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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. sopherdog
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
    Posts: 5


    Connecticut Dragway-Colchester Connecticut. Years include 1968-1974. My friends were running in the Gas, Superstock, & Modified Production classes.

  2. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,687


    Steamboat Mountain, outside of Abilene Texas, 1974. Still remember it like it was yesterday.
  3. Craven Moorhead
    Joined: May 4, 2005
    Posts: 141

    Craven Moorhead
    from New Berlin

    1967 Union Grove, I was 5.
  4. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,762

    from Oregon

    I was about 12 years old. Early 60's and the venue was Woodburn Dragstrip. I've been into hotrods and cars since I was old enough to walk and talk, but since my family wasn't a "car family" I was kinda odd man out as a kid.
    Next door neighbor was my age and his dad was really into cars, so my first trip was with him and his dad. It was everything I dreamed of, and I sure didn't want that day to end! After that day there was no hope for me! I began saving my money and bought my first project from my uncle by the end of the summer in 1963 at almost 13 yrs. old. A '47 International panel truck.
  5. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,700

    from Canada

    St. Thomas Dragway just south of London, Ontario in 1963 or 64. It was a NHRA points meet and my friend (Basic on the HAMB) and I went with his brother in law, Brooke DeShaw (RIP). He was racing a 23T B/A car that for its time was state of the art. Lots of fun for a couple of 13 year olds.

    Loved the sounds, smell (well maybe not the outhouse so much) and the cars. Color everywhere. Great memories.
  6. Luckyred53
    Joined: Sep 16, 2011
    Posts: 39


    First time I was 16 . 1969 ATCO Dragway Atco NJ . 20 Pro Stocks Final between Grumpy jenkens and Ronnie Sox - Wheels up Ronnie Sox won been addicted since -- Those were the day's ........
  7. 52Poncho
    Joined: Apr 23, 2011
    Posts: 256


    1966 Minnesota Dragways watched Tom Hoover in his AA/FD. Meet him personally in the 70's when I pitted for Vern Moats. Those were fun times I'll never forget. :)
  8. edljames
    Joined: May 2, 2008
    Posts: 232

    from OK

    Nationals - Oklahoma City about 1957 - Green Monster with the Allison was most memorable - that is if my memory is still any good.
  9. Fedman
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,163


    My first time was 1975 Mission Raceway, BC Canada. I was 16
    1976 I started Crewing on this C/ED.
    1978 I built a Drag Bike.
    I Still have the Dragster and Retired at the end of 2008 with alot of great memories!


    The Bike


    And The Dragster when we Retired.

  10. Jibs
    Joined: May 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,585


    May 10, 1964 opening day at Pittsburgh International Dragway. I was 17 years old.
  11. tmfcracing
    Joined: Feb 25, 2009
    Posts: 984

    from Sweden

    My story is a little bit fun, my first ever contact with this sport was when I was something like 7 years old. My dad throw me down in the seat of a dragster on a local fair, it was scary and I renember that I cried like shit.
    10 years later I did find interest in building hot rods and 20 years later I somehow ended up running my own tafc in the
    European championship :)
  12. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,772

    Marty Strode

    August 1960 McMinnville Dragstrip here in Oregon. I was almost 12, the car I remember most was a turquoise 36 Ford roadster with a big Pontiac engine. It was hazing the tires all the way to the finish line. What an exciting day that cemented my future as a racer and builder.
  13. 26 roadster
    Joined: Apr 21, 2008
    Posts: 2,015

    26 roadster

    1956 in Knoxville, TN I was 7 and the Corvette's beat the Thunderbird's!
  14. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,695


    I was 16, and went to Puyallup Dragway with a friend. While walking through the pits, my friend pulls me out of the way of a Ford P.U. truck that was being driven too fast by some guy named Jerry Ruth; he thought he was a "King" or something. A few years later I took my younger brother to his first drag race at Seattle International Raceway; a friend and I both took our cars to the Grudge Drags. My younger brother disappears at one point, and I can't find him anywhere. My friend comes back into the pits after making a run, and I ask him if he's seen my brother. He pops the truck, and my brother crawls out; friend put him in the truck for weight to get traction. To this day I tell the story of the only time my brother's been down a drag strip, he was in the trunk of a car. And to "fedman" on the pics he posted; my street car at the time is in the background of the Bremerton Raceway shot, that's Quinonis (sp) in the starter box, and his son Ernie (#22 on the shirt), and my NHRA number was 6999. Had a Pro Bracket 56 Chevrolet Business Coupe at the time. Later, I was member of the Handler's Racing Association for 4 years; operators of Bremerton Raceway since 1959. Small world is'nt it? Butch/56sedandelivery.
  15. pg409
    Joined: Sep 27, 2009
    Posts: 121


