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shuffletown dragstrip North Carolina ?????

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  1. 49ratfink
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    I know a guy who grew up next to Shuffltown Dragstrip in Charlotte North Carolina.. anybody ever been there?
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    Never been there myself, too young. But my dad and uncle have a few good stories about it. I don't know if you know, but shuffletown was shut down quite while ago. Damn neighborhood was buit around it, and people complained about the noise. Seems like comon sence to me, DON'T BUILD YOU FUCKING HOUSE NEAR A DRAGSTRIP IF YOU DON'T LIKE LOUD NOISES!

    Anyway, it's BEEN gone, but my dad had alot of fun there in the mid-late 70's. I hope the new concord strip is half the fun!
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    Been closed along time but there building a new BIG TIME dragstrip in Charlotte (Well Concord) but real close it's gonna be done in the fall and there hosting a NHRA nat'l event. It's Bruton Smith's Deal
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    I can't wait for Bruton's strip! Finally some fresh asphalt! Hope test&tune prices are reasonable.;)
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    Yea right its Bruton's hope they dont put in pay toilets
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    when did it close? my buddy says he was there like 1974 or so.
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    My dad say early to mid 80's, He can't remember. What is your friends name? My dad may know him.
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    I went there a lot from 1969 to 1974. Shuffletown was kind of down in a little valley. It had been there for years but houses and folks kept moving closer and closer and they wanted it QUIET ... They tried to shut it down a couple times with no sucess but got the bright idea that the City of Charlotte already had NOISE laws on the books and they voted themselves into the city limits of Charlotte ... just to shut down the dragstrip. :eek: That worked ... :mad:

    I would guess mid 1980's ... but it is a guess. I moved away from the area in the mid 70's, quit drag racing in the early 80's.
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    I lived in Charlotte for 10yrs and ran there for 4yrs. It was old school racing at the best. I remember when it was standing room only for the
    Door Slamer events in the early 90s. Names like Ronny Sox, Scotty Cannon and Tommy Mooney man it was great, those guys put on a killer show, very narrow track. The anouncer was one of the best around. I was a shame it closed.
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    I know it well. I spent alot of time there in the mid 80's. I was surprised to see it had closed. In the 80's they seemed to have very good car counts.
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    I was born in Charlotte and from 1960 on till it closed , there wasnt hardly a weekend we didnt drive by and see the action. Saw it when it was a dirt strip. My dad raced on it.Every once in a while we would sit on the hood of the car and watch. I grew up about a mile away. I would sit on my tricycle and could hear them go thru the gears on the weekends in my driveway!.:D
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    I hate to hi-jack this thread, but, I will have an empty car hauler from Akron Ohio to Charlotte NC. on 4-18-08 if anyone needs something hauled that way, PM me...
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    My first trip there was in 1968. I think it closed for good in 1992.
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    I think I remember a news story about the owner getting busted with a shit ton of weed when they were trying to shut it down. I think that was the the straw.
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    I was not a member of the HAMB when this thread was started about two years ago but I do know about Shuffletown Drag Strip. It was built beside a creek in 1959 at the request of the Charlotte police department to get hot rodders off the street. It was a 1/5th mile dirt track. I was 15 years old and only lived about 5 miles away. I rode my bike there a few times before getting my drivers license in 1960. I bought my first motorcycle, a '57 Triumph Bonneville, in 1963 and started racing it there. The track was paved in 1964 and shortened to an 1/8 mile. I made at least 1000 passes down that track over the next 19 years on various motorcycles from street bikes to twin engine T/F Harleys. It was a very narrow track but there were few accidents. In over 30 years of racing there was not a single fatal crash. The original promoter organized great races and would pack the place. It was open year round, weather permitting. In 1969 I was racing my A/F Harley there and the top draw was a match race between Don Garlits and Tommy Ivo. My girlfriend (wife now) got an autographed picture of Garlits which she still has.

    The track changed management in the late 80s and the new manager was a @#$%^&. In my opinion the track could have stayed open under conditional use if a decent person had been running it. But it is just another story of a place that helped stop street racing that is gone now. I ride by it once in a blue moon and instantly drop about 40 years. The grass is growing up through the asphalt but not enough to keep you from remembering what was.
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    I posted some pics in another thread at the beginning of january. A friend and I went roaming around there right after christmas. Heres a few more:

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    I know this is an old thread..... but Shuffletown is still relevant because of the example it provides.....

    my father and I were the official film crew there for a number of years from the mid 80's to the early 90's before they shut it down. Anyone who went to the track saw us on top of the timing tower... what a great place for racing! It was a terrible shame when the jerks who built their houses on top of it started crying about the noise. Tommy Mauney was one dad's close friends before he went to the NHRA. We also knew guys like Jeff Hughes, Eddie Hoover, Noah Brackett, Scotty Cannon (the Cannonball was one of the most awesome pro-mod cars EVER and I had the neat opportunity to work for Triple D Publishing, the company that sponsored him and changed it to the OnSat car before Scotty stopped driving the Willy's) and others who were regulars at the track....selling the tapes was a neat opportunity for a young guy like me to meet the drivers and provide them with something they often wanted and needed. Many of them felt that being able to watch themselves drive from outside the car was valuable..... Dad still has most of the races we taped in his collection....for a 1/8th mile track Shuffletown was probably one of if not the most popular strip on the IRHA circuit, at least in the Carolinas.....they had one of the best announcers in the sport as well (though damned if I can remember his name at the moment lol.....)

