Dates: August 8 - 10, 2014
Location: National Trail Raceway, Columbus, Ohio
Gate Open Times: Friday 8 AM - 7PM, Saturday 8 AM - 6 PM, Sunday 8 AM - 6 PM
Ticket Prices: Friday, Saturday or Sunday - Single Day $20; - 2 Day Pass $30 - 3 Day Pass $40 (Children 10 years old & under are Free with a paid Adult Admission. There is Swap Meet Field rights for the Thursday Move-In after 12 Noon. Cost is $25.
Nats - General Info
The 34th Annual Nats is proud to feature the tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the 426 Hemi, the 100th Anniversary of Dodge and the 45th Anniversary of the Scat Pack cars. A special display of these vehicles will be parked together. Special editions and rare collectibles will also be featured.
Drag Racing at the Nats always brings out some of the best and fastest iron that the Pentastar ever produced. Competition is fierce! From Max-Wedges, Hemi's, small-blocks, big-blocks, the Gen II Hemi's, turbo-fours and V-10's, all will compete in side-by-side drag racing action. See the Nostalgic Shoot-Out where Max Wedge and Hemi cars will compete, which will keep all the audience on its feet. The show, racing and judging, the largest all-Mopar Midway in the world and more than 1,800 Swap Meet spaces, make this a weekend to remember.
The Nats is an event you just can't afford to miss! Meet the Dodge people up close and be able to blog on Dodge Red Line, see many major manufacturers in attendance. From Dodge business coupes to coupes than mean business, from Vipers to 300's to Prowlers to GT Cruisers and the SRT products...see it all August 8th - 10th at National Trail Raceway, Columbus, Ohio. Often imitated...never duplicated, it's the 34th Annual Nats...It's going to be blast!
National Trail Raceway is located about 20 miles east of Columbus Ohio on old US Highway 40, one mile north of Interstate I-70 at the Kirkersville exit. From the north, take I-75 south to the State Hwy 15 exit. Go south, and the road turns into US- 23. Continue south until you reach the I-270 Beltway that circles Columbus. Go east on I-270 until you reach I-70. Take I-70 east to exit 122 (Rte. 158), then go north to US –40 (Main Street). At US-40, go east about three miles, and the track will be on your left side with Gate C parking on your right ($5/Day). VIP parking is available at Gate A and C ($5/day). The spectator entrance/ticket booths are at gate A & D. Free parking is available on your left in Lots F & G.
For those traveling from the east or west, take I-70 to Columbus, then either take exit 122 (Rte.158) or exit 126 (Rte. 37) northbound to you reach US-40. If you get off at exit 122, go east on US-40 until you see the track on your left, parking on your right. If you get off on exit 126, take US-40 west until you see the track on the right. VIP Parking is available at Gate A or Gate C ($5/day). General Free parking is down further on your right Lots F and G.
From the south, take either I-71 or US-33 to the Columbus I-270 beltway. Then take I-70 east to exit 122, take this north to US-40. Travel east on US-40 until you see the track on your left side.
100th Anniversary of Dodge
It all started in 1914 with John and Horace Dodge started their own automobile company. To celebrate the 100 years of Dodge, special milestone vehicles will be chosen to be on display. It will be located next to the Mopar Pavilion on the Pit side of the track. If you have a rare Dodge and want to be considered to be a part of the special display, contact us through e-mail and send a few pictures. Participants must arrive on Thursday, and stay until at least 2:00pm Sunday. All Dodge entries will have the opportunity to park in the Dodge Corral located on the west side of the track next to the judged show field.
50th Anniversary of the 426 Hemi
1964 was the introduction of the now legendary 426 Hemi Engine. It started out as a race engine in two configurations, one for NASCAR and one for drag racing. Due to rule changes enacted by the various sanctioning bodies, it had to be offered in a production vehicle to the public. So in 1966 Chrysler offered the "Street" version 426 Hemi. In celebration of this milestone, a display of 426 Hemi cars will be featured around the Mopar Pavilion.
45th Anniversary of the Scat Pack
It was in 1970 that Dodge created the Scat Pack Club. It was Dodge's version of Plymouth's Rapid Transit System. A club created to keep the Dodge enthusiasts informed on the Racing results and new vehicle-offerings. A version of the club still exists in the Motor City even today. The name came from the high performance parts offerings through Direct Connection. Hustle Stuff, was the combination of selected parts that would increase the performance of your car. The various high performance models had stripes positioned around the rear of the vehicle starting in 1968; advertising used the term; the cars with the "Bumble Bee Stripes". In celebration of 45 years and the debut of the new Scat Pack Club and offerings from Dodge and the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger, there will be a display of "Cars with the Bumble Bee Stripes".
50th Anniversary of National Trail Raceway
National Trail Raceway (NTR) was first opened in 1964 by the Rader family. It grew throughout the years, and held the NHRA's top speed record for the ¼-mile. In 1995, NHRA purchased the track from the family and still owns it today.
Judged Car Show
The Nats is one of only a few car shows that offers participants entered into the Judging portion of the event the ability to have their car judged by professionals in the field. The judges are educated, and have knowledge about the vehicles they are judging. They also have been trained to judge in the modified classes to evaluate modifications based on execution, creativity, and quality. There is no "people's choice" here at the Nats, you must have the "car" to take top honors. The judged show participants are located on the west side of the track.