Lost Drag Strips

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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.
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Modified Mustangs and Fords - James Cox
"The history of drag racing is a broad spectrum of high points and low points, but we've found a great way to relive it, thanks to a new book that profiles abandoned drag strips across the United States. In Tommy Lee Byrd's book, Lost Drag Strips: Ghosts of Quarter Miles Past, you'll find features on more than 25 drag strips that once flourished, but closed due to various reasons. With hundreds of vintage photos, you can relive the old days, and find out the fate of each historic track, thanks to in-depth stories and modern day photos of these lost, but not forgotten facilities. Tommy Lee says, 'This was never meant to be an all-inclusive book, so while the book may not feature every lost drag strip in America, you will find a wealth of information on tracks such as Lions Associated Drag Strip, Pocono Drag Lodge, Green Valley Raceway and many more, including a number of small, hometown tracks.'" -Auto Enthusiast Weekly, January 29, 2013
Muscle Car Review - Drew Hardin
Lost Drag Strips: Ghosts of Quarter-Miles Past deserves ongoing attention and recommendation as one of the few automotive history titles to cover abandoned and lost drag strip tracks across the country. Pairing vintage (color and black and white alike) photos from drag races with stories behind the track's history, events, and why they closed down, this is packed with powerful surveys of what put drag strips out of business, when, and more. Much evidence remains of these strips' past: this lovely title captures this remaining history in a gorgeous presentation for any race car fan and many a general-interest reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613250457
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Series: CarTech
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 313,459
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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.
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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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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Highly Recommended!

    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.

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