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When was your first time at a dragstrip?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kentuckian, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. pro85fiero
    Joined: Nov 4, 2010
    Posts: 266


    I can't remember when was my first time at the track, I'm guessing around '75. But I can remember the first Drag car that really did it for me. It was Jim Oddy's Blown Hemi powered, 4 port injected Opal GT. This was the car that turned me on to LITTLE CARS with BIG ENGINES. Check out my "About Me" page and you will see what I mean.
    Just a little F.Y.I.: Jim Oddy sold the Opal GT in I think the late 70's to someone who wrapped it around a cement "christmas tree" at Beach Bend in Bowling Green, KY. If you look around the H.A.M.B. nation site you can find pictures of the Opal hitting the tree.:(
  2. Mike Rotch
    Joined: Jul 15, 2010
    Posts: 166

    Mike Rotch
    from Easley SC

    The first time I went to one the sounds & vibrations triggered a panic attack with my friend. I had to drive his dumb ass home with him flipping out like he was on acid. Even had to hold his ass in the car and threaten him with violence for trying to jump out of the car one time. Haven't went to one since.
  3. 1963 at Sanford, Maine. Tom Ivo was match racing the A & B Speed Shop injected nitro Chevrolet.
  4. Arlington,Washington 1965 the Travel-On's Gas and Fuel Championships
  5. hotrodtom
    Joined: Apr 14, 2005
    Posts: 231


    Late '59 or '60 at Double Eagle Drag Raceway in San Antonio. I thought I was hot stuff with a '53 Ford with Offy heads and duals. August "Hands" Hartkopf showed me otherwise...
    Fearless (that was my nickname then, too).
  6. klleetrucking
    Joined: Nov 3, 2007
    Posts: 72

    from Dalzell,SC

    Aquasco 1963, 12 years old, loved it ever since.

    Post # 302, love your username LMFAO!
  7. toms37gmc
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 147


    Spring of 1970 to Thunder Valley Dragway outside of Marion South Dakota. Rode down from Brookings SD in my college roomies nearly new ram-air Firebird (his old man was a well to do farmer). The big attraction was Larry Fullerton's Trojan Horse Mustang against Sherril Greer's Unchained Lightening. They got in an hour or so of time trials before the whole day rained out.
  8. About 1967 - 68 ...Fremont! Bad asssss! I was 10 or 11...depending on year.
  9. Fedcospeed
    Joined: Aug 17, 2008
    Posts: 2,011


    Most likely around 64,I was 4 years old.My grandfathers tin knockers shop was accross a couple fields from Niagara Dragstrip NF.Used to sit on the roof and watch or walk through fields right to track.Those were the days of Sunday burnouts ,jets from the airforce base flying everyday and Bell Aerospace test firing rocket engines at 7 am.
  10. lowkroozer
    Joined: Jun 1, 2006
    Posts: 601


    Akron airport ,Akron Ohio 1956-57 Saw Art Arfons green monster,Ed Shartmans and ron Hassels 55 ,56 chevies run gass classes and I was 15 to 16 years old .I went with my brother and his buddy .Also got to see Otie Smith AA/Fuel Altered roadster ,,,that pass set the hook on my fish line and I am still hooked.
  11. butch
    Joined: Jun 3, 2001
    Posts: 67

    from Michigan

    Around 67 I was 10 years old went with my dad to Tri City Dragway. Went to see my cousin run his 62 vet.
  12. christmas tree
    Joined: Dec 7, 2009
    Posts: 335

    christmas tree

    George Field, Ill. 1957 Them were the days. Xmas tree
  13. Cabaniss Field - Corpus Christi Hot Rod Association, early 90's. There wasn't a local dragstrip nearby when I was a kid, so when they started doing the monthly races at the training air field, I started going when I was a freshman in high school with my dad and with friends. The monthly races were too far apart for my friends and I, so we started taking off after school on Wednesdays and driving our cars to Alamo Dragway in San Antonio (about 125 miles each way) to do the test & tune runs, then back again on Fridays or Saturdays for brackets and T/O runs. I remember Alamo would let us run for free on Wednesdays/Fridays since we traveled so far to race. Luckily our folks didn't mind us dragging in at 2-3am on school nights.
  14. 5w32
    Joined: Jan 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,063


    mission raceway, not sure when the first time was( about 1966-67) , i used my box brownie camera the first time. here are some misc. old photos from the old days

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  15. 5w32
    Joined: Jan 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,063


    found a few more newer ones of the taylor mcnicol chevy wagon , what a killer car!

