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Old 11-30-2008, 09:25 AM   #1
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Default Lost Drag Strips

Too bad we've lost so much and for what? Here are a few pictures froom my web site www.dragcityracecars.com
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: Lost Drag Strips

Thanks for the pics. Has anyone ever heard of Boondocks dragstrip near Peoria Ill.? Or have any pics? One of my older brothers raced there a bit in the early 70's? Here is a pic of his 57, taken at Midstate Dragway, in Havana Ill, about 1972.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:55 PM   #3
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Default Re: Lost Drag Strips

I haven't heard of the Boondocks dragstrip, but there used to be one in Assumption IL, don't have any pictures though

edit: Just saw you had pictures on your web site, should have looked at that first
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Lost Drag Strips

Here's one my Brother took of Fremont Dragstrip.
The city did this to stop "Midnight Runs" down the closed down strip.

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Old 11-30-2008, 08:00 PM   #5
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its nice how the beardstown strip made a nice floor for that farmers machine shed,,drive by it all the time,,
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:17 PM   #6
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I haven't heard of the Boondocks dragstrip, but there used to be one in Assumption IL, don't have any pictures though
I'm not sure if Boondocks was the actual name or not. It was a strip out somewhere west of the Peoria airport. Off of Smithfield road? I think it was started by a Peoria area car club, back in the 50's. My brother always said that it had a REALLY short shutdown area, part of which was dirt? He also blew up a rear end in his 57, there. Didn't have any spare rear end lube, so he strained the old stuff through his white t-shirt. Mom wasn't very pleased.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:18 PM   #7
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Default Re: Lost Drag Strips

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.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:28 PM   #8
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Here's Connecticut Dragway as it appears today, been closed to the public since 1985 or 86. Now part of Consumer Reports auto test.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:34 PM   #9
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"Here's one my Brother took of Fremont Dragstrip.
The city did this to stop "Midnight Runs" down the closed down strip."


damn i raced many times there !! vacaville & lions also . those were the days for sure !! ................ steve
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:37 PM   #10
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LIONS NOW...all shipping containers from the port


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Old 11-30-2008, 08:49 PM   #11
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bummer on lions ! vacaville has been gone for many yrs ! oroville / vina / so many are gone ! heck west capital was the hotest round track in the west , now a parking lot ... steve
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:12 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:57 PM   #13
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Here are a few more, Beardstown Dragstrip in Beardstown IL, Motion Raceway in Assumption IL.
Yes the track in Peoria was named Boondocks and I was told for the most part it's still there all grown up in weeds
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:03 PM   #14
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pictures of Beardstown as it is now, Lakeland in Memphis, a couple of Assumption and one of Pittsburgh Int'l
also Yellow River Dragstrip in Covington Ga, the circle shows where the funny car happened crash that killed 12 people in 1969
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:08 PM   #15
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I think your refering to York US 30. The US 30 pics here are from US 30 near Gary Indiana it's still there just grown up with weeds and trees.



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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.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:13 PM   #16
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don't forget about balboa dragstrip that WAS in oregon but the friken goverment tore it out!
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:20 PM   #17
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Here is a shot of then and now of Drag City in Springfield IL this was the track that the Chi-Town Hustler did the first long smokey burnout (full 1/8 mile) and started the long F/C burnout craze.
Back then the burnouts were fairly short.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:26 PM   #18
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.....and the old Brooksville, Florida Drag Strip that BIG Daddy set records on back in the day.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:28 PM   #19
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Aww, come on Bob! Surely you've got a shot for me!?!

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Old 11-30-2008, 10:38 PM   #20
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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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