The Racers Edge

Hackettstown was one of the main routes to Island Drag Way and was full of racers and people who went there
So what can you remember of the racers there cars if you have pictures share

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09


Have no pictures but great memories. First came out from Staten Island in 63 or 64 when I 287 opened and saw Don Gartlits run over 200mph. Raceway park wasn't open yet. Our crew had iron as follows: 50 Ford Sedan, 53 Chevy, 55 Olds Hardtop, 53 Merc 4door, 57 Ford Crown Vic , no front bumper(had to run B Gas) lost badly but tremendous fun.

eapos eapos Message eapos
Aug '09

I remember as a kid going down to Main street on the week end mornings and sitting on the Trout Brook bridge and just watching all the cars go by. My favorite was always T.V. Tommy Ivo he had the car in a inclosed trailer with full glass sides so you could see inside. Then we would go out to the track later and watch them run.

earnhardt earnhardt Message earnhardt
Aug '09

i remember Island Dragway being so busy that you had to park your car on rt 46...and walk all the way down dragstrip road to get to the track i also remember the famous drag racers parking their cars on the transport trucks in Hackettstown on main street and in the parking lot on liberty street...if you want to see some very old video of island dragway...go to youtube...there is a video there from the early 1960s...ps here is a picture of Don Garlits running his dragster at Island Dragway...at the time he broke the 200 mile per hour quarter mile record

oldman oldman Message oldman
Aug '09

Thanks all that have replyed so far

Bill Skinner owned the town radiator repair shop he all so was a avid drag racer runing super stock class dose any one know where he is to day would like to post up pics of his cars

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09

i grew up with bill skinner... he had a 55 chevy...then he ran camaros...he was a good racer...he closed his business...here is another shot of Don Garlits 200 mph run at Island Dragway...the Henderson family also had a couple of race cars...they had a 57 chevy...and i think a circle tracker..time has dimmed my memory...

greenstripe greenstripe Message greenstripe
Aug '09

My Uncle Chuck was working on a 102in wheel base dragster with a 312 ford motor much like the one in the picture he went home after work and the gerage door was up and the car was gone what a shame it was never recovered
Bill Skinner also ran a chevelle wagon it was a blue color
There was a guy who lived at the end of herbert lane and Rt57 that was always doing some kind of racer

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09

heres another oldtime shot of Island Dragway... i raced there myself...

greenstripe greenstripe Message greenstripe
Aug '09

In the town Wires Electric owner ran a real strong racer
Vienna Kozimor's Gerage has run a hot car or two and did some dirt tracking
Mt Lake Bill Buel Ford Falcon
Mt Lake Claude Eroh 63 Chevy II
Mt Lake Joe G Charlie L Eric A 69 Charger Fast Floyd

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09

Dose any one remember
Charlie Zellers running a Chevy S-10
Scotties Muffler ran a yellow camaro
The Gomez family ran a vett and a 69 chevelle
Robert Eroh ran a 89 honda and 01 Z-24
any one know a girl named Malisa who tstarted in Jr Dragsters the moved up to a Blue Camaro
out in the meadows just after the vioduct is a old gas station the guy there ran a brown Camaro
Vienne guy named Ringwald ran a nova
So any one need help finding the people we talk about
looking to get in touch with the skinners e-mail me if you know

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09

heres the picture...i want...a picture of Charlie Zellers old 57 chevy race car...i used to own that car...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Aug '09

Oldman, can u post a link to that video? I was under the impression that 150mph was top speed at Island

Jersey Joe Jersey Joe Message Jersey Joe
Aug '09

I cam up with the name of the person on rt 57 by Herbert Lane it was Guy Callo he always had a racer in the front yard
Dose any one know any of the people that we mention or are looking for post it or e-mail me

A racer i knew a long time ago was Al Heinkel ran a car called the Hairy Canary i think it was a 65 Ford Comet with a fuel injected 327

Race Tracks Remember them NJ.PA.NY.
Island Drag Way
Harmony Drag strip and Dirt track for the old stockers
Flemmington speed way
English Town Race way Park
Atco
Maple Shades
Maple Grove
There was a oval track on rt 46 near west Caldwell
Did i miss any

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09

jersey joe...go to you tube...and search island dragway...you will find the old time drag races from the sixties video...the video...i refer to is not of Don Garlits... drag racing at the Island...it is a video of early 60s drag racing...at Island dragway...and yes the 200 mph quarter mile speed limit was broken at Island dragway by Don Garlits

oldman oldman Message oldman
Aug '09

Old Man I believe you I just cant find the old video..I only see newer races

Jersey Joe Jersey Joe Message Jersey Joe
Aug '09

claude: you forgot the 1/8 mile strip in wind gap pa.and the oval track/drag strip in vineland nj.

yogel yogel Message yogel
Aug '09

Thats right 1/8 mile Mountain View Park in Wind Gap the Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association now owns the park

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09

I know it`s not nj,ny or pa but we used to go to cecil county maryland to race too when I lived in vineland nj.

yogel yogel Message yogel
Aug '09

Yogel
Was that high way 101 drag strip

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09

I don`t remember it being called that in fact it`s been so long ago I don`t think I could drive there by memory anymore,.We went there from 65 to maybe 69.
http://www.cecilcountydragway.com/index.shtml

yogel yogel Message yogel
Aug '09

You had Pinebrook Speedway off of Route 46 they raced 1/4 midgets for years.

earnhardt earnhardt Message earnhardt
Aug '09

earnhardt
thats it its now a homedepot
Pinebrook Speedway off of Route 46 gone

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09

I have done my share of street raceing
Allamuchy flats 517
On inter state 80 be for the opened it to traffic
Harmony flats on 519
Down in livingston by the mall light to light
i was bad i know

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09

Claude :I can`t beleive you never ran one off down by the orange pit,somewhere on another thread, maybe retail trivia or think hard,Barbara who`s parents owned the orange pit said she remembers hearing us dragging LATE at night.I hung around easton a lot and the hot spot was hartley ave.(the i.t.t. strip)out in palmer twnsp and 13th.st to 25th st. (from a rolling start)on rt.22.

yogel yogel Message yogel
Aug '09

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Hey Claud,can you name this guy?

hint,he was the first guy ever to have a drag chute,no kidding ,read it in history of drag racing.

yogel yogel Message yogel
Aug '09

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You got me yogel
ok heres my car

Claude Claude Message Claude
Aug '09

Claude, is that a 64 Nova? The back looks a bit short though.
What's the name of the car, and how long have you raced it? I remember a similar car back in the late '70's, early '80's running at Island. I think it might have been one of the owners cars, a Greek name that i can't remember at the moment.

justintime justintime Message justintime
Aug '09

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Claude: I thought you`d know that one,never missed a copy of hot rod cartoons when I was a kid.It`s Stroker Mc`gurk the ultimate hotrodder lol.Here`s another great toon car!

yogel yogel Message yogel
Aug '09

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and i thought...i street raced...rt 517 allamuchy..2 races before the the state police arrived...rt 24 from the bridge by the old nook...towards schooleys mtn ...harmony flats...105 mph. {still cant believe i did that}...greens flats...rt 46 by the new pequest fish hatchery...bill skinner used to run off by the orange pit... in his 55 chevy...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Aug '09

Who started Island Drag Way

BrookdaleMan BrookdaleMan Message BrookdaleMan
Sep '09

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Island dragway was started by Eddie Kowalick...he owned property next to the L&HR railroad...and it was straight and right for a dragstrip...and drag racing was very popular at the time...he built it and they came...and they still come out to this day...Eddie was a great guy...and i am glad that i knew him and worked with him...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Sep '09

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Don Garletts in Fl

Claude Claude Message Claude
Sep '09

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don garlits had a very bad wreck that led him to go with a re-designed rear engine dragster...here is a picture...at the age of 70 Big Daddy Don...borrowed a dragster...and made his first 300+ mph run...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Sep '09

First this is Claude i change the name to Caged Animal like my car
I would love to drive the old front engine mount dragster
Any one got a old rolling chassis for a front engine dragster that they are willing to donate

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
Sep '09

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There are a lot of big names in drag racing,Garlits,Ivo,etc.but does anybody remember the father of the funny car,Jack Chrisman?Ran a mercury comet with a blown s.o.h.c. 427 and who many times beat the factory mo par teams that were dominating the circut during the 60`s. It amazes me that when I mention his name to old buddies who are fans of the sport they look puzzeled and ask who?He passed away back in 1989,we lost a pioneer and legend.
R.I.P.Jack,One of your biggest fans!

yogel yogel Message yogel
Sep '09

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remember Tony Nancy...he was the man who built the early rear engined dragster he passed away...not too long ago...and he made quite a bit of drag racing history

oldman oldman Message oldman
Sep '09

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Tv Tommy Ivo came to Island dragway once but i thought it was a 2 engine car

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
Sep '09

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TV Tommy...had a number of unusual dragracers...including...a four engined four wheel drive dragster...i still remember these guys coming to race at the Island...and seeing their cars..parked on the transport trucks around town...mostly near main street...those were the days...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Sep '09

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Here's an old pic from the Coca Cola Cavacade of Stars Entry road to Island

TheHazGuy
Dec '09

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Pic of Wild Bill Shrewsberry the LA Dart wheelstander on the spectator side somewhere around 1966

TheHazGuy
Dec '09

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Garlits around 1971 New rear engine car at Island No wing

TheHazGuy
Dec '09

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Bardahl Bug wheelstander - LA Dart - A&A Fiat - Melrose Missile topless FX-er at Island 1966

TheHazGuy
Dec '09

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Pro stock around 1971 The Grumps Camaro - Ed Miller - two unknowns

TheHazGuy
Dec '09

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Ramchargers altered wheelbase Dart injected 1966 Check out the old timing tower

TheHazGuy
Dec '09

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Testor & Keegan D/MP Vette They started out at the Texaco by Golden Skillet and then ran out of the Tulsa station (which is gone) going out of town on Rt 46 west

TheHazGuy
Dec '09

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Later pic of Keegan's Vette Narrowed frame to fit bigger slicks Around 1971

TheHazGuy
Dec '09

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Pat McVicker's D/S 427 Chevy Biscaynne Can't remember if he held the national record for a time Ran out of town. I think he lived around Hope

TheHazGuy
Dec '09

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Here's a pic of the Hairy Canary Can't believe I still have this pic. I raced against his son Rich Heinkel in Heavy bracket 71 or 72 Chevelle 454

TheHazGuy
Dec '09

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hey haz guy i think i might have worked with you...a long time ago...does this picture ring a bell

xma xma Message xma
Feb '10

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Another pic of my car The Caged Animal on the way to maple grove in pa

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
Feb '10

Thanks for that pic of the canary
I have lost touch with the Heinkel's and Rich Heinkel was on top of it during the day . They had a used car lot in maple wood nj any one know where they are to day

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
Feb '10

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Hey XMA WOW nice picture Look's like my 55 Chevy only better

TheHazGuy
Feb '10

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Here's my 71 Vega GT 331 cu in at the Grove in 82 First round of bracket finals. Went to last nine cars in 81 and semi's in 82 Oh so close but yet so far.

TheHazGuy
Feb '10

Any one know Bill Skinner and were he is . If you do please see if you can get him to post a pic or two . or any other local hot rodders or racers
rember when they drag races snow mobels

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
Feb '10

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hazguy...heres another picture of my 55 chevy...thats your old hood on my car...thanks for the picture of your 55...that was one hell of a sharp car...it gave me much inspiration

xma xma Message xma
Feb '10

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i might be turning this thread into the 55 chevy admirers site... from the racers edge...but here is another 55 chevy that should bring back memories...

xma xma Message xma
Feb '10

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I Like 55 56 chevys my dad sold our 56 chevy wagon to the Monjack bothers and they vuild a hot racer out of it
This is my first car back in the 70s and 80s
Love the 67 fairlanes 390

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
Feb '10

I remember Mc Vickers fast guy.I`m remembering two guys from town both had brand new 409 chevys (1962 I think) bill cunningham and a guy named I think Slattery.could be wrong,age has blurred my memory too.

yogel yogel Message yogel
Feb '10

My uncle and i would so up at the drag strip with the oddest of cars 65 chevy we brought differant jeted carbs and counter weight for the distributor we get 283s to come to life then drive home

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
Feb '10

Update for fans of BILL SKINNER, he has been gone since 1 March 1999. By the wat remember the GAL in the Hot Dog Stand, She lives in Phoenix with her daughter. They visit Tiown once or twice a year. OldSoldier.

Hod Housel Hod Housel Message Hod Housel
Feb '10

so when will the drag strip open this year

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
Apr '10

What Speed shops do you remember in the area and where would you go to day for parts or engine hot roding

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
Apr '10

these guys were the best along with van iderstine`s back in the day.looks like they`re still open.

California Speed and Sport Shop. (732) 545-0311. 299 Jersey Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 ...

yogel yogel Message yogel
Apr '10

the drag strip is open...i used to go to van Iderstines...in Hanover...Siricco brothers in Ledgewood...and Performance Centers of America...most of my performance parts i bought second hand...living near a dragstrip there was no shortage of parts...

klip klip Message klip
Apr '10

Mike's Speed Shop in Washington and in the early 70's Honest Charlie in Montclair or Verona. Of course Van Iderstine in the old building on Rt 10 East side. Used to get my machine work done at Washington Auto when Norm was there

TheHazGuy-
Apr '10

Auto part swap meets at english town or even flea markets .haveing a freind at the local junk yard was a plus
other wise i got parts at Mikes head work done at chester auto parts and a engine shop in portland pa my engine came from NSC in newton or i put them together my self in the back yard

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
Apr '10

E'town swap meet this weekend 4/16, 4/17 & 4/18. Also 50th Anniversary Featuring Don Garlits at Island this year. Need to get my Firebird ready for this.

TheHazGuy-
Apr '10

caged animal...thanks for mentioning newton speed center...they did a real nice job of setting up a rear for me...Norms auto parts had a good shop back in the day also...i bought speed parts at the old Fairfield NJ swap meet...and have been going to the Englishtown Raceway Park swap meet since the time it started...Marty Keegan did some work for me also

xma xma Message xma
Apr '10

So any of out posters raceing cars at the strip this year

CagedAnimal CagedAnimal Message CagedAnimal
May '10

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Check it out - Great picture of Testor & Keegan's Vette at Maple Grove D/MP

TheHazGuy
Jun '10

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i did not realize that Tester/Keegan...had involvement with Jenkins competition...what ever happened to Marty Keegan...he was a decent guy...i remember him running the Tulsa Station on main street

drew drew Message drew
Jun '10

Drew i looked all over to find out what happen to Marty Keggan as with a lot of local races

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Jun '10

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This car was a favorite of mine The Motown Missile and Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Jun '10

Updates for everyone...Bill Skinner the last I knew was working out at one of the dealerships in Flemington. And Marty Keegan was just over here at my house the other day...he and my father have known each other from the Testor and Keegan days and see each other on a regular basis seeing as he lives 10 minutes away


well now that we have some answers...heres another question...whatever happened to freddie dalton he was out of hackettstown...and raced a hemi cuda...

drew drew Message drew
Jun '10

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Marty was running a 5.0 Mustang at Island a couple years ago. Lives in Pa now, cycles quite a bit. Is putting in lot of miles in preparation for the longest day. A cycling event from High Point to Cape May 200 miles or so. Good Luck Marty Here's another former local racer Ran Jr Stock with a 57 Chevy Banana I. Now lives in Flanders.

TheHazGuy-
Jun '10

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Remember when they had to push start the dragsters and alters from the top end at Island then turn them around by the timing tower Here's an old pic. Wish I had a better camera then Oh well.

TheHazGuy-
Jun '10

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Tony Feil's D/MP Camaro and looks like Frank Iaconio's 57 in the background

TheHazGuy-
Jun '10

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One more for now Around opening day March 1970 Couple Modified production cars and I believe the Super Stock Stang might be Chuck Johnson.

TheHazGuy-
Jun '10

Caged Animal
I think I know you. I used to work at Island Dragway. Front of the staging lanes 1996-2001.
I remember your car at least.


Jk The Animal was owned by a guy in dingmans pa i bought it from him and owned and ran it for a 2 years at island drag way and maple grove and english town and the hole time the guy who sold it to me called wanting the car back and money got tight and the wife so i returned the car back to him at what i payed for it and i should have kept it and took it to car shows I am looking at a car now

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Jun '10

Caged, is that Jim Kimble's old car I used to run against him in Heavy ET and we went down to the last day in points in 1981. I was in second going into that weekend. Won that event and got first place in Heavy ET by 1 point. Represented Island at the bracket finals as the number one Heavy car in 81 then again in 82.

thehazguy-
Jun '10

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I came across this article from Eastern Drag News,1965 I think.

yogel yogel Message yogel
Jun '10

well here i am with another question...what ever happened to the Hendersons...they ran a gas station...right next to the railroad tracks...by bergen tool...Lloyd had a yellow 57 chevy 2-door hardtop...and i think Pappy Henderson...was involved with a circle tracker...dust off your memories...

drew drew Message drew
Jun '10

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somebody mentioned Tommy Ivo`s 4 engine car!!

yogel yogel Message yogel
Jun '10

Free Racing at Island Dragway on Fridays??
I think i saw a sign with that...

BrownEyesGuy BrownEyesGuy Message BrownEyesGuy
Jun '10

Tonight only I believe it is....$10 general admission and free racing.


thehazguy-
yes it was jims car and i should have kept it but it went back to him he was a good drive and had great reaction times and the car was a track favorite

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Jun '10

any one been raceing this summer

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Jul '10

Went to Island tonight for the start of the 50th anniversary meet weekend Jet cars at 5.80-ish and 269 mph Run the whole quarter. Wheelstanders out on a show Run my street 80 Firebird Drove it up ran 14.71 at 93 mph then drove it home after the show Going back tomorrow to run in N-4 catagory

TheHazGuy
Aug '10

Happy 50 years to Island drag way to the familys friends racers and spectators .Thank you in every way .
This is a amazing country we live in I proud to be a American

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Aug '10

Garlits was awesome Show Don pictures I had from the mid 60's and had a couple of his rear engine car without the wing in 1971 at Island He was somewhat shocked he ran it there without the wing I offered him an extra picture of it and he grabbed it out of my hand. Put it in his trailer came out started the restored front engine dragster. Crowd went nuts Great time

TheHazGuy
Aug '10

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Crackle Fest at Island Dragway with Don "Big Daddy" Garlts - PRICELESS

TheHazGuy
Aug '10

I rember Frank Iaconia's Banana One a 57 Chevy 150 with a 283 HP 283 ci fuelie engine. Bill Ceralli had a 57 Vette with the same set up called QuickSilver it was a B/Stock record holder. Bill is still building engines in Paterson. The good brothers ran a 57 Chevy Sedan Delivery called Dog Catcher and Ron Humphries had a 63 Chevy that ran in the stock classes.

Charlie E
Oct '10

Frank Iaconio... once got caught cheating... at Island Dragway...he had a 327...instead of a 283 in his 57 Chevy

oldman oldman Message oldman
Oct '10

The Junior Stocker class was huge in the mid to late sixty's. Walt and Ann Towes had a 57 and 58 Chevy sedan deliverys called "Special Delivery 1 and Special Delivery 2. Almost anyone could run a competitive car. Then the money kicked in and money won.Good times though. Buddy Smith ran a 55 Chevy out of Hackettstown.

TheHazGuy
Oct '10

Does anyone remember a Dodge called "TEACHER's PET" I think a guy from Pompton Lakes NJ owned and drove it. How about Tritach Performance in Clifton or the lime green Anglia called "OLD Crow" ahh those where the days.

Charlie E
Oct '10

Teacher Pet was/is owned by Jerry Stein last time I saw it he ran A/SA That was quite a while ago at E'town Nats. Tritach and Moran an old Plymouth wagon The color was white and red with stripes named "The War Wagon". They also had a project Cuda with Super Stock & Drag Illistrated ran SS/DA. Don't remember the Anglia but Tony Fiel had a purple Anglia that ran B/G called the Super Grape

TheHazGuy
Oct '10

I ran into Jerry when he was driving for (perhaps an owner, don't recall) a limo/airport transportation company about ten years or so ago. We had a great conversation, reminiscing about his days at Island. Seemed like a great guy.

Who ran the chopped 60's era van (chevy I think it was)? I remember when his throttle stuck during a burnout. I think he had to put it into the guardrail...

justintime justintime Message justintime
Oct '10

Lets all take a moment and pay our respects to
Mrs kowalick the co founder of Island dragway who passed away on Sept 26 2010 she will alway be in our hearts when the light turns green

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Oct '10

Answered my own question: The Hairy Greek. It was an early 60's *pickup*, yet for all these years I though the guy had taken a van and chopped the back! Anyway, my recollection from the stands is a bit different than what was recalled by someone who was apparently next to the pu when it took off:

"There used to be a early 60's Ford econoline around here called "The Hairy Greek" it at one time ran a Hemi but was later swapped out for a 440 tunnel-ram motor. That thing was killer fast but my most vivid memory of it was one Sunday out at Island Drag way in Great Meadows NJ we were the second car in line at the staging lane and The Greek was behind us. Everyone was waiting for the days eliminations rounds to start so everyone was just kicking back hanging with their cars and drivers waiting to go racing. All of a sudden the Greek fires it up and the thing takes off like a bat out of hell. I rolled across the fiberglass hood of my buddies Camarao just missing getting hit ( we all know what happened to that hood) he tried to make a hard left and smashed into a beautiful 69 Nova trashing the entire left side of the car, he bounces off the Nova and proceeds to take out the Christmas tree and piles it into a chain link fence and finally gets it shut down. The butt heads excuse was that the Kill switch didn't work. He was a new driver and he just panicked. I reached in through the smashed windshield right in front of the whole lynch mod and flipped the kill switch a half dozen times So anyone knowing the old Island Dragway affectionetly known as the "Cabbage Patch" knows it wasn't big time drag racing so there was no back up tree and that was the end of racing to that day.
So form my prospective those things are friggin dangerous as all hell but still freakin cool."

justintime justintime Message justintime
Oct '10

The story I heard was Jim Harrington was behind the wheel not the owner. I used to run against his wife Kathy (Hairy Greek's) in Heavy Bracket.

TheHazGuy
Oct '10

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Jerry Stein of "Teachers Pet " fame was from Hopatcong NJ...he was a school teacher at the time...my wife used to babysit for his kids...she had no idea he was a famous drag racer...and i remember the Hairy Greek...that van could pull its wheels off of the ground all day...it had that 440...slung very low underneath...the chassis...wasnt Buddy Smiths 55 chevy an old Bill Jenkins Monster Mash 55 Chevy i remember one of Jenkins old 55s being around Hackettstown...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Oct '10

Do you guys know if anyone has older pictures from Island posted online somewhere? Late '70's to early '80's?

justintime justintime Message justintime
Oct '10

I believe you're right about the 55 Monster Mash I forget the name of the brothers that had it but it was up by the college Buddy may have gotten it from them. Not sure The Hairy Greek's real name is Anglo Karatockas (spelling is definitely wrong)

TheHazGuy
Oct '10

my understanding is that Buddy Smith was good friends with Bill Jenkins...and bought Bills 55 chevy...Buddys widow Maureen has all the old pictures...and Buddy was the right name for Buddy Smith...he was a great person to know...and Jack his business partner ...was a good guy also...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Oct '10

I remember a car zooming down the track not stopping at the end flying over the rail road tracks flipping over and landing up side down in water and the driver drown

Another time a guy in a new yellow z28 doing five flips and he walked away

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Oct '10

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the guy that flipped over and landed in the river caused major problems for Island Dragway...as i remember they got sued over that incident...and very nearly shut down for good...on the other hand...the founder Eddie Kowalick...considered changing the track in a different angle...to make the shut down area...longer to eliminate the hazards with the river and railroad tracks...Don Garlits overshot the end of Island Dragway once and got stuck either on the railroad tracks or went completely over them

oldman oldman Message oldman
Oct '10

"and i remember the Hairy Greek...that van could pull its wheels off of the ground all day"

Yeah, made for some nice ogling by the spectators although it sucked for the driver running brackets. There were a few cars without wheelie bars that used to really lift them back then. Anyone remember who they were?

justintime justintime Message justintime
Oct '10

justintime
they have a face book page look them up

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Oct '10

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East Coast F Body (Firebird & Camaro's) Nationals at Island Dragway today. Went three rounds before I red lighted. -.014 under OUCH. First round a .008 reaction time and a 14.620 on a 14.62 dial in. Got the bye the next round for best light of the first round. Weather was great. Finally ran a best of 14.477 with the 3700 lb smog motor Firebird.

TheHazGuy
Oct '10

That explains all the F body's in Lowes parking lot this evening...

justintime justintime Message justintime
Oct '10

Does any one rember Racing Heads Service 50 Olds Station Wagon? I think it ran N/Stock. It had a great saying on the tail gate "It may be slow, but it sure is ulgy."

Charlie E
Dec '10

Any one remember a hackettstown guy who ran a 73 duster it was brown his name was paul manzi

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Dec '10

a guy named jack armstrong had a beautiful black car with a tunnel ram hood scoop it was a gto any one know of this guy

their was a guy in town that had a yellow 68 dodge or plymoth R/T

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Dec '10

Hey Hazguy.....any chance I can get a larger copy of that pic you got with Big Daddy At crakle fest starting up? Me and my buddies are in it! Thanks so much!

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Dec '10

Caged, I ran the Duster by my father and his recollection was it was charcoal gray and white and the guys name was Paul Manozi, and the car was later sold to Jeff Mooney. Manzoi he says lived on Mitchell Rd, right down from my grandparents house.

Also he says Jack Armstrongs original car was a 69 396 SS Malibu, and he also used to work on Armstrongs Pontiac at Marty Keegan's place.

Red Red Message Red
Dec '10

Also, Jack Arsmtrong's brother-in-law was Pat McVickers.

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Dec '10

WoW
Red thank you That is the guy it is some times hard to remember every thing from those days the duster was a great car paul was a very cool and fun guy jack was a great guy too the pontiac was sleek looking fast wow so cool Those were the days Red They would come to the gas station my dad ran on mt ave and work on their cars

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Dec '10

It's great to hear all of these stories and hear my dad recall all of the cars and the guys from back in the day...nowadays I get suck sitting in the same parking lot with the 4 bangers that think a Honda is a fast car and that abusing the privelage (sp) of using a business' parking lot is the cool thing to do.

Red Red Message Red
Dec '10

Guys use to handout at the old Gulf station on Main and High St shooting the bull and yelling at the girls go by.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Dec '10

Wait..............................you mean guys hung out on Main Street shooting the bull and yelling at the girls going by back in the day?? Jeez, the more things change, the more they stay the same ;-)

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Dec '10

yes times change or do they most of the guys who had service stations had a race car of some type
the guy who worked in our station had a sharp 302 boss mustang wayne gero from oxford

we had a girl come to the station and we had her pumping gas she was wearing white boots to the top of the caft and short shorts and halter top man we sold a lot of gas that day

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Dec '10

i was one of the guys at the Gulf station...it was fun while it lasted...but the cops kept cracking down on us for loitering...they eventually chased us out of town...we also used to head over to Pburg...and Easton...sometimes Dover NJ...once in a while we would go up to Newton to cruise...

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Dec '10

Cruised Easton a few times in my 55 Chevy. One night pulled up along side another 55 almost identical to mine NEAT Those days were a lot of fun Changed motors with ease. Didn't have to worry about emissions Most folks could work on their own cars without too much of a problem

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Dec '10

the Easton cops started to get us a hard time when we went over there...they would pull us over and tell us to turn around and go back to jersey...on another note...does anyone remember Charlie Zellars old 57 Chevy race car...it was a two-door hardtop...i believe the name was Scatter-Rackin...i found that car in a backyard in Stanhope many years ago...i re-sold the body...anyone have a picture of the car when it ran at Island dragway

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Dec '10

Don't have a picture but he ran out of Testors Texaco (I believe) Your right about the name. I recall him coming up ot Island on a Wednesday night to get some runs in and blew up the 301 tunnel ram motor. Those 283 cu in punched to 301 cu in didn't last long Had one in my 55 Chevy, ran E/G for a short while. My partner loaned the motor to a local friend with a modified Vette and the motor blew on the first past. I was not a happy camper about that.

