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Old 01-04-2010, 01:19 AM   #261
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Awesome to see the old track being used!!! I'd LOVE to be able to buy the old "Boondocks" outside of Peoria Illinois and do something like this!!!
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:20 AM   #262
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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.

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This was a sad day, one part of this that makes me crazy is about 2 years after the strip was closed the local newspaper ran an in depth series on what is wrong with our youth and why do they race on the streets? It seems they forgot all about closing the strip 2 years earlier. Think there might have been a connection????

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Old 01-04-2010, 01:21 AM   #263
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MORE:

Some cars making a pass:




Sitting in my car near starting line, waiting to make a pass:

My car: not hamb friendly, I know I know


Looking down track from starting line:








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Old 01-04-2010, 01:27 AM   #264
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Actually the surface appears pretty darn good...if it's been closed since 1978!!!!
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:17 AM   #265
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Actually the surface appears pretty darn good...if it's been closed since 1978!!!!
I know I was quite suprised by it myself!!! Quite baffled in fact! After 30+ michigan winters! It gets a just a hair bumpy after the eighth, but here in MI, we have all probably street raced on shittier roads at one point or another!
Thay are re-surfacing it in the spring!

Unfortunately, they say there is NO WAY this could EVER re-open to the public again, it is just one man, spending his OWN money, hoping for some friends to pitch in to help when they can..... I plan to enjoy it for as long as possible..... A guy tried to re-open it in 1985 and met MAJOR opposition...... He organized a "gathering" at the track site, and about 1500 people showed up, some driving like assholes on the road the track sits off of, doing other dumb stuff, etc..... This is WAYYYY out in the country. That showing where a few people basically ruined it for everyone......

This is by invite-only, I plan to enjoy it while it lasts!

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Old 01-04-2010, 02:22 AM   #266
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Half Moon Bay Dragstrip
Great pics. My old man raced a 37 Ford there every weekend in the late 50s/early 60s.
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:35 PM   #267
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Say this thread and had to go to the great Southeastern Dragway in Dallas Ga. today.It KILLED me to see it just sitting there because of greed and a bankrupt builder.THANKS CHARLES HARDY
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:51 PM   #268
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WOW!!....All of that corn and a drag strip plum in the middle of it all?!?!? If y'all just ignore that van on the RH side of the pix this great shot looks like a scene straight out of a drag racer's version of the movie Field of Dreams " If you build it, they will come"...
Thanks for sharing...I hope to sneak out there one day this Summer if possible.

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Old 01-04-2010, 09:30 PM   #269
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I stumbled onto this thread a couple days ago. Sad discussion, but we cannot change the past. I've been racing for 50 years, my first trip down a strip was at Bunker Hill, mentioned in a previous thread. In reviewing the tracks that I have raced at in the midwest, I realize that Avilla in IN and Bluegrass in Nicolasville KY are gone. There are some others I haven't heard anything about in a while, and wonder if they still exist. In Ohio there were: Van Wert, Kettlersville, Piqua, and Marion County. In southern IN was Harrison County (near the town of Floyd's Knobs). In KY was Louisville and Mountain Park (at Clay City). Anyone have any info on any of these tracks? Thanks.

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Old 01-04-2010, 09:34 PM   #270
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:49 PM   #271
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Say this thread and had to go to the great Southeastern Dragway in Dallas Ga. today.It KILLED me to see it just sitting there because of greed and a bankrupt builder.THANKS CHARLES HARDY
Used to run at Dallas when I was in high school (early 80's). Wasn't so fun any more after they cut the strip down to 1/8mi.

