Different than the past two years, the 31st Snap On Oldies Drags enjoyed downright gorgeous weather on both Saturday and Sunday. In fact, it was one of the nicest weekends of the season as temperatures climbed into the upper 70’s under partly cloudy skies. The near perfect weather helped attract the biggest turnout of race cars and show entries in recent memory. Competitors attended the event from six states and Canada.

All together, three different champions were crowned on Saturday and another ten separate winners collected titles on the final day.

Thanks to both Snap On Tools and Project Filter the Oldies But Goodies Drags featured an open 8-car field of AA/Supercharged coupes and sedans. Low qualifier Howard Anderson won his first Firebird Oldies crown. After finishing runner-up on four different occasions in western Idaho, Anderson virtually dominated from start to finish, including a high altitude 6.83 and 6.85 before earning the title after Gary Reinero redlighted in the final round.

And how about John Wood and his street driven `38 Chevy coupe, the team leader of the Melba Outlaws. Wood not only attended his 26th consecutive Oldies race, but was also interviewed for KIVI – Channel 6 News by sports anchor Amanda Maynard during an extended feature on Sunday night after the event.

We also wanted to tip our hats to Elmer Hibbard for earning the event’s Long Distance award. He traveled over 900 miles from his home in Wellton, Arizona, to race his 11-second `65 Chevelle.

Special thanks to Rick Hale with the Baron’s car club, who helped promote the event throughout the community. Hale contributed to twenty-one club members attending the Oldies weekend, which was quite a site watching them all drive into the facility each morning to set up their parking area in the upper pro pits. Thanks also to host clubs: Melba Outlaws, Heap Herders and Vintage Gems for supporting the Oldies event over the years.

In addition, we’d like to pass along our appreciation to the Eagle 96.9FM. They kicked things into overdrive for the ten days leading up to the event and you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about the Oldies weekend throughout the Treasure Valley on their powerful classic rock station.

We hope you enjoy a quick glimpse of the color and excitement from this year’s Oldies bash.

We’d like to say thanks to Gary & Jessica Himes, David Fudge and staff photographers for giving us an opportunity to showcase some of the cars attending this year’s event. Should you wish to order any of these outstanding shots, be sure and drop us an email and we’ll be glad to put you in touch (via email) with the credited photographer.


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