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Old 05-19-2011, 09:53 AM   #1
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Default Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960



A mere 15 miles from downtown Las Vegas, was a mid-century modern dragstrip known as Thunderbird Raceway (or the Henderson Drag Strip).¬* In 1958 the City of Henderson provided an old WWII auxiliary runway as area for Southern Nevada‚€™s first true d...

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Old 05-19-2011, 11:04 AM   #2
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That's pretty cool! I wasn't aware of this. Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:09 AM   #3
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

I saw Art Arfons Allison powered Green monster run there.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:33 AM   #4
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

I wonder if the the track itself is still there or if its now a bunch of houses and malls ?
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:05 PM   #5
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

Been there, done that I saw Art also, where were you, guess we didnt have our HAMB shirts on

No malls or houses yet, you can still walk up on the berm and sorta see where the track was.

I work almost across the street from it.
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:31 PM   #6
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

I originally from Henderson and I never knew that. Too cool!! And the date on the flyer in my b-day..
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:55 PM   #7
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

Thanks Jay, great footage (although partly blown-out).
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:29 PM   #8
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

I never knew about this strip, but the new "glitzy Stardust raceway" has a great track with a nice uphill shutdown so you don't have to be on the brakes as hard.
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:28 PM   #9
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

Anyone have a google map of the location? Im curious?
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:48 PM   #10
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$1000 bond was a LOT of money back then.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:00 PM   #11
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I never knew about this strip, but the new "glitzy Stardust raceway" has a great track with a nice uphill shutdown so you don't have to be on the brakes as hard.
LOL, you are about 40 years off in your "glitzy Stardust" track.

The current dragstrip with the uphill shut down is called The Strip at Las Vegas I believe.

Stardust Raceway was built in the mid 60's wayyyyyyyyy out in the desert west of the Strip. Nowadays that location is called Spring Valley and is prolly in the center of town.


For a Google map view go to Henderson, Nevada, zoom in till you can see the Hyundai dealership on Boulder Hwy. Right to the N of their building you can barely see the the curved, banked, staging lanes, the strip then runs perpendicular from Boulder Hwy, the Hyundai dealership is prolly on top of the start line.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:28 PM   #12
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

Unbelievable!!! I was at the meet that is recorded in the first few minutes!! Ted Cyr, Tony Waters, etc..It was held right after the Smokers meet in '59...all the top cars from Calif/Ariz/Nev were there...didn't know about it, but saw the black street roadster on a trailer, then a guy with a "Drag News" shirt in the restaurant the next day...so my brother and I talked my father into taking us and dropping us off...meet was outstanding. Tony Waters beat Ted Cyr for the final...Gary Cagle was there, Emory Cook, Goosic Brothers, Todd Raleigh....and lots more.

Henderson was a great track, only problem was that the sand blew onto it and made traction a challenge...really too bad when it closed...
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LOL, you are about 40 years off in your "glitzy Stardust" track.

For a Google map view go to Henderson, Nevada, zoom in till you can see the Hyundai dealership on Boulder Hwy. Right to the N of their building you can barely see the the curved, banked, staging lanes, the strip then runs perpendicular from Boulder Hwy, the Hyundai dealership is prolly on top of the start line.
WOW, THATS COOL! I have a friend that lives in Henderson and I never knew there was ever a track there, I'm gonna have to check it out on my next visit.
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:56 PM   #14
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

If my memory serves me correctly,wasn't there also circle track with a 1/4 mile track next to it just north of Vegas?
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:03 PM   #15
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For a Google map view go to Henderson, Nevada, zoom in till you can see the Hyundai dealership on Boulder Hwy. Right to the N of their building you can barely see the the curved, banked, staging lanes, the strip then runs perpendicular from Boulder Hwy, the Hyundai dealership is prolly on top of the start line.
Very cool! Never knew about that!

Here's a link to a map to get ya' started... Googled the Hundai dealership.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&bi...ed=0CFQQnwIwAQ

Is it right where Pabco Rd. makes the bend, just southeast? Not sure what I'm looking for.

Can someone do a screen capture showing the area and maybe mark it up?
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:09 PM   #16
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

If you look to the left of the dealer you can see a big curve that was a turn?
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If you look to the left of the dealer you can see a big curve that was a turn?
OH! Okay! I see that... Not what I was thinking. Looked like there was something a little more evident about 3/4 mile straight north, running almost parallel to Boulder Highway.
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:52 PM   #18
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Default Re: Thunderbird Raceway- Henderson, Nevada circa 1960

I was there going to the races from about 1958 to 1962. The course did run at about 90 degrees to Boulder Highway from west to east. I don't see any evidence of the track on google but it was in the general location of that Hyundai dealership on google. Some great meets with Tony Waters, Gary Cagle, Cyr & Hopper, Jazzy Nelson, Chrisman & Cannon, Reath Automotive and lots of others from Southern California. Plenty of good local cars too. From some old snapshots I have with many of the same cars the meet in the video was held in April 1959.

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Old 05-19-2011, 09:43 PM   #19
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Wonderful footage, what a great chance to see this early racing, thanx so much. ~sololobo~
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:44 PM   #20
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I know a guy that raced there in his youth!
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