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
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.
DRAG RACING MOVIE!!!
Part 3 of the 4-disc 7 1/2 hour epic documentary. Featuring the likes of
Nolan White, Al Teague, Tony Waters, George Bentley, Don Garlits, Art
Chrisman, Don Long, and many, many more.......www.dreamsoflegends.com
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 footage of the 1963 Smokers Fuel & Gas Championships at
Union Pacific Stacker Detoured Over Wilmington Sub
Due to Shut down the Alameda Corridor(Hazmat training by FD/PD), Union
Pacific double stack/container trains went through EX-Southern Pacific
Wilmington Sub on Slauson & Artesia Blue Line Station in Los
Angeles/California on 3/16/14. Wilmington sub is a SP/UP main line until
Alameda Corridor opened in 2002 and now only local/baretable use the line.
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.
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.
SEMA Drag Race: Hellcat vs Blasphemi vs Jeep FC vs Sonic! - 2014 SEMA Week Ep. 5
We've reached the final day of 2014 SEMA Week brought to you by 76, and
only we would dare to bring this ridiculous mix of vehicles together for a
grudge race on an unprepped airport runway. Fred Williams, Jessi Lang, Mike
Sabounchi and Mike Finnegan begged and bribed SEMA Show exhibitors to loan
them vehicles for a ¼ mile drag race and, though Finnegan and Sabounchi
failed, the group still managed to acquire a Jeep riding on tank treads, a
fresh-off-the-floor 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, the infamous
Hemi-powered ’55 Chevy Bel Air from Roadkill, and a turbocharged 2013 Chevy Sonic to do battle.
The racers are as different as the cars. Finnegan lives in the world of hot
rods, Lang regularly pilots the best the OEM carmakers have to offer,
Williams spends all of his time in the dirt, and Sabounchi hops up every
compact car on the planet. Who will come out on top? Watch and find out!
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