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Old 01-04-2013, 12:17 AM
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The local drag strip, just a memory.

There is a facebook page on our local drag strip Fremont Drags (later to become "Baylands raceway". https://www.facebook.com/FremontDragstrip

This is my truck at the street rod drags around 1985 in the buildup lanes. Damn I miss that place.

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:20 AM
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By the way, if you want to see the track view "More American Graffiti" this is the drag strip in the film that Milner races at.

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Great memories of Fremont,I was there on the last day even though I lived in Sacramento at the time there was something special about that place.I really loved the Nostalgia events seeing cars that were a part of hot rod history.
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It seems that ALL local drag strips are becoming memory's these days

Back in the 70's I use to race at National Speedway in Long Island and there was A LOT of history there, and then they took it away
The only thing we had left after that was Long Island Motorsports Park (aka Westhampton Dragway). I was blessed to be able to race there right up to 2004 and then they took that away That hurt because it was the longest continuously operating drag strip in the United States, AND NOW WE HAVE NOTHING. Not a got dam track within a hundred miles of me.

And they wonder why crazy old men like me drive around on the street with Race Cars and launch them from every red light
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Yea they are going away ,the only track we have left is the Paradise Inn Dragstrip. and its only 1000 ft. been runnin there since 1966 with same owner,,by the way great looking chevy love chop top,Thanks for the memorys
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Davis and ingram

Fremont was just a few feet above sea level and that moist air would let them make a lot of horsepower. I worked with Joe Davis, first they had the altered Fiat, then one of the first funny car mustangs, Colt 45, then the T roadster, Jewel T, Joe figured out that the timing lights would not give you a red light until the light beam hit the receiver after his tire rolled thru. First he went to solid disc wheels instead of spokes, then off set the front axle so one wheel rolled thru then the other one rolled thru before the light beam would flash the receiver eye and Wheelie bars to keep the front end on the ground. A lot of info about them on the Hamb, Wes Ingram's son has posted. and there a a few videos on the net.
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They guy who runs that facebook page posts photos every day, some really amazing photos, it sure is nice to see it everyday. Now, there is a strip mall there! Yep, America needed another friggin strip mall with the same exact stores that you would find at nearly every other strip mall in America.

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Fremont was just a few feet above sea level and that moist air would let them make a lot of horsepower. I worked with Joe Davis, first they had the altered Fiat, then one of the first funny car mustangs, Colt 45, then the T roadster, Jewel T, Joe figured out that the timing lights would not give you a red light until the light beam hit the receiver after his tire rolled thru. First he went to solid disc wheels instead of spokes, then off set the front axle so one wheel rolled thru then the other one rolled thru before the light beam would flash the receiver eye and Wheelie bars to keep the front end on the ground. A lot of info about them on the Hamb, Wes Ingram's son has posted. and there a a few videos on the net.
Just like everything else, details, it's all in the details. The best get better, often a microscopic bit at a time, THAT is what makes them better. Very cool info thanks.

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They guy who runs that facebook page posts photos every day, some really amazing photos, it sure is nice to see it everyday. Now, there is a strip mall there! Yep, America needed another friggin strip mall with the same exact stores that you would find at nearly every other strip mall in America.

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Brian, that's what is known as "Anywhere USA"
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That picture is from the 80's? WOW! If you didn't say that I would have guessed the mid 60's, especially with the Flathead, your truck and Milner's coupe in the background.
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Well it was a street rod drags in conjunction with the NSRA Nationals so I believe at this event it was all pre-49.

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