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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. spiritof67
    Joined: Jun 29, 2012
    Posts: 32


    York US30 when I was 16 (1964). I attended weekly as often as I could hitch a ride (didn't have a car) until I got my Honda CB160 and could get there on my own. I also got rides of friends, including school mate David Birmingham who had a '66 Chevy II Supersport with the 350 HP/4 speed package.....

    I once held a torque wrench for Conrad Kalitta as he was running the valves on his cammer Bounty Hunter. Can you imagine an F/D pro asking some skinny kid to help him today? No barriers, fences, tents or any of that other crap we put up with in NHRA today back then. The pits were't even paved!


    PS: If anyone out there has a US30 jacket patch, please message me!
  2. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,982


    to watch in 1958--to run 1959--- Madera Drags. Also ran at Raisin City, Ballico, Famoso, Marchbanks and Half Moon Bay from 59 to 65. Then started playing again in the 80's at Sears Pt and Fremont. Now just go help on my friends C/Gas Chevelle in the 9.60 class.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2015
  3. Thirty years ago+, Houston Freeway Dragstrip, sitting on top of Grandpa's motorhome in the parking lot watching Prudhome and McEwen's funny cars. Never realized back then it would never get any better than that! I miss those days.
  4. Lil32
    Joined: Apr 4, 2012
    Posts: 1,429


    1967 at the Surfers Paradise Raceway,I was 18. Ran my first car at the opening of the new Townsville Dragstrip about 1969
  5. 69f100
    Joined: Dec 3, 2009
    Posts: 734

    from So-Cal

    I uhh... I've never been.

    woke the blood up in my head at the cackle fest in long beach, but never actually been to a drag.
  6. bigdaddylove
    Joined: Jun 6, 2012
    Posts: 129


    I was in my early teens; Fremont with my dad for a swap meet.

    I think it was still operational, but close to being shut down.
  7. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,977


    To race MOKAN 1963 place hasn't changed much.
  8. Blind Elwood
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 229

    Blind Elwood

    The year I was born. 1957.

    Blind Elwood
  9. bschwoeble
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 572


    1960. Presque Isle Dragstrip,near Erie, PA. I cut my teeth on dirt track racing. My brother-in-law took me and two of my friends to a points meet at Presque Isle. When I saw all the chrome and beautiful paint,I was hooked. George Montgomery,Joe Hrudka,Eddy Schartman,Gabby Bleeker,and on and on. In 1964 we flat towed a "62" Corvette to Indy from Pittsburgh. We where waiting in the tech line at the shopping center and I saw this candy apple Willys coming in on the trailer. It was the same one that had just been on the cover of Hot Rod magazine (John Mazmanian). As I was standing by the Covette,Dave Strickler pushed up beside me his "64" Dodge. What a great time for a 18 year old.
  10. KustomF100
    Joined: Dec 26, 2003
    Posts: 371

    from Joliet, IL

    Oswego, Il when I was about 2. My uncle ran an SBC injected jr fueler.
  11. beech bend, 71 or 72, i was 3 or 4. all i remember is "the little red wagon" v/s an army tank called "hell on wheels". seeing the sparks comming off that tailgate made me a hot rodder for life.
  12. K-88 ghost
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 214

    K-88 ghost
    from Nevada

    Santa anna 1953 (c.j."pappy" hart) the Bean Bandits, Art Chrisman, Dunkin's(?) "doodle bug" AND very little safety equipment ! :cool:
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2012
  13. Ford blue blood
    Joined: Jan 4, 2009
    Posts: 669

    Ford blue blood

    1969, Union Grove, WI, 62 Vette, won class, 13:35/110 in street trim. 65 fuelie short block printed and balanced, Z-28 heads port matched, roller rockers, edlebrock/holley 850, fenderwell exit headers, 4:88 posi........during my "dark side" days.
  14. Early teens...somewhere in Western NY. A red 409 took Top Eliminator.
  15. wallyringo
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 709


    It was Pomona or Carlsbad California early 80`s, so load thought my head would explode. Got to take my boys to Winter Nationals at Pomona recently, my boys loved it.
  16. Hotweel
    Joined: Jun 23, 2010
    Posts: 66


    First time was 1977, Beeline drag strip in Phoenix. I went with my brother in law, he raced his 4 banger Pinto, 17 second ETs I believe.
  17. 62RagtopNova
    Joined: Feb 5, 2012
    Posts: 116


    OCIR in 1970.

