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23 bucket-t
12-04-2005, 12:31 AM
Does anyone have any pictures of Connecticut Dragway I looked for mine but the are gone. If you have any I will appreciate it if you can post them. Thank You

hiboyroadsterboy
12-04-2005, 07:35 AM
great pictures,I would love to see more to,my dad raced his 35 ford sedan there for years.

The37Kid
12-04-2005, 11:04 AM
There is a Connecticut Dragway Reunion the CSRA puts on every year, plus their winter movie nite. These two photo were taken in 1961 by a friend that gave me her photo collection from Connecticut Dragway. For the first time I just noticed that they are the same car on different days. Note the the class change, anyone know is the car is still around? I'll post others later today.:D

ronnieroadster
12-04-2005, 02:49 PM
Does anyone have any pictures of Connecticut Dragway I looked for mine but the are gone. If you have any I will appreciate it if you can post them. Thank You

Hi heres a picture from CT dragway of my roadster taken in 1963 owned at the time by Al Volpe. And I have included a picture of the car today. I remember 1984 I was there racing a Hot Rod I was the guy who was able to get the Nostalgia drags going at CT dragway with the help of our car club the Conneticut Street Rod Association

ronnieroadster
12-04-2005, 03:05 PM
Hi heres a picture from CT dragway of my roadster taken in 1963 owned at the time by Al Volpe. And I have included a picture of the car today. I remember 1984 I was there racing a Hot Rod I was the guy who was able to get the Nostalgia drags going at CT dragway with the help of our car club the Conneticut Street Rod Association

Heres my roadster as it looks in 2005

59BuickWagon
12-04-2005, 03:06 PM
Hi heres a picture from CT dragway of my roadster taken in 1963 owned at the time by Al Volpe. And I have included a picture of the car today. I remember 1984 I was there racing a Hot Rod I was the guy who was able to get the Nostalgia drags going at CT dragway with the help of our car club the Conneticut Street Rod Association

Oh boy, the HAMB is never going to be the same now!

You better do an intro here before the drama queens decend on you:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=18

Welcome to the HAMB

Dennis

flatoz
12-04-2005, 03:19 PM
Hell Dennis,

the value of this place just dropped!:D

welcome Ron, I think you will fit right in here!

this bloke is a true hotrodding hero.

59BuickWagon
12-04-2005, 03:34 PM
Hell Dennis,

the value of this place just dropped!:D

welcome Ron, I think you will fit right in here!

this bloke is a true hotrodding hero.

Careful Corey, we don't want his head any bigger;)

So Ron, just to start off why not post a hundred FH manifold pics on that rare manifold thread. Or tell everyone where that Brazilian V8-60 is.

Dennis

hiboyroadsterboy
12-04-2005, 07:04 PM
Heres my roadster as it looks in 2005

that has been my favorite 32 roadster for years,glad to see u on hamb Ronnie.

The37Kid
12-04-2005, 07:35 PM
Gee, All this time I just assumed you knew about the HAMB Ron! :D Has Ryan limited the intros to 1,000 words or less? Failure to post an intro within the next 24 hours could force the loss of an set of flatheads or worse.:rolleyes:

The37Kid
12-04-2005, 07:43 PM
Ron, You might want to tell the story that goes with this autograph you got for me in another thread. Also check out "The Blue Racer" thread.:D

The37Kid
12-04-2005, 08:10 PM
Trend setter from 1961.

ronnieroadster
12-04-2005, 08:14 PM
Oh boy, the HAMB is never going to be the same now!

You better do an intro here before the drama queens decend on you:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=18

Welcome to the HAMB

Dennis
Hi Denis IM not one to spend much time doing this stuff but I do have a few more pictures of an old Yellow roadster at Connecticut Dragway.
The three quarter front shot is when I won class in 1981.
The roadster is powered by a flathead Ford V-8 its 239 cubes I left the line with the gas pedal on the floor boards Power shifting the four speed in a Teeshirt. We never thought all this fun at the track would ever end.
Latter I ran a supercharged Flathead that record setting motor broke lots of parts in the drive train we were having fun learning how to make this old stuff run forever. The blower motor was built by Paul Kosma he ran it at the Bonniville salt flats set the XX/STR roadster record in 1975 at over 135MPH. That little 258 cube flathead makes over 300 horse on pump gas its just sitting in the garage waiting to run again some day.

