H.A.M.B. Drags, 2017

The HAMB Drag nationals have been a family tradition for nearly the entire length of our marriage. Over the past 10 years, we’ve only missed out on the yearly event once or twice. For our family it’s almost like a holiday and it ranks up there right around Christmas.

If I was to give this years festivities one sentence to summarize them with, it would be “The Year We Almost Melted”.

Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit… but maybe I’m not. Whatever way you choose to look at it, I have never been that hot for that long, ever.

The HAMB Drags are held at MoKan Dragstrip which was built in the 1960’s and I’m fairly certain than no improvements or changes have been made since the day it opened. There are no air-conditioned buildings and shade is next to impossible to come by. But even if you do manage to find relief from the relentless sun, in the summer months, it’s still hot. We managed to tough it out for nearly 5 hours before giving up and heading home.

Were we total wimps? I’ll let you be the judge.

Our morning started like this. Earlier in the week I had the idea that I could use two donuts to make a 10 in celebration of our ten year anniversary. Completely genius? Yes, yes it was. I know a certain little girl who is turning 10 next summer and you can guarantee this will be repeated. 

After breakfast and loading up the car, we headed out. The track is about 30 minutes north-west from our house. It’s hidden among the cornfields and a whole lot of nothing along the MO/KS state line. 

After a few photos and getting things set up we were off to pit road to see who showed up to race. Please note that this might be the last time you see everyone smiling. 

I caught Marissa telling the kids to make faces like they were hot and she was taking their photos :lol:. At this point being hot was still “humorous”. Something you knew everyone was, so you just dealt with it. 

We headed back to the track side, had a picnic lunch, and the races finally started up. For the most part the kids played & watched from the shade of our pop-up canopy. With 4 of them there, to distract each other, they stayed pretty content for a while.

I on the other hand was starting to get a bit loopy from the heat. I decided that sitting down made me think all the more about how hot I was, so I took off walking.


Around 2:00 our friend Steve loaded up and left with his kids. We packed up our car and decided to watch round 2 finish up. We probably should have left too. Typically we stay until right around dinner time, almost watching the entire thing. But this wasn’t a typical year.

I can’t even imagine how hot those drivers must have been in their fire suits.

We finally made it back to the car just before 3 and I took one last look at the temperature. The “real feel” had been over 100 degrees for hours at this point,  but just how much?

Feels like 109, say what?! 109 with 60% humidity at that. No wonder we felt like we were dying  ๐Ÿ™„ .

We snapped one last very sweaty and shiny photo before climbing into our non air-conditioned car and making the 30 minute drive back to the house. Walking inside our house has never felt so good. We all took showers and didn’t leave the comfort of our home for close to 24 hours. 

The year that we almost melted won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

Check out other previous years:
2016 / 2015 / 2014

So what do you think?
Were we total wimps or did we tough it out longer than you would’ve?

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  • We have a drag strip here – The Farm aka Farmington Dragway and there is no way in heck I would be there in the summer. Also. Charlotte Motor Speedway is pretty horrible in the summer too – I only did that one time and decided never again. Have a good Tuesday – enjoy that air conditioner! XO

    • I think we need to come visit y’all. Sounds like little bits of heaven if you ask me… just not in the summer ;).

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    That looks like so much fun!! True story, in her late teens, my mom drag raced!! My little feminine, always dressed immaculately mom!! You looked so cute with your banana! Hot days like that are tough when you are outside especially at races!!! You all even look cute all sweaty!!

    • You mama just earned herself some MAJOR cool mom points friend. That is so awesome. I always have said I was born in the wrong era. I should have been alive 60-70 years ago.

  • Jessica

    Minus the high heat it looks like a lot of fun. I love that you guys do this as a family every year. So special. And Marissa telling the kids to make faces like they are hot cracks me up. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It is usually a lot more fun than it was this year. We have the Hot Rod Reunion coming up in October. Hopefully it will be cooler then!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    Holy hotness!! You guys are troopers for sure to last as long as you did! It looks like you still managed to have some fun? I love that Marissa has her own camera!

    • We did. I think it was all fine and dandy until the last two hours. She LOVES it too. It’s one of my old hand me downs. Better than it sitting and collecting dust!

  • Love you guys have this sweet tradition! We definitely have been seeing some of the same temps here….ready for fall!

