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Sunset drag strip, Mercer, PA

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Andamo, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,695

    Atwater Mike

    Many gone out here in Ca., just go out there and listen...Fremont (Baylands)
    Like the beginning of "12 O'Clock High"...Kurt Jergens stands and watches, the ghost B17s appear, coming back from a sortie over Germany's bearing factories...
    I think I could hear Big Daddy Don Garlits firing up the old 'Swamp Rat' FED...
    Ghost sounds...
  2. Dave Gray
    Joined: Sep 4, 2010
    Posts: 114

    Dave Gray

  3. Ramblur
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,101


    Of course it would be a Hudson guy... Lol I've got a stock 30 Essex coupe and a 308 Twin-H powered 49 Commodore. Small world... I'll ask the guy with the Duster if he remembers,but it sure looks like it.
  4. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 5,686


    Surprised someone has't stolen the sign from the garage building. I have a fairly large Pennzoil, "Bremerton Raceway" sign from my time with the track. Had a Canadian fella offer me $500.00 for it; I still have it! Sort of a fitting name for SUNSET Drag Strip. Really too bad. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
  5. bschwoeble
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 395


    I won my first trophy there. B/S, the summer of "65". Dog leg shut off area. They held some of the best funny car meets. I remember Kosty Ivanoff telling how his family got from east Germany to west Germany. Good memories. They even held reverse drags there. Now that was scary.
  6. JC Sparks
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 683

    JC Sparks
    from Ohio

    26229528_1685082144883428_7350062260509013576_n.jpg We ran there about 1980 in a 8 car match race. We had just completed this build, it was some of the first runs on it. Finders had lost a leg a year or two earlier in a crash so he made a peg leg out of a pc. of chromoly for his clutch leg. It fit into a larger pc. of tubing on the clutch pedal.
    He does a long burnout and once he come off the throttle I see the car making a slow drift to the left until it just touches the grass and rolls a while. I wasn't sure what happen because he was so far down track. After a minute he starts backing up and we line him up and makes the run. At the end of the track I ask what happened there. He tells me Oh, the peg leg fell out of the clutch pedal and I was trying to get it back in.
  7. Bad Banana
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 772

    Bad Banana
    from Oklahoma

    The first time I drove this car was at Sunset probably spring of 1984. It had a tunnel ram small block with a 3 speed lenco. We got there early before it opened and were parked at the road. Someone who worked there came along and opened the gate and told us to go in and park and they would be back later. We unloaded the car and since I had never driven it before, my dad gets the idea to let me test.

    We had the tire pressure too high, wheelie bars set too low, cold track and tires and no rubber down. I revved it up and dropped the clutch and it shook the tires and veered right violently. I got out of it and just cruised it down the track. Turned around and came back up the track. My buddies who were there were laughing at me for getting out of it.

    I turned it around and did it again. The exact same thing happened but this time I stayed in it (I'm no wimp) and grabbed second gear and it started to whip as I was overcorrecting and it got so bad it was up on 3 wheels as it went back and forth taking up both lanes. It finally got in the grass and I saved it and turned around and came back up the track again. I shut it off and coasted up to where my dad was standing and nobody was laughing this time. My dad broke the silence by saying " what were you doing in the grass?".

    We took it back to the We dropped the tire pressure and raised the wheelie bars and once they opened the track we got it going low 6s that day. It's a day I'll never forget.

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    Last edited: Mar 16, 2019
  8. Bad Banana
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 772

    Bad Banana
    from Oklahoma

  9. lilcuda
    Joined: Sunday
    Posts: 1


    New guy here, I know this thread is old, but I am searching for info and/or pictures of my recently acquired 1967 Plymouth Belvedere II. It came with a small plaque the reads "Sunset Drag Strip Class Winner". I was told it was from 1968, but that info is second (or third) hand. Any info is appreciated!

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