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Defunct Dragstrip book/pics

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Groucho, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. Anyone do a pictorial on defunct Dragstrips? I see a picture here and there once in a while in National Dragster or some of the monthly magazines, but i'd love to have a book/compilation of closed down strips.
  2. 6t5frlane
    Joined: Dec 8, 2004
    Posts: 2,366

    from New York

    We think a like !! I'd buy that book. Grouch I beleive you were from NY area?? remember Dover in Wingdale NY?
  3. the duke
    Joined: Feb 24, 2003
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    the duke

  4. Skirv
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  5. No i don't. I was kinda young when i left N.Y. But i remember Islip(?) and National Speedway
  6. 6t5frlane
    Joined: Dec 8, 2004
    Posts: 2,366

    from New York

    I remember National. I thought Islip was like figure 8 crash type stuff
  7. HJmaniac
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
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    Thanks for the great link!! I have been looking for some pix of the Hollish Bros Comp Coupe out of Akron, Ohio and there was a couple there. Thanks again!!!
  8. Brian C
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
    Posts: 492

    Brian C

    Islip had an NHRA sanctioned 1/8 mile strip that was adjacent to the oval up until 1972. It ran on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. In 1972 drag racing ended when they needed to exoand the pit area for the oval races.
  9. Brian C
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
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    Brian C

    One thing I recall hearing about was that Detroit Dragway and NY National Speedway were owned by the same guy. Can't recall the name though.
  10. charley noe
    Joined: Jun 25, 2006
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    charley noe

    Hey guys! i ran a 69 chevy 2 (nova) in the early 70's in ss/ga car was black pearl white and ran out of g&d automotive and Freds speed shop We also ran a 68 camaro in e/mod I was wondering if anyone out there remembers these cars or might have any pics? thanx charley noe
  11. ProEnfo
    Joined: Sep 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,500

    from Motown

    Gil Kohn

  12. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,128

    Larry T

    Don't know if this will work or not, but try

    Here's one I had of L.A. Dragway at Faxon, Oklahoma.
    I got others of Green Valley, Amarillo Dragway in the early 70's, and Cherokee Dragway in Frederick but my scanners not working right now. Some of these are still open, some closed.

  13. hotrod mike
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
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    hotrod mike

    Here's a real depressing photo of the legendary (at least to us right coasters) Aquasco Dragway.:eek: This is from a few years ago. I'd love to see a book of old strips. I sure visited a lot of them. Mike

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  14. Da Injun
    Joined: Dec 22, 2006
    Posts: 410

    Da Injun

    I went out there last April and snapped a few photos. It was ashame to see it in the state it was in but overall it could have been much worse. I believe they planned on re-opening it but those plans fell through. The one around here that has been gone for a long while is Beechmont Drag Strip. I think it closed in 62'. And if someone made a book on the defunct strips I would buy it. I remember some sort of web site that showed defunct strips and race tracks, but I cannot find it anymore.
  15. terrarodder
    Joined: Sep 9, 2005
    Posts: 1,102

    from EASTERN PA

    There were a couple of strips in or near Allentown PA.. Convair field 55-56,
    Vargo Dragway Quakertown PA.

    Plus Mountian View ,Wind Gap, Allentown Fairgrounds

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  16. ...a few years back I found this book called "the History of America's Speedways" by Allan E. Brown, copyright 1984 and reprinted 1994.
    International Standard book Number 0-931105-42-0 (ISBN No.)
    Here's an address that may help you locate one:
    America's Speedways P.O. Box 448 Comstock, Mich. 49321 Ph. 616- 361-6229

    It's 596 pages, about 5x8 inches, hardback, and contains info on dragstrips, oval tracks and roadcourses, with listings for over 6400 tracks , with over 400 photos. It dates back to the boardtrack days.

    It tells location and dates known for each track when in service, and if still in service today. Any HAMBer would like this book. I think I got it for around $6-8.00 on a dicount table at a book store like Barnes/ Noble or such. Good luck.

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