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Dec '10

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i remember seeing a picture of the Scatter-Rackin...when John Zellars still had the Gulf station on Main street...it had a 1960s custom paint job on it...the guy i bought the car from had butchered it...the car was painted all in gray primer and it looked just like the " Two Lane Blacktop"...55 chevy...the guy did throw in some extra parts to sweeten the deal...

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Dec '10

My cousin was streeting a 1968 Plymouth Satellite 318 auto
was smokeing some but had great compression so I pulled the heads to replace the valve stem seals . and reseat the valves and relace a bad rocker ,spring and reset every thing so i also filed the intake runners on the heads and the intake fitted the gaskets . when done the car would get up and dance with ease .

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Dec '10

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Picture of my 55 Chevy around 1971 getting it set up for racing On the hood is a home made "Grump Lump"

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Dec '10

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Second photo after paint and motor installed. Notice (if you can) the tow bar hooked up. Back in the day flat towing was in. If you had a trailer you were hot stuff.

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Dec '10

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Picture of Pat McVickers car on a Duffy's truck at my buddies home in Vienna, Water Street

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Dec '10

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heres a picture of my 55 Chevy from 1982...fresh from restoration and the paint shop...i started with a nice solid 55...and the results came out nice...my only disappointment is that i never shot any pictures during the time i restored it...Hazguy...i still remember your 55 before you put the Z/28 hood scoop on it...

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Dec '10

Hello every one its 2011 and this thread opened Aug 2009 thank you fror all the great post pics and all

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Jan '11

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Happy New Year keep those old pictures coming If you have new one's post them as well. Once a motorhead always a motorhead. Old 1320 newspaper (I do not have anymore) with pic's from Island Sept 1966 funny car bash at night.

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Jan '11

Nice 55 oldman still trying to figure out who you are

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Jan '11

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Hazguy...here is a picture of me working on my 57 Chevy 2-door hardtop...i did this car in my drive way...and garage...i farmed out the paint and body work...i bought this car in West Virginia...once i finished the restoration...i sent pictures to the guy i bought it from...he was desperate to buy it back...ps ...i went with you out to York US 30...back in the day...remember they had a noise curfew...we had to push your 55 Chevy all the way to the starting line...so you could get some early runs in...

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Jan '11

Great pics oldman as always. Tell me is that a 1966 Charger in the left foreground of the photo?

Greg Greg Message Greg
Jan '11

OK oldman got it now Threw me with those old pictures I told you were older then me We'll need to put together a HL get together at one of the Island family days this year on a nice Wednesday night.

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Jan '11

"Thought you were older then me" Need to proofread before I post Oh well

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Jan '11

haz guy...you pick the day...at Island i will be there... i will bring my 55...my oldest son works at Island as an EMT...

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Jan '11

Oldman, Good it's a plan. Sometime in the spring. I thought you were "XMA". Been looking for you at E'town swap meets the last few years. I go on Fridays

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

hazguy...i have had some medical problems since 2009...i finally made it to the Etown swap meet for the first time in almost two years last september...with any luck i will get there again this year...same spaces as before...

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Jan '11

Greg - I'm going with an AMC Javelin (IIRC the back had that vertical edge along the window).

Are we close oldman?

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Jan '11

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greg and justintime...you got it right...the car you identified was my late and very lamented 1971 AMX...that was a great car...and a very underrated Muscle car...that car was the best...it was comfortable...and fast...i owned several...Javelins and AMXs...and i would like to own another...the only reason i got rid of my AMX...is that it was very rusty...but the car served me very well...

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Jan '11

Very cool oldman. I always thought Javelins really had that race ready look. Add the 401 I think it was and man let it rip!
JIT-I was at first thinking it was Javelin but as I have always loved those '66 Chargers I guess I really wanted it to be one! LOL Good eye.

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Jan '11

LOL Greg, I can't remember what I did yesterday yet I can spot a 40 year old car by a single feature. Go figure!

Maybe I'll buy that lottery ticket now... :)

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Jan '11

OLDMAN hope all is well now old friend Those old pictures you have are great How did you get them Be safe and take care of yourself

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Jan '11

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the don garlits pictures were fairly easy to find...the pictures of Bill Jenkins 55 Chevy racer were extremely difficult...to find...not many pictures of his 55s exist...in fact...last time i was at the Etown swap meet...there was a guy selling old drag racing pictures He had a whole wall dedicated to Bill Jenkins...not one picture of a Jenkins 55...when i asked the guy...he said he did not know Jenkins had a 55 chevy...one of my favorite jenkins shots...

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Jan '11

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Roger Penske...ran AMX Javelins very well...in racing...the cars were very competitive..and won many races...hopefully i will get my hands back on another AMX...they were great cars...

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Jan '11

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heres another shot of Bill Jenkins Camaro...he could pull so much horse power out of any Chevy he worked with...

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Jan '11

Yes Bill Jenkins could find every horse and put it work chevy was in his blood
AMC and there cars were good i like there 290 v8 in 68 amx

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Jan '11

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Some more Bill Jenkins

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Jan '11

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i dont know if Bill Jenkins owns that 63 Chevy anymore...but that car is a 63 Chevy Z-11...factory race car...it featured an aluminum front end clip...and a 409 cubic inch big block Chevy...that race car was nearly unbeatable on the drag strip...the 409 in this car was the intermediate step...before the " porcupine head " 427 was introduced by Chevy...i have seen one of these cars in person...they are very impressive...and less than 60 of them were built

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Jan '11

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Jenkins wheels up

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Jan '11

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Jenkins 68 Camaro super stocker

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Jan '11

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Jenkins Pro Stock Camaro

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Jan '11

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Jenkins Vega Pro Stocker

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Jan '11

All, thanks for the memories. I used to run at Island back in the early 70's. Had a 65 Pony Mustang. Ran with Woody and Walt Parliman out of Woody's Chevron in town. Boy could Woody tune an engine! Freddy Dalton had his Hemi Cuda there as well. Many late nights and fun times had by all. I also ran Allamuchy flats in a 63 Falcon.

Thanks!

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Jan '11

Woody's Chevron that was the one where the bank is now at willow grove and rt46 did he run a 69 chevell or olds

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Jan '11

I remember a Ford Fairlane and Burce Wilson's Ford Mustang two tone blue and white? I worked at the Hess station then and they had a lot of fun over there.

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

Also I remember a Ford Ranchero they used to tow to the drags

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Jan '11

one of those guys at woodys chevron also had a pretty fast 33 plymouth...it was a brown or maroon 4 door sedan...i also remember Freddie Dalton with his Hemi Cuda...i watched him work on that car a few times...what ever became of Freddie....

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Jan '11

What did the guy from wires electric drive

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Jan '11

Dale ran a white 57 Chevy

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Jan '11

didnt...Dale from Wires sell his 57 Chevy to Cliff Judd...Cliff approached me looking for parts for that 57 Chevy...

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Jan '11

Not sure Cliff still runs at Maple Grove with his 69 Camaro that he has had for a while. Saw him at last years Super Chevy event at the Grove.

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

I thought dale had a roaster and was breaking in to super comp

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Jan '11

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Hazguy, you and I go way, way back. Back to when you lived on Water street in Vienna. Working Sundays at the Hess station watching the cars heading up Main Street on the way to Island. Breakfast from Mick & Hedy's. Snow on Easter Sunday. RC cola from the laundromat. Lot's of fun memories. Here's a picture of Iaconios car after he stopped flat towing it. I remember sneaking into Island down the ditch and it took so long that by the time we got in, everything was over.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

Great pic of that 57

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Jan '11

The 33 Plymouth was built and owned by Larry Tigue who worked at Woody's. It had a 340 Duster motor and trans in it. It had a brown body with black fenders. His favorite phrase was you didn't steer it, you aimed it. He was Freddy's chase car for a while. Last I saw Larry, he was working at a Ford dealer in Rome NY. I have not heard anything about Freddy Dalton in years. Woody and Walt ran a Ford Fairlane. There were two Mustangs that ran out of there, Fred's blue and white one and the white 65 pony mustang. Woody also used to provide the towing at the strip for a time. I was there sitting in Woody's wrecker when Tommy Ivo did his "Flaming" burn out and had everyone in a uproar cause they thought the car was going to catch fire! Ah the fun times!

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Jan '11

didnt Frank Iaconio get caught bending the rules with his 57 Chevy at Island...i remember he claimed to be running a 283...but he really had a 327 in the car...i remember the guy that owned the 33 Plymouth doing burnouts at Woodys Chevron...i also remember the big Ford wrecker that Woody had

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Jan '11

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Anybody who's ever been to Island should remember the Jackson Bros. and their Soul Shakers. First that I remember was a Purple 63 chevy, then this car, always in C/G until bracket racing took over.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

i remember Buster Jackson running a 10.71 in the Soul Shaker Camaro at Island...i remember the 63 Chevy also...not to mention who remembers Sirico Brothers speed shop...i went to that shop many times...anybody remember the Zang Bros...63 Corvette...that was a quick car...i remember seeing the car blow an engine right off of the starting line

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Jan '11

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Here's a picture of the Zang's Corvette.

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Jan '11

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nice shot of the Zang Bros vette...heres a blast from from the past...remember the old bored out 283/301 engine...how about the bored out 327/331...engine...i still have one...that runs...with the { camel hump } fuelie heads...

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Jan '11

Zang also ran a F/MP 55 Chevy. They broke a ball joint going through the the lights and rolled it on opening day around 1971. "JETMECH" I remember all you mentioned but your name slips me. Old age I guess and YES we had a ball. Real nice pictures I have a long distance shot from the railroad tracks of the 63 Impala "SOUL SHAKER" driven by Buster Jackson. Also from Morristown was George W Shaw. He also ran a Camaro. I'll scan the 63 later and post

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Jan '11

Hazguy, this might knock off some of the cob webs. Whoa Charlie, Whoa Charlie..... Who's Charlie? Happened coming off the over pass by the Shop Rite on 46 in Netcong. Was snowing that night and we were passengers. After surveying the damage, we jumped back in the car because Amos Moses was playing.

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Jan '11

JETMECH, do I work with your brother?

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Jan '11

Another hard runner from Morristown was the Rainey Bros. The Zang's also had a 68 Camaro they ran in E/MP

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

Yup. Used to work with me at the same place.

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Jan '11

Got it. It came back to me Who else would spent that time in the ditch trying to sneak in. I want that old 55 you had. Playing REDLINE at your house. Dropped a 350 Chevy in your Impala that ran real well for a big car. If you have more pictures post them They are great, again hope all is well out in the Midwest

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Jan '11

My parents remember that Impala real well. My mom used to have a blast messing with guys at red lights. Thanks for that JetMech ;)

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Jan '11

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Will do. Think the motor was out of Mike's old 69 El Camino. Here's one from I think Ron Zang of his dad Ray and the 2nd 55. The Cam Dynamics decal makes me suspect it was the 2nd one. Hope all is going well in the Great Northeast. I think I have that redline game in storage somewhere.

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Jan '11

Great picture and that 350 was from the El Camino My brother ran it at the Impala at the bracket finals. He qualified and sold his car and needed a car to run. That was in 82 he went out in round one. Made it to the semi's with my Vega. Are you still messing with any cars. Wait till I post a picture of my old 55 in the Hess station parking lot. You went through a lot of gears in it and never moved

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Jan '11

Practice makes perfect. Not fooling with any cars right now. Have a son who's a freshman in college and a daughter who's a junior in high school. They go through a ton of $$$. My last hot rod was a 1971 Cutlass SX 455 That I brought with me from California but never had time to work on. The kids came about 2 years after I bought it and it just sat in the garage collecting spider webs. I have a 96 Beretta I've had since new that I might get around to one of these days. It's collecting spiders too.

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Jan '11

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I remember walking up Budd Lake Hill to see TV Tom at a Dodge dealer on 46. Not sure if it was Johnson's at the time. Here's the setup.

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Jan '11

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Here's my next project. 67 Camaro SS clone 396 +.30, turbo 400 and a 4:11 12 bolt. Got it on Ebay in 2000. Second bidder, first bidder did not work out. Went to Long Island to get it. Running a smog motor 350 Firebird 1980 currently.

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Jan '11

Nice!

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

Was just on the Island website and it says the track is under new management...doesn't look like Tony is there anymore. Also, here's a link to a photo of me running my dad's car there back in November....this was lining up for my last pass of the day and put down a 14.19 @ 94.35 mph. Was also my best light of the day with a .028. http://www.printroom.com/ViewGalleryPhoto.asp?evgroupid=0&userid=gojdycz&gallery_id=2345035&image_id=374&pos=375

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Jan '11

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63 Impala C/G 427 Chevy "The Soul Shaker" Nice shot of the Nova funny looking rear tires

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

And why would you be at that end of the track taking pictures, young man?

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Jan '11

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1955 Chevy at the Hess station around 1970 Old 283 three speed stick. Went from three on the tree to three on the floor Hot stuff, couldn't afford a four speed.

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Jan '11

Not sure even have a picture of Puck & Kleeper's modified Camaro. Still like your pit shots better

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Jan '11

Buster Jackson running the Soul Shaker Camaro now there as car that could hook the track haveing the weight just right and the springs and shock rates set for that car what a car it was hard to beat , I have seen some high wheel stand there and seen cars limp away with broke parts . I would get a kick out of the guys who came with mom's car and had to make the call for a tow truck cause the drive shaft snaped or something much badder happen like a rod hanging out the oil pan .
A freind made up tow bars so we could get cars to the track yes we flat towed cars ,
We were comeing home from the track by the Letusinn ( Ron & Georges ) and our 69 charger start to pull funny so we pulled over to see if a tire went flat . no the lower control arm riped out and we were stuck. we were lucky it did not happen on the track .

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Jan '11

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i remember...your 55 Chevy... at the Hess Station..after the movie...American Graffitti... came out in 1974...everybody was asking about your 55 Chevy...that car kicked ass standing still...heres mine... and i still own it to this day...i built it and ran it

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Jan '11

That 55 of yours had a lot of stories to tell. Changing the engine in the snow when you lived on Rt 46 in Vienna. Putting a quart of transmission fluid in it to get it home, it was smoking worse than a certain 63 Impala convertible. Coming back from Englishtown when some leaves in the rear bumper caught fire. Think you had cheater slicks on it that you bought from Drew who lived on Jefferson St.

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Jan '11

SWEET ride Good job keeping it after all these years. We had fun working on the tri fives

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Jan '11

Oldman
I just love tat car of yours 55/56 I was not big on 57 at all . my poor dad i bust him all the time for given our 56 chevy wagon to the monjac brothers to build a racer

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Jan '11

ever see this video...i would never let this happen to my 55 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfxwTUCaocA

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Jan '11

flat towing...that brings back a lot of memories...we used to write "Car In Toe"...with white shoe polish in the back of the car when we were towing...

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Jan '11

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This guy just passed away in the last year, "Brooklyn Heavy". He was more known for street racing but this is one sharp rig and car. Looks to be gas class because of the wheel wells and tires extending beyond the fender lines. He did run at Island once in a while but I remember him running test and tune with "No Time" on the windows. I was in the tower a couple of times and this car was running in the high nines back in the early 70's.

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Jan '11

heres a link to the 1962 Island Dragway video...enjoy...some nice old video here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8v-oX2_iGA

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Jan '11

Yes that is one sharp rig that guy had wish it was mine

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Jan '11

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Here's a small history lesson and a picture or 2 This was Bill Izokowski's car that was sold to Pat McVickers. I remember it sitting behind the Armstorng's house with the Kicks lettering for awhile before he got it re-painted and re-lettered. It met it's demise on the way to a points meet at York when it broke loose from the tow car (Bill Cunningham's I believe) and crashed into a boulder. He later built a 66 Biscayne called Badfinger which ran in Super Stock and I think was rolled over by the guy he sold that one to.

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Jan '11

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Part 2. This is Izykowski's second Biscayne (Paranoia) and Kate Kowalick booked them in for a best of something match race once.

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Jan '11

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My last Izykowski picture. He's a service manager at a Chevrolet dealership (Might be Konner?) and he built this corvette after selling the 2nd Biscayne. Think they ran A/MP with this.

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Jan '11

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Here's another car running out of the Duffy's camp. Didn't see it at Island but he ran at E'town and points meet. Scotto & Blevin's 55 Nomad G/MP

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Jan '11

Dad says that Nomad was Division 1 points champ in 1968...beating Marty Keegan for the title that year

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Jan '11

You know I can hear and feel the ground shake smell the tires burn the sweet smell of high Octaine fuel . you could hear it from home so great .

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Jan '11

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Check this out I got these old Kodachrome slides on Ebay and had them put on prints Here's one

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Jan '11

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Here's another Don't know where this strip is but it's flat land. One car has an Illinois town on it.

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Jan '11

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Check out the engineering on this one Wheels outside of the body. A hasp on the door with chain to keep the door secure.

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Jan '11

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Jack Chrisman in a sidewinder dragster

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Jan '11

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Gotta remember this one. This car was restored by the son, forget where the article was. That trick engineered wagon looks like a Crosley. Much nicer than a 55, don't you think? Well, maybe not.

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Jan '11

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Another Chrisman

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Jan '11

Geneva, IL is a suburb of Chicago so if I had to take an uneducated guess I'd go with the old U.S. 30 dragstrip in Gary, Indiana :) Everything out here is FLAT!!!!

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Jan '11

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Yankee Peddler driver Bill Flynn early altered wheelbase funny car

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Jan '11

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Hey "OLDMAN" remember this picture You were there first round York brackets finals in 1977. Raced the Ford Torino from New York National Speedway in Long Island. Bad light and lost.

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Jan '11

thats awesome..i remember this very well...thanks for the picture...now if i could only get another York US 30 t-shirt...you made my day

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Jan '11

JetMech, that last pic reminds me of a dark green 57 (I think) tbird that ran at Island in the early '80s. One of my all time favorite cars at the time.

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Jan '11

Bill Izykowski is the service manager at Gearhart Chevrolet in Denville

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Jan '11

here is some 1970s video from York US 30 Dragstrip...York PA...i remember the hurst shifter girls... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcV62lQfBOk

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Jan '11

OLDMAN keep this link When it gets closer to the reunion they sometimes post T-shirts for sale. I did get two about 5 years ago.

http://www.yorknostalgia.com/index.html

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Jan '11

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Jersey Shaker A/MP Camaro 1971

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Jan '11

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Puck & Klepper E/MP or D/MP Camaro from the railroad tracks

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Jan '11

I remember their 68 Camaro was called the Ghetto God. Not sure if the 69 had a name and they sold to a Keith something or other. They ran E/MP.

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Jan '11

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Here's an Island match race regular, from Connecticut

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Jan '11

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Is this the green Tbird From NETO (North East Timing Organization)

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Jan '11

Yes, I think that's the one HazGuy. Pretty sure it's the same one as shown here too:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=769782&d=1254139794

found on this forum page:
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justintime justintime Message justintime
Jan '11

This car may bring back a few memories. Nick Nash was the driver.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N4k_38ucfI

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

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Al Oster's "One Step Beyond" A/SA Plymouth then he ran (not pictured) an 69 Camaro SS/DA

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Jan '11

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Carman Rotonda's Vette stocker

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Jan '11

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Dave Strickler working on his 63 Impala 409. Check out the old cars in the background

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

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Duffy's A/S Chevlle

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Jan '11

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the Scotto & Blevins 55 Nomad still exists it is in a museum in PA ...heres a nice shot the Nomad racing

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

Anyone remember the 57 chevy wagon in town it was blue with airbrushed bowties on the sides .

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Jan '11

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here is a picture of the car you mention...on the day it was sold...shortly before the car was sold...it was almost stolen...by a potential buyer...no idea where the car is now

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

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who remembers the Pro Stock racer Richie Zul running at island...he was running one of Bill Jenkins Camaros that he bought...the car has since been restored to Bill Jenkins original specs

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

Of course I remember I also remember being at the SummerNats at Englishtown and his car and rig were stolen the night before from the hotel parking lot.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

Love these pics folks.

OT - Oldman, do you have an online collection of your photos? I'd love to see more of them. It's great how you always seem to have just the right photo for the discussion.

justintime justintime Message justintime
Jan '11

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Restored Blevins Nomad

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

these pictures are old memories...because the people i discuss them with were there too...i dont keep an online collection...if you want to see an online drag racing collection of photos...try Gasser Madness hes got everything there including pictures of my cars...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

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The LoBianco Bros. I think John LoBianco usually drove their cars.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

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haz guy...i remember hearing about the Grump getting his car and rig stolen...that would s*ck...well here is a picture of a restored Jenkins big block Camaro...that went up for auction ..in December 2010...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

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Check this out 1971 picture at Island Dragway. Street roadster and off to the side Levi Holmes Black Knight Camaro and a Brooklyn Heavy Chevelle

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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Got this from "The Snake" around 1966. Autographed PennzOil promo. Sold it on Ebay a while back.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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jet mech...that Blevins 55 Nomad looks good...after all you have remember how many old race cars were sent off to the scrapyard

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

Haz guy, that looks like Nash & Yodock.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

Dude, I believe you're right

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Jan '11

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Newer picture Englishtown Antron Brown US Army Pro Bike wheeling his rig over to the staging lanes

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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Downing Ford Pro Stock Maverick in pits at Island fuzzy picture overcast day. Check out some of the cars in the background

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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before i call it a day...you have to like a 40 Willys lighting up the tires...before hitting the dragstrip...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

Hey all,

Just read through this thread and saw someone mentioned me a while back. My names Melissa, I started racing Jr dragsters back in 93, then my 79 camaro and have since since moved up to a full size dragster for the past 6 years.. Best et is 7.48@181, and no, never had a problem stopping at island even with no chute ;-). Some day maybe you'll see me on tv, if I get noticed by the right people anyhow.

I used to work there; I'm the person responsible for the Wednesday night program, the entire 50th anniversary show and the calendars they published for the past few years. I've had a great time growing up and working there, however will not be under the new management.

Thanks for the memories, I remember a lot of the locals mentioned here.

Melissa Melissa Message Melissa
Jan '11

The Haz guy
OH my God My car is in that pic too its the pontiac in the for ground I cant cant get over the pic

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Jan '11

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Something from the Ole Drag Daze, within the last 4 years. Jr Stocker type 57 sedan delivery SWEET

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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Tony Fiel Vette North East Timing Organization (NETO) Runs 8.50 this Vette flat out flies

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

i heard a story a while back that Tony Fiel is really big on 57 Chevies...the story was that he imported a 57 Chevy from outside of the USA...because he wanted a perfect car...didnt Tony do lots of cylinder head work for Chevies

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

Yes he did. Also race motors, marine motors and such. Rumor is he sold or closed his shop in Raritan. Not sure want he's doing now.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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Good old black and white glossy of the "Hurst Hemi Under Glass" at Bristol (Thunder Valley) Drag strip

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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here i go digging out the old pictures...check out this 55 Nomad wheelstander...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

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i also have this classic shot of a 55 Chevy altered wheelbase...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

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another of my favorites...back to the basics...run what you brung dragracing...this 55 says it all

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

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one more...the Shake Rattle & Run 57 Chevy...another run what you brung racer

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

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Took this picture around 1987 at the Summernationals at Englishtown, NJ. The late Gary Ormsby (Castrol car) and Joe Amato (near side) top fuel. Amato went into a huge power wheelstand and backed off crashing to the ground. Crushed the front end and Ormsby motored for the fuel final win. Wish I had a better camera but the timing was perfect.

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

This guys first name was Warren, can't remember his last name.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

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Attach picture before hitting submit.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

Toni did all kinds of motor and head work he did a 312 for my uncle to go in his dragster I wound up with the motor when my uncle passed a way and sold it for $$$$$$$$

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Jan '11

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Another picture from Etown Nationals Jungle Jim tribute car. Bob Gilbertson owned and driven. Nice smoky burnout

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

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Select Auto Camaro. Stocker turned into a modified production car. 1971 E/MP

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Jan '11

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40 or 41 Willys with ghost flames York, Pa Street Rod Nats Not sure what year I forget. Old age is setting in.

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

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Blevins Corvette, after the Nomad.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

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Joe Daugherty's Tightnuts

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Jan '11

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Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney at Englistown. Top Fuel

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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No caption needed

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

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Somebody forgot to tighten something.......

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Jan '11

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Two versions of the "Yankee's" sponsored top fuel dragsters

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

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Fairly recent picture of Jungle Pam at the York Muscle Car Madness Drag Reunion.

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

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what ever happened to Dave Schapiro...he used to run at Island...heres a nice 55 Chevy gasser launch

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

Hazguy, follow this linkhttp://www.racingjunk.com/category/150/Nostalgia/post/2110625/1955-CHEVY-D-GAS.html

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

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Check out this early crude rail. Now you know how they got that name.

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

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Two pic's from the York Muscle Car Madness and Drag Reunion. Scotto & Blevins restored 55 Nomad and Jere Stahl's restored 65 or 66 Plymouth A/S

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

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heres Big John Mazmanians 40 willies coupe... sharp...the Willies and 40 Ford coupes looked good ... and i like them to this day

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Jan '11

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From the Pocono Drag Lodge Reunion 2009 first one. Old drag strip that closed in the early seventies. Place was packed both sides of the track and down the mid. Even the shutdown area. Never raced there but there's a lot of history there. Street driven Willys. Very hot August day. Also Google "Pocono Drag Lodge" for more plus You Tube

http://www.draglist.com/stories/SOD-Jan-2003/SOD-013103.htm

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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another shot of Mazmanians coupe

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

Hazguy, the Willies is nice but that was never my thing. The GTX behind it though...440 six pack, air grabber - I'll take one of those in a heartbeat. Wicked throttle response.

justintime justintime Message justintime
Jan '11

is that the airport in Stroudsburg...i have been there for a car show and drag racing

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

Pocono Drag Lodge is just south of Wilkes Barre. Here's a link to the third annual reunion. Old drag cars and car show

http://dragracersreunion.ning.com/events/2011-pocono-drag-lodge-reunion

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Jan '11

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Nothing like a supercharged Pro Mod 57 Chevy. Although it's a fiberglass replica

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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my favorite 57 Chevy of all time {besides mine} Bob Yogi Pavlovs...57 Chevy convertible...powered by a huge big-block Chevy...all steel except for the fiberglass hood...9 seconds in the quarter mile...the convertible top still works...he found this car rusting away alongside a barn in Ohio

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Jan '11

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Tony Feil's corvette in C/MP.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

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I don't remember this car but Stein used to tow with a 64 wagon. He ran a red 64 and a black 63.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

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Hazguy, if you're stuck for ideas for the camaro, here's something.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

JetMech
that guys mom is going to find out what happen to her washing machine

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Jan '11

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OK, I might not be able to clear the garage door with that sticking out of the hood. Not to mention I don't think my wallet could handle that addition let alone the fuel cost.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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Here's a vintage shot back in the day. notice the bell bottoms. Pair of alters getting ready to leave the line at Island. Era 1971, I believe the alter near side is the Green Hornet A/A. Only a few more posts until we hit 300

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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speaking of Jerry Stein...when i was dating my wife...she lived around the corner from him...and babysat his kids...she had no idea he was a famous drag racer

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

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heres another shot of Jerry Steins Teachers Pet...race car...i saw this car run many times at Island...the car is running at Maple Grove here

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Jan '11

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"DA GRUMP" red Vega. Was destroyed in a racing incident shortly thereafter. The Grumpy stuck with white paint schemes after that.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

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Nice shot of Grumpy's Camaro at the Winters. Larry Lombardo driving. Bill gave up the driving chores. Number 2 in the window means second in points the previous year

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jan '11

Larry Lombardo...was a great driver...i remember he drove a Jenkins Monza that burned up during a Nationals drag race...they put the car back together...i dont know if Jenkins won that championship...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

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Carmen Rotunda (Billy the Kid Stepps challenger behind him) In one sporty pair of pants. when these wnet out of style everyone must have burned them because they don't even show up in vintage clothing stores.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

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Hazguy, this might explain why you have an early Camaro......

