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History A Return to Harper Dry Lake Racing

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,129


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    A Return to Harper Dry Lake Racing


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  2. Love the sound of a Flat motor!!!
  3. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,701


  4. I talked to a racing family member who raced at Harper, the problem was a thin surface like Black Rock. The hard surface top would break up after a few runs leaving just the under fine/blowing silt, (kinda like El Mirage now).
    And I would have to check, but I think it is smaller than El Mirage.
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  5. Bobby Green
    Joined: Jun 9, 2001
    Posts: 1,319

    Bobby Green

    Thanks for sharing this!
    I could feel the ghosts of past racers while on the lakebed. It was a real honor

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  6. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,171


    My Dad raced there, warms my heart to see this place.....
  7. joeyesmen
    Joined: Dec 24, 2010
    Posts: 419


    I believe there was racing there at least through the Summer of 1947.
    Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 9.23.59 AM.png Screen Shot 2018-02-22 at 9.24.39 AM.png
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  8. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 4,567

    Bandit Billy

    An 8 second quarter mile?
  9. I have a 1942 lakes program that gives the results of two (May 17, 1942 & June 14, 1942) Harper Dry Lake meets & one (July 19, 1942) Rosamond Dry Lake meet.

    1942LakesProgram.jpg 1942lakesProgram1.jpg 1942LakesProgram2.jpg
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2018
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  10. joeyesmen
    Joined: Dec 24, 2010
    Posts: 419


    At 108 miles per hour? Does that math add up? This is the program from that day -- looks like most of the cars were between 101 mph and 114 mph.
  11. joeyesmen
    Joined: Dec 24, 2010
    Posts: 419


    Sorry, forgot to attach:

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  12. Great post, that would have been an amazing experience. @Bobby Green which lakester is that? Is it new or the orange 16?

    That 8 second 1/4 mile time is a flying 1/4, so the speed trap at the end of the course is timed with the car going thru a light beam which started the clocks and another when they exit to stop the clock. J Otto Crocker's timing was accurate to some crazy amount.
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  13. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 881


    I am really surprised to see someone allowed to run at Harper. I worked flight test for a few companies at Edwards through the mid nineties and Harper is classified as an emergency landing strip for aircraft at Edwards. Both the XB-70 and the B-1A crashed out there and one can still find small parts scattered around that the crash teams deemed not necessary to their investigation. Harper Dry Lake is accessible off of California 58. It is clearly marked on the freeway. The access road is in poor condition and the last time I was out there, the lake bed didn't impress me too much. It is still nice to visit one of our important historical courses no matter the condition. I hope whoever invited them to run got Edwards approval. They can be nasty bastards about being where they operate. Great shots and sound.

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