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Old 04-02-2008, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default shuffletown dragstrip North Carolina ?????

I know a guy who grew up next to Shuffltown Dragstrip in Charlotte North Carolina.. anybody ever been there?
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Old 04-02-2008, 07:56 PM   #2
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Never been there myself, too young. But my dad and uncle have a few good stories about it. I don't know if you know, but shuffletown was shut down quite while ago. Damn neighborhood was buit around it, and people complained about the noise. Seems like comon sence to me, DON'T BUILD YOU FUCKING HOUSE NEAR A DRAGSTRIP IF YOU DON'T LIKE LOUD NOISES!

Anyway, it's BEEN gone, but my dad had alot of fun there in the mid-late 70's. I hope the new concord strip is half the fun!
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:02 PM   #3
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Been closed along time but there building a new BIG TIME dragstrip in Charlotte (Well Concord) but real close it's gonna be done in the fall and there hosting a NHRA nat'l event. It's Bruton Smith's Deal
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:04 PM   #4
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Been closed along time but there building a new BIG TIME dragstrip in Charlotte (Well Concord) but real close it's gonna be done in the fall and there hosting a NHRA nat'l event. It's Bruton Smith's Deal
I can't wait for Bruton's strip! Finally some fresh asphalt! Hope test&tune prices are reasonable.
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:10 PM   #5
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Yea right its Bruton's hope they dont put in pay toilets
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:33 PM   #6
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when did it close? my buddy says he was there like 1974 or so.
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:04 PM   #7
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My dad say early to mid 80's, He can't remember. What is your friends name? My dad may know him.
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:55 PM   #8
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I went there a lot from 1969 to 1974. Shuffletown was kind of down in a little valley. It had been there for years but houses and folks kept moving closer and closer and they wanted it QUIET ... They tried to shut it down a couple times with no sucess but got the bright idea that the City of Charlotte already had NOISE laws on the books and they voted themselves into the city limits of Charlotte ... just to shut down the dragstrip. That worked ...

I would guess mid 1980's ... but it is a guess. I moved away from the area in the mid 70's, quit drag racing in the early 80's.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:01 AM   #9
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Closed in '92. A year ago there was talk about developing the "notorious" site into a sports park.

http://www.abandonedbutnotforgotten....g_strip_nc.htm
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:40 AM   #10
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I lived in Charlotte for 10yrs and ran there for 4yrs. It was old school racing at the best. I remember when it was standing room only for the
Door Slamer events in the early 90s. Names like Ronny Sox, Scotty Cannon and Tommy Mooney man it was great, those guys put on a killer show, very narrow track. The anouncer was one of the best around. I was a shame it closed.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:43 AM   #11
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I know it well. I spent alot of time there in the mid 80's. I was surprised to see it had closed. In the 80's they seemed to have very good car counts.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:50 AM   #12
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I was born in Charlotte and from 1960 on till it closed , there wasnt hardly a weekend we didnt drive by and see the action. Saw it when it was a dirt strip. My dad raced on it.Every once in a while we would sit on the hood of the car and watch. I grew up about a mile away. I would sit on my tricycle and could hear them go thru the gears on the weekends in my driveway!.
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Old 04-03-2008, 07:05 AM   #13
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I hate to hi-jack this thread, but, I will have an empty car hauler from Akron Ohio to Charlotte NC. on 4-18-08 if anyone needs something hauled that way, PM me...
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My first trip there was in 1968. I think it closed for good in 1992.
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I think I remember a news story about the owner getting busted with a shit ton of weed when they were trying to shut it down. I think that was the the straw.
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I was not a member of the HAMB when this thread was started about two years ago but I do know about Shuffletown Drag Strip. It was built beside a creek in 1959 at the request of the Charlotte police department to get hot rodders off the street. It was a 1/5th mile dirt track. I was 15 years old and only lived about 5 miles away. I rode my bike there a few times before getting my drivers license in 1960. I bought my first motorcycle, a '57 Triumph Bonneville, in 1963 and started racing it there. The track was paved in 1964 and shortened to an 1/8 mile. I made at least 1000 passes down that track over the next 19 years on various motorcycles from street bikes to twin engine T/F Harleys. It was a very narrow track but there were few accidents. In over 30 years of racing there was not a single fatal crash. The original promoter organized great races and would pack the place. It was open year round, weather permitting. In 1969 I was racing my A/F Harley there and the top draw was a match race between Don Garlits and Tommy Ivo. My girlfriend (wife now) got an autographed picture of Garlits which she still has.

