Lost Drag Strips

From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, drag racing was among the most popular hobbies in the country.

Lost Drag Strips

Author: Tommy Lee Byrd

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613250452

Page: 176

View: 401

This book takes a look at many of the lost quarter-mile tracks across the country. Some of them are gone completely; paved over to make room for housing developments or strip malls. For fans of drag racing's past, it's a sobering and interesting study.

Lost Drag Strips II

Tracks in this volume include: Fort Wainwright/Racing Lions Motorsports Park, Avenue G Drag Strip, Fremont/Baylands Drag Strip, San Fernando Drag Strip, Fontana Drag City, Inyokern Drag Strip, Kahuku Air Strip, Las Vegas Speedrome, ...

Lost Drag Strips II

Author: Scotty Gosson

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613252234

Page: 176

View: 788

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. In the first volume, the author examined the birth of drag racing and its subsequent popularity that invaded every city and community across America. Unfortunately, after the initial explosion of popularity, it waned, and various drag strips closed for a myriad of reasons. Financial pressure for the real estate they occupied, suburban sprawl, and waning participation were all reasons for the change in fortunes for the small, and even not-so-small, racetracks. The first volume was great, but readers demanded more! Lost Drag Strips II picks up where the first volume left off, covering even more tracks with archival photos of racing in the tracks' heyday, the cars that ran there, and coverage of the tracks as they exist today. This volume also includes some of the tracks that survived, those that fought off the economic demons and the urban sprawl and continue to run today. Tracks in this volume include: Fort Wainwright/Racing Lions Motorsports Park, Avenue G Drag Strip, Fremont/Baylands Drag Strip, San Fernando Drag Strip, Fontana Drag City, Inyokern Drag Strip, Kahuku Air Strip, Las Vegas Speedrome, Continental Divide Raceways, SRCA Drag Strip, Southwest Raceway, Willow Run Raceway, Minnesota Dragways, KCTA Drag Strip, Detroit Dragway, Niagara Airport Dragstrip, New York National Speedway, York US 30 Drag-O-Way, South Mountain Raceway, La Place Dragway, Yellow River Drag Strip, Thunderbolt Dragway, and more.

Hot Rodding in Ventura County

Hot Rodding in Ventura County takes a look at the people, places, and, above all, the cars that made up this historic period in automotive culture.

Hot Rodding in Ventura County

Author: Tony Baker

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 0738599689

Page: 127

View: 896

Stretching from Ventura to Santa Maria, California, a vibrant and colorful community of hot rod clubs bloomed throughout the middle of the 20th century. Hot Rodding in Ventura County takes a look at the people, places, and, above all, the cars that made up this historic period in automotive culture. Take a look into the golden years of hot rodding through vintage images of the first national championship drag races; visit long-lost drag strips such as Goleta, Saugus, and Santa Maria; and gain access to hot rodding's paramount clubs like the Motor Monarchs, the Kustomeers, and the Pharaohs.

Lost Race Tracks

The rest have disappeared under shopping centers, airports and housing developments - or simply into the mists of time.Included here are the best remembered, the most important and the most interesting of those tracks, along with some that ...

Lost Race Tracks

Author: Gordon Eliot White

Publisher: Enthusiast Books

ISBN: 9781583880845

Page: 126

View: 907

Americans have raced on more than 6,000 racetracks, road courses and drag strips, at home and abroad, since an American Duryea and a German Benz met in the snow in Chicago in 1895. A few more than 1,200 still exist or are still used today. The rest have disappeared under shopping centers, airports and housing developments - or simply into the mists of time.Included here are the best remembered, the most important and the most interesting of those tracks, along with some that are remembered only by local historians. Come along for the ride and rediscover the heritage of automobile racing.

Linda Vaughn

Item # CT490 LOST DRAG STRIPS: Ghosts of Quarter-Miles Past by Tommy Lee
Byrd This book takes a look at many of the lost ... Some of them are gone
completely, paved over to make room for housing developments or strip malls.
Others ...

