Friday night party hosted at the Movie Manor was a great way to start the weekend, followed up by live bands, vendors, and good times on Saturday. Make plans to hit the Hot Rod Dirt Drags next year, it is worth the trip. Details can be found at

22 thoughts on “Hot Rod Dirt Drags

  1. this is a fantastic event for the older hot rods and
    congrats to the people who put this venue on.

  2. I understand your pain Dennis, but if that happened you wouln’t see the early hot rods with the bangers and flatheads compete. The whole idea is to bring history back. 1954 and earlier style of hot rodding. These events today may be numbered. It is still amazing to us how many people are willing to run their cars hard at these events. We all know these parts are hard to find. Unlike small block Chevys. It also takes real knowledge of history to hot rod these old motors. The intent of these events isn’t to make anyone feel left out. It’s to remind hot rodders of their heritage. So I say to you and anyone else that is feeling left out, build an early motor and come play with us 😉

  3. I wish I could be there. In the late 50s, I drove a 31 coupe with a “C” motor to High School in N Cal. I never wanted an 8 in it. I still have the car, and a modified “C” mill that has never been run. A friend was driving me home from an E Clampus Vitus shindig, ran it off the road, and bent the frame on a culvert. Never got it back together.

  4. Agree. Keep it old. Although I have always had daily drivers with SBC I would not put one in a hot rod especially the type used in the drags and TROG. You know what they say “SBC are like belly buttons – everybody has one!”

  5. No way!!!! Flatheads are the real deal. Pretty soon you’d have $big bucks$ twisters as the envelope would be constantly pushed. Bolt on H.P. has ruined all racing for those without heavy sponsorship. From slot cars to NASCAR, NHRA, USAC etc. Yea, they go faster but at what cost. It all comes down to the bottom line and that’s driving!
    Sorry to sound so adamant and I hope that you are not offended. It’s something that I feel would harm a truly beautiful thing.

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