The track changed management in the late 80s and the new manager was a @#$%^&. In my opinion the track could have stayed open under conditional use if a decent person had been running it. But it is just another story of a place that helped stop street racing that is gone now. I ride by it once in a blue moon and instantly drop about 40 years. The grass is growing up through the asphalt but not enough to keep you from remembering what was.
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I posted some pics in another thread at the beginning of january. A friend and I went roaming around there right after christmas. Heres a few more:
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I lived in Charlotte for 10yrs and ran there for 4yrs. It was old school racing at the best. I remember when it was standing room only for the
Door Slamer events in the early 90s. Names like Ronny Sox, Scotty Cannon and Tommy Mooney man it was great, those guys put on a killer show, very narrow track. The anouncer was one of the best around. I was a shame it closed.
I know this is an old thread..... but Shuffletown is still relevant because of the example it provides.....

my father and I were the official film crew there for a number of years from the mid 80's to the early 90's before they shut it down. Anyone who went to the track saw us on top of the timing tower... what a great place for racing! It was a terrible shame when the jerks who built their houses on top of it started crying about the noise. Tommy Mauney was one dad's close friends before he went to the NHRA. We also knew guys like Jeff Hughes, Eddie Hoover, Noah Brackett, Scotty Cannon (the Cannonball was one of the most awesome pro-mod cars EVER and I had the neat opportunity to work for Triple D Publishing, the company that sponsored him and changed it to the OnSat car before Scotty stopped driving the Willy's) and others who were regulars at the track....selling the tapes was a neat opportunity for a young guy like me to meet the drivers and provide them with something they often wanted and needed. Many of them felt that being able to watch themselves drive from outside the car was valuable..... Dad still has most of the races we taped in his collection....for a 1/8th mile track Shuffletown was probably one of if not the most popular strip on the IRHA circuit, at least in the Carolinas.....they had one of the best announcers in the sport as well (though damned if I can remember his name at the moment lol.....)

This place was an icon to racing enthusiasts and brought commerce into what was then a pretty thinly populated area north of Charlotte. When the subdivisions and businesses started creeping up Hwy 16, everyone could read the writing on the wall.... and what was for many years a really cool experience for many thousands of people was rather callously and coldly shut down forever. The strip is still there as far as I know (I lived in the trailer park about half a mile north of it for a couple of years), but it is almost impossible to see unless you know where it is. You won't just drive down that road and see it and say "oh hey, there's the old racetrack." It's a crying shame and other track owners should see it as a cautionary tale.....if you see civilization start to encroach on your area, MOVE while you still earn the capital to do so lol......
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I posted some pics in another thread at the beginning of january. A friend and I went roaming around there right after christmas. Heres a few more:
wow..... I wouldn't stand on top of that timing tower now! lol..... wow that is really sad to see those..... but nice to see that someone cares enough to go out and find it.....
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Whistler, do you remember a 69 Camaro orange with white stripes called "The Ground Ponder" In the mid 80s I think. Larry sombody ran it at Shuffletown. He was a friend of Bobby Baucom maybe.
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I was not a member of the HAMB when this thread was started about two years ago but I do know about Shuffletown Drag Strip. It was built beside a creek in 1959 at the request of the Charlotte police department to get hot rodders off the street. It was a 1/5th mile dirt track. I was 15 years old and only lived about 5 miles away. I rode my bike there a few times before getting my drivers license in 1960. I bought my first motorcycle, a '57 Triumph Bonneville, in 1963 and started racing it there. The track was paved in 1964 and shortened to an 1/8 mile. I made at least 1000 passes down that track over the next 19 years on various motorcycles from street bikes to twin engine T/F Harleys. It was a very narrow track but there were few accidents. In over 30 years of racing there was not a single fatal crash. The original promoter organized great races and would pack the place. It was open year round, weather permitting. In 1969 I was racing my A/F Harley there and the top draw was a match race between Don Garlits and Tommy Ivo. My girlfriend (wife now) got an autographed picture of Garlits which she still has.

