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History ~~~Kansas Dragracing History, Kaw Valley Dragway 1962~~~

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by sodbuster, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. dudeman
    Joined: Dec 5, 2005
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    dudeman

    Grain elevators, barbed wire and some cool cars....m'fn Kansas baby!
     
  2. That red and white full bodied dragster in the first film sure looks like Kansas City's Bob Sullivan and his Pandemonium.
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    I'll forward this thread to a guy I know who was in the Topeka car scene back in the late '50s early '60s and see if he recognizes any cars.
     
  3. SloppyEggs
    Joined: Jan 10, 2012
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  4. Here's some feedback I've gotten:

    "...was on the Lower Silver Road, Topeka Ks. We had a dike at the end of the drag strip that had to stop you or it's in the river. The return road was dirt."

    My source ran a '32 roadster and a '60 Bonneville at that strip.

    More:
    "Larry Lowrey Sr. was the driver of the red 57 chevy, the driver of the pickup was Gary Jensen I believe. The 55 Chevy in the other clip was driven by Wayne Kilnor from Manhattan."
     
  5. RDP
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
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    from Kansas

    I will show this to my dad. He raced out there at this same time period with some guys from his car club. He may recognize some of the cars. He also has some 8mm film from '61 that we would like to get put on dvd if you could tell me where I might get that done. I would share it as well.
     
  6. easyrider47
    Joined: May 7, 2004
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    I hung out with a guy who raced a B/G Anglia called "Lil Critter" inthe mid to late 60'S. I remember we had to weigh in at the elevator scales and then go across the road to the track.
     
  7. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
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    sodbuster
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    from Kansas

    That name sounds real familiar. I think that he's still around the KC area.



     
  8. Thanks for the cool videos.
     
  9. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
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    Loved the gold 32 5 window...wish I had it!
     
  10. Tom davison
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    from Phoenix AZ

    I'm thinking the Fiat is Pusch and Cain.
     
  11. Donut Dave
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
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    Don Cain never drove the blown 265 CI Fiat Altered. He drove John's AA/GD and a Mustang Funny car.
     
  12. Had a friend on the board tell me about this thread, hadn't seen it. Thanks Sod., very cool. ;)
     
  13. Wow, how did I miss this. Too cool, thanks!!!!
     
  14. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
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    sodbuster
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    from Kansas

    I felt like I was talking to myself by bumping it back up to the top. The 'vintage' shots are too great to let it slide to page 15.

    Chris




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  15. Know what ya mean. Just takes some of us a while to catch up!!!
     
  16. mongo51
    Joined: Aug 24, 2006
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    That was kool to watch. Hope my dad watches this he may know some history. Looks to be in the mid sixies frpm the cars
     
  17. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
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    sodbuster
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    from Kansas

    Thanks for the replies
     
  18. Let's see if anyone else has any memories about this track and time...
     
  19. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
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    sodbuster
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    from Kansas

    I found it on FB & the Topeka racing site.

     
  20. flott57
    Joined: Nov 17, 2013
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    The Fiat was Push and Cain, the maroon roadster I believe was Pete Peterson and the Blue Crosley was Charlie Flott.
     
  21. Meant to do this a long time ago. Based on some fuzzy-logic detective work, I think this is where Kaw Valley used to be. The blue ellipse shows the grain silos in the background of the movies, and the red might show where the track was. Pure speculation on my part.
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    A little bigger view:
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