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need drag strip info

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flatheadalb, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. I am working on a very coolproject and I need History info on the following strips. If you have other strips that are no longer around wtih breif bio info, chime in. hope you guys can help me!!

    American Rebel

    Riverside 1959
    Palmdale 1964
    Colton Morrow Field 1956
    Saugus Dragway 1951
    Vargo Dragway
    Paradise dragstrip
    George Ray Wildcat dragstrip 1961
    Tri city Dragway
    Dover dragstrip
    Detroit dragway 1959
    Fontana Drag City 1965
    Motor City Dragway 1957
    San fernando raceway "the Pond" 1955
    Kellog Field 1955
    San gabriel 1956
    Fresno 1956
    Kings dragstrip 1958
  2. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,832

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Lions 1968
    Santa Ana 1949
    Orange County 1968
  3. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,496

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    Flemington Drag Strip ,NJ 60's
  4. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 7,588

    from Phoenix,AZ

    The George Ray Strip is not gone,they have featured it on "HorsePower TV" on the Speed Channel.
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  5. 55X150
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 66


    New York National Speedway,Center Moriches ,N.Y. on Long Island.
    It closed in the late 70's or early 80's.
  6. Rich1028
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 222


    Tri city Dragway
    Tri-City Dragway in Saginaw was open from 1966 to 1978, closed same year as Onondaga! Im working on the location. An excerpt borrowed from the message board about Tri-City: "Dont remember exact operating date spread, but the track DID NOT close due to airport expansion. Track operator so angered local sportman racers they boycotted track. Place was owned by millionaire car dealer. As a "get even" track manager wandered the track with a post-hole digger forever destroying the surface when place closed. One of the countrys most beautiful tracks, strange management. Unfortunate end....John Lundberg"
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  7. LZ
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  8. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,675

    Larry T

    I think this has been covered in several threads but there's Green Valley/DFW, Sand Valley/Central Oklahoma, Cherokee Dragway/Frederick, OK., Victory Field/Vernon, Tx., Caddo Mills, Central Tx.
    Larry T
  9. thanks guys..big help...i will be letting you all know more about the project in the months to come.

  10. Dino the weirdo
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 879

    Dino the weirdo

  11. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,600


    What do the dates signify??? Opening closing?
    Lions, for example, ran from 1955-1972....
  12. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
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    Staff Member

  13. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,124


    Not sure how much you need to know, but:

    Riverside was the straightaway for a road course, sometimes ran 1/2 mile under SCTA, closed in '70's, now covered with houses.

    Colton was a fairly short track, if you ran off the end you went up a hill and over it, into a cemetary (happened to me once) is still there, track closed in '70s

    Saugus was on the site of the S King airstrip, near Newhall, opened around '51, closed in '56 when the airport owner sold the field, now covered with houses, nothing remains of the track...Saugus was one of the first strips to hold night drags, with a giant searchlight pointing down the track...Lou Baney ran Saugus, and a lot of lakes guys stopped off to run it on their way home from El Mirage.

    Fontana opened around '60, was west of Fontana right on Route 66, I remember that the shutoff was not well lit during night races.

    There were actually two San Gabriel's -- one near Arrow Highway that closed in late '50s and another that opened nearby...closed in early '60s, and later Irwindale opened not far away.

    San Fernando opened around '56, was right next to the San Fernando airport...shutoff ran under a bridge that Foothill Blvd ran over, several fatalities when guys hit the bridge abutment...houses right next to the track, so competition cars could only run between 12-3:00...finally the noise complaints closed the track...Harry Hibler ran it, and was one of the good managers, always slipped you a few bucks if he knew you were broke...

    Fresno was actually near Raisin City, great track, well managed...there is another thread here on it, with pictures of it now...closed a long time ago.

    All these tracks were the lifeblood of drag racing, and those of us who ran there still miss them.
  14. Mad Mark
    Joined: Jun 23, 2007
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    Mad Mark

  15. DR
    Joined: May 27, 2008
    Posts: 27


    I went to Rasin City many times and raced an A Altered T roadster owned by Joey Alves and we used my 23 T roadster pick-up as a push car. We'd come out of the top end and fire the roadster heading to the line, turn around and make a burn out then make our timing run or race. The car tirned a 10.56 ET 158 MPH the first day I drove it in 1965. Hilborne injected SBC w/ a 2 speed LaSalle trans. I'd love to see any photos if anyone has some of the altered and the push car. Dave Rocha
  16. DR
    Joined: May 27, 2008
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