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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BobG, Nov 30, 2008.
Forgot...Springfield Il. Drag City.
Did it ever get bought????
Went to that link...says website for sale??? Can't find anything on old strips???
I was hoping someone had pictures of CDR
West Hampton Dragway aka Long Island Dragway aka Long Island Motorsports Park has now been defunct for several years... As the area of Long Island that surrounds the track became more "sophisticated", from its former "working class" population, to its current crop of "Hollywood-ish" types, there's no room for a "noisy", "smelly" drag strip in the neighborhood... When it was first constructed, it was one of the first "organized" drag strips on the east coast... The track had a colorful history during its early years, lots of "big names" and substantial events-- As time went on, the place kind of fell into decline (wasn't a real money maker)... Now there's a "retirement village" where the strip used to be... I guess that's a common transition for former drag strips... "The Doc" (Celebrity Drag Racing Authority & Visionary)...
P.S. here's a link for a new YouTube video of ours titled "ODE TO THE RESPIRATOR MASK - OLD SCHOOL DRAG RACING"... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTrvVi7C_Qg
This photo was taken at the Raven Rock Drag Strip which was located near Portsmouth,Ohio. It was the home strip of Gordon Collett, who won several NHRA meets in the mid 60's. He is also in the NHRA hall of fame.
Raven Rock is now under a school, isn't it?
Yes it is Kevin. The strips location can be seen on this photo where the white gravel road is near the left center of the picture to the right of U.S. 52. This was the starting line. It then ran down where the school buildings are toward the lower right corner of the picture. The owners of the adjoining farm (You can see the fenceline) would open a gate in that area in case the rail dragsters needed more room to stop. The city of Portsmouth can be seen in the background.
The old Vacaville strip was actually still there until just a couple years ago, you used to be able to see it diving by on I-80, then the weeds took over. I was over there bidding a job, went over the overpass, and there it was- they had scraped the grass off of it to get ready for the recycling grinder. the fence was open, and I drove in and cruised around on it a bit, still in pretty good shape then- gone now
Toymaker......that was a cool video,thanks for posting.Its crazy how its all just still sitting there.
anybody remember or raced at the Laplace Dragstrip / in Laplace,Lousianna
or remember Jakes speed equiptment out of New Orleans.
Me, too....Vacaville, Fremont. Is Redding still there?
Ran a 60 Impala 348/350 horse at both locations (White City and Port Orford) in 61 and 62, early 63. Raced with the "KLAN" racing team out of Springfield. Held the class record at PO.
How about the Hallsville, Tx downhill strip from the late 50's early 60's?? My first strip Road with a friend of my friends big brother, Had a tri power 312 in a 55 Ford that ran 15's in D/G. Won the trophy that day! I was HOOKED!!!!!!!!!!!
What about SE International in Dallas Ga where Petty wrecked his '64 hem Cuda?? Uphill staging lanes were tough in a stick car like I ran. Well run tack most of the time.
Does anyone know the address of or have directions to the old Van Wert, Ohio dragstrip? I think it was also called Wayne Trail Raceway at one point. I'm trying to collect coordinates of all the old dragstrips in Ohio and visit what's left before they're gone forever. I'm having a tough time with this one. I had a hard time with Kettlersville for a while but have it now. I'd appreciate any help. If anyone's interested I can post all I have so far.
Anyone ever locate any more photos from "Boondocks" or the other name..."Greater Peoria Dragstrip" outside Peoria Illinois??? It opened in the 50's...closed in the late 1970's! Thanks
Would also love to see some photos from Assumption "Motion Raceway"/Beardstown Dragstrip/Springfield Illinois(can't remember the name)....etc. Thanks!
Raced at Laplace a couple times while going to school in New Orleans. 1969 GTO Judge. Won class both times. I need to make some etouffe before bug season is over...
They did the same thing to Golden Horseshoe in Georgetown Ont back in the early 80s
I don't have any pictures, but there used to be a Drag strip in Fonda, NY at the Fonda Speedway. And also one in South Glens Falls, NY. I am too young, to have seen either, but have heard some stories of some of the Big Names back in the day running at them. Anyone have any info?
Edit: I just found some info that verifies, Shirley Muldowney used to run at the 1/8th mile strip in Fonda. Before she was famous!
29 Years ago....let me know if you'd like to see more and I'll keep scanning.
71Dart440..i remember that 66 Chevelle... "GoldenRod"!!! It had to have raced at Havana also!! I was never able to make it to Assumption!! Thanks alot for posting!
Was Springfield named...."Drag City" ?
Springfield was Drag City and before that I think it was called Pleasant Grove
71Dart440 Thanks so much for posting these!!! If you have any others please post them when you have time! Thanks again, Joe
"Boondocks" outside of Peoria Il. Winter shots were in 2005. Photo of sign was the track operator in 1974 Bill Curtis.
Riverside was in Chesapeake OH across from Huntington WV. Closed down due to noise and being directly across from St. Mary's Hospital. There are photos at facebook, just search.
just a little more info on why beeline closed, it is on native land, and basically from what i remember the person who ran it wasn't really good with relations with the owners of the land, who then decided not to renew the lease, and now even if they were to let someone lease it again, there wouldn't be much of a point as there are now 2 better tracks in phoenix, and 87 is now traveled quite a bit and i have heard when jet cars ran there their smoke would obstruct seeing on 87, so now with everyone being burnout happy, could cause some interesting situations on the highway.... so goodbye beeline, you are gone but not forgotten.....
Thanks for the pics. One of my older brothers raced his 57 Chevy there, back about 1971.
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