Last weekend was the 2016 H.A.M.B Drag Nationals, an event that holds holiday status in the Newman household. It is a weekend packed full of so many of our favorite things old cars, fast cars, loud cars (sometimes all-in-one) and time together as a family and with our friends.
This years festivities were a bit different from years past, but we spent more time just hanging out than we ever have before. We met so many interesting people from all over the states.
Festivities started on Thursday night. After dinner we decided to go up to the host hotel to see if anyone had made it into town yet and if people were hanging out. The weather was perfect, the sky was beautiful, and the girls had fun being their typical silly selves.
We went back on Friday morning just before 10:00. We didn’t plan to stay long but ended up spending the next 4 hours hanging out, keeping cool in the shade, watching the cars roll in, and talking to out-of-towners about everything and nothing.
After a few hours at home we headed back. The girls came with us for a while but Russ’ parents picked them up so we could have some time to enjoy the car show without them and celebrate our anniversary. We ended up having a great time walking parking lot after parking lot, but we never made it to dinner. Finally we gave up and grabbed a quick burger at Sonic. We were having way too much fun to want to leave for a sit down meal.
When we arrived to the drag strip around 10:.30 Saturday morning, it looked like this. It was cool, cloudy, and looked like it could storm any second.
We settled in and pretended like rain wasn’t going to happen. Guess what?! It didn’t! Within a couple of hours the sky was clear and the sun was shining.
I feel this photo needs an explanation. I sarcastically said “Okay kids, who wants a photo with the big ugly monster?!” I assumed they would all say no, the joke was clearly on me.
I also should mention that the husband let me drive the 37, while he drove the Honda. We decided to just take one of the old cars out there this year and he handed me the keys. I got to drive the car all by myself for about 20 minutes and it was amazing.
The rest of the day was burn outs, drag racing, blue skies, sunburns, my phone falling in a toilet (oh yes it did), and memories.
And then we made the quiet drive home realizing that it was all over… until next year.
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