Vintage Drag Racing Association
Welcome to our website (http://denverflathead.com) incorporating "The Flatheaders of Denver", "The Vintage Timing Association", "The Colorado Outlaw Gassers", and the "Nostalgic Eliminator Class" into one progressive nostalgic drag racing club.
Our purpose is to compete in ¼ mile paved drag racing events. Vehicles basically compete in classes with like engines or body styles. All race cars must pass a track technical inspection and be in conformance with NHRA (http://www.nhra.com) rules for the times and speeds being run.
The "Flathead/Inline Class" (FH/IN) is made up of vehicles with Valve-In-Block style engines, basically Flathead Ford and Mercury V-8's from 1932 to 1953 and non-electronic pushrod Inline 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder and 8 cylinder engines (primarily Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Pontiac and others) from 1949 To 1979. There is no restriction on make or type of car.
The "Gasser Class" is primarily vintage looking vehicles representative of what would or could have raced in the Gasser Classes of the 1950's-1967 (primarily Willys, Anglias, Henry J's, Tri-Five Chevrolets, etc).
The "Nostalgic Eliminator Class", sometimes referred to as the "OHV/FED's" (Over-Head Valve/Front Engine Dragsters) is a class for center steered vehicles with over-head valve engines that consist of front engine dragsters, funny cars, and altereds that are similar looking to drag cars of the 1950's-1970's.
The three classes compete within their class only. Classes are "dial your own" Handicap Elapsed Time style bracket racing. Qualifying is based on Reaction Times.
Our origins are with the Flathead/Inline motored cars. Since 1998 Bandimere Speedway, near Denver, Colorado has hosted the largest gathering of these drag racing vehicles in the country. While our primary purpose is promoting nostalgic style drag racing in ET classes, our yearly High Altitude VDRA Nationals also has a "heads-up", pro tree, unlimited class for those FH/IN owners/drivers who enjoy competing in the original drag racing concept. We must have at least four cars in this class and minimum times that must be run to qualify.
At each meet we award points to all participating club members and usually vintage, restored trophies for 1st and 2nd place. You do not need to be a paid member to participate. The points and the trophies are only for paid members of the VDRA Club. There must be at least four vehicles competing in the class for trophies to be awarded. Most of the trophies come from donated items that have come from ex-racers, estates, flea markets, garage sales, etc. A club member restores them with vintage or vintage looking parts. We are always looking for old racing trophies that could be donated to the club. If you have any old trophies that you don't know what to do with, please contact the club president.
Monthly meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of every month in the 2nd floor conference room of PHIL LONG FORD OF DENVER, 7887 W. Tufts Ave., Denver, Co 80123. 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.
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