Sorry Paul... you're just not old enough to remember. Here is a flag start
at U.S. 30 Dragway, probably from the early 50s.
(No doubt the shortest dragster you've ever seen.) Scanned from an old
color print. I was running a 1941 Chevy coupe with a 270 GMC straight six
for power. Don't recall my times, but we blew off a bunch of "stock"
Came back in 1965 with a tricked-out factory Buick Gran Sport (399 c.i.)
which we drove to the track. I was living right there in Merrillville at
the time and was the shop foreman for Jack Brown Buick in Chicago Heights.
Broke the B-Stock record four-times that summer.
On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 1:56 PM, Paul Braun <pbraun42@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM, Ken Norton <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > The more I think about this, the more I'm going to forego the "sunset
> > > directly over the end of the track" concept and wait a month or so
> > > there's some green. The whole landscape is so barren and dismal right
> > now
> > > - I'd like a touch of green to warm up the scene.
> > Oh, I disagree. Do it both ways. The dismal is exactly right for
> > something that is dead, dying, past. etc. Spring growth indicates
> > future, hope, living. This drag strip is part of history, not future.
> You make a point, although with the green, the track is more "lost" in the
> encroaching foliage, so it looks more like Nature reclaiming the land...
> I'll try to get both.
> I was hoping to walk the entire track, including coming back on the return
> road, but that looks like it's totally been overgrown with heavy weeds and
> trees. And there's a small creek that runs through the property - beavers
> have dammed it up, and there's now a reasonably deep flooded area back
> there now, so I think a hundred feet or so of the return road is completely
> Paul Braun
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