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History mid 1950's drag photos, Moline IL

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by LowKat, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Looking through Life magazine archives again, found these great photos:

    Not dated but looks to be about 1957.
    Moline Illinois is the location according to the titles.
    Photographer was Grey Villet.

    *edit* 11/30/10
    Looks like Life Magazine changed the location of the photos since the original posting but here's an updated link:

    I'll add some of the photos but there's about 100 of them on the archive. You can see then in high resolution on the 'Life' site.




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  2. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,254

    from California

    Wow those are great.
  3. *edit*

    Here's one of the photos in high resolution, just in case you didn't follow the link, this is what you're missing.

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  4. oldmuleskinner
    Joined: Mar 8, 2005
    Posts: 261

    from CHICAGO

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  5. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,081


    Cool pic's, thanks!
  6. Precious photo's! The photographer really knew what he was doing...

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  8. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,027


    Very cool photos. Thanks for posting. Does anyone know if some of those car clubs still exist?
  9. zorch
    Joined: Dec 7, 2005
    Posts: 217


    Magnificent. That Bowlesmobile wails, and the driver's helmet is off the charts. So is the hemi, with five carbs in a handy box. And killer club jackets. In fact there's nothing I see from that day at the races I don't like. I especially dig the bowler hat--it gives my bowler a little extra credibility.:cool::cool::cool::cool:

  10. Very cool pics. I like the track sweeper, who is sweeping the sand off the tires before the burnouts! Thanks for sharing them.
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  12. those are BADASS,,,
    you have a link to the archives?
    I'm too LAZY to google,,,

    miss hootch
  13. I'll take this one..... Wonder where it is today?

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  14. junk fiend
    Joined: Sep 16, 2008
    Posts: 430

    junk fiend

    those are awsome you should put all those on the cool pic thread.
  15. MORE PLEASE!!!

    I'm guessing fall of '56, -- no leaves on the trees, jackets, scarves and blankets, and only a few '57's in the pics.-- just a guess.

  16. Thanks.
    Tell me that pic of the cars in action behind the box of trophies just isnt the coolest pic
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  18. skunx1964
    Joined: Aug 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,456


    its funny how many of the pics are reversed, lol. great pics tho, my hands sore from right click savin em all....
  19. jasonp
    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 706

    from Aurora,IL

    awesome pics!! thanks
  20. Thanks for sharing such kool this one of the crowds along the fence line and standing on top of car roofs in the background.

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  21. I know ehat you mean, my new hard drive is filling up fast... Thanks HAMB
  22. Nitro Marty
    Joined: Nov 19, 2006
    Posts: 131

    Nitro Marty

    Awesome stuff!!!!

    Moline Illinois..... That would be the Quad Cities Dragway in Cordova Illinois. The track is still in operation as Cordova Dragway Park and is host to the longest running annual event in drag racing, "The World Series of Drag Racing", held the weekend before Labor Day each year. (The first three "Series' were held in Lawrenceville, IL)
    Also now in it's second year of hosting an NHRA nostalgia event, "Nostalgia Fest"....
  23. FoMoCoPower
    Joined: Feb 2, 2007
    Posts: 2,490


    Fawkin sweet stuff right there...
  24. mark schanfeldt
    Joined: Jun 28, 2007
    Posts: 89

    mark schanfeldt

    I think nitro marty is right it's Cordova. I first went there in Spring of '58 to watch Arnie Beswick. It was a long time ago but the timing stand seemed closer to staring line. The strip was blacktop everything else was sand and when wet it was double miserable. Pix look authentic and if I wasn't there that day there were other times just like 'em. Thanks for posting.
  25. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,099

    from Nebraska

    Great stuff... man, I love old photos like these. Thanks for posting them!!

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  27. motorhead711
    Joined: May 7, 2008
    Posts: 738


    Very, very cool old pics man. Thanks for putting those on.

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