Friday Video Zen: Amazing Footage From San Fernando Drag Strip And Lions Drag Strip Circa The Later 1960s


Friday Video Zen: Amazing Footage From San Fernando Drag Strip And Lions Drag Strip Circa The Later 1960s

Now this is some of the best footage we have seen in a LONG time. Our pal Jarmo tipped us off to this and we watched, wide-eyed the whole time. You are about to see beautiful, color footage (sans sound) from places like San Fernando Drag Strip, Lions Drag Strip, El Mirage, and, well, people’s back yards depicting drag racing scenes from the 1960s.

A very young Dale Pulde in his ramp truck and “Vicious Camaro”. Guys like Flamin’ Frank Pedregon, and other great competitors of the day are shown here but more importantly the fun and horsing around that drag racers are so well known for is shown off as well. From guys popping wheelies in some weirdo home-built buggy they made or people making goofy faces in front of the camera, this is a very fun thing and it shows that for as far as we have come in the sport, the people will forever be the same. That’s a good thing, by the way.

The lead photo shows a wholly decimated engine that you’ll see plenty more of if you take the time to watch the footage. We don’t think that there a destructive force outside of nitromethane that could have pulled this move off. Hell, the whole front corner of the block is gone. The entire CYLINDER is just outta here. That’s something that drag racing’s magical elixir could do. This was also the era when those engines were the LS motors of today and the boys were likely at the wrecking yard, springing another one for 25 bucks the next day.

Sit back, relax, and watch this. Imagine yourself there, California sun shining and cackling drafters in the background. Not a bad place to (mentally) spend a Monday.

Press play below to take a stunning trip back in drag racing time!


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2 thoughts on “Friday Video Zen: Amazing Footage From San Fernando Drag Strip And Lions Drag Strip Circa The Later 1960s

  1. David Galvin

    I was an instructor at San Fernando airport in 1968 and 1969. When I first came to the airport it was Sunday and the dragstrip was going full blast. People were lined up at our gas pit to get 100 octane fuel to go in their dragsters. Everything was normal until the afternoon when one of the dragsters wouldn’t shut off and wound up hitting the bridge for cars at the other end. First fatal accident I had ever seen. In my time at the airport there was always a big crowd on Sunday and everyone seemed to be having good time, especially when a transient aircraft landed on the dragstrip by mistake. The dragstrip was parallel to our runway and right next to it. I remember one T-28 that landed there right in front of two dragsters just about to rocket to the other end. Fortunately he was noticed in time and the dragsters were stopped. We watched as he pulled up to the finish line, a man jumped up on his wing, and explained his mistake. The T-28 then turned around and took off. We never knew who it was who landed there because he didn’t come back. Good times.

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