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  • Tanacross Air Base,  1963
I have fond memories as a spectator at the Tanacross drag races. I believe it was in 1963. I was working as a grocery bagger at the time. I could not get off work to go, so my partners in crime helped me make a cast on my left arm and I was able to make the trip from Fairbanks. Tanacross was a great location as the strip was about halfway between Fairbanks and Anchorage. Each town would be on opposite sides of the track competing. At night it was a total mix. In those days most folks knew each other. It was the first time I saw a Dodge Ramcharger. Wow! Bill Odom was the first racer I knew of from Fairbanks that had a '55 Chevy with a set-back engine. I'm in my seventies and still working the oldest NHRA dragsrip in North America, here in Redding, California.
Michael "Mukluk" Karsten