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Jan '11

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thats a funny comment...the Hardy Boys...raced a series of 55 Chevies...that were dubbed 55 Camaros...because they used pretty much the whole drive train out of a Camaro...the 327 engine...the 4-speed...and the 12 bolt rear

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jan '11

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Forsatz Brothers "Thing" D/Gas

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Feb '11

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Great running wagon of Tritak & Morgan Brings back a lot of memories.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

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Gapp & Roush stretching the rules in Pro Stock. Maverick 4 door

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

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Jungle Jim Liberman

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

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Gapp& Roush always had a second set of doors to get blown off in the second race...but they did run fast...how about Bob Glidden...he ran some pretty fast pro-stockers in his day...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Feb '11

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heres another nice 55 Chevy racer...a nice 55 Nomad...didnt Brad Ashman own a 55 Nomad way back when

oldman oldman Message oldman
Feb '11

Not sure if Scatteracken was mentioned ? Forgive me if I am wrong.

THE MAN THE MAN Message THE MAN
Feb '11

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Another Tritak & Morgan car SS/DA hemi Cuda Super Stock & Drag Illustrated magazine project car

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

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Love the body type these two guys were alway good to watch Sox & Martin

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Feb '11

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Dusters were good Sox & Martin

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Feb '11

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Have to be happy this is the starting line and not the end of the shutdown area

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Feb '11

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I'm not sure if this was the exact car or maybe a 71 Mustang body but the "Frantic Ford" was one of the cars that made a trip over the railroad tracks at Island. The driver (I think it was still Ron Rivero) walked away but there wasn't much left of the car.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Feb '11

Was there one day an a guy was running a new car maybe a z28 body it was yellow the car hits 3/4 track mark hooks had to the left and flips 5 time he was lucky to get out on his own
we who race owe our lifes to the roll bar guys

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Feb '11

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Great site. Btw, check out the long (as in 446 pages) thread we've got going over at the H.A.M.B. forum on Junior Stockers. Your memories and photo contributions much appreciated:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=201085

Pete

Pete Pete Message Pete
Feb '11

Pete, you need to post this, even though it's a modified, Rizzo's War Wagon on the truck in the background. Lots of pictures when it was Tritak and Morgan, haven't seen any after Ron bought it.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Feb '11

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When you think of all of the tracks that disappeared in Southern and Northern California, we're pretty lucky to still have Island, Atco, Englishtown, The Grove,Cecil County etc. One that did get away, I'm told due to the FAA. The tower before they knocked it down.

JetMech JetMech Message JetMech
Feb '11

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WOW, I Googled the "BRASS TACK" Camaro the other day looking for some history. I used to sell old car mags and newpapers on Ebay when it was hopping for old drag stuff. I saved most of the pictures I took for my listings. Here's one, also sold quite a few to Mr Doll former NED tech inspector. I believed he used them for research for his drag reunions.

TheHazGuy TheHazGuy Message TheHazGuy
Feb '11

If their are any dirt track guys out there at one time they drag raced out in Brainards 1/8 mile track

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Feb '11

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CA...the track you speak of was Harmony Speedway...it was open from 1963-1973...it was a 5/8 mile circle track..with a dragstrip...there are still a few guys around who ran there...here is a poster from when the track was open...the track is still there but overgrown...and deteriorated

oldman oldman Message oldman
Feb '11

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Does anyone remember when Island Drag Strip was offering Boat Races??? The picture is of the entrance road to Island during the flood in the spring of 1983.

4paws 4paws Message 4paws
Feb '11

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Here is another Photo taken from Hope road a day or two later. Island Drag Way is off to the right in the back of the photo.

4paws 4paws Message 4paws
Feb '11

4paws i have only seen the water that high on the meadows maybe 4 times...usually after a hurricane...or a very heavy rainstorm { 13 inches or more }...has passed through...i do remember this though...i believe the track was under water and was also damaged by the flood...do you have a picture facing Hope rd from Dragstrip rd

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Feb '11

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Oldman, Here you go! This was shot from the entrance, Rt46 side looking Westerly towards Hope Road and Shades of Death road. I hope this is what you wanted. We may have one that looks a bit more West, but would have to look for it.

4paws 4paws Message 4paws
Feb '11

4paws...thanks...thats perfect...you should call this shot the return of the Great Pequest Lake...because before the Great Meadows was a meadow it was a huge lake...and this picture shows a bit of what it was like...if you find the other picture that would be cool...but this is neat...on another note...this shows dragstrip road...before it was improved with asphalt shavings...that was a very rough road...thanks again

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Feb '11

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The Snow never stoped drag racers

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Feb '11

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Then again you have the "SNOWMAN" Gene Snow

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

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Thanks Pete, I'm also on HAMB (Honkey Ass Message Board) Great stuff on those threads as well. Here's another old pic from the old slides I won on Ebay

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

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the Golden Rod 55 Chevy gasser...this guy raced for many years in the south

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Feb '11

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Off of HAMB remember this well. DUDE LET's GO RACING

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

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Also from HAMB Hackettstown race fans from the day

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

that car i remember...69 Chevelle SS Convertible...the Monjack Brothers...they also raced a big pontiac...at island

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Feb '11

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while we are talking drag racing this guy needs to be mentioned..Dick Landy...he ran some great MOPARS...

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Feb '11

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i still like the 55 Chevy racers...they come in all forms..this is a sharp 55

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Feb '11

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Yes the Monjacks had a 65/66 pontiac catilina 2+2 421 that car could bark and get the wheel off the ground theres was black I all most took it home i

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Feb '11

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For the earlier post asking about Billy Buel, here is a picture of Billy in his 64 Falcon from the late 80's. That was a strong running car.

4paws 4paws Message 4paws
Feb '11

Thank you !! 4paws> Bill is a good guy and has a love of Fords and that falcon was a hot one have known bill for a long time for some of us we eat , breath , and Piss car Magic he is one

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Feb '11

is that the Billy Buel who lives near Mountain lake

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Feb '11

I want to say that the guys and ladys who man the tower do a great job along with the ones on the line and a round the track I will not for get the ladys who ran the food stand . or the founders of the track and owners you all do a great job and we miss the ones who have passed a way Blessed Be to all

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Feb '11

OK race fans Island opens (weather permitting) March 12,2011
Track is under new management

Kathy DeMarcky: Owner Operator

Steve Opetosky: General manager

Island Dragway 2011 Schedules
March 2011
12 Saturday, Opening day Test and Tune optional Gamblers open 11 am. Racing 12-5pm
May 2011
6 Friday, First Street Legal night 6-10:30pm
11 Wednesday, First Family night 6-10pm

Also check out: www.islanddragway.com for more details

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

Oldman, yes that is Billy Buel from Mtn Lake. I wish he still had that car!

4paws 4paws Message 4paws
Feb '11

4paws...i thought that was him...his dad Binky had a nice 30 Model A coupe...many years ago...i helped Binky work on his Model A...and some other projects...i know Billy from way back then also...

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Feb '11

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Another one of my favorite cars from the HAMB modified sight, Wes Perkins Lil Stinker from Connecticut. He ran at Island either Saturday nights or Sundays, whichever day Connecticut Dragway didn't. His mom was a school teacher and raced a 49 (?) flathead ford. Think I saw that on the HAMB web page also.

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Feb '11

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4paws & oldman, your flood pictures had me dig these out from the spring flood 2005. First picture is the starting line.

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Feb '11

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This picture is from just left of the pit entrance gate

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Feb '11

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If your ever at National Trail Raceway near next Coulmbus,Ohio and rain is the forecast, avoid parking in the low laying area near the finish line.

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Feb '11

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Even at Atco Raceway there's no escaping the water when the rains come.

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Feb '11

We all have done some stupid things behind the wheel I think for me was raceing a guy on the road that takes you up over the mountain from oxford to belvidere going from the bottom of the hill to the apple mountian golf course yes it was stupid did i beat the camaro no but was close
stupid me .
what nutty races have you put your self into?

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Feb '11

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Whit Bazemore Speed Racer theme smokey burnout NEAT

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

Dumb stuff? I think County road 519 was called Johnsonburg Rd. also, maybe not. Anyway, traveling on it was like riding a roller coaster, lots of sudden drop offs that made you feel like you were airborne even at slow speeds. I was playing hooky from church one Sunday and was out there actually getting my car airborne. I know someone (can't remember who or won't tell) was with me and we'd stop and go back and see how far the car had launched off the drop offs. Great fun until the oil pan contacted a rock that was stuck in the middle of the road. The road used to be oil and stone and this wasn't a huge boulder but it had been lodged in the surface and the oil pan hit it just right when the car came crashing to earth. It punched the oil pan bottom up past the drain plug and on came the oil light with a trail of oil behind me. Had to ride with my cohort in crime to Hector's in Great Meadows for a tow and repairs. The idler arm was toast also. He did get me up and running, but not before my parents found out about it. Hard to explain how that hole got in the oil pan!

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Feb '11

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The first half of J.P and Dee, J.P. Keck.

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Feb '11

street racing on Allamuchy flats... late at night...i wont mention any names...we raced there many times...usually got off two races before the NJ State Police showed up...after the first race...we all go back to set up for the second race...we set up...two cars to race...its pitch dark and we find a young couple with two very young children broke down...on rt 517...their car broke a fan belt...we look over the car and promise to come back and fix it...they were scared sh*tless...not knowing what was going on...we run the race...some guys go back and fix the car ...the couple is so grateful they give the guys cash for fixing the car...we invest the money into cases of beer...altogether a nice nite...and a good deed done

oldman oldman Message oldman
Feb '11

no details...104 MPH...on Bel-Pike flats...dont drive like that anymore

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Feb '11

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You think I would ever admit to doing anything stupid or crazy. Just glad the "Man" upstairs had a different plan for me. I'm still here and can do the things I enjoy. (IE: family, car stuff, etc) Thanks

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '11

TheHazGuy sez:

"Thanks Pete, I'm also on HAMB (Honkey Ass Message Board) Great stuff on those threads as well."

Thank you...and glad to see you here!

Pete

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Feb '11

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who remembers these guys Reher-Morrison -Shepherd..they were pretty successful...at Pro-Stock...this picture shows the car lined up against Bob Glidden

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Feb '11

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"Pete, you need to post this, even though it's a modified, Rizzo's War Wagon on the truck in the background."

Here's a much better shot.

Pete

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Feb '11

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"who remembers these guys Reher-Morrison -Shepherd..they were pretty successful...at Pro-Stock...this picture shows the car lined up against Bob Glidden"

Who could forget! Lee was one of the best drivers and cylinder head guys, starting in Modified Eliminator with this car.

Pete

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Feb '11

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After Lee Shepard's untimely death in March of 1985 Reher & Morrison hired Bruce Allen to drive their Pro Stock. Here's a handout of the 1988 Beretta. I've been collecting these cards every time I have gone to the then Summer nationals at Englishtown. Never knew when I started that some of these would become classic cards.

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Feb '11

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Here's a hometown sponsored funny car. The Snickers Dodge Daytona driven by Mike Dunn who now announces for NHRA on ESPN.

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Feb '11

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Last one for tonight since I can only post three before I get the booth. 55 Chevy of Charles Carpenter. Nitrous assisted 7/8 scale Shoebox Shootout at the Super Chevy events back in the late 80's. Best time on the card to date was a 7.07 ET @ 201.80 mph. Saw these cars run at Maple Grove's Super Chevy event.

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Feb '11

Gentlemen,

If you are looking for pictures of Island Dragway from the 60's-70's contact my Uncle,

JP Keck, he has alot of pictures from the time you all are remembering, some of you might even remember, JP&DEE or JPand Judy Keck

Reds Body Shop
908-689-1093

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Mar '11

Hello Liza Yes I remember JP&Dee. I believe the old picture I have is a Willys or big car alter with the frontend removed. Also remember the E/A roadster and the H/G Pinto pictured here on the forum. I used to live a couple doors down from the body shop (across from Oakwood Lanes) and had them straighten a frame on a 68 Pontiac Lemans. However would not what to call John out of the blue. I spoke with him a few years ago when we picked up his spent paint solvents for waste removal. I work for an environmental waste removal company. Hence my user name - "thehazguy" I'll look for the old picture and post it.

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Mar '11

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From a lot earlier, I remember Brad Ashman had a 55 Nomad, I think is was a dark "teal" on the bottom with a turquoise top and redline tires. Could be wrong but that's what "I" remember. Here's one strange set of headers. Not sure what the engineering idea is behind them or maybe they just had them laying around from another project.

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Mar '11

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Hazguy should remember this car. It was restored and put back on the street in the late 80's. I saw it at the street machine nationals in Syracuse,. Anybody's guess where it is now.

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Mar '11

maybe to cut down on fumes in the car

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Mar '11

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more than likely those headers were left from another project..they are obviously installed upside down with extensions added...its improvising...heres another picture of a 55 Chevy race car..this one ran down south

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Mar '11

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OK here's the B/A picture of (I believe since I have it written on the back of the pic) JP&Dee's early alter. Little fuzzy Look at the old plywood Timing Tower

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Mar '11

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Another tri five flying shoebox. The 57 Chevy replica Soft Seal nitrous assisted car driven by Rob Vandergriff. JetMech, yes I remember the Mighty Mouse 55. One of my favorite modified production cars since I had a 55 as well. Thanks

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Mar '11

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Heres some local guys note the light under the front tires

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Mar '11

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Nice picture Caged. looks like Testors Vette, possibly Zang's D/MP Camaro. Not sure on the 57 gasser. Here's another old pic from the mid sixties at Island

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Mar '11

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heres a nice shoebox...Jeff Lutz..57 Chevy two door hardtop...with a Pat Musi prepared big block chevy...featuring twin-turbos...this is a metal car...with some fiberglass parts...my kind of 57 Chevy...evil ....wicked ...mean ...and nasty

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Mar '11

Here's an Island story from the early 70's. I was working the starting line on a Wednesday night test and tune. Bill Reuter and Steve Weeks used to be partners on a blue B or C altered 23 "T". Bill and Steve then built a C dragster and Steve raced the altered while it was up for sale. He brought it to Island that night and had a prospective buyer make a run in it. The guy ran something like a high 12 but still pulled the chute. We saw something fly out of the back of the car and called the top end. Before they could get there, Weeks had already gotten there in the push car and was picking up what turned out to be shirts, long johns, and other clothing. Maybe they used the real chute on the dragster, but it gave new meaning to the term "dumping the laundry".

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Mar '11

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Someones camaro

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Mar '11

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AMC AMX Javalin

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For Red and Hazguy. can't download this picture but if you look behind the Willy's you'll see the Testor and Keegan corvette and the ramp truck. Not sure who's in the picture with Marty. Might be nice to pass the link on to him.
http://nitrogeezers.smugmug.com/Photo-Collections-From-The/The-William-Holmes-Collection/5416551_zoQi6#331197069_fY5Gn

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Mar '11

Thanks for the link Unc....dad thinks that is actually himself in the picture since you had to be 18 at the time to get in the pits and he is the only one under 18 that he can remember Testor and Keegan taking with them to the track. He says those pictures were from a gas supercharged event there. And I will definitely pass the link along to Marty as soon as I can.

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Mar '11

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heres the picture...of Testors vette that was sent as a link

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Mar '11

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when was not yet driveing my mom would drop me off at the track or my uncle would take me in to the pits it seems like we have pics of a lot of the same cars all i had was a 110 camera when my uncle passed on all the pics he took just vanished well I had one of these also it came with sohc 6cyl and it died we had a 327 that we fited into it was a hot motor I dont mean stolen that was my daily driver and it got beat going to school in union one conner at a time
we did lots of odd engine swaps 69 chevelle pull a dead 307 out replave it with a 292

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Mar '11

JetMech - was just reading your post about the Sunday escapade. Looked next to me and got a silly grin so I know who the cohort was!! He is enjoying this thread. Bringing back lots of memories and I'm hearing some new stories.

smallblockgirl
Mar '11

oldman - re the broken down car family with kids - the race was a big block Chevelle against a big block Camaro. The Camaro lost. Hubby remembers this as he was the starter.
He laughed as I started reading the story and said you guys scared the sh*t out of them before I got to your comment about scaring them!

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Mar '11

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The Terenzio Bros. "Italian Way" BB/A from Connecticut. Looking at this picture again, I'm not sure the car was the main focus.

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Mar '11

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From ron Zang, Ray Sr., Bob and I think Ray Jr.

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Mar '11

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JetMech
that car as a lot of pink on it like the chevelle in the back round

this is zang and unknown camaro

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Mar '11

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Some old gassers from 1966. Steel painted wheels and all. Mag wheels were for the money guys.

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Mar '11

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Another set of old gassers from 1966. Old cheap camera.

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Mar '11

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East Coast Gasser Association cars at the Ole Daze Drags. Couple of years ago.

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Mar '11

Looks like a red light on the Zang's car.

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Mar '11

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Here yo go Another collector car of the SoftSeal 62 Impala nitrous assisted of Tom Jacobson Ran at the Super Chevy events. Saw this at the Grove's Super Chevy meet.

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Mar '11

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"BUSTED" Another collector card from Englishtown SummerNats - In 1997, Jerry Eckman, one of the nicest guys on the circuit, was under pressure to win, and to hang onto sponsor Pennzoil. At the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio - home track for Eckman and car owner Bill Orndorff -- Eckman's car was sitting in the pits as the crew warmed up the engine. Suddenly, there was an explosion, and most everything in the immediate area was covered with oil.

A container of nitrous oxide, hidden in the oil sump, blew up, and there was no way the NHRA could ignore it. Eckman was fined $25,000, and banned from competition for two years. He has since returned, most recently as a coach for Pro Stock driver Ken Koretsky.

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Mar '11

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Last one tonight Bob Gilbertson's Tribute to "Jungle Jim" I believe they had three body schemes. One red posted a while ago. A blue one and this gold one.

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Mar '11

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i know a fellow who raced for many years at Island Dragway...he talks about the good old days ...i am enclosing pictures of the cars he was involved with...anyone remember the cars...he also raced at Englishtown

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Mar '11

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heres another car he ran at Island...and at Englishtown...he ran Chrysler products...at one time a Hemi GTX...any help would be appreciated

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Mar '11

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One of the few cars that could hang with J.P. & Dee in Comp eliminator: Andy Boye and Ron Barrow's "Good Vibrations" D/D.

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Mar '11

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Martinez & Barth at Suffolk.

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Mar '11

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First rule to remember in a wheelstand.......keep the wheels straight.

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Mar '11

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Second rule "NEVER" remove the wheelie bars Herb McCandless Pro Stock final at E'town Broke a oen wheelie bar on the burnout. Got out removed both of them and then proceeded to put it on the bumper. Needless to say he lost.

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Mar '11

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The Hurst Shifter ladies of drag racing. Linda and friends.

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Mar '11

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heres a nice shot of the Hurst Shifter Girls...Linda Vaughn...is in the middle

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Mar '11

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another nice shot of Linda Vaughn with a racer and his car...Linda was an accomplished racer in her own right...and collects cars

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Mar '11

Ok I have few things to add to this.

First, Im going to do a little research but I think I know the Fred Dalton everyone is looking for.

Second, aahh Sirico Bro's. I used to sit with Fred for hours and just talk to him about my Camaro I was building. His distributor curving machine was the ultimate help to my timing issues. And when I wanted to install an MSD Ignition box, he first told me about all the problems that can sometimes arise. And showed me a little trick to install it so when it failed I could easily change back to the original ignition. Without even removing the cap. When I found out he was selling, I knew that place would never last without him. He only stocked what he needed to. Any of the rice burner fad parts he would order if needed, only after trying to educate the buyer of the potential disasters they were getting into. And as for Paulie, the man was just amazing at what he did. Staying old-school and doing most work by hand, up close and personal. However, selling was the best thing for Freds health. The man needed a break badly. Too bad (as he always said) his boss was a d#$k and would never let him take a day off. LOL How I miss that place and the very educational discussions I used to have with Fred. Hope he is doing well and enjoying his long vaca.

Third thing, all these names sound so familiar. I work with guy who used to race up at Island all the time. He was out of Morristown. Tony Romeo. He tells me stories of the times up there. And these names come up all the time.

And the last thing. My father used to race up there as well. Not sure of exactly when, but I do know he raced a late 50's Ford. Gold, w/all the chrome. It had green spray tinted windows, and I think I remember him saying something about having a fiberglass nose. Not too sure. I know he has a lot of pictures from up there. When I get a hold of them I'll post some.

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Mar '11

Nice post (SeeintheReality) Hope you get the pictures, can't wait. Trying to remember your Dad's Ford. I started going to the track around 1966. Lived in Vienna and we would walk/or ride our bikes over. Bought parts at Sirico Bro's and had some machine work done (I forget what) They ran a big block Camaro in modified production for a while. I have no pictures of them.

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Mar '11

Sirico brothers ran a very sharp 69 Camaro...i still remember it sitting behind the speed shop...last i knew the speed shop either closed or moved

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Mar '11

Yeah Fred sold the business and Paul to a guy who if Im not mistaken worked for Bruce's Speed Shop. When this guy took over he revamped his whole inventory. He bought all the fad parts and accessories that all the import kids wanted and over stocked his inventory. Apparently not controlling his fad inventory eventually caught up to him. The store closed and is now something like a childrens furniture store or something. Too bad.

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Mar '11

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One of the occasional runners at Island with the injected nitro funny car circuit.

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Mar '11

Injected nitro story... Roger Tannenbaum(sp) used to run an A/FA Fiat out of Coast Automotive. He had a 68 or 69 Plymouth convertible tow car and this was back in the day where the cars would push down from the top end. They had, I think, a french poodle (one of those toy dogs) and either the dog was car sick or making those lovely dog sounds when they have to woof something up but they stuck the dog on the roof of the car. Just after Roger passed by the Plymouth to make the turn the dog yakked on the roof of the Plymouth, right in front of the timing tower. From then on Hank Dinger called the dog Nitro Mutt.

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Mar '11

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A regular runner at Island Dragway back in the day. Tritak & Morgan's Super Stockers

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Mar '11

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Jessel Bros. Jersey 57 Chevy panel Jr Stocker National Record Holder

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Mar '11

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Shirley (Cha Cha) Muldowney in her Jr Fueler days. Ran at Island once that I can remember. At the James Riley memorial race. James was an A/D driver out of Garfield, NJ died at Indy.

James Riley

Born: October 3, 1936

Died: September 4, 1966

Buried:

Age: 29

Full Name: James Riley, Jr.

Nickname:

Drag Strip: Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis, Indiana

Event: NHRA U. S. Nationals

Accident Date: September 4, 1966

Car: A/GD

Biographical: During eliminations, his car engine blew. The car spun around on its own spilled oil and slid backward into a guard rail at 145 MPH. He was dead on arrival at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. A resident of Garwood, New Jersey, he had participated in every U.S. Nationals since 1960. By occupation, he was a sheet metal worker. His father and two brothers witnessed the crash. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Mar '11

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the accident account is very close to what happened to Blaine Johnson when he lost his life during a race...Shirley Muldowney also survived a couple of bad wrecks...i saw her race at Englishtown...Shirley also broke the ground for many of todays female drag racers...

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Mar '11

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Here's a shot from Englishtown during Friday qualifying. Forget what year.

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Mar '11

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Da Grump autographed (I hope it's real) handout of his 74 Vega

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Mar '11

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The Professor, Warren Johnson's Olds

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Mar '11

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Garlits nice handout of his rear engine top fueler

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Mar '11

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Love the 57 fairlane's Downing & Ryanes owned by Earl Hayes

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Mar '11

sorry 67 fairlane for above pic

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Mar '11

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Tony Feil Super Grape Anglia gasser 67/68 era Island Dragway. Slight rip in picture glued to my old album. Shouldn't tried to remove it. Oh well.

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Mar '11

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TV Tommy Ivo with his front engine dragster Matched raced at Island Dragway in the 60's.

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Mar '11

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Sox & Martin and the Melrose Missle topless A/FX-er Match racing at Island in the mid sixties. Notice the rosin on the track in front of the Missile. Part of the show, put rosin down and then did a burn out through it. Supposed to aid in traction.

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Mar '11

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what year did the Snake and the Mongoose run at Island...i remember that was big news when they came to town

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Mar '11

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Not sure, here's a shot of the Snake in his top fueler being pushed into the spectator side of the track. Years ago you had to be 18 to enter the pits. After a match race they would push the cars to the spectator side so those under 18 and families could see them up close. The Snake looks young in this picture

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Mar '11

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Chris Karamesines the "GREEK" at Island Dragway mid 60's Front engine top fueler

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Mar '11

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A&A Fiat alter at the "PATCH' mid sixties. Old plywood timing tower

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Mar '11

does anyone have a shot of the Hairy Greek van that ran at Island...he had a 440 Chrysler...underneath that van and it was quick...

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Mar '11

It isn't Anglo "The Hairy Greek" but it would make you think about going on another school bus. Couldn't locate the his van anywhere.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSzOd__feIw&feature=related

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Mar '11

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Some speed shop decals from the past

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Mar '11

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Duffy's

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Mar '11

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Manhattan Speed Shop

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Mar '11

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North Jersey Speed Center

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Mar '11

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JetMech, where is the Honest Charley decal. OH, here it is

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Mar '11

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Parked on the spectator side. Alter wheelbase Ford.

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Mar '11

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Joe Amato at the first Pocono Drag Lodge Reunion

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Mar '11

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Detroit Dragwag 1959 or 1960 B/R

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Mar '11

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Another "killer" car in Division 1, Harry Luzader's E/G 32 Ford

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Mar '11

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Panella Trucking Angilia gasser

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Mar '11

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Jungle Jim restored funny Vega the the York US 30 drag reunion, York Pa fairgrounds expo

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Mar '11

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Raymond Beadle's "BLUE MAX" funny stang

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Mar '11

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The "MOTOWN MISSILE" pro stock driven by the late Don Carlton. Ruled pro stock for a while back in the day.

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Mar '11

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Fred Egloff, before the camaro.

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Apr '11

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Jim Oddy, used to run at Island on occasion,

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Apr '11

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Pete Gates altered wheelbase Comet. Believe it was Dyno Don's old car. 1966 versus the Ramchargers funny Dart

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Apr '11

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Big Daddy after his flip at Englishtown. Getting out of the car missing the rear wing. What a ride, my brother got these pictures. Don signed them at the 50th anniversary meet this past August at Island.

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Apr '11

here is the video of Don Garlits rollover http://youtu.be/C0KmGfBCJtQ

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Apr '11

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What a way to remove a hi tech (at the time) top fueler off the track. An old rollback with the fueler hanging off the back.

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Apr '11

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First flip top funny tube chassis car. Dyno Don Nicholson's Comet. Signed back in the mid 60's then again at the York US 30 Drag Reunion before his passing.

“Dyno Don” Nicholson 1927-2006

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Apr '11

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Summit's duo of Pro Stock at Englishtown Greg Anderson and Jason Line. Greg won today's race in Pro Stock at the zMAX Drag strip in Charlotte N.Carolina. Four wide racing, like they did at York US 30 back in the day.

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Apr '11

National speedway on Long Island had 4 wide drag racing way back when...heres some video...from way back then http://youtu.be/2c_bTXtodQU

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Apr '11

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Push starts form 1959/1960. Detroit Dragway "The Dirty D"

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Apr '11

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Oout of Mtion Performance Bill Mitchell's"ThunderBug" H/G-er. Running 11.00's at 116 mph.

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Apr '11

Out of Motion Performance Bill Mitchell's"ThunderBug" H/G-er. Running 11.00's at 116 mph.

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Apr '11

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The "Winged Express" AA/FA Wild Willie Borsch

William Bowen "Wild Willie" Borsch

Feb 19, 1930 - Oct 10,1991

Gone But Never To Be Forgotten...

