The inaugural RPM Nationals was a time capsule. Held in Santa Margarita halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along State Route 58, the good townspeople must have thought they were in an episode of the Twilight Zone as they woke to hundreds of vintage hot rods cruising through their quaint little village.

The RPM Nationals was the brainchild of Mason Dyer, Justin Baas and Russ Hare. Their goal was to host a vintage flathead and 4-cylinder drag race where all the cars had to be pre-1936 and period correct. While they weren’t racing for pink slips, it was just like it used to be…drop the flag, stand on the gas and see whose home built hot rod was the fastest. The setting, in the middle of cow fields on an old runway was the most appropriate backdrop you could ever image.

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