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1960's Indoor Drag racing**Chicago

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JohnnyCASHcadillac, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. pro85fiero
    Joined: Nov 4, 2010
    Posts: 266


    Fumes? Fumes??? Come on Pete, you of all people should know those ain't "fumes" it's Hot Rod Perfume!;)
  2. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 4,024


    Fricken' awesome pics.......:eek:
    What fun that would be today is right!!
    Man, those days are long gone.....
    And the hair on that woman looks like my Wife back then with the "Jackie" Look !!!
    Thanks much for posting....:)
  3. drags in those days were so much more home grown, just alot of guys showing up with the cars they drove all week, so obsessed that they would set up an event inside just to race in the off season.
  4. lawman
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,665


    Very neat !!!! Bet you could never do that now. LOL Tom (Tired Old Man)
  5. Larry, its funny many folks never READ the threads here:rolleyes: Thanks for the links, saved me from digging them up.;)
  6. Strange Agent
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,879

    Strange Agent
    from Ponder, TX

    Whoa. That's awesome.
  7. JohnnyCASHcadillac
    Joined: May 9, 2007
    Posts: 675

    from SO CAL-

    Thanks for posting the links

    I just searched indoor drags and nothing came up.
  8. JohnnyCASHcadillac
    Joined: May 9, 2007
    Posts: 675

    from SO CAL-

    I found some more pics on another site. Would love to find some Video!
  9. weps
    Joined: Aug 1, 2008
    Posts: 554

    from auburn,IN

    Too cool!!:D
    thanks for posting this
  10. metalix_421
    Joined: Mar 24, 2010
    Posts: 890


    wow it had to of been nice to race even on the cold snow days
    Joined: Nov 17, 2010
    Posts: 4

    from West MI

  12. Midwest Rodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,768

    Midwest Rodder

    That was in the days of big balls, I don't even see helmets on these guys!
  13. bill wallace
    Joined: Oct 26, 2006
    Posts: 104

    bill wallace

    And thats not all they raced there over the years. They raced midgets there often sometimes going in & out & sports cars also. Thats a babuska not big hair, comon in Chcago esp in winter. Thats tame compared to funny cars on north ave in the summer.
  14. That's wicked cool, I still think I was born in the wrong time period haha. All the Catalinas! Ahh my dream car. :)
  15. my59fins
    Joined: Sep 15, 2010
    Posts: 9


    where can i get photos to put into my album at home, can't copy these for some reason. I was there when these were taken, it was toooooo cool, noisy, loud and cool cars, and of course big hair, it was a 60's thing.
  16. econolineherb
    Joined: Apr 12, 2010
    Posts: 121


    hi all i'm looking for a side pic of a 1963 ford p/u with herbo in the side it was my dads p/u.... lost the pics i had in a house fire thank you all for the help the p/u was blue thanks ....herb
  17. Now THIS is kool!
  18. tbirdguy
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 5


    I was there never missed one in two years. Fuel altereds the first Sunday.
    The nitro fumes were unbelievable. They only did that once. The door way into the next building eat up plenty of cars. You never hit the brakes till you got through the first set of doors
  19. gasolinescream
    Joined: Sep 7, 2010
    Posts: 614


    Now thats pretty wild, imagine the noise in there. Takes some big balls to do that, flying through a gap in the wall at 80mph, scary stuff.
  20. k9racer
    Joined: Jan 20, 2003
    Posts: 3,091


    I guess they did the same thing that the Indoor Midget racers have done for traction for 50 years .. They used Coke a Cola syrup or concentrate stickey shit. How long was the strip?? 330 ft or some body have any idea.. Thank you for posting..
  21. Moneymaker
    Joined: Sep 19, 2011
    Posts: 320


    My older brother went with his (at the time) 62 Grand Prix.

    Prick (RIP) wouldn't take me along.

    I guess in retrospect my mom would have kicked his as as I was only 9 years old then.

    We have a original program from that event around here somewhere.
  22. While hanging out with some friends at the Cheaterama, I met an elderly gentleman who raced in the late 50's and early 60's. I asked him if he ever been to the indoor drag racing in Chicago. He told me that he not only been there, he raced. He ran a '62 Impala with a 409. I don't know if he ran the car in '62 or later, but he told me ran a speed of over 78 mph going through the doorway. Think about that with bias tires! He said the Mopar guys (Ramchargers) were running through @ 92 mph!
    I asked him if he ever seen someone hit the wall and he said he saw a new Corvette get totaled.
    An observation, look at the opening in the pic dated Dec. 30, '62 and how much it was widened in pic dated Jan. 5, '64.
    I'm just fascinated by all this.

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