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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. jwl53
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
    Posts: 183

    from So cal

    Location: Thompson dragstip, Thompson Ohio. 1976
  2. vh1950
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 34


    Either 63 or 64 @ Muncie IN, went with my uncle, who was a car salesman @ Ed Martin Ford. Went to see Martin's Galaxie race. I was born in 1950 so I was hooked early.

    Wish I had a camera then.
  3. storm king
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,991

    storm king

    My Dad put me in our max wedge super stocker before I had a driver's license.
  4. 63? 64? I was 14, I'm guessing, and Green Valley was a brand new race track and I had an older friend in school, Vernon Sharp, who took me to see one of the many face offs between Bobby Langely and Vance Hunt.
    I was wandering around in the pits looking at all the cars when I noticed the bridge over the staging lanes that connected the pit area to the spectator area was empty.
    Usually, they shooed people off the bridge when the pro cars were in the staging area for safety reasons. I snuck up on the bridge and got a bird's eye view of two top fuel cars making a pass. Everyone was so focused on the pass no one noticed I was up there.
    That was it, I was hooked! It was like drugs! Wow!
    We had come from Indiana where my dad built midgets, and was heavy into dirt track.
    When I got home that night and told him of the drag race, it started a playful argument that lasted the rest of his life about how drag racing made no sense. I was lucky enough to live the dream in the early 70's and crew on a Top Fuel car here in div.4.
    After all these years, I'm crewing on a sprint car, and back playing in the dirt. My dad would be proud! Thanks, dad! Mike
  5. 1964 york pa. us 30 . My uncle and dad would always go and once in awhile I was able to go along. I was 6 the first time, but I know those trips and the trips to the dirt tracks to watch the sprints is what helped hook my love affair with cars. We rode to the tracks in a 57 fuel injected Bonneville convertible
  6. zarbtime
    Joined: Sep 1, 2009
    Posts: 56


    1963...I went to 75-80 dragstrip...I went with my friend in his mom's 57 Chevy...
  7. Vargo Dragway, Perkasie, PA....1965! Dad was runnin' his wicked fast A/Stock 426CI. Hemi Cross Rammed, 4 speed, Dana 60 Plymouth Sport Fury...those were the days... :)

  8. Dane
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,353

    from Soquel, CA

    Wednesday night grudge races at Fremont Drag Strip. $5 to race till you lost. I raced cars in my early 20's and motorcycles in my later 20‘s. That was in the late 70's/early 80's.​
  9. 16 yrs old Santa Ana 1959
  10. lilbdfrd
    Joined: Jan 23, 2012
    Posts: 95


    2000 when i was 16 at Kearney raceway park in my 94 V6 stang.
  11. Tricky Hickey
    Joined: Nov 20, 2009
    Posts: 113

    Tricky Hickey

    Newport Dragway (Tenn.) when I was about 10 years old?
    Mama got DRUNK and took us. 65 Dodge Cornet
    While trying to get parked (drunk) she turned right...
    (Right Lane... beside a 55' Chevy)
    Needless to say, we had to make the pass.
    Nobody knew the difference at the time? (we laid down in seat.)
  12. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 5,714


    1962 at Long Islands Westhampton Raceway 1/4 mile track and was hooked. Remember plenty of new Chevy's, Fords and Pontiacs running stock classes. We also raced at East Islips 1/8 mile track and the Montgomery County NY 1/4 mile track.
    I'll never forget my Grampa saying "you kids are crazy spending hundreds of dollars to win a 59 cent trophy".
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2017
  13. lrs30
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,198

    from Kentucky

    1970 U.S. Nationals, I was born in dec. 69! Try that today an the authorities would take your kid and throw you in jail!
  14. Cyclone
    Joined: Mar 31, 2006
    Posts: 219

    from Sonoma, CA

    Half Moon Bay 1965. One of my Dad's customers took my brother and I. Great memory, always think of it when I smell burning rubber.
  15. onlyfordmerc
    Joined: Nov 4, 2012
    Posts: 6


