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Racing my mustang Lions Dragstrip Willmington (Long Beach) California 8mm film from 1967

Racing my Mustang at Lions dragstrip in Willmington (Long Beach) California in 1967. Taken with a 8mm film home movie camera. Pardon for the poor quality but it is enjoyable because of the vintage. No sound from a 8mm film camera back then.


 


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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.





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.





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





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.





Jay's Car 1
We're now going to look at yet another cackle car in the making. This one is being created for Mr. Jay Carpenter. Jay was very much involved in the junior fuel class from 1968 through 1973. Jay and his partner Mike Clancy were very competitive in the junior fuel class and raced at Lion's Drag Strip, Irwindale Raceway, Orange County, The Pond, and Carlsbad Raceway. But Jay always admired the Woody Gilmore Chassis in top fuel. And so--some 40 years later, he has decided to create, with the help of Freddie Hayhurst, a Woody Gilmore car that incorporates most of the best aspects of the '67,'68, and '69 Woody cars. And some other aspects that will help make this a very fine cacklefest car. So join us as Jay "takes delivery" of the chassis. Thanks for watching. Bill Pitts,





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





San Fernando Raceway 1967 8 mm film (very poor quality)
Old home movie on 8mm film recording my Mustang and other cars racing at the old San Fernando Raceway in San Fernando California circa 1967. Sorry, no sound because the old 8mm film home movies were silent. Also the quality is very poor because it did not transfer well to video. But it is interesting anyways.





Lions Drag Strip Wilmington (Long Beach), California
Lions Drag Strip, Wilmington, California Late 50's, early 60's I was born and grew up in Long Beach during this same time, my Dad and uncles would take me there. I can still remember the smell of bleach, burning rubber, and nitro methane. I Miss You Dad. Thanks to Fan Air





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





Irwindale in the 1970s
Classic Irwindale footage from the Jackson Brothers video Funny Cars and Force. This clip features early John Force in the blue Brute Force. Buy the full video at http://www.nostalgiadrags.com/funny_cars_n_force.html





Copy of Lions Drag Strip 1958
Vintage film from Lions Drag Strip Long Beach, Calif





American Freedom Train & PRR freight train
HO scale layout The running of the American freedom Train (Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 in 1976) painted in the red white and blue. The cars that are carrying different artifacts from American history. The PRR is a 17 freight car long being pulled by a F7A and a F7B and a F3B diesels.





Don "The Snake" Prudhomme "Live Action Die Cast Funny Car"
This is a die cast model of the snakes 1970 Plymouth Barracuda .But,this just doesnt sit there and look pretty,the body lifts up and the engine starts and it does a full simulation of a run at Lions Drag Strip!Also,which I dont show because of time is a full 20 minute interview with Don and him talking about the car with it starting up and hitting the throttl among other things.





Late 70's Bonneville Raceway
Old 8MM shots from Bonneville Raceway in Salt Lake City in the late 1970's. No audio.





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