The37Kid
12-04-2005, 08:18 PM
Coupes at Connecticut Dragway 1961

ronnieroadster
12-04-2005, 08:22 PM
Hi Denis IM not one to spend much time doing this stuff but I do have a few more pictures of an old Yellow roadster at Connecticut Dragway.
The three quarter front shot is when I won class in 1981.
The roadster is powered by a flathead Ford V-8 its 239 cubes I left the line with the gas pedal on the floor boards Power shifting the four speed in a Teeshirt. We never thought all this fun at the track would ever end.
Latter I ran a supercharged Flathead that record setting motor broke lots of parts in the drive train we were having fun learning how to make this old stuff run forever. The blower motor was built by Paul Kosma he ran it at the Bonniville salt flats set the XX/STR roadster record in 1975 at over 135MPH. That little 258 cube flathead makes over 300 horse on pump gas its just sitting in the garage waiting to run again some day.

Heres one more picture at CT dargway its 1983 this is the original 1965 Chrisman Comet its making its first trip down the 1/4 after being restored by Jim Barillaro. It powered by a fuel buring Blown and Injected Ford Cammer direct drive no tranny I was the guy who had the pleasure of hanging the starter on the blower and bringing that monster to life. The tears in our eyes was from joy not the fuel!

hiboyroadsterboy
12-04-2005, 08:22 PM
Hi Denis IM not one to spend much time doing this stuff but I do have a few more pictures of an old Yellow roadster at Connecticut Dragway.
The three quarter front shot is when I won class in 1981.
The roadster is powered by a flathead Ford V-8 its 239 cubes I left the line with the gas pedal on the floor boards Power shifting the four speed in a Teeshirt. We never thought all this fun at the track would ever end.
Latter I ran a supercharged Flathead that record setting motor broke lots of parts in the drive train we were having fun learning how to make this old stuff run forever. The blower motor was built by Paul Kosma he ran it at the Bonniville salt flats set the XX/STR roadster record in 1975 at over 135MPH. That little 258 cube flathead makes over 300 horse on pump gas its just sitting in the garage waiting to run again some day.

great pictures of the car when it was yellow,my father remembers it yellow.

The37Kid
12-04-2005, 08:26 PM
I really like the looks of this car, it was in hot rod in the day.

The37Kid
12-04-2005, 08:28 PM
Last one, The End

LeadSledMerc
12-04-2005, 08:56 PM
Growing up in the area, I used to go to the track pretty often until it closed.
Thanks for the pics you guys.
Keith

The Bomber
12-10-2005, 04:02 PM
great pictures guys.first track i ever went to(1960's). anyone out there have old photos of willys that raced there?first willys i ever saw was at Conn. an orange 37 coupe owned by angelo greco out of hartford and wethersfield.also
saw "the little giant" (what a name!)crosley,jerry cullinen's 39 chevy"the time bomb",john goll's 38 willys sedan jim barrillaro's "jim's speed emporium cars,wild bill flynn's "yankee peddler"barracuda AF/X, tasca ford,etc.thanks for any help...........dennis h. pateras

HotRod28AR
12-10-2005, 05:23 PM
I know about the runion every year (which does'nt even take place at CT Dragway:() but do they still do any nostalgia drag events? I think I'll just about piss myself with excitement if they do.......
-Dean

NoSurf
12-10-2005, 06:01 PM
Great photos guys!

I lived all my formative years within earshot of Connecticut Dragway. I was there in '84 on the Junior Fire Department crew (only reason I joined- free passes to the drags!!!).

My Dad raced there in the early '60s with the Eliminators out of New London. He also helped run a AA/fuel altered hemi-powered T with Steve Harwood.

