By on May 30, 2011


Does your Memorial Day barbecue feature a blown alcohol-burning dragster roaring to life in the driveway as your guests chow down on burgers and dogs?

That’s how Memorial Day celebrations are done in Denver! I met up with a few LeMons racers getting into the right frame of mind for the B.F.E. GP in July, as they helped bring the vintage drag racer back to life for the ’11 racing season.


It took a little coaxing, but eventually this once-peaceful suburban neighborhood had its quiet weekend blasted into oblivion by the Mile-Hi Flyer’s Hemi.

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9 Comments on “American Way-O-Life Mandates Alky Front-Engined Dragsters For All Suburban Barbecue Parties...”


  • avatar
    CraigSu

    It would be better if the burgers were being flame broiled over the exhaust pipes of the dragster.

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    panzerfaust

    No, we had ASCS 360 Sprint cars in our back yard.

  • avatar

    America is such an outlaw nation. I love it.

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    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    “Does your Memorial Day barbecue feature a blown alcohol-burning dragster roaring to life in the driveway as your guests chow down on burgers and dogs?”

    No but then I’m not “The Most Interesting Man in the Junkyard.”

  • avatar
    BlueEr03

    I think they may have a hard time proving that dragster cost less than $500 for the next event.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Well, my story takes place in early July, 1972, home on convalescent leave from the air force after serious kidney stone surgery – the old kind where I was almost cut in half – still have the 9-inch scar to prove it, too. Anyway, when I got home, I went up to the top of my street to see my buddy. He was home and he had a new toy – a rail! It was only a 327, normally-aspirated, but he had me – with still an open wound on my side for drainage and still in pain, PUSH his dragster in his back yard to get it started – his back yard was pretty large, it did start with me holding my side in pain from the surgery and from laughing almost uncontrollably, watching him run in circles in that thing in his back yard! What a ball!

    It was very loud, too!

    Needless to say, I made a pretty good recovery and that three-week leave at home worked wonders! I’ve written about the various auto escapades with my friend and will see him in August when we take a long weekend in the St. Louis area. Who knows what adventure I’ll get to report on then!

    I talked with him a little while ago and he was wrenching on his decrepit 1980 Jeep J-10 (or what’s left of it!

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    pgcooldad

    Yes, mine does. Neighbor around the corner has one pus a Red Lambo Diablo. As he once said, “Not many guys have over 1000 HP’s in their garages”.

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    lilpoindexter

    Ya should have roasted your weenies on the headers

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    Hemi engines are as American as apple pie and dating your second cousin!


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