NALM 2016 in Atlanta Day 4: Dyno & Drag Events


No, we’re not talking about dinosaurs and drag shows.  We are talking about couple of traditional car-meet activities that took place today as part of our festivities here in Georgia.  Here we go, from Wikipedia:

A dynamometer or “dyno” for short, is a device for measuring force, torque, or power. For example, the power produced by an engine, motor or other rotating prime mover can be calculated by simultaneously measuring torque and rotational speed (RPM).

A few horsepower-loving Legend owners put their money where their mouths were this morning at Lamar Walden Automotive in Doraville, Georgia.  In the interest of parking ease and sparing a few of us from fighting metro Atlanta rush-hour traffic, most of us carpooled to the venue which was about 40 miles south from our host hotel in Oakwood.


A stock Legend – in 2nd generation anyway – was rated at around 200 horsepower when new, but how much horsepower do these cars have 20+ years later?  As today’s activities taught us, the number can vary widely.  A couple of our members’ cars put down numbers in the high 100’s, and one heavily-modified version achieved 327 horsepower.  I took video today that I’ll compile into a NALM summary when all is said and done!  Each run had plenty of spectators.


Chris Miller threw me the keys to his 1994 Legend GS 6-speed for the return drive to Oakwood and it understandably felt like home since our sedans are identical twins, separated by only a few VIN sequences.  Chris’ car has about 2,000 fewer miles on it, sitting around 148,000.

We stopped for lunch at Zaxby’s and I indulged in some of the best fried chicken fingers I’ve ever tasted.  In a little over two weeks’ time, I’m supposed to be competing in a 26-mile marathon in my hometown.  The fact that I’m eating so horribly on my vacation and slacking on the workouts means that run is going to be a very difficult one when the time comes.


I test-drove a very rare car back at the hotel:  Alan’s 1995 L 5-speed in Garnet Red Metallic.  Garnet Red was a color offered ONLY for the 1995 model year (the last year of production), and only on L models.  The fact that Alan’s car has a manual transmission makes it even more of a unicorn.  It drove incredibly smoothly for 297,000 miles.

And just look at it!



This evening we rolled out en masse toward Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia for the “Year One Fast Friday” at the 1/4 mile dragstrip.  My $20 participant entry fee was very well spent.  And the few hours of waiting to get my car’s nose to the start line were also well worth the 16.7 seconds it took me to get to the finish line.  Maybe I should have gone a little more slowly to really enjoy the scenery along the way?  Our crew had a great time and I counted over 15 Legends that raced.  This is higher than any previous NALM event to my knowledge.



Since we had such a presence at the venue, the announcer over the loudspeaker frequently addressed our group as “The Acuras” and Chris Miller even had the announcer state something about how I “must have really trusted my Legend” because I’d driven it all the way from Arizona and was about to race it with 546,000 miles on the odometer.  I felt a little embarrassed but whatever!  My car is burning a lot of oil – after having idled for a long time in the staging lines, when I took off I noticed blue smoke.  Time for some valve stem work, I guess.


I turned off the Traction Control System, rolled up my windows, and let her rip when the light went green – or nearly a full second later (sucky reaction time).  I blasted through first, redlined in second, and I don’t really remember what happened after that.  All I cared was that Chris was just short of a car length behind me on my left side and I had a gigantic grin on my face.

One of the other (non-Legend) folks at the strip made a comment, “Is tonight an Acura shootout event?”  Well, yeah!  As of this writing, I think our fastest ‘Legend’ was in fact Alex’s BMW 540i with a 15-second something time.  I’ll update this post when I learn the final standings for real.  Videos are pending, I promise!

The 32-mile drive back to our host hotel went quickly thanks to chat from my friend Eric in the passenger seat, and my friend Ryan had arrived from South Carolina so he was right on my tail.  Thanks for checking in!

Breakfast Club


Alex’s 1997 BMW 540i 6-speed is aptly named the “BM Trouble-You.”


Lineup pre-departure


Kevin’s car behind the special coned-off car wash area


Hanging out


En route to Doraville


Alex, Eric, and Waseem shooting the breeze


This is Steve, who came all the way from New South Wales, Australia for this meet!


Evan’s two-tone 1993 LS coupe.  He’s from Tennessee


Kevin’s “Polar Bear” 1994 LS 6-speed


He has the 2nd-highest-mileage car, behind yours truly.


But look at that immaculate interior!


