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Boondocks Dragway in Peoria, Ill ??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by straightaxle65, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. straightaxle65
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    A satelite photo was posted awhile back in the lost dragstrip thread that showed the remains of Boondocks Dragstrip in Peoria, Ill. It was said that it is west of town on Smithville Road.

    Does anyone here know exactly where its at or have any approximate directions? I would like to try and find it when I am back in that area.

    Thanks for any help!
     
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  3. mark 55
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    Call my friend Lyle at (309) 453-5166. He has lived around Peoria all his life. Tell him Mark from Shreveport gave you his number.
     
  4. 2alfa
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    I had never heard it called Boondocks DragWay but - If you take Smithville Rd west past Airport Rd and then past Cameron Ln you'll go thru a big "S" curve in about a mile. As you come out of the last curve there was a gravel lane that went north. Thats what led into the track. It was an 1/8 mile track with a short shutdown (dirt I think) and not much else. I used to go there from the early 60s until about 67-68. It wasn't much but it was the best we had. Biggest name I ever saw there - Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick with Mrs B's Grocery Getter (1962 Tempest Wagon with a 421).
     
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  5. 72Gremlin
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    I went there in 1966 to my first drag race. It is STILL there although somewhat grown over. When i took mny son out to see it in the winter of 2005 the asphault was actually in pretty good shape. WE took photos. If i can figure out how to post them i will!! Thanks,Joe
     
  6. 72Gremlin
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    It was also called Greater Peoria Dragway
     
  7. uniquecoaches
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    If you go there do not ask permission from the farmer that owns the land as he will not let you on there. If you get caught there he will only ask you to leave.
     
  8. Torkwrench
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    One of my older brothers raced there a couple of times, back when he was in high school, (about 1970 or so). The rear end in his 57 blew up there. He had brought along an extra center section. Unfortunately, he didn't take any extra 90 wt. gear lube, so he strained the old lube through his white t-shirt. Needless to say.....Mom was NOT pleased. :eek::eek::eek: Here's a pic of his 57, from back then, (it was taken at Midstate Dragway in Havana ILL).
     

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  9. Torkwrench
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    Here is a program from Boondocks Dragway from 1971.
     

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    More pages from Boondocks 1971 program.
     

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    More pages. :D
     

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    Still more pages.
     

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    Yeah.....Still some more pages.:eek::eek::eek:
     

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    Last one. Whoo, Hoo. :D:D:D
     

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  15. Bikesnow
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    I just joined this group thanks to my neighbor. This thread brings back memories of bygone years.
    I ran at Peoria numerous times in the early 60`s
    The `strip" if you want to call it that, certainly got your attention. Line locks were not yet avalable so in order to slack out of the driveline you had to hold slight brake pedal since you were starting up hill. Shut down, another story! Down hill grade with only about 2-300 ft of asphalt than dirt and steeper down grade. At the end of the 1/8 mile+ shut off the road turned hard right. Miss the turn and kiss your a** goodby, deep ditch and incline on the other side. They changed all that after a few years because of several hard crashes.
    Now to answer the original question. The original entrance was off SR116 1 mile west of SR8 junction. Turn south for two miles. Turn right and go about half to 3/4 mile. Strip was on the left about 1/8 mile maybe less. That old entrance may be all housing now?
    Thanks for bringing this up Gentelmen!
     
  16. Buzz Stoner
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    I also raced at this track in 1960s-70s I loved that place I had the most fun of my early hot rod days there. I would love to see it restored, but People in Peoria County would never let it happen. They would be afraid of the noise, traffic, and just the general idea of racing.
     
  17. Buzz Stoner
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    Thank you torkwrench I really dig seeing the program, and have filled out the class registration form you have pictured , any other stuff you have I would love to see.
     
  18. Torkwrench
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    You're welcome. It's interesting to read through it. The ads are pretty cool, too. Yeah....Davis Bros. Pizza, is still my favorite. :D:D:D

    Actually, the program is my older brother's, and I think that is all that he has from Boondocks Dragway. Doesn't even have any pics from there, unfortunately.
     
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  19. Ray C's son
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    Coordinates for Boondocks/Greater Peoria are 40.670573,-89.75606. You can put them in Google Maps and take a look. Old tracks fascinate me. Thanks for posting the program, Torkwrench, love the ads and articles. This kind of stuff fascinates me, too.

    KRH
     

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  20. papasmurf240
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    I have lived in the Peoria area my entire life and I have never heard of this dragstrip. Thanks for posting the info and pictures. It's a shame to see it rot away. It would be cool if they would allow some folks back there for sight seeing.

    Very interesting stuff.
     
  21. Zaq
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    Ive also heard the farmer that owns the land is an old grouch. So dont ask him, just go back there. I live about 10 miles or less from here, still never made a trip, dont feel like makin the hassle with the guy.
     

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