absence

This feral Buick GS drag car returned to the strip after a 25-year absence



a car parked in a parking lot


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“This is the dinosaur tour.” A perfect one-liner to describe the age of race cars in attendance at the 40th Annual Buick GS Nationals. Unlike many hi-po drag meets, where late model cars reign supreme, the rides packing Beech Bend Dragway’s paddock are primarily pre-1985. David McIntosh, the man who supplied the quote, has plenty of these short and sweet sentences, keeping any conversation as pleasant and airy as whipped chocolate mousse. I could listen to McIntosh talk all day—automotive knowledge that comes from over 40 years of running your own engine shop and a heft of good-naturing ribbing, piped through a breezy Georgian drawl–but he’s got places to be. A staging box specifically, to ignite the porky slicks on his 1970 Buick GS drag car.



a car parked on the side of a road: Cameron Neveu


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Cameron Neveu



a car parked in a parking lot: Cameron Neveu


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Cameron Neveu

It had been 29 years since McIntosh’s

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