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.

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H.A.M.B. Drag Nationals 2016

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.

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IMG_1815 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.

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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.

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IMG_1864 IMG_1889After 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. 

IMG_1898 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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2015 HAMB Weekend

It may be Wednesday, but it’s never too late for a weekend recap!
Last weekend was the 2015 HAMB Drag Nationals!
Friday night was date night and Saturday was a family day at the drag strip. On the Newman family calendar this is pretty much the biggest event of the year outside of the girls’ birthdays and Christmas. It is marked, counted down and anticipated for weeks and months.

The event always falls around our anniversary so we often use it to celebrate the occasion.

Friday night was set to be our date night so I got ready with a touch of vintage flare.
I never feel more me than when I fix my hair and make up like this. I feel fairly positive that I MUST have been born in the wrong decade. If only it didn’t take so much time (meaning more than 5 minutes) I would rock this look all the time. 
We headed to the hotel parking lot where we walked around, listened to motors, talked to random travelers and I snapped some (several) photos.

Next we had dinner with Phil and Anna then walked around some more. Sadly after dinner it was dark and taking photos was almost pointless.

After a late night we headed to bed and woke up to this. 

It rained and poured for hours. The streets were flooding and my husbands heart was sunk. 

Finally after raining all morning it stopped and things started to turn around. Our morning and plans may not have gone like we hoped and expected them to but we made the best of the situation and ended up at the drag strip almost 3 hours later than planned.

We picked out our newest car (we wish).

Walked around the soggy fields.

I would hang this tail gate on our wall.

Not even kidding.

Random Beth fact: I would LOVE to learn how to do old school hand pin-striping like this someday.

I thought this reflection shot was pretty cool.

The girls (and their friend Oliver) were SO good. 

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The drags finally began hours after they were scheduled to start.

I went to get a closer look and shoot some video by the start line.

After all hearing is so overrated. 

The weekend may not have gone exactly like I planned or hoped it would, but it was still good and so much fun. Date night, awesome cars, taking the girls to the drag strip and friends. It doesn’t get much better than that and leaves me a bit sad that we have to wait a whole year before it all happens again.

But something tells me we’ll definitely be going to more car events before then…

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