After many years of participating in various automotive events and test-n-tunes, and successfully running his own businesses, Nate Prater decided to try his hand at running a race and created the Street Car Braggin’ Rights event to support the local street car scene around Augusta, Georgia.
A first-time promoter, Prater conceptualized the event to give street car enthusiasts a place where they could put up or shut up without having to compete with purpose-built racecars for time and attention. Right from the beginning, though, Prater wanted his event to be different – he wanted to go all out with special touches that would elevate SCBR to a higher status and set it apart from other events.
Carolina Dragway “The House of Hook” in Aiken, South Carolina, was selected as the home of Prater’s Street Car Braggin’ Rights and he worked with the staff there to coordinate all sorts of unique features. Prater has also organized his Bring It Back Meets enthusiast group for years, and decided to run SCBR in conjunction with the group.
Held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Prater’s Street Car Braggin’ Rights hosted by Bring It Back Meets event went off without a hitch. Even though temperatures skyrocketed, it was thanks to Prater’s prior planning and meticulous organization that it was able to be run to completion without issues. His team worked hard to keep the event running smoothly, with a dedicated primary point of contact for each class acting as a liaison to coordinate timing and disseminate important race-related information.
Special commemorative credentials were distributed to racers, VIP, staff, media, and more. Jeff Miller had his supercharged “Bumblebee” Pro Mod Camaro on the property making exhibition runs, complimentary entertainment for children including bounce houses, while the special red carpet VIP area provided not only trackside seating but also high-end, catered meals (did someone say salmon and shrimp?) as well as portable cooling fans to keep spectators comfortable and a cornhole game for fun in between racing. Prater even went so far as to have luxury bathrooms brought in for comfort and convenience.
After a fun morning of testing and brackets, the race officially kicked with a live performance of the National Anthem and an absolutely massive American flag being paraded down the track by an equally massive modified truck.
Additionally, a large car, motorcycle, and truck show with nearly 100 participants presented more than twenty individual awards. Prater even had unique, custom award trophies created for winners and runners up, along with NHRA “Speed For All” Wally trophies for each of the drag racing class winners.
Five different classes catered to everyone from amateur enthusiasts to seasoned race veterans with 142 total entrants, and Derek Putnam was brought in to do the honors announcing on the mic. Payouts were guaranteed and winners included James Chavis and his 1973 Chevrolet Nova in Street Car Bracket, Michael Rockefeller and his 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the All Motor Shootout, Michael England and his 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat in the Daily Driver Shootout, Michael Kelly and his 2009 Cadillac CTS-V in Battle of the Heavy Weights, and Richard Disher and his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro in Run What You Brung.
Making the wins even more special and much to the delight of the nearly 2,500 spectators in attendance, fireworks were shot from the scoreboards as each of the final pairs crossed the finish line and a separate fireworks show began immediately after the racing wrapped up.
Prater spared no expense when he created the first of what is planned to become an annual event and the result was definitely one that will be talked about, and looked forward to, for years to come.