Register now to get rid of these ads!

History Iowa Dragstrips - New & Old

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Calkins, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. chubbie
    Joined: Jan 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,259

    chubbie
    Member

    yes there was a strip in Ft. Dodge, I saw a window sticker a few years back, no its not the same one as humbolt, humbolt Co. is alive and well
    my sisters boy friends used to race sioux city, I never made it there, but was able to make thunder valley, marion S.D. Its braket race thing is big...
     
  2. Calkins
    Joined: Jun 20, 2009
    Posts: 190

    Calkins
    Member

    Great!

    I added it. For some reason I didn't have that one saved, but I've been to the site many times.


    My buddy and I rode our motorbikes over to Humboldt last fall, it's still goin! We ran the funny car up to Thunder Valley many times, cool place!
     
  3. Sioux City was at teh Airport. My dad raced there. Zenor did a cool thread maybe 8 years ago? Abotu drag racing in Sioux City
     
  4. CONNMAN
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,297

    CONNMAN
    Member
    from Lampe,Mo.

    >>>>>,in '70'-'71 ,,Sat nites i went to Humbolt to see the Funny Car match races ,,some great cars showed there then ,,this was in '70,,

    [​IMG]
     
  5. riverrat
    Joined: Feb 9, 2005
    Posts: 309

    riverrat

    i keep hearing rumors of a 1/4 mile strip coming to the iowa speedway.
    riverrat
     
  6. CONNMAN
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,297

    CONNMAN
    Member
    from Lampe,Mo.

    >>>>>,Welll,i'm VERY familiar with where the Iowa Speedway is there in Newton ,,back in '82 i sold a steel building/airplane hanger to a customer at that airport ,,it would be a GREAT place for a Drag Strip ,,IF they had it totally seperate from the Oval Track ,,so they could have drags even on the days the NASCAR guys are there ,,be a great "Boost" to the economy for the area ,,,
    my deceased wifes family farms close to there ,,
     
  7. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,161

    slammed
    Member

    Yes it would. Central state located, near the I-80/I-35 crossroad's. Des Moines for overflow motel's, ect.
     
  8. JOECOOL
    Joined: Jan 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,726

    JOECOOL
    Member

    Don't believe anything someone from Red Oak says ,it's 1/8 mile
     
  9. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,198

    AHotRod
    Member

    Lee County Drag Strip - Keokuk Iowa
    Was a 1/8 mile drag strip.
    We raced there once in a while back in the 70's.
     
  10. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,198

    AHotRod
    Member

    Sioux City Dragway - Sioux City Iowa
     
  11. FarmFresh
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 108

    FarmFresh
    Member
    from Ames, Iowa

  12. Calkins
    Joined: Jun 20, 2009
    Posts: 190

    Calkins
    Member

    Big Roger Marchant took some pictures at Humboldt, I'll have to find my copies. Mickey Thompson, Chi-Town, etc.

    It is 1/8th mile.

    Do you guys have any web sites with some history on these tracks?

    I added it to the list, thanks!
     
  13. CONNMAN
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,297

    CONNMAN
    Member
    from Lampe,Mo.

    >>>>>,Sumwhere in the many boxes of pictures ,,,i have sum pics the nite the Chi-Towm Hustler was at Humbolt ,,i'll try n find em ,,,
     
  14. CONNMAN
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,297

    CONNMAN
    Member
    from Lampe,Mo.

    >>>>>>,in '70 .i was Service MGR at the Arlans Auto Center ,,over by the Vets Hosp ,,,Quaker State wanted to have a Oil Sale/Promo ,,i'd met Dickie Harrell at the Hobbs Drag Strip in New Mex in '63 and was a big fan of his...so i talked the Q State rep ,,Bud Lyons into getting Dick and his Funny car to come to Des Moines and do burnouts in the parking lot ,,thats the Des Moines River in the background ,,,we had thousands of guys show up ,,i sold two 18 wheelers of oil that day ,,in '71 i went to werk for Fred Gibb/Dick Harrell Super Stock Race Team in LaHarpe ,Illinois ,,,when Dick got killed later that year ,,the team was disbanded and i went back to Des Moines n sold sno mobiles ,,see the mext pic
    [​IMG]
     
  15. CONNMAN
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,297

    CONNMAN
    Member
    from Lampe,Mo.

