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The latest update as of June 9, 2014

Two updates this year... and counting

It's late, and it's been a long day at work - doing my day job and editing most of the photos from the 27th annual Langley Loafers nostalgia drags at Ashcroft's Eagle Motorplex. There's a gallery of shots on the SpeedZone Magazine website, but here's a peek at one of my favourite shots from the weekend. More to come in the following days. Words and pictures.


The latest update as of June 6, 2014

Of all the places and times to come out of hibernation and put something on this site...

We've let more than a year elapse with nothing but a few national event reports on SpeedZone - and absolutely nothing here - but it's the first, and possibly only, drag race of the season at the venerable Eagle Motorplex in Ashcroft and here I am up in the desert for the first time in about 20 years. This weekend was to be the first big race of the season at Mission Raceway (the LODRS regional) but the ongoing issues with the new concrete racing surface have put that event off until after Labor Day.

So we've traveled up through the Fraser Canyon to the 27th annual Langley Loafers B.C. Old Time Drags at the Motorplex. With the additional features of some late-model Pro Mods and the Blown Alcohol Thunder circuit (Pro Mods, Altereds, Dragsters, Funny Cars), along with a host of nostalgia-themed events throughout the weekend in and around Ashcroft and Cache Creek, it's going to be one big three-day party.

Tomorrow evening there's a burnout contest in Cache Creek, a Poker Run into Ashcroft in the afternoon, a show and shine, a sock hop, and literally something for almost everyone. The weather looks good, the pits were well stocked with nearly 200 race cars as of last night, and the staging lanes will be filling up in an hour's time. Let's go racing!

The latest update as of March 13, 2013

Blink twice and another year has slipped past....

The drag racing season is really starting to heat up as the NHRA is into it's third national event of 2013 this weekend with the traditional East Coast kickoff party at the Gatornationals. The ADRL held it's first race of the year at Rockingham last weekend, the new X-DRL is just a few weeks away from it's debut, and the IHRA is readying for it's first Nitro Jam event of the year at Tucson's Southwestern International Raceway next Saturday.

One common thread running through all four of the major North American sanctioning organizations is the re-invention, or re-branding of all of them, from the NHRA's new major sponsor, Mello-Yello, to the new owners of the IHRA, which has passed from the circus folks at Feld Entertainment to the owners of the Pam Beach (Florida) and Memphis (Tennessee) dragstrips. The ADRL is now under new ownership as the original founders of the association, the Nowlings, have bought out Sheikh Khalid Al Thani of Qatar.

Hot on the heels of that acquisition was the sudden and hasty announcement of a competing sanctioning body, the X-DRL (Extreme Drag Racing League), formed by a breakaway group of ex-ADRL racers and their apparently rich backers. With their first event scheduled to run three weeks from now, the comparisons between it and the ADRL will be eagerly awaited by racers and fans - and most of all - the media. Based on the great spectator turnout and sometimes spectacular competition at Rockingham last weekend, the "X-men" are going to be hard pressed to top the ADRL's season start.

Our racing coverage at Northern Thunder will be commencing next weekend, with reports and pictures from the IHRA opener at Tuscon, then ramp up further with on-site reports and pics from the NHRA Western Regional race at Las Vegas the following week, and the SummitRacing.com Nationals at Vegas on Easter weekend. Most of the coverage from The Strip at Las Vegas will be appearing on SpeedZone Magazine, but after months of inactivity here, it's going to be a virtual blizzard of bytes with myself and Bob Snyder behind the cameras and me on the keyboard.

The latest update as of October 25, 2012

We've been just too damn busy with real life to be around here much

No excuses, other than the usual. There's just so much time available each day to get things done and when the priorities are laid out in a LOGICAL fashion, this website has to rank lower than most of the ones that really have to be attended to. Like going to work and earning a living to pay all the bills that come with being too ambitious with a car, a home, all the bells and whistles that "we really (DON'T) have to have".

All I really have to do to get this place moving again - any movement at all - is to just set aside 10 or 15 minutes a day, or even better, one hour a day to updating and posting. Easier to do when I'm on the road as I am now in Las Vegas, but just so difficult to make it happen at home without having something else suffer.

As it says on the front page, just go to SpeedZone to see what we're up to on this month-long trip and when there is some free time, as I've found myself with tonight after the first day of the Big O Tires nationals. Starting tomorrow morning it's going to be all hands on deck when the fast cars start running and we have to keep up with all the action and try to snap the occasional staging lane picture between rounds. No photo pass for this event so I'll be hunkered down in the photo dungeon with all the other media peasants.

Then it's off to Los Angeles and on to a plane to San Jose del Cabo for a relaxing week in the sun on the Baja before returning to L.A. for the season-ending NHRA AAA Auto Club Finals at Pomona. And after that... let's not even think about what six months in Vancouver winter weather will be like before the 2013 drag racing season kicks off in British Columbia.

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