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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. KRB52
    Joined: Jul 9, 2011
    Posts: 1,023

    from Conneticut

    Only a couple of times, when I was about 20 or 21 years old. I went to the Connecticut International Raceway, since it was (sort of) in my town. I only went maybe three times (one I remember since I went there after dropping my fiance off at her bridal shower.) I think they were only running once a month at that point (early 80's.) Spent more time at the Waterford Speed Bowl.
  2. hotrodfords
    Joined: Apr 30, 2013
    Posts: 87


    13 years to see "64 Funny Cars" at SIR (Seattle). Can you imagine? I don't think they could scrounge 25 F/C in the whole country today. IIRC Raymond Beedle took it all...
  3. Umm Steve - Which of those exactly has changed ? :)
  4. Sorry guys, I just learned how the quote thing works but- I wanted to ensure the dodge boys caught my joke from a few months ago :D
  5. OldColt
    Joined: Apr 7, 2013
    Posts: 504


    Well, you got me on that part fourspeedwagon. :eek:

    Somethings at drag strips will NEVER change. :D

    --- Steve ---
  6. 40fordtudor
    Joined: Jan 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,503


    1959 at Grand Island, NE. Hooked for life.
  7. BigDogSS
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 894

    from SoCal

    First time attending: OCIR in about 1976 for Saturday bracket racing. I was 15-ish. My older cousin (and God Father) took me to watch his buddy race his 1970 'Cuda. One of my favorite race cars was a bitchin' little late-50's or early-60's Hillman (?) pickup name "Cap'n Crunch". It was white with blue and yellow stripes with a graphic guessed it...Cap'n Crunch!!
    First time down the track as a passenger: OCIR in about 1980 for Wednesday Grudge Racing. My friends 1970½ Trans Am.
    Second time down the track as a passenger: OCIR in about 1983 for Working Truck Drags in my ex-friends 1975-ish Peterbilt Cabover. I believe the Cruz and Tony Pedergon raced their families Freightliners in that race..
    First time down the track as a driver: Brotherhood Raceway in 1994 driving my 1967 Impala SS convertible. Many times since then.
    Ditto on the "hooked for life" thing, even before I ever attended.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2013
  8. tylercrawford
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 726

    from Buford, GA
    1. S.F.C.C.

    I was 16 or 17 . . . puts that around 2001.

    Southeastern Dragway in Dallas, GA

    Friend of mine invited me to go see alcohol funny cars. Very first drag race and I was hooked walking around in the pits. To hear/see them run was icing on the cake.
  9. OFT
    Joined: Jun 1, 2005
    Posts: 548


    1964/5 winter (I was 19) at Lions Drag strip in LA. Saw match race between Sach's(sp) and Sons blown Comet FX and Stone-Wood's & Cooks Willys AA/G.

    On the way there, saw a number of fuel cars on open trailers pulled by station wagons.
  10. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,143

    hugh m
    from ct.

    Me too. Guess we missed each other.
  11. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,196

    dan c

    my first: 1962, age 14, my dad took me to mid america raceway ("M-A-R WHERE THE BIG ONES ARE!") in wentzville, missouri. lots of tri-fives, rail jobs, 409s, 413s and 406s. but the main attraction was a mind-blower: art arfons' jet-engine "green monster" dragster. think it ran the quarter in about 4 seconds!
  12. novabbc
    Joined: Feb 1, 2011
    Posts: 86


    First time was with my dad in 1967 @ Niagara Drag Strip. I was 8 yrs. old at the time and still at it today.
  13. Rory428
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 73

    from BC Canada

    First time I ever went to a dragstrip as a spectator was 1969 or 70 at Mission Raceway in BC Canada. I remember the front engine Top Fuel dragsters being push started with the drivers in their silver "space suits". I was 12 or 13 years old.
    First time that I ran a car down the track was also at Mission, in 1974, age 16,with my 1957 Ford Sedan Delivery , 272 Y block, 3 speed standard, ran a blistering 17.50 at 78.80 MPH. I still have the ET slip in my photo album.Been racing steadily ever since, recently turned 56 years old. Always in my Fords, usually with a stick trans. No sign of "growing out of this phase" anytime soon.
  14. 1oldracer
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 195


    14 years old summer 1956, Oswego Draway, IL. Went with some older, 19 & 20, guys with A roadtser and 32 Coupe both Rocket Olda powered.
  15. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 1,066


    atco dragway,1975,my dad took me and some friends there for my 7th birthday
  16. I was 16, she was 15... Oh wait what do you mean be first time?
  17. chromeazone
    Joined: Apr 23, 2009
    Posts: 231


