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History Dueling at Detroit Dragway, 1960

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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    Dueling at Detroit Dragway, 1960


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  2. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
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    Cool! @ 4.39 is "Digamus" a PNW car originally ran by the Nelson brother's, and then by Kalivoda and Hamlin. That car is now in the NHRA Museum I believe. I saw the car make a pass at Seattle International Raceway at a nostalgia event; it ran intentionally "out of the groove", to not get traction and break something. I am Butch/56sedan
  3. carcruse
    Joined: Aug 20, 2007
    Posts: 661


    Hadn't seen that video before. My brother's truck is racing at the 7:52 mark. Wish the track was still there. The truck currently resides about 2 miles from where the track was.
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  4. bschwoeble
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
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    Your killing me with this stuff. I keep telling myself, move on, you can't relive the past. Then I see this. So many of those cars I saw in Hot Rod magazine. Here I am stuck again, thinking of those great years.
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    Typical time of the year in the Motorstate. Weather is shit so our minds drift away. Lately there's been a bit of a rash of later "Dirty D", Detroit Dragway pics on FB and IG. Feels pretty good to see "theHIGHLANDER" on the side of that thing. Decorum prevents me sharing a pic, but it's green (go figure) and has a flat white hood, hint...hint...if you're into checkin that sorta thing out. That same weather misery is why we cherish the Detroit Autorama as we do. I used to call it "cruisin 'graph on foot." Nice hit Joey.
  6. Otie's Automotive
    Joined: Sep 23, 2015
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    Otie's Automotive

    Just recently found some Otie pics I'd never seen before on the Petersen Automotive Museum Archives website They have over 2500 1959 pics and 1700 1960 pics for the Detroit Drags, awesome stuff. These are all of the same Chassis Research car that's in that cover shot.
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  7. 47streetrodder
    Joined: Oct 27, 2007
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  8. 477CC1C4-1769-4762-9CC2-A6DB5D444027.jpeg 76959164-8F17-4AC7-98BF-68066743BCF9.jpeg 74AF44F1-C3CC-40BF-8263-CD2F449A6458.jpeg 15B18FBD-DB10-4AA4-A35C-1AF6675E7403.jpeg 1D7E48C3-DB6F-4EE8-A3F1-1726645B4F06.jpeg 20A648EE-1A4E-4BE9-B011-F968DCF17AA2.jpeg 84AABD86-9D0A-4EE1-B298-1CD8A8AE7E80.jpeg B5AADCF4-5B36-4305-97B1-9D48613F6322.jpeg Man....every pic I find, every post I read...makes me really miss this place...spent plenty of fun night out there as a’s one of those places ya thought would always be there...for awhile we all heard “ they’re building another track down the road at 75 and 275”...then it was “by the airport”...well none of that ever now we have Milan..and I have to admit..I got hooked on drag racing I don’t have the time, money, or desire to build anything like these guys are running today...but you’ll find me out there on the first Friday of every month watching the heads up, and 10.5 tire guys doing incredible things with cars...going to Detroit as a kid the big class was “Super Pro” the 9.90 cars were the big if your running in the 10’s it’s yawn city...I guess another reason I go is because today is someone else “my time at Detroit Dragway” and these days too could be gone...I take my Nephews, we get there at the beginning , eat at the track, and stay there way too long..but man do we have fun and I hope they will remember those times like I remember the Dirty D..
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  9. qzjrd5
    Joined: Nov 23, 2004
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    from Troy, MI

    I went there in the early 90s and the track was already sorta on its last leg. But there was so much history there, sacred ground I guess. The racing was still exciting and they raced late in the dark which made it even more romantic. Every time I drive past the Sibley Road exit on I-75 I think about the place.
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  10. street rod lover
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
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    street rod lover
    from taylor,mi.

    I swear my dad would take us to the Sears parking lot in lincoln park to see the funny cars displayed. I think I still have a few hand out pics. Does anyone remember that?
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  11. Nice....thanks for posting ! Looked like a run made by the "High and Mighty Plymouth " for the win !
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