It’s been 57 years since a group of young hot rodders, calling themselves the Slow Pokes, was granted permission from the state planning and resources board and with the help of local law enforcement to build a commercially operated drag strip in Ardmore. The strip gave local hot rodders a safe and legal place to experiment with their machines.
Next weekend, the Slow Pokes will host one of the largest Nostalgia drag races in the country.
The Seventh Annual Ardmore Hot Rod Reunion at Ardmore Dragway will be Aug. 31-Sept. 1, with the highlight of the event the Nitro Fuel Funny cars, featuring three-time world champion Raymond Beadle’s “Blue Max” Plymouth, with Texan Ronny Young at the wheel.
Other funny cars include Bobby Rex from San Antonio and his 1970 Camaro and Ezra Boggs of Norman and the “Moby Dick” Corvette. Also appearing will be former NHRA drag racing champion Gordie Bonin of Canada.
While the Funny cars may take center stage, there will be front engine Top Fuel dragsters that will fill the pits, along with vintage gassers, Nostalgia Super Stockers, the Southwest Junior Fuel Association, Nostalgia Comp Eliminator, traditional hot rods, and a huge car show.
Gates open at 4 p.m. on Aug. 31 for a nighttime Cacklefest, featuring over a dozen nitro-burning race cars. On Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m., with a full day of racing.