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Apr '11

heres a nice clip from youtube on fuel AA/FAs http://youtu.be/44chQoMYCKw

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Apr '11

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Jerry Meade's 6 cyl Opel GT, ran out of Lodi Welding.

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Apr '11

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Downing & Ryan SS/C Ford Fairlane Strong local Super Stock runner

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Apr '11

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Fred Goeske on the entrance road to Island Early 70's when he ran as part of the Coca-Cola Cavalcade of Funny Cars

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Apr '11

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East Coast Gasser Association at Island Check out their website.

http://www.eastcoastgassers.com/

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Apr '11

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Too bad I had too many cars. This Nova I sold would have made a nice gasser to run with the East Coast fellows.

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Apr '11

GREAT STUFF


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The Melrose Missile 1966 Match race versus Sox & Martin's "Bear of a Cuda" injected funny car.

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Apr '11

We like gear shifting .tire squeelin. speed addicts and the smell of rich fuel in the morning. hot dogs from the food stand but not on the track ,

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Apr '11

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In a earlier post shared with 3 other pictures. Here's a lone shot of the LA Dart wheelstander Hemi in the back seat. Wheelie contest with the hemi VW Bardahl Bug 1966

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Apr '11

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Royal Pontiac at the Ole Daze Drags Vintage stuff

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Apr '11

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Warren and Kurt Johnson at Englishtown SuperNats a few years ago

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Bruce Larson's USA-1 Chevelle funny car Ran at Island in the 60's. Saw him match race a time or two.

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Apr '11

"does anyone have a shot of the Hairy Greek van that ran at Island...he had a 440 Chrysler...underneath that van and it was quick..."

I remember that van-pickup. I heard it had a 426 HEMI in it but never got a chance to look at it up close in the pits to verify what I heard, just saw it from the spectator side from what I can recall a few times at Englishtown in the late-1980s, which by the way, I have a photo of it lined-up ready to make a pass at Raceway Park circa 1989. If I can ever borrow (or buy) a scanner, I'll scan and post the photo for your viewing pleasure. :-)

Pete

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May '11

when i saw the Hairy Greek racing at Island Dragway...he had a 440 Mopar slung underneath...

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May '11

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Old magazine picture with the old timing tower. Altered wheelbase shoebox Nova

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May '11

Wow some great history on the dragstrips in nj. Tried reading it all so much to take in. I dont know if it was said before but Island dragway was the inspriation for etown dragway. The Napp family saw how well drag racing was at Island and soon built Etown. But so much history between the three tracks in nj. Even when u go to island or atco u can still real the history to it. Etown grew very quickly and has changed so much since the beginning pictures u see.

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May '11

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63 Impala gasser Ole Daze Drags

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May '11

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Front engine digger from Ole Daze drags

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May '11

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TV Tommy Ivo signing an autograph. Ran match races at Island against Big Daddy Don Garlits.

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May '11

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Nice picture of the "SHARK" funny Vette. Match raced at Island

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May '11

For those who may be interested,Aug 6th is the reunion/car show at the old Pocono Drag Lodge,just off rt.115 in Bear Creek Pa.

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Jun '11

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Picture from SuperNationals at Englishtown Thursday. Larry Jewell from Pa used to run brackets at Island SS/DA Vette

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Jun '11

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Big Daddy Don Galits in the Dodge Challenger hemi car A/SA

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Jun '11

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US Army display in the pits. Army sponsors a top fuel dragster and are a big part of the drag racing weekend.

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Jun '11

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Carl Miller F/A Vette Used to run the modified production cata gory at Island in a Vette gasser

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Jun '11

Hazguy...is Larry Jewell...any relation to Jeff Jewell...who also ran at Island Dragway

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Jun '11

Yes, Larry is Jeff's dad. Retired gunsmith. Nice running Vette. I used to run against Jeff in street brackets with his black El Camino. Nice kid (at the time was a kid)

Results for Elimination Round 2
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of round 2 eliminations in Super Stock at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals:

(W) Bob Hochrun GT/CA 9.75 0.083 9.760 0.010
(L) Larry Jewell SS/DA 9.41 0.174 9.398 -0.012

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Jun '11

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Super Street 57 Chevy time shots on Thursday Englishtown SuperNats (10.90 index)

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Jun '11

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Super Stock time shots Classic Ford (Mustang) versus Chevy (Camaro) Wheels up at Englishtown SuperNats on Thursday

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Jun '11

Raceway Park...has been airing commercials all week about the Nationals... and a Don Garlits tribute has been part of the event...they include a clip of Don Garlits famous blowover at the track in the commercials...here is the complete blowover clip http://youtu.be/hHcVzJxaYRM

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Jun '11

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They had a reenactment race from 1985. Darrell Gwynn versus Big Daddy Don Garlits in recreated electric dragsters. Will post pictures when I get them developed. For those that do not know Darrell had a racing accident in England and is paralyzed. Darrell is confined to a wheelchair. Big Daddy won the first race 30 some odd seconds to Darrell's 31 some odd seconds. The picture posted is from Darrell's website

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Jun '11

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Some old school style racers. O/SA big Chevrolet wagon and a R/S(?) Gremlin at the Supernats at Englishtown on Thursday. Time shots

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Jun '11

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OK got my pictures back. Here's Big Daddy Don Garlits running Darrell Gwynn with recreated electric dragsters. Here they are going past where I was. Don has the lead and keep it to the end. What a blast

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Jun '11

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Check these Fbody Super Stock Camaro's out making a time shot wheels up NEAT STUFF

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Jun '11

I somehow remember Larry Jewell buying Ed Miller's corvette (The G.M. Hustler) and converting it to super stock. Right, wrong?

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Jun '11

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Big Daddy Don Garlits Hemi A/SA Challenger Ran a 10.15 et,not bad for a 79 year old guy

Not sure about the Vette of Larry Jewell. Your brother should know the answer

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jun '11

brother thinks Larry Jewell had his car when Eddie Miller had his. Larry ran SS/DA and they were required to have the Corvette rear from that time (independent rear) and Eddie's car had a solid rear axle which was an Oldsmobile rear that Marty put in. So he doesn't believe that Larry had Eddie's car.

small block girl
Jun '11

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Previous post from a quad (4 pictures together) Bigger as a single. Brooklyn Wild Pumpkin Chevelle B/MP

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Jun '11

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Local racer Frank Iaconio at E'town Pro Stock Olds Ran a 57 Chevy Jr Stocker back in the day

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Jun '11

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Old Mopar Top Stock from 63?

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Jun '11

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TV Tommy Ivo old black and white fro9m the 60's fuzzy but old Being pushed down the track at Island by his Cadillac

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Jun '11

smallblockgirl thanks for the memories...when I drive through Allamuchy flats I still think about all the races we ran there...that was quite a time...thanks again

oldman oldman Message oldman
Jun '11

oldman - hubby has had a good time with this thread. He has lots of stories from way back when, I'm still hearing new ones after 29 years with him!

small block girl
Jun '11

It's a veritable family reunion. Is the next happy hour in West Virginia?


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Vette from Super Chevy Maple Grove

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Jun '11

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Racing hero card of Darrell Gwynn top fueler before his racing accident

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Jun '11

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Chris Karamesines top fuel front engine dragster at the Patch

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Jun '11

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Another car that ran at Island on Saturday nights.... not so much on Sundays. Here's my memories on the Jewells. I thought that both Jeff and Larry drove corvettes in super stock at a couple of national events and that Larry's original SS/DA car was a fast back with the stock rear. Ed Millers car had already had the rear end converted and was a convertible with the hard top. Then again, maybe not.....

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Jun '11

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Something new from something old Ramchargers new A/SA hemi Challenger The Ramcharger name has been around since the 60's At Etown Thursday qualifying

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Jun '11

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I guess all Camaro need to be red in color. Three Fbodies in the staging lanes for Super Street at Etown

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Jun '11

Great pictures and memories. Does anybody have a picture of Bill Ceralli's 57 B stock Vette? It ran at Island back in 1967 and 1968. I beleive it was silver.

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Jul '11

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Here's one from Super Chevy event yesterday at Maple Grove drag strip outside of Reading Pa

Guess no one can find a picture of Ceralli's Vette Raced against Bill in street bracket a while back when he ran his street El Camino

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Jul '11

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Here's another one from Super Chevy event yesterday at Maple Grove drag strip outside of Reading Pa

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Jul '11

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Here's another one from Super Chevy event yesterday at Maple Grove drag strip outside of Reading Pa Of course it's Chevy powered

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Jul '11

the Shifty Business 55 Chevy is sharp...I am just glad I never cut the quarters on my 55

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Jul '11

Ok posters question? alcohol and i mean the kind you drink is there a place for this or would you frown on the fact that the guy in the next lane has been drinking at the track and your running him?

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Jul '11

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Another one from Super Chevy event yesterday at Maple Grove drag strip outside of Reading Pa

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Jul '11

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One more from Super Chevy event yesterday at Maple Grove drag strip outside of Reading Pa

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Jul '11

i still run island dragway today with a red 66 mustang 289 auto c4 the car ran at island since the mid to late 60s donald reimer owned the car was called daddys toy the car did very well winning races from island dragway englishtown and atco dragway if anybody has pictures of the car please email me thanks.

carl carl Message carl
Jul '11

Sorry no pictures but I ran against Don in street bracket back in 1977. I don't think I ever did register a win against him. Remember the car well. I think I saw you with the car at one of the Wednesday family nights in May or June. I'll check my old shots just to make sure.

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Jul '11

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Nice Vette Super Chevy 2011 at the "Grove"

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Aug '11

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J & F funny Nova

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Aug '11

yea i was there a few times on wed night but the hook is no good

carl carl Message carl
Aug '11

did the track re open after the flood tey were swamped in

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Sep '11

they re-opened much sooner than I thought they would...after being flooded out...yes they are up and running...

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Sep '11

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Couple pic's from the web

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Sep '11

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Another one

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Sep '11

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An another

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Sep '11

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Last one tonite Check out the old Island Dragway truck

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Sep '11

Where on the web did you find these pics hazguy? Are there any more?

justintime justintime Message justintime
Sep '11

wow what a blast from the past...very nice

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Sep '11

The Hazguy
WOW
thank you now there is a car that i know very well The Hairy Canary dam thats a good pic many a time i was to there shop with my dad in maplewood and checked out the car his sons were big in raceing with early70s chevelles there was a 71 biscane at his lot for sale with a 427 and 4 speed I wanted to buy it buy it but he said he new my dad to well and he said he would not sell it to me , so i went home with a 69 chevelle in stead
the guys name was Al Heinkle most likely spelled it wrong his sons was Richie . Al had a love of hot cars and showed me how to do the set ups on a distributor machine old school raceing

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Sep '11

Found them on the "Hokey Ass Message Board" (aka: HAMB) Search under Old Bridge Drags and look for the links

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Sep '11

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I remember Island in the 70's very well ran this Vega back when Buster Jackson and I were running modified eliminator before everything switched over to comp Eliminator and Fred Dalton was running his SS/CA Hemi car. Have been trying to find the vega but I have been told it was wrecked in new york. Any buddy that might know anything about it please e-mail me.

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Sep '11

even more memories here...Fred Dalton and the Hemi

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Sep '11

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California Speed & Sport Anglia at Etown

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Oct '11

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Classic blown front engine dragster in the pits Thanks to the HAMB

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Oct '11

jetmech the parachute story is regretfully quite true, went 4 rounds on the 15th with the impala guys, thanks steve weeks

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Oct '11

Didn't mean to embarrass you Steve, just one of those funny things that happened. I remember that altered would get the wobbles in the front end once in a while and wondered if that didn't rattle Bill's teeth...

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Oct '11

ok so my name is tim and i have a yellow chevy luv truck i bought off of craigslist that says scotties muffler, hackettstown nj on the side of it and just wanted to know the history on the truck.Thanks Tim

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Oct '11

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Old Ray Zang picture at the Grove E/MP. Out of Clifton, NJ was a regular at Island running in the modified production class "NICE"

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Nov '11

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nice 55 Chevy shot...but I cant stand when the racers cut the rear quarter panels like this car...for tire clearance...I knew a guy who was given his grandmothers mint 55 Chevy...when he was in high school...and he cut the car up like this...and wrecked it besides...what a waste...I liked it better when they did not cut the car up...like this one

oldman oldman Message oldman
Nov '11

I dont like the way he has the fenser hiting the sheet metal so who is going raceing this season comeing

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Jan '12

It doesn't look like very many use this thread anymore but I was wondering if anyone
remembers the 34 Dodge coupe from Testers Texaco. It was painted Peacock green.
Marty Keegan ran it at Island. They also had a 31 Model A with complete chevy
running gear. Got any idea where these 2 cars might be found.
There is a guy running at Island now by the name of Keegan, any relation to or is
that Marty. I have read this thread a dozen times, brings back a lot of old memories.
What ever happened to Charlie Zellars ?
Thanx for any replys.

The Shadow The Shadow Message The Shadow
Feb '12

Marty's brother Ron still runs at Island and Englishtown. Marty ran a Mustang a few years back for a while. Don't remember the 34 or 31. Just the Vette and Charlie's 57

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Feb '12

The Shadow
we get more people in the closer drag raceing season starts and i will bump it up

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Feb '12

Weekend Opener for 2012

Island Dragway 2012 Schedule

March 2012

10 Saturday, Opening day. Test and Tune w/ optional Gamblers. Open 11 am. Racing 12-5pm
11 Sunday, Test and Tune w/ optional Gamblers. Open 11am Racing 12-5pm

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Feb '12

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OK, a "BLAST from the PAST". Modified production Carl Miller ran the MP bucks with the local boys. Carl still runs a newer Vette in F/Gas

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Feb '12

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Another "Oldies but Goodie"

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Feb '12

Hey thanks guys for the reply. Marty Keegans brother must be in his 70's. I can't
believe he is still racing. I think there were 3 of them, Marty and Dan were always together out drinking. I remember them from The Meadowview.
Who was the guy who ran a rail at Island and died due to a wreck, maybe Bill
something. He had blond hair as I remember.
Thanx again.

The Shadow The Shadow Message The Shadow
Feb '12

the rail wreck at Island...happened when the driver...lost control...left the track...and hit a power pole about mid-track...enough said

oldman oldman Message oldman
Feb '12

Oldman, I appreciate you getting back on this but I would like to have his name.
I am trying to locate his younger brother. Help me out here.

Thanx

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Feb '12

I was there one day , a wreck guy in a bight yellow car hooked hard to the left and fliped and rolled 6 times the guy got out blessed the roll cage builder

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Feb '12

If anyone is interested. Went to the first one. Great reunion. Joe Amato was there signing pictures.

Pocono Drag Lodge Reunion 2012- 8/11/12!!
Please join us for the fourth Pocono Drag Lodge Reunion, to be held at the Historic Drag strip on August 11, 2012, from 6 am to 5 pm. Once again we will line up the show cars on the strip , share some memories and do a lot of Bench racing!! We will have Diane Sox, wife of the legendary Ronnie Sox, of Sox and martin Fame, on hand as we induct Ronnie into the Pocono Drag Lodge Hall of fame, and award Diane Ronnie's Legends of Pocono Drag Lodge Trophy. Bruce Larson will be in attendance, as will the Lyndwood Dragster display, tribute, and cacklefest. Last Year we had the Twin Flathead Dragster in attendance, also. People's Choice trophies will be awarded, and the winners will be chosen by the spectators. The PDL gas pump will be back this year, and we will be pumping racing gas for 39.9!! Sorry, no racing; the original 1963 Blacktop isn't up to it. dash Plaques to the first 200 show cars.No year of mfg cutoff--bring whatcha got--running/ trailer/ not running!!! In conjunction with the PDL reunion, we will have the WARMLAND Mighty 590 reunion, to celebrate the best radio station on the planet, ever. We expect to have Personalities Tommy Woods, Joey Shaver, and Paula Deignan in attendance. Admission is $5 for spectators, $15 for show cars which includes admission for the driver. Food, DJ music, and tee shirts will be available. The Lodge is at 648 Meadow run road, off rt 115, in Bear Creek, PA-8 miles from Wilkes- Barre and I-81; 4 miles from the Penna Turnpike. For more info please call Charlie at 845-635-3662, or email at ecoair9798@aol.com. Be there or be square!!!

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Mar '12

Lol. I used to enjoy Island Dragway when it was "Bring any vehicle" Night . Some of them were so funny. Watching a Yugo take like 5 minutes to do the quarter mile. One guy brought the company Maxi Van....Lol. All in fun!

Lenny Lenny Message Lenny
Mar '12

I used to race at Island in the early 90's. I drove a 1968 Dark Blue AMX. I'm looking for pics of that car. It ran there through the late 70's and mid 80's with my mother and father driving it. It was owned by Harold LaPlatte from Dover,NJ. I'm also looking for pics of his 64 S/S Plymouth named Satellite. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Wade Wade Message Wade
Mar '12

re. dragster crash at island probaly the vaniderstine fueller , at this time i cant think of his name at this moment (crs). he hit the pipe in the in the ground at the first return road. i was there. ill call bill reuter and ask him he will remember

steve weeks steve weeks Message steve weeks
Mar '12

the drivers name is bill nanson i just remembered

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Mar '12

Thanx Steve I appreciate that!

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Mar '12

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We've lost another legend today. Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins has passed away. He will be missed by everyone.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Mar '12

do they still have a bring anything nite or maybe a tuner nite. You know when you can just run your car to see what it will do in 1/4m then mess around with it and run again to see how your adjustments worked out? If so what nite of the week is it and what is the cost? Also what safety equipment is needed to run a street legal car. It has QQ plates on it. so no state insp. and when does the season open. to be honest Im not to confident in my reaction time to the lite tree. So I kinda want to try it on a easy going nite.

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Mar '12

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Track is open now. In May Family night returns. Two Wednesdays a month and ends this year I believe in September. Wednesday is the easiest night on the pocket book. Last year it was $15.00 and you got to eat at the barbeque. They also run the tree the tradition way, yellows count down then green. Heard track prep isn't as good so I don't know how much HP your car has. Friday night is $30.00 or $35.00 and the tree is a Pro tree. Christmas flashes and you react (.500 tree) For safety you need a helmet (recent safety rating - used to be Snell) and seat belt. They check your drivers license and if you not running quicker then 11.50 you don't need a roll bar. You can get quite few runs in on Wednesday. Fridays can get busy. I run my car with QQ's and no problem. Attached is the link for Island. Below is the schedule for Wed and Friday for April, May and June. Check the link for more. Hope this helps. Good luck.

http://www.islanddragway.com/

April 2012
13 Friday, Street Legal. 6-10:30pm
20 Friday, Street Legal. 6-10:30pm
27 Friday, Street Legal. 6-10:30pm

May 2012

4 Friday, Street Legal. 6-10:30pm
9 Wednesday, First Family night 6-10pm
11 Friday, Street Legal night 6-10:30pm
18 Friday, Street Legal night 6-10:30pm
23 Wednesday, Family Night 6-10pm
25 Friday, Street Legal night 6-10:30pm

June 2012

1 Friday, Street Legal 6-10:30pm
8 Friday, Street Legal night 6-10:30pm
13 Wednesday, Family night 6-10pm
15 Friday, Street Legal night 6-10:30pm
22 Friday, Street Legal night 6-10:30pm
27 Wednesday, Family night 6-10pm
29 Friday, Street Legal night 6-10:30pm

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Mar '12

Thanks alot. wednesday sounds like would be best. I have no idea what the car will run. its 74vette l82 trans m22 rear gears 3:55 mild str cam. 650cfm edelbrock match manfold. stock exhaust manffold to open sidepipes HEI ing. no AC or PS or brakes. I dont really know how it will run. But been working on it all winter so want to know how fast it is. Seens fast on the back roads around here?

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Mar '12

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In Memory Of Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins...he made drag racing a science...with his engine and suspension engineering...one of a kind...here he is in his Pro-Stock camaro...his cars won many races...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Mar '12

well freinds the loss of the grump hits hard

to all you who post here thank you freinds push the rpm s but dont blow a head gasket

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Mar '12

I remember the night Bill Nanson died and you're right Steve, he hit the drain pipe at the first turn off. They had repaved the middle of the track and were running the outside of the lanes only. No room for any error at all. It was the Van Iderstine fueler and I thought Bill was from Stanhope. Very sad night. I believe it was a Wednesday night test and tune. A sad goodbye to the "Grump" too.

Jetmech Jetmech Message Jetmech
Apr '12

a nice tribute to Bill Jenkins... http://youtu.be/sJpnzIZjY7E

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Apr '12

hay, the guy who ran the shark match racer at the patch was named frank federici. that car had an opening driver side door. frank had a pair, that was one wild car. will be at the patch on sat with with the mighty caprice

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Apr '12

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Fuzzy old pic of the Shark Vette

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Apr '12

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A little later shark with the door.....

Jetmech Jetmech Message Jetmech
Apr '12

heres another nice tribute to bill Jenkins...a lot of history here in the pictures http://youtu.be/T-NZD1Zlsl8

oldman oldman Message oldman
Apr '12

On the way to breakfast in Mt Lake this morning, I passed dozens of trucks waiting to drive to the drag strip. Did anyone go? It was an awesome lineup.

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Apr '12

I also hope there were no injuries in putting out the fire as they were all waiting.


they had a mud bog competition at the track today

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Apr '12

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Haven't gone yet this year Maybe in a month too many weekend things going on now. No longer have the truck and trailer. Just street driven cars that I mess with. Easier and cheaper(Ha Ha)

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Apr '12

hazguy...run what you brung...thats the way drag racing started

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Apr '12

Updated Wednesday Family Night info. Entry now $25.00 which includes the BBQ Still a great price to have an adrenaline rush.

1960-2012:Celebrating 52 Years!

We look forward to another dry, warm season of drag racing excitement! We will once again be hosting Wednesday Night Family Nights, Friday Night Street Legal, Saturday Bracket Racing and Sunday Test and Tunes with specialty races. Check the schedule for details!
Price Change for Wednesday Night
Published on 07 May 2012

Please note: Due to rising food and operating costs, we must increase our gate fee on Wednesday Night. Spectator fee will still be $15, Children will still be $10, however all racers, trailered or not, will be $25. As always, the BBQ is included in this price!

Friday, May 11 Street Legal Drag Racing Gates open 6pm, Racing 6:30-10:30

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
May '12

my dad used to race at island in the early to late 60's, and had a ton of trophys, and held several track records, in his 1960 chrysler winsor, his 65 satellite convertible 426 wedge 4 speed, and in his 67 gtx convertible, he was there the day big daddy broke the 200 mph mark, also the day hid parachute didn't open and he ended up out in the cornfield, sure wish i had some old pictures of dad racing

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May '12

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Big talks about his speed secrets and mentions his 201 mph at Island in the December Hot Rod 1964

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
May '12

jerry is still alive and building mopars in lake hyawatha nj 973 214 5943 has all mopar hard to finds class act .ray zang was only over showered as a racer by the man he was he had a tremendis character and always helped people no big ego just a man who had great humility

gkooistra gkooistra Message gkooistra
May '12

Hey, some of you knew my dad, Fred Dalton... anybody have pictures of his cars?

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May '12

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Ray Zang A+
piece nostalgia the man was an of a real inovater and still had time to coach baseball for kids like me

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May '12

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STEIN is still putting out horse power

gkooistra gkooistra Message gkooistra
May '12

Bill Jenkins was called the grump but he would help kids like us GIVING US JET TO TRY AT THE TRACK in our race car we never fit to carry his jock

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May '12

congragulations to jack stroller for winning build off on speed channel car warriors and bringing back the challenger east coast rules good job jack!

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May '12

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Englishtown Super Stock qualifying Larry Jewell's 427 Vette looks the same as last year. From Pa used to ru brackets at Island. As well as his son Jeff.

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Jun '12

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Carl Miller F/A Vette. Used to run modified production at Island many years ago. Ran .034 under the index in Comp. Top qualifiers was running .060-ish and up under the index.

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Jun '12

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The Summit Boys Greg Anderson debuting his new Camaro in Pro Stock. Actually won the event. Jason Line in the old Pontiac GXP

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Jun '12

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56 Chevy Super Stock at the Supernationals at Englishtown this weekend

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Jun '12

If you want to see a really good collection of pictures follow this link. Mostly at Maple Grove, Cecil and I think Atco. Pictures are not downloadable.
http://public.fotki.com/VincePutt/semi_truck_shows_/chevy-race-car-haulers/

Jetmech Jetmech Message Jetmech
Jun '12

Family Night last Wednesday at Island Dragway. Street car Firebird 1980 heavy car with a slightly modified 350. 14.76 ET @ 93.63 mph. Hooked my smart phone to the rear view mirror and got this video. Had some fun.
http://youtu.be/rcwZzdpDOag

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Jun '12

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Courtney Force and Jeff Arend

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Jun '12

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Alexis DeJoria at the 2012 Englistown SuperNats Fuel Funny Car

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Jun '12

Hey Haze Guy

Hi, I was searching the internet for anything about my uncle. Back in Jan 2011 you mentioned him in a post. He raced a Camaro and was out of Morristown NJ. When I was a kid I remember a car called To Sir With Love. Would you happen to have any pictures or memories you could share?

Cee Cee Message Cee
Jul '12

Hi I'm looking through my pic's JUST Remember hi running Modified Production. Hey Jetmech. Clime in here you have a better memory then me

Thehazguy Thehazguy Message Thehazguy
Jul '12

To Sir with Love was driven & owned by George Shaw out of Morristown.

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Jul '12

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I don't remember much about him but I remembered the car had a Sonny Croughn paint job and found this picture on the web. He was running it in A/MP but that's the extent of my memorie.

Jetmech Jetmech Message Jetmech
Aug '12

"To Sir With Love" and "Soul Shaker" were two of my favorite cars when I was a kid... Hanging out at Island Dragway watching my dad and his friends race...

Fred Dalton Fred Dalton Message Fred Dalton
Aug '12

WoW, my first time reading these posts - sure brings back a lot of memories and forgotton names from my 45+ years with dragracing. Anyone remember the Shadis Bros Mustangs and Ford altereds ?
Remember : Pocono drag lodge reunion 8/11/12 --Wind Gap on 8/19/12

Steve Shadis Steve Shadis Message Steve Shadis
Aug '12

I remember the Shadis Mustangs...and Shadis Performance...based out of Newton NJ. I also did business with Newton Speed Center. Way back when.

oldman oldman Message oldman
Aug '12

Hey Steve used to race with you and your brother years ago. You probably remember my 55 Chevy and my Vega posted here

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Aug '12

I'm trying to find an impact racing suit for my husband. I have no clue where to get this. Any suggestions?

Tina Dole Tina Dole Message Tina Dole
Aug '12

Jetmech
That was my uncles car. Thank you for posting. I had not seen pictures since I was a kid. Really brings back memories.

Cee Cee Message Cee
Aug '12

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Well haven't raced competitively in quite a few years. Went to Island last night and raced in the Street Eliminator bracket. Went three rounds before my red light (foul) put me out. Had fun, car was pretty consistent. Met up with a few old friends and made some new ones. Nothing broke on the car, overall a great night

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Aug '12

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Nice 56 Super Pro Chevy @ Island last night. Plus this post but the "Racers Edge @ 600 Let's keep it going folks

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Aug '12

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Tried it again, Ol' Daze Drags runner up

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Sep '12

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My Ol' Daze Drag dust collector

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Sep '12

I believe George Shaws To Sir With Love A/MP Camaro was painted by Chuckie Jugans in Kenvil. On the back there was a Cristmas Tree with Georges car on one side and my E/MP camaro on the other. Billy Nees bought that Camaro from me back in the 70's. There was alot of competion between Croughn and Jugans back in the day. Both were excellent craftsmen, and i believe paint thinner and other modern medicine got to them. Croughn painted my Camaro,and that was an experience. I knew Chuckies Dad very well he was an excellent welder. I remember the phone call from Chuckie and George to come to the shop so they could show me the back of Georges Camaro, it was 3:00 in the morning.

