The past few months have been wall-to-wall action for me, including a very special weekend that should have been used as an anniversary trip. Instead, I worked all weekend at LS Fest, covering the event for Super Chevy magazine. Have I mentioned how much car stuff my wife puts up with? Anyway, she went to Bowling Green with me but it was by no means an anniversary trip. So, we decided to take the next available weekend and turn it into our little vacation. Somehow, I managed to squeeze a drag racing event into that vacation, too!
Our vacation involved a four-day stay in Blue Ridge, Georgia, which has a bunch of cool cabins in the surrounding area. Remind me to always ask if the cabin is on a gravel road, because our G8 pretty much hated its life during out stay. To be perfectly honest, Blue Ridge is a small town, and it gets a little boring after a few days, so we decided to take a break from vacation and check out the Atlanta Speed Shop $10,000 nostalgia drag race.
The drive from Blue Ridge to Atlanta Dragway (Commerce, GA) was a bit lengthy, but the scenery was great! Until we got to Gainesville. There, I would receive a memorable souvenir, thanks to my heavy right foot. Apparently, the Gainesville Police Department doesn’t take too lightly to out-of-towners speeding through their town. As it turns out, this vacation cost me $416 more than I expected.
Annnnnnyway, we finally made it to the nostalgia race and hung around for a few hours, watching the racing, rummaging through the swap meet and talking with friends. I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin King, a fellow that I had communicated with on Facebook, but never actually met. If you saw my blog about the Chattanooga Cruise In, then you saw pictures of his very cool ’32 Ford Vicky that I photographed in front of Honest Charley Speed Shop. Kevin is a car guy just like me, and he’s battling cancer, but the doctor cleared him to go out and do whatever he wants as long as he feels like it. We talked about everything from hot rods to tractor pulling and everything in between. It was great to meet him.
After it all was said and done, we made a pit stop at Christina’s parents’ house and then headed back to our cabin in Blue Ridge to resume our vacation. Now I guess I need to pay this ticket and schedule our next vacation, which will undoubtedly have a car show or drag race somewhere in the mix.