  16. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,476

    Corn Fed
    Member


    How could I have forgotten this? I was there a couple years ago checking out what was left of it. I have friends from the area that used to frequent the track as teenagers and somehow got us permission to stop there for a few hours as part of a yearly fall hot rod cruise that winds us thru IA, Ill, and MO.
     
  17. chubbie
    Joined: Jan 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,259

    chubbie
    Member

    12 years ago the winnebago people were going to build a "tri-plex" race track at Onawa, Iowa.. there was a ground breaking cer. and all. big earth moveing equipement had piles of dirt moved. It all came to a stop, res. politices, federal grants.......................
     
  18. May Street Relics
    Joined: Mar 17, 2008
    Posts: 38

    May Street Relics
    Member

    The track in Earlville iowa is still going about hour east of waterloo
     
  19. Iowa Al
    Joined: Mar 12, 2010
    Posts: 16

    Iowa Al
    Member

    There was a drag strip at Sioux City at the airport.
    There was a drag strip outside of Keokuk.
    There was only one drag strip near Des Moines.
    There was a drag strip at Nevada for a very short time.
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2010
  20. Iowa Al
    Joined: Mar 12, 2010
    Posts: 16

    Iowa Al
    Member

    One of the founders of the Kahoka, MO drag strip, Jim Baker, is now writing a monthly column at Drag Racing Online. For anyone from the Iowa, Missouri, Illinois area it is great reading.
     
  21. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 3,994

    Russco
    Member
    from Central IL

    Al I emailed this picture to you too but here is The only Picture I have of the "Possum Chaser" Hope this helps Mike
     

    Attached Files:

    • dc3.jpg
      dc3.jpg
      File size:
      44.5 KB
      Views:
      337
  22. Iowa Al
    Joined: Mar 12, 2010
    Posts: 16

    Iowa Al
    Member

    Dave is still racing, with son Troy driving. They race a small block Ford powered Probe with the Ozark Mountain Super Shifter circuit. They were points champinon of the circuit in 2009.
     
  23. Bosco1956
    Joined: Sep 21, 2008
    Posts: 546

    Bosco1956
    Member
    from Jokelahoma

    I raced at Eddyville & Cedar Falls in the early 70s With yellow 55 Chevy called Home Wrecker. A buddy also had a 55 called Constant Aggitation. I remember seeing Tommy Johnson Sr racing at Eddyville also.
     
  24. Iowa Al
    Joined: Mar 12, 2010
    Posts: 16

    Iowa Al
    Member

    Tommy Johnson Jr. will be match racing Bruce Litton at Eddyville on July, 3. Both Top Fuel cars are owned by Bruce. Tommy Johnson Sr. will also be there as a spectator.
     
  25. Iowa Al
    Joined: Mar 12, 2010
    Posts: 16

    Iowa Al
    Member

    Mid America Motorplex is 1/8 mile.
    Iowa Speedway was/is an 1/8 mile on the pit straight. I hear they have stopped running drags in 2010 as the know how guy's left.
    Iowa Al
     
  26. Iowa Al
    Joined: Mar 12, 2010
    Posts: 16

    Iowa Al
    Member

    There was only one drag strip at Des Moines. Another was in the planning stages, but zoning did it in. It was to be near Mitchellville. I was to a planning meeting for it.
    I never got to the Nevada or Ames track, but have been to every other one that ran in Iowa. I was out to Runnells/Rising Son many times to watch the races. It was an unused stretch of highway, A Polk County Sheriff's car often sat on the hill and watched.
     
  27. jlj9149
    Joined: Jun 12, 2010
    Posts: 13

    jlj9149
    Member
    from texas

    ive got family in keokuk and over off johnson street road is an abandoned strip. anybody know what this place is
     
  28. 50flathead
    Joined: Mar 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,100

    50flathead
    Member
    from Iowa, USA

    I know the place that you are talking about. Somebody posted some pictures of it once.
     
  29. gladeparkflyer
    Joined: Jun 16, 2009
    Posts: 396

    gladeparkflyer
    BANNED

    grew up in council bluffs and all i recall back then was those haul ass turn left, repeat guys... EVERYWHERE!
     
  30. lc1963
    Joined: Aug 12, 2008
    Posts: 155

    lc1963
    Member
    from iowa

    Look for :

    Lee County Dragway & Raceway Park

    It is on facebook with lots of pictures and lots of stories.
    tommy Johnson Junior raced there as well as many other big names
    The strip closed due to money and noise complaints
    It is still there but in disrepair
    My father was friends with the guys that owned and operated the track
    What a great time to grow up!
     

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2013 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.