Bob Shupe Bob Shupe Message Bob Shupe
Sep '12

Wow over 600 post . To all of you who post here on the Racers Edge thank you ! It has been great to read and view a lot of the pictures that have been hidden away for so long . I think it has brought some long lost friend bact to gether and got some new friendships started . to all have a good day and happy motoring

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Sep '12

I knew Chuck Jugans Sr. also...he was an excellent welder...it was from watching him weld that inspired me to go to school for welding.

oldman oldman Message oldman
Sep '12

Hey caged animal did you have a blue chevy Two that you raced at island also is Duke Snider still working tech at thePATCH.

Bob Shupe Bob Shupe Message Bob Shupe
Sep '12

Vintage Island


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Vintage Island with Flag Starters


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Female Starter


BZ those are great pic's. Never saw any Island pic's with the flag starter Beengoing there since 1965 or so.

Thehazguy Thehazguy Message Thehazguy
Sep '12

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Check these photos out Don Garlits 1959 with the Flag Man and a shot of the Pits


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BZ Neat pics I wonder if that lady starter is Katie Kawalick.

Bob Shupe Bob Shupe Message Bob Shupe
Sep '12

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Terry Cook former Hotrod magazine editor...and founder of Lead East was an early flagman at Island Dragway.. he flagged back in 1961...here is a picture of him at the dragstrip with Don Garlits after Garlits record breaking 200 mile per hour run... in 1964...Terry is the guy in the orange shirt.

oldman oldman Message oldman
Sep '12

Bob Shupe Yes I owned a Car Called the Caged animal for a bit Great car a chevy Two , Be for that I had a 68 Fire Bird it was that funky tan with Black top fun car low cost 350 + cubics auto trans

Caged Animal Caged Animal Message Caged Animal
Sep '12

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Did not stop and met the RR Tracks at the end


WOW, used to sit on the railroad tracks and watch the cars come down the shutdown area and back up the return road. Had to get out of the way sometimes for the trains. Never had to get out of the way for an errant race car.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Sep '12

what an awful way for a 57 Chevy Nomad to meet its end...the tracks were removed in 1986...I was there that day... when the tracks were torn up...more than a couple of cars went over the tracks...Don Garlits went off of the end of the track once too

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Sep '12

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Looked through pictures and found this one of Fred Dalton on his Bike back in the early 70's. I think his son had asked about any pictures. Thought I had pictures of his Hemi car but could not find them. I know somewhere i have got a picture of his car racing a friend of his with a Hemi Cuda black with a half moon on the side. We used to call it the half moon car Fred used to help him with the motor.

Bob Shupe Bob Shupe Message Bob Shupe
Oct '12

Here's a recent Youtube link Has the "To Sir With Love" George W. Shaw Camaro and other vintage tin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q37RYK1_R4

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Oct '12

That was a blast from the past...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Oct '12

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Ed Kowalick founder of Island Dragway...I knew him and worked with him...he was a decent guy...here is an old picture...He went to school with my mother...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Oct '12

oldman where did you work with him?

aguy aguy Message aguy
Oct '12

he had an ice business...B&K ice... with a partner, they were both good people...and Ed always gave me respect because he knew my mother from school...

oldman oldman Message oldman
Oct '12

ok thanks, cause as a kid my father and grandpa worked at gamma chemical and I would hear mention of that familys name now and then, guess some one in there family had worked at gamma.

aguy aguy Message aguy
Oct '12

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A nice air view of Island Dragway

oldman oldman Message oldman
Oct '12

looking for picturs of my cousins car " the italian twister" and the vaniderstine 55 chevy both of which ran at island in the late 60's an d early 70's.

J. PASSANNANTE J. PASSANNANTE Message J. PASSANNANTE
Oct '12

great pictures brings back memories of my brother sneaking me into pits at island. looking for pictures of my cousins car "the italian twister" and the vaniderstine 55 chevy. both ran at island in the late 60's early 70's.


Hey Old Man nice shot of island, at the end of the track back in the 70's there used to be a culvert before where the tracks used to be is it still there. I remember that one of Buster Jacksons crew turned a Cadilac upside down in it and the driver was trapped and drowned.

Bob Shupe Bob Shupe Message Bob Shupe
Nov '12

the death of island dragway say it aint so. it appears kathy says no 2013 season and is no longer communicating even my sorces (sp error) have zero good news we need a mass appeal to higher to a much higher power

steve weeks steve weeks Message steve weeks
Jan '13

From the information I could gather they owe back taxes to the IRS and the EPA has issues with sewage so they have been shut down. Very sad ending after all of these years but I hear the car counts were way down.

jetmech jetmech Message jetmech
Jan '13

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WOW!!! What a GREAT place !!! I have been going to Island since 1980. I was 14 when I started and took alot of snapshots with my old 126 Instamatic. I crewed for Skip Carpenter, Tom Brown, Bill Reuter, Barry Reese, and hang out with Carl Brucher and the OK 4WD gang. I have thousands of pictures and hours of video. If I can figure out how to post pics I'd love to share some with you guys.
BTW That '67 Shark Corvette was later owned and run (very rarely) by Skip Carpenter. I was ther the last day he had it out. It caght fire on the burnout. Luckily it had an opening door so Skip could get out. I remeber that Johnny Keck Pinto before I even knew what drag racing was. He has a body shop on 31 in Washington. It was next to the old Agway gas station and once in a while he'd have the car out working on it. Think I saw it run the first time I went to Island but that was it. Car went to Drakle Viscome and last I knew it was out west.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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That pic was the former Shark on April 18,1982.Last time it was ever at a track. GUy bought later and was restoring it when the garage it was in burnt down.
Here's a car you guys might remember,especially if you came up on the losing side of him. Eddie Banach's Vega.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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One more tonigh then it's nighty night time.
The Other Woman, another of my early favorites.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

I have To say that I am so happy that so many have come and posted here on this thread we have brought back a lot of the old days and the pics are grest thank you all
Caged Animal ( Claude)

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Feb '13

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Here's the old F/E dragster of the late Al Brown.
You guys want to talk pictures and movies ? Al had tons. I have seen some of the coolest stuff on slides and home movies. Al shot tons of stuff at Island and at Englishtown and the Nationals from 1955. Al even had the meet at Convair air field in Allentown(now Queen city Airport). Thankfully his son,Tom, has most of this stuff.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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OK. Here's the Hairy Greek Ford van you guys were talking about before. This was 1982. Angelo won Best Engineered at 1980 Bracket Finals and then won a runoff to give Island its only Bracket Team Championship.This thing was the coolest car(?) the first time I went to Island. This is one reason I couldn't wait to go back.
I wasn't there the day it got wrecked but I seem to remember that Harrington was at the wheel when it wrecked. At that time Jim was dating Ange and Kathy's oldest daughter.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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The DeNick & Reuter dragster 1982. Car was a C/ED before they came out with Super Comp. Freddy The Painter later ran this car after Bill and Art parted ways and Bill had the Mr. Bill car.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Do any of you guys remember Strato Rods at Maguire AFB ? I was there in Set. 1980. We went to visit my cousin at Dix and snuck into the pits. Snapped a few shots and left after time trials were finished.Here's Bill Bank's Vega. Bill ran at Atco too.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

The Hairy Greek van, man that thing ran fast.He would pull the wheels up coming off of the line. I remember the van having a 440 Mopar in it.

oldman oldman Message oldman
Feb '13

Ed, great pictures. Yes, I remember Eddie's Valve Grinding Vega.That's the first picture of the Harry Greek's van that I've seen. I also heard it was Jim Harrington that wrecked it. I used to race my Vega in Heavy bracket and met up against Anglio's wife, Kathy in her Camaro. A lot of local racers and we had great times at Maple Grove. I got to the semi finals in Heavy in 1982 representing Island Dragway. Can't believe that it won't be opening. Already making plans to keep my street Firebird at my place in Whiting. Only 37-ish miles from Atco. Don't want to race at Englishtown, been there done that. Can't beat the 7 miles I had to go last year. Oh well, life marches on and things change so time to adjust.Keep the pictures coming. Thanks for the memories.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

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Haz,
Is this your Vega? Got this on a very muggy day in June '82.
Glad you guys posted so I can now post more pics. They won't let me do more than 4.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Here's one from March 1981. This is Jim McGrath's dragster. Jim ran bikes then bought this car from Barry Reese. Jim later went on to run Heavy with his wife,Edie. They both ran Pontiac Astres (I always pronounced them" Ash trays" LOL). I believe their son Scott also ran a bike and cars too.

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Feb '13

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Here's another early favorite of mine. Charlie Schmid's Mopar powered "Mousetrap" Cougar. Sorry, pic is a bit out of focus and shot into the sun.Charlie also had that little 6 cylinder Dart. I believe he was runner-up with it at first Bracket Finals in '76.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Last one for now. Larry Edinger's "Gold Rush" ragtop '69 Camaro.This was a COLD(!) day in March '81. I actually have cassettes of the car sounds I recorded that day. Cool to hear the cars and names.Not cool hearing my squeaky voice LOL.
In background is Carl Brucher's first Super Bantam. He won Super Pro that day. Only 5 or 6 cars made the call. He was ripping off 9.20's with that 351 Clevland.That was considered fast back then.
Carl is still running a Bantam, but it is Chevy powered. Goes about a second quicker too.Carl's grandson is supposed to start driving this year. That will make three generations. That is what we need to keep it going.
Enjoy the pics. Have tons more I want to share.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

Ed, Yes that is my Vega. WOW, thanks it's on my homemade car trailer. Edie and I met in the final in the fall of 81 She dialed a 13.72 and I was in at 12.42. We both ran right on our number but my better reaction time proved to be the winner. Both Edie and Jim are great folks. Raced against their son Scott as well. Keep those pic's coming, I saved the one of my Vega. Hope you don't mind.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

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No problem. Glad to share.
I want to correct something.Charlie Schmid had a Valiant not a Dart.
Now here's a car I'm sure you remember. The Duster of Skip Carpenter(RIP).This car was killer. I made Skip a model of this car after only meeting him once and seeing this car win. That's when he asked if I'd like to help him. That was 1981 and I helped Skip up to the last time I saw him in 1997.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Back to Sept. 1980,my second time at Island and first time in the pits. Bob Engleman's Pro ET Camaro was one of the best looking cars then. It was in July 1980 Super Stock magazine."Bullet Bob And His Electric Light Camaro"
Bob later lowered this car and ran it in Super Gas before selling it to Larry Golob. Bob ran Maple Grove as well as Island. I stil pass his body shop on 222 on the way to the Grove. With Island closed,looks like Maple Grove and Numidia will be my new "adopted" homes.
BTW that white object in the foreground is my tape recorder. I used to record the sounds and listen to them until the next time I could go. Most tapes are long gone. I still have a couple left. Great pieces of history....to me anyway.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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How many of you remember this one? The only funny car to ever be a Divisional Bracket Champion. Dave Schapiro's Wonderland Rabbit Charger. He was runner-up in 1980 and came back and won it all in '81. Last time I saw Dave ,he was driving a 7.0 dragster along with one of his sons.
Anybody there the day Lori wrecked the street roadster and went through the fence and landed on the bench by the snack bar ? Skip and I were changing a tire on his second Duster when we heard it crash. We ran over and the motor was on fire. Somebody got an extinguisher and I got white powder all over my jacket and pants. The wind blew it right at me.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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I'll end the night with a goodie. Charlie Bellotti's "57 Chevy. This car had to be one of the coolest ever. Small block with a 5 speed. Yanked the wheels on every launch.
I believe Charlie still has this car and still flat tows it.Charlie has been racing a long time. I've seen pictures of him at NY National in early 70's with this same car.
I made a model of this car too. Still have it.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

Ed, Yes.In 1977 I raced my 55 Chevy in Street bracket. Came up against Charlies Valiant once in a while. Little slant six powered machine. Raced against Skip in Heavy. Also Don Williamson in (Allen's) old Poison Dart.

OK, I feel like it's Island trivia time:

I raced Lori Schapiro's in street as well. Also saw Dave win at the 80 bracket finals. We rode our motorcycles out to watch. Cold ride home.

Charlie races the 57 at the Super Chevy show at the Grove. Saw him two years ago and he was still flat towing it. Didn't go last year it rained on Friday when I usually head out there.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

What about the night that Dave Schapiros black Dodge Charger caught on fire in the pits. I think it was a fuel line that broke.

oldman oldman Message oldman
Feb '13

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Here's Vic Singer's current ride. Chevy Monza he had a nice black 67 or 68 Camaro. In 1980 he went pretty far at the bracket finals. Now resides in Florida

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

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Mark Dennebaum ran this sharp looking dragster from '80-'82. He and John DiBartolomeo had nearly identical paint jobs. Mark sold his to Don Eckel Sr, and Johnny D.'s car went to Joe Revello.
Mark is foot brake racing a Corvette roadster and is still sharp on the tree. He said he got tired of all the electronics and decided to go back to the way it's supposed to be.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Here is Larry Jewel's Bullet Corvette. Larry said this is the same car he's racing in Super Stock now. This was shot at the 21st Anniversary race in 1981. Rain caused the race to be delayed for three weeks.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Here's one I only saw once. It's an ex-Larry Lombardo Pro Stock Camaro. This was in April 1982.It was being driven by Tommy Behrent.
Larry still builds racing motors.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Last one until tomorrow. This is the $1500 wonder. Skip got this car out of the Want Ad paper. It was an old SM car. He took drivetrain out of the old Shark car and put it in this Camaro. He set it up for Super Street. That is one reason why he wasn't at Island alot in the summer months of '82. He went chasing Division points. Was semi-finalist at Maple Grove and won Epping. Went out of division and was runner-up at one race. Tied him for the title. Won a one race run-off at Maple Grove. Steve Weeks was there with us that day.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Nice shots. I believe Johnny D had a black Chevelle also. Tough guy to beat. Here's a pic of Larry's Super Stock Vette at E'town this past SuperNats

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

Is John DiBartolomeo still drag racing. I remember him racing at Island.

oldman oldman Message oldman
Feb '13

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Here was a tough car back in '81-'82. Bill Sprecher's Mopar powered street roadster. Love the ramp truck. God, I miss them.
Bill qualified #1 in Super Gas at the '83 Summernationals. That was when they limited it to 64 cars.
Before this one ,Bill had that red,white, and blue Challenger.
To answer oldman's question. YES, Johnny D. is still racing AND he's editor of Drag Racing Action magazine. The May '13 issue just came out. He has a short story on Island closing and my letter is also in there.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Here's Joe Cooper. This was when he got the fancy metal flake job on the Vega. I have old articles form Harmony Speedway Dragstrip where Joe won Middle eliminator several times.
Keegan and the Testers Texaco gang are also mentioned in them along with LaPlatte that someone asked about way back in the thread.Harmony Speedway is only about 7 miles form me. Wish that place was still open.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Any of you guys remember when Lobosco ran this Vega ? I got this in June '82. I think he sold it to Steve Drake from Blairstown. Somebody said Drake crashed it but I don't know for sure.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Here's a guy that won alot in the early '80's. Tom Maclosky. He was one of the Eddie's Valve Grinding gang. I remember Eddie, Harry Albrecht, Jake Sisco,Joe Foster,Don Eckle, and Maclosky would eat breakfast at Hill's Diner in Washington on Sunday morning races and then hit the Sunset Inn near High Bridge on the way home.
I only wish I hadn't lost so many of the pictures I took during this period. I had Shadis Bros. roadster, Jim Butler's wild roadstser, Family Affair Plymouth, Hustler Corvette, Foster's Bat Outta Hell Nova, Eckel's Chevelle, and a whole lot more. Just lucky to have what I do. Glad to share them. Hope they bring back great memories as they do for me.Until tomorrow.Bye.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

Anyone remember Ed (moose) Miller corvette and also 1966 chevy.

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Feb '13

Ed's Vette was the Hustler. Back when he was running modified we had our motor freshed and put it in the Vette. 301 cu in, first past "BOOM" motor was gone. Oh well, McClosky was real tough to beat. Joe Cooper and Herb Herptrsa (spelling) and the gang ran out of Sussex. Jim Kimble's Nova out of Franklin then the Bangor crowd Jewell, Riemer (Daddy's Toy) Mustang some folks out of Lehigh Valley. Good times. I remember Bill Sprecher's roadster. I wish I had taken pictures but I was concentrating on racing. Was able to qualify #1 in Heavy in 81 and 82. Went to the Grove representing Island as the #1 car. I still have some Competition Copyright from Island during that time. I'll have to scan some and post them.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

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Here's a pic of the 1982 bracket final NED qualifiers from the Maple Grove 1320 Hotline

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

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Heavy

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Feb '13

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Street

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Feb '13

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Here;s one we probably all remember. Jim Harrington's "Not Pink" Camaro. When he came out with this we all looked at it and said what the he.. was he thinking. A pink car didn't stop him from winning.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Here's car #25 on that Heavy list. Skip Carpenter drove this to qualify in the first half of points. As I said earlier, he wasn't at Island much that summer. This is the same Duster in the previous picture. He changed the back end and put a little more into the motor. Later he added nitrous to it. This car was featured in Oct. '83 Super Stock.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Back when these pics were taken (80-82) there weren't many dragsters. Alot different than today. Here's one that was at Island frequently. Kevin Rimasse's injected rear engine car.Also, dragsters needed tow cars back then. Now they can drive them all over the place. Some even have headlights.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Back in '82 this was THE car for me. Randy Darrow brought this out in place of that wicked injected Kwik N Ezy Vega. This beauty was built by S&W.Randy didn't have this car too long.
Randy's sister, Shelly,is married to Carl Brucher Jr.
Enjoy! I'll be back tomorrow after working all night. I'm a backward person. My day is your night and vice versa.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Remember most of those cars. Always liked the Kwik N Ezy cars. Wasn't that their car wash name. Let 's see if this page loads all the way. From the Island Dragway Competition Copyright newsletter they handed out weekly.(1981)

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

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See how this one loads Super Pro and Pro(1981)

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

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I still have one of these ,an old memory.

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Feb '13

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Today we'll look at some future NHRA Pro Stock drivers when they ran brackets.First up is Frank Sanchez.This Nova was on sharp looking car. I don't remember how it ran.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Here's Nick Nikolis.1982 Anniversary Meet. He later teamed up with Mark Dennebaum on a pair of Camaros. They looked identical except Mark's had Kustom Kar Karriers and Nick's had Flip's Speed Shop.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Here's probably the most succesful former local racer to run Pro Stock. This is Tom Martino's Monza at the '82 Anniversary Meet. This car was fast. It was one of few door cars running in Super Comp at that time. Martino won the Summernationals in '84 over another Island Dragway racer, Marty Krohn.

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Feb '13

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Here is Kenny Delco's Vega from 1984. Kenny won Gainsville in either 1989 or 1990, I forget which. I believe this car had a Lenco in it. It ran 9.20's the day I took this picture.
Great seeing those old results. I have a bunch I got out of National Dragster from '76-'83. I'll have to see if I can scan them and post them. Glad we are keeping Island alive through this forum. Have a good one.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Great pictures again. Here's another results from June 81

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

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Repo first official 201 mph

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Feb '13

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Home Brew Falcon I think it was a six cylinder car

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

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Here's one of my 55 Chevy's that I bought from a guy in Easton. Motor set back under the windshield, straight axle and a 4 speed. Old alter and had a truck 8 lug rear. Put a dana 60 in it with 5:86 gears. Thing used to bounce all over and never got it to run right. Wish I still had the body, pulled it off the old frame and put it on a traditional frame (my old 55 Chevy frame) then sold it when I got my Vega.

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '13

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Any idea who had that Home Brew car? Back when Harmony ran drags there was a car that won Little Stock a bunch of times called Home Brew. It was from Long Valley.
Here's a guy that actually raced at Island during the Comp. days. Bob LaRegina's wild altered. This car never went straight.Of course, altereds aren't supposed to.
This was taken at Maple Grove,the first time I went there Oct. 10,1982.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Here's another '23 T bucket. This is jack Mazzola. This car sat up high like the Shadis Bros. car did. Jack now has an injected Camaro funny car.This was spring '83.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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This was Jim Butler's altered after he stretched the wheelbase. I had pictures of it before it was lengthened but lost them a long time ago. That car was wild to watch. Drove more like a sprint car with the shorter wheelbase. LOL

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Feb '13

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Here's a Bantam from '84. I don't remember who had this car. Look familiar to anybody ? It was there pretty regularly at that time. This car definitely looks old school.
Done for now. Catch you guys later tonight. I'm off for 3 days so I'll be a picture posting fool.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '13

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Another results from the Competition Copyright Not sure who the Home Brew car's owner was/is.

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Feb '13

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Bud Hooker's Super Pro Pinto

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From the 80's Summernats Popular Hot Rodding Super Street Olds

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I love those old Competition papers we got at the gate. Go on ebay and punch in Island Dragway. Somone is selling these from 1963!
That looks like Schapiro's street roadster racing Bud Hooker in that shot.
Here is Jay Powell's f/e dragster from '82. I always liked the looks of this car ,even though it wasn't as fast as most of the dragsters then. Jay still runs with NETO in a red Bantam.

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Here is Jack Sepanek's dragster from '84. This car was loud and quick. 8.50's or better if I remember correctly. This was a Garlits chassis car. Jack Jr. was just getting started in this car. He was 19 then. The Sepaneks were part of that Scranton/Wilkes Barre group that came to Island when Numidia closed for several years. Jack Sr. passed away about 2 years ago. Great family. Remember the dog they always had with them ? He'd bark from the time the car fired up and kept barking until they reached the shut down in the Suburban.

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Here's Duane Beers' (no relation) Wild Wheels slingshot. Duane was Super Comp division champ in '84 with this car. Duane has run alcohol funny cars too.

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I forget who had this car. It ran at Island for a while in early '80's. This is from summer '84. Car was "hanging" inside that drive in at Lafayette at 94&206. I think it's called Chatterbox. Haven't been there in about three years. Cool place but a bit pricey.

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Feb '13

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Results from the 1981 anniversary meet Super Pro and Pro

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More results from the 1981 anniversary meet. Boy that Vega (runner up in Heavy) would sure pull a good mile per hour for a 12.45 car. Just pull the powerglide into high and off she went.

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Marty Krohn and Frank Mark - Super Pro

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Greart shot form spectator side.
Here's the same altered in 2009. Called Plain Vanilla now. I believe he's put a blown alky motor in it since then.He's friends with George Snizek who drove the Pacers altered and dragster back in the '60's.

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Let's not forget that Island wasn't just about the cars. It was people that made it a great place to go. Here's a shot of the starting line crew getting a well-deserved break during the 2010 50th Anniversary Meet.

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Here's Art, the burnout guy hamming it up, as usual.This was from the Old Daze drags in Oct. 2010. It was the last time I was ever at Island.

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Here's Big Daddy at the 50th Anniversary Meet.

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More results 9-81

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Nice 55 and Cuda names unknown

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Nice Mopar

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Plain Vanilla Wild Ride @ Island

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtNt80CzalA

Go Pro on the roll cage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddGGntVRK_c

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WOW!! That's an altered ride alright.
Back to some "old" stuff.Here's Don Eckel in spring of '83. He wrecked car about a week later and broke his arm at Englishtown. This was the Mark Dennebaum car we saw before.

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This car ran at Island alot between '81-'84. The Gemini II of the Buxbaums. Bruce drove this car I believe. He later had an alky funny car.

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Here's Gary Carbone's dragster. This car was the frist 7 second bracket car I ever saw run at Island.This was Sept. 1984,the day after the Bracket Finals. That was always one of the best times to go because alot of the guys who traveled to Maple Grove hit Island on Sunday on their way home.

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Here's one of the "invaders",as they call them in dirt racing. I only saw this car this one time. It was a great looking car and fast too.That's all I remember about it.

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Feb '13

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Results 3-14-82

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Pro Duster nice car

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1977 York Bracket Finals Program

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Hurst Girls 1972

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I'll put up some pictures from the date of that results sheet. If I remember right that was actually opening day as it snowed and sleeted the weekend before.
Here's Super Pro winner Mark Sabo.

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Feb '13

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Here's the Camaro of Tom Whitehead. Believe it or not, this had a Mopar motor in it. Tom had the Other Woman station wagon I put up earlier.

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Here's a guy I'm sure you remember,Jerry. Jimmy Kimble had new paint on his Nova in '82. Took a little getting used to. He later renamed this Caged Animal.
1982 was perhaps my favorite year in my life, partly because of all the great days I spent at Island that year. From opening day to Halloween day I went a bunch of times. If only I had the camera with me every time. 1982 was also the year that the weekly car counts seemed to really take off at Island. A bunch of new stuff showed up along with the older cars with new fancy paint jobs.

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This shot breaks rule #1 of photography-Don't shoot into the sun. But hey, you did what you could back then. We didn't have digital that we could erase and try again. One shot was usually all we got.
This is George Toth's '57 Chevy. George was a consistent runner in this shoebox. He was on the cover of Super Stock in 1984 and won the Summernationals with this same car in '86 or '87,I foget which.

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I have to go with 1982 as my favorite year as well. The results were from opening day in 82. I remember Sabo's car. Jimmy Kimble and I went head to head in Heavy a lot. More so in 81. Here's a pic from the 50th anniversary meet. Went out in the first round so my brother and I went over and showed Don (Big Daddy) old pictures and got some autographs. We were standing close to each other and didn't even know it. I actually was standing under Don's awning and taking pictures with my brothers camera.

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OK, a side step from Island. Here's a pic from the 80's (I believe) at the Summernats of Kenny Bernstein's funny car in the pits @ Englishtown

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I was shooting for Dave Bishop's East Coast Drag News and probably had my black and gray golf shirt on that day. I remember that it got done so early that I went to Grandview for the dirt races afterwards.
Anybody know whether Stone ,Woods, & Cook ever ran at Island ? Here's one of their cars at Bruce Larson's event in 2010.

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Feb '13

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Here's the T.V. Tommy Ivo '74 dragster. I could never find anything about Ivo racing this car at Island. This was a beautiful car.

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This car didn't run at Island ,that I know of BUT it's driver did for many years. Joe Amato ran some gassers and altereds as well as his Keystone Kuda BB/FC at Island. This is the 1980 Hurst Airheart car.

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How'd you like to have this collection. This is inside Bruce Larson's barn. Bruce is a great guy and is a gracious host every November. I haven't been there since these shots in 2010. I can't wait to get back there again. It is a great day for car nuts like us. See you folks tomorrow.

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Here's a pic of my 55 Chevy coming down the return road at the York bracket finals after the first round (bad light & lost) in 1977

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Joe Amato in his A&A Speed Shop Fiat around 1968

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Handout from the mid 60's of TV Tommy Ivo. Tommy used to match race against Big Daddy Don Garlits @ Island. I got this from one of my buddies who went put wasn't into drag racing like I was (is)

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Another handout of the Hawaiian with Mike Snively who drove. Also match raced Big Daddy Don @ Island back in the 60's

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I have a few minutes before work so I'll post some people pictures.
This is Joe Gerdleman. Joe ran at Island in the early days with the old Kalitta Bounty Hunter and later ,his own twin engine dragster. Joe is a character. Great story teller.
This was at Atco's 50th race in 2010.

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We saw Bruce Larson's place before. Here's Bruce himself. Bruce ran a match race at Island in his USA1 Camaro against Garlits' rear engine car. Bruce told me the he beat Big that day. This shot was at the 2007 York Reunion race at Beaver Springs.

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Here's one of my favorite pictures. It's Linda and Grump at the 2008 Geezers At The Grove event. I had an 8x10 made up and autographed by both. Now that Grump is gone, it is one of my most prized autographs.

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Here's two great people that I have watched race since I first went to Island. It's Carl Brucher on the left and Mark Dennebaum on the right. Both are still out there racing. I kid them that the longer they race ,the younger they make me feel.LOL

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Who was the guy in the wheelchair who ran the yellow 57 Chevy Nomad at Island for many years. The car was quick. There was also a guy from Brooklyn NY who ran a 9 second quarter mile 57 Chevy Bel Air two door hardtop. That car was neat and quick.

