Now this can be a jaw dropper. I do know that we’re going heavy on the outdated Illinois drag racing stuff however there’s a motive. I’ll be in Chicago this coming weekend for the 2018 NHRA Jegs.com Nationals and I’m fairly pumped up. I’ll be working the FOX broadcast for the race and hope to work in some good Chicago historic tidbits into my work. In fact Alton Dragway was the scene of what’ll endlessly be amongst drag racing’s most controversial runs, the claimed 204mph shot by Chris Karamesines in 1960. It might be years later that Garlits would run 200 and get credit score for the feat at Island Dragway. Connie Kalitta was the primary man to run 200mph at an NHRA Nationwide occasion so he additionally likes to stake part of the declare. The disputed run isn’t on this movie however a great deal of others are. Dragsters, Jaguars, a killer Henry J and extra are confirmed right here.
Alton Dragway nonetheless exists within the precise format you see right here. The one distinction? The place is lined with cellular houses as it’s now a neighborhood and the cut up lane drag strip now serves as the road that runs in entrance of the houses. Driving to the tip of the “road” will get you a gate that blocks the world which served as the tip of the shutdown space. When you by no means knew it was a race observe within the first place you’d by no means know now however should you do realize it was a observe, this video brings some even cooler perspective to the world.
Illinois has been a scorching mattress of drag racing because the literal beginnings of the game and the Illinois primarily based ATAA (Vehicle Timing Affiliation of America) was far bigger than the NHRA within the early 1950s. The group was successfully bought by NHRA and with that got here the entire anticipated positives and backlash. Drag strip operators like Broadway Bob Metzler in Union Grove Wisconsin shaped NADS (significantly) which was the Nationwide Affiliation of Drag Strips to fight what they noticed as “massive brother” within the type of Wally Parks and the NHRA. Fairly neat stuff and we’ll be writing extra in depth on that topic later this 12 months.
For now? Get pleasure from this video.
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