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Username Post: dragstrips        (Topic#363963)
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01-12-21 08:13 PM - Post#2811972    

Dragracing was once very big up here outside Mpls. I remember two: Northstar and Minnesota Dragways. I never raced but had been to both. Northstar was right next to 35w and you could see and hear them race. Alot of stuff on Google about both places. But like so many things, they are gone. I think down in Mpls "drag strip" means something else now. but, "to each their own" I suppose .


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01-12-21 09:08 PM - Post#2811978    
    In response to bsa6565

We lived only a few miles from Northstar and I can remember hearing the dirttrack guys late into the night
Twin City Speedway was a half-mile dirt oval track built in 1950 by Don Voge in New Brighton. Carl Langer, Mounds View police chief, encouraged Voge to build a drag strip to reduce street racing. In fall 1954, Voge began grading and paving a drag strip built just south of the oval track. He put over $20,000 into the project. The strip was 3,000 feet long by 60 feet wide. He had it ready for racing in mid-1955. The opening race was held on July 3, 1955,.. One old drag racer named Gary said that he started drag racing at this strip in 1958. He said, "! started racing in 1958 at Twin Cities Speed Way, arm drop... He beat 143 entries with a time of 13.69 seconds. The strip principally catered to local racers until 1962...On July 3, 1974, 4,500 people watched Don Garlits beat Tommy Ivo in three straight runs in a match race. Garlits best run was in the third race, running 6.11 at 227.38 MPH. (the 143 entries above gives some idea how popular the racing was)

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01-13-21 02:51 PM - Post#2812022    
    In response to bsa6565

Sadly a lot of tracks are closed or soon will be. Many tracks were built out in the sticks and built to help curb street racing. Then developers build houses nearby, people move in (knowing the track is there), complain about the traffic and noise, the track gets shut down, and people start street racing. Then people start complaining about the street racing. And now to compound the problem, any vehicle that burns fossil fuel is evil, so they must be stopped.

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01-13-21 07:42 PM - Post#2812033    
    In response to wagonman100

Yes it's hard to say how the fossil fuel thing is going to play out. Ethanol was big up this way ,as we are a farming area, but something went wrong and it never seemed to take off. My youngest son (28) does not work on cars . But really likes the 1970s chevelles They are like supercool! and wants one. I think this is good because I wouldnt want great cars like Chevelles (and others) restricted or regulated or forgotten, because they run on fossil fuel.

Edited by bsa6565 on 01-13-21 07:44 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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01-14-21 09:40 AM - Post#2812057    
    In response to bsa6565

My son ,who likes the Chevelles, has been to art museums in New York and overseas to France ,Italy and England. He lived and worked in New York City and knows art and design very well. So he walks into my garage and sees a old 350 chevy engine im putting together and says, "thats really cool, I like that!" "will that go into a chevelle", So i'm like "Why do all those people spend money and go to see things like the Mona Lisa and fancy buildings in Europe, when they could just come over and look at my motor?

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01-14-21 01:17 PM - Post#2812076    
    In response to bsa6565

I was a member of the Handler's Racing Association for four years, the operators of Bremerton Raceway, since 1959. Toughest job I ever loved. My primary job was as the starter. Other groups had tried to operate it from 1956 to 1959, but it was the Handler's that made it successful. If it were't for my rotten spine, and I just had spinal surgery number TEN a week ago, I'd still be doing it. Should I die before Bremerton Raceway does, my wife has instructions to scatter my ashes there. There's a LOT of history there, and this little story is seriously condensed. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.

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01-15-21 08:35 AM - Post#2812135    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

I never raced at Bremerton, I used to come over from Spokane to do Puyallup, Kent in the early 60's.

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01-15-21 09:42 AM - Post#2812141    
    In response to monty56

Yep ! I remember drag racing and how much fun I had before it became a for profit business.

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