When Eddie Thomas passed away in November last year, aged 99, a little piece of Aussie drag racing history went with him. A pioneer of the sport and a hero to many, his memory lives on through Redline Engineering, the speed equipment company he formed in 1969, and those who participate in nostalgia drag racing  events around the country as a nod to those who carved up the quarter mile before us.

With several members of Melbourne’s Southern Hot Rod Club having strong ties with Thomas, they’ve organised a hot rod gathering in Eddie’s honour titled ‘Life in the Fast Lane’. Appropriately dated on what would have been Eddie’s 100th birthday, Sunday July 8, the Sunday afternoon shindig will feature friends, family members and even competitors reflecting upon Eddie and his life experiences, along with a display of memorabilia. Expect a few tears, lots of laughs and en enlightening afternoon with fans and friends.

The afternoon kicks off at 1.30pm and will cost $25 per head to cover hot drinks and snacks, with alcohol at bar prices. The host venue is Woodlands Gold Club in Mordialloc, which has ample car parking so all cool cars are welcome. It’s strictly a pre-ticketed event and spaces are limited, so to be involved contact Grant Dunn on 0447 876 567 or Robbie Ratcliff on 0438 193 292.

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