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02-20-2004 03:09 PM
poncho62 We had many of those same arguments when they closed our strip. The town fathers were more concerned that their cows would stop giving milk due to the noise......&*%$$% IDIOTS.
02-20-2004 03:05 PM Do you have an old abandoned air strip around town? They were a dime-a-dozen during WWII and it is amazing how many are left. In fact, legendary Famoso drag strip here in Bakersfield is an old WWII air strip that the County of Kern owns and operates. The approach I would take is to take your case before your county/city fathers showing them the many benefits of drag strips in providing an outlet for youth, getting racing off the streets, an income venue for the government, etc. Check with NHRA and IHRA, I would be surprised if they don't have some promotional material that they would gladly provide you for just this purpose of promoting drag racing to resistant civilians.
02-20-2004 02:51 PM
poncho62 Had vthye car from 77 to 92, 16 years. Traded a 68 Beaumont for it (wish I had it back too). Was a basket case.

Took a couple of years, put in a 69 Chevy 350/Muncie 4 speed/3.34 posi. Painted it white.

Later painted it blue. This is what it looked like in 92 when I sold it. I wish I had never sold it. I have only seen it once since I sold it....Want it back.
02-20-2004 01:31 PM
Stitch That's a neat pic poncho , I'd also like to know what eng/trans was in it.

I'm still darn waiting for mine , the truck that was picking it up to deliver it to the docks broke down (yeah right ) so it missed it's boat . Sat on the docks at Jacksonville now until 4th March and won't be here until the 22nd
02-20-2004 10:30 AM
bowtienut that's a good lookin old double nickle there poncho62, do ya still have it or like most been gone many years.

I love the old shoeboxes!
02-19-2004 09:02 PM
Erk What kind of powerhouse did that 55' have?

02-19-2004 05:03 PM
poncho62 We had a closed down strip in our town for a number of years. We used to get hunderds of people and many cars out there. We were trying to organize something there, but the town and the owners of the land didn't want the hassle.

One day they came in with bulldozers and tore the place up.

That was about 1980. Years later, a candidate for mayor came knocking on my door, canvassing for votes. On his pamphlet he listed how he helped to close down the dragstrip back in 72. Needless to say, (I chased him off my property and let him know how I felt ................

This is a pic of my 55 at the old abandoned strip, note the "human Xmas tree"

02-19-2004 04:40 PM
jrs396 I remember that episode. It was Horsepower TV I think and the Ford guy took his Mustang there. I remember there being people lined up along a fence that was like five feet from the lanes. Real safe. Oh and you had to provide your own water for burn outs. HAHA
02-19-2004 04:09 PM
bowtienut I saw a program about a year ago on one of the hot rod shows about a drag strip on an old county road that may have been abandoned or something like that. It was nothing fancy but it seemed to work.

If I remember correctly this little strip was kinda famous, I saw a lot of nice cars there.

just a thought.

Maybe it was an old farm and the guy built his own strip?

I can't remember, I don't like getting old.
02-19-2004 03:19 PM
You better figure on $800,000.00 minimum for a bare bones ,no frill track. I would say that a NON NHRA approved track would be 1.5 million minimum, with miminal amenities.
YEP...What he said. I figured a million minimum. Check into insurance first. That ought to change your mind real fast.

02-19-2004 10:32 AM
Beenaway2long Just the TOP coating for the 1/4 mile track by me was around $150,000.00.
Now add in a concrete launch pad out to AT LEAST the 60' mark, sub-grade materials for everywhere, pits area thats just stoned, timing system, track personel, power service, drainage, 2 miles of wiring, WOW! Forget about lights,bleachers, fencing, bathrooms with running water, concession stands, etc., that make you money. Land cost?
You better figure on $800,000.00 minimum for a bare bones ,no frill track. I would say that a NON NHRA approved track would be 1.5 million minimum, with miminal amenities.
Good luck, though!
02-18-2004 07:49 PM
poncho62 Try the dirt track 1st, will cost very little.

See how that goes and work up from there.
02-18-2004 07:31 PM
Dreadlord we were planning on putting it on some old farm land. Tons of flat area. and getting it rezoned might be a hassle. but i think when we get it done (if). It will be a good attration. especially since no one has anything to do around here on weekends except drink. and it will also take a little of the street racing off the streets since anyone with a license and parental consent ( if under legal age) can get in and race. we were also thinking of adding a dirt track or a mud track for other attractions.
02-18-2004 07:22 PM
cboy I would also look into the zoning and environmental obstacles. Almost anywhere you want to put a race track these days there will be hoards of folks who want to stop you. I could imagine 70K in just legal fees to get all your permits, zoning variances and environmental authorizations lined up.
02-18-2004 04:26 PM
TurboS10 There was a concrete 1/8 mile track built not far from me recently. They have 2.5 mil in the entire project. I am sure it could be done for less if you did asphalt, but I bet you could not even get all the paving done for 70k.

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