The track changed management in the late 80s and the new manager was a @#$%^&. In my opinion the track could have stayed open under conditional use if a decent person had been running it. But it is just another story of a place that helped stop street racing that is gone now. I ride by it once in a blue moon and instantly drop about 40 years. The grass is growing up through the asphalt but not enough to keep you from remembering what was.
We lived on pumptown road, may not be called that now.
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MyFather in Law, Jimmy Whitley has shared a ton of storys about racing there when it was dirt, with Mud Grips as he called them!!!!! He raced as 49 Ford there.......
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:03 PM   #23
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Larry Wright was the announcer. Plenty of videos on youtube: Shuffletown Dragway Quick 8. Check it out. Tommy Mauney
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I spent many,many Sunday afternoons at Shuffletown in my teen years.. Started there in '59 with my buddys '40 Ford ( Nailhead,LaSalle trans.. !!) It was dirt and you backed up against the roadbank to get lined up. We scoured the town for some big "mudgrip" tires and found some recaps.. They didn't last long!!!
At one time, a local barber ran the strip,Scratch Whisnant. We would sneak a crowd in by hiding in the trunk. One day ,we went to get our hair cut & Scratch gave us a lecture on sneaking in!!!
My daughter lives close by & she snagged a chunk of asphalt from the old track. It's now a neighborhood park..but you can still make out where the old track was...
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I grew up about 15 miles west of the track. My brother and Iused to go there a lot. Some great racing. The most fun was watching the old guys in the stands bet on ET, top speed and who would break out. The arguements were classic. We'd often go with a friend that had a 65 f100 with a ti-power 352 that consistantly ran 8 sec times. That truck fooled a lot of people.
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Hot Rod Magazine had a pic of it in their "Forgotten Dragstrips" feature they used to do every month--been a year or two, I don't know what issue but I have it somewhere.
I lived in South Charlotte from the 50's till I got drafted in the early 70s.
It was a pretty long way from us but we hitchhiked there until we were old enuff to drive.
Never forget two super cool guys. An older gent with overalls and a fat cigar in a blue Anglia that blew away every "big name" that ever showed up. That Anglia probably went a 1/4 mile down the 1/8 mile because it didn't exactly go straight---but he always tripped the lites first!
Also a guy they called Jungle Boy. I don't remember if he had his own car but he was the most famous mechanic around and everyone wanted him tuning their car. I went by his shop one time with my 301 powered 64 Chevelle when it had a big miss in the engine. He was a little put out that this long haired kid was interrupting him; but he just walked within 10 feet of my car, hood wasn't even up, and he said I had a bent exhaust valve on #6 cylinder. I looked at his partner incredulously, and he said pull the head and we'll fix it. He was 100% right -- I couldn't believe it! What a gift he had!
I don't remember there being bleachers at the track cause we always pulled our cars up to the fence and sat on the hood.
I was lucky enough in the Marines to be stationed at El Toro where we could see OCIR from our barracks. We went there anytime we heard an engine fire up and it was kool but it did not have the same warm, friendly feeling as good old Shuffletown!
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214Gearjammer: Re: Bob "Jungle Boy" Lane.. He's still alive & kicking!! Still doing machine work ( Lane Automotive, Stanley NC).. although his sons are doing most of the work...Don't go by in the late afternoon, as Jungle still likes a taste of Moonshine after work
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Ha! Love it! Turbo26T, I was at his shop hoping to ask a question one time--mind you, just a 16 year old punk kid in awe of the whole scene. They would not let me bother him cause he was on a lathe making parts for a Model A. I asked, " Can't you still buy those parts?"
They said, sure....but he would rather make his own. That way he knows the quality of them! I had never been exposed to anyone so capable before! Amazing Dude. Absolutely legendary in the Mt. Holly area.
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Turbo26T Now that brings back old memories. A buddy of mine had a "jungle" motor in his 56 chevy pickup back in high school (around 81 or so) Man that thing would twist so fast. Loved the sound of it. I'd forgotten all about Jungle. My brother still lives in Kings Mountain I'll ask him if he's run across any Jungle motors lately.
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Here is a Chrysler Hemi engine Jungle built for me a few years ago. I have known him for 50 years. He is in his mid to late 70s and will build engines until the day he kicks the bucket. He called my Hemi a "boat anchor" when I brought it to him but by the time he did the machine work and assembled it he liked it. His afternoon alcohol boosts are legendary and so is his grumpiness. He is definitely a one-of-a-kind.
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214Gearjammer: Re: Bob "Jungle Boy" Lane.. He's still alive & kicking!! Still doing machine work ( Lane Automotive, Stanley NC).. although his sons are doing most of the work...Don't go by in the late afternoon, as Jungle still likes a taste of Moonshine after work
He just did a full tilt 331 Cadillac for fellow Iron Lord Jeremy. It's a pretty nasty engine and Jungle is still building them like they use to!!! I was suppose to get my 265 built by him when I was in the planning stages but a friend stepped up instead to save me some money. I would have liked to have Bob lay his hands on an engine he was supposedly really well known for hopping them up back in the day.
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Anybody have an address where it was?
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Jeffrey--I can't help you with an address. It was off Hwy 16, I think. I am 57 so it has been well over 40 years that I was going there. At the time you just went that way until you saw it--there was nothing else out there! If I remember correctly the whole area was originally called Shuffletown, not just the racetrack. Kind of like an old settlement that got annexed. So you might find it in historic archives of the Queen City somewhere...
Bangshift.com has a cool 2 minute video of some of the cool matchracing that went on.
Funny story--We hitched out there one weekend to see the first Funny Car I ever saw run. They normally only ran 1/4 mile so it was a big deal. The guy blew up going through the lights and we ran on to the track to look at it--no kind of security in those days--block had a 6" hole peeled back in it. We were devastated.....but the driver climbs out smiling and laughing(first firesuit I ever saw also!) He was bragging about how long that engine had lasted. Turns out he came to Run it till it Blows cause he knew it was close. He was on his way to Atlanta for a REAL race and wanted a fresh mill. I would have given anything just for the pistons out of that joker and to him it was just another engine!!!
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JJ : The strip was located on NC Hwy 16.They called it Old NC 16 for a while.. There's been a name change since & is now known as Belhaven Blvd . It ran alongside a creek .On the right side going west. It was east ,about 1/4 mile from the intersection of what is now Mt. Holly/ Huntersville road ( the closest cross street).The overhead bridge for I-485 crosses Belhaven ,right at the site. Google " Shuffletown" and a lot of old community info comes up along with maps, etc
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:21 AM   #35
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The creek was pretty close to the return road. I went with a friend once that won his class but wanted to run again. They wouldn't let him go again and were backing him off the track and he ended up going down the bank to the creek.

