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moprod
super street


Reged: Jun 04 2004
Loc: central Kentucky
abandoned race cars or racetracks
      #6089331 - Fri Jul 16 2010 01:16 PM Attachment (714 downloads)

Lets see some old racers sitting wasting away or old tracks now closed.

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Chassisman
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Reged: Sep 24 2006
Loc: Chowchilla,ca
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: moprod]
      #6089414 - Fri Jul 16 2010 02:21 PM

Here's a link to one thats trying to be re-opened.... Fresno Dragways
Dig the pic of 4 wide front motored TF cars....

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=343338&highlight=fresno+dragways

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hemiparts
"Missile Pilot"


Reged: Oct 04 2007
Loc: Raleigh N.C
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: Chassisman]
      #6089935 - Fri Jul 16 2010 08:29 PM Attachment (566 downloads)

Hudson Dragstrip Lenoir NC, pic's courtsey od StewartP

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hemiparts
"Missile Pilot"


Reged: Oct 04 2007
Loc: Raleigh N.C
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: hemiparts]
      #6089938 - Fri Jul 16 2010 08:30 PM Attachment (426 downloads)

..and 1 more thanx again Stewart

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rebel
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Reged: Dec 24 2006
Loc: aotearoa
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: hemiparts]
      #6090279 - Sat Jul 17 2010 04:25 AM

this is suppose to be an old dragstrip. bet they don't get much more abandoned than this,


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moparbrown14
enthusiast


Reged: Aug 20 2009
Loc: indiana
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: rebel]
      #6090290 - Sat Jul 17 2010 04:49 AM Attachment (493 downloads)

wow rebel, where is this location?

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sixpakdodge
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Reged: Aug 07 2005
Loc: Pittsburgh
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: moparbrown14]
      #6090508 - Sat Jul 17 2010 08:54 AM

That is the old Howland Dragstrip in Howland, Ohio, just outside of Warren. It closed in 1964 and is slowly being overtaken by a housing development.

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pinkduster
master


Reged: Nov 25 2004
Loc: Near Reading PA USA
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: sixpakdodge]
      #6090520 - Sat Jul 17 2010 09:00 AM

pocono drag lodge



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pinkduster
master


Reged: Nov 25 2004
Loc: Near Reading PA USA
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: pinkduster]
      #6090574 - Sat Jul 17 2010 09:48 AM

pocono drag lodge reunion show 2009



Sadly, I didn't know about this show until recently. I will NOT miss it in 2010. Can't wait!

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B Dartman
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Reged: Nov 26 2004
Loc: Wichita Kansas
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: pinkduster]
      #6090587 - Sat Jul 17 2010 10:00 AM

Sitting in Panama...

Sitting & Rotting in Panama

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therocks
Yankee Lover With My Kid


Reged: Jan 20 2003
Loc: Niles , Ohio
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: B Dartman]
      #6090599 - Sat Jul 17 2010 10:12 AM

We went to Howland strip a few times.Meander is pretty much the same way.I remember at Meander you had to quit racing so planes could land.Rocky

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Commando1
Cool Sheep


Reged: Mar 16 2007
Loc: South-Central (Sebring), FL
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: moprod]
      #6090649 - Sat Jul 17 2010 10:52 AM

Orange Municipal Airport. Orange, MA
How many New Englanders still around that remember it?



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KD800X
Title Looker


Reged: Mar 23 2008
Loc: NW Pa.
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: sixpakdodge]
      #6090978 - Sat Jul 17 2010 04:06 PM

Quote:

That is the old Howland Dragstrip in Howland, Ohio, just outside of Warren. It closed in 1964 and is slowly being overtaken by a housing development.





Yep, I thought that looked familure. There's a Katies Corners Ice Cream Stand basicly setting on what would have beem the starting line.

If I remember the story right, the guy who owned the farm it sat on was a WW I Pilot and he built a runway to land his planes on after the war. I remember seeing something about him in the Howland Hardware store on the corner of 46 and old 82. (I grew up in Vienna 7-8 miles from there)

That track looks scary narrow.

Anyone have any pictures of the track back in the day? Dad said he seen Garlits run there in the early 60's.


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donscuda
mopar addict


Reged: May 02 2005
Loc: Chicago, Illinois
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: KD800X]
      #6091057 - Sat Jul 17 2010 05:10 PM

Here's a link to the photos and info on US 30 out by Hobart Indiana..

http://www.lostindiana.net/Lost_Indiana/Lost_Indiana__US_30_Drag_Strip.html


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rebel
master


Reged: Dec 24 2006
Loc: aotearoa
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: donscuda]
      #6091133 - Sat Jul 17 2010 05:55 PM Attachment (352 downloads)

here's another.

