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.
1965 NHRA Winter National Drag Races, Pomona--Redone
Sharper, and Enhanced version of previously uploaded video.
Lot's of pit area and return road images of many famous, and not-so-famous,
muscle cars, gassers, and dragsters that "ruled' during the mid sixties.
Captured and edited 8mm home movies taken by Mike Tyler.
Big Daddy Don Garlits Blowover
Big Daddy Don Garlits has this nasty blowover at the 1986 NHRA
Summernationals at Englishtown to be the first driver ever to do so. He
stunned the crowd and everyone else when his Top Fuel Dragster lifted
toward the sky and fliped over backwards then headed toward the start line.
Ashley Force Hood
A video for one of the best female Drag Racers around Ashley Force Hood
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
IRWINDALE RACEWAY 1971.wmv
Special thanks to Tom West & Steve Reyes, for shooting the Nanook stills,
at the same time my father shot this footage. Drag Racing So. California
style, racing action on the track, and take a walk through the pits along
with my family and I, in an era missed, but not forgotten.
The Best of George Ray's Wildcat Dragstrip
A little tribute vid for George Ray who passed away in Dec. of 2009, plus
some highlights from some of Urban Hillbilly Action Videos many trips to
George Rays Wildcat Dragstrip...... http://www.urbanhillbilly.us
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.
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.
YORK US 30 BACK IN THE DAY 1960'S
Eight minute promo from the full length video available through Jim Amos'
Bee On Video. Includes drag racing from the '61, '62, '63, '64 US Nat's
and York US 30 Drag Strip. Feature events at York include the 1965 and
1969 Super Stock Nat's. The full length video is fully narrated unlike
this promo clip which only includes car sounds. Visit us at