    BC Custom Car Association drags at Abbotsford Airport, Abbotsford, B.C.
  16. CANS01
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
    Posts: 80

    from Illinois

    Around 10 years old sometime in the early 1980's at the Super Chevy Show held at Brownsburg, Indiana.
  17. wayne-o
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 279


    1963, Detroit Dragway. Was 14 and on vacation with the family. Just happened to stay at a motel that Tommy Ivo was staying at with his dragster on a two wheel trailer. Begged, pleaded, and probably cried to get my dad to take us to the strip that night. He was a stick and ball guy and could have cared less about cars. I remember he was in shock at what the tickets cost for me, my three younger brothers and he and my mother.
    Saw Ivo run Garlits in a two out of three match race. Don't remember who won but I was hooked after that.
  18. russell1955
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 40

    from Ohio

    Probably in diapers
    Thanks Dad!!



  19. Probably about 9 or 10. Went to LACR Dragstrip in Lancaster.
  20. Early fifties in Livonia MI. saw Art Arfons and Frank Macks T roadster, after that I was hooked.
  21. Realist
    Joined: May 3, 2009
    Posts: 17


    1953, I was 13. Dad kept his airplane at an airport in Lake Wales, FL, where they drag-raced on Sundays. I was supposed to be helping him wax under the wings and fuselage, but couldn't keep my eyes off the cars racing. Three years later, I was working part time in a garage and racing my 2-dr '51 Ford six! Man, wish I still had that Ford!
  22. finishline
    Joined: Nov 24, 2011
    Posts: 19


    first time was 1963 atco raceway flag starter, kool cars i was hooked. race there, now work there ,cannot wait for next season.
  23. 29AVEE8
    Joined: Jun 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,384


    They tell me it was Colton, sometime in '51. I have no memory of it as I was born in March of '50. My Dad said when I first heard a fuel flathead fire up that I twisted my head/ears like a puppy hearing a new sound for the first time. He said he knew I was lost to this disease that we share.

    (edit) This is my post 404 on here how appropriate for a flathead comment.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
  24. russell1955
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 40

    from Ohio

  25. '61 or '62 at ATCO Dragway. Through my teens, I used to just about "live there" every weekend,,,,or whenever I could scrape up $2.00. The rich kids used to pay $5.00 !!! to get into the pits.
  26. I was probably 7 or 8, my older brother took me to Ramona Dragstrip, and I remember Tommy Ivo's "Showboat" making a pass...the rest of the cars have faded in my memory now, but that dragster making a 4 wheel tire smokin' pass did something to me... 8)
  27. rustednutz
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 1,580

    from tulsa, ok

    '63 or '64, Tulsa North Airport, I was about 10 years old. Racers used to race Sundays on the runway. I remember sitting with my Dad in our airplane waiting to take off when I saw my first "slingshot dragster". Man was that thing fast, or so it seemed, to a wide eyed kid. Been hooked ever since.
  28. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,179


    I think it was 1956 at Grand Island, Ne. I was there in my 33 Chevy at age 14, small town driving underage was usual. What great memories of a real treat watching 55 Chevy's and a few Studes with bad ass blown 289's tearing it up in a/stock class. Wow man, third gear rubber!! ~sololobo~
  29. mike hohnstein
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
    Posts: 262

    mike hohnstein
    from wisconsin

    1965 Woodburn OR, I was 17, it fucking rained, what a surprise. However there was a couple 57 chevies trying to make partial passes, turning 'em up to 8 grand, that was amazing.
  30. hilltowner
    Joined: Apr 24, 2010
    Posts: 17


    1972, Lebanon Valley Dragway N.Y.. Coca -Cola Calvacade of Stars. 12 years old. Jungle Jim, Frank Federici, Ramchargers, Eastern Raider, Trojan Horse and more.

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