He had been drinking rum all day though...
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As a Charlottiean who grew up hearing about Shuffletown, I was sad to hear of it's closing as I had never made it up to watch any of the action. Now that I drag race any weekend I can get away from the wife and kids, it's a bitter spot knowing I'll never get to make a pass at such a historic track.

We do most of our test n tunes at the Mooresville Dragway, Darlington and Rockingham.

I avoid zMax like the plague. They don't do squat for track prep and the number of street racers out there who don't know what they are doing just makes it worse. Street tires through the waterbox and then big burnouts with street tires.. makes bad prep just worse.

It's a shame they shut down Shuffletown, I'd love to make some passes there. I think at some point I'm going to sneak out there and check it out, just to see it.

While my car is not your typical racer, it's a blast. It sure it fun beating up on the mustangs, they hate loosing to a wagon.
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When the track was still operating I organized several Shuffletown Dragway reunions. The property has been turned into a city park for several years and I have given thought to organizing another. There is plenty of parking so I will try to get permission from the City. If I am successful this will give some of the HAMBers a chance to see the track and some of the racers and their cars from back in the day. I will start working on it.
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That would be cool let us know.. I would make the trip to hang..

When I first moved here in 94 I used to hear a bunch of guys bitching about the shutdown.. Now I know why.. I forgot all about this place.
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I would be all for that.^
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I know a man that has the sign that used to stand by the side of the road its in his garage and he wont let it go . would be great garage art for the shop
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:25 AM   #41
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you know, I know of a shop that would look great in!!!

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Old 04-20-2012, 02:52 PM   #42
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I raced and attended Shuffletown a number of times in the late '60's until I went into the army. It was a quaint 8th mile track that was fairly primitive but all we really had in the immediate area. Very informal, dirt roads off old Highway 16 and "pit area" (if you could call it that). I won there a few times running friends' cars and a couple of time my own.

You can still view it and the return road clearly today on Google Earth at coordinates: (just south of intersection Highway 16/I-485 Gov. James G. Martin Freeway)

In Google Earth, you can also enter "Shuffletown Park Charlotte NC" and find the pushpin at 9500 Bellhaven Blvd., Charlotte, NC


35degrees, 18', 58.72"N
80degrees, 56', 25.08"W

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Further to above, there are few videos on Youtube of Shuffletown action (all of it later than my time)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNpOG8Hl4II

Here's Ronnie Sox at Shuffletown. Notable was the colorful commentary that the announcer was known for. This could occasionally be hilarious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdjcJwTTAro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBPast6KG1M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-npR_pnoAks