I wish I had some photos from then to post up and share.

hiboyroadsterboy
01-13-2006, 06:04 PM
Heres my roadster as it looks in 2005


this has to be one of my favorite 32 roadsters,great car.

Kustoms Illustrated
01-13-2006, 09:24 PM
Don't forget..... Next Saturday, January 21st is the 2nd annual Hot Rod and Drag Racing Nostalgia Fest held at the Elks club in Hudson Mass. (Yes, the site of the old Ty-Rods show)

TONS of vintage photos, footage and memorabillia on New England hot rodding and drag racing. Starts at 3:00pm.
For more info call Fred Hire (Pushrods) at 978-562-5589
or email him at fah60@comcast.net

It's gonna be wild!

23 bucket-t
01-13-2006, 10:17 PM
Don't forget..... Next Saturday, January 21st is the 2nd annual Hot Rod and Drag Racing Nostalgia Fest held at the Elks club in Hudson Mass. (Yes, the site of the old Ty-Rods show)

TONS of vintage photos, footage and memorabillia on New England hot rodding and drag racing. Starts at 3:00pm.
For more info call Fred Hire (Pushrods) at 978-562-5589
or email him at fah60@comcast.net

It's gonna be wild! Thanks for the info, made other plans, going to the Swap~n~Sell at the BIG-E in West Springfield. ............. I also would like to thank everyone who posted pictures and info on the old dragway......... thank you.

Cris
01-13-2006, 10:55 PM
I think these might be a little bit before the dragway's time...maybe not though.

http://93-94.com/buzz/images/IMG_4734.jpg

http://93-94.com/buzz/images/IMG_4742.jpg

Cris

51 MERC-CT
01-14-2006, 08:07 AM
Not a pic. of Dragway but of the guy who built it, Frank Maratta.
I took this photo of Frank when the strip was in it's early planning stages,
fooling around with the model of the strip.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a191/ptcrzr/ma.jpg

ResedaCoupe
01-14-2006, 08:33 AM
Thats a cool pic. The timing shack kept that control tower shape, and enclosed. Its the only peice of the real dragway still there. Consumers Union (consumer reports) bought the property after Frank and Fitz died. They got tired of renting Lime Rock.
If you go past the timing tower now, back at ground level, it says "Entering Historical District".
I wish it was still open.

Thanks for that Pic.

Kustoms Illustrated
01-14-2006, 09:30 PM
[QUOTE=ResedaCoupe]
If you go past the timing tower now, back at ground level, it says "Entering Historical District". QUOTE]

Is it possible to get on the grounds still, or do they have it all blocked off?
I don't want to get arrested for trespassing, but it sure would be cool to go look at the place again for old times sake!

Paul2748
01-14-2006, 10:13 PM
You cannot get in to take a look. The only thing left besides the track is the timing tower. Everything else has changed. I was there last spring (seeing a friend who lives right next to the old track. He is (or was) sort of a caretaker and we made a brief tour of the old grounds. I worked there in the 60's and 70's. Even the entrance has been changed.

(tech and other jobs) [QUOTE=ResedaCoupe]
If you go past the timing tower now, back at ground level, it says "Entering Historical District". QUOTE]

Is it possible to get on the grounds still, or do they have it all blocked off?
I don't want to get arrested for trespassing, but it sure would be cool to go look at the place again for old times sake!

HotRod28AR
01-14-2006, 10:23 PM
In May or June I'll get to go in to help my old shool do some electric car testing (long story). The track where we do the testing is right next to the old starting line, so....I'll just kinda pull my super stocker (which has "Connecticut Dragway" painted on the door) right onto the line and take a few pics. I ment to last year but I could'nt find my camera. Should be pretty kool though...
-Dean

Kustoms Illustrated
01-14-2006, 10:29 PM
In May or June I'll get to go in to help my old shool do some electric car testing (long story). The track where we do the testing is right next to the old starting line, so....I'll just kinda pull my super stocker (which has "Connecticut Dragway" painted on the door) right onto the line and take a few pics. I ment to last year but I could'nt find my camera. Should be pretty kool though...
-Dean

Awesome! Snap some surrounding shots as well if you can! I miss that place!