Linda Vaughn

Author: Rob Kinnan

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613252323

Page: 208

View: 458

Perhaps the most photographed personality in automotive and motorsports history, Linda Vaughn has entertained fans and has been a premier marketer of automotive goods for more than 55 years. From her first days as Miss Atlanta Raceway, coming of age while representing Hurst, through her annual appearances at America's top automotive and racing events, Linda continues to engage fans, drawing long lines whenever she makes an appearance. At her peak, Linda attended more than 100 events annually, year after year, and she still attends more than 25 events each year. The only entity that's probably seen as many events as Linda is Goodyear! For the first time ever, Linda Vaughn allows her fans a behind-the-scenes look at her career in motorsports and promotion through her personal photographic archive and other photos. Through captions, Linda tells the story of individual images recounting countless stories from her photographic memory, with no detail left unshared. She recounts events with racing personalities and automotive icons from George Hurst to Richard Petty to Mario Andretti to Don Garlits. Nobody is left out as Linda tells stories about the photos chronicling her career in Motorsports. Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports is the most comprehensive gathering of imagery ever assembled on Linda Vaughn. Through her 50-plus years in Motorsports, Linda has lived it all, been everywhere, and met everyone. Whether you are simply a fan of Linda or a collector of Linda Vaughn memorabilia, this will be the premier piece in your collection!

Lost Road Courses

Item # CT541 LOST DRAG STRIPS II: More Ghosts of Quarter-Miles Past by
Scotty Gosson This book picks up where the best-selling first volume leftoff,
covering even more tracks with archival photos of racing in the tracks' heyday
and ...

Lost Road Courses

Author: Martin Rudow

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613252226

Page: 176

View: 725

Road racing has long-storied roots in North America that reach from coast to coast and to Canada. Some of the greatest drivers to ever compete raced wickedly fast machines, staged epic duels on winding strips of asphalt, and created history. This history left an enduring legacy that is revealed and celebrated in Lost Road Courses. Road racer and road racing expert Martin Rudow retraces road racing's glorious past and visits the defunct classic road courses across the United States and Canada. Many road courses were built in the 1950s and 1960s, the golden age of American road racing. These classic road courses built and hosted famous races for Trans-Am, Can-Am, IndyCar, Formula 1, and sports car racing, but did not survive the times. They fell victim to changing times, poor business decisions, urban sprawl, safety standards, and increasing real estate prices. Rudow recounts the breathtaking races and fascinating history of more than 16 tracks from around North America. Riverside International Raceway, Bridgehampton Race Circuit, Ontario Motor Speedway, Continental Divide Raceway, and many others were once major race venues that have since closed. The great race teams, legendary drivers, classic race series that visited the tracks, and cars that turned laps are brought into full focus. The exploits of Chaparral, McLaren, Bud Moore, Lotus, Penske, and other race teams as well as racing greats Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Jim Hall, A. J. Foyt, Al Unser, Jim Clark, and Dan Gurney are covered. Rudow also digs beneath the surface to reveal the story behind the story. The visionaries and businessmen who saw potential and risked capital to build these palaces of speed come back to life. He also recognizes the unsung heroes and regional racers who competed, staffed, and took on various roles at these tracks. In the pages of this book, a nostalgic tour of these famous races at these vintage road circuits unfolds. Many period photos illustrate the racing action and the tracks themselves in their former glory, and modern color shows the tracks as they currently stand. 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.

Hot Rod Gallery II

See the beginning of the custom car movement, the hot rod B movies of the
1950s, the rods on the street, and the engines, parts, and people that LOST
DRAG STRIPS II: More Ghosts of Quarter-Miles Past by Scotty Gosson This book
picks up ...

Hot Rod Gallery II

Author: Pat Ganahl

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613252811

Page: 192

View: 631

In the best-selling original book, Hot Rod Gallery: A Nostalgic Look at Hot Rodding’s Golden Years: 1930-1960, author and historian Pat Ganahl opened his archives and shared 192 pages and 350 photos of "some" of the most interesting and best photos of his collection. Filled with fascinating images of some of the coolest cars and builders, long-forgotten car clubs, and great shots of the dry lakes, nostalgia fans flocked to grab a piece of hot rodding history all in one convenient package. Well, if some is good, more is better, right?" In Hot Rod Gallery II: More Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding's Golden Years, Ganahl dug deeper into his massive archive for even cooler and more never-before-seen photos in both color and black and white to provide another album of great hot rodding photos. He was pleasantly surprised to find that he had more great stuff in old files and folders, hidden away for decades. In this edition are even more dry lakes shots, post-war rods, lead sleds, show circuit cars, and a chapter on marvelous mills. He even dug a little deeper into the early 1960s. 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. Ganahl guarantees that it is filled with images you have never seen, and he offers his commentary and a lifetime of expertise in this selection of fantastic images from his expansive archive. You can spend hours looking at all the details and soaking in the history in these images, and we know you’ll enjoy this book as much as you did the first.

Mickey Thompson

Mickey Thompson offers a now-impossible (Thompson and his wife were murdered in 1988) first-person telling of the legendary racer and motorsport impresario’s high-speed life, from his earliest days through the height of his competition ...

