Due to weather forecasts, we are postponing this weekend’s Gear Jam Vintage Drags.
The rain-date will be July 20-21, at the Atlanta Dragway.
All pre-registered entries will be honored at the July event, and we have re-opened pre-registration until July 1.
We MAY do the NE GA Swap Meet this coming weekend, though: I will watch the hourly forecast on weather.com over the next 24 hours, and if they’re calling for decent weather in the morning, with the predicted thunderstorms rolling in during the afternoon, we will run the swap meet at the regular swap meet entry and vendor fees in the morning (since it’s always over by noon anyway).
I hate to fill up your email box, but I’ll send a follow-up email tomorrow afternoon letting everyone know if we’re going to do the swap meet on Saturday morning, or just scrap the month.
Weather.com has been far and away the most accurate forecast I’ve found, and that’s who I’ll use to make my final decision tomorrow.
NE GA Swap Meet
Gear Jam Vintage Drags
The Gear Jam Vintage Drags, Car Show and Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet is Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12 at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA.
Southern Slingshots, Southeast Nostalgia Drag Racers, a 4-speed gasser group out of the Carolinas and several Southern Outlaw Gassers have all committed to coming, so it promises to be a great race!
Time trials and a Gambler’s Race on Saturday, Eliminations on Sunday. Check website for schedule and times.
It took some time, but pre-registration is available on our website.
Pre-register by May 5 and receive discounts on racer entry, midway spaces and T-shirts.
Racer entry is $100 for both days pre-registered, $120 day-of-show at the gate.
Racer Test-And-Tune only is $50 per day pre-registered, $60 at the gate.
Gambler’s Race (Dial-in bracket-style race) is $40 payable at the tower day-of-race. We will also have a “Run For The Money” open to everyone—closest to the index/dial wins, reaction time decides in case of a tie.
Class Additions and Rule Changes
New for 2019 is a Heads Up 4-speed Gasser Class! Rules are pretty straight-forward, and are posted on the site. No nitrous, CID/Weight class breaks, etc. Nothing crazy.
One thing to note is we are running the same blower rule that NHRA had in the early ‘60s before the dedicated Supercharged classes: Addition of a blower will bump the car up one class—D/G with a blower will run in C/G, C/G with a blower will run in A/G, no blowers allowed on A/G cars.
All cars in this class will be weighed, and we have a pump and aren’t afraid to use it.
This is in addition to the Outlaw Gasser class, so we’ll have two Gasser classes at the Gear Jam.
At the beginning of the year, we made a couple of minor changes to a couple of class rules, and posted them on the site.
Altered now allows wings, left-hand steer roadsters, and for this year we are allowing blowers up to 14:71.
In the Muscle Car class, we are allowing Vegas, Monzas, Pintos and Mavericks, ignoring the 1974 cut-off date for those cars (and ONLY those cars) because Vegas, Monzas, Pintos and Mavericks make GREAT looking race cars, and who wouldn’t want to see them making passes??
We are also allowing tube chassis cars in the “Hot Rod/Muscle Car” class.
Tree and track length (1/4 or 1/8) is different for each class, so check on the website.
Race format is Indexes.
Each class has its own Index format, and can be found on the website.
If you have a car that runs slower than what is listed on our Index pages for each class, let us know, and we’ll get you entered in the computer with an index slot for your car, so you won’t just be trailer fodder for the faster classes. (That will be an “index” like the other classes, and not a “dial-in.”)
Midway And Eckler’s NE GA Swap Meet Spaces
Midway spaces are for manufacturers and businesses, groups/organizations, artists, collectibles, etc. and will be on the pavement behind the grandstands, running between the car show and the starting line. Spaces are $50 pre-registered.
Swap meet spaces are for parts and cars for sale, and will be in the grass rows at the end of the paved pit area. Spaces are $30 for all the space you want for the weekend. We’re expecting over 200 swap meet vendors.
Set-up from 12-5pm on Friday (If you can’t make it by 5, give me a call and we’ll leave the light on for you), gates open Saturday at 7am.
As always, we will have overnight security guards for The Gear Jam, so you can set up and your stuff will be safe.
Camping is welcome and encouraged! Camping is included for racers and vendors, and is just $10 per night for spectators and car show participants. Above-ground fire “holders” are allowed.
Car Show entry is $25, and includes Test-and-Tune passes for entries. All cars making passes on the track must go through Tech. (This won’t be “Competition Tech,” it’ll be to make sure you have seat belts, there aren’t big holes in the floor, and that the vehicles are safe)
$5 of every entry will go to the GSRA, to support them and their efforts at the State Capital on our behalf.
Car Show is Saturday, awards Saturday Afternoon, and entry in the show gets you back in on Sunday for the swap meet and race Eliminations.
Spectator entry is just $10 each day, kids 12-under are free, and gets you full access to the car show, the swap meet, the pits and the racing.
We also have a limited-field bracket race, sponsored by LGM Racing and Development: 32 door cars, 32 dragsters; this is pre-registration only. Two races: one Saturday, one Sunday.
Nostalgia cars are welcome to enter the bracket race as well as the Gear Jam Nostalgia race.
Bracket cars are welcome to enter the Gear Jam Nostalgia race if their car fits the Gear Jam class rules. (We have several racers enter both each year)
Check out LGM’s website at www.lgmrnd.com, LGM Racing and Development on Facebook, or call (256-279-8000
Attention Business Owners!!!
We are putting together 400 Goody Bags. If you’d like to throw something in them, give me a call at (706) 424-5035
T-Shirts are available on the website, along with pre-registration: gearjamvintagedrags.com
If you have any questions, or need more information, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (706) 424-5035
See you May 11!