Always wondered why, the shutdown wasn't that short, but I wasn't driving a 200+ mph car either.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:23 PM   #272
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They had to peel an alchol funny car out of tthe trees on the other side of Mt.Tabor road(which crosses at 90 degrees at the end of the property).It was the perfect storm,the chute did not open and the throttle was stuck.Afterwards the dirt mound was made bigger and the strip was cut to 1/8.Probaly insurance and local politics as usual.
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:02 PM   #273
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At the track I posted above (ONANDAGA DRAGWAY, MI) I was seriously wondering how Art Arfons was able to stop the GREEN MONSTER there in '65...... With the tires and brakes of the time it was a real feat! When I was there we were only running the 1/8th mile, and it seemed to me like a couple cars were "running it out the back door" a bit, (like they politely asked that you NOT do) and seemed to be having to try like hell to stop, I have no idea how a jet car would stop!

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Old 01-23-2010, 05:57 AM   #274
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No pictures except from the sky.

First was the Holly Ridge Drag Strip. Closed in the late 60s

Second is the Unofficial Holly Ridge Drag Strip. An old abandoned military runway. No rules, just run. Military dug a big ditch around the whole thing to keep people out in the 70s after some Marines got killed there. According to my dad it was crazy there. 6 cars on one end and 6 on the other and run them interlacing eachother. Cars not stopping and running right into the woods. Rednecks with guns. Sonds like fun and I'm sorry I missed it.
I remember that place. It was used on and off up until the early '80s. Chucklehead_Al and I was recently talking about a mid point between Jacksonville and Wilmington for a HAMB gathering and HR Strip came up. I think it's now leased to the military as an airstrip for helicopter training.

Here is a 1980 news paper article on action at the strip.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:29 PM   #275
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How many of you guys remember Riverside Raceway that was just east of Jackson, Ms on I-20? Here are some shots i took around 75', 76'. This is the first time i ever met Don Garlits in person. I thought i was a millionare when he autographed my pitpass sticker. Sorry for the poor quality, after all it was the 70's and i never was much of a photographer, LOL. Also, please feel free to identify any of the cars. It has been too many years for me to remember anything about these guys.












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Old 02-07-2010, 11:37 AM   #276
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Anyone remember the 1/8 mile track in West Virginia, Fairmont Dragway and was called Eldora Dragway as well. It was an original 1/4 but later on was cut back to the 1/8. Pics would be appreciated.
Not only remember it but raced and worked there. I have lived 3 miles from the track since I was born and loved to hear the sound of the cars racing. Later when I was older I numbered the cars and raced my 1st car, a Ford Torino and later my 72 Nova there. A friend of mine took over the dragstrip and ran it until it closed. He owns an original Sox & Martin roadrunner. The track is now an industrial park. MAkes me mad everytime I go past there!!!

I am also looking for old pictures, programs etc.... Planning to write a book about it. If you have any info you would like to share, I would love to see/hear them! jecddc@suddenlink.net - John Cooper
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:52 PM   #277
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Are there any members that remember the old 1/8 mile strip near Cherokee N.C.. We called it Cherokee some called it Dillsboro it was close to the river off hwy. 441. i would like to see some pics
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:19 PM   #278
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...Sad discussion, but we cannot change the past. I've been racing for 50 years, my first trip down a strip was at Bunker Hill, mentioned in a previous thread. In reviewing the tracks that I have raced at in the midwest, I realize that Avilla in IN and Bluegrass in Nicolasville KY are gone. There are some others I haven't heard anything about in a while, and wonder if they still exist. In Ohio there were: Van Wert, Kettlersville, Piqua, and Marion County...

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Van Vert Dragway (later, Wayne Trail Dragway) has been gone for years too. Been a long time since I've been over that way, but the last time I was, parts of the track were still there as was the old cinder block tower.
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:47 AM   #279
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75 & *0 has reopen again. Ran all last year & will be running againg this year.

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Old 04-23-2010, 07:36 AM   #280
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Are there any members that remember the old 1/8 mile strip near Cherokee N.C.. We called it Cherokee some called it Dillsboro it was close to the river off hwy. 441. i would like to see some pics
is this the one called cherokee international race way. it was run by a crippled guy? had a cornfield at the end of it? if it is this old man won a few coins there with a 63 max-wedge ply. would love to have any pics that are available of it.
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