Brought to you in part by:
CarParts.com!


Tools & Supplies by Eastwood

  Mustangsandmore Forums
  Ford Racing
  Old dragstrips

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

UBBFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Old dragstrips
TomP
Moderator

Posts: 2364
From: Delta BC Canada
Registered: Dec 99

posted 06-12-2001 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Folks in these areas... i need help locating the location of the following old dragstrips-

Sunset Dragway, Panama City, FL (61-64)
Presque Isle T.A. Drag Strip, Erie, PA (60-66)
Virginia Beach Dragway, Norfolk, VA (63-87)
Dixie-Southland Dragway, Montgomery, AL
Nauvoo Drag Strip, Nauvoo, AL 1/8
Biloxi Drag Strip, Biloxi, MS
Columbus Drag Strip, Columbus, MS
Preston Raceway, Preston, MS (supposedly still active)
Springfield Int'l Dragway, Springfield, MO (65-70)
Grand Island Drag Strip, Grand Island, NE
Kaw Valley Dragway, Topeka, KS
Topeka Dragway, Topeka, KS
Westborough, MA (57)
New Waterford, OH (61-63, Dirt)
Dahio Drag Strip,Dayton,OH(56-61 not Kil-Kare)
Norway Dragstrip, Columbus, OH (57-58)
Douglas, WY (57-60)
Tulare, CA (55-57) (very rough track)
Boise, ID (56-57) (is not Firebird)
Bozeman Dragway, Bozeman, MT (63-65)
Sportsland Drag Strip, Phoenix, AZ
T-Bird Drag Strip, Eugene, OR
West-Pacific Dragway, Eugene, OR (77-?)

--------------------------------------
anybody know where any of these places were?

Tom

[This message has been edited by TomP (edited 06-12-2001).]

IP: Logged

Ken&Shell
Gearhead

Posts: 135
From: Mocksville, NC
Registered: May 2000

posted 06-12-2001 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken&Shell   Click Here to Email Ken&Shell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I lived in Dayton for over four years and never heard of a drag strip there. The rest are too far away from me.

Sorry,

Shell
ladyracer

IP: Logged

capri man
Gearhead

Posts: 363
From: doerun, ga.
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 06-12-2001 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
tom, i will work on the panama city, fl. one for you.
good luck---mike r----capri man

IP: Logged

tjbatzli
Journeyman

Posts: 5
From: mississippi
Registered: Sep 2000

posted 06-12-2001 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tjbatzli   Click Here to Email tjbatzli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll check on the ones in MS.

IP: Logged

Big D
Gearhead

Posts: 1039
From: Wells, Nevada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 06-13-2001 12:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom,

I know some people in Boise, ID. I will check with them for you.

Don

IP: Logged

[email protected]
Journeyman

Posts: 3
From: Lakewood, CO, USA
Registered: Jun 2001

posted 06-13-2001 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, The last time I went to the races at Grand Island NE was in 1960, I remember it clearly because it was the first time I had seen the new 360 HP 352 run. The anouncer was making funny comments about ford performance while the Starliner staged but after it ran his comment was "wow, maybe they are performance cars" The track was located at an airport runway on the east side of Grand Island and I remember driving across railroad tracks to get to the parking area.

I hope this helps locate it.
JCQ

IP: Logged

Stang85
Journeyman

Posts: 21
From: Virginia Beach, Va. USA
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 06-13-2001 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang85   Click Here to Email Stang85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom,

Virginia Beach Motorsports Park was located in an area of Virginia Beach, Va. called Creeds and was in operation from the early 60's to 1986. It originally was a 1/4 mile track, changed to a 1/5 and finally to 1/8 as cars kept getting faster. Shut down area was limited. When first opened it was called Creeds Dragway, changed management and was called Freedom Seven Dragway and ended up as Virginia Beach Motorsports Park. Over the years, it changed hands a number of times. I raced there quite often in my youth and can remember racing four cars at a time with a flagman. I actually tried to reopen it back in the 1980's with some of the previous management but the city of Virginia Beach wanted to much. Concrete is still there but grown over.

Thanks for the inquiry. Your question brought back many memories.

------------------
DSS306, TF TW stock heads, Demon 650DP, Cam Hyd. flat tappet 224/234 @ .050, .496/.520 lift, Stealth, Dynamic C4, 4.10 Auburn Pro, N/A 11.71 @ 115, driven to school & work.

IP: Logged

Stang85
Journeyman

Posts: 21
From: Virginia Beach, Va. USA
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 06-13-2001 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang85   Click Here to Email Stang85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom,

I forgot to ask, are you compiling data for a listing of tracks or perhaps a book of some type? Just curious as there are many, many small time tracks throughout the US.

Good Luck with your efforts.

IP: Logged

Big D
Gearhead

Posts: 1039
From: Wells, Nevada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 06-13-2001 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The drag strip in Idaho was called "Thunder Ridge" and it was west of Boise near Star, Idaho.

They even have some video of races there. I will send you more information, soon.

