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On the Road Atlanta to Darlington: 2018 HOT ROD Drag Week, Day One

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 9/11/2018 Hot Rod Network Staff
001-2018-HOT-ROD-Drag-Week-Atlanta-to-Darlington© Julia LaPalme 001-2018-HOT-ROD-Drag-Week-Atlanta-to-Darlington

HOT ROD Drag Week 2018, powered by Dodge and presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive


With Monday's racing cut short by a deep and thick band of rain clouds, racers left Atlanta Dragway under inky gray skies that pounded us with a persistent downpour for the first half of our drive as we headed to South Carolina for the next day's race at Darlington. Most Drag Weekers are prepared for the occasional shower, but many of the faces we saw wore grim expressions through fogged glass and RainX-treated windshields. Of those who did have windshield wipers, we heard a few people comment that they wished their wipers could go one speed faster than they did. It was pouring. As the afternoon wore on, the rain tapered to intermittent showers, which finally ceased more than as we drew nearer to Darlington. Thankfully we only heard that the road only claimed one victim- a Galaxie that experienced a sudden blowout, which caused it to hit a guardrail. Thankfully, no one was injured.

To successfully complete the Drag Week competition, all participants must follow the designated route each day, and the routes include two checkpoints along the way. Participants must take a picture of their cars at each stop to prove they completed the route as instructed. Monday's drive included a checkpoint stop at the scenic Big Oaks Recreation Area in Hartwell, Georgia, followed by the hilarious Clean Brite Laundromat in Lugoff, South Carolina. With a car mounted on its roof, the building looks like it was designed to become a Drag Week checkpoint stop.


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