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Old 08-10-2020, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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...was good to see some drag racing action yesterday on Fox 5! Miss going to Maryland international Raceway and seeing them! Miss seeing Don Prudhomme and the Snake along with the Mongoose, Hawaiian, Motown Shaker among others!
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Although I've been collecting exclusively diecast aircraft, I've been tempted to start collecting classic funny cars from those guys and others (Jungle Jim). I grew up with them, and back then those cars and their drivers had distinct looks and personalities. Today's cars all look the same to me.
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So true re the look back then! I've been tempted to add a few larger scale funny cars. I have a few Johnny Lightning funny cars and the drag car set in smaller scale. Some of the larger scale ones have nice detailing! would be nice to add one or two to look at for the memories! Nothing like being near the starting line and having those things rattle your body!
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I went to Maryland International Raceway a couple times in the '90s and had a good time there. Met Mark Thomas who drove the Ethanol Top Alcohol Funny Car. Always cheered for him watching the old IHRA events on ESPN.
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Of the various scaled drag racing cars I have, the 1:24 Keeling & Clayton California Charger Top Fuel dragster stands out for a number of reasons. And the reasons happened all at one race: The 1970 NHRA Supernationals at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ca.

To begin with, Keeling and Clayton had careers with the airlines. The team was not invited to this non-points invitational. They only got in because other race teams couldn't make it. Their two-tone blue dragster was judged the meet’s Best Appearing Car. And finally, their driver, Rick Ramsey drove the California Charger to win the Top Fuel event.

First pic shows the blue California Charger in the near lane. The yellow slingshot in the far lane is Great Expectations II. Looking on in 1:24 is Dominic from Fast and Furious and Kowalski from Vanishing Point.

Second pic is the real meal deal... California Charger
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Thanks for the pics and interesting history. Love the blue rail and see why it won best in appearance! Glad to see you used to make it to MIR in the past! They keep improving that track! My brother and I, as well as friends used to head out there for some of the big events and used to run our street cars as they had a midnight madness on Friday nights.

I remember back in the 70's going to Aquasco speedway near Brandywine, MD. and seeing good old Snake and Mongoose run with others, like Madmax, Motown Shaker, etc.! Those were the days!
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They have a dirt track as well as a motocross track. I never got a chance to race at their motocross track. I used to practice at Summit Points motocross track in WVA. One time while practicing with a fellow racer, we took a break to walk down and see Paul Newman and his team.

Here is a pic of me racing in the 70's at White Oaks in AMA 125CC class. White oaks was located near Fredricksburg, VA. I heard this track is long gone and nothing but residential developments!

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At that time I was using Suzuki RM-125's in a sea of Yamaha YZ's and on the rare occasion one would see a Honda CR-125 or even on rarer occasions a Kawasaki KX-125! Those were fun times!

Speaking of CR-125's, the partially seen trophy with the "Reston Dirt Riders" placard was from when I was 12. The club, in which I belonged, had a hare scramble that was an 8 mile course. There was approximately 65 entrants and I came in 5th! Not bad for a 12 year old kid. Forgot the time/length of the race, but I did 7 or 8 laps! I was smokin some of the older racers! They were all surprised, good sports, and applauded when I received my trophy. That was a real motivator for me as a young lad to be acknowledged by an older generation that I look/ed up to! Good old Reston Dirt Riders is long gone and the land a Fairfax County Park behind the Home Depot in Reston, VA!
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Thanks for the pics and interesting history. Love the blue rail and see why it won best in appearance! Glad to see you used to make it to MIR in the past! They keep improving that track! My brother and I, as well as friends used to head out there for some of the big events and used to run our street cars as they had a midnight madness on Friday nights.

I remember back in the 70's going to Aquasco speedway near Brandywine, MD. and seeing good old Snake and Mongoose run with others, like Madmax, Motown Shaker, etc.! Those were the days!
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They have a dirt track as well as a motocross track. I never got a chance to race at their motocross track. I used to practice at Summit Points motocross track in WVA. One time while practicing with a fellow racer, we took a break to walk down and see Paul Newman and his team.

Here is a pic of me racing in the 70's at White Oaks in AMA 125CC class. White oaks was located near Fredricksburg, VA. I heard this track is long gone and nothing but residential developments!

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At that time I was using Suzuki RM-125's in a sea of Yamaha YZ's and on the rare occasion one would see a Honda CR-125 or even on rarer occasions a Kawasaki KX-125! Those were fun times!

Speaking of CR-125's, the partially seen trophy with the "Reston Dirt Riders" placard was from when I was 12. The club, in which I belonged, had a hare scramble that was an 8 mile course. There was approximately 65 entrants and I came in 5th! Not bad for a 12 year old kid. Forgot the time/length of the race, but I did 7 or 8 laps! I was smokin some of the older racers! They were all surprised, good sports, and applauded when I received my trophy. That was a real motivator for me as a young lad to be acknowledged by an older generation that I look/ed up to! Good old Reston Dirt Riders is long gone and the land a Fairfax County Park behind the Home Depot in Reston, VA!
Coming up from Virginia, it was enjoyable taking the backroads to get to MIR. I admire your experiences going to Aquasco Speedway during the '70s. All of this I missed as a teenager when nearby Suffolk Raceway had all of the great drag racers you mentioned.

Very cool story and picture of you racing motocross at these historic venues. It looks to be a dangerous sport as far as accidents and injuries go.
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Old 08-19-2020, 11:59 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks re pic! Motocross was a bunch of fun and I saw some really bad wrecks/injuries, but fortunately I was able to avoid them. A few minor spills, but nothing major. They always had an ambulance at the ready and occasionally a helicopter would be flown in for the really bad ones!

Virginia is a beautiful state to drive around! We are fortunate to have seen NHRA drag racing back in the 70's! Love that Rail Diorama! Talk soon Steve!
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