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Old National Trail Raceway Photos - never before published

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 56 Royal Lancer, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. 56 Royal Lancer
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    Guys, I have a ton of these pics, hope you enjoy them.
    I'll post more as time allows.
    Here is the ribbon - cutting in 1964, and the original track crew from the same year:
     

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  2. chevy3755
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    would like to see more.................
     
  3. 56 Royal Lancer
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    These were all taken by a man named Chance Brockway that lived in the area
     

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    More...
     

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  5. 56 Royal Lancer
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    Da Grump!
     

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  6. 56 Royal Lancer
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    The original "Sport Compact" drag racers!
     

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  7. V8guy
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    Nice pictures, does the front axle under the T scare anyone else?:eek:
     
  8. 56 Royal Lancer
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    Last one for now, I'll post more later
     

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  9. ChevyGirlRox
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    Thanks for sharing! That place will always be the 'big' track in my mind. I grew up going there to watch the big guys run.
     
  10. 56 Royal Lancer
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    This is the "Fourth Horseman" 'Vette owned by Clark Rader Jr, the man whose family built National Trail Raceway. Clark was the 'face" of the track for years, a great guy and really colorful.
    And yes, that is Linda Vaughn.
     

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  11. FalconEddie1964
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    Really cool pictures. Hope you can post some more.
     
  12. ZomBrian
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    Fantasmic! Consider me subscribed to this one!
     
  13. partsdawg
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    Experimentation was the rule not the exception.
    Todays drag cars are faster and safer but they all look the same in many ways.
    Those cars were built not unlike our hotrods...inspiration and perspiration
    not 1-800 send me the part.

     
  14. 56 Royal Lancer
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    I'll post some more tomorrow during the day. Some will be slightly "o/t" but nothing newer than '73 or there abouts.
     
  15. Porter Man
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    Cool Stuff! Thanks for showing them.
     
  16. 56 Royal Lancer
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    OK, back for Day 2.
    The Motown Missle may be a bit o/t, but I figured it was such an influential car that I'd post it.
     

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  17. 56 Royal Lancer
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    Gotta dig the driver hanging onto the car w/ his left hand...
     

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  18. 56 Royal Lancer
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    Not sure who's cars these are
     

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  19. Hey thanks man, those are really cool, got any more, more, more:D
     
  20. 56 Royal Lancer
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    More you say?
    The Funnies are a little "O/T", but I think it is a great shot. I'm pretty sure that is Jeg Coughlin Sr in the Camaro
     

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  21. 56 Royal Lancer
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    Look close - there's some wild stuff in the motorcycle pic.
    And another O/T but well-shot funny car pic
     

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  22. 56 Royal Lancer
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    OK, back to the early stuff.
    This is it for today, I'll try to post a few more tomorrow.
     

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  23. 56 Royal Lancer
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    Back Again with more-
    This is the '68-'69 crew. When it opened, NTR was the only drag strip with Ford corporate sponsorship, hence the Ranchero & Torino wagon. That changed in '71, after that all the track vehicles have been GM.
    The guy to the far right in the starter box is Jim Layton, he is now the General Mgr. of the track.
     

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  24. 56 Royal Lancer
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    Al Bergler is driving the dragster with the canopy. This car in a slightly different form won the first Riddler Award and has been totally restored, still owned by Al.
    Think the hay bales are going to ofer much protection if one of those blown altereds gets out of shape?
     

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  25. Stink63
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    thanks for all the pics...... having grown up in eastern licking county I spent many a weds and friday night out there. My uncle sold radar a AAR Cuda in the early 90's that had sat since the mid 70's, for the sum of $5,000. That car today is likely worth much more. Keep the pics coming.
     
  26. colorado51
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    Great pic. It looks like he is out for a Sunday drive!:)
     
  27. 56 Royal Lancer
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    Here's a few FEDs. Ever notice the "Circle R" in the old National Trail pics?
    It looks like a "registered trademark" symbol, but actually stands for "Circle R Farm", which was the brand of the Rader family that built/owned the track
     

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  28. 56 Royal Lancer
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    In the 3d photo that is Wally Booth in the Camaro and Ronnie "Mr 4 Speed" Sox in the far lane
     

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  29. Killer....thanks for sharing them with us!
     
  30. 56 Royal Lancer
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    The car may be a little new for this site but you gotta admit, there is some original thinking going on here!
     

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