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Old 11-30-2008, 10:43 PM   #21
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lakeland in memphis is now a subdivision,the drag strip is now a neighborhood street,speed limit is now 20mph now.like the song goes"tare down paradise to build a parking lot"
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:03 PM   #22
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Caddo Mills, Texas. First NHRA track in Texas
http://hechointexas.blogspot.com/200...ddo-mills.html




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Old 11-30-2008, 11:24 PM   #23
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West Hampton Oval, upper right shut down in early 70s. The drag strip a few years ago. There is a housing complex here now. To the right you will see some buildings, these building housed ICBMs. A company I worked for was hired to deliver sand to fill the ICBM tombs. The missiles laid flat on a scissor like jacking system and the pits were filled with sand the capped over with concrete. What was amazing was the pit we picked the sand up from had an old junkyard in it and they were shredding every piece of VT in the place. I offered to buy an old Ford, 35 if I remember correctly but was told, nope, everything goes by this afternoon. Nothing is sacred anymore.
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:25 PM   #24
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I'm curious about the US 30 pic. It isn't a drag strip anymore, but hasn't been left to ill repair. It's only 5 mins. from my house. It's called Thomasville Airport now.
5 minutes? More like 500 miles! The pictures are of US 30 in INDIANA.
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:23 AM   #25
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Oh yeah, almost forgot about Cedar Hill Drag Strip. About fifteen miles SW of Dallas. Raced there a few times in the early 1960's. Had this big-ass dip in the track about halfway down that gave your suspension a good workout. Ran a '56 Chevy 150 Sedan that had a straight axle, tilt-up front sheetmetal and a 265 that would wind up tight in front of 5.13 gears.
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:27 AM   #26
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it so just makes me want to open a strip . old school style . 2 lane . no BS just run it . for fun or for money . .. just meet up . no worries . just race .
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:00 AM   #27
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Caddo Mills, Texas. First NHRA track in Texas
http://hechointexas.blogspot.com/200...ddo-mills.html




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This 2 motor car with the Mac blowers looks like the old Jack Moss car from Amarillo,Tex....Spent many Sundays at Caddo Mills.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:12 AM   #28
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Fontana "Drag City". Always hated that name but loved the strip. In my teens it was my second home. The trees in the background are still there but the dragster would be rippin' up some front yards if he was making that pass today. Progress my ass!
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One of my old hangouts, also. Had some great times there.................
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:01 AM   #29
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You asked for it..... you got it.
This is all that's left of the White Hall Drag-O-Way in White Hall IL.



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Old 12-01-2008, 09:33 AM   #30
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Minnesota Dragways is long gone, but there's a guy around here who was the track photographer? I think? Getting to the point, he still has all the negatives from the 60's and has been running off new prints and selling them around here at swap meets. Maybe someone from around here (MN) can help us out with a name or web site.
I think if you Google "Big Yohns" it will connect you to his site. He has a lot of Minnesota Dragways history there plus a great coverage of his Cacklefest activities.
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:12 AM   #31
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We also lost the old Islip Speedway 1/8 mile and NY National Speedway to an adult community.
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Old 12-01-2008, 12:02 PM   #32
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An institution unto itself, grand old outlaw Yellow Belly Drag Strip will NEVER DIE! Known as "the gut"and famous for "no rules" racing, Yellow Belly is the Heart of the Beast.
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Old 12-01-2008, 02:55 PM   #33
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This track survives today albeit as an outlaw 1/8th mile. Back in the day
hosted some of Garlits fire burnouts.




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Old 12-01-2008, 03:59 PM   #34
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Minnesota Dragways is long gone, but there's a guy around here who was the track photographer? I think? Getting to the point, he still has all the negatives from the 60's and has been running off new prints and selling them around here at swap meets. Maybe someone from around here (MN) can help us out with a name or web site.
I have a businesscard from Dean Rollins, I believe this is who you are talking about. I talked with him a few years ago because I have a bunch of footage from Minnesota from the 60's that I want to make into a couple of DVD's and talked to him about donating some pics. He has a huge table at many of the swaps and sells pictures. I bought a few, pretty cool stuff. There's another gentleman that was going to write a book about drag racing in Minnesota that has a bunch of stuff also.
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:07 PM   #35
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it so just makes me want to open a strip . old school style . 2 lane . no BS just run it . for fun or for money . .. just meet up . no worries . just race .
come back to central Indiana. We still have some of those & its like it was back in the day.
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:27 PM   #36
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One of my old hangouts, also. Had some great times there.................
This past weekend my parents were in town and we were flippin through some Rodders Journals and my mom was talking about working the snack bar at Fontana and how one time they had a real bad wreck and some poor guy lost his head, literally. Any one remember that? Maybe '66 or '67?
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:40 PM   #37
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This past weekend my parents were in town and we were flippin through some Rodders Journals and my mom was talking about working the snack bar at Fontana and how one time they had a real bad wreck and some poor guy lost his head, literally. Any one remember that? Maybe '66 or '67?

That was Les Richey, shown here at LIONS in his SOHC Mustang just weeks before his death at Fontana. Les' son still tunes Gas Ronda's 2007 street Mustang.

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Old 12-01-2008, 05:17 PM   #38
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Double eagle San Antonio Texas
SA's first purpose built dragstrip opened in 1957 co manged by Chuck Oliver & wife Shirley Oliver for owners Bill & Dorthy Mclure drag racing enthusiast who ownerd a dairy farm outside Fort Worth Tx.


Martindale Airstrip San Antonio Texas- Olin Davis A/Altered gold class winner with "Red Riding Hoodlum" -safari drag events issue 1955 Hotrod Magazine.


A few goodies from Texas..
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:38 PM   #39
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You say it's still in operation as an 1/8 mile?


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Old 12-01-2008, 06:59 PM   #40
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these pctures are a year or so old but the track has been shut down for a few years. the weeds are as high as the top of the stands now. Downed wires everywhere. It looks a lot worse now than it does in these photos





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