Gas_Tires_Oil
11-10-2006, 01:11 PM
back from the dead with a few more...

Gas_Tires_Oil
11-10-2006, 01:22 PM
a couple more.... OK, maybe 1 more and another that I just had to share. ;)

hiboyroadsterboy
11-10-2006, 05:13 PM
Heres my father's 35 when being raced at connecticut dragway,the picture was taken there,this I think was late 70's

sawbuck
11-10-2006, 05:40 PM
Heres my roadster as it looks in 2005 how do you run no fenders in conn ? i see you in town summer time great car .

HotRod28AR
11-10-2006, 05:49 PM
how do you run no fenders in conn ? i see you in town summer time great car .

Once you get your rod registered you can do pretty much whatever you want. I've been driving with open headers, cheater slicks, weak break lights and blinkers that dont really work for two years and never got in trouble...even after driving right in front of cops multiple times. No fenders would have been an issue 30 years ago maybe but not now.
-Dean

sawbuck
11-10-2006, 06:06 PM
thanks i guess it is up to the cop . conn drags i think it closed 1979 80 .now it is testing for consumer reports autos

roosters hot rods
11-11-2006, 07:47 PM
i broke a real fast v8 vega there in the summer of 83........wow that was fun times,,wish it was still there

brookfarms
07-05-2008, 01:21 PM
Just Joined The Site. Have Seen Many Pics Over The Years Of My Beloved Ct. Dragway, Nice To See More.so Many Memories. Ironicaly,for Those Of You Who Remember What Happened On Easter Sunday In England (darrell Gwynn ), On That Day In 1990 While Living In Colchester Ct. Myself Wife And 2 Kids Drove Over.you Were Still Able To "sneak" In Through The Lower Road Where Those Big Tires Were Lining The Driveway....into Ct. Dragway. I Looked Up That Small Hill Just Inside The Place,at The End Of The Shut Off Area,i Could Almost Hear Them.....damm What A Great Place.we Went Futrher Up The Driveway, Then Stopped.i Pushed My Nose Through The Fence,peered Towards The Timing Tower,tears And All. What A Place,what Memories. Its Cool How You Can Go Through Life,loose Stuff,have Things Stolen From You,but When It Comes To Memories,ya Get To Keep Em' And I Have For Over 4 Decades. Including My "class Winner Connecticut Dragway 1969" Trophy To My Right.
Today,memories Are Still Alive And Well Here. Just Went To Lebanon Valley Last Night For The Divisional To Watch Em' Go,and Hopefully Next Year That Front Engine Dragster Just Outside In The Garage Will Bring So Many Of Those Great Memories Back,this Time In The Most Unique Way.restoring It Slowly But Surely.

Great Site,and Im Happy To Be Here To Enjoy And Share. Larry

Dino the weirdo
07-06-2008, 03:05 PM
Welcome ...Ever run at Dover?

Angry Frenchman
07-06-2008, 04:11 PM
I think you guys need to go to Winterport Dragway up in Maine. they are having A big to do with the king and Mashall car on july 12. also Ray Helger found an A alter dragster (25 model T 409)from Charlestown R.I.. From what I'm told both cars haven't run in 30+ years. the track is more of an early 50's type an the people are great, can't be beat! Camping at the track is 5.00 bucks A night.

NH-USA
09-18-2009, 08:44 AM
I put this in another thread about pictures of Ct dragway --Sorry about about a double post but I thought someone might have an idea.


I have some 8mm movies (not super 8) that I took at the Charleston RI drags and CT drags in the early 60's. I am hesitant to let them out of my hands but also don't want the history they might represent to be lost.

The vehicles I seem to remember but can 't be sure they are on film were the Tasca Ford, Yankee Peddler, a blue pontiac ventura, and Don Gartlets. There also was a little A Gas Angela that was towed by a Ford coupe that broke and the guys run the tow vehicle instead. (That one may have been at Charleston.)

