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History Pel State Drag Strip

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by randy langston, Jul 29, 2017.

  1. randy langston
    Joined: Jul 29, 2017
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    randy langston

    Pel State Drag Strip Opelousas, La
    My mom and dad were very involved with this drag strip in the 60's any photos or info you have would be greatly appreciated. As a kid I worked in the weigh area and was tasked with writing class numbers on the windshields of the cars. Jayne and Dave David were the principals, My mom and dad were Hugh and Edna Langston any info or memories would be super
     
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  2. Never been there but, here's a picture off the internet and a bump for your thread. pelstate_tower_original_closeup_800x554.jpg
     
  3. els
    Joined: Sep 11, 2016
    Posts: 359

    els
    Member

    Very cool. thanx for reminding us of a cool track.
     
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  4. mickeyc
    Joined: Jul 8, 2008
    Posts: 1,066

    mickeyc
    Member

    Hello Randy, I did attend an event there in 68 or so. It
    was at an airport. I do think it was the same track. Stayed at
    the Orleans Hotel in "down town Opelousas." 6 bucks a night!
    What a deal!
     
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  5. HunterYJ
    Joined: Jul 2, 2010
    Posts: 119

    HunterYJ
    Member
    from Buda Texas

    Bumping this one for you Randy. :)
     
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  6. HemiDave
    Joined: Aug 7, 2006
    Posts: 465

    HemiDave
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    I know a thing or 2....

    I used to go to those races in Opelousas when I was a kid. In the early 80s I came across it in Mr. David's driveway in Lafayette. I aquire it, restored it and used to drive it to events and the Cajun Nationals in Baton Rouge. It is now in Austin, TX and will be going through another restoration and then hit some major events then go into a museum somewhere. That will take a few years. I now sits in my driveway with occasional trips to local events.

    It has the very first Christmas tree verified by Don Garlits.

    Dave
     

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  7. randy langston
    Joined: Jul 29, 2017
    Posts: 5

    randy langston

    Wow Dave that is so cool I'll have to show my Dad he will be thrilled to see her again thanks Randy
     
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  8. rlsteel
    Joined: Apr 10, 2005
    Posts: 412

    rlsteel
    Member

    Hi, Randy I just bought a 1965 Belvedere 1 that is an old drag car It has a pel state dragway plaque on the dash.
     
  9. HunterYJ
    Joined: Jul 2, 2010
    Posts: 119

    HunterYJ
    Member
    from Buda Texas

    Theres a page on Facebook called "Early Louisiana Drag Racing “pre 1980”?" and the South Louisiana Dragway Reunion is coming up November 23 and 24.

    https://www.southlanddragway.com

    "This year’s reunion will once again showcase 3 historic Louisiana dragstrips, Pel State Dragway, LaPlace Dragway and Southland Dragway. "

    Both should help you find more info and pics. The "Louisiana Drag Racing" facebook page has some early pics too.
     
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  10. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
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    41rodderz
    Member
    from Oregon

    Way cool and that you have a close tie with the drag strip .
     
  11. randy langston
    Joined: Jul 29, 2017
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    randy langston

     
  12. randy langston
    Joined: Jul 29, 2017
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    randy langston

    Hey Dave Was wondering how the restoration was going on the Pel State Timing Truck please post some photos if possible. If you are ever interested in passing it along please keep me in mind Thanks
     
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