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Joe Amato with his restored (37 coupe-I believe) at the first Pocono Drag Lodge Reunion. Joe used to race the 37 as a BB/GS car. Seen it at Island back in the day and you could really hear the blower whine.

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Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins at the York US 30 Reunion

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Old coupe running the alter class. Back in the day they used to push the cars from the top end of the track to start them. They have turn around ramps next to the starting line. They would do their burn out line up and go. Then the push cars would follow them down the track to pull them back to the pits.

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Bought these Jenkins Competition decals from Bill at the York US 30 reunion. He also autographed them for me.

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Sorry I didn't get on yesterday. I'm posting a couple of quick ones before I go to the Reading Mall race car show(dirt stuff).
Here's a one shot wonder I caught. This gasser style '55 Chevy was there in Oct. '81 and I never saw it again.

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This was on the same day. This Comet was cool. If I remember it had a 4 speed in it.

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I got this really sharp looking Mach I funny car in spring '83. I have no idea who drove it or where it was from. Only saw it this time. Would love to know whatever happened to it.

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That Comet is clean. Has G/MP on the window (MP-Modified production) old school would be a stick.Here's an old pic of a front engine injected rail. Out by Route 46 on the entrance road. Single axle trailer

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Old coupe gasser style being flat towed. At the gas station was an Exxon now a Shell station by the bank across front Herbies.

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Pete Robinson Ford front engine dragster being pushed from the top end. Look at the date on the border 1966 or 1968. Pete was fatally injured in his dragster.

Pete Robinson suffered fatal injuries during qualifying at the 1971 Winternationals, drag racing lost one of its most prolific innovators and one of the sport's best-liked gentleman.

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Feb '13

Wow ED Beers you have some great photos too . You put up a pic of the Caged Animal with a differant paint job than when I owned the car that was so cool ,
keep it up you have a good back round in local raceing jersey style and to all the other posters here thanks you all bring to it what it was ment to be . For some of us this cars come in to our lifes and we hate to let them go to the scrap yard but it happens . well every one have a good day

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This is Paul Sekol from up near Wilkes Barre/Scranton. He bought Skip's Camaro that won the '82 S/ST title. Later this car was painted a chartruse and blue. I think he had it for sale about 10 years ago. I would have loved to had the money to buy it and put it back the way it was when Skip had it.

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This is the Super Gas street roadster Skip replaced the Camaro with. It is a sister car of the one Schapiro had. I think(don't quote me on this) that it was the last car ,or one of the last cars out of Daurenheim. That's Skip and Paul Dura working on the car in summer '84.

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This isn't a great shot but I lost the good one of this car. It's the Iron Eagle dragster of Al & Tom Brown. This car was run by Kas Yatscyn as a C/ED and was at Island the very first time I was ever there. Al bought it and ran it with a 4 banger Pontiac. Then in '88 Tom threw his small block in it and ran it as a Super Comp car. This is the car Al had his best U.S.Nationals performance in by getting to round 3 or 4 of Super Comp at the 40th race.It was originally the Brewmaster AA/FD.
BTW,that's my banged up S-15 pickup. I used to towm Tom with that. That truck was an accident waiting to happen. Inside a year it was in the shop three times. It was lousy in snow,hence the dented up bed you see.

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Here's a rare(for me then) night shot. This is the Mothers Speed Shop Camaro all tore apart in the pits. This was in summer of '82. Not sure who was driving at this time. I know a few different guys drove this car, including John DiBartolemeo.

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Shot of Chris (The Greek) Karamesines being pushed down the track to be turned around to come back down and start the top fueler. Out of my scrap book from the 60's. I guess he ran 211 mph according to my notes.

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Pacers restored AA/FA at one of the Englishtown Supernats The Pacers ran at Island back in the day

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Gasser a pair from the mid sixties

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Here's one of my all-time favorites. Tom Goldman's Willys. This car was bad-a--! He retired it for a Corvette roadster but still has it.

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Feb '13

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Here's a shot of Ray Zang in 2008. This was the first time out with my new Nikon digital camera.

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Here's Carl Brucher on the line in his Bantam. I use this shot as my wall paper. The flash helped in backfillling the shadows. This was 2007 with my old Sony pocket digital. Sometimes that camera worked better than the bigger one.

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Feb '13

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Here's Tom Brown at the 2006 National Open at Island. This one and the Tom Goldman Willys are the only shots I saved from those first two Opens. I never used to save my stuff to disc then. I'd print and delete. Wish I had the other shots so I could post them here.

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Feb '13

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Not at home but I can post one pic so you (Ed) and continue posting some of yours. Oldie put goodie from DR mag.

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Opening day 1982. Marty Krohn's Mighty Mouse S/ST Camaro. Marty coverted from Super Stock to Super Street with this car. I had a picture of this car in it's old paint from '81 ,but it's one of the lost ones.

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Another new paint job in '82. Bob Craner's Vega. The paint shops must have been real busy the winter of '81-'82 because alot of cars got new paint that year.

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Feb '13

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Here's a car that ran alot at Island back in the '80's. Art Fahey's Pro ET Camaro. Car was consistent low 11 performer.

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This one is a bit blurry. It's Larry Golob in the ex-Bob Engleman Camaro at 1982 Anniversary Meet. Check out Schapiro's funnny car in background with the body up.

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Feb '13

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One from Englishtown in the 80's Ed"the" Ace

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Here's the Mothers Camaro that we saw torn apart earlier.This was June 26,1982. Car count was light that day due to points race at Maple Grove that weekend. I remember a big field 2 weeks earlier but it got rained out. The next Saturday I couldn't go because of a wedding. On the way to the wedding in Tranquility I saw a whole mess of cars going to Island.
You guys remember that older guy in the ticket booth? He wasn't going to honor my rain check. He was always trying to charge my mom when she came to pick me up at 10 o'clock on Saturday nights.

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Mar '13

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I always liked this Nova. It was Marty Ohrman's car. He ran Pro and Super Pro. Ran sometimes at Island but mostly at the Grove. He was there June 26,1982 because Maple Grove had the points race going on.

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Here's a Pro ET Camaro. This was April '82. I never like those gold anoldized Cragar Super Tricks. That definitely went back to late '70's.

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Here's a guy that ran at Island occasionally. The late Butch Di Lorenzo's Firebird. This was at Maple Grove at the season ending Money Trail Sportsmen event Oct. 10, 1982. This was my first time at Maple Grove. The reason I took this shot was because Butch had battled with Skip and Jack McDonnough for the '82 Super Street title. In fact, he was leading going into the last D1 race at Epping but took runner-up to Skip and McDonnough won at Martin, MI that same weekend,allowing Jack to pass him in points.Skip eventually tied Jack and then won the one shot tie braeker this day at Maple Grove.

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Mar '13

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The ticket taker was Frank Mason He was there for years. here's a shot of the Candies & Hughes with Mark Oswald as the shoe at E'town

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Coo'sr funny car at E'town Not sure who the shoe was. Maybe Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen

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Here's the Supertramp Monza of Al Berkery. Richie Bourke drove this car to runner-up at '82 Bracket Finals. Not sure who was driving it here in spring '83.

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Here's Rich Biebel's Camaro from 1984. Rich has been racing a long time. I have pictures of a bunch of his different cars.

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I only saw this car once in summer of '84. Says Phil DeJohn on window. It was fast. Ran in the 8's.

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Here's the Nova of Joey Tolisano. Young Joe was tragically killed in a highway accident not long after this picture was taken in summer of '84.
Going to try to scan some results from National Dragster to post here next week.

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Picture of my brother and I Cuda This shot was in 84 with the new owners color. We raced in 83 in primer red. Traded a 73 Nova street car for it. Had a 360 cu in in it. Fun car then sold it.

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Mar '13

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Results June 11 83 Super Pro

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Results June 11 83 Pro-Heavy-Street

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That was a night Skip drove Joe Neggia's pickup. I can't remember if he broke one of the other cars or lost early and entered the truck.That was about the same time he put the street roadster together.I know I was probably there because I remember Cornine's Dodge Colt winning.

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Mar '13

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For Hazguy, not Island related other than being able to drive your 55 there. You had one of these as a donor and I remember changing engines from this into the 55 under a tree in the snow at your mom's in Vienna.

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Mar '13

Was that 'Cuda Tom Kennedy's at one time?

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Picking up in '83. Here's Johnny D. working on the Puerto Rican Dream Vega when he first put it together.

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This one is as grainy as the beach but it's only one I have of Bud Hooker's Pinto in the blue paint. He re-painted this car about 4 times in 2 years,or so it seemed.

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This is '84. Paul Bochon's Vega. Mark Dennebaum drove this to runner-up in Super Gas at '82 Summernationals.Paul is running a 7.20 dragster AND a Top Sportsman '57 Chevy.

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Mar '13

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This is not Island but it is another drag strip that unfortunately closed here in Jersey. This is Strato Rods at Maguire AFB in Sept. 1980. This was only the second time I had ever been to the drags,having first gone to Island on Aug.9,1980(you never forget your first time.LOL). This is a very cool front motor dragster. Look in the background at that Duster funny car. I believe that car was once the Tom & Jerry Nitemayer.

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Mar '13

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OK, to answer a couple questions

1. Yes I remember the 58 well. Wish I could get a 2 door Impala and do a Jr Stocker clone but street-able.
2. Yes, that was Tom Kennedy's old Cuda. After the 82 season lost the motor in the Vega. Sold the car single income two kids but we raced the Cuda we had in 83. Although it technically was my brothers car I add some bucks in it. I raced the car and my brother was starting a new family. So I would call him and let him know how we did.

Attached is a picture that Garlit's handed out. He stopped at Kozimors Getty for gas and my mothers friend got him to sign this for me. I had Don (Big Daddy) re autograph it at the 50th anniversary meet in 2010.

Ed, great pictures brings back lots of memories from days gone by. Thanks for sharing

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Mar '13

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Old Plymouth FX-er on a flat bed truck. Great hauler for the time, although not a dove tail.

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Mar '13

Don Garlits left an autographed picture at Bobs barber shop in Vienna N.J. when he came to the 2012 re-union.They have it hanging on the wall.

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Pushing through on top end at the Grove in 81

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Jim Tsaggos' Vega from '84.He sold that car to Scott Geofrion.

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One of the sharpest looking cars in that era. Ken Kopecky's Demon stocker. I think this is the same car he has today.

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Steve Drake from Blairstown. This was '84 after they moved the burnout box to in front of the fence.Remember when it was behind the tower ? I used to have a bunch of burnout shots from back there.

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Mar '13

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Another Blairstown car. The Erd & Seagrave Nova. If I recall they had Blairstown Glass as a sponsor.

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Mar '13

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More results 7-83 Super Pro-Pro

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Results 7-83 Heavy-Street

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Tom Goldman's Willy's wheels up

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Warren Johnson in the 80's at E'town

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I believe I have that same shot of Goldman on an old VHS tape a guy made for me back in '88-'89. I wasn't there that night. It was the first race I missed all that year in '88. It worked out great for me as I met my wife that night.
Here's Tom's AMX. THis was another early favorite for me. We saw him pass Hot Dog Johnnys on the way back from Island one Sunday before the first time I ever went there.

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Mar '13

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This is the same car that is in the background of the Goldman Willys shot. Joe Saluta had this paint scheme in 1984. He still has this same car and runs Top Sportsman with it.

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Mar '13

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Here's that wild '55 panel of Al Conti. Thjis car did some cool wheelstands. This was April '85, the first time I went to Englishtown.

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Mar '13

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Multi-time TAD World and Division Champion Bill Walsh from Scranton. Talking about Hot Dog Johnnys reminded me of the time in 1982 we were there on a Sunday night. It was the day of the Summernationals and Walsh and crew stopped at HDJs for a bite to eat. They had the biggest crew I ever saw and they all had on some real fancy uniforms for the period. I asked one of the guys what they had in the trailer and he said a Top Alcohol Dragster. I thought that was cool.

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Mar '13

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More results 8-83

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Mar '13

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At E'town Antron Brown working the fuel

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Sorry abuout the sideways posting I guess too late to correct Here's old old Firebird funny car. The Green Hornet

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Mar '13

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Another shot Jay Kalmus Modified Production Camaro

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Here's Sam Biondo in 1985 in MG staging lanes.

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Mar '13

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I think somebody mentioned this car earlier. The Fun City Flyer. Wasn't the driver in a wheelchair? I thought I remembered that.

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Mar '13

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Here's Dave Hand's Chevelle. This car was pretty regular in the '80's. This was summer '85.

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Mar '13

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Here's Jerry's black Teacher's Pet. That's Skip Carpenter off to the left talking with Jerry.

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Mar '13

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Grumpy collection, diecast, resin models, license plate, posters, etc

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Mar '13

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Jungle Jim Etown tribute car

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Mar '13

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I don't think this one is posted yet. Back in 1971 Modified Production GTO and 55 Chevy (maybe Bagshaw's)

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Mar '13

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In 81 my Vega and Bruce Wilson's Mustang

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Mar '13

Anyone remember Jimmy Binns and his 71 demon

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Mar '13

can anyone tell me the name and even better phone number or address of the shop near harmony I guess on 519. that does machine work. I need valve guides milled out and then new driven in, on a set of sbc 461 heads. was gonna do simple valve job but to much play in guides so I gotta get them done. Was talking with old buddy of mine and he really recommended this guy. But I cant get in touch with buddy now? Thank you for any help you may have. Great job to all who post those old island pictures. Those capture some great old days.

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Mar '13

was that demon brite green at first then redone in a really nice dark red burgundy? think it had a 4 speed in it.

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Mar '13

CAMS, 3 Harmony Brass Castle Rd Chucks Automotive Machine Shop 908-387-1379

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Mar '13

Remember a chevy wagon wheelstander Tons of fun??

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Mar '13

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Here's one of a model diorama that took me 2+ years to build. I got the Tommy Ivo decals of Ebay. They were excellent to use.I really don't build models much anymore as this project really burnt me out.

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Mar '13

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Another diorama shot. Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam. The car is actually die cast.

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Mar '13

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The Snake and The Mongoose.These figures came with the old Revell dragsters.McEwen's Corvette is resin.

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Mar '13

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Crowd shot.How many celebrities can you find? This is where most of the tedious work was in this project. I'm not the best figure painter either. Cars are easier.

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Mar '13

thehazguy.... thank you , yes thats the place. I knew the name was something like that. but I kept thinking he said camps which is on stiger st so I knew, I was all confused.

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Mar '13

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Ed, nice diorama's. Pit shot of Big Daddy Don Garlits with some crew members in the 80's at Englishtown. I believe that ix his wife Pat with her back to the camera.

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Mar '13

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My Vega with John Labosco's Aspen at Island (81)

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The Hawaiian and Budweiser funny cars at Englishtown. First round eliminations on Sunday (in the 80's) Went down everyday that year when it was the Summernats. Nice and hot boiling sun.

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Mar '13

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Back to the real stuff. Here's Joe Cooper's newer Vega 1984.

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Mar '13

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Rich Secula's Pro ET Chevelle 1984. Rich later bought Bob Craner's Vega.

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Mar '13

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I foget who was running this car when I took this at Englishtown May '86. Tsaggos bought this car and ran it a few years.

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Mar '13

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Schapiro's roadster in near lane. On far side was the Enforcer. It wrecked on this pass. Later that same season Lori wrecked the roadster at Island. This was Mpale Grove Spring Bracket Nationals 1985.

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Mar '13

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Shirley Muldowney at Englishtown signing autographs in the 80's

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Butch Leal in the pits at the July SummerNats. Hot, Hot, Hot

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Spectator side at Island USA-1 Camaro

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Forty years later. Larson's USA 1 Camaro 2008 Geezers At The Grove.

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Mar '13

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Here's a car that ran at Island in the early '80's. The Corvino Bros. GTO. It was painted different than this when I saw it at Island around '81-'82. This shot was April '86 at E'town's Spring Funny Car Bonanza. Remember those days? The radio ads would run all week on WABC/WNBC/ and the New York FM and TV stations. By Sunday you were so jacked up to see nitro floppers.
Corvino now lives in Florida and was on Pass Time with this same car updated.

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Mar '13

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When I was low on film I'd try to squeeze a couple of cars in the same shot on purpose. I don't know whose Corvette this is but it was a sharp looking paint job. The Firebird Funny Car in background was once an Arnie Beswick car.

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Mar '13

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I did race at Island a few times. Three of my four Camaros have gone down the 1/4 mile there. This is my current ride a 2000 V-6 Camaro. This was on a Wednesday night BBQ in 2010. I hadn't run it at Island in almost 4 years and it turned about the same e.t.s . 16.0's with a bone stock V6 and leaving it in D. Of course I deep staged so it killed a little e.t..
Believe it or not this car is a second and a half quicker than my '77 was with the 305. Then again my '80 with the V-6 was 4 tenths or more quicker with a fresh motor. It did weigh slightly less with the smaller motor(229c.i.) and rubber bumpers and Cragars. I never ran my '86 as it had way too many miles on it to risk hammering on it at the track.That car dropped a valve on the way to work at 5 in the morning in bitter cold.Isn't that always when they seem to break?

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Mar '13

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My Camaro that I started running in the fall of 86. Ran street in 87 qualified for the bracket finals. Mid to low 14 second runner. Changed the heads to 2.02/1.60 closed up the exhaust put a set of MT drag radials and drove it to the track. Qualified in 88 for the bracket finals again. Drove it to the Grove, raced and drove it home. Ran 13.40's & 13.30's as a street driven car. Eventually ran a 13.26 in the good night air at the Grove.

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Mar '13

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At Englishtown Butch Leal Pro Stock Firebird

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Mar '13

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The Snake

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This is when cars started "dropping". Check out how low Mike Ragusa's Nova is. Remember when we used to cool off the cars behind the snack bar. God knows what damage we were doing to the raditors with that swamp water.

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Mar '13

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Bill Boyko's Camaro was another ground scraper. This was in '84. Bill's son now runs a 7 second dragster.

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Mar '13

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Emil Ekroth's Comp. Volare'. Mike Magistro was driving the day this shot was taken Sept. '84. Scott Geoffrion later drove this car.

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Mar '13

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Marty Krohn's Pocket Rocket Opel GT. Look at Marty's little daughter polishing the hood. Couldn't resist taking a picture of that. This was 1984. That little girl is now married and might even have kids of her own. Time sure flies.

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Mar '13

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My old Vega with the new owners add on's Now running in Super Pro in 1983

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Mar '13

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My Camaro with Weld wheels. Was a six cylinder car so it had weaker front springs. For a 14 second car it got a lot of front end lift off the line. My nephew was trying to take pictures threw the chain link fence so he was a little off.

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Mar '13

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Hawaiian funny car at Englishtown SummerNats

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Paul Mastropolo ran this really sharp looking Cuda at Island around '85. He also would run Willie Howell's black Cuda.This shot was at Englishtown on a "sunburn" Sunday.

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Mar '13

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Jimmy DiCiacco's Vega. I can't tell you how many times Skip went down to this guy. It was like a mental thing after a while. I don't know how I didn't break my toe on the 55 gallon trash can by the back of the tower I always kicked after we'd lose to Jimmy. Finally one night the win light came on in our lane and I jumped about 6 feet in the air.

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Mar '13

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This is Antron Brown's dad and uncle's car in 1985. I found this out when I saw a picture in a magazine about a year ago.

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Mar '13

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Bill Rolik ran his Duster Super Stocker frequnently in Pro at Island. Funny thing is I never got a picture of him until this one at the 1986 points race at E'town.

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Mar '13

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My Camaro in the waterbox

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Mar '13

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Restored Brutus funny car on display at last years SuperNats at Englishtown

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Mar '13

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Dick LaHaie at E'town back in the 80's

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Jimmy Burns' Vega. This was a really sharp car.No, it was not Eddie Banach's car. Jim sold it to Dave Hay when he went dirt modified racing at Flemington. Jim partnered with Jim Stillwaugh on that mod. Stillwaugh ran that black '72 Vega in Pro at Island late 70's -early '80's.

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Mar '13

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Here's Bruce Buxbaum's Gemini II Dodge Challenger in 1986. We saw the Gemini II dragster earlier.

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Mar '13

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For those that think Island is a small facility, you should go to Quarter Aces near Carlisle,PA. It is a neat place. 1/8 mile strip,like many that were once around here. This is the Bill Stiles Duster Pro Stocker doing a burnout. Anyone know if Stiles ran at Island during the Pro Stock match race days?

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Mar '13

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I think this Camaro is what inspired John Juray to build his. The Bright Light in the Wild Bunch. I saw those guys by accident. It was my first time at Englishtown in April '85 and they were there. Cool stuff.

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Mar '13

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Transmission Specialty ad with Eddie Banach's Vega from the Maple Grove Hotline 1320

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Mar '13

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Island Dragway 1987 bracket qualifiers on the back of the Competition Copyright

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Englishtown Racway Park's number one qualifiers in 1982 Maple Grove Hotline 1320. If Island had sent pictures in my Vega would have been in as the ID-21.

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Mar '13

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I remember that '87 Bracket Finals. Rained all day Saturday. Came back Sunday and it was fereezing and windy. Team Island didn't do too good that year. I have the paper somewhere. Most lost in round one. Here's Frank Mark #1 Super Pro in '87.

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Mar '13

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Gold star for anyone who knows who was driving this gorgeous Tempo TAFC in 1986.

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Mar '13

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The famous 409 of Dave Strickler.

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Mar '13

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It's not drag racing but check out this vinatge dirt racer. It looks alot like early drag cars doesn't it.This one even had a flathead in it. These old dirt cars are fun to watch. Kind of like the nostalgia drag cars. The older stuff was more fun.

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Mar '13

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Yes, it did rain all day Saturday. I managed to go three rounds before I couldn't run the same number as the round before. I think why the Island racers had a bad showing was we spent the afternoon and early evening at the Maple Grove Park bar. It got very routy and they made us all sit down and shut up. Then they closed the bar. What a hangover the next morning, tough to go racing with. A picture of my brothers street Nova

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Mar '13

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From Englishtown Kenny Bernstein's Budweiser funny car

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Mar '13

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When I rode my bike to the track in the mid sixties I would always try to get one of these weekly drag news papers. Don't have them anymore paid .25 cents for them. Got $25.00 each for them on Ebay. They were getting worn so I wanted someone else to enjoy them.

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Mar '13

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This isn't great but it's a picture of a picture. Carl Brucher's first Super Bantam.This was around 1979 or 1980 at Maple Grove. Carl and Rose have alot of old pictures in an album.

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Mar '13

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Here's one I found from my first time out with my then-new Nikon. Bill Bray's street roadster. He tagged the guardrail with it later that night.

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Mar '13

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Here's my "toy". It's a Pepsi Challenger Don Prudhomme go cart from 1983. I got it in '09 and restored it. I take it to nostalgia drags and car shows. Last year at Maple Grove Snake autographed it. It even got a Jack Approved sticker from Jack Redd. I figure it's as close to a funny car as I'll probably ever get.LOL

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Mar '13

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Here is 9 consecutive NHRA Funny Car World Champions. Don Prudhomme 1975-1978. Raymond Beadle 1979-1981. Frank Hawley 1982-1983. This was at the Maple Grove 50th Anniversary last year. This had to be one of the coolest races I had ever been to. I never dreamed in 1977,when I got into drag racing, that one day I'd be hanging out with some of my "heroes". It was cool listening to Snake and Beadle swap stories ,along with Dale Pulde and Dale Emery. Drag racing is an awseome sport and I'm glad I'm part of it.
Just like all the friends and memories I made at Island and elsewhere, I wouldn't trade thyem for ANYTHING!!!

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Mar '13

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My Camaro with my daughter (about 5 years old) thinking she was a race car driver in 1987. She usually disliked my loud noisy, smelly cars.

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Mar '13

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More results from 1987 (8-8-87) Super Pro and Pro

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Mar '13

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More results from 1987 (8-8-87) Heavy and Street

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Mar '13

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Hey Guys , All the old pics and papers are great ! Keep them coming ! I still can't accept Island is done, the end of an era. I saved a lot of the pics , brings back a lot of memories of fun times.

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Mar '13

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One more of the Chassis Engineering Altered

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Mar '13

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Me and Jim , With the Black 64 1/2 Mustang I can't remember the years like you guys can !

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Mar '13

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The latest , 1967 Mustang, We built it with Neil Engelhardt many years ago when Alston first started making kits, it sat for many years then we bought it, it was sitting out in a field . We redid it for our kids to learn on.

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Mar '13

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More results 8-29-87 Super Pro & Pro

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Mar '13

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8-29-87 Heavy & Street

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Mar '13

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Nice Nitro Coupe at the Grove - Super Chevy event

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Mar '13

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Here is my father in laws 71 demon, back in the early 80s

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Mar '13

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Here's a shot for you Steve. This was at the 2010 Old Daze. It was the last time I was ever at Island.
Love that shot of the white T bucket. I had a couple shots of that car but lost them decades ago.Think that cage would be legal now?
The car I'd like to see a shot of is Skippy's orange T bucket with the Forum newspaper box as a scoop. He took alot of bustin' on for that but it ran pretty good.

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Mar '13

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Hey Ed that roll bar was barely legal then ! I got a bad scare with bouncing in the top end at Island and added a loop over the drivers head. At least I felt safer ! Skippy had a lot of questionable cars and options, But man he could drive them all good ! What happened to Paul Dura ? Was he Skips brother or half brother ? Ed if you have not been to Island since 2010 , where have you been going ?
Thats my now 34 year old son in the car.

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Mar '13

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Last time I saw Paul Dura he was working in the service department at Kevil Chevrolet. Here's a pic of an Island regular Super Pro

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Mar '13

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Another Island Super Pro regular

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Mar '13

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Front engine dragster from the mid sixties (don't think I posted this one)

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Mar '13

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The good old days

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Mar '13

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Remember when

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Mar '13

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Collection of bracket final qualifier stickers

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Mar '13

Kool collection !!! , I probably have a similar assortment - somewhere.

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Mar '13

little birdie says that track may infact reopen. lets hope so.

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Mar '13

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Took a better picture The other one was fuzzy

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Mar '13

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This is my favorite jacket. The older ones fell apart but this one is still good. Like the car picture on it.

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Mar '13

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This one I'm not very fond of Picture does not show it but it's bright yellow. I didn't wear it at the finals but everyone else looked like a bunch of bumble bee's swarming around. I used it when I rode my mt bike in the woods so a hunter would see me and not shoot me.

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Mar '13

Track opening would be sweet. Can anyone confirm this rumor.

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Mar '13

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My favorite

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Mar '13

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Anyone remember Island Raceway ?

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Mar '13

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Heres mine !

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Mar '13

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Steve,
I really haven't gone anywhere much since 2010. Maple Grove for Geezers races, Quarter Aces for nostalgia drags,a couple of points races(until we were told ONLY the OFFICIAL NHRA D1 photographers were allowed). Helped the Bruchers twice at Numidia last year and that was it. Haven't even done dirt tracks since 2011, and that was only 4 times. Hoping to get back some more this year. I'd love the rumor to be true about Island. I will never give up hope.
Paul wasn't any relation to Skip that I knew. Last I heard from Billy Nees he was living in Rhode Island.
This pic is Joe Foster in 1986. He bought this car from Ralph Bergfeld. It was called Rag Man prior to Joe buying it. Ralph was killed in an explosion at his business probably 20 years ago or more now.

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Mar '13

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Here's the Engleman/Whitehead Datsun 240Z. This was in 1985.

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Mar '13

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Same car in 2009. Now owned by Bob Silfies. He crashed this car about 2 years ago.

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Mar '13

Hey Jerry,
I just realized reading some of the posts from the last month. That results page from June 11,1983 was the night Super Stock Magazine editor Steve Collison drove Skip's Duster for the article he was doing. That is why Skip drove Joe's pick up. They misspelled his name as Callison. That is why I didn't pick up on it then. I remember that was the week before school out and I got my license. God ,where has 30 years gone?!!

