LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
During the ’50s and ’60s, drag racing exploded in popularity, and dragstrips sprang up all over the country.
Over time, the rise in value of the land they sat on caused hundreds of them to close for good.
Tommy Lee Byrd’s new book from CarTech Books, Lost Drag Strips: Ghosts of Quarter-Miles Past, shows some of these lost quarter-mile tracks. Some are gone completely, paved over to make room for housing or strip malls. Others are ghostly remnants of what once was.
Modern images of those former tracks 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, with a foreword by “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, hard to put down.
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, and many, many more.
Get it: CAR TECH BOOKS • 800/551-4754 • www.cartechbooks.com
SUMMIT TRIVIA CHALLENGE
The May Summit Trivia Challenge tested your knowledge of Mopar racing history -- but only about half the answers we got were correct.
Here’s that question again: On March 24, 1970, who drove a Hemi-powered “Winged Warrior” to the first 200-mph lap ever turned by a stock car? Answer: Buddy Baker, who drove the Chrysler Engineering-built #88 Dodge Charger Daytona to a 200.447-mph lap at Talladega. (Not Bobby Isaac or Pete Hamilton, who made their record runs later in the year.)
Joseph Zepko of Powder Springs, Georgia, was the first to get a correct answer in, so he scores the Summit Racing Equipment gift certificate.
Here’s the question for August: True or false -- all 1968 426 Hemi-powered Dodge Darts and Plymouth Barracudas were painted “Icebox White” at the factory.
Do your best research, then send your entry via U.S. Mail or Canada Post to: Mopar Muscle, August Summit Trivia, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619 USA.
Remember, in case we get more than one correct answer, the first one we receive with the correct answer -- or the one with the earliest postmark, in case we get a bunch of correct answers all at once -- is the winner. The judge’s decision is final. Good luck!
|Attention Mopar club and Mopar show producers:
|Get your 2013 event announcements to us ASAP, so your fellow Mopar fans can plan on being there! Send them via U.S. Mail or Canada Post to Mopar Muscle, C/O Events, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL, 33619 USA, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to send your event listing at least six months in advance to be sure it gets listed in time.