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#1 MG Brown

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 07:02 PM

These are archival photos from the 1962-1965 era. They are posted here for your enjoyment. What you see is what you get. All the info that I know is in the photos.

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 08:46 PM

Thanks MG, that's good stuff.


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Posted 13 February 2020 - 08:59 PM

That's awsome!! I remember drag racing in down town Santa Ana -- California in the early 60's!! I ran a 40 ford and my brother a 55 chevy with pittman motors!!


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:41 AM

What a blast of the past  ! great photos


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 12:33 PM

WOW, thanks for sharing. Although I've never been there I new it had to be Cali just from the first pic. Nothing like Long Island where I grew up. So much to look at. Check out the little people sitting at the miniature table. And the little kid holding the '60 Chevy wagon promo. I googled the address and there is still a building there that looks like it could be turned into a hobby shop again. :)

 

I often think that if there was one place I wanted to be it was Cali in the 60's. Everything looked so cool.


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 01:46 PM

Nice pictures, Some saw horses would have helped .


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:06 PM

Great pix thanks. 

 

Looks like the early Rod & Custom drag races, and I think I recognize Bill Sippel in a couple of the pix. I remember reading about maybe the first one, held outdoors under a very hot sun, which wreaked havoc with the tape and the track... 

 

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 12:12 AM

As a kid, my buddies and I would put our cox and classic cars on the drag strip at the Groove in Royal Oak MI. No controllers. IT had an on-off switch that worked both lanes at the same time, IIRC. A surpluss parachute stopped the cars at the end of the track. You had 36 volts, I think. Brutal. 


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:28 AM

Looking at the sign, that track appears to have been sponsored by a local hobby shop. I don't remember the track or the shop, even though where I stayed

when out there wasn't very far from Glendale. Portable drag strips were pretty popular, and usually showed up at local car shows and club gatherings. 



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Posted 15 February 2020 - 11:32 AM

As a kid, my buddies and I would put our cox and classic cars on the drag strip at the Groove in Royal Oak MI. No controllers. IT had an on-off switch that worked both lanes at the same time, IIRC. A surpluss parachute stopped the cars at the end of the track. You had 36 volts, I think. Brutal. 


That’s how drag racing was back East.


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