    How about Indy Nationals in 1961. I was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base going to radar school. I hitchhiked down to Indy and got a ride from a older guy (I was 18) and he gave me a Press Pass. I packed up my uniform and walked around in civies like I owned the place. I have old black & white pics and still have press pass. Mickey Thompson was racing big Pontiacs in Super Stock and TV Tommy was there with his 4 Buick engine "Showboat". Cool times with sidewinders and two engine cars. Still plenty of hot rod innovation going on. I see what's happening in drag racing on TV today, and ask myself "Who goes to this crap - how does it survive?"
  18. Itchy-Pit
    Joined: May 7, 2008
    Posts: 497


    Baylands Fremont CA 1984. I have a few pics somewhere - see if I can find to post. I will never forget this 34 Roadster - smoked them almost all the way down the track. Awesome. Now office space - mostly vacant. That's Silicon Valley for you. Right across from the great solar company scam Solyndra. No comment.
  19. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    1974, 12 years old, OCIR. The girls were using the men's room and the guys were going all wild over it, peeking over the stalls and under the stalls. I remember that more than the race itself.
  20. SaltCoupe
    Joined: Jun 10, 2010
    Posts: 2,376

    from Indiana

    1972 I was 13 years old. Went to Meander Drags aka Youngstowns Drag City. The addiction had begun!
  21. Primered48
    Joined: Aug 14, 2012
    Posts: 12


    My first race is when I was about 6-7 years old at Little River in Texas. Not long after that my Dad tried to bring back to life the Old Mustang Dragstrip in West, Tx. It was fun while it lasted!
  22. As a spectator, I went to see my older cousin race his new Plymouth. That was July, 1958 at the drags run by the ESTA (Empire State Timing Association) at the Syracuse Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY.
  23. BobMcD
    Joined: Jan 25, 2013
    Posts: 322


    In 65 or 66, I was in the Boy Scouts and our scoutmaster worked across the street from Edelbrock. He got us tickets to Lions Drag Strip. I remember seeing alot of altered wheel base cars. I remember taking alot of pictures. Wish I still had them.
  24. 1967, Freemont. I was 10 years old
  25. SUSQ
    Joined: Nov 5, 2012
    Posts: 98


    York US 30 Dragway in 1974, I was 16. What a great place to have only about 40 minutes from home. Track itself was the runway at Thomasville airport west of York, PA which still operates today. Race tower with big Cragar signs is now long gone and you can now just barely see the entrance to the access road that led to the pits. The only memory of a specific car that day was a 427 Cobra a guy brought in on a flatbed. Pretty nice piece for sure. I think it may have been gold in color but can't say for certain. I don't think it had any exterior markings like it was a full time race car. Perhaps he just took it to the track for a day. Unfortunatley, we just took the drags for granted and didn't go as muich as we should have. Before you know it, one day in 1978 or 1979 it was just gone . . .
  26. fordman1
    Joined: Jan 11, 2008
    Posts: 320


    I was 10 or so and my grandpa took my to Glyndon, MN (now called Top End Dragways). There was only a chainlink fence that was really close to the track, the fumes hurt your eyes, you could feel the lope and acceleration of the motors in your chest and taste the burning rubber. It was one of the best days ever.
  27. Comming from a small town back in the early seventys i never made it till i was old enough to drive 2 hrs to Winnipeg's Keystone Dragways see a drag strip way outside the city. Blew my mind when i did. Even saw Don THE SNAKE in one occasion.
    My ride at the time was a 67 Mustang convertable. Great memorys.

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  28. Gray Ghost
    Joined: Aug 9, 2012
    Posts: 5

    Gray Ghost

    1956, Pacemakers Drag Strip, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 9 years old. Went on to be Club President in late 60's
  29. Tio Geo
    Joined: Mar 3, 2012
    Posts: 134

    Tio Geo

    Irwindale raceway!! The year was 1965 I was 10 years old. My oldest brother took took his girlfriend, me and my friend Wyatt Radke to an 8 car fuel altered and 8 car aa/gs show. Wyatt and I were hooked........the rest is history
  30. First time watching: Summer 1960 ~ Talked my mother into going with me to Detroit Dragway. (I was 15 and couldn't drive with my permit without a parent in the car, she also became my biggest fan later on!)

    First time Racing: Opening day in June of 1961 at Onondaga Dragway. (Ran K/S with a 1955 Chevy 6 cylinder stick)

    Last time Racing:
    Late summer 1972. (Not enough money to be competitive in Pro Stock with a 1969 Camaro)

    Last time at a drag strip: A couple of years ago I went to a Detroit Dragway reunion at Milan Dragway. (Met a lot of old friends and had a good time catching up ~ took a look at the law suit inspired concrete canyon they call a drag strip and watched a few car go down it with what passes for drag racing today and it just reinforced my feelings that I had gotten out of at the right time!)

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    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014

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