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Mar '13

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Steve, nice sticker from 77 mine has seen better days. Here's something from 82

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Mar '13

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Results from 8-27-88 SP & Pro

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Mar '13

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Results from 8-27-88 Street Bike

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Mar '13

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Is anyone hearing anything about Island ? I heard it was a done deal - game over.

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Mar '13

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York round one in 77

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Mar '13

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Check this out May 1980 playing with my PINTO ! Island RACEway

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Mar '13

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Ah, the memories.So many familiar names on those old Competition Copyrights. Anybody have anything when Island was called Country Park in '76? I had a reproduction decal a long time ago. It had The Army funny car on it. I hope I can find them again at Macungie this year.
I believe that purple T bucket behind the snack bar was once Loyd Decell's car. At least that is what someone told me.
Here's Al Banome in his T Bucket with NETO at the 50th Anniversary. Al had a different T bucket in the '80's and it was fast but always seemed to get into the grass when the guardrails used to be off the track

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Mar '13

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Trying this for first time. This is from 1981 I think. Steve and Jerry are both in this.

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Mar '13

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Hey, it worked !!
Here's an old newspaper picture from 1960 when Island was being built.

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Mar '13

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OK, now I've worked my way up to dangerous.LOL
Here's the National Dragster results of the 20th Anniversary in 1980. This was the very first race I ever saw at Island. Notice the date is Aug. 29 issue. It took three weeks for the results to get in ND.

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Mar '13

That place is a dump... we shouldnt go there. Not well kept besides they make a hell of a noise durring the summer. Try a larger more well kept track

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Mar '13

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That comment is totally uncalled for and I hope it is deleted by the moderators. Now back to what this place is all about..... GOOD STUFF. I have been scanning a bunch of stuff and will post them as I can. Here's one. 1980 Bracket Finals when Angelo won it for Team Island.

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Mar '13

Ed , I wonder why someone would put up a post like that on this forum ? Hundreds of posts by loyal fans and enthusiasts and only one by an idiot that obviously does not know what the place was all about. DDDaaaaaaaa

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Mar '13

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A lot to catch up on. Ignore the negative comments, just trying to stir it up. Anyway, 22 some odd seconds Steve at 45 mph. Ouch did you take a coffee break. Must have left on the first yellow. I ran a 4 cylinder Mustang II dailed in at 24.00. I was in at 14.00. That's the bad thing about street brackets, big gaps of time. On the converter for 10 seconds, didn't foul when I left I saw a speck of a car and never thought I would catch him. It amasing how fast you come on a car going that slow. Ed, nice results, Steve and I had something in common that night "WINNER's". Now I know why I really like Island. They were scheduled to open up on my birthday (July 24th) I didn't race in 1980 but we rode our motorcycles out to the bracket finals. Saw the one race run off for the championship for Team Island. Really neat but a cold ride home on the bikes. Here's a Hurst poster of Linda. She signed this for me at one of the York Muscle Car Madness Reunion's.

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Mar '13

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A picture of the T-shirts they handed out at Englishtown. Mother's Camaro/Firebird meet in 1991. 177 or so cars. Went seven rounds then hit a .496 red (.500 is perfect) with 5 cars left. Next round would have be a bye into the final and some bucks. Got nothing but a trophy.

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Mar '13

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Picture of my Camaro in my driveway in Sparta. Nice Weld wheels all the way around. Never ran the ones on the back though.

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Mar '13

Jerry That 22 sec run on the Pinto was about all she had, I lifted a little to a blistering 45 MPH ! Heck I drove faster getting to the track, than in the actual race! The next week I did get a 21 sec run at over 50 MPH ! YAHOO!!! Then later in the day the engine blew ! My wifes transportation - not good.

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I was a lucky Pinto rear end collision survivor. Gas tank split wide open but did not blow up.Goes to show it's not how fast it goes but how good a light you can cut.
Here's that Fiesta (or as Paul Dura called it-Fiasco) Skip ran and set the national record with in '86. This car was #2 qualifier in Stock at the 1986 Keystones. This shot was at the '86 Dutch Classic.Skip wanted me to run the car at Island one night but I wasn't that good with a stick at that time and I didn't want to break it.

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Mar '13

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Here's one of the big rig drags they used to have. I think even these guys were quicker than the Pinto. LOL

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I'm not a bike guy but I was friends with a few of them. Here's Rich Heater's Pro Stock Kawasaki from around '85 or '86. He ,Pizza John, nad Lou Cuviello were usually the fastest bikes at that time.When Rich ran this Pro Stock bikes were in the low to mid 8's. Now they are in the 6's !!!! Too fast for two wheels for me.

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Mar '13

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This is the only shot I have left of when the bleach box was behind the tower.I probably had 20 or 30 shots back there. Lost them decades ago. This is Skip when he first brought out the '67 Camaro on May 1, 1982. Car went on to win Division S/ST title that year.

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Mar '13

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From February 1983 Super Stock & Drag Illustrated NED bracket finals. Page 1

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From February 1983 Super Stock & Drag Illustrated NED bracket finals. Page 2

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Couple nice Camaro's at the Maple Grove Super Chevy meet

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Mar '13

Hey Ed , Pizza John is my neighbor, he was NHRA Pro Stock Bike World Champ in 1989. He is real cool guy and is still into bikes and cars. He has a bunch of relatives around this area.

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Mar '13

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Here's one from the local paper from 1973. Look at the times and speeds. He got stopped with 1973 equipment yet these guys with these new dragsters complained that Island was too short and they went 1000'.

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Mar '13

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I'm not glorifying crash n burn stuff but here's the Colt that once belonged to Lou Cornine. This was in March or April 1987 after a trans line came off. They brought it back on two seperate pickup trucks. I forgot who was driving but he wasn't hurt. 1987 was a bad year for crashes. I saw no less than 4. In fact in July '87 there were 4 carshes in 3 weeks.

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Mar '13

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Correction to my previous post. I saw at least 5 cars crash at Island in '87. I forgot about this one. Bob Perry did a rollover in the grass on the spectator side in the fall. Bob had a knack for either blowing motors or crashing. He totalled a Pro Stocker at Maple Grove and was shown on TV and those Diamond P tapes.

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Mar '13

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Here's an old Quaker State ad from that ran in the car mags in the aerly '70's. The picture is the Virginia Twister Challenger at Island in 1971.
Cool thing is I actually helped on this car when Jerry Smith ran it at Island during a nostalgia event . The body had alot of tin work and was very heavy. Car is now back with its original owner and is painted like it was in 1971.

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Mar '13

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Running out of Island pictures been posting since Dec 09 so I'll have to search for more. Here's a Hero Card I got at the Grove of the J&W Pro Mod Nova bad when Pro Mod was mostly nitrous cars.

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Mar '13

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Pro Bike from the SuperNats Craig Treble

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Couple Raceway News covers from the 70's

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Soul Shaker 63 Impala

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Don't worry Jerry. I have enough Island stuff to keep this board going for years.
Here's Buster's Soul Shaker Camaro in '87. He spent a couple of years getting this car together.

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Mar '13

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Here's one page of the article Steve Collison did on Skip's nitrous Duster in the Oct. 1983 Super Stock. Steve mentions his night racing the Duster at Island in the article.Steve was a great guy to talk to and he influenced me to write about drag racing.

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Mar '13

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Here's the former DeNick & Reuter car. Freddie"The Painter" McWilliams bought it and ran it for a while. This was Oct. 1987.

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Mar '13

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Here's that wild T bucket of Al Banome I mentioned earlier. This thing was a handful. IF it went straight the car cranked out 8.40's. Al went on to run a TAD about 1990/1991. He always ran the nostalgia events at Island with NETO. That makes me wonder where the East Coast guys will have their Old Daze Drags now. That was always a big event that drew alot of cars.
I heard another rumor that Island may not be completely finished BUT rumors are rumors until REAL facts are known. I still hope we can all get together in the pits at Island again someday soon. Time will tell.

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Mar '13

for ed beers skip and i were both alterboys and boyscouts together in boonton and i took skip to his first drag race at island had a 54 plymouth and never even brought it home good times

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Mar '13

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Steve Weeks,
You probably remember this day then. This was Maple Grove Oct. 10,1982. This is Skip doing the burnout prior to the tie-breaker with Jack McDonnough for the S/ST title.You and Paul were standing off to my left when I took this shot. I only wish I had taken a picture of Skip on the starting line. I guess I was too nervous. I remember all three of us jumping up and down when he won.

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Mar '13

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Nice 67 Camaro in the show car area at the Ole Daze Drags a couple of year ago

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Mar '13

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Nice 69 in the pits at the Ole Daze Drags with the outlaw hood 2011

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Mar '13

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Anybody know Island was actually in Sports Illustrated? Yup! In 1964 they did a story on Garlits going 200 there.

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Apr '13

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In July 1990 they brought alcohol funny cars back to Island for the frist time in over 15 years. There were four cars that night. Here is one.

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Here's a black and white photo of Eddie Banach from around 1979-1980. I'm not sure who took this. I bought it from mike Goyda a few years ago.I can remember seeing this car go by on a trailer back in '78 or so. It was probably the first real drag car I had seen at that time. It has always been one of my favorites.

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Apr '13

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This is probably the last car Eddie had. This was a Monza he ran breifly in 1990 or 1991. Last time I saw this car was at Island 5 or 6 years ago and Lou Tullo's son was driving it.
Last I heard, Eddie was palying alot of golf. His son, Ed Jr. was running the business in Sayreville.

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Apr '13

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Chevy D/SA at Super Chevy event at the Grove

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Plain and simple white Nova at Super Chevy event at the Grove

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Carl Ruth's Crown Vic flopper at Island 1994.

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Carl was running against this car that Saturday night.

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Here's John McCartney's article on Kas Yatscyn in the May 1983 Super Stock. John took all the pictures in the summer of 1980 at Asbury Park. Article didn't run until after Kas had already stopped running the car. The outtake pictures are really cool. They had the car on the boardwalk and parked along the street.
Kas was running the first night I ever went to Island. She had to skip returning to Montreal ,where she was qualified in Comp.but it got rained out. I later got to crew on this car when Al and Tom Brown owned it.
For the record the girl on far right is NOT topless. Just the way the black and white photo looks.

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Apr '13

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Blue body of the Jungle Jim tribute car at the Grove

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For you Yankee's fan's Top fuel dragster flying the pinstripes

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Remember the "WIZ" Chuck Etchell's WIZ sponsored funny car

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Late '67 issue of Drag Times. Frank Federici just debuted the '67 fastback Shark Corvette.

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Apr '13

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March 1981. Skip Crapenter brought out the old Shark to run in Super Pro but had all kinds of problems that day. Here we see Skip working on removing a bent pushrod.The guy in the red jacket is Ron The Cam2 gas guy. Joe Neggia is in the Army jacket on right.

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Apr '13

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Here is Kathy Kariotakis in her" Not So Hairy Greek" Mazda pickup. This was summer 1986.

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Here's the full page from Sept. 1961 Hot Rod that featured the NHRA regional meet from Island. Jack Chrisman was Top Eliminator in the Howard Cams twin dragster.

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Apr '13

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Old alter coupe back in the day. A little fuzzy

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50 anniversary T shirt. August 2010

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Front engine dragster not sure if it was Top Gas or Top Fuel from 1966

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Billy Nees in the former "Joanie" Camaro.1986 Billy was probably one of the best brake light racers ever.

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Apr '13

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Here's Jim Kimble in Joe Cooper's old Vega circa 1994. I almost forgot about this car Jimmy had. Found another rare on eon an old video from '89. Angelo had a '72 Vega named Hairy Greek(of course).

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Apr '13

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Here's John Keck at US Nationals around 1975. I got this picture from Dave Heisy.

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Apr '13

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This was Mario Maraconda from Morristown I believe. He bought Skip's street roadstser after the '84 season when Skip got another all steel '67 Camaro.
I can't believe I'm done for tonight already. I downloaded Google Chrome and it is so fast compared the the Internet Explorer. That took me forever to upload my pictures.

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Apr '13

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Altered wheelbase Falcon 1967

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Team Mopar hero cards

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Super Stock mag project car Maverick A/SM @ the Grove

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Hot Rod article on George Van in the Nocentino-Kulp gas dragster. Picture taken at Island.

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Apr '13

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The 1981 Super Stock article on Mark Dennebaum and John Di Bartolomeo.I have been trying to pin down where these pictures were taken at. Doesn't look like Island.

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Apr '13

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Here's Johnny D's car when Joe Revello had it . Summer 1985.

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Here's the former Dennebaum dragster. Don Eckel Sr. bought it. We saw it earlier before Don crashed it. This is after he rebuilt it and gave it a new paint scheme.

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Apr '13

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USA-1 Chevelle at Island around 1967

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Back of 50th anniversary Island T-shirt

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T-shirt from Big Daddy Don Garlits signed at the 50th anniversary meet in August 2010. Never worn.

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Here is Skip in Barry Reese's dragster. This was around 1993 or 1994.

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Apr '13

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Here is drag racing history. The issue of National Dragster after Garlits broke 200 at Island officially. Ironic thing is I won this on ebay the night of the 50th when Garlits was there signing stuff. If it was a week later I would have had this for Don to sign.

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Apr '13

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This is a Norman Blake photo of Al Brown at Indy 1980. This is the same car Tom ran and I helped on. Al was featured on the 1979 US Nationals and at the 1994 Indy race for NHRA Today. I miss Al. He was the guy that got me into nostalgia and drag racing history.

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Apr '13

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Here's a guy that ran at Island alot in the mid '70's. Gary Schweikert had a Road Runner I believe and then had this Super Gas Plymouth Arrow.I saw this car at Island a few times around '84-'85. This shot was ta 1986 points race at RP.

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Apr '13

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Back of this old picture says Gordon Collett Top Gas front engine dragster

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Mike Dunn NY Yankee's top fueler - Steinbrenner & Gwynn hero card

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Apr '13

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Don't think I ever posted this one. 55 Chevy at the Ole Daze Drags. NETO (NorthEast Timing Organization) car. Might have been at a Wednesday family night The pits are too bare to be a Sunday event?

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Here's that '55 in action. Island's 50th Anniversary Race.

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Apr '13

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Under Pressure Willys also with NETO. Island 50th.

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Here is Bill Reuter in his Nova at the Island 50th Anniversary Race.

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The English Bros. wild small block powered MG. This car really launches off the starting line. It's one of the most popular of the MANDRA cars. That is the one thing I am truly going to miss with Island closed. I went to many of the MANDRA and NETO events there.,They always put on good shows.

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Apr '13

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John Keck of Red's Auto in Washington. Used to run at Island in Modified Production

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NED great runners

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And here's Loyd Decell, used to be John Keck's partner. E/A 6 cylinder alter, cut 302 head. Both those 6 cylinder cars flew

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Apr '13

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Been outside all week enjoying the GREAT weather. Got my Camaro washed and waxed.Of course now it rains.
Here's the Raisin Hell Tempo from July 1990.

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Apr '13

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Mike Rosa's Monza Oct. 1987. Mike was runner-up in Super Pro at one of the Bracket Finals in the '90's. I forget which one but I remember it was on NHRA Today with Bob Frey.

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Apr '13

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I found that shot of Al & Tom Brown's Iron Eagle I spoke of earlier. This car was the old Brewmaster AA/FD at one time. Anybody have any pictures of that dragster called Wild Russian that ran at Island in early '80's?That was a really cool looking car and it was fast too.Had a swoopy back on it and was metal flake blue.

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Apr '13

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This is a bad blurry shot from May 29, 1982. It is the Deblasio Bros. Camaro Super Comp funny car.I think they were out of Brooklyn. I only saw this at Island this one time. Army Armstrong who makes nostalgia funny car bodies had it and now it is in Ohio.

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Apr '13

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Willys from the Ole Daze Drags

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Show car area Ole Daze Drags 57 sedan delivery from JHM Signs

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"FAST" Jack Beckman funny car driver from the Schumacher camp athe Englishtown SuperNats

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Apr '13

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Hey, Where did everyone go !
Remember Dave Lounsberry, I saw him at the Wind Gap Dragstrip Reunion , he is in to old antique cars now.

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Apr '13

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Ole daze Drags

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Johnson's Warren and Kurt at Englishtown SuperNats

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Apr '13

I've been lurking, but love the pics. Keep them coming if you have more....

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Apr '13

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Been busy with the warmer weather. Two more weeks and I'll FINALLY be able to go to the races. Have to scan more stuff soon.
Super Stock 1985 issue with Eddie Banach's Monza on cover. ALso check out Amato's Funny Car. That car was actually sold to Bruce Larson who ran it disguised as a Beretta before he got the Olds body.

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Apr '13

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Someone mention Wind Gap? Here's a look down the strip from starting line. 2009 Sticks Reunion.

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Apr '13

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Looking at the Wind Gap strip from up on the bank.

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Apr '13

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Another defunct dragstrip that holds an annual show/reunion is Vargo. This A/C dragster was taken in 2006 or 2007. I forget which.They have their get-together the first Saturday in November.I hope Island can re-open to hold races and not just static car shows like the other closed dragstrips around the area. Don't get me wrong. Car shows are nice but cars RACING is better!!!

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Apr '13

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Found this jacket yesterday From the 88 points season (silver)

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Super Stocks at Englishtown last year

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Check out this wild ride. This coupe was at the 2009 Old Daze Drags.

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Apr '13

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Nice looking GTO coming off the line.

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Apr '13

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I did find out that TV Tommy Ivo did run this car at Island in 1974. This was at Englishtown 2009.

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Apr '13

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I love the old Cougar Funny Cars. This is a partially restored Eddie Schartman car at Beaver Springs 2009. Anybody know if Fast Eddie ran this car at Island?

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Apr '13

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From 67 or 68

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From the Ole Daze Drags

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Check this out

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Apr '13

I'm back. I went to Numidia this past Saturday night. Saw about 10 Island racers there. Also,heard rumors that it MIGHT open again. Like I said, I won't believe the rumors until I pay my money at the gate and am in the pits talking in person to the great folks on here.No pics today. Just a comment or two.

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May '13

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Pic of the 50th anniversary dash plaque. Put my Firebird together to run at the event. Yes, I heard the same rumor yesterday from someone who lives in the Meadows that a couple weeks or so. It's a wait ans see game.

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May '13

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Anglia Ole Daze Drags

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May '13

hi to all my island dragway friends in july i will be moving to north carolina. i cant race any more but i can go fishing. i hope the patch will reopen and folks can get back to racein. good luck to everyone.

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May '13

Steve, good luck with your move and hope all goes well. Stay in touch on the forum and hopefully the "Patch" will reopen.

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May '13

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Best of luck Steve. Keep in touch on here. I have to get my butt in gear and upload more pics and clippings.
Here's one of Tony Supino's awesome Nova at Old Daze 2009.

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May '13

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I'm a Vega freak from way back. I love this one. It is in my colors-black and metallic blue.2009 Old Daze.

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May '13

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Kind of an ironic shot now isn't it. 2009 Old Daze.That's the beauty of drag racing. You CAN race just about anything.

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May '13

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Going through the threads I earlier posted Harrington's pink Camaro and Mike Rosa'a Monza. I just saw a You Tube video of pictures shot at the 1978 Summernationals. Harrington's pink car was once owned by Mike Rosa. Cool,huh.
Here's one from the old modified days. I just missed them as I started going about a year after Island held them on a weekly basis.
This was 2009 Old Daze Drags.

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May '13

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Ole Daze Drags forget what year.

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May '13

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Ole Daze Drags car show area

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Web shot

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Wally Bell is putting together a reunion of Tri Cities in Endicott, NY this year.
Check out this 9 second Willys Pickup from 1985 at E'town. I wonder whatever happened to this.

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May '13

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This is from 1986. This is Don Garlits' "shorty" car.

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May '13

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Another web shot

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May '13

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Camaro show area Ole Daze Drags

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May '13

Steve Weeks, best of luck to you on your move to North Carolina. They do have tracks down there ! Never say never ! Good luck buddy.

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May '13

Steve Shadis,
Where are you racing at this year? I saw a bunch of Island guys up at Numidia last week. Sonderfan, Nedo, Jason Wilson, Sperone, Scott Embly,Carl Brucher Sr., and a few others. Numidia is nice but it is a haul for anyone in Jersey east of Island. I'm in P'burg and it's 1:45 (90.4 miles) for me. I loved that 16 mile 25 minute trip to Island. Hopefully we can race there again IF rumors I heard come true.

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Hey Ed No racing yet this year, due to my not employed status, just paying bills and trying to Keep our stuff. May possibly take the Mustang to Numidia and leave the trailer there. It is a haul, and at 6-7 MPG, it is costly, But what isn't in this sport ! The Altered needs some equipment Certs so it is on hold for now. I do need to smell some burnt rubber and hear some high rev engines to get me out of this funk I'm in.

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May '13

There is a dragstrip right outside of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Coastal Plains Dragstrip. They have a quarter mile dragstrip and an oval track to race on. here is a link http://www.coastalplainsraceway.com/

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May '13

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Another from the show car area Ole Daze Drags

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May '13

I hear what you are saying Steve. I'm personally approaching the "summit" of my financial mountain. Once I'm over the top in the next 6-8 weeks I hope to get back to a normalcy I haven't seen in 3 or 4 years,at least. I plan on travelling a little bit this year but have to see what schedules are and of course, weather.Maybe I'll see you sometime this year.

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May '13

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I keep hearing rumors of Island coming back to life again, from several sources, is anyone else hearing this? Does anyone know anything for fact? Or is this a product of wishfull thinking?

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May '13

Like I told Johnny D. a couple of weeks back. I don't believe rumors until they are fact.

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May '13

On: Yellow Bullet.com

Talks in the works. Coming back as outlaw track for 2013 and Nhra track again for 2014. From very credible sources. And I'm not kidding.

http://www.yellowbullet.com/forum/showthread.php?t=531159&page=41

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May '13

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I have heard names but I won't mention any on here. Let's just hope for the best.
Can't wait to see more of this kind of action. Joe Morrison's 7 second altered.

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May '13

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Yes Sir, we'll have to wait but hear it should happen soon. Another Ole Daze Drag machine (don't think I posted this one yet)

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May '13

Whenever it does open again, I will be there---guaranteed!!

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May '13

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Here's a guy that ran at Island alot. Larry Edwards in his Camaro. This was at E'town points race 2010.I loved that wheelstanding '55 Larry had before this car.

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May '13

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In honor of Memorial Day we have good old stars and stripes. God Bless all our fallen heroes. Without their sacrifice we might not be able to enjoy the things we do.

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May '13

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Draggin' in style. Caddy -style.
Just posting some LODRS pics to get myself jacked up for tomorrow at Maple Grove. IF weather improves it should be a packed program. They didn't get in much racing today. MG is my temporary home until Island opens again.

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May '13

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Check this one one out

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May '13

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TV Tommy Ivo truck

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May '13

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The Shark

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May '13

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USA 1 race and tow

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May '13

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Anybody out there going to the Summernationals this weekend?
I remember that was always a week NOT to go to Island as most of the cars were down at Englishtown . Just think of how many killer Division One cars ran at Island every week.
Here's one. Carl Miller's Corvette. This shot was from Maple Grove 10-10-82.

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Jun '13

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Goerge Toth won Super Gas at Summernationals in '86 or '87 with this '57 shoebox.

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Jun '13

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Another Island regular in the days of class racing. The Dancing Bear of Chip Baney.This was at Englishtown 1986.You can tell by the paint job.

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Jun '13

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Runner-up to Toth was Paul Bochon's '27 street roadster. Paul is running a Top Sportsman '57 Chevy and his son Adam is running a Top Dragster. Saw them at Maple Grove last week.

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Jun '13

Was at Etown Thursday and Friday Great time lots of pictures will post some later The old timing tower (now the beer garden) had a live band playing as well. Restored front engine dragster did a cracklefest The place was Rockin

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Jun '13

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Have one to post before going to my grnadsons soccer practice. 55 Chevy Top Sportmans car

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Jun '13

The Lussier Bros. have been around a long time. They ran that '55 in Super Gas when it was first started. Was Al Campbell there in his TS Cavalier? Saw him last week at MG.Ran 7.29 and 7.28 on Saturday.

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Jun '13

Yes, Al was there. Will have to look at my pic's for his car. He went out in round 3 today.

(W) Tommy Turner TS 6.68 0.056 6.735 0.055
(L) Alfred Campbell TS 7.30 0.075 7.367 0.067

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Jun '13

A little Englishtown Crackle Fest from an old restored front engine dragster. Friday night "Priceless"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCKTB_UxUmY

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Jun '13

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Bruce Larson's restored USA - 1 funny car Camaro

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Jun '13

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Carl Miller F/A Vette 2013 Summer Nats

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Jun '13

I believe that Larson car is new one specifically for nostalgia racing.

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Jun '13

Courtney Force Q1 Friday at Etown Summernats
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzGKcL0bu5U

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Jun '13

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John Force checking things out 2013 SummerNats @ Etown

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Side shot of the USA 1 nostalgic Camaro @ 2013 SummerNats @ Etown

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Jun '13

Congrats to Tom Goldman who won Super Gas and Steve Sisko who took Super Comp. Both Island alums.

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Jun '13

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X 2 on Tom Goldman winning his first National event. Way to go, here's a pic of a nice A/SA Vette in the staging lanes

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Jun '13

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Brittany Force top fueler

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Jun '13

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Ender-Stevens Pro Stock

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Jun '13

hey Ed really like all the old picks you and hazguy are posting. The word from down here in the sunshine state is that a track owner from down here struck a deal to get island back up and running. Billy Nees is out in central pa. He has a shop at his farm and is still putting off the wall cars together. A site you might like is classracer.com. Billy posted on there with a project car, how to build a car to run under the index for under a grand, and he did it. U/SA Pontiac, and he went one round at Maple Grove points meet.

Bob Shupe Bob Shupe Message Bob Shupe
Jun '13

Ed when you try that site type in classracer.com forum that will get you in the site most of Billys stuff along with a lot of other people you will know will be in the classracer builds site in the forum, but the whole site is very informative. Also do you have a brother Duane?

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Jun '13

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Bob, been following classracer. forum. Also signed on, like the live reports from the events as they are unfolding. I was at Etown on Thursday and saw the Super Stock cars blowing the tires off. Went to class racer and boy was it active with concerns about the Etown track prep. However, here's a picture of Linclon Mooreheads super stock Camaro hooking up. He won Super Stock on Sunday. Congrats, Linclon

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Jun '13

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Super stockers facing off at Etown. Iaconio and Flecther

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Jun '13

Bob,
No Duane and I aren't related. We kid each other about being long lost cousins. I'm not related to asphalt modified driver Eric Beers either. I get asked that a lot too.I was a distant relation to Jay Beers, who won the last dirt track race at Harmony Speedway in 1973.
IF the weather changes for the better Saturday, I will be going to Cecil County for their 50th Anniversary nostalgia race. That will make 5 tracks I have been to to celebrate 50 years. Atco, Island, Maple Grove, and Quarter Aces were the others.

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Jun '13

Ed, Hope you don't get what were getting down here right now, a lot of rain from the tropical deal in the gulf. Supposed to be heading your way. Please keep posting old pics, boy it brings back memories. Billy follows it also because he told me he saw Jim Butlers roadster in there. Jim was Billys best friend and I know it bothered Billy when he passed. Hope the weather is good and you enjoy yourself.

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Jun '13

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Restored front engine dragster @ E-town. Fired it up for a crackle fest later that night

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Jun '13

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Summit Pro Mod Vette @ 2013 Summernats @ E-town

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Jun '13

Thanks to all my friends a the racers edge, i'm movein on the 1st of july but i will be wathing this forum from down south. yes there is a lot of racin if i get my energy back maby6 i'll get back at it

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Jun '13

Most recent rumor about Island Dragway is that it will be an 1/8 mile track if it re-opens, can anyone confirm this.

