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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by old.hot.rodder, Dec 3, 2021.

  1. old.hot.rodder
    Joined: Oct 13, 2012
    Posts: 257

    old.hot.rodder
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    Yippee! Track is good for a while at least. Voted yesterday to save the track. 428 Yes to save 78 sell 7 abstained. I am sure it is tough to turn down what must have been a huge offer for the 268 acres of prime land right off the highway. Thank you, owners who voted to save it! I will be there this summer!
     
  2. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,323

    catdad49
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    Saw this earlier, hope the petition helped to save the track. Great News!
     
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  3. woodyTom
    Joined: Jan 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,645

    woodyTom
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    from canton MI

    We don't race there but nice to see another track saved
     
  4. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,562

    oldiron 440
    Member

    Land values have gotten high enough to threaten all smaller tracks and the EPA is trying to eliminate the cars that race on them. It will be interesting to see how dragracing or any motor sports survive.
     
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  5. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,215

    seb fontana
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    from ct

    cows with fart bags are around the corner. They want to reduce methane and they show lawnmower engines. Back to the Sheep for lawn mowing!
     
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  6. COCONUTS
    Joined: May 5, 2015
    Posts: 1,058

    COCONUTS

    A buddy of mine lives right down the road from the track and to the other side is Star Speedway (if it is still in operation). Funny you can call him up on a Wednesday night or Sunday afternoon, and hear the cars going down the track.
     
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  7. Church Key
    Joined: Nov 30, 2004
    Posts: 1,514

    Church Key
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    Been going to New England Dragway since 1969, looking forward to many more years there.
     
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  8. old.hot.rodder
    Joined: Oct 13, 2012
    Posts: 257

    old.hot.rodder
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    I am only 20 miles away. Was there the year it opened in 1966
     
  9. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,718

    41rodderz
    Member
    from Oregon

    Nice to hear . Do they still have the all Mopar weekend ? Is Star , Lee and Hudson speedways still going strong?
     
  10. old.hot.rodder
    Joined: Oct 13, 2012
    Posts: 257

    old.hot.rodder
    Member

    Yes, All those tracks are still running strong. last year a small but very nice auto. museum was built on NHIS property. A new club has formed. N. H. muscle car club with 8K members. Things have been good to us in this area. lots to do in summer. Have 2 nice nostalgia races a summer at the Dragway now. Not sure about the Mopar weekend.
     
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  11. I've been going there as a racer and spectator since 1974. Glad to hear it's going to remain a drag strip!
     
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  12. brading
    Joined: Sep 9, 2019
    Posts: 478

    brading
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    That good news that another dragstrip has been saved.
     
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  13. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 2,485

    Mike VV
    Member
    from SoCal

    Yeah, and Fontana (SoCal) is closed. The only 1/4 mile track left in the area.
    Supposedly still a noise factor after they spent a LOT of money installing sound walls. Make me wonder if that was all it was. Trailers (lived in) are about a mile away.
    For those that don't know, it's located in the back parking lot of...the Auto Club International Raceway in Fontana. So I guess the open headered NASCAR guys are all right ! The last coupla years, only muffled cars could race at the drag strip.
    The trains stop and start right there in that location too. And they...aren't exactly quiet.

    And they wonder why we have such a street racing problem in SoCal.

    Mike
     
  14. Horror Business
    Joined: May 30, 2021
    Posts: 60

    Horror Business

    Great news! Thanks for the update.
     
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  15. tjm73
    Joined: Feb 17, 2006
    Posts: 3,406

    tjm73
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    Never been near the place. But glad to see it's been saved. Looked at it on Google Maps and it's a freaking big complex.
     
  16. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,558

    GordonC
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    Been there many times. Glad it was saved!
     
  17. great news indeed. although petitions sometimes are little more than feel-good gestures it's encouraging that this one seemed to do something.

    thanks for passing the word along!
     
  18. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,718

    41rodderz
    Member
    from Oregon

    I raced at Hudson and part of crew at Star. A buddy had a 1971 Challenger R/T that we took to the Mopar show at the drag strip .
     

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