Lost Drag Strips: Ghosts of Quarter Miles Past (Cartech)

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During the 1950s and 1960s, the sport of drag racing exploded in popularity. In its early days, drag racing had a class for everybody, from professional rails to four-door sedans. As a participant sport, drag racing made itself very accessible, and as a result, drag racing facilities sprang up all over the country, some national in scale and others very small and local. This was great, for a while, but with the sprawl of suburbia and various economic conditions including the growing expense of racing, hundreds of drag racing facilities were lost across the country. Many of these were places of legend where the biggest names in the sport got their start or ran some of their most memorable passes. Others were relatively unknown, but served a local area's needs for a safe place for local speed addicts to run their cars. For whatever reason, they are no longer in business, but evidence of their existence remains.

This book takes a look at many of the lost quarter-mile tracks across the country. Some of them are gone completely, paved over to make room for housing developments or strip malls. Others are ghostly remnants of what once was, offering a sad and even eerie subject for the photographer.

The images are teamed with vintage shots of drag racing's glory days, sharing what once was one of America's most popular pastimes with the modern reality facing these facilities today. For fans of drag racing's past, it's a sobering and interesting study. The stories are true and the photos are thought provoking, which makes this book hard to put down.

Lost Drag Strips is a 2013 International Automotive Media Competition award winner and won "best-of" in the book category.

Tracks include: Lions Associated Drag Strip, Orange County International Raceway, Riverside International Raceway, Bee Line Dragway, Motion Raceway, Motor City Dragway, Oswego Dragway, U.S. 30 Drag Strip, Dover Drag Strip, Pittsburgh International Dragway, Connecticut Dragway, Pocono Drag Lodge, Lakeland International Raceway, Green Valley Raceway, Dallas International Motor Speedway, Hudson Drag Strip, Shuffletown Dragway, Brainerd Optimist Club Drag Strip, Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip, Paradise Drag Strip, Double H Drag Strip, Southeastern International Dragway, Smithville Drag Strip, Lloyd's Drag Strip, Harriman Drag Strip, Green Valley Raceway Drag Strip, Drag City, Loudon Raceway.

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From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, drag racing was among the most popular hobbies in the country. Most communities had access to at least one drag strip. Many large metropolitan areas had several tracks, and on any given night during the week or all day on weekends, heading to the Strip was a popular pastime for participants and spectators alike.

This all changed when several factors combined to put drag strips out of business. The sour late-1970s economy and the ever-increasing value of land as a result of suburban growth were two of the largest factors.

What remains behind the locked gates are interesting visions of the past. In many cases, nothing is left or the property has been redeveloped. But, author Tommy Lee Byrd has found many sites where much evidence remains of former dragstrips’ glory days. These thought-provoking, haunting images tell the story of how many of these once-great tracks look today. Drag racing’s loud and smoky past is celebrated on the pages, while the current state of some of its former theaters is documented and reflected upon.

About the Author:

Tommy Lee Byrd is a nationally known contributor to many automotive enthusiast magazines including Street Rod Builder and Hot Rod. He has many years of experience writing automotive articles (from features to technical how-to) and shooting pro-level photographs. Tommy grew up as the son of an expert custom auto body and paint man, and calls Dayton, Tennessee, his home.

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