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PC-CHARGER
super stock


Reged: Jun 02 2006
Loc: MB,CAN
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: rebel]
      #6091183 - Sat Jul 17 2010 06:34 PM

It's been posted before but if you have some time to kill, here's a link to an old dragstrip and the people and cars that ran there.

http://www.mts.net/~red67/reunion2.html


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Blucuda413
super gas


Reged: Jan 24 2003
Loc: Alexandria, LA
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: moprod]
      #6099677 - Thu Jul 22 2010 04:07 PM

Here's one with a bunch of old pictures!!
http://www.hotrodder.com/cgi-bin/dragstrips/YaBB.pl?num=1199391570

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WO23Coronet
pro stock


Reged: Jan 08 2008
Loc: Canada
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: PC-CHARGER]
      #6100030 - Thu Jul 22 2010 08:12 PM

Wow, thanks for posting that I've never seen that before. My dad talks about being at the Bison Dragway (it closed before I was born) and seeing alot of Mopars there and usually winning. Where was Bison Dragway exactly? I wish they would start something locally cause Gimili is to far away (Would love to take my Magnum RT just to try it out but the 1 1/2 hr drive is too much with a 2 yr old and another on the way).

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PC-CHARGER
super stock


Reged: Jun 02 2006
Loc: MB,CAN
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: WO23Coronet]
      #6100184 - Thu Jul 22 2010 09:50 PM

Originally the dragstrip was called Keystone Dragways but later changed to Bison. It was located about 20 miles east of Winnipeg just off the Trans Canada Highway right beside what is today CottonWood golf course. Not much to identify it today though.

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John_Kunkel
I Live Here


Reged: Jan 20 2003
Loc: Rio Linda, CA
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: moprod]
      #6100985 - Fri Jul 23 2010 01:46 PM Attachment (373 downloads)

Here's a shot of the old Vaca Valley Raceway near Vacaville, CA. In the pic the drag strip is the right side of the oval. Still visible from I-80 near the Midway-Lewis Road turnoff. Spent many a Saturday evening there.

Edited by John_Kunkel (Fri Jul 23 2010 05:12 PM)


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joedust451
super gas


Reged: Feb 09 2005
Loc: Branson, Mo.
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: John_Kunkel]
      #6101004 - Fri Jul 23 2010 01:59 PM

Quote:

Here's a shot of the old Vaca Valley Raceway near Vacaville, CA. In the pic the drag strip is the left side of the oval. Still visible from I-80 near the Midway-Lewis Road turnoff. Spent many a Saturday evening there.




Looks like if you run out of track you can use the lake to stop ya , unless thats where the starting line was.

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CHAPPER
Swollen Rusty Nuts


Reged: Nov 05 2009
Loc: Belpre,Ohio
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: joedust451]
      #6101261 - Fri Jul 23 2010 05:03 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Here's a shot of the old Vaca Valley Raceway near Vacaville, CA. In the pic the drag strip is the left side of the oval. Still visible from I-80 near the Midway-Lewis Road turnoff. Spent many a Saturday evening there.




Looks like if you run out of track you can use the lake to stop ya , unless thats where the starting line was.




My thoughts exactly,,,,maybe that was the 'water box'!!!!lol

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John_Kunkel
I Live Here


Reged: Jan 20 2003
Loc: Rio Linda, CA
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: joedust451]
      #6101287 - Fri Jul 23 2010 05:14 PM


My dyslexia is setting in again, strip is on the RIGHT side of the oval. I corrected the post.

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RC91
member


Reged: Mar 23 2010
Loc: Flood City PA
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: John_Kunkel]
      #6101740 - Fri Jul 23 2010 08:37 PM

Some pic's of Motor City Dragway, Closed in the late 60's or early 70's. (I can't remember, but I do remember the old radio ads) Motor City Dragway

EDIT: the author of that thread states late seventies, But I remember driving by it around 75 and seeing it abandoned then.

Edited by RC91 (Fri Jul 23 2010 08:46 PM)


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Hurst390
mopar


Reged: Jan 19 2004
Loc: Illinois
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: RC91]
      #6102065 - Sat Jul 24 2010 04:06 AM

http://motionraceway.com/racersreunion.html

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5.97 116.2 in 09
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CHAPPER
Swollen Rusty Nuts


Reged: Nov 05 2009
Loc: Belpre,Ohio
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: John_Kunkel]
      #6102488 - Sat Jul 24 2010 10:20 AM Attachment (281 downloads)

Pics of the Belpre Dragstrip today. Closed around 1963-'64, not sure just which year. It is located about 1 mile from my house.

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CHAPPER
Swollen Rusty Nuts


Reged: Nov 05 2009
Loc: Belpre,Ohio
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: CHAPPER]
      #6102490 - Sat Jul 24 2010 10:21 AM Attachment (253 downloads)

pit area

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CHAPPER
Swollen Rusty Nuts


Reged: Nov 05 2009
Loc: Belpre,Ohio
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: CHAPPER]
      #6102492 - Sat Jul 24 2010 10:22 AM Attachment (267 downloads)

approach to starting line

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CHAPPER
Swollen Rusty Nuts


Reged: Nov 05 2009
Loc: Belpre,Ohio
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: CHAPPER]
      #6102495 - Sat Jul 24 2010 10:23 AM Attachment (235 downloads)

down track view,,,it has been used as road to get to oil wells in the area.