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Jun '13

You guys wouldn't believe what I saw yesterday! I went to visit Tom Brown between the Cecil County drags and tractor pulls at Buck. Tom took me to "Al's attic" and showed me just a small fraction of Al's collection. What I saw would amaze a lot of people. Al had ORIGINAL posters from all kinds of early drag races and car shows. He even had the poster for the opening of Island in 1960. There were also posters for Old Bridge Stadium drags and the FIRST NHRA regional at Linden airport. There were a couple of cool old match race posters from Island. One ad was for Speed Sport Roadster vs. Karamesines. Another was for a 4 car gasser match race featuring Prock & Howell, Hill Bros., Chuck Finders, and another car I forgot(old age LOL).
I can't wait to go back to Tom's and see some more drag racing history.

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Jun '13

That's cool stuff. I remember Al built a rear engine Corvair funny car. Island promoted it with a match race against (I believe Bruce Larson) USA1 against the mystery car. I do remember the hype with the AA/GS match race coupes. Ill see if I can recall the fouth car.

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Jun '13

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Here's that match race between Greek and Speed Sport. 1962 Easton Express
The Corvair is sitting in Tom's garage awaiting restoration.

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Jun '13

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Jerry and Steve Shadis, Here's another one with your names in it. 1982 I think.

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Jun '13

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1974. Joe Amato's Keystone Kuda in a match race.

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Jun '13

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1980. Skip in the infamous orange T bucket with the Forum newspaper box scoop.

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Jun '13

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Found this one today. Dark, overcast day at the patch. I think it's the Bagshaw/Van Iderstine 55 Chevy modified production car.

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Jun '13

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Another 55 Chevy SS/PA at the 2013 Summers

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Jun '13

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Here's one from the Hackettstown Gazette about Island's grand opening in 1960. Check out how many people were there.
Joe Gerdleman won Top Eliminator. We saw Joe's picture a few months back. I used to eat breakfast with Irv (A.Y. ) Hissim. He ran a '61 Ford Starliner that held track records. My uncle told me Jim Fehr had a Henry J with the motor in back.

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Jun '13

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Here's one form 1962.

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Jun '13

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Here's a match race I wish I could have seen. Grump vs. Landy. COOL!!!
Hard to believe they are both gone.

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Jun '13

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Here's one from 1979. Carl Brucher won in his Bantam powered by 351 Cleveland.He just got the car that year. It replaced his Anglia.
Check out Richie Bourke in a Chevelle wagon. Night and day compared to what he is running now. An A/FD.
Great night for the Shadis Bros. too as well as Skip Carpenter and his ex-wife Charlene.

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Jun '13

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Ed, way too cool. Nice old info Don't think I posted this pic yet.

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Jun '13

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Hey Ed, How is Tommy doing, we haven't seen him in awhile. Does he live in Pa ? I sure would love to get a look at Als collection. Al was always real good to us, and I went to school with his son Harold, ( a real smart kid ) I haven't seen that Corvair since I was a kid ! We should try to get him to post some cool stuff on here.

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Jun '13

Tom is doing good. He lives outside Lancaster.He hasn't raced in a few years. He's putting together a new front motor dragster. It is going to be really cool when it is done.Best part is; I get to crew on it !! I told him about this site. When I was there, Harold called on the phone. I met him at Al's viewing.
We only scratched the surface of Al's stuff and I was drooling. The history value of it alone is amazing.

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Jun '13

Just saw a Facebook post on the Save Island Dragway page that says Island is opening in July. If this is true it will be a GREAT day.Let's pray this happens and Island comes back stronger and better than ever.

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Jun '13

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Found some more old pictures. If you consider 1977 old. Anyway this is from the bracket finals at York in October 77. Had to stop the races to have planes land and take off.

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Jun '13

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Although this is not drag race related it is vintage. I worked at Cummins farm in Vienna and someone they knew wanted to bring their stock car there to run it out. Here's the pic from 66.

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Jun '13

Like I wrote in my story of Harmony Speedway Dragstrip for the Dirt Track Heroes program this year: The dirt cars of the early 60's looked like altered coupes or gassers in drag racing.Back then both sports were more fun and a lot cheaper to race in.

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Jun '13

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York timing tower at the 1977 bracket finals.

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Jun '13

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The late Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins (RIP) at the Muscle Car Madness show at the York fairgrounds. A little fuzzy

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Jun '13

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Another from 66 Fiat alter

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Jun '13

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Things are looking up. Melissa has reactivated the www.islanddragway.com web site.It sounds like Island will be back soon. Best news I have heard so far this year.
Looking forward to seeing action like this.

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Jun '13

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Think we need a new schedule

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Jun '13

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Nice 56 Chevy at either the bracket finals or Super Chevy many years ago

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Jun '13

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Nice 55 Chevy from the Summers sometime in the 80's

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Jun '13

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Her ya go Jerry. '56 Chevy Gasser Beaver Springs 2007.

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Jun '13

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"57 Chevy Junior Stocker 2009 Beaver Springs.

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Jun '13

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Might be ugly but it hauls... Beaver Springs 2009.

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Jun '13

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Rear shot Hawaiian Punch funny car SummerNats mid 80's

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Jun '13

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Old Jersey Engineering ad

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Jun '13

Hey folks ISLAND WILL BE RE-OPENING JULY 5,6&7!!! . Go to www.islanddragway.com for information. I plan on being there that Saturday and Sunday. Let's pray for great weather. We need to get this started off right.

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Jun '13

Hoping to be there Saturday with the Firebird. Also made a donation with Paypal, a few bucks for a historic track.

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Jun '13

6 days to go. I wish I could have helped in getting Island ready but car problems, work ,and now a death in the family have side tracked my efforts. I will be there at least Sunday for the nostalgia race. Hope weather changes for the better. These humid days with afternoon thunderstorms are not fun.

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Jun '13

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Opening weekend at Island. Went today for the Nostalgia race. Nice to finally meet you Ed. Keep talking those pictures. Went out in round 2, tires spun hard even after heating them up. First time that ever happened but oh well that's racing. Here's a few pic's from today.

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Jul '13

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Another one, more later

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Jul '13

Nice to finally meet you Jerry. That shade tree was the best place to be yesterday. I'll be posting a couple of pics later. I'll also have them up on www.ecdnonline.com by next week hopefully.
Saw some of the people I remember watching race at Island in my teens. Bill Reuter,Angelo Kariotakis, Walt and Ann Towes were there yesterday.
It was good to be back at Island again. Last December it looked as though we may never race there again. Hank even said that on the PA yesterday. Yeah, there's more work to be done for sure but with continued support, Island should stay around for the future.

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Jul '13

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Went with my daughter to the Car Craft street machine nationals in DuQuoin, IL last month and I know how much hazguy loves the 55 Chevy so here you go.....

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Jul '13

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Another one

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Jul '13

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My favorite

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Jul '13

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Or maybe this one

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Jul '13

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WOW, you took those pictures for me. I feel so honored. Thanks Hope all is well Here's another pic from yesterdays race.

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Jul '13

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Old coupe yesterday at the races

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Jul '13

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Here's that wild blown Dodge Polara.

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Jul '13

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This neat little roadster wasn't fast but was cool as hell.

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Jul '13

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Here's Jerry in his 'bird.

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Jul '13

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Last one for now. Wild truck with zoomies. Like I said, I will have all 228 pics up on www.ecdnonline.com by next week, I hope.

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Jul '13

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yours for $25,500. Yours, not mine.

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Jul '13

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For the mopar lovers......I can only think of one word to describe this. Cartoon

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Jul '13

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OK here's a Daytona Charger, not even in the car show and it got a lot of attention.

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Jul '13

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Falcon lowered set to run fast Pit shot

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Jul '13

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Pit shot Hot Stang on a hot day

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Jul '13

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Started Sundays events with a visit from a motorized pharasailor making the rounds above the drag strip. Nice clear day

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Jul '13

GREAT to be back at Island on a Saturday night !!!!!!!! Jim and I brought out the Mustang to get the blood pumping again. GOOD TIMES

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Jul '13

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Here's a Stang for you Steve. At the Nostalgia drags last week. Buddy of yours?

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Jul '13

Hey Jerry that Mustang is Carl Milano sr, he did hold a national record with that car. His son Carl is getting married to Islands Melissa soon. I wanted to go to the Nostalgia race, but had car problems with the Mustang on Sat night. Maybe see you there soon.

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Jul '13

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Old gasser coupe at Island's Nostalgia drags

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Jul '13

Guys,
The pics are now up at www.ecdnonline.com. Check 'em out!!
No racing these next two weeks.Too unbearibly HOT this week and I have a family reunion next week. Geezers At Grove Aug. 3.,Pocono Drag Lodge Aug. 10, Wind Gap Aug. 18. Love the nostalgia stuff.

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Jul '13

Ed, thanks. Great pictures, good to see Island back in action. Off to Maple Grove in an hour for the Super Chevy event. Just going today going to be a hot one

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Jul '13

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A couple Pro Mod pic's from the Grove today. Got up to 95 degree's but luckily there was a steady breeze

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Jul '13

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Car show was light, car coral was very light and the swap meet was extremely light. Another Prod Mod shot will load pic's from my Nikon in the next few days

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Jul '13

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Some shots fro Super Chevy

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Jul '13

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Scanned some more ancient stuff like this from opening day 1961

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Jul '13

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This was from Washington Star newspaper in 1961. A.Y. Hissim drove the 1961 Ford Starliner to record times. I used to eat breakfast in the same cafe with A.Y. for years and he told me all kinds of stories about this car. He said they wouldn't let him run stock because it wasn't a factory stock car but it was.

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Jul '13

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Here's one form 1963. The photo was in an old issue of Drag Racer magazine. I think this car is in Garlits' museum.

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Jul '13

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Ed, some real vintage stuff. Here's a couple pic's of Charles Bellotti at the Grove Modified Production type car Ran at Island a few times.

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Jul '13

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Charlie B wheels up

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Jenkins hauler

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Old newspaper photo 1962.

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Jul '13

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Bruce Larson in his million dollar Cobra.'56 Nomad in background was Al Brown's car.

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Jul '13

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A couple of articles on back to back weeks. Man, they had big names there almost every week in the '60's.

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Jul '13

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Remember when Island was not called Island? 1976 it was managed by The Atco Corp. and called Country Park.

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Jul '13

I was there this past Wednesday night and ran my car. I have to say everyone I mean everyone was very nice who works there. My wife and daughter had fun also, which I was very happy to see. Best of luck to all there and thank you for the nice night. You're doing a great job and are very nice to deal with

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Jul '13

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"AGUY" nice to hear. A few from the Nostalgia Drags 7/07/13

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Jul '13

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The other

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A pair of Tri 5's at the Super Chevy event at the Grove

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Jul '13

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Dragster picture from Washington Star paper 1962. Don't know who this is.

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Aug '13

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From an old Cars magazine. The Doctor Destructo Vette circa early '70's.

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Jerry Chambrone's Nova ,1976, when Island was called Country Park.

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Aug '13

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1977. Butch Torsiello's H/G Camaro. Oh, to think I missed Modified by 1 year. I can remember Butch running this car in brackets after Island dropped the classes.

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Aug '13

Went last night with my 6 year old grandson. Wanted to show him where Pop Pop raced in the past and sometimes now. Had fun then a rain storm blew in and finished the evening. The dragster fellows got wet trying to get back to their trailers. Here's a short YouTube clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2hFk9Gz21I

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Aug '13

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Nice rear engine dragster

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Aug '13

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I was at Maple Grove for the Geezers race and it rained until noon. I got there at 2 and they had just started racing. Sun came out around 4 and it was nice rest of night.
Might stop up at Island this Saturday after the Pocono Drag Lodge show.

Here's a cool 4 speed '55 for you Jerry.

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Aug '13

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Cool sunset shot I tried. Got the geese flying over.

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Aug '13

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Jersey Thunder jet. Would love too see the jets come back to Island again.

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Aug '13

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Here's a pic of the same 55 @ the Super Chevy event.

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Aug '13

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Super Comp/Super Gas 57 Chevy

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Pro ET Dodge @ Island this past weekend

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Aug '13

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From the Pocono Drag Lodge Reunion on Saturday is Harold LaPlatte's Satellite '64 Plymouth.Harold ran this car at Island,Harmony, Pocono Drag Lodge and other drag strips. It is original. Car had original aluminum front end and doors. Got meet Wade and his brothers. Great day and a fun time. Too bad they can't hold drags on the old PDL strip anymore.

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Aug '13

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Carl Brucher and his Anglia. Carl won yet another trophy with this car. It is a tribute to his old Anglia Gasser he had in the '60's and early '70's.
As with all these reunions people you haven't seen in many years stop by to chat. One guy who Carl was talking to was Paul Sekol. Paul bought Skip Carpenter's Division Champion Camaro in 1983 and said he still has it. He hasn't race it in about 4 years but said he's still got it, along with his big Impala.

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Aug '13

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Bill Reuter was also at PDL with his new "toy", a Monza. This car is streetable but Mr. Bill says he's changing the motor and trans for racing.

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Aug '13

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Art Marshall fired up Brian Beattie's original Jim & Allison Lee fueler and cackled it. Art drove the Van Iderstine fueler to the Molson Grandnationals win in 1972, the last NHRA national event win for a front engine fuel dragster. It was ironically the ex-Snake Hot Wheels dragster. It is now in Garlits' museum.
Brian shot many great pictures at Island in the mid '60's.

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Aug '13

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Nostalgia drags Firebird, nice pic's Ed. Looked like fun

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Aug '13

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Another Bird from the Nostalgia drags

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Aug '13

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Here's on for Jerry. Not drag racing but still cool to see a '55 Chevy Street Stock amongst 25 second generation Camaros at Mahoning last Saturday night.

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Aug '13

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One from Island July 7th. Nice Ford Coupe.

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Another car show entry July 7th. My favorite Corvettes '59-'62.

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Aug '13

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From Drag Lodge last week. Wild coffin dragster. The REAL Munsters Drag U La will be at Magungie next weekend along with Butch Patrick who played Eddie on the show. I'm probably going out Saturday, depending on weather.
This Sunday it is the "Sticks" Reunion at Mountain View Dragstrip Wind Gap. I'll be shooting pictures there as well. Hope to see some of you there.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Aug '13

Ed - I sent you a PM via this website last month I believe, but haven't heard back yet.
I have been following this thread & enjoy the stories and photos posted.

I am a local photographer, covering events/news for The Express-Times, Warren Reporter/NJN and The New Jersey Herald. If there are press opportunities that you know of involving cars, Island Dragway, etc. please feel free to contact me & I'll pitch the idea to my editors for coverage.

On a side note, I also really love photographing cars as well & take on client projects every so often - feel free to check out my work:

http://www.nickscaleraphotography.com/wallpapers/

Nick Scalera
E-mail: Nick@NickScaleraPhotography.com


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Ed, nice 55 vintage stock car Here's a few from the Groves Super Chevy. It was slow but neat

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Aug '13

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Nice clean 55 from the Grove Super Chevy

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Aug '13

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Nice 56 Nomad in the show area

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Aug '13

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It is interesting to see a 55 Chevy running in a stock car race. They used to beat the crap out of solid rust free 55 Chevys at race tracks in PA. In NJ we were trying to get 55 Chevy parts.I spent many hours watching those racers beating the crap out of 55 Chevys When I was trying to buy a 55 Chevy to restore.Here is an example of the destruction of a 55 Chevy.

HtownForum HtownForum Message HtownForum
Aug '13

went to island this past Wednesday 8/14 ran my car had a great time and once again I have to say everyone was very very nice. the guy who sprays the bleach box who has a limp is a great guy. Im very new to this and he was very nice and gave me some advise even thou he was very bizy keeping everything going. bravo to everyone who works there that I met.

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Aug '13

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That was Art. He's a cool guy. I have his picture back on the thread a few months. Here is a shot of the 14th Sticks /Mt. View Dragstrip Reunion in Wind Gap yesterday. It drizzled throughout the event but there were still a lot of cars there. Saw Steve Shadis, Bill Reuter,Bill Bray, Carl Brucher, and several other Island alums there.
Here is Bill Bray's roadster. It is for sale.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Aug '13

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Here is Gene Drenzek's big Poncho. Gene and his son Steve raced at Island. Steve has a Super Gas Chevette.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Aug '13

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This is the Christmas Tree they used at Wind Gap.This shot is looking down the strip.It actually went downhill, and was less then the advertised 1/8 mile. Guys told me it was anywhere from 580-600'.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Aug '13

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Jerry would have loved the bunch of '55's they had there. Here is one parked in what would have been the left lane.

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Aug '13

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Nice old injected Vette @ the Grove's Super Chevy event

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Aug '13

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Another 55 in the lanes. Big meat on the back

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Aug '13

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Another pic of the 57 posted earlier in the thread @ the Grove's Super Chevy event Heating the hides

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Aug '13

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thanks , Ed Beers for the name of the person I mentioned. A car had crashed rite before it was my turn at the line so I had to sit and wait a bit for the track to be cleaned off so I took a few pics of my car with the drag way signs behind it. So figured I would post it here.

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Aug '13

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Super Pro to the lanes and then the skies opened up quickly. A lot of rear engines dragsters getting water in them on the way back to their trailers. (about two weeks ago on Saturday)

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Aug '13

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A couple pictures from today at Island. Air was excellent so most of the folks had faster times compared to July 90+ heat and high humidity.

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Aug '13

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Another from today

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Aug '13

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One of the Shadis Brothers Mustang in the water box heating them up. Steve posts here on HL

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Aug '13

Anybody going to the Old daze Drags next Sunday? I hope to be there shooting lots of pics. It is my last race of the year as I work weekends until Christmas.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Sep '13

I plan on going with my not so old 78 Firebird Hope you see you there

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Sep '13

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Another one fro 8/24/13 Old Mopar

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Sep '13

I'm a bit bummed that I didn't get up there for a regular Saturday night show this season. Seems like a lot of cars in Pro and decent turnouts in Super.The nostalgia stuff keeps me busy going all over the place.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Sep '13

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Nice Vette at the Patch August 2013

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Sep '13

It was great to read all the stories about Island Dragway. It's now being ran by Melissa, who is the third generation to be running the track. Even though the track was opened late this year it's doing well for all of the obstacles that almost shut the track down for good. The support that people have given has been great. It's nice to see that there are still caring people out there. The track will be open til December this year, weather permitting. Stop by and have some fun. There are still a few things that are still being worked on. But Melissa, Kathy and John along with all of the other loyal employees are working hard to make sure that everyone has a great race day. Check out the website for the schedule, or call. And by the way that Jr dragster that was talked about in one of the earlier e-mails was ran by Melissa to answer that question. Hope to see you there soon!

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Sep '13

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Island today Ole Daze Drags. Went two rounds air changed and I ran out, Oh well. Here's a couple pic's from today. This truck runs 10.60's.

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Sep '13

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Nice Polaris

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Sep '13

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Another from Septembers Ole Daze Drags 2013

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Oct '13

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I have been AWOL the past few months. Just stopping in to say "Hi." Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. Waiting to see what my work schedule will be for 2014 so I can hopefully get to Island more than once. I do know the summer months will be almost impossible as I will be working weekends. That does give me an opportunity to take in one of the BBQs on Wednesday nights.
I'll have to get some more pics up soon. Here's one from opening weekend in 2013.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Nov '13

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Hey Ed, welcome back. Now I can post again Here are some from Septembers Nostalgia Race

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Nov '13

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Another

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Nov '13

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Last one

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Nov '13

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Here's one from the first time I saw Funny Cars at Englishtown May 1985. The late Bobby Lagana's Twilight Zone Arrow.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Nov '13

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Here's another one form same event. The recently retired Frank Manzo.

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Nov '13

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Here's a shot I found online.Carl Brucher's original Anglia circa late 1960's. I believe it is at Pocono Drag Lodge.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Nov '13

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Here's another find. Fred Darrow's '55 Chevy form the 1960's. Fred's son Randy used to shoe the Kwik N Ezy Vega and altered.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Nov '13

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Couple more from the Sept Nostalgia Race

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Nov '13

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Another

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Nov '13

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Plain Vanilla alter bodiless

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Nov '13

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Here's an old snapshot I took with a throw away camera in 2001. Rocky's Rod Shop STEEL Fiat.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Jan '14

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Cool coupe from 2001 nostalgia race. As you may be able to tell,it rained on this event.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Jan '14

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Cool Willys blown gasser truck from 2002 Old Daze Drags. I had such a bad sinus infection I don't know how I was able to tuff it out that day but I did.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Jan '14

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Lunatic Fringe blown Willys with NETO. 2002 Old Daze.
OK post some stuff now. I have more that I scanned I can put up here.
Need something t get us through this terrible winter weather.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Jan '14

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Nice Tbird at the Ole Daze Drags in Sept 2013

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Jan '14

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Comet Sept Ole Daze Drags 2013

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Jan '14

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Nice injected front engine dragster Ole Daze Drags Sept 2013

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Jan '14

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Cuda with psychadelic paint job Old Daze 2006

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Jan '14

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Here's one form M&M show 2006.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Jan '14

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Led sled from Old Daze 2006.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Jan '14

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Cool Tudor gasser. Old Daze 2006.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Jan '14

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OK Ed, let's keep it going. Some more from Sept 2013 Ole Daze Drags. Chevelle G/SA

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Jan '14

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Pinto Super Pro

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Jan '14

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For the kids, Jr Dragsters

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Jan '14

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T bucket from Old Daze 2006

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '14

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Nice roadster Old daze 2006

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Feb '14

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Found this photo in Google search. A funny car at Island early '70's. I think it is supposed to be a Corvette. No idea who it is or who took photo.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '14

Pinto Super Pro? There's something wrong with that lol!

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Feb '14

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A few from the September Ole Daze Drags - Impala heavy car with an 11.96 dial in.

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Feb '14

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Another from the 2013 Ole Daze Drags in September - Tin Indian

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Feb '14

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One from the 2013 Super Chevy event at the Grove

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '14

is island still doing open nights, I have a 71 chevelle that I really should run one of these days

Darrin Darrin Message Darrin
Feb '14

Darrin, here's a link to Island's website. The 2014 schedule is not posted yet. When they do open for 2014 they run Friday nights and (plus Saturday & Sunday) later on in the season (around May to the end of September) they run family night every other Wednesday.

http://www.islanddragway.com/

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '14

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Need a summer picture. Warm without the snow and ice. Nice Henry J at one of the Super Chevy events at the Grove. 2014 season started this weekend for NHRA. Winternationals

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '14

any one know a shop near by that has a 40 ton press. And will do the work on short notice, due to the fact I need this truck as my daily driver I need to remove and press back on some wheel bearings to their hubs. I'm asking about a 40 ton press just cause when I Google the removal of these bearings every thing I found claimed you couldn't move them on a 20 ton press thank you for any info. Just need them pushed on and off hub, so it doesnt need to be a auto shop just some place that does press work

aguy aguy Message aguy
Feb '14

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I spent 2 weeks on the HAMB looking at pictures. There are a bunch of cool old Island shots put up by Rich Venza.I hope Rich doesn't mind me re-posting them here on an Island Dragway board.
Riley Bros. dragster around 62-63.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '14

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Here is another of Rich's pictures.Pete Van Iderstine's coupe.This is what drag racing should still be like.

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Feb '14

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Jack Chrisman in Mickey Thompson's twin Pontiac rail around '62.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '14

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Last one for today. Here's a car on the scales.They were located down by the top end bridge over the canal.
Again, these are photos by Rich Venza from the HAMB site.I don't know Rich but I want to thank him for capturing Island's early history.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '14

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On the HAMB almost every night. Same user name used over there. It's not Island but search for New England Dragway, they have some nice old pic's as well. Here's a few more from the Ole Daze Drags in Sept 13. Valient

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Feb '14

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Ole Daze Drag Sept 13 Road Runner

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Feb '14

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Ole Daze Drags Sept 2013

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Feb '14

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I saw your '59 Detroit pics on there,Jerry. I love seeing stuff on that event since I was 14 years old. I have the old sound albums of that event and anytime I can see the cars the sounds came form that is cool.Is this shot of Chrisman's Sidewinder 1 yours? I forgot.
I see the 2014 Island schedule is up. Looks like a lot of cool events. Unfortunately I am working weekends from last week of April to Labor Day.I do have three weekends off for vacation during summer so I hope I can swing some of them. Biggest bummer is I'll miss the Garlits weekend .

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '14

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Ed, yes the Detroit shots are mine. I bought a lot of Durachrome slides off Ebay quite a few years ago. Nice surprise when I went through them. Had them switched to a CD. Here's a front shot of the Sidewinder

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Feb '14

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Here's Chrisman and another Sidewinder at the same event. I plan on going up a few more times this car. Haven't done anything to the car. Would like to get the line-loc in.

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Feb '14

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Check out the old iron in this pit shot.

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Feb '14

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Another old iron Detroit pit shot 1959

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Feb '14

Jerry and others: This thread is getting way too long. I don't know about you guys but it takes forever to reach the bottom anymore.Too many cool pictures on here I guess.
What do you think about a Racers Edge 2 page or Island Dragway Photos page where we could get a fresh start.?

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Feb '14

Ran a new Buick Skylark (the small verison) when it first came out about 1960. On the QT as it was a zone car from Buick local region. First time ever on track,got scuffered by a kid from Flemington in a Plymouth in our runoff,but my time ticket equaled the best time "Hot Rod" mag had on the car in California at the time,so all was not lost !!

Old Timer Old Timer Message Old Timer
Feb '14

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I see on the Island Dragway site that Buster Jackson has passed away. Very sad news. Buster was a long -time competitor at Island with the "Soul Shaker" race cars. Here's his Camaro from 1987.I know this was posted earlier.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Mar '14

Island was supposed to open tonight. Given that there is still snow on the ground that is probably doubtful. I know this rotten winter has screwed up racing at the sprint car and modified races as well.I'm going to hang out with some friends at the Phillipsburg Mall dirt track show tonight. It's not drag racing but still a lot of fun. Beats sitting in the house watching television.
I can't wait for racing to start !!!!

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Mar '14

Saw John Ringwald at the P'burg Mall race car show. He and I were both excited about 2014 at Island. Schedule has a bunch of cool events this year. Can't wait !!

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Mar '14

Ed, opened another thread.

Racers Edge 2 & Cruise Nights

Trying to open the thread up to a larger audience. Need more motorsheads posting

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
Mar '14

I just saw on Island's Facebook page that Fred Dalton was killed when tree fell through his house. What a terrible tragedy.Condolences to his family.

Ed Beers Ed Beers Message Ed Beers
Mar '14

I lost all pictures of my 32 ford coup called "It's Your Thing" If by chance anyone has a picture it would be appreciated beyond belief.

Vince Rossi Vince Rossi Message Vince Rossi
May '14

Awesome thread here guys makes me wanna get back into again. Anyone recall Ed Hamburger out of Livingston ? He ran a '67 or '68 Barracuda fastback and also made custom oil pump systems which were very good and popular. Ed literally worked out of his Moms house in the driveway, a block away from the high school. We used to stop by after school and hang while he was working on the car shoot the sh#t ask about techniques and tips on whatever he was modifying at the time etc How bout the Merkels out of Livingston as well ? They were a big Ford drag racing family. Think they had a factory sponsorship too.
In the 70s we ran '66 Mustang 289 30 over, '68 GTX 440, 68 Mustang with a 350 LT-1 in it, there was a black '66 Chevelle called the Bitch is Back. A few others that were competitive.
We got out of it cause prices began skyrocketing and the old stuff was getting hard to find and not cheap anymore.!

SSP SSP Message SSP
Sep '14

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Hey I do remember Ed Hamburger. When the stocker wars were hot and heavy he was right in the mix of things. His car is for sale on racingjunk.com.

http://www.racingjunk.com/Complete-Race-Cars/182250986/Ed-Hamburger-s-SS-IA-Duster.html?imageIndex=0&showSuperSize=true

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
September 23rd

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Another Hamburger shot, a little fuzzy

thehazguy thehazguy Message thehazguy
September 23rd

Anyone remember the night "Cousin Brucie" was at Island and I don't believe anyone mentioned the "Original Sin" out of Dover.


Please let me know if there another way to com.

Steve weeks Steve weeks Message Steve weeks
September 25th

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