Don

------------------
Previously Known As Don H McDonald
Brilliant Blue 1966 2+2
Soon To Be 302 w/5spd
https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/BigD.html

IP: Logged

Dave_C
Gearhead

Posts: 247
From: Gadsden, Al
Registered: Aug 99

posted 06-14-2001 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the Nauvoo (Al) Drag Strip: I lived in Nauvoo until age 5. Then grew up less than 15 miles away. (Age 36 now). Never heard of it.

I wonder if maybe that was a former name for the Winston County Dragstrip. It is about 4-5 miles from Nauvoo and is still in operation. It's located about 75 miles NW of Birmingham. Prob is the oldest operating track in the state. Grew up going there. I consider it one of the birthplaces of Pro Mod. Several guys from there went on to start Pro Mod in the IHRA. Hugh Scott prob the biggest name. But others also. They were running Mountain Motors and nitrous way back in the late 70's here.

The track is 1/8 mile, but is now raced on 600 ft vs 660. It's a little short and some of the Pro Mods can run high 3's, so they need room to stop.

I know live about 2hrs away, but still go back every now and then.

Later,

David Cole

IP: Logged

Big D
Gearhead

Posts: 1039
From: Wells, Nevada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 06-15-2001 12:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom,

There also was a drag strip in Pocatello, Idaho, that was abandon a few years ago. Would you like information on it?

Don

IP: Logged

SG236
Gearhead

Posts: 160
From: Jasper, TN, USA
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 06-15-2001 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SG236   Click Here to Email SG236     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David,


I have raced Pro-Mod at Winston County about five years ago against ol Hugh, hell of a racer. There is also a track just across the miss st line from tuscaloosa that races on sunday afternoon and a lot of pro-mod racers go there including hugh.


Hope everything is going ok for you with the car. Mine is about ready to paint.

------------------
Russ Hood
70s Maverick S/Pro
https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/SG236.html

IP: Logged

TomP
Moderator

Posts: 2364
From: Delta BC Canada
Registered: Dec 99

posted 06-15-2001 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Geez thanks guys!! wow,great response, the Pocatello track is being replaced by a new one called Snake River... supposed to be nearby.

I had found Creeds, was unsure of the name change. I've found with some tracks the name changes every couple years.

This is for a book project...it'll take a while, gotta find EVERY dragstrip first

IP: Logged

TomP
Moderator

Posts: 2364
From: Delta BC Canada
Registered: Dec 99

posted 06-16-2001 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
near as i can tell..this is Grand Island NE
http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com/image.asp?S=13&T=1&X=349&Y=2834&Z=14&W=2

---------------------------------

this looks like Thunder Ridge near Star ID
http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com/image.asp?S=11&T=1&X=1346&Y=12104&Z=11&W=2

IP: Logged

SteveLaRiviere
Administrator

Posts: 14653
From: Saco, Maine MCA # 47773
Registered: May 99

posted 06-16-2001 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There used to be one in Sanford, Maine. It was dissolved, and some of the people went on to open New England Dragway in '65.

------------------
'70 Mustang Mach 1 M code 351C 4V/FMX/3.50 open
'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Lok
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip
'97 Probe GTS 2.5L DOHC {Wife's car...}
All Fords since 1977

IP: Logged

JCQuinn
Journeyman

Posts: 30
From: Lakewood, CO, USA
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 06-16-2001 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn   Click Here to Email JCQuinn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom
The track I attended was a lot closer to the railroad tracks. The highway and the tracks look like the right area but maybe they built a new airport. It was 42 years ago but I'm sure the track (no grandstand and temporary equipment) was very close to the tracks, 1/2 block at the most.

Thanks for your advise on the FE project.
JCQ

IP: Logged

Jessie Holmes
Journeyman

Posts: 4
From: Pensacola,Fl USA
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 06-16-2001 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jessie Holmes   Click Here to Email Jessie Holmes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom,,Jessie,Pensacola..great timing,Mr.Sol
Stewart that operated Sunset Dragway is
organizing a Drag Racers Reunion,Saturday,
August 25,2001 2pm till,at Holiday Inn,Crestview,Fl..located on hwy 85..just south of I-10.All is invited,spread the word!!..any questions???...contact Mr.Stewart
"Sunset Stallion" at 334-246-5588...

------------------

IP: Logged

TomP
Moderator

Posts: 2364
From: Delta BC Canada
Registered: Dec 99

posted 06-18-2001 01:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thanks for the tips

JC
hmmm Grand Island isn't THAT big a place... here's an overhead shot of the whole eastern side
http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com/image.asp?S=13&T=1&X=348&Y=2833&Z=14&W=2

I don't see much. But then again a lot can happen in 40 years.

Jessie, that reunion sounds great, they have one for our oldest local club (1951) and a couple more this year... a good time to recall all this history before the participants aren't around any more.

IP: Logged

All times are ET (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Mustangsandmore Front Page

Copyright 2001, Steve LaRiviere


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47d

Amazon Honor System Click Here to Pay Learn More

[About M&M][Acronym Guide][Calendar of Events][Chat Room][Classified Ads] [Links]

[Members' Photos] [Restoration Info][Tech Tips] [ Technical Articles][Ford Technical Data

[ Mustangsandmore.com Bookstore] [Advertise on Mustangsandmore.com] [Mustangsandmore.com T-Shirts]