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Detroit Dragway, 1959. Photographer unknown

Detroit

  • Detroit Dragway, 1959
 
I spectated at the '59 NHRA Nationals at Detroit and then in either '69 or '70 ran at an AHRA National event. The '59 one got me seriously hooked.  I think Arfons ran #6 (6 wheels) in '59, unless he was trying 6 wheels on #11 prior to the Nationals in Detroit. I do remember he left rubber for the full 1/4.
Tom Pfeifer
  • Detroit Dragway, 1957-59
 
 I was a member of the Millwinders Racing Team and our president was Neil Pappy Ellis.  In 1958 Don Garlits raced at Detroit Dragway on a Friday night, setting a record.  I owned a photography studio and took the pictures on Friday night and put an album together on Saturday for Don’s Sunday appearance at Motor City Dragway.
Richard Gargano
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Don Garlits (in center) at Motor City Dragway in 1958. The Millwinders Racing Team presents an album to him recoginizing his record-setting run at Detroit Dragway just two days earlier. Richard Gargano, just to the immediate left of Don, assembled that album to present to Garlits. Courtesy of Richard Gargano
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Seven members of the Millwinders Racing Team take trophies at the Michigan Hot Rod Association banquet in 1959. Courtesy of Richard Gargano
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Millwinders Racing Team logo. Courtesy of Richard Gargano

Grattan

  • Grattan International Speedway, 1975-78
 
The years were 1975-1977-78. I was running a mildly-built '66 Chevelle 327, 4-speed.  The car was running the high side of 13s.  Then on one run, hitting third gear, the clutch paid me a very NASTY visit through the floor. I had very minor injuries, but it was very loud. I wish someone had a picture of that. I will say that a few of the "gang " went there and had a great time.
Dave Eager

Milan

  • Milan Dragway, 1967-68
 
I raced at Milan, Michigan, as a regular in '67 and '68 and held the track record for my class in '67. The certificate was signed by Cliffton Riley, track manager or owner. One day I was testing there in preparation to make the switch from NHRA to AHRA. Sam Stockwell (record holder in one class lower) was a friendly competitor. I was running about .10 slower than the record in my NHRA class, but AHRA allowed different stuff and I was testing that. Because I all of a sudden ran about .20 under, he wondered what I did. Being coy, I said I was doing timing changes, just to mess with him. He died of a heart attack a couple days later. I was sad, as he was a friend and especially sad that he never knew the truth.
Tom Pfeifer
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Track record certificate, Milan Dragway, 1967. Courtesy of Tom Pfeifer

New Baltimore

  • Motor City Dragway, 1957-59
 
I was a member of the Millwinders Racing Team and raced at Motor City Dragway in New Baltimore, Michigan, in 1957, '58 and '59. I ran a '56 Chevy in C-Gas and a 1959 Corvette.
Richard Gargano
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Richard Gargano with his 1959 Corvette at Motor City Dragway.. Courtesy of Richard Gargano
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Richard Gargano racing his 1959 Corvette at Motor City Dragway.. He garnered his first trophy with this car in this race. Courtesy of Richard Gargano
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Richard Gargano holding the trophy he won for the first time with his 1959 Corvette at Motor City Dragway.. Courtesy of Richard Gargano