On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM, Rick Beckrich <rbeckrich@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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"
> flat-head Fords.
> 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
>> Paul Braun
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