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  1. Mazooma1
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    opening day at Lions Drag Strip in Wilmington...1955, at 223rd and Alameda,
    no catwalk or tower side grandstands yet....

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    HolyhorsepowerShit!!:eek:

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  3. Steve Hedke
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    Carrell Speedway in Gardena is advertising a AAA 'Big Car' (Indy car) race featuring Indy star Rex Mays. In January, on my birthday! I did go there when just a wee lad, back in the days when a racetrack was no more than 30 minutes away from just about anywhere in LA. Midget and jalopy racing were common, but the 'big cars' were an event.
     

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    You are right about that. Combed through many pics at LA library, UCLA library, etc. and the only ones I found were staged by the press for story purposes. Nice shot.

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  5. Man so many cool pictures that i cant even remember who started this thread. :confused: Thanks to everyone that posted pictures. :)
     
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    Harvey Firestone:
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    wouldn't be complete without a shot of early Pomona.......

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    no pictorial history of automotive Los Angeles would be complete without mentioning Blair's Speed Shop. This is one of the first decals...

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    east of Los Angeles was the San Gabriel Drag Strip which proceeded the opening of the Irwindale Drag Strip in 1965.
    "San Gabe" was always a neat place to see something unusual...
    like a three-wheeled dragster
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    I lived close enough that I could ride my bicycle to watch the drags:)
     
  12. Great pix! Even I can remember when they were called "Service Stations".
     
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    you can't tell the story about cars and Los Angeles without something to eat!

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    A.J. Foyt, steering his midget car at Gardena's Ascot Park. The half-mile oval opened in 1957 on a 37-acre dump site, but it soon became the busiest dirt track in the nation (and a training ground for many Indianapol<WBR>is 500 drivers). Every type of motorized vehicle--f<WBR>rom motorcycle<WBR>s to ATV three-whee<WBR>lers to destructio<WBR>n derbies--r<WBR>aced at Ascot before it closed in 1990. Photo dated: December 4, 1961.
     
  15. I would have loved to snoop around that place back in the day. :rolleyes:
     
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    keep them coming! love this shit! i love how triple A in their monthly mag, the back page is my favorite. some old picture of some where in california, of people in their car doing a road trip, or a service station or something car related! pick one up and look!
     
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    Great pics folks. I especially like the repair shop pics, i can sort of relate to those
     
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    Posing before a sample of beatnik art are Miss Beatnik of 1959 contestant<WBR>s in Venice, Calif.:cool:
     
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    Good night ya'll, getting goofy:p
     
  24. Bloody hell, how many of you Victorians saw the 40s-50s LA pics and thought it looked a lot like the eastern suburbs of Melbourne? That could be Mt Dandynong in the back of some of those pics!!

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  25. Mazooma1
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    My policeman Dad took this in 1947...Route 66 where it goes through Pasadena

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    the local car club

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    oddly enough, this wreck was just down the street from where the roadster flipped...I drive by this spot three or four times a week, and I still can't drive by without thinking of this photo

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  26. Mazooma1
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    Mazooma, you remember the old Firestone plant before it became the Citadel? hard to believe that was a tire factory.[/QUOTE]

    Couldn't miss it...it was like a huge castle

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    here it is today

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  27. Hey thats where I was Born way back in 1950...
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  28. Mazooma1
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    I was born in 1950, too...in Pasadena, St. Lukes

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  29. Couldn't miss it...it was like a huge castle

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    here it is today

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    Hate to be the one to correct. Top pic is @ Firestone and Santa Fe, Bottom pick is along the 5 frwy or Telegragh Rd,
    between 710 and 605
     
  30. Casey
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    great post I was born in 66 in Burbank and grew up? around LA sure is a neat look back before my time
     

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