Meridian Star

October 19, 2012

Battlefield hosting revival, drag races

from submitted reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     The Queen City Rods and Classics Car Club and Battlefield Raceway are hosting the 22nd annual Rock and Roll Revival and Nostalgia Drag Races on Saturday.

    This is an open car show, basically meaning, if it has wheels it is eligible to be shown regardless of the year and model. The Queen City Rods and Classics Car Club was established in 1985 and is one of the oldest car clubs in Mississippi. Over the years, the Club has donated thousands of dollars to local and state charities.

    This year, in addition to the car show, spectators will be entertained with "The Southern Gassers", a group of 50's and 60's drag cars that will be racing "heads up" in an elimination program. Also, this will be the first Ford FE powered Fall Nationals, a drag race for the 390-427 cubic inch Ford engined cars of the 60's. These races will be competing for a $2,000 purse.

    Battlefield Raceway will also be hosting a "foot brake" gamblers race for any 1972 or older vehicle with 100 percent payback.

    A Mississippi legend, Killer Thompson, originally from Meridian, is bringing two front engine dragsters to this event and will be making exhibition passes. Sidney Foster, one of the most famous funny car drivers from the 60's will be present with his match racing '65 Falcon.

    Another feature of this car show is the swap meet. If you have old car parts, you are encouraged to bring them and display them beside your show car, or in a separate area. You do not have to enter a car to display and sell your parts. Just pay the $10 spectator fee and the swap meet area is free.

    Car show participants are eligible for one of more than 100 awards plus door prizes and money drawings. Entry fee for the car show participants is $25, which allows two people to enter and additional entries by the same owner are only $10 each.

    Gates will open at 8 a.m. Saturday with time trials starting at 10 a.m. Racing will be ongoing throughout the day with car show awards starting at 3 p.m. and the final eliminations to follow.

    Battlefield Raceway is located just off of Highway 19, four miles north of the four-way stop in Collinsville. For more information, go to or call 601-486-3802.