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The Art Of (Drag) Racing In The Rain: Hangover Nationals 2012

Bradley Brownell January 13, 2012 All Things Hoon 9 Comments

Dragway 42 has been running the Hangover Nationals in rural West Salem, OH for 13 years.  Every New Years Day, the track is opened for running, rain or shine, and 2012 is no exception.  Well, there wasn’t a whole lot of shine, and there was a whole lot of rain.  Also, there was cold.  Lots of cold.

This run-what-ya-brung street legal shootout ran on a mandatory bracket dial-in of 20.12 (get it).  The timer on the track was only capable of timing to 28 seconds, and there were a few…ahem…traction limited competitors that fell long of that time.  It made for a few hearty laughs though.  In all, I had a great time, and I would heartily recommend it to anyone.  Set your calendar for New Years Day 2013!





Of all of the cars in attendance, the following are a few of my favorites.
First, we have an extreme rarity.  This is a B5 Passat FourMotion Wagon with a W8 and a 6-speed manual transmission.  Yes Please!
Next up is a home job.  This is no ordinary Datsun 210.  THis 210 has been massaged to accept a nineties era GM 4.3 liter V6.  Also, yes please!
SCCA Rallycross Mazda RX-7.  Very much, yes please!  This one idled like an angry popcorn machine, revved like a sportbike, and backfired like a shotgun on the 2-3 upshift.

I don’t care what anyone says, I will always love the simplicity and boxyness of a VeeDub Rabbit.  Awesome.

  • corytate

    I didn't think they even made the w8 passat with a manual! I was extremely close to buying one when I was car shopping, even with the auto.

  • That little Datsun with the V6 has got to be a real handful. I'll bet they had a hard time getting it to hook up on that wet pavement.

  • Scandinavian Flick

    Wow, that looks like a blast. I'd probably have better luck in my slow car though, since my fast one would have the ass end loose for the entire quarter. I bet any Quattro equipped Audi would be hard to beat.

    • jeepjeff

      AWD would definitely be a killer setup for wet-track drag racing. One of the most fun parts of driving a part-time engage-on-the-fly 4WD vehicle is the jump in traction when you pull the lever. It goes from squirrelly to hugging the ground. So much fun.

    • OA5599

      I think you missed the part about a mandatory 20.12 second dial in. Getting to the other end of the track first doesn't help if you go quicker than that, unless the other guy goes even quicker.

      It would be fun to do this on a true heads-up-first-car-down-the-track wins race, so long as you can stay far enough ahead not to get hit when the other guy gets sideways.

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      • Scandinavian Flick

        I did see that part, but it evidently didn't click.

        It has been a long week…

  • 1slowvw

    I have never had the priviledge of living closer then a hours drive from a dragstrip. I believe this has led to my saving countless dollars that would have been spent running my (often slow) vehicles down the track over and over again. Still I felt like I have missed something.
    This event looks awesome, the Datsun and RX-7 are both great and as a rabbit owner I smile everytime I see someone rocking a bunny in a motorsports capacity.

  • red delta

    I wonder what my trap would be in my 2001 International 9200 without trailer.


    Why did they mutilate that Passat…. Such an amazing car, such bad taste in exterior modification!

    Even though the W8 is not know for its' longevity, that's a pretty desirable combo right there!