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CHAPPER
Swollen Rusty Nuts


Reged: Nov 05 2009
Loc: Belpre,Ohio
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: CHAPPER]
      #6102501 - Sat Jul 24 2010 10:26 AM Attachment (261 downloads)

At least,,the road it was located on has been given an appropriate name!!! Some of the younger folks in my area, think the road was named that because of ME!

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S/ST 3040
master


Reged: Jul 14 2006
Loc: On the south side of Nowhere
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: CHAPPER]
      #6102761 - Sat Jul 24 2010 01:05 PM

Fred, I knew there used to be a drag strip over there but, I always
thought it was where the grass air field is on the north side of
Rt. 50, on the way out of town.

We used to drag race on 618 back when I was around there.

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CHAPPER
Swollen Rusty Nuts


Reged: Nov 05 2009
Loc: Belpre,Ohio
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: S/ST 3040]
      #6102777 - Sat Jul 24 2010 01:17 PM

No, Vic, it was located on Township road #97. "Dragstrip Rd." takes off 618 between Redwood Resturant and Shell/Kraton plant and runs toward Mill Branch Rd. past the Yellow Trucking terminal and on over the hills. In fact, the man that owned the Redwood owned the Dragstrip too,,,and of course the Redwood had drive-in/curb service then, so he got the Saturday night business as well as the Sunday drag business!

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S/ST 3040
master


Reged: Jul 14 2006
Loc: On the south side of Nowhere
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: CHAPPER]
      #6102787 - Sat Jul 24 2010 01:22 PM

I know where you are talking about. I've ate at the Redwood.

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CHAPPER
Swollen Rusty Nuts


Reged: Nov 05 2009
Loc: Belpre,Ohio
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: S/ST 3040]
      #6102848 - Sat Jul 24 2010 02:10 PM Attachment (261 downloads)

Forgot about this!!! I have one of the flyers framed in my shop. It must be for the opening day in 1961 as I know it was open several years before then.

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Bill_LBSR
super street


Reged: Oct 21 2003
Loc: Baltimore,MD
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: CHAPPER]
      #6159986 - Thu Aug 26 2010 10:34 AM

Heres a link with a bunch of old pics of a Aquasco Speedway in Southern Maryland. It also has pics at the bottom of the page of what the track looks like now.

http://www.atomicpinup.com/Aquasco_Speedway.html

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MisterFiberglass



Reged: Jul 04 2008
Loc: WINNING - in PaRaDiSe ....Bra...
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: RC91]
      #6732093 - Sat Jul 16 2011 02:15 AM

Quote:

Some pic's of Motor City Dragway, Closed in the late 60's or early 70's. (I can't remember, but I do remember the old radio ads) Motor City Dragway

EDIT: the author of that thread states late seventies, But I remember driving by it around 75 and seeing it abandoned then.




Bringing this topic BACK alive ... ...

MCD was closed-then-REopened several times. I made about 2G's from there.

Ole Double D ? ... almost 20 LARGE !

THOSE were the days..... between Detroit, Motor City and Milan ... you could race some-times FIVE TIMES a week !

When gas was 50 cents per gallon and 260 Sunoco gas was 106? octane !

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goldmember
super street


Reged: Feb 16 2004
Loc: Gainesville,FL
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: Chassisman]
      #6732106 - Sat Jul 16 2011 02:40 AM

http://www.lakelandraceway.com/images/wheelies_wagon_tank.jpg Lot's of info from the track I frequented as a kid lakelandraceway.com Long gone but not forgotten.

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65dragnet
super stock


Reged: Jan 15 2005
Loc: Indiana
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: donscuda]
      #6732763 - Sat Jul 16 2011 05:38 PM

Quote:

Here's a link to the photos and info on US 30 out by Hobart Indiana..

http://www.lostindiana.net/Lost_Indiana/Lost_Indiana__US_30_Drag_Strip.html


I remember when I was 16 years old going to US 30 and watching Dyno Don Nicholson and Dandy Dick Landy match race their floppers. I'm 62 now so that's been a day or two. LOL

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MRMOPAR
top fuel


Reged: Aug 12 2003
Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: 65dragnet]
      #6733159 - Sat Jul 16 2011 11:52 PM Attachment (144 downloads)

Tucson Dragstrip closed about 1985 (sometimes known as Tucson Drugway - as the promoter was flying stuff in from Mexico and using the track as a landing strip).. picture taken in 2002. Left lane. You can just see the right lane. The housing developments are right next to it now.

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Valiant_Showoff
super stock


Reged: Nov 23 2004
Loc: Alliance, Ohio
Re: abandoned race cars or racetracks [Re: therocks]
      #6733353 - Sun Jul 17 2011 08:52 AM

Quote:

We went to Howland strip a few times.Meander is pretty much the same way.I remember at Meander you had to quit racing so planes could land.Rocky




Meander is where I learned to drag race back in the 1980's in my '65 Cuda. The girl friend (now wife) and I spent a ton of Friday and Saturday nights racing there. It was called Youngstown Drag City then.

I still remember the tech procedure there. "Got seat belts? Use them. What about a helmet? Better use that too."

I'll see if I can scan some of my old pictures and post them.


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