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Return to Lions Drag Strip Long Beach California 2008

This is the third year of featuring restored dragsters that have run the 1320' Lions Drag Strip in its hey day... This video, typical of going to a drag strip, despite John Ewald telling everyone to stand back, you never get to see much when they display cars this way. Typical of the drag strip, all the vehicles require too much support, they stand around the car and block the view.... At the CHRR in Bakersfield, the Cacklefest is blocked by a bunch of folks standing at the concrete wall on the track blocking the view to the grand stands as if the concrete barrier wasn't enough....I have been going to the drags since I was a youngster and it seems the problem is no one can stay seated for a run and your typical day at the drags to this day takes on a Jack in the Box atmosphere.... I guess that is the way it is.....Anyway, the City of Long Beach Chamber of Commerce puts on a nice event and I hope it continues into the future.


 


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48-Year Itch!
When the stars line up in front of me, I just have to record it. I have no choice. And this was one of those moments. I don't know if this will ever happen again. I certainly hope it will--and in front of the grandstands at some selected NHRA events. For you see, you just don't see this happening at all-- when you look back at how unlikely it is that the car and the driver would still be around in 2012! Take the driver, Don Prudhomme. How many times did he make full passes in a top fuel dragster or funny car? And for how many years? In short, it's a miracle that he is in one piece, after all that--and he is! Thank goodness! Then the car: The Greer, Black, and Prudhomme dragster, built by Kent Fuller and raced from 1962 through 1964, with the original partners, it ran up an incredible record at southern California tracks of 81 wins and only 8 loses! (According to Phil Burgess) Then lengthened--bought and raced as the "Bonanza" for a while, eventually stripped of it's motor and left sitting for years. Restored by Steve Davis, bought by Bruce Meyer--How likely is it that it would be allowed to join up with "Snake" for this moment? Pretty unlikely--except that it's owner Bruce Meyer, is a good friend of Don's, and after hearing about Rick MacDonald, they gave him the nod to bring the car to the track, and push start it to life. Now the driver could have been someone else....but it wasn't. That's what makes this fire up so significant. And like I said: All we can do is hope that this mind blowing moment will happen again at a track near you. And if you hear they are coming, better "Make the Scene". For the chance may not come again. Like an old legendary cowboy on a white horse in your local parade. And all you need to do is what you did when you were a kid: Sit on the curb and watch him go by. Perfect. :)





Lions Drag Strip incredible Grand Premier accidents 1972
Season opening Grand Premier at Lions Drag Strip in Janaury 1972 marked the return of NHRA sanction to the world famous Wilmington/Long Beach, CA racetrack. Incredible clip is from Part 1 (of 3 part) video documentary "Lions - The Greatest Drag Strip", and shows the unusual amount of accidents that took place, thanks to veteran lensman Paul Sadler and Dave Kerr. Lions would close after its 17-year run just eleven months later.





Vintage nitro dragster warm up.
2007 CHRR Cacklefest vintage nitro dragster warming up.





Freight Train fires up at 2008 CHRR
Legendary twin engined gas dragster the Freight Train fires up in the pits. While it doesn't have the cackle of the nitro cars, the "whomp" of 16 cylinders of small block chevy and the cloud of blackie carbon is pretty awesome...not to mention the engineering feat of linking and synching two V8s is a neat deal. One of the few gas dragsters that made top fuelers nervous when running for Top Eliminator.





Nostalgia Dragsters
Nostalgia Dragsters at Gasser Magazine Reunion - Thompson Raceway Park, Ohio





Assorted top end shots from OCIR 1-10-1981
A series of top end clips from past the finish line at Orange County International Raceway, Irvine, CA, 1-10-1981. Included are Don Prudhomme, Jeb Allen, Gary Beck, Larry Sutton, Kenny Bernstein, Dale Pulde, Tom McEwen, Gary Shane, Mark Prudhomme, Dave Braskett, Gary Densham, John Force, George Schriber, Jim Dunn, Rodney Flournoy, Bryan Raines, Connie Kalitta, John Kimble, George Allen, and a few unknowns.





In celebration of Life!!!
A video tribute to the Drivers of the NHRA who have lost their lives on the drag strip.





