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Gas Ronda, Beeline Dragway, 1965. Courtesy of Paul Hutchins

Casa Grande

  • Casa Grande Municipal Airport, 1950s


On State Route 87 from Tucson to Phoenix, just north of Casa Grande, there was a strip in the late '50s which ran the third Sunday of each month. I won A/SA there, my first official trophy. It was inscribed CGTA Class Winner.
Jim Baker

Marana

  • Marana Army Air Field, 1952


I was there for the first race in 1952 (I think?). My father was a Highway Patrol officer. The motorcycles were the fastest. I think Rodger Macluskey was there. Great memories!
Dave Smith

Scottsdale

  • Bee Line Dragway, 1965-69


I got out of the Navy on Monday, 25 January 1965 at Norfolk and I was at Beeline on Thursday for the 1965 AHRA Winter Nationals. All the big hitters were there . . . Garlits. Kalitta, Malone, The Greek, Warren & Coburn, Frantic Four,  Danny Ongais. Tom McEwen, Ramchargers. The new altered wheelbase Sox & Martin Mopar was there for their first  major event. I was in Tempe at ASU and racing with the Hallcraft Homes team at Beeline from 1965 through 1969.  We raced a  B/Gas Anglia and Bill Pennington's Chevy II.
Paul Hutchins
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Hallcraft Homes B/G Anglia, Bee Line Dragway. Courtesy of Paul Hutchins
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Ronnie Sox, altered-wheelbase Hemi Plymouth, Bee Line Dragway, 1965 AHRA Winter Nationals. Courtesy of Paul Hutchins
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Hayden Proffitt, Mercury Comet A/FX, Bee Line Dragway, 1965.  Courtesy of Paul Hutchins
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Gordon Collett's AA/D, Bee Line Dragway, 1965 AHRA Winternationals. Courtesy of Paul Hutchins
Ramchargers T/F dragster, Bee Line Dragway, 1965 AHRA Winternationals. Courtesy of Paul Hutchins
  • Bee Line Dragway, 1963-65


I raced at Beeline in 63-65. I had a '50 Pontiac straight 8, then a Ford Falcon 289 V8, It had a Cobra engine so was still considered factory stock with a 2 bbl carb. I raced in G Stock Optional. I won several championships and set the track record for a long time. Loved the track.
Steven Collins

Tucson

  • Tucson Dragway, 1979


The AHRA Winternationals held every January in Tuscon was a hugely popular race for years.  Hundreds of cars and about 35,000 spectators every year.  In 1979 there were 114 top comp dragsters there trying to qualify for 32 spots.  Because so many entries showed up they added a second 32 car bracket to make 64.  I won my bracket that year and it was my first National event win.
Doug Waggoner
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Doug Waggoner on starting line for his winning run in Top Comp, Tucson Dragway, 1979 AHRA Winter Nationals. Courtesy of Doug Waggoner
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Marvin Graham faces Don Garlits, Tucson Dragway, 1979 AHRA Winter Nationals. Courtesy of Doug Waggoner
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Marvin Graham in the pits, Tucson Dragway, 1979 AHRA Winter Nationals. Courtesy of Doug Waggoner
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Earl McKenzie driving Claude Hodge's Pro Stock Vega, from Lawton, Oklahoma, Tucson Dragway, 1979 AHRA Winter Nationals. Hodges and McKenzie won the AHRA World Championship in 1979 with this car. Courtesy of Doug Waggoner
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Doug Waggoner's motor home, dragster, and race trailer, Tucson Dragway, 1979 AHRA Winter Nationals. . Courtesy of Doug Waggoner

Wittman

  • Speedworld Raceway Park, 2013


Regarding the Speedworld track in Arizona. The last day of racing there before it closed was Jan 19, 2013. I was one of the last cars to run there and have a timeslip dated about 10 minutes before the final runs.
Tom Pfeifer
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Tom Pfeifer making one of the last runs at Speedword before the strip closed. . Courtesy of Tom Pfeifer
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Speedworld Raceway Park, closed for good. Photo taken November 2016. . Courtesy of Tom Pfeifer