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Old 05-12-2011, 09:51 PM   #361
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Post them, was Ray a drag racer?

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Does anyone know the address of or have directions to the old Van Wert, Ohio dragstrip? I think it was also called Wayne Trail Raceway at one point. I'm trying to collect coordinates of all the old dragstrips in Ohio and visit what's left before they're gone forever. I'm having a tough time with this one. I had a hard time with Kettlersville for a while but have it now. I'd appreciate any help. If anyone's interested I can post all I have so far.

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Old 05-15-2011, 01:34 AM   #362
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Post them, was Ray a drag racer?
No, Dad was just a motorhead and chronic tinkerer. He loved anything fast with wheels and loved making it faster, better, nicer. He was like a lot of guys from his era, he could make something out of nothing. He helped other people with their cars but could never afford to race himself. He really liked SCCA racing, but we went to most any racing event. He was a great guy and I miss him every day.

Anyway, here's all the coordinates that I have:

Howland, Howland, Ohio: 41.263212,-80.749405

Meander or Ohio Drag City, Youngstown, Ohio: 41.059749,-80.83099

Friendship Park, Smithfield, Ohio: 40.291746, -80.781748

Wayne Trail or Van Wert, Middle Point, Ohio: 40.852757,-84.41813

Hyde Park, Newark, Ohio: 40.017825,-82.432413

Shelby County or Pence's, Piqua, Ohio : 40.228092,-84.247085

Kettlersville, Kettlersville, Ohio: 40.428001,-84.278709

Beechmont, Cincinnati, Ohio: 39.114629, -84.404140

Riverside, Proctorville, Ohio: 38.440519,-82.397035

Raven Rock, Portsmouth, Ohio: 38.714802,-83.052363

Belpre, Ohio: 39.284683,-81.634354

Friendship Park isn't an old strip, I think it ran from 1998 to 2003 and I'm not sure I have the right location of the Belpre Dragstrip, but the others are right.
I'm sure I don't have all of them yet so if anyone knows of any other closed, long gone Ohio dragstrips let me know. I'm pretty sure I'm missing a couple from the Cincinnati area. I'd like to document all of their locations.

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Old 05-15-2011, 06:52 AM   #363
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anyone have pictures of Hyde Park Dragstrip in Newark Ohio?..If I got the name right,I raced there in 69 or 70..the pits were carved out of a hill and had several levels...
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:23 AM   #364
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Hyde Park is under a housing development now. I'd like to see some pics, also.

Does anyone have any info or pictures on a track in Nicholsville, Ohio?

I think the track might have been located here: 38.939694,-84.158252

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Old 05-15-2011, 06:46 PM   #365
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Hyde Park is under a housing development now. I'd like to see some pics, also.

Does anyone have any info or pictures on a track in Nicholsville, Ohio?

I think the track might have been located here: 38.939694,-84.158252

found this today
http://nerkahia.com/newark/hyde-park-dragstrip.html
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:35 AM   #366
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Hawaii Raceway Park @ Barber's Point, Oahu circa mid 1960's. As someone mentioned, it shut down in '06 and since then, someone burned the tower.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:09 AM   #367
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First pic is from the webpage taken in '94 and the second is what it looks like today. Looked better as a drag strip, I think. That site also lists the years it was open as 1957 to 1968. This must be a guess on their part, caused you raced there after 1968, correct? They say that the red line on the first pic was the original strip and the blue was after 1962. It says the uphill shutdown area launched a car into a tree so they changed the config so it was a longer hill.

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Old 05-16-2011, 07:28 AM   #368
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I don't know why but Howland just interests the shit out of me. Maybe because it closed so long ago (1964) but still survives more or less in it's entirety. It's not like you could trim the weeds, sweep it off and go racing on it but it's mostly all there still. Before long the old peoples community that's next to it now will swallow it up.

Satellite pic of how it is now. I cropped the end off a little short, the runoff ends up in a parking lot. I'll bet the people on Pineview Drive have no idea that odd pavement in the backyard was a drag strip.

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Old 05-16-2011, 07:53 AM   #369
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What's left of Wayne Trail/Van Wert dragway. Kind of unique because it had two separate lanes. Closed in 1974, I think. Looked for it a long time and couldn't find it. Had to have help, thanks Claymart.