    This place was an icon to racing enthusiasts and brought commerce into what was then a pretty thinly populated area north of Charlotte. When the subdivisions and businesses started creeping up Hwy 16, everyone could read the writing on the wall.... and what was for many years a really cool experience for many thousands of people was rather callously and coldly shut down forever. The strip is still there as far as I know (I lived in the trailer park about half a mile north of it for a couple of years), but it is almost impossible to see unless you know where it is. You won't just drive down that road and see it and say "oh hey, there's the old racetrack." It's a crying shame and other track owners should see it as a cautionary tale.....if you see civilization start to encroach on your area, MOVE while you still earn the capital to do so lol......
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    wow..... I wouldn't stand on top of that timing tower now! lol..... wow that is really sad to see those..... but nice to see that someone cares enough to go out and find it.....
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    Whistler, do you remember a 69 Camaro orange with white stripes called "The Ground Ponder" In the mid 80s I think. Larry sombody ran it at Shuffletown. He was a friend of Bobby Baucom maybe.
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    We lived on pumptown road, may not be called that now.
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    MyFather in Law, Jimmy Whitley has shared a ton of storys about racing there when it was dirt, with Mud Grips as he called them!!!!! He raced as 49 Ford there.......
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    Larry Wright was the announcer. Plenty of videos on youtube: Shuffletown Dragway Quick 8. Check it out. :)Tommy Mauney
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    I spent many,many Sunday afternoons at Shuffletown in my teen years.. Started there in '59 with my buddys '40 Ford ( Nailhead,LaSalle trans.. !!) It was dirt and you backed up against the roadbank to get lined up. We scoured the town for some big "mudgrip" tires and found some recaps.. They didn't last long!!!
    At one time, a local barber ran the strip,Scratch Whisnant. We would sneak a crowd in by hiding in the trunk. One day ,we went to get our hair cut & Scratch gave us a lecture on sneaking in!!!
    My daughter lives close by & she snagged a chunk of asphalt from the old track. It's now a neighborhood park..but you can still make out where the old track was...
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    I grew up about 15 miles west of the track. My brother and Iused to go there a lot. Some great racing. The most fun was watching the old guys in the stands bet on ET, top speed and who would break out. The arguements were classic. We'd often go with a friend that had a 65 f100 with a ti-power 352 that consistantly ran 8 sec times. That truck fooled a lot of people.
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    Hot Rod Magazine had a pic of it in their "Forgotten Dragstrips" feature they used to do every month--been a year or two, I don't know what issue but I have it somewhere.
    I lived in South Charlotte from the 50's till I got drafted in the early 70s.
    It was a pretty long way from us but we hitchhiked there until we were old enuff to drive.
    Never forget two super cool guys. An older gent with overalls and a fat cigar in a blue Anglia that blew away every "big name" that ever showed up. That Anglia probably went a 1/4 mile down the 1/8 mile because it didn't exactly go straight---but he always tripped the lites first!
    Also a guy they called Jungle Boy. I don't remember if he had his own car but he was the most famous mechanic around and everyone wanted him tuning their car. I went by his shop one time with my 301 powered 64 Chevelle when it had a big miss in the engine. He was a little put out that this long haired kid was interrupting him; but he just walked within 10 feet of my car, hood wasn't even up, and he said I had a bent exhaust valve on #6 cylinder. I looked at his partner incredulously, and he said pull the head and we'll fix it. He was 100% right -- I couldn't believe it! What a gift he had!
    I don't remember there being bleachers at the track cause we always pulled our cars up to the fence and sat on the hood.
    I was lucky enough in the Marines to be stationed at El Toro where we could see OCIR from our barracks. We went there anytime we heard an engine fire up and it was kool but it did not have the same warm, friendly feeling as good old Shuffletown!
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    214Gearjammer: Re: Bob "Jungle Boy" Lane.. He's still alive & kicking!! Still doing machine work ( Lane Automotive, Stanley NC).. although his sons are doing most of the work...Don't go by in the late afternoon, as Jungle still likes a taste of Moonshine after work
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    Ha! Love it! Turbo26T, I was at his shop hoping to ask a question one time--mind you, just a 16 year old punk kid in awe of the whole scene. They would not let me bother him cause he was on a lathe making parts for a Model A. I asked, " Can't you still buy those parts?"
    They said, sure....but he would rather make his own. That way he knows the quality of them! I had never been exposed to anyone so capable before! Amazing Dude. Absolutely legendary in the Mt. Holly area.
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    Turbo26T Now that brings back old memories. A buddy of mine had a "jungle" motor in his 56 chevy pickup back in high school (around 81 or so) Man that thing would twist so fast. Loved the sound of it. I'd forgotten all about Jungle. My brother still lives in Kings Mountain I'll ask him if he's run across any Jungle motors lately.
    By they way I grew up in G-town. Went to Huss.
    Small world ain't it!
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    Here is a Chrysler Hemi engine Jungle built for me a few years ago. I have known him for 50 years. He is in his mid to late 70s and will build engines until the day he kicks the bucket. He called my Hemi a "boat anchor" when I brought it to him but by the time he did the machine work and assembled it he liked it. His afternoon alcohol boosts are legendary and so is his grumpiness. He is definitely a one-of-a-kind.

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