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An American Dragster in London

George Kennedy

In Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon, one might think that a classic car gathering would consist of Jaguars, Austin Healys, and Triumphs of all ages. But at this particular gathering, you’d be wrong. At this show, you’ll find what the Brit’s call “Yank Tanks,” but you know them as American classic cars.

Shakespeare County Raceway is perhaps one of the most comically named dragstrips, considering the source of its name. Anyways, according to this NY Times article, British owners of American muscle assemble at this dragstrip to show their cars and take to the track, just like an American show. There is a “show & shine,” and even some legit dragsters, like a fully track-prepped ’64 Chevy II with the words “Honky Tonkin” emblazoned in gold on the side.

1949 Caddilac

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One of the owners showing his car is Norman Dawood. He owns a 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe. He may own cars like a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and an Aston Martin DB6, but he says the Caddy gets the most stares, and as well it should. We may pass over a classic American car because of how common they are in the vintage automotive community, but in the UK, these cars are true rarities. It is good to see a place where a ’64 Chevy is revered by more than just bloated old white men wearing bowling shirts with flames on the sleeves.

Image Source: NYtimes.com