    I found out they offered bracket racing on Wed nights and I quickly became a semi regular which played hell with my grades. I ran a boat of an Olds Jetstar I with a 345 hp 394 in it. Ran high some 14s with that whale.

    One of my fondest memories is having two women in a big Merc 428 pass me at the top of the track with a little boy in the back seat waving at me. Safety rules were much more "flexible" in those days.
  18. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,264

    Atwater Mike

    1954. "Little Bonneville". I was 12. Soon was 'adopted' into a local car club, never missed a Sunday at the drags.
    Fremont opened up and we went there...
  19. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,330

    from South Indy

    Lets see....1964 I think....I was 6 yr old and it was IRP. My job was to look out the back window and tell my brother if the race car we were towing quit following us. That was his way of keeping me busy and making me stop talking.:p
  20. poss51kustom
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 56

    from ohio

    1959 when I was 12. my dad and his friend took me to Quaker City Drag Strip near my hometown to see the friends son race. My neighbor also raced a 53 Olds DSA.
    that did it, Iwas hooked. The track is still in operation since 1957. I think it is the
    longest continualy operating strip east of the mississippi. DRAG ON>>>>>>>
  21. chrisbob12
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 311


    I don't remember my first time but,I do remember when I took my son Chris. He was about 8 or 9. That was when you could stand at the starting line when they took off. We went to a Funny Car Meet. This was at the Fremamt Drag Strip. You could smell the fuel and the vibrations the cars made. It was great. He still remembers it and he is now 47 years old. Rickters and Masters was the dragster to beat.
  22. I went to Riverside in January or February 1959 with a friend and his dad who knew Art Chrisman. We watched Chrisman run the Hustler I with the first top mounted 6-71. He black tracked the entire 1/4 mile...I was sold!
  23. Ivantheterrible
    Joined: Jul 1, 2012
    Posts: 7

    from Minnesota

    1975 Minnesota Dragways I was 18 the at 55 years old made 50 passes at a local dragstrip with my own 55 Gasser over last summer! took a couple years!
  24. magneto57
    Joined: Feb 20, 2012
    Posts: 125


  25. Ray C's son
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 410

    Ray C's son

    6 or 7 years old in 1964 or '65, Magnolia Dragway in Magnolia, Ohio. It was still a quarter mile then. My Dad took me to watch a friend run his Willys gasser. It was so cool, I'll never forget him banging gears down the track. I was all in on anything fast with wheels from that point on.

  26. BobG
    Joined: Oct 22, 2008
    Posts: 350


    1966 at Drag City in Springfield IL, I was 10 years old, I saw blown gassers and rails and lots of stockers... I was hooked... every model car I built after that was built as a drag car.
    I saved enough money to buy my first dragster when I was 16 (cheap back then)
    After all these year I'm still racing.
  27. car toon
    Joined: Mar 10, 2009
    Posts: 150

    car toon

    It was around 1963, I think and it was Lions drag strip in Long Beach. I was permanently hooked after that. I would have been 13 years old. Like BobG, I started building drag car models then and have ever since.
  28. dad-bud
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 3,884


    I got my dear old mum to take me to the old Calder drag strip just west of Melbourne when I was about 15 - must have been back in about 1972 or 73.
    Mostly street cars, and the ignition breakdown at high revs on just about everything sounded like rubbish.
    Nothin' much was all that fast, but hell, it seemed like the best thing.
  29. prpmmp
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,066


    1966 12 years old Vargo Dragway Pa. I believe it was a private air strip on a farm! still has a cars show ever year in November. Pete
  30. i was 19 in 1964 and tun the sabin MN strip and turned 62 MPH and just did not get into it, such a failure i never tried again, later raced bikes and stock cars and that went much better but that was ovals and such:D

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