    • SO ready for fall. Sunday and Monday were just as hot too. The 80’s have felt amazing today.

  • How awesome that you do this year after year!! So glad you guys had fun…but WOW hot!!! Crazy!!

    • SO hot right?! Especially for a northeast girl like yourself. We don’t have those temps every day, they seem to come in 7-10 day stretches and I don’t like them one bit.

  • That is H-O-T! Wow! I am surprised you all didn’t melt. What a fun tradition and a fun thing to look forward to each year. It looks like a lot of fun and I am happy to hear that despite the heat, you all had a blast.

    • Yes it was. Bleck. I want to never do that ever again. I think we did fine until that last hour or so. So all in all, it was a win!

  • That is so freakin’ hot! I try not to go outside in triple digit heat. Good for you for sticking it out, the hot photos crack me up. Glad you still managed to have a good time.

    • Haha! YES! It was terrible and so stinking sticky and yuck. It was still worth going though.

  • Being hot is so hard! I start getting out of breath and having trouble breathing. I do find that walking is better than staying still! At least you made it through part of it!

    • We did and we were glad we did. I totally agree with the being hard to breathe part too.

  • Well, you started it off with doughnuts, so of course it was going to be a GREAT day! I bet our temperature was 109 on Saturday too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I would expect you to have that, not us though :P. What is your humidity like. It always amazes me how different temps can feel based on other factors too. And hooray for starting days right!

  • Heather Bramlett

    It looked like an awesome day! But hot I think was an understatement! HA

    • I would totally agree with that. It was CRAZY H.O.T.!

  • I think you guys are total champs for sticking it out 5 hours with little shade and no air! 109 is definitely melting weather. Ugh! I love the 10 made out of donuts. So clever and adorable. The picture of the girls in the carโ€ฆthey look so miserable. But, despite the heat I am sure you guys had a blast. Hereโ€™s to hoping next year will be the perfect weather for you all!

    • Yes indeed, otherwise we may not go back :P. We’ll need a year to forget just how bad that was, lol!

  • What a fun time despite the heat! You’re definitely NOT wimps! It was 96 degrees when we left Virginia Beach on Saturday. SO hot. When we arrived home, a storm had come through and it was only 64 degrees. We all had winter clothes on!

    • Oh my word that is a HUGE change. Talk about a welcome home, lol. I hope y’all had a great time!

  • Oh my word that sounds like the weather down here! Y’all are hardcore fans, friend. Hardcore. The hottest I’ve ever been have always been at Georgia games. The first game is always Labor Day weekend and down here it’s usually near 100 still that time of year. Well, in that giant stadium, the heat is always stagnant so you can’t feel any breeze plus there’s no shade, so you pretty much just cook with 92,000 other people for 4-5 hours. The one game that I remember being the hottest was awful. There were people passing out everywhere and the entire First Aid stand was flooded with people having heat strokes and other heat related illnesses. I left the stadium literally DRENCHED because I sweated so much. We swore after that game that we would never ever go to another opening game again. And we haven’t. Haha.

    • We are my dear, we are. That is crazy! I told Russ that it was the kind of heat people get sick in. I wonder if anyone there did! You can guarantee that if it is that hot next year, we probably won’t be going.

  • Oh my gosh! That last photo with E? Her face! Girlfriend was done done done with the weather.

    • She was practically sobbing, not even kidding. It was pretty pathetic but she was a total trooper.

  • Whitney Jordan

    Way to go for lasting that long! It’s hard to enjoy things when it’s that hot/sunny. I’ve done it for football games, Disney in July, etc so I get it. Not something I’d want to do everyday, but like you said, it’s a family tradition!! I think you did great for lasting that many hours. Emily needs to work on her poker face hahaha and Marissa playing mom with the camera and the kids cracked me up ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lol. I died over your comment on Emily’s poker face. SO true. That girl wears her feelings right on her sleeve! It was SO hot and you can guarantee we will look more closely at the forecast next year.

  • I love this! The hottest I’ve ever been in my life is at the Bristol Nascar race in August…there’s no shade on those tracks!! You got some great shots, though – and did indeed make some great memories! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

    • Oh man I can totally believe that. And in a stadium like that, the air isn’t going to move much. It was fun, but next year we’ll check the forecast ;).