One idea was to transfer them to a CD/DVD but I have no idea how. Time and money are limited so I can't do it myself and can't afford to have someone else do it.
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turbo69bird
09-21-2010, 10:03 PM
NH USA I know this is old but give them to me and I will get someone to convert them.


espcecially since theres a pontiac on it.

I own the stephens pontiac RAIV firebird and if anyone has any pics of this car please email me at cstockbird@aol.com.
I will buy them.

Thanks Jeff

Angry Frenchman
09-22-2010, 07:38 AM
here's your chance to see them again. if you guys do this could please put them on you tube so we can all see them too. thanks guys QUOTE=NH-USA;4348222]I put this in another thread about pictures of Ct dragway --Sorry about about a double post but I thought someone might have an idea.


I have some 8mm movies (not super 8) that I took at the Charleston RI drags and CT drags in the early 60's. I am hesitant to let them out of my hands but also don't want the history they might represent to be lost.

The vehicles I seem to remember but can 't be sure they are on film were the Tasca Ford, Yankee Peddler, a blue pontiac ventura, and Don Gartlets. There also was a little A Gas Angela that was towed by a Ford coupe that broke and the guys run the tow vehicle instead. (That one may have been at Charleston.)

One idea was to transfer them to a CD/DVD but I have no idea how. Time and money are limited so I can't do it myself and can't afford to have someone else do it.
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Brainbeauolds
01-01-2011, 12:27 AM
Here's a photo of the 1969 Viking Oldsmobile Cutlass W-31 out of Newport R.I. coming down the return track at Connecticut Dragway in the summer of 1969.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4060/5165908105_c794ef5759_b.jpg

SkumbagKustoms
01-01-2011, 01:39 AM
Wish I could have experienced CT Dragway in its heyday. Unfortunately, I was born near the time they shut the place down. Seeing some of these pics definitely makes me wish there were time machines, or the ability to be born 30 years earlier than i was...

joee
01-01-2011, 05:20 AM
Ct. Dragway.....wee willy with a vette powered by a 406 ford.....the front motored dragster that went end over in the lights....a vw and a thunderbolt raced for top elimanator....great place

Pasta
01-01-2011, 07:46 AM
I remember a white 68-72 Corvette that was Chrysler powered. It had a MOPAR rear license plate on it. LOL
How about the Flyin' Robin Cuda, anyone remember that? It had a ramp truck painted to match the Cuda. Those guys still run a gas station in Stratford.
I saw Grumpy with his Camaro race Dyno Don in his Mustang II in 1979. My brother and I were standing on the apron when they went down. Dyno won BTW.
Man, I remember that place like my own backyard growing up. We were there at least 3 weekends a month in the summer when school was out. My brother Gary had a red 69 Dart Swinger 340 with black stripe & black vinyl top at the time, and he would drive it from Bridgeport to the dragstrip, race all day and drive it home. His buddy was Steve Magyar (sp?) who had another 340 Dart. I think it was green.
I would love to see a pic of my brothers Dart at the track. Who ever thought that one day the track would be gone forever? We sure didn't.
I frequent Lebanon Valley now, and it's a GREAT track, but it's about 2-1/2 hours from home where CT Dragway was about an hour & 15 minutes.
God, I miss that place and the fun times we had there every summer.

George Romano

HotRod28AR
01-01-2011, 08:20 AM
A few years ago I was allowed in and took these shots at the track. Don't expect to show up at the gate and get in though!
-Dean

jetech
01-01-2011, 08:22 AM
I found these a while back.http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=521120&highlight=ct+dragway

storm king
01-01-2011, 08:39 AM
I think one of the former photographers from Conn is on this site, or the Dover site. Dino?
Conn was a great place, although we only ran there in '68 for their heads up super stock show ( the beginnings of pro stock, really). The great Jon Lundberg announced there that year, and seeing the tower in those more recnet pix brings back memories...if you guys have never heard "The Voice of Drag Racing" announce, you have indeed misssed something special. Not only that, but Jon is a truely wonderful man. We saw Mario Andretti, who was a friend of Marratta's, fly in after qualifying for the Indy 500, for a match race against Frank. Frank drove a Camaro from Norwood Chevy, and Mario a Tasca Ford Mustang. Mario won. We raced against the Yankee Peddler, Tasca Ford, Natick Dodge, Larsen Ford, Bill Jenkins (Terry Hedrick driving the Grump's Camaro), Ed Miller, and many others. It was a great year! I do have some Conn pix, but not many.

enfieldjoe
01-01-2011, 08:57 AM
Sorry, but no pix of CT Dragway, but I remember that strip and Lebanon real well as a kid growing up in Enfield. I raced a 61 Impala with a SBC and then a BBC with a 4 speed. That 61 BubbleTop was my first car back in 1970. Great times!