    Late Summer of 1965, Strollers Dragstrip, Sioux City, Iowa!! Fun, Fun, Fun!! I was 16 yrs old with my 1956 Ford Victoria!!!!
  16. RT HEMI
    Joined: Dec 3, 2012
    Posts: 16


    Sunday !!! Sunday!!! at beautiful Asquaco speedway !!!!! Still remember the radio ad like yesterday !! First time was fall 1964 ..14 at the time . Watched "mr 4 speed"
    Ronnie Sox put a hurtin on Bud Faubel's "Honker Dodge" a.w.b. F/Xer
    with his red white and blue 65 Plymouth A.W.B F/Xer....match racin at it's best !!!watching "mr 4- speed" is what switched me from pontiac to mopar .... ain't never looked back !!!!!!!!the other thing I remember was a "chit pot" full of g.t.o.'s and 442's there along with a sprinkle of Mopars
  17. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 870


    LA County Raceway in Palmdale, CA back in 2000. Was in my O/T Olds on friday night's "Run what ya brung".

    Still get the warm & fuzzy's thinking about it! :D
  18. bostonhemi
    Joined: Dec 1, 2011
    Posts: 640


    16 or 17 Epping, New Hampshire in the 80's.
  19. als
    Joined: Oct 17, 2012
    Posts: 4

    from Florida

    A little later than most but in 1999 at 19yrs old at the Gainesville Raceway running a 96 Mustang Cobra with warped heads and a bad cooling system (reason for the warped heads). Ran a 13.8
  20. Hemi j
    Joined: Sep 17, 2009
    Posts: 389

    Hemi j
    from Colorado

    1964 Cecil county drag o way, i was 14. The car I remember the most , 1962 Chevy 409 SS car!
  21. sun down
    Joined: Mar 22, 2008
    Posts: 471

    sun down
    from tx

    are you speaking of legal ones
  22. Robert Wilson
    Joined: Nov 13, 2009
    Posts: 47

    Robert Wilson

    1958 at Montgomery N.Y. I was 12 years old. I was watching my brother race his 57 Ford in A/S it was a 245 H.P. 312 C.I. Robert
  23. Made some runs at a little private strip out by Smolan Ks. in the early 50's. But the best is Great Bend Ks. first Nat. Hot Rod drags in 55. Will never forget that event. Lot's of the BIG BOYS from Cal. Was a real treat for us flatlanders to see.
  24. old gezzer
    Joined: Oct 25, 2012
    Posts: 23

    old gezzer

    Cooley Field in San Carlos, ca. in 1952. I was 16 and went with my friend Don who had a 1934 Plymouth with a !946 Hudson engine. Does anyone else remember Cooley Field?
  25. DAVEG2
    Joined: Feb 27, 2010
    Posts: 332


    Around 61 or 62 Dover dragstrip N.Y. 16 or 17 years old.
  26. Must have been 12-14 saw my cousins chopped 49 chevy 348 powered at Montgomery NY Drag strip. Will never forget it. Rest in Peace Joe!

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  27. 14 @ Biloxi, Mississippi...1959
  28. Jack Innes
    Joined: Nov 26, 2010
    Posts: 178

    Jack Innes

    Well----I turned 66 on Friday, havent been to a drag strip yet. Maybe this year!

    I did race at Mosport last sumer though.

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  29. Robert Wilson
    Joined: Nov 13, 2009
    Posts: 47

    Robert Wilson

    The last time I was at a drag strip was two weeks ago. Won the 7.50 index at Bradenton motorsports park. Bradenton FL. Robert
  30. JC Sparks
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 685

    JC Sparks
    from Ohio

    I think it was 1973 at Dragway 42 west salem Ohio. I was 14.
    By 1979 I was touring with a T/F car. It took a while to start figure it all out, but by 1988 I was on a good team. We were the 3rd car to go into the Cragar 4 second club. Won first T/F race in 1990. First front engine AA/FD to run a 5 second run. First world championship in 1997. Later tuned T/F bikes to 3 world championships. It took half of my life to become a over night sensation! JC

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