In a very fitting tribute to Atlanta Dragway in its waning hour, the Southeast Nostalgia Pro Stock Association – along with special guests from the Southeast Gassers Association – made exhibition passes in front of a gigantic crowd at the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals.
The weekend of April 30 – May 2, 2021 marked the 40th running of the iconic race and the final NHRA national event to be held at the historic facility. Here are a few photos from the weekend that’ll send you back in time to the racetrack’s glory days of horsepower and speed.
In the lanes with Jeff Rudisill and the Orndorff and Eckman ’86 Camaro. That’s Gena Ellis of the Southeast Nostalgia Pro Stock Saving the Past for the Future Association holding the door.
Mark Johnson gets the tire smoke flowing before making an exhibition pass in an original Bob Glidden ’88 Thunderbird.
Eddie Hall shines up the Eddie Ratliff Dodge Demon early on Saturday morning at Atlanta Dragway.
Rocky Platt lays down some rubber in the Houston Platt Dixie Twister ’65 Chevy Nova. Allen Platt was also on-site in the Georgia Shaker ’64 Comet tribute car. From Gena Ellis: “Allen and Rocky, the sons of Early Pro Stock Legends Hubert and Houston Platt, have recreated their dads 1965 Gassers, the Georgia Shaker and the Dixie Twister. The Platt brothers were from Georgia so it was fitting that their sons honor them at the last Southern Nationals!”
Ed Eichelberger honored Pro Stock pioneer Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins in the “Grumpy’s Toy” ’68 Camaro at the event. Look at that rear-tire scrunch.
These images were all taken by WinLight News, but you can see loads more cool stuff on Gena’s Facebook page. Go here and show your support for this awesome group!