Armdrop Drag Racing Sept. 20, 2014
Arms dropped almost continually at the last of the 2014 season Armdrop Drags in Picton Ont. on Saturday.
Run what you brung has been the philosophy behind the event since its inception four years ago. Old school drag racing is what it’s all about. Shortly after World War ll drag racing began in earnest. To drag racing enthusiasts old airstrips around the country were a natural place to safely indulge in their passion. Picton’s airstrip was not one of them, the Canadian Armed Forces operated Camp Picton until September 1969. Initially Armdrop Drags begun as a safe outlet for street racers, but it quickly became an event for all levels of drag racers. Pro racers and vintage drag racers come out to enjoy the day for the same reason as the street racers; bragging rights, fun, to see old friends and make new ones.
“I was surprised to see the level of cars that came out from day-one,” said Glen Conway, Armdrop Drags event co-coordinator. “It’s great!”
Old Farts With Front Engine Dragsters (O.F.W.F.E.D) led by the Guru-of-Go, Don Dulmage, Ameliasburg Ont. are an example of racers that were not in the original vision of Armdrop Drags. Don Dulmage, Mike Siestma, Ameliasburg Ont. Pat Doorenbos, Picton Ont. and Moe Laurin, Smith Falls joined together to race their “rails” against each other and anybody else. Don Dulmage became interested involved in engines and racing the day he got his drivers licence at the age of 16 years-old. Don Dulmage has raced competitively for most of his life, but now only races at Armdrop Drags.
“The competition is friendly,” said Don Dulmage. “It’s all about the fun.”
This years King of the Track was Bruce Clarke, Lindsay Ont. with his 1968 Dodge Dart 500 CID, 910 HP. Bruce Clarke drag races all over Ontario, including Shannonville Motorsport Park, takes time-off from competitive racing to come to Armdrop Drags as often as possible. One of his friendly adversaries is Eric Asselstine, Perth Ont. and his (and wife Karen’s) ride is a 1949 Angelia (British Ford) Blown 392 Fuel Injected Hemi, 700 HP. Eric Asselstine is a member of the Ontario Nostalgic Drag Racers (O.N.D.R.).
Girl Power-Queen of the Strip
Ashley Kennedy, Amherstview Ont.
Photos by RBR Photography and Quinte Car
Story by Bill Samuel