Lost Drag Strips

Lost Drag Strips

by Tommy Lee Byrd


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During the 1950s and 1960s, the sport of drag racing exploded in popularity. In its early days, drag racing had a class for everybody, from professional rails to 4 door sedans. As a participant sport, drag racing made itself very accessible, and as a result, drag racing facilities sprang up all over the country, some national in scale and others very small and local. This was great, for a while, but with the sprawl of suburbia and various economic conditions including the growing expense of racing, hundreds of drag racing facilities were lost across the country. Many of these were places of legend where the biggest names in the sport got their start or ran some of their most memorable passes. Others were relatively unknown, but served a local area's needs for a safe place for local speed addicts to run their cars. For whatever reason, they are no longer in business, but evidence of their former existence remains.

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. Others are ghostly remnants of what once was, offering a sad and even eerie subject for the photographer.

The images are teamed with vintage shots of drag racing's glory days, sharing what once was one of America's most popular pastimes with the modern reality facing these facilities today. For fans of drag racing's past, it's a sobering and interesting study. The stories are true and the photos are thought provoking, which makes this book hard to put down.

Lost Drag Strips is a 2013 International Automotive Media Competition award winner and won "best-of" in the book category.

Tracks include: Lions Associated Drag Strip, Orange County International Raceway, Riverside International Raceway, Bee Line Dragway, Motion Raceway, Motor City Dragway, Oswego Dragway, U.S. 30 Drag Strip, Dover Drag Strip, Pittsburgh International Dragway, Connecticut Dragway, Pocono Drag Lodge, Lakeland International Raceway, Green Valley Raceway, Dallas International Motor Speedway, Hudson Drag Strip, Shuffletown Dragway, Brainerd Optimist Club Drag Strip, Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip, Paradise Drag Strip, Double H Drag Strip, Southeastern International Dragway, Smithville Drag Strip, Lloyd's Drag Strip, Harriman Drag Strip, Green Valley Raceway Drag Strip, Drag City, Loudon Raceway.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613250457
Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Series: CarTech
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tommy Lee Byrd is a nationally known contributor to many automotive enthusiast magazines including Street Rod Builder and Hot Rod. He has many years of experience writing automotive articles (from features to technical how-to) and shooting pro-level photographs. Tommy grew up the son of an expert custom auto body and paint man, and calls Dayton, Tennessee, his home.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Don Garlits 6
Introduction 7
Chapter One: The Rise 10
The Cars 17
More Speed and More Fun 28
Chapter Two: The Fall 30
Safety 30
The Economy 35
Population and Politics 36
Moving On 38
The Alternative 41
Chapter Three: The Wild West 48
Lions Associated Drag Strip 51
Orange County International Raceway 58
Riverside International Raceway 64
Bee Line Dragway 69
Chapter Four: Somewhere in the Middle 76
Motion Raceway 79
Motor City Dragway 84
Oswego Dragway 89
U.S. 30 Drag Strip 95
Chapter Five: East-Bound and Down 102
Dover Drag Strip 105
Pittsburgh International Dragway 110
Connecticut Dragway 116
Pocono Drag Lodge 122
Chapter Six: Southern Comfort 128
Lakeland International Raceway 133
Green Valley Raceway 138
Dallas International Motor Speedway 142
Hudson Drag Strip 144
Shuffletown Dragway 150
Chapter Seven: Chattanooga Hotspots 156
Brainerd Optimist Club Drag Strip 159
Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip 160
Paradise Drag Strip 161
Double H Drag Strip 162
Southeastern International Dragway 163
Smithville Drag Strip 164
Lloyd’s Drag Strip 165
Harriman Drag Strip 166
Green Valley Raceway Drag Strip 167
Drag City 168
Loudon Raceway 169
Chapter Eight: The Modern Era 170
The Rebound 171
Index 174

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Lost Drag Strips 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
4Bz More than 1 year ago
Got this for my husband and he LOVES it. I asked him what he thought about it and he said he doesn't even know what to say, it's so good. That being said, he's a big drag racing guy.