News for 2017!

We are a little over 7 months from the 8th annual Meltdown Drags. This event started with a dream and 30 cars, now has turned into the biggest and best vintage drag meet in the World. We have made amazing friends along the way and learned many things…these have led us to make the following announcement for 2017:

Bigger isn’t always better:
With that being said, we will have a strict race car count for 2017. This event is for racers by racers and if we continue to let the event grow we will eventually run into an issue with the number of passes each racer will be able to make. We will have a strict cut-off of 500 cars.

Period Correct Matters:
We are going to tighten up the following criteria to ensure that we remain period correct:

We are tightening up our criteria on wheels. For 2017 Rod Lite wheels are no longer allowed. While they may appear from a distance to look similar to slots of the 60’s they look too modern. If you currently run these wheels…you have 7+ months to change them. Also, moon discs will only be allowed as a one year exemption. You must purchase correct wheels to replace the moon discs. Back in the 60’s the widest wheel that was produced was 10 inches wide which would allow at most a 12 inch tire. Any wheels and tires wider than these requirements will not be allowed.

Wheelie Bars:
In 1966 wheelie bars did not stick out excessively behind door cars. Modern wheelie bars stand out and do not fit the intent of the Meltdown. Cars with wheelie bars that do not appear period correct will be asked to remove them or change them in order to participate.

Non-Period correct numbering or decals:
We recognize that people race at other events other than the Meltdown but non-period correct numbers or decals such as “pro” in your window that is part of your bracket racing must be removed.

With the car count limit and the revised criteria we will be making some changes to pre-registration. Pre-registration will open at 12:00 am on the morning of Monday, January 2nd as it has in the past and it will remain open until February 28th at 11:59 PM. Upon the conclusion of pre-registration we will reply to all racers in order of receipt with their registration number. Once we reach our car limit individuals will be put on our waiting list. Cars that are not yet complete will be put on a project list until complete. Individuals who fail to submit an adequate picture of their car or do not meet the criteria risk being placed on the waiting list until they can demonstrate that they meet the criteria.

No New Race Car entries on Saturday:
Please arrive at the track Thur or Fri. (The only exception would be a long haul that had travel issues). This is a 3 day event, and many passes can be made on Friday or Sunday. Saturday is always the busiest in the staging lanes. Please take advantage of these other days…so you can enjoy yourself and your time at the Meltdown.

As our event has grown these tweaks are required to ensure we maintain the event in a period correct manner.

If anyone has any specific questions or wants to know if there car meets the criteria, please send an e-mail to

Thank you for your support in making the Meltdown Drags what it is!


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Click the link below to see a ton and we mean a ton of really cool pictures of the 2016 Meltdown Drags.  These are cool!



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Hop Up magazine coverage is out!  Click the picture to be amazed!


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Byron Dragway is pleased to announce a major event sponsor for July.

Please check them out for your next vehicle purchase or service.


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