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.
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.
1960's FREMONT, BAYLANDS RACEWAY, ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE ,VINTAGE DRAG RACING
This is the second version of this film. I just discovered some additional
footage from the same source.
Some really great 1960's racing at the old Baylands Raceway at Freemont
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