69tincanfairlane
01-01-2011, 10:19 AM
A few years ago I was allowed in and took these shots at the track. Don't expect to show up at the gate and get in though!
-Dean

Awesome car!:D Looks untouched! When was it raced and what class did it run?

It's cool they let you take those shots.

The Bomber
01-01-2011, 10:38 AM
scumbagkustoms, type in < Charles Milikan photos> or < connecticut dragway photos> nice stuff from back then.

The Bomber
01-01-2011, 10:39 AM
scrumbag customs, google it, of course with those titles.

HotRod28AR
01-01-2011, 11:16 AM
Awesome car!:D Looks untouched! When was it raced and what class did it run?

It's cool they let you take those shots.


It was the track service car starting in 1961 when the place opened (I have a few pics of it next to the starting line where it was parked every Sunday), and turned into a race car shortly after until around 1970. Ran M/P with a 390 Thunderbird mill, then a 429 Thunderbird. Afterwards it was put back mostly to stock trim for street use. It's currently powered by a correct '68 429 stroked and bored to 506ci.
-Dean

69tincanfairlane
01-01-2011, 11:43 AM
It was the track service car starting in 1961 when the place opened (I have a few pics of it next to the starting line where it was parked every Sunday), and turned into a race car shortly after until around 1970. Ran M/P with a 390 Thunderbird mill, then a 429 Thunderbird. Afterwards it was put back mostly to stock trim for street use. It's currently powered by a correct '68 429 stroked and bored to 506ci.
-Dean

Very cool man...

I remember seeing the In-Bomber build posts on the Junior Stock thread a while back. Great job on that preservation! I haven't seen this one before... and it has me stoked!

Great cars with great histories!

Definitely envious!:D

Brainbeauolds
01-02-2011, 01:52 PM
John Hillman's 1967 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 in the pits of Connectcut Dragway, summer of 1969. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4083/4956518252_87bf560923_b.jpg

HotRod28AR
09-19-2011, 10:12 AM
I'm trying to find any pictures or footage of these two cars that ran at CT Dragway. The first is Bob Bishel's '31 Model A Roadster which ran there in the early 60's when they first opened (also ran at Orange and Charlestown earlier). I started another thread on this car here on the HAMB. The second is Bill Seaquist's '65 Mustang GT350 that ran there in the mid 70's-early 80's. Thanks,
-Dean

gmf1932
01-17-2012, 06:18 PM
I'm looking for pictures from connecticut dragway from the mid 60s I raced there with
my 63 ford fairlane. We raced as the C B G racing team out of Bristol RI.
Thanks George

japar
02-05-2012, 10:09 AM
Tasca at CT, try this link http://www.detroithorsepower.com/forum/index.php?topic=2964.0

japar
02-05-2012, 10:19 AM
I am from Warren, here's another Tasca Mustang at CT earlier pic

japar
02-05-2012, 10:35 AM
Bill Lawton in the Tasca Funny Car at Conn , I also recall seeing a 63 Fairlane at Conn but don't recall the driver I think it was John or Bill

japar
02-05-2012, 11:53 AM
Another Fairlane at Conn Dragway this is Bill Lawton driving the rare 64 Tasca Thunderbolt which I think 100 T-Bolts were built

paul miarecki
02-10-2012, 08:36 AM
here's a few more, not sure on the 59 chevy and the 39 coupe on the return road had ct plates, nice car

100% Matt
05-07-2012, 01:27 PM
Connecticut Dragway 2011...