Best GTR launch control reaction ever
Courage is strong in this beautiful GTR Pilot! She took the directions given to her and just rolled with it! I love the part where the fear takes over body control, which makes it hard for her to think straight to let off the gas to make it stop. Hahahahaha This is by far the best GTR Reaction I have ever seen with for GTR Launch control.





Top Fuel @ Calder Park ~ FUCHS Nitro Thunder
In front of over 7000 Melbourne race fans, the ANDRA Drag Racing Series marked its return after 12 years away from Australia's sporting capital with thrilling action across three ANDRA pro categories. Morgan defeated event debutante John Lamattina in a close fought final with Morgan's 4.322 narrowly defeating a 4.556 from Lamattina. Morgan paid credit to his crew for their efforts not just at Fuchs Nitro Thunder presented by Crow Cams but across the whole season. "This crew has been amazing not just today but every time they go to work on this car," he said. "(Crew chief) Ben Patterson took a bit of a stab at the tune up today after we had an ignition shut off on one run and then a seized fuel pump in a warm up and sure enough it went down there -- he got it right and to do that twice in one day is full credit to him. "In the run before the final I was on the hand brake trying to keep traction so Ben calmed it down for the final and it sailed on through." Morgan defeated chief championship rival Phil Lamattina in the first elimination round and with 74 points now separating the pair, qualifying fifth or better at the Australian Nationals at Sydney Dragway in two weeks would mean Morgan wraps up his fourth Top Fuel title. "Championship wise it is what it is, we take the punches as we swing them," he said. FUCHS Nitro Thunder, Calder Park, Australia October 19th 2013 http://www.facebook.com/fullBoostcomau http://www.youtube.com/user/fullBoostcomau https://twitter.com/fullBoostcomau http://www.fullBoost.com.au





WHEELS OF FIRE
Wheels of Fire is a 1970s drag racing movie that has a mix of fact, fiction and excellent camera work that entertains its audience with big names of the sport like "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, Don Prudhomme, Billy Meyer and Richard Tharp. The DVD is now available at DragStalgia.com





bad dragbike crashes
Things happen REAL fast on a drag bike,,,,,,,,, sometimes BAD THINGS.





Drag Racing - Pacific Raceways 1963
Video from the Mothers Day drag races, May 12th 1963 at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington. This was shot by a friend of my parents, Tex Steere, who asked me to help convert it for him and has graciously allowed me to post it on YouTube.





2007 Nostalgia Nitro Shootout 1
Nostalgia drag racing fans saw a day of close up racing and got to meet several racing legends in the pits. The Soul Train fuel altered made a hard left into the guardwall. The driver was not seriously injured.





Irwindale Raceway, Irwindale Ca 1968 home movie.
This has several funny cars from the late 60s era. It was taken with an old 8mm home movie camera and the film did not hold up well over the years and it was a very crude transfer from home movie to digital. But car enthusiest might enjoy seeing the old funny cars.





Drag Racing Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars March Meet 2009
http://www.DragRacingTV.com/blog/ Drag racing video from the 2009 March Meet, Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car class. This is the second round of qualifying, from the first event on the NHRA Heritage Series drag racing tour. This video was shot in high definition, with surround sound audio that you can hear even on Youtube, as long as your computer is hooked up to a Dolby receiver. Here are drag racing videos of all of the rounds. Because there were so many funny cars in attendance, there were two seperate eight-car fields in the elimination rounds: NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR ELIMINATIONS: http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/nostalgia-funny-car-finals-drag-racin g-video-2009-march-meet-a-class http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/nitromethane-funny-car-video-1st-roun d-elims-march-meet-2009 NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR ELIMS, CONSOLATION BRACKET: http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/aa-fc-final-rounds-march-meet-2009-fa moso-raceway-b-clas http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/funny-car-video-elims-first-round-con solation-bracket NITRO NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR QUALIFYING: http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/nostalgia-funny-car-videos-march-meet -2009-final-round-qualifying http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/funny-car-videos-march-meet-2009-qual ifying-2nd-round http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/march-meet-2009-funny-car-video-first -round-qualifying




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