Mickey Thompson

Author: Tom Madigan

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 0760365997

Page: 240

View: 717

Mickey Thompson offers a now-impossible (Thompson and his wife were murdered in 1988) first-person telling of the legendary racer and motorsport impresario’s high-speed life, from his earliest days through the height of his competition exploits on drag strips, at Bonneville, the Indy 500, Baja, and more—complemented by some 100 rare images culled from family archives, the NHRA museum, and the collections of friends and fellow racers. Four decades after his tragic death, Mickey Thompson’s name and accomplishments remain legendary among motorsports and automotive enthusiasts. Thompson did it all on four wheels: land-speed racing, drag racing, off-road, NASCAR, Indianapolis…anything involving speed. Armed with a restless mind and a keen business sense, Thompson moved from success to success. In the early 1970s, motorsports writer (and former drag racer) Tom Madigan and Thompson embarked on a project to write the latter’s autobiography. After two years, extensive interviews, and a near-finished manuscript the whole enterprise fell apart for a number of reasons. Type-written sheets, neatly stacked, were boxed, stored, and mostly forgotten. Mickey Thompson: The Lost Story of the Original Speed King in His Own Words is that never-published work—an amazing biographical artifact from what many consider the golden age of automotive racing.

Match Race Mayhem

Item # CT528 LOST DRAG STRIPS II: More Ghosts of Quarter-Miles Past by
Scotty Gosson This book picks up where the best-selling first volume leftoff,
covering even more tracks with archival photos of racing in the tracks' heyday
and ...

Match Race Mayhem

Author: Doug Boyce

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613253052

Page: 176

View: 709

Drag racing is a very regulated sport. In the history of the NHRA, IHRA, and other sanctioning bodies, many classes existed in an effort to make sure the cars racing against each other are as equal as possible. It is a noble, if not futile, pursuit. 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. The byproduct is that often the races that were "fair" were not the races that the fans wanted to see. During the golden age of drag racing, fans didn't care as much about class racing as much as they wanted to see scores settled, rivalries battled, and interesting match-ups. There were the manufacturer rivalries, Ford versus Chevy, Chevy versus Mopar, Mopar versus Ford, as well as numerous driver rivalries. Match races were also a great way to feature wildly popular cars that no longer had a class in which to compete, yet the fans still wanted to see them. So popular and intense were these races that many track promoters didn't bother to promote class racing at all. Instead, they used the match races as headliners, similar to the marquee at your local arena or a billboard in Las Vegas, all resulting in putting more fans in the stands. And the drivers loved it too. Although the prize money for national events was fairly average for the day, the extra appearance fees and prize money to lure the most popular match racers to events increased the driver's take exponentially. Many of the most popular pro drivers quit class racing altogether just to go match racing. Veteran drag race author Doug Boyce tells the tale of the history of match racing through the cars, the drivers, the events, the classes, the rivalries, and everything else that was fun about match racing during the golden era. It's all here, complemented by wonderful vintage photography provided by fans and professionals in attendance. If you are a fan of any class of drag racing, from any era, Match Race Mayhem is a fun addition to your racing library. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial}

The New American Guide to Athletics Sports Recreation

MOTOR SPORTS DRAG RACING The system is commonly referred to as the “
Christmas tree , ” due to its myriad lights that flash in varied colors . ... series of
two - car tournament - style elimi Many drag strips are also equipped with a
prestage nation matches are conducted . The losing vehicle in light in addition to
the staging light , which simply each race is eliminated , while the winner
progresses alerts ...

The New American Guide to Athletics  Sports   Recreation

Author: Craig T. Norback

Publisher: Dutton Adult

ISBN:

Page: 659

View: 682

Motor Sport

Drag Racing - The State of the Art What is happening on the á mile in California
and Britain . ... now that Dennis Priddle and Clive Skilton are , at last starting to
approach the roaring quarter - mile times being recorded on the drag strips up
and down the USA . ... But now the cars rely on glueing the tyres to the track and ,
if too much power is applied and the wheels start to smoke and spin , then all is
lost .

Motor Sport

Author: William Boddy

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

View: 421

The Saturday Evening Post

The draggers ing forth upon our crowded highways a mercial drag strip , however
, is its pander roar around blind ... you or mebelonging to the more responsible
na year - old miss won a drag race , but lost her if we had been in Bellflower that
 ...

The Saturday Evening Post

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

View: 111

Car and Driver

For example , after you mount the $ 90 Tazzo on your wind - shield and line up at
the start of the drag strip , you have to decide what ... Most of the meters can be
calibrated to compensate for time gained ( or lost ) due to the vehicle ' s pitch .