In the '70's period, there was a trial of drag racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway (on the pit road) that ended disastrously in '74 with a triple fatality crash of the rocket car, the "Pollution Packer". It wasn't until years later than new facilities ( I gather a small oval and a drag strip) were built on the big empty lot across 29 from CMS, now completely developed as a motorsports facility. In 1970-72, this was just a big empty field behind the Gulf station at the corner with a huge boulder at the intersection of two dirt "roads' in the middle of the field away from the trailer park. This was where our local/informal skydiving club used to jump, the Gulf station owner had a Cessna 182 that we'd fly off those dirt roads and the landing zone was a pea gravel pit near the middle of that field. Depending on winds, it was possible to land across or even on 29...and even in the speedway itself, which was tough to get out of when not operating (a lot of climbing was involved). Demands for the land and a skydiving fatality disrupted the jump club a bit and moved it to Waxhaw in later years. In those old days at the speedway, we'd finish jumping and go down the road to Herlocker's Drive-In (I went to high school with those boys) and the old Red Lion Tavern on North Tryon St. or N29. I think all those places are out of operation now.
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Here's a ad for Shuffletown from 1972.

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Love the add, RealKustom51.....Now the Ace Speed Shop add could start another interesting band of stories! Boy, we hung around THAT place before we were old enuff to get drivers license...we would run our hands over the used trannies, intakes, etc on the floor for sale and just dream of the day! Nice folks to let us kids hang around.
Cause now that I look back on it, we were pretty obnoxious! Good Times.
Shuffletown and Ace--two very cool parts of 60s life growing up in Kakalaky!
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I occasionally drive past Shuffletown Dragway but never have my camera with me. Today, I did. You can see a significant change from the pictures posted here two years ago. But first I will show you what it has become. The City of Charlotte made a beautiful park out of the property after purchasing the large tract of land. The middle picture shows the ball fields about 1/4 of a mile in the background. This originally was the return road to the spectator side of the track on the left of the drag strip shut down area. I took several minutes to reminisce. This brought back many fond memories for me. I started racing there when I was 19 in 1963. The track had only been open a couple of years then.
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When the track was still operating I organized several Shuffletown Dragway reunions. The property has been turned into a city park for several years and I have given thought to organizing another. There is plenty of parking so I will try to get permission from the City. If I am successful this will give some of the HAMBers a chance to see the track and some of the racers and their cars from back in the day. I will start working on it.
Frank, 'you still working on a reunion????
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Frank, 'you still working on a reunion????
Yes, but I haven't had the time to devote to it. Here is a picture from today of the dilapidated drag strip. Nature has had it's way since the last photos 2 years ago.
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Here are a few more pictures for those who remember what it was and what it is today. The first pic is what remains of the paved pits, the second is the Highway 16 bridge behind the dragstrip, the third is the timing tower and the last the creek that runs beside the track. One of my best friends wound up in that creek upside down in his 390-401hp '61 Starliner in '62. This was when the track was still dirt. It wasn't paved until '63 or '64. He survived with minor injuries.
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Love that pic of the bridge, Frank. Brings back lots of memories from on it and below it!
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:20 AM   #51
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We used to race there alot in dad's now my 1969 camaro.Alot of great memories at that track.Anyone remember a baracuda was fuel injected silver caled El TORO ? alway's liked it.
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Time period: the early 70's, we went to Mooresville on Saturdays and Shuffletown on Sundays. Two cars I remember were a lime green metallic Anglia gasser sponsored by Ace Speed Shop. The car had a single wheelie bar as I remember it and I think it ran C/Gas?? It was always competetive. Anyone remember who drove the car and what engine combination it ran? Also remember a local pro stock Vega from upstate SC, if I remember correctly. Beautiful car, candy tangerine paint, I think it was called "The Candy Man". Does anyone elso remember this car, who the owner was, and did it have any connection with Bill Jenkin's cars? Thanks.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:07 PM   #53
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I found one of the answers on another board. The green C/G Anglia sponsored by Ace Speed Shop was driven by Rudy Sherrill. I had not heard that name for a long time, but remember the car- it was tough.Rudy and people like Ned Cherry, Frankie Flanagan, Liston Kendall, the McConnell Brothers, and the Hartsoe Brothers put on quite the show in the late 60's and early 70's at the local tracks.
Can anyone help identify the candy tangerine pro stock small block vega from upstate SC that I thought was called "The Candy Man"? It was a beautifully prepared machine. I remember it from a Pro Stock race at Shuffletown that featured Reid Whisnant, General Lee Edwards, the two tone blue Stuart McDade car from the early 70's. I know this subject is slightly outside HAMB time frame, but would appreciate any help here.
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