8th Annual Shakedown at Etown

Saturday, October 2, 2010 @ 06:10 AM

The 8th Annual Shakedown at Etown is a special weekend of drag racing at Raceway park in Englishtown,NJ. This function was almost postponed due to rain, like last year. Remnants of Hurricane or Tropical Storm Nicole forced their way up the whole eastern seaboard wreaking havoc all along the way. The rain finally died down late yesterday afternoon and the crew worked like mad to dry the drag strip. They managed to get it done, and with the time left to noise curfew (don’t want to make the neighbors or the town angry), they were able to do some of their normal Friday night racing. Some beautiful muscle cars running 8.5 seconds. It was a beautiful thing.

The participants in the rest of the weekends events, never got a chance to test & tune last night. But I got to wander around, watching people set up. They were all quite relaxed. Just setting up “camp”, checking their cars, greeting old friends, cooking up some dinner, and a folks few having a cold beverage or two. That will certainly not be the case today, as today starts the beginning of race weekend. Time to get your game face on.

As I said, I got to watch people set up and start cooking. Some people had fancy motor homes. I couldn’t see what they were cooking. Some people were tailgating. I saw lots of people starting to set up their weekend tailgating areas. Table set ups, tailgate bins, foil pans, big bags of charcoal, table top grills, charcoal & propane grills, and one BIG BBQ smoker pulled by a hitch. I’ll be posting pictures of that bad boy. I can’t wait to see what they’re going to be cooking in it. Most people were just making some quick dogs and burgers last night. Some of the racers bring a cooking crew though, so we’ll see what is on the tailgating menu today. I have yet to find the folks with the outdoor propane deep fryer, but they said that they would be there. That crew knows how to cook! Deep fried drum sticks, french fries, burgers, sausages and they have a 50 gallon drum BBQ smoker as well. They cook for 4 drivers and the crews though, so they need to have a whole mess of food. I will be searching for their blue and white canopy today.

So, the weekend continues. The sun is out, the air is cool, that means great horsepower baby. See you at the track!

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2 Responses to “8th Annual Shakedown at Etown”

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