Car and Driver

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

View: 325

Northumberland Legal Journal

Even if we assumed all drag strips in the Commonwealth were operated in the
same manner as the defendant ' s business , due care requires reasonable
protection ... There was no proof of loss of future earnings or future pain and
suffering .

Northumberland Legal Journal

Author: Charles K. Morganroth

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

View: 976

Contains opinions of cases decided in the Eighth and Seventeenth judicial districts of Pennsylvania, comprising the counties of Northumberland, Union and Snyder (varies slightly).

Silent Thunder

Throughout the winter of 1970 , Mother continued to talk to us about drag racing .
She just did ... At local drag strips in Pennsylvania and New Jersey , the car
became known as a runner in the B / S money class . ... Everyone lost their
money .

Silent Thunder

Author: Leonard W. Miller

Publisher: Red Sea Press(NJ)

ISBN:

Page: 201

View: 351

Every once in a while, a story comes along that enrages, enlightens and inspires all at once. Silent Thunder, the highly anticipated memoir of legendary auto racing veteran Len Miller is one such story. It offers a rare and surprising inside look at the struggles and triumphs of some of the most courageous men and women in motorsports -- African Americans. Whether you're a racing fan or a black history enthusiast, the author's deeply personal chronicle of his remarkable forty-year career as a manager and owner of African American teams is a gripping testimonial to the empowered underdog in all of us. From inside the pits where resourcefulness defines victory or defeat, to behind the wheel with nothing but the smell of adrenaline and fear, to the plush upholstered offices of corporate sponsors where truth can be treacherous, Silent Thunder is an engrossing read that moves at lightening speed. The author also shares fascinating behind-the-scenes anecdotes featuring such names as Howard Cosell, Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti, Skip Barber, Clarence Thomas, Malcolm Durham, Wendell Scott, Linda Lovelace, Don King, and many others. Len Miller's narrative acumen is eclipsed only by his engrossing honesty. Silent Thunder is a compelling window into the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of injustice, humiliation, and even cruelty. Yet, while it exposes the underbelly of racism and elitism in one of America's most beloved sports, it also celebrates the hope and possibility for change. Book jacket.

Hot Rods

7 APRIL , 1958 HOT RODS RIGHT OR WRONG 1 An analysis of The Hot Rod
and Drag Strip Question Revealing Its ... cars were is Hot Rod lost control of his
car slashed , car windows smashed uneriously injuring himself and kill- til the
police ...

Hot Rods

Author: Ben Solomon

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 320

View: 478

The AOPA Pilot

A total of eight gallons was lost in the two minutes required to make a return to
the field . This amount of gasoline ... Misleading Drag Strips I am referring to the
Legally Speaking article " Are Drag Strips Landing Sites ? " in the November Pilot
.

The AOPA Pilot

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

View: 858

Ford Times

This doubtless is why drag racing is growing so fast in numbers of spectators . It '
s esti ... But the biggest spectator - participation category is drag racing on the
quarter - mile strip . Elapsed time ... A little tired of being lost in the crowd ? You
can ...

Ford Times

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

View: 280

The Ford owner's magazine.

Wire drag manual

Considerable gear may be lost, there will be little indication of the location of the
shoal, and it will be practically ... When wreckage is suspected at the grounding,
clearance shall be obtained by two drag strips from opposite directions. This will
 ...

Wire drag manual

Author: Kenneth S. Ulm

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 103

View: 361

Ultimate Guide to Muscle Cars

LEFT There are extra - wide tyres on this Corvette , set up for drag racing . ...
Super Duty Pontiacs were soon winning on the strip , or at least winning anything
the 409 Chevy hadn't already walked away with ... The NHRA had lost patience
with these ever more exotic cars , which were undermining the ethos of
SuperStocks .

Ultimate Guide to Muscle Cars

Author: Jim Glastonbury

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 9780785820093

Page: 448

View: 538

A muscle car is not a piece of Italian exotica, a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, cars which are just too complex and too specialized; nor is it a German Porsche, which is too efficient and too clever by half; nor yet a classic British sports car, a Morgan, TVR or Jaguar, which could never be regarded as fitting the bill. Sports cars, by and large, are not muscle cars, with two notable exceptions: the legendary AC Cobra of the 1960s, and the Dodge Viper of the 1990s. These followed the muscle car creed of back-to basics raw power. In effect, muscle cars always were, and always will be, a quintessentially North American phenomenon. The basic concept is something like this: take a mid-sized American sedan, nothing complex, upmarket or fancy, in fact the son of car one would use to collect the groceries in any American town on any day of the week; add the biggest, raunchiest V8 that it is possible to squeeze under the hood; and there it is. The muscle car concept really is as simple as that.