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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, especially when it is running.... 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. :)





DRAG RACING: 7 SECOND LOVE AFFAIR
What Drag Racing was all about in 1965. Lions Drag Strip at the peak of drag racing's golden age is the backdrop for this award winning documentary about the Adams,Wayre & Stewart Top Fuel Team's trials and tribulations in 1965 and focuses on the life of Rick "the Iceman" Stewart (the current NHRA chief starter) as he attempts to grab the second half of the two part world's speed record. This is the one DVD that every drag racing fan MUST HAVE! GET IT TODAY at: www.ClassicFUEL.com





Lions Drag Strip 1971
Wardlow & Braswell's Screamin Yellow Zonker 1968 Camaro





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.





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.





Lions Drag Strip
A short Video For the greatest dragstrip ever Lions Drag Strip





1969 NHRA U.S. Nationals Tournament of Champions Part 5 - 1960s Vintage Drag Racing - Indy
Buy Drag Strip Riot Posters! http://www.maziracing.com/2004poster/index.htm Vintage Drag Racing - Tournament of Champions Part 5 - 1969 NHRA U.S. Nationals. Narrated by the late Steve Evans. Qualifying and eliminations featuring Top Fuel Winner Don Prudhomme, Runner-up Kelly Brown; Top Gas Winner Domenic Santucci, Runner-up Phil Hobbs; Funny Car Winner Danny Ongais, Runner-up Rich Siroonian; Super Eliminator Winner George Montgomery, Runner-up Ron Ellis; Competition Eliminator Winner Terry Fritsch, Runner-up Neil Ellis; Street Winner Glen Self; Runner-up Carroll Caudle; Super Stock Winner Ronnie Sox, Runner-up Ron Mancini; Stock Winner Bill Morgan; Runner-up Tom Neja. Drag racing from the 60s.





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1969 NHRA U.S. Nationals Tournament of Champions Part 4- 1960s Vintage Drag Racing - Indy
Buy Drag Strip Riot Posters! http://www.maziracing.com/2004poster/index.htm Vintage Drag Racing - Tournament of Champions Part 4 -Presented by Hurst Performance Center - 1969 NHRA U.S. Nationals. Narrated by the late Steve Evans. Qualifying and eliminations featuring Top Fuel Winner Don Prudhomme, Runner-up Kelly Brown; Top Gas Winner Domenic Santucci, Runner-up Phil Hobbs; Funny Car Winner Danny Ongais, Runner-up Rich Siroonian; Super Eliminator Winner George Montgomery, Runner-up Ron Ellis; Competition Eliminator Winner Terry Fritsch, Runner-up Neil Ellis; Street Winner Glen Self; Runner-up Carroll Caudle; Super Stock Winner Ronnie Sox, Runner-up Ron Mancini; Stock Winner Bill Morgan; Runner-up Tom Neja. Included, Rich Guasco Pure Hell Fuel Altered, Hemi Baracuda, Dick Landy, Jerry Harvey, Plymouth, Leonard Hughes, Bruce Larson, on-board camera footage, Paul Stage, Ohio George. Drag racing from the 60s.





Drag Racing In The 60s Part 3
Pictures and movies that I took at US 131 Dragway Martin, MI back in the '60s.





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





DRAG RACING WHEN IT WAS FUN!
Five minute promo from the full length video available through Jim Amos' Bee On Video. Drag Racing action from the 1960s at various drag strips: Pocono Drag Lodge, Pocono Raceway, Kel-Rica, Wind Gap, Vargo, Numidia, Island, Forty Fort, Maple Grove, Tri Cities. The full length video is fully narrated unlike this promo clip which only includes car sounds. www.beeonvideo.com





Gassers At 131 Dragway In The '60s
This is an updated version of my video "Drag Racing In The '60s part 3". I made that video about three years ago and since then I have upgraded my photo and video editing software. I have been able to clean up the photos and video a bit and I added sound to the movies that I extracted from some recent video I took at the drags. I thought it would be fun to add some sound to the old 8mm movies. I also made it widescreen. The soundtrack is me jammin' on some Booker T and the MGs and CCR.





1969 NHRA U.S. Nationals Tournament of Champions Part I - 1960s Vintage Drag Racing - Indy
Buy Drag Strip Riot Posters! http://www.maziracing.com/2004poster/index.htm Vintage Drag Racing - Tournament of Champions Part I -Presented by Hurst Performance Center - 1969 NHRA U.S. Nationals. Narrated by the late Steve Evans. Qualifying and eliminations featuring Top Fuel Winner Don Prudhomme, Runner-up Kelly Brown; Top Gas Winner Domenic Santucci, Runner-up Phil Hobbs; Funny Car Winner Danny Ongais, Runner-up Rich Siroonian; Super Eliminator Winner George Montgomery, Runner-up Ron Ellis; Competition Eliminator Winner Terry Fritsch, Runner-up Neil Ellis; Street Winner Glen Self; Runner-up Carroll Caudle; Super Stock Winner Ronnie Sox, Runner-up Ron Mancini; Stock Winner Bill Morgan; Runner-up Tom Neja. Nostalgia wheelstand, front engine dragsters, fuel altereds, Willys gassers, engine explosion. Including, wheelstanding front engine dragsters, Buster Couch, Willys Gassers, Fuel Altereds, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Hemi Super Stock, Dick Bourgeois, Javelin Funny Car. Drag Racing from the 60s.





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





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