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  16. Hebert Racing
    Joined: Aug 1, 2010
    Posts: 27

    Hebert Racing
    from Louisiana

    The 1977 Cajun Nationals ; i was only a few months old . Pretty much grew up at the races.
  17. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,949

    from Michigan

    Summer of '71 at DETROIT DRAGWAY... :)
  18. 1967 Fremont raceway 9 years old Pete.
  19. madpole
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 629


    winternationals in pomona. had to be around 1985. about 10 years old at the time. still love it.
  20. LittleFauss
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 272


    .....'8 or 9 years old and probably 1962(?)

    Kingdon Drag Strip, Lodi, CA.

    Don Garlits, TV Tommy, Connie Swingle, Art Malone, Connie Kalitta in the Bounty Hunter, Masters and Richter, w/Denny Milani, Ted Gotelli and Romeo Palamides in his jet-car as an exhibition. Romeo was way over a second faster than top-fuel and about 80MPH faster. His e.t. and speed was something like 6.50, 260MPH.

    Does anyone remember when Big Daddy used to run the 'white-walls' on both rear tires???

    Mark Hinds--Romeo was probably the guy you are referring to match racing TV Tommy.

    Mr. Jean--Thanks for the pic of the Panella car. As far as I know, Bobby's still running Panella Trucking out in Stockton/Lodi (CA) And Bobby's son, Bob,Jr. was NHRA Truck Series champion 10+ years ago.
  21. Tripple G
    Joined: Oct 21, 2010
    Posts: 368

    Tripple G

    Dragway 42 - West Salem, OH when I was a teenager. Remember seeing "Fast Eddie" Schartman back then. He was a local hero from my home town of Olmsted Falls, OH (at least that's where his salvage yard was ... almost on the corner of Bagley & Lewis Roads) A source for many old parts to keep'em running. Also went to Norwalk back in the early days. Now go ever year, for the NHRA, Summit Racing Equipment event in June. National Trail, Pacemakers & Magnolia are also close by.
  22. flthd
    Joined: Sep 13, 2010
    Posts: 169


    Great shovel pic Mr Haney:)Early eightys my neighbor would take us to us 30 it was great. I was around 8.Gaurd your racetrack I can garuntee some one wants to put a church or a bank there.
  23. tad626
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
    Posts: 49


    1957, Sanford Maine. Speed Sport roadster, Setto Postonian, and some guy from Florida running carburators.
  24. Cody Walls
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,349

    Cody Walls

    Actually I've never been to one ,
  25. Blue Moon Garage
    Joined: Mar 1, 2009
    Posts: 278

    Blue Moon Garage

    September 13, 2010, age 65.
  26. Future Stock
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 71

    Future Stock

    WOODPECKER, Try it! You have a nice one right down the road, US 13 in Delmar.
  27. Cody Walls
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,349

    Cody Walls

    Will do when I get a chance to get away from my busy secidual, future stock
  28. Future Stock
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 71

    Future Stock

    1975 @ 75-80 dragway in Monrovia Md.
  29. gasser300
    Joined: May 25, 2010
    Posts: 486

    from Ft Worth

    I can remember that anytime my dad would drive past Yello Belly, outside Dallas, I would try to watch and look at as much as I could while driving by.

    Late 60's early 70's
  30. nachodog
    Joined: Dec 24, 2009
    Posts: 111

    from socal

    1995 went to pomona dragstrip for a field trip with my autoshop class. One of the few days that i didn't ditch school. Actually, i would ditch my other classes to spend time in shop class. Good ol' Doc. Would let us do just about anything we wanted as long as we got whatever he asked for first.

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