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Edit: I think it actually closed in the early '80's
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:12 AM   #370
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Last one for today. Kettlersville today. 1/8 mile track, not sure when it closed. I think I made a mistake on Van Wert in the last post. I think it actually closed in the early '80's. If anyone's got stories or pictures of any of these tracks please post 'em up.

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Here's a few shots of the action at Wayne Trail Dragway. I believe the track opened around 1968 and closed, as you stated, in the early '80s. I'm basing that opening date on an old picture I've got somewhere in my collection that shows the ribbon cutting for the grand opening of Van Wert Dragway, as it was originally known.

One of the owners was a former boss of mine who ran a Chevrolet dealership in the area at the time and he and maybe the Mayor and Police Chief of Van Wert are sitting at the starting line in what I'm guessing was a then new '68 Impala convertible. If I ever find that pic I'll scan an post it, but in the meantime here's some shots from the late '70s. Maybe not all HAMB friendly but pretty representative of the racing at that time.

















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A few more from Wayne Trail Dragway.













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Old 05-18-2011, 10:17 PM   #373
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A few more from Wayne Trail Dragway.


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Old 05-18-2011, 11:27 PM   #374
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How about the Hallsville, Tx downhill strip from the late 50's early 60's?? My first strip Road with a friend of my friends big brother, Had a tri power 312 in a 55 Ford that ran 15's in D/G. Won the trophy that day! I was HOOKED!!!!!!!!!!!
I ran a NHRA divisional at Hallsville in 1998, during the day the racing was great and when the racing was finished at dusk the party was even better. I heard that the track closed around 05, there was a thread on the HAMB for a while trying to get people together to buy it. The track ran down hill to the finish line, then up and over a hill on the shutdown, I got a real butt pucker on my first pass when I creasted the hill only to find out I was almost out of track. Every run after that I was hard on the brakes after I crossed the finish line!
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:20 AM   #375
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Sorry I don't have any pictures, I raced in So-Calif. at Riverside, Lions,Santa Ana,San Gabriel,Fontana,Pomona,OCIR and Colton. I don't think Colton has been mentioned before, it was east of Fontana and was a air strip. Racing had to stop when a plane was to land or take off, the air strip was the drag strip, no taxiway. I worked for C J Hart at Lions (Sundays) and at Riverside, sad to see all gone but Pomona.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:38 AM   #376
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Here's a few shots of the action at Wayne Trail Dragway. I believe the track opened around 1968 and closed, as you stated, in the early '80s. I'm basing that opening date on an old picture I've got somewhere in my collection that shows the ribbon cutting for the grand opening of Van Wert Dragway, as it was originally known.

One of the owners was a former boss of mine who ran a Chevrolet dealership in the area at the time and he and maybe the Mayor and Police Chief of Van Wert are sitting at the starting line in what I'm guessing was a then new '68 Impala convertible. If I ever find that pic I'll scan an post it, but in the meantime here's some shots from the late '70s. Maybe not all HAMB friendly but pretty representative of the racing at that time.
Thanks for the pics, Claymart. Did you ever go to Kettlersville? I really have no idea why these old drag strips interest me so much.

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Old 05-19-2011, 12:03 PM   #377
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Seems like a lot of tracks in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio had the lanes separated by a strip of grass. I wonder how that got started?
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I ran a NHRA divisional at Hallsville in 1998, during the day the racing was great and when the racing was finished at dusk the party was even better. I heard that the track closed around 05, there was a thread on the HAMB for a while trying to get people together to buy it. The track ran down hill to the finish line, then up and over a hill on the shutdown, I got a real butt pucker on my first pass when I creasted the hill only to find out I was almost out of track. Every run after that I was hard on the brakes after I crossed the finish line!
That's a different Hallsville than the 50's one he mentioned, the old one was down the street a little further.
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That's a different Hallsville than the 50's one he mentioned, the old one was down the street a little further.
Thanks for the update, I had no idea that there had been 2 Hallsville dragstrips.
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:26 PM   #380
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What's left of Wayne Trail/Van Wert dragway. Kind of unique because it had two separate lanes. Closed in 1974, I think. Looked for it a long time and couldn't find it. Had to have help, thanks Claymart.

Kevin

Edit: I think it actually closed in the early '80's
I can remember races there in 1982 and Am pretty sure 83 also.
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