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History Orange County Drag Races

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jul 19, 2021 at 1:59 PM.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,693

    from Austin, TX
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    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    Orange County Drag Races


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  2. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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  3. Ryan,

    The trophies at Bonneville, don't have the location,,, I think most know where it is
    And with the Orange County, true, is it New York? Florida? Or So Cal???

  4. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,693

    from Austin, TX
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    solid point.
  5. flathead60
    Joined: Sep 10, 2018
    Posts: 25

    from NH

    I don't know anything about Barrow Goldberg, but I checked the self-published book by Leslie Long and Don Tuttle, which has the results of all the races at Orange County Airport Drag Races from 1950 thru 1956. (I think the track closed in 1959.) The results were published the following Monday in the Orange County Register. The book is basically copies of all those clippings. On March 13, 1955, it lists a winning coupe with a time of 123.95, same as on the trophy. It only lists the winner as "Howard Cans (sic) Special", so it looks like Mr. Goldberg was sponsored by Howard Cams. Maybe that can help sleuth out who he was.

    The trophies are gorgeous, quite an upgrade from the ones my dad won in 1951.
    '36 with trophies.JPG

    Although the image on the trophies isn't exactly the same, it's quite similar to the image on the lapel pin that was given to all racers on the first anniversary of the drag strip's opening:
    O.C.Drags lapel pin.jpg
    The background story about this car was posted here, if you haven't already seen it:

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  6. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,055

    from California

    keep your cherished trophies for 66 years so your family can sell them at a yard sale.
  7. Great save there on them trophy's !
  8. That's why all of mine were given away 5 years ago. I knew I was the only one they meant anything to. :(
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  9. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
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    Same here gave them all away to a local kid about 12 that was the son of a friend of mine. The kid was a hellion and headed for big trouble so my friend asked it I could talk with him LOL.

    So I gave it a shot and took him along with me on a drag racing Sunday and gave him little things he could help out with while I ran, like picking up the time slips, spraying the radiator with water things like that. He was having a blast and I gave him the trophy I won that afternoon.

    I dropped the bomb on him on the way home ............... told him if he enjoyed what we did and he wanted to do it himself some day he would have to start trying in school and stay out of trouble or he would never get his drivers license.

    Happy to report his dad called a couple weeks later and said "what the hell did you do with him he is a completely different kid no problems from him anymore"

    He stayed on the straight and narrow and grew up to be a champion motorcycle racer and has a great family.

    One of my better moments over my lifetime. :)
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  10. Thanks for helping the youngster. Too many of us old timers won't take the time, and, or, effort to impart our knowledge to the younger crowd. A couple of years ago I attended a hot rod parts auction, and re-connected with an old acquaintance. After the auction we were talking about old times and what we had done. There were 3 younger guys, late 20's, early 30's listening to us for a couple of hours. Later when I got home, I got an e-mail from one of the young guys thanking us for letting them be with us and to enjoy our tales from days gone by. He said that most of the older guys would not even let them partake in any form at all. This e-mail means a lot to me, and I will always keep it in my computer. I feel that I am trying to do my part for the next group of people coming up. I am 80 years old, now it is their turn
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2021 at 10:10 PM
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