Lost Drag Strips

Lost Drag Strips

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by Tommy Lee Byrd
     
 
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.

Overview

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613250457
Publisher:
CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/15/2013
Series:
CarTech
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
387,504
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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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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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.