Plus, there was a paving company next door, and the Tices repaved the track several times to make sure these cars could run faster times there than at other tracks. They tore the track out, leaving the dirt berms there, beside the I-10, for nearly two decades. In the first volume, the author examined the birth of drag racing and its subsequent popularity that invaded every city and community across America. Luckily, that double tragedy can be somewhat amended via this blog. Now get this: He built his house at the edge of the track, about halfway down, and used the dragstrip as a runway for his private plane, so he could taxi right to his front door. Unfortunately, after the initial explosion of popularity, it waned, and various drag strips closed for a myriad of reasons.
It is a noble, if not futile, pursuit. If you liked the first edition of Hot Rod Gallery by Pat Ganahl: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding's Golden Years: 1930-1960, you may like this one even more. Minnesota Dragways is long gone, but there's a guy around here who was the track photographer? Mechanic in Army in Kansas and Germany. It was gated, but I was told it is occasionally used on weekends for go-karts and model airplanes. He stuck with Ford and Mercury products and won throughout the 1960s and 1970s, even after Ford also pulled the plug on factory team sponsorship.
I recently discovered the secret world of cast iron toolboxes. How in the world did a dragstrip get here-and manage to survive all these years? I have a businesscard from Dean Rollins, I believe this is who you are talking about. But there are also tracks talked about that have managed to survive both economic and government hardships and where cars keep burning rubber and the fans go wild. Many of the most popular pro drivers quit class racing altogether just to go match racing. Some of the greatest drivers to ever compete raced wickedly fast machines, staged epic duels on winding strips of asphalt, and created history. Located in an area of gravel pits along what was the San Gabriel River, it opened in 1956 but had to be moved once when the riverbed was made into a flood channel. Photos courtesy of Ron Pollack I'll be sharing more of those Still Lost Drag Strips with you in future posts, but now it's high time for a sneak peek at the tracks from Alaska to Hawaii to Florida that are featured in the book.
Our 'family car' was a '48 Harley with full race flathead 45, solo seat, suicide shift, no fenders, no baffles and no brakes. They fell victim to changing times, poor business decisions, urban sprawl, safety standards, and increasing real estate prices. I took a picture of the mess figuring if he wanted to have me arrested for trespassing I'd bargain with him by saying, I doubt my fine wouldn't be near as high as his. In this edition are even more dry lakes shots, post-war rods, lead sleds, show circuit cars, and a chapter on marvelous mills. As pit lore has it, bracket racing was born at this eighth-mile strip off of Charleston Road, in 1961.
The dragstrip has been recently repaved and updated but it seems at least to me that the pressure is on to develop? Blackie was always booking in name cars to draw crowds to this remote location in the middle of the San Joachin Valley vineyards. Getting to the point, he still has all the negatives from the 60's and has been running off new prints and selling them around here at swap meets. It was reputedly the first dragstrip to have guardrails, which supposedly scared many dragster drivers. Aquasco Speedway was a pioneering track in the east. The first volume was great, but readers demanded more! The author is well qualified to chart the progress of the sport's outstanding riders, having witnessed first-hand their amazing progress. He has been a spectator, racer, Santa Pod commentator and leading photojournalist, and in this entertaining and gripping volume, his photographs capture the essence of this highly visual sport. Drag racing began on the long, straight backstretch of Riverside Raceway in 1957 and lasted until 1969.
Separated by region, the book covers over 20 strips and the cars that ran there, including some tracks that continue to run today. It starts with a burnout, heating driving tires and laying rubber to enhance traction before heading off to the starting line. I bought a few, pretty cool stuff. The top end still sits there, fenced off. Part 2: The Journeyman Tracks The prevailing attitude is that dragstrips and other racetracks were driven away primarily as a result of urban development. In most cases, this is the last acreage to be developed. Today part of it is an airplane junkyard.
But the killer, the clincher, is Inyokern. You have two cars facing off that have very similar statistics in terms of weight, transmission type, fuel type, estimated horsepower, and all other sorts of measurables. He became extremely successful on the match-race circuit. . Rudow also digs beneath the surface to reveal the story behind the story.
Our weekly installment of Lost Drag Strips has us placed on the east coast in rural Maryland. The dragstrip was not a runway, but there it sits, in perfect condition. I can tell you that each of these track bios is a hairy ride, so sign the waiver, and strap in tight before reading. The track closed that day never to reopen. As always, I can only post out-takes here. One of the busiest dragstrips in the L. They've added more pictures since I was there last.
He did this several times. This history of lost and forgotten drag strips reveals the collaboration between the likes of Duane Becker, Bob Duedall, Ed Marrs and Ron Salisbury. Who really knows why all the dragstrips of California-and elsewhere-went away. If you're a fan of classic sports car, Can-Am, Trans-Am, IndyCar, Formula 1, as well as classic and unique tracks of yesteryear, this book is a must-have. There once was a time, long, long ago, when local police departments, civic groups like Lions clubs, and, yes, even this magazine worked to build and support racetracks to get racing hot rodders off the street and give them a safe, legal place to run. There were the manufacturer rivalries, Ford versus Chevy, Chevy versus Mopar, Mopar versus Ford, as well as numerous driver rivalries. Fans of drag racing will enjoy the trip down memory lane.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Another exceptional book from CarTech, Highly recommended! Chock full of both black and white photos as well as some stand out color snaps, this is a book that will both hearten and sadden the racing enthusiast. But the whole rest of the operation is dirt. You'll have to buy, borrow, or steal the book to see the images we ultimately settled on. But his craziest stunt was running four tire-smoking Top Fuelers at the same time. Left home at 14 to street race fulltime with my straight axle smallblock powered '58 Anglia. Unfortunately, after the initial explosion of popularity, Fresh on the heels of the best-selling book Lost Drag Strips comes a new look at other long-lost and forgotten drag racing facilities from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.