Kevin talking Legends with Marc and Matthew


Hanging with Ann Marie and the cutest baby I’ve ever seen.


Heavily modified 1992 Legend driven by Lou from Pennsylvania




Steve D arrived and washed his 2007 RL A-Spec


Following Chris to the dragstrip


Lining up


The RL wearing a Legend badge.  Indeed, it was sold as the Honda Legend overseas.


Marc wins the ‘best plate’ award.


Ready to rock and roll.


Kevin at the wheel of my car.  Just before I popped the engine bay open for 5 seconds and then said “Show’s over,” as soon as I realized how dusty it was in there.  Kevin got a kick out of that.


Tyson, Kevin, Alex, Steve, Waseem


Marc signing in at the dragstrip


Getting our numbers painted on the windows in shoe polish.


Chris lining up next to me on the dragstrip.


Comparing timeslips post-race


Chris, Alan, and me




Chris’ car is looking fly with those newly-refinished 16″ wheels




Final timesheet standings.  I was right lane.  Chris ended up making a second run and he undercut me with a 16.50 or so.


Hanging with Eric in the stands.  And a goofy face!


Alan got so bored in the staging lanes, he pulled out his camp chair and straw hat to kick back!


Come back tomorrow for our “dealer day” at Carland Acura, a car show, group dinner, and awards ceremony.  Things are just getting good out here!

20 Responses to “NALM 2016 in Atlanta Day 4: Dyno & Drag Events”

  1. Win or lose, watching you walk me down the track in that car surprised me; but made me and all our buddies smile as we knew we were
    seeing this 546k car on a drag strip for the very first time. We seemed to have misplaced the photos of Alex working on the BMW at the Dyno shop but someone has them I’m sure. This was definitely a day the Legend folk will remember for a long time.

    • Haha, I do have the pic of Alex’s BMW being worked on but I excluded them here. Maybe I’ll include one or two in the summary video when this is all said and done.

  2. Drag racing a half-million mile car? Just… wow. You, sir, are brave. Very, very brave.

    It’s a shame that it’s blowing oil, but the car has been so rock-solid, I guess it deserves a little TLC (by which I mean valves and rings).

    Keep the posts coming!

  3. Slower traffic please keep to the right. 2005 Acura TSX does the quarter mile in 15.5 seconds at 90 mph. 😉

  4. I’m stunned that you put her down the drag strip. That takes a bit of courage, Tyson! It’ll be surprising how the car runs on the way home – I reckon the week of heavy mileage will do her good. Don’t count on doing valve seals just yet!

    • Yeah it’s been nice to get the car out and about. Really aside from this once-a-year drive to the National Meet, the car just does a lot of sitting around which is probably exactly the reason the seals are getting dried out and going bad. Shame on me!

  5. Alan’s ’95 is making me drool, as are all of those beauties… Gorgeous!

    • Thanks Conor! I know – that 1995 is a real head turner! Alan has done a great job with it. We call it a “GL” model because it’s technically just an L but he’s added the GS burlwood console trim, GS wheels, and GS front grille. It’s a beauty!

  6. It was a special night for us Legend owners at the track. I was somewhat surprised that Tyson took his car down the track. At the pre-stage area he was too far ahead of me to actually see him go down the track. So nice of you to give my “Polar Bear” some good press.

    • Polar Bear was very worthy of the press that it received! Eric Edson has a great video of the pass that Chris and I made down the track so I will hopefully get my hands on that file today and you can watch it when I post it!

  7. Looks like you guys are having a blast! I’ll be curious what you write in Polar Bear’s trunk this year.

  8. Midnight Mystery Says:

    That garnet red Legend is bueatiful!!!! You’re 1/4 was pretty good, Tyson…. Especially for 546k miles!!! So you’re heading out tonight or tomorrow? Going north this time? Seems nice!!! Everything looks like a lot of fun!!!

    • Hey yep I’m heading out in the morning. I’m leaning toward doing I-40 this time. Check out some of Oklahoma…

      • Midnight Mystery Says:

        Yeah, go up through TN and over to OK, then to the west… Sounds good to me… Texas is HUGE!!!! I had to go to San Antonio from New Orleans in July 2005, and to took forever. . .

        I took a little ride up to Byram, MS (about 7 miles south of I-20 in Jackson)… I just hit 184,311!!!

        Enjoy the ride back… You shouldn’t have to run your A/C as hard either!!!

  9. Note to self: wear more hats.

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