Remember those stories that you heard about hot rodding being dead or that nostalgia drag racing is just for trailer queens that are not legit street cars? Well those rumors are wrong, proven by the guys and gals that rolled into a charming track in Bethany, Mo called Thunder Valley. Pulling off the two lane blacktop one could hear a slight rumble echoing up the hill. The Rumble, such a fitting name! Before the event the Midwest had maybe three days of dry weather. This was the only event in a 75 mile radius that did not cancel. “Hell or high water” was quoted by the event coordinator Todd Thompson. The slogan stuck and pre ’64 rides showed up to party.
Where else could you go in the Midwest to see hot rods slinging mud to reach a 1/8th mile starting line? The pits provided a wide variety of quality automobiles which included a 1934 Ford coupe that presented in all her muddy glory. I absolutely loved it. This ladies and gentleman proved to me that hot rodding is not dead. It is alive and well! It is not just about shows, plaques, and lawn chairs. This day was about the essence of why we all fell in love with automobiles! This event was a rad time and I look forward to going to many more of The Rumble events.