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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Tinker51, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. MUNCIE
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  2. Thats funny there.... I lived in Dallas from '90-'96... and that was it...
    or even Wildwood, Triangle(down by Astro drive-in), or even the Brewery-South Ft. Worth.
    Boy them days were awesome......

    Bryan
     
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  4. Boodlum
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    Caddo Mills was an old concrete WW2 triangular airfield that was used in emergencies if a student pilot got lost and had to set down. I've heard Caddo Mills was the first NHRA sanctioned track east of California. Stock cars used to line up six or seven across and the flagman had to look for the biggest gap to stand in. T.D Brown used to own it after the govt sold the base. Anybody else there the day the gyrocopter lost its main rotor and augured-in right beside the runway?

    Was Harcroft the guy called "Hands"? That guy Hands was effing HUGE! Heard said you could pass a half dollar through his ring. Saw him absolutely destroy a couple guys that got into a fight with him in the pits.

    Bood
     
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  6. hotrodtom
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    Boy, you must be a kid! I think they're more interested in Double Eagle Drag Raceway, which was on Gibbs-Sprawl off the end of Walzem, and operated from the early '50's until sometime in the '60s or '70s. There was an article about it in the Sunday Express-News a few months ago.
    I raced there in the early '60s with a very slow '53 Ford, and later with a not-quite-so-low '61 Dodge Lancer.
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  7. Herdez
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    Soupup magazine has this on CADDO. Great online mag. click

    You mean this guy? August "Hands" was from Austin click

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  8. hotrodtom
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    Was Harcroft the guy called "Hands"? That guy Hands was effing HUGE! Heard said you could pass a half dollar through his ring. Saw him absolutely destroy a couple guys that got into a fight with him in the pits.

    Bood[/quote]

    "Hands" (or Hans) was August Hartkopf of Austin, who ran a white '56 Bel Air in D Gas. The guys he destroyed were probably ones who called him "Hands" to his face -- he hated it. He suffered from a pituitary imbalance called craniomegaly, and it later caused his untimely death. Hartkopf's Garage was on Bee Caves Road, I think it was, (South First Street?) between South Lamar and Zilker Park.
    I saw him one Sunday pull up to the starting line at Double Eagle, park the car with the engine running, open the hood, reach into a running engine and come out with the fan belt. Amazing guy. He's in a drag racing Hall of Fame somewhere, I think.
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  9. 1940 Willys Coupe
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    For The Day Shift!

    Thanks for all the great stories guys on Texas Drag Strips!

    And yes, August was and still is a legend!

    Anyone got any pictures of Butch Lake's 55 Sedan Delivery?

    That Butch would be August's brother.

    Thanks to the HAMB and all the people who make it great!

    Gary
     
  10. ESCOTT427
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    Couldn't help but notice the Custom Automotive Logo. Since someone mentioned Manana and I35, how bout Crown and Emerald, right next to Custom's warehouse. I knew Charlie Adams (sr and jr) "back in the day". Did lots of burnouts on that corner
     
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    Bee Caves Road, I think it was, (South First Street?) between South Lamar and Zilker Park.

    Barton Springs it was. Senior Moment...
    Fearless
     
  12. shit, I use to damn near live out at Emerald or California crossings,@ 86-91.
     
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  14. racer32
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    What he said!
     
  15. Wheelie
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    My dad used to race at the Circle Drag strip. This thread I can dig!
     
  16. Rodd Field, Corpus Christi
     
  17. California Crossing... that was it, not wildwood.... I remembered where, just not what it was called....
    And... Emerald, Wow.... those were the days ('90-'94)
    That's where I meet Alan Meyer (Larry Meyer/Top Fuel Crew Chief's Son) They had a shop in Irving. I never did get to meet Larry.

    Memories......
     
  18. 408 AA/D
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    About all I know it is on the N.W. side of town, North of Hwy. 82 and West of Hwy 377. From what I understand some of the old strip is still there. I will do some digging around and see if I can come up with more details.

    408 AA/D
     
  19. Tinker51
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  20. Tinker, Help an old geezer here, what does "move up btt" mean? I see it all the time, and I have no clue what some of the jargon is....Thanks, Mike
     
  21. That is putting this thread back on first page

    BTT= Back to top
     
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  22. racer32
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    I can remember being able to hear the nitro cars at Amarillo Dragway all the way at my house when the wind was right. We Lived a LONG way from the track, too. If I had to guess I'd say 10 or so miles as the crow flies.
     
  23. racer32
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    I spent a little while scoping google satellite maps this afternoon-didn't see anything, but more details might get an aerial shot.

    Off-topic, but does anyone know where Jackrabbit Speedway (dirt track) was? I heard there are still grandstands there.
     
  24. Robbie Horn
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    There was one in Elmott texas called Mustang Dragway. I think it closed in the 60's. It was before my time but it comes up every now and then .One of my good friends Billy Green was the flagman. He has shown me how they use to wave the flag to start em off. I wonder if ol Rich on pinks has ever seen one of the ol flaggers inn action.To me it would be more fun watching him do the flag start than doing the cheerleader arm drop.
     
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  25. Robbie Horn
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    I remember my dad telling me about one out around speegleville texas that was dirt in the 50's. He had a 50 merc that would do about 60 mph in the 1/4 which was fast back then. They had some kind of device that would give mile per hour but they didn't do ET's. Maybe this will jog somebodys memory till mine thinks of what it was called.
     
  26. Tinker51
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    thanks everyone for your feed back. i hope it brings good memorys to all.
    how about the dirt strip in mesquite, by the old rodio grounds.??
    the como strip is southeast of sulphur springs on hwy 11 its across the hwy from the high school, the gazetteer map its called the flying b, earth googles shows along runway run south.
    i'm still looking. hope to see ya'll at the texas thaw. i'll be there to help my cousin with his injected dragster.
    thanks again.
    charles faulkner

    good night america and all her ships at sea
     
  27. The Hop Walla
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    I wasn't even into drag racing in the '80s and '90s but I still remember going out to Crown and Emerald. It would get jam packed with cars until the cops came. Then we'd all head over to California Crossing.
     
  28. Fly'n Kolors
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    My shop is between Ed Mabry and Gene Snow, I'll go show Ed this thread and see if he remembers some more... Do OUTLAW MIDNIGHT DRAGSTRIPS count???
     
  29. My Uncle took me to Caddo Mills (????) when I was like 14-15 years old. First drag strip I had ever been to. I remember a '55 Buick Century was the fastest stock car there. He lived in Ft. Worth and picked me up at the train station in Dallas and it was, like, 30 miles of country between Ft. Worth and Dallas.
     
  30. Tinker51.........you gonna run everybody off here with that avatar !!!!!!!Tell your old man to get up off his ass and go to work...........
     

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