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Lost Drag Strips

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BobG, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. 72Gremlin
    Joined: Mar 10, 2007
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    from Illinois

    HEY. Who knows the exact address of the front gate/entrance to old US 30 Dragway in Indiana???? I'm gonna be right near US 30 highway this weekend. Really want to locate the old strip and stop to take some photos!!!! Wife thinks i'm nuts..."why would you want to take photos of old asphault"...DUUHHHH...lol. I have a Garmen..if you can give coordinates...etc? What landmarks...etc... are visible to help me locate it?? Thanks alot in advance, Joe
     
  2. fogs58
    Joined: Jan 14, 2011
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    from ooo

  3. Da Injun
    Joined: Dec 22, 2006
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    It is off of Clay Street North of U.S. 30......GO to Google type in this as a close by reference then hit Google maps...........

    4901 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN...hit the map and go north up on Clay...you will see the strip.
     
  4. Ray C's son
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
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    7752-7950 Clay St
    Merrillville‎ Indiana‎ 46410
    United States

    From the map app on my I phone. That puts you looking straight down the track. It looks like it's all still there. My wife thinks the same thing. Post your pics.

    Kevin
     
  5. This was racing on an old highway that was closed in 1970. Grass roots
     

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  6. torino_Joe
    Joined: Mar 11, 2011
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    Man that's legit.What I wouldn't give to back to that time for a day.......
    Thanks for the pics.
     
  7. Falconred
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
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    I don't know if I have posted already about this but Lloyd's Drag Strip was the first track I ever visited. When first opened it was mostly dirt with a concrete (way ahead of its time) starting pad about a hundred feet or so long. You can go to the like about the Double H and see a little about Lloyd's.
     
  8. I grew up going to LACR in Palmdale, CA. My dad and i used to go there every weekend for as long as i can remember.

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  9. 71Dart440
    Joined: Dec 21, 2008
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    from Wichita KS

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  10. Ray C's son
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    Here's the coordinates: 41.475601,-87.2796

    Kevin
     
  11. boullion
    Joined: May 30, 2011
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    does anybody remember a vega called the rabbit full tubechas i just got the car
     
  12. 72Gremlin
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    from Illinois

    I found US 30 and took a ton of photos. When i get time i'll post them up. You can still see the blue crest with "AHRA/US30" painted in between the lanes!! Thanks guys for the address info!
     
  13. flboatman1
    Joined: Jun 13, 2011
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    from Florida

    Say Hi to your Dad for me I'm the old owner of Tenora Dragways your friend Gary Hansen I live in Fl. now. I wish I still had the dragstrip. e mail add. flboatman1@yahoo.com
     
  14. aar0s
    Joined: Jun 2, 2010
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    from So.Il.

    This is what the track in Harrisburg looked like before they started working on it, getting it race ready a year or so ago.
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    there was a track in Williamson county Il just west of Marion, there is a car dealer there now i think but when i was a kid i remember seeing the lights still on the poles with trees grown up around it.
     
  15. derbydad276
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  16. David Gurr
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    Lions and Santa Ana are still intact. The former is under the 405 behind hurricane fencing and the latter is just there alongside of the road; even the tower is still there for SA, or Santa Anita as it was called then by the competitors and spectators.
     
  17. 296ardun
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    Are you sure? Lions was just south of the 405, you can still see parts of the pits --- it is now a shipping container yard....I don't remember Santa Ana having a tower, CJ Hart had a rickety stand above an old hearse that served as the "tower".....you can find where Lions was on Google earth by locating Alameda and 223rd ...Willow was at the end of the finish line...I know because I got there once when the chute came out late.....
     
  18. Cut55
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    Santa Ana is, in fact, beneath runway 19 Right at John Wayne Airport today. Do you mean OCIR?
     
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  19. Igosplut
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    I am actually surprised they haven't managed to kill off New England Dragway (NH) due to all the houses that have been encroaching on the site for years now, but they keep getting bigger...
     
  20. Normbc9
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    I'll run some names by you. I ran at all of these 1953-1970.
    LADS, Colton, Ramona, Carslbad, Paradise Mesa, Holtville, Riverside raceway, Santa Paula Airport, Goleta, Famoso, Half Moon Bay, Vacaville, Santa Rosa Airport, Orange County raceway, Irwindale, Torrance (North American plant airfield) and also another at Victorville.
    Normbc9
     
  21. Flinttim
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
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    from Indiana

    Damned sad thread but someone has to keep the history alive. Was hoping for maybe a pic or two of the old Harrison County Dragstrip near Corydon Indiana. It was the only track in the region I never got to.
     
  22. Degenerate
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    from Indiana

    Where was this track located? I live near corydon and wasn't aware of it.
     
  23. SOCAL PETE
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  24. Lusos
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    Hi all, me and a friend did some investigating a few years ago and found [what was left of] the old Warner Robins International Dragway outside of Perry, Georgia.

    http://www.sedsm.org/showthread.php?33636-Old-Warner-Robins-Dragway...

    Only approx 1/8th of the track is left. In the distance you can see the foundation of the track was used for the base of the 4-lane "bus highway" that leads to the local public schools form the bus barns.

    I just wanted to compliment you guys on an awesome thread. Though a bit depressing, I have enjoyed every sentence.
     
  25. 35touring
    Joined: Dec 4, 2009
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    from Kentucky

    Here's a old shot from Harrison County[​IMG]
     
  26. Ray C's son
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
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    Can anyone tell me where the Dahio dragstrip near Dayton, Ohio was? Was it near or at the Dahio airport?

    Thanks,
    Kevin
     
  27. fogs58
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  28. Robert1555
    Joined: Jul 25, 2011
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    Does anybody remember Willow Run Raceway in Oklahoma City? It was 12 miles east of town on I-40 and you exited at Chochtaw Road. It was also called Oklahoma City International Raceway. Does anyone remember directions to where the track would have been once you exit off I-40 at Chochtaw Road? One thing I remember about the track as at the very end was a creek. If you have any info email me at robert1555@hotmail.com
     
  29. 51 BIRD
    Joined: Jan 5, 2010
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    I was stationed at Robins AFB after I came back from VietNam. Used to go out to the dragstrip regularly and play "towfish" for any touring F/C's that needed a hand. The track owner was Bobby "Waterboy" Boyd. He got that nickname because he once had almost an entire season rained out. The funniest thing that I remember was that after the shutdown area,there was a farmer's soybean field. Any car that couldn't get stopped wound up in there. Whenever Radici & Wise ran there,the farmer would sit on his tractor out in that field and wait for Radici. He'd charge 10 bucks to pull him back onto the track. The joke back then was that Radici went into the po'beans so many times,he had bought that old farmer a new tractor...
     
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  30. hotrod19611
    Joined: Aug 16, 2011
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    Hey Fellow racers and rodders!! New to this forum as of today. This thread unbelievable!! So much history and also so many tears. I grew up with York US 30 and remember it well. What I'd like to know is any info on a track outside of Lancaster, PA. Actually it was in Mountville, PA. Originally called the Garden Spot Airpark. I believe it was shut down around "61 or "62. Some farmer had a chinchilla farm next door and the noise was tormenting them. Oh well,,,,he should have moved!! Anyways, if anyone has some photos or info about t let me know. My girl and I just drove down that way this past weekend. The concrete runway/racing surface is still there but nothing else. Keep this thread going. It is so informing and nostalgic!!
     

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