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Hot Rod

Bracket Rules

Pre 1948 Hot Rods, purpose built drag cars, Hambsters and street driven Hot Rods running slower than 10sec 1/4 mile through to 15sec and 16sec Hot Rods are welcome in this bracket. It's all about run what you "brung" and have a smile on your dial. From seasoned racers to entry level first timers.

If your hot rod is a low 10sec 1/4 mile car, that is capable of dipping into the high 9s but typically runs low 10s then this is where you fit.  If your car is a consistent Low 9s and can dip into the 8s then enter the Middle Eliminator Bracket

No delay boxes, No traction control.


It can be boosted or Nitrous but not run quicker than 10sec 1/4 if boosted or Nitrous .  Can be late model engine but must be a carbie and distributor or carburettor and a stand alone electronic ignition, like for example an MSD or similar. EFI is not encouraged but if it looks old school, like for example EFI injectors fitted to old school Hilborn mechanical injection, then that could be ok if the average punter can't tell it is EFI, send us some pics and info we will let you know. If its all modern looking EFI plenum etc. then no.

EFI exception - A road registered Pre48 Hot Rod can run in this bracket with a naturally aspirated OEM factory EFI engine or a carby replacement style integral EFI unit on a conventional carby manifold, provided that; it is eligible for full rego or club plates, however it does not have to be registered at the time, ie. not a dedicated race car. So to be fair we are allowing space for modern powered street cars to enter.  However it must have a bonnet fitted so the engine can not be seen by the average punter.  Us die hard nostalgia racers don't believe EFI is nostalgic in anyway however we accept that many street cars are running modern EFI set ups for drive-ability reasons etc. but still look and feel like a period Hot Rod.  Your car may be quite acceptable. If you are in doubt send us a picture and some details and we will let you know.

V8, 6 or 4 cyl engines, naturally aspirated, Nitrous, mechanical injection, methanol, roots style super chargers and blow through carb centrifugal superchargers are all ok. Turbo with a single SU carb or a single 4 barrel Holley style carb like we ran in the 70s and 80s are ok too.


NO modern highly tuned, high power EFI turbo engines in this bracket full stop, there is no nostalgia in that.

We encourage a more period look, body and wheels, scoops etc. after all it is Nostalgia Drag Racing so preference will be given to period looking cars.

All cars need to comply with current ANDRA Tech or IHRA Tech to compete at sanctioned tracks

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